Whether you are a prospective or current student veteran at UMBC, we’re here to help you! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

myUMBC Groups:

Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS)
1000 Hilltop Circle, The Commons Room 1A02
Baltimore, MD 21250

UMBC Student Assistant for Veteran Services in regards to student programming:

Dennis walker

Assistant Director

Off-Campus Student Services

The Commons

+1 410 455 6552

Griselda Flores, Ph.D.

Griselda Flores, Ph.D.

Director for Off-Campus Student Services

Off-Campus Student Services
Student Affairs

The Commons

Griselda Flores serves as the Director of Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) at UMBC. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing programming around the support, advocacy, and retention of adult learners, veterans, commuter, and transfer students. OCSS hosts various events throughout the semester to encourage and build community among UMBC veteran students. While she is not a veteran, she is very intentional and deliberate in seeking to understand the needs of this population. When she is not working on behalf of students at UMBC, she can be found traveling with her son.

The Registrar’s Office
Sherman Hall Suite 221 B Wing

For assistance with your VA education benefits, please contact

To assist our military and veteran students with enrollment, financial, and academic planning, we have a committed and dedicated team to serve you.

Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation

Lori J Smith-Watson

Assistant Director, Admissions and Orientation

Admissions and Orientation (Undergraduate)

Library 010F

+1 410 455 2272

Lori Smith-Watson is the Assistant Director for Special and Target Populations in the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation. Throughout her thirty years of admissions counseling, she has enjoyed the diversity of experiences veterans and active duty military students bring with them to UMBC. She believes it is an honor to be able to give back to these students who have given so much to our country. “My mantra is: Provide the information and assistance a student needs when and where they need it. This is not a one-size-fits-all-process.

Graduate Admissions

Mike Suica

Mike Suica

Director - Recruitment and Admissions

Graduate School

Administration 202A

+1 410 455 1607

Mike Suica ’13 has five years of experience in graduate admissions. As the Manager of Recruitment and Admissions at The Graduate School, Mike can help answer your questions about our programs, application processes and admissions requirements.

Academic and Pre-Professional Advising


Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising

Academic and Pre-Professional Advising

Sherman Hall (Academic IV Bldg) 410 455 8113

+1 410 455 8113

Dr. Ken Baron is currently Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising and Student Success at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is in his 13th year of service at UMBC where he leads and manages academic advising practices as both an administrator and a practitioner. Before coming to UMBC, Dr. Baron held leadership positions at a variety of institutions including Emory University, The College of New Jersey, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the American InterContinental University in London. Dr. Baron received his bachelors and masters degrees from The University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England where a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship supported his graduate study and research. Dr. Baron also holds four professional counseling certifications sponsored by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).

Colleen Lindbeck

Associate Director

Financial Aid and Scholarships


+1 410 455 8148

Colleen Lindbeck holds a BS in Criminal Justice and after 3 years of social work, she transitioned to higher education. Ms. Lindbeck has served in varying capacities during her 15 years in UMBC’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, including 3 years as the VA Certifying Official. Currently, she is the Associate Director of Financial Aid and oversees the federal and state aid programs, as well as the institution’s financial need-based grants. In addition to serving students seeking financial aid assistance, Ms. Lindbeck serves on various committees, including Orientation and the Financial Literacy and Education Committee. When not serving students, Colleen can be found running on the great trail systems in Maryland, or playing with her latest foster dog.

Tuition Assistance (TA) Program

Gregory Saba


Student Business Services

Administration 312

+1 410 455 1481

Student Disability Services

Tawny L McManus

Tawny L McManus

Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility

Student Disability Services
Office of Accessibility & Disability Services

Math & Psychology 227

+1 410 455 2459

Tawny McManus is the Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services and the Director in the Office of Student Disability Services within the Division of Academic Affairs at UMBC. She is a member of UMBC’s Title IX Resources team, an executive board member of MD-AHEAD, a member of the University System of Maryland’s (USM) Accessible Technology & Information Workgroup, a former liaison to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, and serves on a number of University committees and initiatives. She has been working in postsecondary education in roles that have included disability services, advising, counseling, clinical research, and as an adjunct teaching faculty member for the past 16 years. Prior to higher education, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the International Center for the Disabled in New York City which included a working partnership with the New York State Regional Veterans Administration.

Tawny is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and greatly enjoys working with our veteran population. Her father served in the US Marine Corps and she has many active duty family and friends in the Armed Forces. Tawny holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University, a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the City University of New York, and is completing her Ph.D. in counseling and school psychology through Northeastern University.

Career Center

Diane Crump-fogle

Diane Crump-fogle

Associate Director for Career Development

Career Center

Mathematics/Psychology 209

+1 410 455 3907

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