The Graduate School at Hood College has an experienced and dedicated team. Our mission is to help you achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals.
Graduate School Business Hours
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dean April Boulton oversees all graduate students and curricular initiatives, along with graduate admission and enrollment operations. 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 spring 2015 and was promoted to associate professor of biology in fall 2016. In 2018, Dr. Boulton was officially invited to serve as the Dean of the Graduate School.
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. Dean Boulton 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 UMGC. 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 Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and has trained 50 plus Hood faculty from an array of departments, like computer science/information technology, foreign languages, nursing, education and psychology. She served as the interim director of the CTL during COVID (2020-2021). For all of her professional accomplishments and exceptional service to the College and its students, Dr. Boulton was awarded the Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award in May 2014 and the Martha E. Church Prize in August 2018. Learn more about Dean Boulton here.
Holly Bonzagni serves as both the executive assistant to the dean and event manager for all graduate-retention events on and off campus. Holly brings over 20 years of knowledge in administrative support from her experiences in Maryland and California. Born in Washington, DC and a native to Maryland, she spent most of her career working in multiple industries, including healthcare and risk management services. In 2003, Holly moved to the Federal workplace, where she served as an Administrative Assistant in a national security position requiring a clearance at the Naval Medical Research Center (Silver Spring, MD), and subsequently as an Assistant to the Chief at Federal Fire (San Diego, CA). In both of these roles, she gained valuable experience in policies and procedures related to personnel management, procurement, budgeting, and travel.
In 2017, Holly started her career at Hood College as an Administrative Assistant for Faculty Services. In this role, she provided support to multiple departments, faculty chairs, and student workers by managing a variety of events impactful to course and department curricula. She went on to work in Undergraduate Admission in the fall of 2021, working with Hood Trustees, Admission Counselors, and families of prospective students. In this role, Holly provided administrative support and assistance across a wide spectrum of initiatives, working closely with operations personnel and financial aid, providing assistance with large-scale events, and prioritizing customer service through engagement with prospective students and families.
Being a military spouse, Holly has lived in several states across the country, but now calls Brunswick, Maryland home, where she resides with her husband and children. Holly loves being a part of the Hood community and serves in the Hood/FMH Resource Garden, the Hood Military Community Support Committee, and the Social and Service Committee
Tanith brings over 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 Political Science 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. Learn more about Tanith here.
Tanith is the point of contact for Hood College military graduate applicants. She is also the admission liaison for the following programs:
Amani brings over 15 years of international experience in higher education with a strong commitment to helping students achieve their academic and career goals. Amani is originally from Palestine. However, she was born and raised in Kuwait and then immigrated to Canada where she earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics from University of Toronto. She obtained her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hood College and was inducted into the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta. Amani is bilingual in English and Arabic and enjoys travel abroad.
She started her post-undergraduate career as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, then worked at the American University of Kuwait as an Admission, Scholarship & Financial Aid Counselor. In 2010, she moved to the United States and worked at the Universities at Shady Grove as a Career Counselor and Internship Coordinator. In 2018, she began her career at Hood College in the Career Center as an Assistant Director. In that role, she worked closely with international students through career services, one-on-one counseling, CPT/OPT workshops, and numerous special events. Her interaction with international students deepened her appreciation of their experiences and contributions to the Hood community.
Amani joined the Graduate School team in November 2021 as the Director of International Student Services & PDSO. In her position, Amani focuses on providing support and creating special programs for international students. Amani also serves as the College’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) with oversight of international-student immigration policy and visa compliance. Learn more about Amani here.
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. Learn more about Vanessa here.
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. Learn more about Nick here.
Outside of The Graduate School, Nick enjoys lacrosse and has been coaching at various levels for over 6 years. 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
- Environmental Biology
- Geographic Information Systems Certificate
- Curriculum & Instruction M.S.
- Elementary STEM Certificate
- Humanities M.A.
- Mathematics Education
- Mathematics Instructional Leadership M.S.
- Multidisciplinary Studies in Education M.S.
- Nursing MSN
- Nutrition Science M.S. (Nutrition Science Track, Dietetics Track, Sustainable Nutrition Track)
- Project Management Certificate
- Reading Specialization M.S.
Phone: (301) 696-3327
Sonia Bowie serves as Hood College's Doctoral Program Assistant. She came to America at a young age and has thrived - earning a B.A., from the University of Maryland College Park, M.S., from the University of Maryland University College and received Executive Certificates from both Georgetown University and Cornell University. She has held leadership positions with nonprofit associations and remains an active volunteer as a mentor with organizations that enable young women to pursue their academic ambitions.
Autumn grew up in Montgomery County and earned an individualized Bachelor of Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Autumn is enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hood and is the incoming Graduate Student Success Coordinator. In this position, Autumn will work to ensure that all graduate students have the resources they need to successfully complete their degree. In her free time, Autumn enjoys playing the banjo, sailing, and spending time in nature.
Prashanthi Akuthota serves as the graduate administrative assistant at The Graduate School. With a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the AVN Institute of Technology in India, she brings previous experience as an Automation Tester at Brand Width Technologies. Currently pursuing a master's program in Information Technology at Hood College, Prashanthi is a valued member of The Graduate School's diverse team. Learn more about Prashanthi here.
Cameron Rogers is currently enrolled in Hood College's Masters of Business Administration graduate program. He graduated Cum Laude from Hood in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. He also competed on the Men's Swimming Team and wrote for The Blue and Grey.
Cameron was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Societies while studying at Hood. In his spare time, he enjoys writing fiction, reading, and swimming.
Alex Dudziak is currently enrolled in Hood College's Masters of Business Administration graduate program. He graduated from Hood in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing and Communications. He also plays on the Men's Lacrosse Team.
Alex was inducted into the Alpha Mu Alpha Honor Society while studying at Hood. In his spare time, he enjoys stringing lacrosse heads, and hanging out with friends.
Mariana Latorre is originally from Colombia, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology. She possesses expertise in working with prisoners on topics related to trauma, emotional intelligence, self-care, and social skills. At Universidad El Bosque, she was a professor of penitentiary psychology prior to studying in the United States. Mariana is now a graduate assistant at the Graduate School and serves as the host of "A Degree Further" the official podcast of The Graduate School at Hood College. Currently, she is pursuing her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) at Hood College. Mariana has a deep-seated passion for equality and social justice issues.
Thiri Hsu Mon Aye is originally from Myanmar where she earned her bachelor's degree in English. Thiri is enrolled in Hood College's MBA program and she holds the role of Graduate Assistant in the International Student Services Office. In this role, Thiri plays a crucial part in enhancing the overall experience for students from around the world. Before she joined Hood College for her master's degree, Thiri worked as an accountant in non-government organizations and at the U.S. Embassy in her home country. Thiri enjoys watching movies and exploring new sites in her free time.