Grad School Team


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.


Tel: 301-696-3600

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. 

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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.

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Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

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 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. Learn more about Tanith through her Hood "Get to Know a Blazer" podcast interview.

Tanith is the point of contact for Hood College military graduate applicants. She is also the admission liaison for the following programs:


Amani Al-Dajane

Tel: 301-696-3811
Cell/WhatsApp: 240-741-2043

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. 


Tel: 301-696-3604
Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

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 through her Hood "Get to Know a Blazer" podcast interview.

Vanessa is the Graduate School point of contact for diversity & inclusion initiatives. She is also the admission liaison for the following programs:


Tel: 301-696-3601
Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

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 The Graduate School, Nick enjoys lacrosse and is currently an assistant coach for the Men's Lacrosse team at Hood. 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:

Kalina Simeonova

Tel: 301-696-3600

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.

Tel: 301-696-3661

Alexis Ogren is the Graduate Student Success Coordinator, which oversees many initiatives associated with all graduate student success and wellness. Originally from the Frederick area, Alexis attended High Point University in North Carolina and received her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2020. There, Alexis gained experience working in student life and success, sexual assault prevention and facilitating a positive learning environment for students. Alexis is currently earning her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at Hood College and is passionate about connecting with graduate students and becoming a resource for student success.  

Sonia Bowie


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. 

Sonia is very excited to join Hood College and to contribute to the continued success of the doctoral program (DOL and DBA).


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.


Ernesto Gonzalez is currently enrolled in Hood's MBA 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.

We are delighted to have SSG Gonzalez serve as our graduate student ambassador, as well as the graduate-student military ambassador and liaison between the Graduate School and Fort Detrick.

Richard Chabuz


Richard Chabuz is currently enrolled in the MBA program and is also a member of the Hood College ROTC program. He has served on active duty in the U.S. Army for over 10 years. Prior to starting at Hood College in Fall 2020 Richard was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he was part of the Behavioral Biology Brach. During his time there he helped develop knowledge products and materiel solutions to enhance soldier alertness, decision-making, and performance in the context of degraded sleep quantity and quality across the spectrum of Army operations. He has also been stationed in South Korea and El, Paso Texas. Richard holds an A.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in organizational leadership, both from Southern New Hampshire University.