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April joined the college in 2006 as an instructor of both undergraduate and graduate courses in the biology department. She served as the interim director of the environmental biology master's program in 2009 and became the program's director and assistant professor of biology in 2010. April was appointed as the associate dean of the Graduate School in May 2015 and was promoted to associate professor of biology in spring 2016. April has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate course for the biology department and environmental biology program with a focus on climate change and insect ecology. As dean, April oversees all graduate students and curricular initiatives, along with graduate admission and enrollment operations.
April earned her doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis in 2001, her master’s in animal behavior from Bucknell University in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree—liberally trained with a double major in psychology and classics—from Centre College in Danville, KY in 1994. An insect ecologist by training, she has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded a research grant by the USDA to investigate control measures for the small-hive beetle, a pest of the commercial honeybee. Given her pollinator work, April was instrumental in the passage of the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act in March 2016, which also resulted in her appearance on the Kojo Nmandi radio show and an article in the Washington Post.
Prior to her Hood appointment, April served as an instructor, curriculum developer and new-faculty mentor for UMUC. Due to her online experience, she has developed and continues to facilitate two fully online trainings for Hood faculty interested in alternative, online delivery modes. She has given workshops in online delivery for the CTL and has trained 50 plus Hood faculty from an array of departments, like computer science/information technology, foreign languages, nursing, education and psychology. For all of her professional accomplishments and exceptional service to the College and its students, April was awarded the Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award in May 2014.
Susie has held diverse positions in the legal, business, service and higher education sectors. Susie served as director of financial aid at Gettysburg Seminary, and she has experience in event planning from both the Seminary and as the owner of a small coffee shop. Her career in administrative support and management began when she served as office manager in the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office. In her spare time, Susie volunteers at both of her children’s schools in Gettysburg. She is the treasurer and administrative assistant of her youngest son’s Cub Scout pack, and enjoys conducting mock job interviews at her oldest son’s high school.
Susie uses an array of skills from previous career paths to fulfill her role as executive assistant to the dean in the Graduate School at Hood.
Tanith brings 25 years of work experience in the field of higher education in the Washington, DC area at various universities, non-profit organizations and international education institutions.
Tanith oversaw study abroad and global education operations at George Mason University and the Catholic University of America. She then worked at NAFSA: Association of International Educators as Senior Director of study abroad and diversity-leadership initiatives. Prior to joining Hood College, Tanith worked as Director of Membership & Outreach at the College Consortium of International Studies (CCIS) where she was responsible for international partnerships and academic collaborations.
Tanith was born and raised in Monaco and the South of France where she completed a Baccalaureate in Literature & Philosophy with Honors in the French education system. She earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of California, Riverside and completed her master’s degree in International Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Tanith is bilingual in English and French and conversational in Italian and Spanish. She has traveled to most continents and is passionate about higher education and cross-cultural engagement.
Vanessa Solis is originally from Ecuador, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Universidad Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil. She recently completed her Masters of Music in Violin Performance at the Shenandoah University, where she also worked as the Manager of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. As an international student studying in the U.S., Vanessa had the opportunity to work as an admissions counselor for Manor College in Philadelphia. In this role, she organized recruitment efforts for international students and assisted with international partnerships with Latin American universities.
While living in Ecuador, Vanessa organized a festival called “Jovenes tras las Huellas de la Música” where she raised money to bring talented young musicians to her home city. In addition, she assisted with festival marketing efforts to showcase the impact of classical music on youth. That opportunity allowed her to organize different types of musical events throughout Ecuador.
Vanessa is part of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and The National Symphonia. She also teaches violin in her spare time to high school students who want to pursue music as their career. She has a passion for providing student guidance and loves being part of the Hood Community. Vanessa is the Graduate School point of contact for diversity & inclusion initiatives. She is also the admission liaison for the following programs:
Nick is originally from Madison, New Jersey and is 2017 graduate of Hood College with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Public Relations. During his time at Hood, Nick was a four-year member and middie of the men’s lacrosse team. He actually started his admission career during his bachelor's as a tour guide for undergraduate admissions.
After graduation, Nick was hired as an admission counselor at Drew University in New Jersey, where he worked as an undergraduate and transfer admission counselor overseeing multiple territories in Northern New Jersey. Nick was also a member of Drew’s campus experience team, where he managed the student ambassador program and was an assistant coach for their men’s lacrosse team. Nick then became the enrollment specialist at Saint John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, MD. At Saint John’s, Nick was responsible for multiple roles including general recruitment, outreach to local primary schools, and scheduling campus visits.
Outside of Hood, Nick enjoys lacrosse and is currently the head coach for Team Maryland Lacrosse Club’s 2026 Elite team. Nick is the Graduate School point of contact for the 4+ dual-degree and ALTY scholarship programs. He is also the admission liaison for the following programs:
- Business Administration
- Accounting Certificate
- Finance Certificate
- Organizational Management Certificate
- Ceramic Arts (Certificate, M.A., MFA)
- Curriculum & Instruction M.S.
- Elementary STEM Certificate
- Humanities M.A.
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior, M.A.
- Mathematics Education
- Mathematics Instructional Leadership M.S.
- Multidisciplinary Studies in Education M.S.
- Reading Specialization M.S.
- Thanatology Certificate
Taeyol "Ted" Oh serves as Hood's Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director of International Student Services and brings more than 15 years of higher education experience in international student services and advising, international education partnership projects, teaching and research. Prior to his joining Hood, he worked at Lake Land College, where he managed international student services, support programming for international students, and coordinated international education partnership and recruitment projects. Ted also worked for community service organizations in Canada and managed their acculturation programs for new immigrants and international students.
In the Graduate School, Ted serves as the primary point of contacts on F-1 international student visa issues, I-20, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), international student transfer, international student activities and support programs.
Ted graduated with a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Kyungpook National University in South Korea and then attained an M.A. in Communication Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He later earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas.
Born to a Pakistani father and Colombian mother, Sonia came to America at a young age where she has thrived—earning degrees from UMD, UMGC and Georgetown University. Past positions have involved youth development with the M-NCPPC and the National Recreation and Park Association. She is an active volunteer with scholarship organizations that enable young women to pursue their academic ambitions, such as the Distinguished Young Women of Frederick County and the Miss America Organization, where she currently serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Sonia and her family reside in Urbana, Maryland.
Kalina Simeonova is a graduate assistant for the Graduate School, providing support to staff and students. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Kalina is currently earning her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Hood College, and is passionate about using her interpersonal skills to help others flourish.
Ilobekeme (Beke) Ojeifo, is a graduate assistant for the Graduate School. An international student from Nigeria, Beke is currently working toward her master’s degree in Management Information Systems. She also completed a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Hood College. Beke is passionate about communicating with people across cultures.
Taylor Hahn oversees many initiatives associated with student success across programs in the Graduate School. Originally from the Baltimore area, Taylor is working toward her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Hood. Taylor graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and social sciences in 2014. With a passion for helping others, Taylor began her career working as a high school history teacher before coming to Hood College.
Ernesto Gonzalez is currently enrolled in Hood's MBA graduate program. He is also a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army and a year three cadet in the Hood College ROTC program. SSG Gonzalez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Perdue University Global in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. He has been in the Military for over ten years and is very proficient in leading teams, time management, and managing relationships.
Patsy Zetkulic is currently enrolled in Hood's Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from McDaniel College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. She was also a Student Ambassador at McDaniel’s Admissions Department.
Patsy previously worked at the Women in Military Service Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Patsy also enjoys volunteering at different community organizations, including mental health organizations and theatre organizations.