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School of Public Policy Alumni Chapter Board 2017‐2018

Heather Bartholomew ‘11

Analyst, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Heather Bartholomew supports strategic planning and enterprise analytics for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis. Heather led performance management efforts under the Government Performance and Results Act, performed program evaluations, and supported resource allocation decision-making for the emergency management and cybersecurity mission areas at the Department of Homeland Security, most recently as an acting Assistant Director in the Office of Program Analysis & Evaluation. Heather has bachelors in journalism and government & politics, and a master of public policy from the University of Maryland.





Peter Cairns ‘13

Deputy Legislative Assistant, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 MAJ Pete Cairns currently serves as a Deputy Legislative Assistant on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon where he helps manage the relationship between the DOD and their oversight committees. He was commissioned as an Army Officer through ROTC at Wheaton College where he earned a BA in Philosophy and Political Science in 2004.  In 2013 he earned a joint MPP from the School of Public Policy and J.D. from the Carey School of Law in Baltimore. Prior to his current job, Pete Cairns served as a Defense in Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) Action Officer for the National Guard Bureau. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving, flight training, and established the Christian Legal Aid Clinic in Maryland (CLAiM), a 501(c)(3) which facilitates pro-bono legal aid clinics throughout the state.




Rommel Calderwood ’16 – Treasurer  

Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor AffairsRommel Calderwood is an international relations analyst/Presidential Management Fellow in theOffice of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking in the U.S. Department of Labor(USDOL). He researches child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues in the Asia-Pacific region for three Executive and Congressionally-mandated reports, including the annualFindings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor report, and engages with foreign embassies, NGOs, think tanks, and other U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the government, Rommel worked for seven years in community development, immigration, human rights and refugee resettlement in Washington, DC, Chicago, Morocco Vietnam, and Thailand. Rommel holds a Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a bachelor of arts in political science and Asian Studies from the University of Illinois. He was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School, a recipient of the McKelvie Scholarship for Government Service and the Freeman-ASIA Award, and a 2016 recipient of the Presidential Management Fellowship.

Laura Checovich ’16

Program Associate, Council of Chief State School Officers

Laura Checovich is a Program Associate at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) working on the Education Workforce, School Leader Development initiative.  Before starting at CCSSO she earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, with emphases in Education Policy and Social Policy.  During graduate school she held internships at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and as a graduate assistant with the Maryland Equity Project.  In her free time Laura enjoys traveling, exploring C-list DC museums, and catching up on TV. 


Amy Fischer ’15 – President

Policy Director, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Amy Fischer serves as the President of the School of Public Policy Alumni Chapter Board and represents the School of Public Policy with the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors. She graduated from the School of Public Policy in May 2015 and specialized in Social Policy. While at Maryland, she served as Co-President of the Policy Student Government Association. She graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2008 with a BA in Sociology and International and Global Studies. Prior to her time at Maryland, Amy spent five years in North Carolina working directly with youth at the intersection of juvenile and immigrant justice. Amy now lives in Washington, DC and works on immigration and refugee justice issues as the Policy Director with RAICES.


Michael Golden ‘02

Director of External Affairs, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

Michael D. Golden is a communications veteran with nearly 40 years of experience. Mr. Golden is the Director of External Affairs for the Maryland State Retirement Agency (MSRA). Prior to joining MSRA in February 2010, Mr. Golden had served as Managing Director of Communications at Maryland Public Television (MPT), Press Secretary for the State Comptroller, Director of Communications for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and as an Assistant Press Secretary to the Governor. Mr. Golden started his state service in 1987 following a successful 10-year career as an award winning radio journalist in Baltimore covering local, state and national events. Mr. Golden attended the University of Maryland at College Park, receiving a BA in Communications and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Mr. Golden resides in Severna Park, Maryland.


Shannon Kennedy ‘16

Special Events Coordinator, Center for American Progress







Laura Krahl ’16 – Vice President

Policy Analyst, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Laura Krahl is an Operations Specialist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Before joining Treasury, Laura worked at the Department of Homeland Security for two years. She graduated from the Master of Public Policy program in 2016 and specialized in International Security and Economic Policy. She also completed a Terrorism Analysis graduate certificate degree at the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts at Salisbury University. She has studied Arabic for about four years and completed the Critical Language Scholarship in Jordan in 2016.

Maureen Lorenzetti ‘09

Advisor, World Bank Group

Maureen Shields Lorenzetti has worked for the World Bank Group since 2007; at present she is an advisor for fellow Terp Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer Shaolin Yang (BA Economics '90).  In her current capacity she leads communications and strategy on budget, technology, security and conflict resolution programs across the institution.

Before coming to the Bank, Maureen was a journalist for two decades, most recently as an editor at ThomsonReuters; there she led energy, environment and commodities news. She has also held leadership positions at Congressional Quarterly and McGraw-Hill. Maureen is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment where she was on the board of directors for over a decade. A native Washingtonian, Maureen holds a Master’s degree in Public Management (09) and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (86) with general honors, both from the University of Maryland.

Christina Parrish ‘12

Manager, School Improvement Grant Program, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Christina Parrish currently serves as the Manager of the School Improvement Grant program for the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).  She oversees the fiscal and programmatic components of the Grant program which serves to improve the District's lowest performing schools.  Prior to working with OSSE, Christina served in various capacities at a variety of nonprofit organizations in Washington D.C. with missions of empowering and advocating for young people, such as Girls Incorporated of the Washington D.C. Metro Area and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.  In her free time Christina enjoys reading, playing sports, traveling and spending time with her partner and her pup.




Kathleen Richardson ‘12

Independent Consultant

Kathleen Richardson is currently a consultant straddling the political, education, and nonprofit sectors. She spent the past Maryland legislative session as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus for the Maryland House of Delegates. Kathleen supported the legislative agenda for ten bills, including the Maryland Heathy Working Families Act. Prior to consulting Kathleen was the Executive Director Urban Teachers, Baltimore and designed the selection process and programming for America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals, a national nonprofit “teacher voice” fellowship for expert teachers and principals.

Kathleen has worked for the central administration of the Baltimore City Public Schools; taught kindergarten in a nationally recognized turnaround school in southeast Baltimore; and served in the policy office of the Maryland governor

working on the state’s Race to the Top implementation. Kathleen has an M.P.P. from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, with a

specialty in management, leadership, and finance, a teacher’s certification from Johns

Hopkins University, and a B.A. from UMBC.

Rebecca Scherpelz ‘15

Program Officer, Gender and Social Inclusion, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Rebecca Scherpelz is the Chief Content Officer for Quillo, a training platform for caregivers of people with development disabilities. Prior to Quillo, Rebecca spent three years with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, working on the Gender and Social Inclusion team in Niger and Cabo Verde. Her interest in inclusive development started in 2011 when she worked with the Gulu Disabled Persons’ Union in northern Uganda.

Graduating in 2015, Rebecca focused on international development and nonprofit management and leadership. While at UMD, she was a GA with the Do Good Institute, studied abroad in Israel, Jordan, and India, co-hosted the inaugural Saul Stern Symposium, and was a member of the IDEV Council. She has been a member of the Alumni Board since 2015.

Prior to graduate school, Rebecca worked with The Arc of Indiana and Self-Advocates of Indiana, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their message of empowerment and civic contribution. In 2008, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and History/Anthropology from Butler University.