Laurie WardEmail:
Phone: 301-696-3803
Office: Alumnae Hall 209

Laurie joined the marketing and communications team in February 2017. She oversees the team responsible for strategic marketing, media relations, publications, social media and the web.

Before coming to Hood, she served as the chief marketing and communications officer at Delaware Valley University and the director of client marketing services at Ithaca College. Prior to her higher education experience, she was the public relations director at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore. At all three institutions, she was responsible for a rebrand and the roll out of a new logo.

A native of upstate New York, Ward received her bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

Laurie lives in Frederick with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bernie, and is an avid baseball fan. She is excited about being in an American League market again.

Phone: 301-696-3802
Office: Alumnae Hall 209

Mason earned a bachelor's degree in communication arts and digital media from Hood in 2019. Before joining the Hood marketing and communications team in December of 2020, Mason served as the senior coordinator of communications and digital media for the Washington Spirit, a professional soccer team playing in the National Women's Soccer League. During his time with the Spirit, Mason organized team press conferences, facilitated team news reports and coordinated media appearances with national news organizations such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and more.

In his free time, Mason enjoys watching and playing soccer and American football. Mason now lives in Frederick with his girlfriend Susannah, who is also a Hood alum.

Phone: 301-696-3399
Office: Alumnae Hall 209

Meg earned her bachelor’s degree in communication arts at Hood and began her career as Hood’s marketing communications manager upon her graduation. She originally started in the marketing and communications office as a student in the fall of 2011, working alongside the website manager.

She enjoys attending concerts and hiking, as well as spending time with her family, especially her two younger sisters. She's also pursuing a master's degree in business administration at the Hood College Graduate School. Meg and her fiancé, Justin, who is also a Hood alum, live with their three cats and Siberian Husky in Walkersville.


Phone: 301-696-3806
Office: Alumnae Hall 204



Matt is a proud Hood alum, earning his English B.A. in 2015. He also holds an M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University. Besides writing professional copy, his fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications online and in print. He co-founded and edits the literary journal Ligeia Magazine. He has also written and produced numerous works for the stage.

Matt is an avid supporter of the arts and education, having worked as a teacher and tutor. He has appeared in dozens of local theater productions over the years. He lives in Frederick with his wife and son.

Office: Alumnae Hall

Soofia began her career in the marketing and communications office as a website manager. She has earned her bachelor's degree in computer science at Hood College as well. 

She started her tenure in the Marketing and Communications Office in May 2010 as a web assistant intern, working alongside the previous website manager. She lives with her family in Maryland along with her two sons and her daughter, Yusuf, Ali, Mariam, and her husband. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her kids.

Phone: 301-696-3844
Office: Alumnae Hall 206

Before coming to Hood, she served as senior designer at Sodexo, a life services company; marketing manager and graphic designer at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland; and Senior Designer at Linda Sherman Design of Montgomery Village. Renee is experienced in design direction; brand creation and oversight; and design for marketing collateral and promotion. She has written and designed endless marketing campaigns including, web, email and print, as well as designed and directed indoor and outdoor permanent signage installations.

Renee earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Mount Airy with her husband, two kids and many, many animals.