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How We Prepared

Nearly 100 faculty, staff, students, trustees and community health leaders have been preparing since March to welcome you home this fall, focusing on:

  • Health and safety
  • Academic curriculum
  • Academic services
  • Student life
  • Infrastructure
  • Human Resources, compliance and communication

The work has been guided by these core principles:

  1. Decrease health and safety risks for our community members to the greatest extent possible 
  2. Fulfill our mission by providing an optimal educational experience for all students 
  3. Adhere to all national and state executive orders, CDC guidelines and other policies to which Hood, as a private institution in the State of Maryland, is subject
  • Andrea Chapdelaine, president
  • Ashley Anderson, registrar
  • William Bekanich '22
  • Kevin Bennett, professor of chemistry
  • Phil Bowers '83, Board of Trustees
  • Bill Brown, vice president for enrollment management
  • Paige Eager, professor of political science
  • Nancy Gillece '81, vice president for institutional advancement 
  • David Gurzick, M.S.'03 associate professor of management
  • Taylor Hahn, graduate student
  • Jay Harrison, associate professor of history
  • Mark Friis, M.A.'82, vice chair, Board of Trustees
  • Chuck Mann, vice president for finance and treasurer
  • Maria Meck '22
  • Judy Messina '66, chair, Board of Trustees
  • Iqra Rafiq '21
  • Phil Renaud, M.S.'83, Board of Trustees
  • Debbie Ricker, vice president for academic affairs and provost
  • Ivana Shuck '16, graduate student
  • Laurie Ward, vice president for marketing and communications
  • Olivia White, vice president for student life and dean of students
  • Diane Wise, executive assistant to the president 

Health and Safety

  • Teresa Cevallos (co-chair), director of wellness
  • Dana Gue (co-chair), housekeeping supervisor
  • Jennie Bowker, M.A.'08, C'08, athletic trainer
  • Thomas Chatfield, MBA'18, associate athletic trainer, women's golf coach
  • Ann Boyd, professor of biology
  • Aaron Lee Delph '21
  • Mark Friis, M.A.'82, vice chair, Board of Trustees
  • Nancy Gillece '81, vice president for institutional advancement
  • Thurmond Maynard, chief and director of campus safety
  • Krista Schaffert '04, director of advancement services
  • LaShawn Taylor, area coordinator
  • Sandra Thomas-Lalmansingh, assistant professor of nursing
  • Meg Timmons, human resources
  • Craig Zeigler, director of facilities

Academic Curriculum

  • Ashley Anderson, registrar
  • Kevin Bennett, professor of chemistry
  • April Boulton, dean of the Graduate School
  • Ross Conover, director, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Paige Eager, professor of political science
  • Jay Harrison, associate professor of history
  • Bill Hobbs, chief information officer
  • Linda Kennedy, assistant professor of nursing 
  • Sue Kolb, athletic director
  • Heather Mitchell-Buck, associate professor of English
  • Erika Moyer, athletics
  • Iqra Rafiq '21
  • Debbie Ricker, vice president for academic affairs and provost
  • Ivana Shuck '16
  • Marisel Torres-Crespo, associate professor education
  • Hamp Tisdale, Board of Trustees
  • Jeff Welsh, information technology
  • Tanya Williams, M.S.'07, institutional research and assessment 

Academic Services

  • Lisa Littlefield (co-chair), dean
  • Jennifer Schum (co-chair), dean
  • Chip Ali, information technology
  • Nikki Bamonti '00, director of undergraduate admission
  • Meg DePanise '15, MBA'20, marketing and communications manager
  • Kate Gmuer, accessibility services 
  • Taylor Hahn, graduate student
  • Traci Holland '07, M.A.'10, associate registrar
  • Maria Meck '22
  • Jack Mehl, M.A.'88, head coach, women's basketball
  • Toby Peterson, director of the library
  • Tim Pollak, director of finance
  • Ted Oh, PDSO
  • Melena Verity, director of financial aid

