Josh Ambrose, Associate Dean of Campus and Community Engagement, Executive Director of the CEO

Email. Linkedin. (410) 386-4628

Oversees the CEO, coordinates the Encompass Distinction, serves as the Fulbright Program Advisor, advises a variety of student groups, and teaches classes on campus.

Serves as the point-person for all scholarships and fellowships.

Background in storytelling, English, and writing center administration. Works closely with community partners to develop partnerships for students and faculty.

  • MFA, George Mason University
  • BA, Penn State University




Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Director of International and Off-Campus Programs

Email. (410) 871-3376

Advises students throughout the entire education abroad process from picking a program to adjusting to life back home after studying abroad.

Education & Professional Certifications

  • PhD Educational Administration – Higher Education, Kent State University
  • MEd Higher Education Administration and College Student Personnel, Kent State University
  • Certificate of Internationalization of Higher Education, Kent State University
  • BA Psychology and Spanish, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Education abroad semester at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain




Dr. Manuel Ruiz, Director of Student Development Programming

Email. LinkedIn. (410) 871-3156

Co-facilitates pre-orientation programming for new enrolling freshman, develops programming in areas of leadership and academic programs, responsible for sophomore programming relevant to career exploration, and assist in developing and teaching My Career, a hybrid career focused course.

Higher Education Background includes over 18 years as an experienced Student Affairs practitioner with expertise in assessment, budget planning, residence life, judicial affairs, social justice, new student orientation, entrepreneurship, career development, internships, and event planning.

Education & Certifications:

  • Doctorate of Education, Northeastern University
  • Master of Arts, Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Montclair State University
  • Certifications in Intercultural Development Inventory, StrengthsQuest, and Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS)


Rich Goodman, Associate Director of Career Development

Email. LinkedIn. (410) 857-2238

Cultivates employer partnerships to create impactful professional opportunities for our students. Manages the student employment &

internship experience through Handshake. Facilitates career skills workshops, developmental programming, individual professional advising, and career & internship fairs. Collaborates in developing and teaching My Career & CEO Jan-Term experiences. Co-facilitates McDaniel Local pre-orientation programming.

Background in first-generation support, first-year experience, residence life, multicultural affairs, and service learning.


  • M.A. College Student Development & Administration, Shepherd University
  • M.A. Teaching – ­Secondary Education, Shepherd University
  • B.S. Biology, Shepherd University
  • B.A. Psychology, Shepherd University


Erin Benevento, Associate Director of Community Engagement

Email. LinkedIn. (410) 386-4821. 

Facilitates community partnerships & experiential learning opportunities for students and provides support for faculty development related to service-learning.

Encourages students applying for and receiving competitive scholarships and fellowships for both domestic and international experiences. Collaborates on first-year orientation. 


  • MA Communications, John Hopkins University
  • BA Communications, McDaniel College





Joanna Hamburg, Media and Event Specialist

Email. LinkedIn. (410) 871-3305

Provides administrative and logistical support for all areas of the office, including assisting in the development of office events and overseeing social media & other marketing endeavors.


BA English, McDaniel College








Emily Ruff, Graduate Assistant

Email. LinkedIn.

Currently a graduate student within the M.S. in Counseling program on the Community Mental-Health track. Advises students through 1x1 appointments, with special interests in grad school preperation, career development, and first-year explorations, and assists with the development of programming.


  • BA Psychology and Economics, Goucher College
  • 3 week ICA (Intensive Course Abroad) at Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain




Ambassador Students

Our CEO Ambassador Students provide peer mentoring for students. Get help creating resumes, preparing for education abroad experiences, securing jobs or internships, getting involved in the community, choosing a major, and more. Set up your appointment today by visiting Handshake and clicking on "Appointments" under "Career Center."


Lucy Espinal '20


Majoring in Spanish, minoring in Secondary Education and French. Enjoys helping first years explore various opportunities. Advice for students: "Don't be afraid to put yourself in an unfamilar situation, you will learn from it and grow as a person.


Fun fact: Is the co-chef editor on the Yearbook team.


Mario Fernandez De Lima '19


Majoring in Political Science. Enjoys helping students with career development.


Fun fact: Is a Global Fellow.  


Deonte Freeman '21


Majoring in Communications, minoring in Entrepreneurship. Enjoys helping first years explore various opportunities. Advice for students: "Have an open mind and try new things you've never done before! McDaniel has a lot to offer so make the most of every cool opportunity you get!"


Fun fact: Plays for Green Terror Football and is a member of the Black Student Union.


Takiel Gibson '20


Fun fact: Was McDaniel's first ever Mr. Legacy.


Giselle Gonzalez '19


Majoring in Spanish, Political Science, and International Studies. Enjoys helping students connect with education abroad opportunities. Future goal is to travel around the world.


Fun fact: Went abroad to Argentina and traveled around South America.


Liv Storer '20


Majoring in Sociology and English, minoring in Journalism. Enjoys helping students with choosing majors, creating resumes, finding campus jobs, and finding scholarships and fellowships. Future goal is to establish a career that allows traveling and experiencing different cultures.


Fun fact: Is Australian and is on the McDaniel women's basketball team.


Thea Westlake-Sterns '19


Majoring in Economics, Spanish, and Business Administration. Enjoys helping students connect with education abroad opportunities. Future goal is to pursue an MSc in Behavioral Economics,


Fun fact: Can knit without looking.