Josh Ambrose, Associate Dean of Campus and Community Engagement, Executive Director of the CEO
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
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 (in progress)
- 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
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)
Erin Benevento, Associate Director of Community Engagement
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
Cristal Fortino, Associate Director of Career Development
Coaches students and alumni in discovering their career path by encouraging the pursuit of growth opportunities in order to develop and refine the skills necessary to succeed in life beyond the Hill.
Education & Professional Certifications
- MS Human Resources Development, McDaniel College
- BA Sociology, McDaniel College
- PHR, Professional in Human Resources Certification
- SHRM-CP, Society of HR Management Certified Professional
Joanna Hamburg, CEO Program Assistant
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
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
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
Majoring in Biology (Pre-Med studies), minoring in French. Enjoys helping students find jobs and internships. Future goal is to own a business creating medical technology.
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 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.