Student Life

  • Sue Kolb (co-chair), athletic director
  • Willie Ollie (co-chair), captain and assistant director of campus safety
  • Kandyce Baker, area coordinator
  • Gabriella Basile '20
  • Lily Bean '21, SGA president
  • Billy Bekanich '22
  • John Bragel, director of dining services
  • Domota Byrd '22, orientation coordinator
  • Sue Carney, associate professor of biology
  • Jennifer Cooper, assistant professor of nursing
  • Anna Eyler '21
  • Melanie Eyler, assistant to the dean of students
  • Tonya Thomas Finton '78, Board of Trustees
  • Ed Fogle, assistant director of facilities
  • Doreen Jarvis, campus safety
  • Erika Moyer, athletics
  • Beth O'Malley, chaplain
  • Iqra Rafiq '21
  • Jane Super, MBA'13, information technology
  • Matt Troutman, director of residence life

Infrastructure

  • Bill Hobbs (co-chair), chief information officer 
  • Craig Zeigler (co-chair), director of facilities  
  • Chuck Mann, vice president of finance and treasurer 
  • Phil Bowers '83, Board of Trustees 
  • John Bragel, director of dining services 
  • Lovetta Corson-Morgan, director of auxiliary services 
  • Chad Dickman, head coach, men’s basketball 
  • Bryan Errera, director of print and mailing service 
  • Thurmond Maynard, director and chief of campus safety 
  • Vanessa Roberts, senior employment coordinator 
  • Hans Wagner, biology department lab manager and chemical safety officer 
  • Jeff Whipp '12, M.S.'15, M.S.'20, C'15, associate director of platforms 

Human Resources, Compliance and Communication

  • Rowela Silvestre '15, MBA'18 (co-chair), risk manager
  • Carol Wuenschel (co-chair), director of human resources
  • Larbi Bricha, M.S.'17, C'19, information technology
  • Thomas Chatfield, MBA'18, associate athletic trainer, women's golf coach
  • Jennifer Cooper, assistant professor of nursing
  • Ross Conover, director of institutional research and assessment
  • Kerri Eyler, academic support
  • Christy Graybeal, associate professor of education and mathematics
  • Conor Prachar '12, women's soccer coach
  • Phil Renaud, M.S.'83, Board of Trustees
  • Emily VanderWoude, director of leadership giving
  • Laurie Ward, vice president for marketing and communications
  • Denise Watkins, director of accounting

Hood College has a responsibility to review and modify existing protocols to address changes in the public health situation on campus. Hood College reserves the right to alter response protocols and/or the operating status of the College at any time if an assessment is made that the public health situation on campus has reached a point where health and safety are unlikely to be adequately maintained under the current protocols.

Campus administrators and health services staff communicate regularly with officials in the Frederick County Government, particularly the Frederick County Health Department, and local health partners (Frederick Health) regarding regional assessments concerning virus spread. Virus-related statistics tracked by the State of Maryland are also be monitored for unfavorable statewide trends.

Data on reported symptom status and test results for Hood College constituents is collected and is posted on the health & safety notices page. The Hood College director of wellness assesses the compiled data to identify and evaluate trends. The director provides a written summary of symptom checklist reports and test result counts to the COVID Emergency Response Team (CERT), no later than 5 p.m. each business day.

In the event that there are five separate and unrelated COVID-19 cases among campus community members or if 75 percent of student quarantine/isolation rooms are in use, the Hood College director of wellness consults with the Frederick County Health Department Division of Infectious Diseases on an appropriate infection-control response. Data is assessed based on new responses/reports received over a rolling three-day period.

College administrators follow guidance provided by the Frederick County Health Department, the advice of local health partners (Frederick Health) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and all directives issued by the State of Maryland when considering the adjustment of existing response protocols or implementation of recommended mitigation measures.