Contact Us

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD  21201


Hours of Operation: Monday​ through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) 

Phone Number: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free Phone: (800) 974-0203
Fax: (410) 332-0250

For questions about your financial aid application or award, please log into MDCAPS at and send us an email through your secure account.

For problems logging into your MD CAPS account, first read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the MDCAPS homepage at  If you still cannot log in to your account, please email OSFA at

      Name                                 Position Title                                        Email

 Donna Thomas                     OSFA Director             
Stephanie Jennings         OSFA Associate Director



Department of Academic Affairs, Research & Policy Analysis, Private Career Schools, Department of Finance and Administration 

Phone Number: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free Phone: (800) 974-0203
Fax: (410) 332-0270

Visitors who are hard of hearing, deaf or speech-disabled and who use a TTY or text telephone can contact MHEC via Maryland Relay (Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258)

Please direct all questions or comments about our web site to:  We welcome email correspondence from anyone, but we do not accept attachments.​​​​​



Staff Contact Information



Name Position Title Email
James D. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D. Secretary of Higher Education
Deborah Lee Special Assistant to the Secretary


Name Position Title Email
Christine Wellons Assistant Attorney General - Principal Counsel
Soma Kedia Assistant Attorney General



Name Position Title Email
Emily Dow Assistant Secretary for Academic Affairs
Michael Kiphart Director of Academic Affairs

Collegiate Unit 

Name Position Title Email
Karen King-Sheridan Associate Director of Collegiate Affairs
Vanessa Bennett Education Policy Analyst             
Jackie Cade Education Policy Analyst
Glenda Abney Education Policy Analyst
Vacant Online Education Analyst  
Jermal Butler Administrative Specialist
​Bryson Barksdale ​Online Education Support Specialist ​ ​

Private Career Schools 

Name Position Title Email
Vacant Associate Director of Career and Workforce Education
Vacant Senior Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Angela Carroll Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Ashley Wallace Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Ronda Brown Administrative Aide -Career/Workforce Education

Veterans Affairs 

Name Position Title Email
Trish Gordon-McCown Associate Director of Veterans Affairs
Olayta Rigsby Veterans Affairs Analyst
Vacant Veterans Affairs Analyst


Name Position Title Email
Geoffrey Newman Assistant Secretary of Higher Education

Office of Budget and Finance 

Name Position Title Email
Aubrey Bascombe Director
Sandy Carrera Administrative Officer
Vacant Procurement Officer
Les Hodgson Staff Accountant

Office of Facilities/Capital Budget Oversight 

Name Position Title Email
Cynthia Tims Finance Policy Analyst
Anthony Reiner Finance and Facilities

Office of Information Technology 

Name Position Title Email
Parris Jackson Director
Alexander Robertson Systems Specialist
Lisa Stollof Database Specialist
Eby Paul Systems Specialist
Daoud Chattha Systems Specialist



Name Position Title Email
Lee Towers Executive Director

Office of Communications 

Name Position Title Email
Rhonda Wardlaw   Director
Office of Outreach and Grants Management 
Name Position Title Email
Benee' Edwards Grants Management Manager
Peggy Daw Nurse Support Program II Grant Manager
Kimberly Ford Nurse Support Program II Grant Specialist  ​

Isaiah Ellis Outreach Specialist
Kendall Cook GEAR UP/CPIP Grant Coordinator 
Vacant GEAR UP Grant Support Specialist

Office of Legislative Affairs 

Name Position Title Email
Lee Towers Director

Office of Research and Policy Analysis  

Name Position Title Email
Jon Enriquez Director - ORPA
Barbara Schmertz Associate Director
Ann Kellogg MLDSC Director of Reporting Services
Alexia Van Orden Research Analyst
Sarahita Wyatt-Paige Research Analyst