Adjunct Bios

Abel, Eileen

Eileen Abel, Adjunct I

Eileen Mazur Abel holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and MSW from the University of Maryland.  She has a wealth of experience as a social work educator, teaching in BSW, MSW, DSW, and PHD programs.  Dr. Abel has served on 19 dissertation committees.  Her research and publications focus on the areas of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS, practice effectiveness, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Grants and contracts have supported her research endeavors.  As a tenured Full Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), she was the recipient of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and three UCF Teaching Incentive Awards.  While at UCF, Dr. Abel served for four years as the Director of the interdisciplinary Public Affairs doctoral program. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the UMB School of Social Work she currently holds the position of Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California where she has taught in both the MSW and DSW programs.  

Email: | Courses: SOWK 631 - Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations


Berry, Gillian

Gillian Berry, Adjunct III

Gillian Berry, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C, CQSW obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Birmingham University in England.  She has over 35 years of experience as an educator and practitioner in the field of clinical mental health and human services.  Dr. Berry is currently the Senior Director of the Co-Design Team at Stepped Care Solutions. She also provides clinical consultation, supervision, training and direct services for human services organizations such as child welfare and mental health agencies.  She has been a faculty member at the University of Botswana’s Department of Social Work Southern Africa, and the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  Her clinical interests have focused on providing short-term solution focused services/therapy from an indigenous perspective. She is author of the empowerment novel The Righteous Sin. 



Email:  | Courses: SWOA722 Supervision in Social Work 


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Currently working as the Senior HIV Technical Advisor at USAID, she has also worked at the Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity and the IHV JACQUES Initiative. Ms. Bjornholm earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a licensed certified clinical social worker and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Botswana, Africa from 2003-2005. She has over 15 yearsexperience working in HIV services, program management, curriculum development and training and crisis intervention for behavioral health issues.

Email: | Courses: SWOA 703 Program Development, SOWK 631 Social Work Practice w/ Communities and Organizations

Carlstrom, Michelle

Michelle Carlstrom, Adjunct I

As principal consultant and executive coach of Build a Better Culture, Michelle draws on 20 years of expertise and workplace leadership in employee assistance, work/life and cultivating professionalism through compassion. Her work focuses on the impact of leader and coworker behaviors and the use of compassionate leadership to drive change and productivity.  She has been a go-to partner for Executives, Deans and HR professionals in areas of managing at-risk and complex people problems, including abrasive behavior, workplace bullying, and threats of violence. She guides leaders through these time-consuming and divisive concerns. She coaches on both sides of disruptive behavior: leaders who endure it and those who do it. Her expertise is rooted in the power of strengths-based leadership, compassion practices, and emotional intelligence as pathway to mitigate burnout and build a culture where people feel valued and are engaged. With an MSW specializing in workplace social work, she is on the faculty at University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Email: | Courses: SOWK 725: Work, Well-Being and Social Policy, Faculty Field Liaison, Foundation Field Seminar Instructor


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Serves as a Family Reunification program manager for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. In this role, Cendejas supervises three full-time case managers who serve unaccompanied children primarily originating from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Also serves as a field instructor for MSW and BSW students (VCU, George Mason University, Capella, and Columbia); and as a adjunct field liaison for students in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work online MSW program. In addition to serving as a Governing Body member, he was on the Human Services Policy Committee and Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; the Human Development & Education Policy Committee (appointed chair for 2019-20) and the Legislative Committee of the Virginia Municipal League; an Alternate Commissioner for the Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) and the Virginia Railway Expressway (VRE); and an Advisory Board Member for Mason and Partners Clinic.

Email: | Courses: SWCL 775 Social Work Practice w/ Immigrants and Refugees, SOWK 631 Social Work Practice w/ Communities and Organizations

Crumpton, Charles Day

Charles David Crumpton, Adjunct III

Charles David Crumpton, PhD, received his doctoral degree in public administration and policy from Portland State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. For eighteen years he served as professional city manager in 6 U.S. states. As a consultant and researcher in subnational government, he has worked in 7 states in the USA. He served as director of research for the State of Maryland Maryland’s Judicial System. He was founder and director of the Maryland Judiciary Research Consortium made up of research groups from Maryland’s public universities. He was co-founder of the Centre for Public Sector Study and Applied Research at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Goiânia, Brazil. Dr. Crumpton’s research has included subnational governance, intergovernmental relations, justice, police operations, child welfare, education, technology innovation in state and local governance, mental health, comparative public administration and policy, transitional justice/injustice, indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia and Brazil, intimate partner violence, and social policy. He currently serves as Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Governmental Service and Research (IGSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park, senior researcher at the Center for Public Sector Studies and Applied Research (CEPASP) at UFG, and collaborating researcher at the College for Local Administration (COLA) at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. He is also a collaborating professor at the Braziliense Institute of Public Law in Brasília and UFG. He currently serves as a consultant for ActionAid-Myanmar (AAM) in Yangon. As a Fulbright Specialist in public administration, he has received grants to work in Brazil in 2015 and Thailand in 2017. He also serves as a peer reviewer for Fulbright Specialist grant applicants. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in Myanmar for 2021 to teach at the University of Yangon and perform research with his Myanmar collaborators. He also assists the Fulbright Commission of Egypt in reviewing student grant applicants. Dr. Crumpton has published articles and book chapters on social problems and policy and public administration and policy concerning the United States, Brazil, Thailand, Myanmar, and Bhutan in many international journals and edited books.

Email: | Courses: SOWK 600 - Social Welfare and Social Policy, SOWK 772 - Evaluation Research, SOWK 720 - Comparative Social Policy


Becky Davis

Becky Davis, Adjunct III

Becky Davis is currently the Assistant Director for the University of Maryland, School of Social Work’s Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS).  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work focusing on Management and Community Organizing. Native to Baltimore, her professional background combines program development, non-profit administration and resource cultivation.  She has held positions with national youth development organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as Camp Fire USA and has co-founded her own organization helping Baltimore teens attend their prom in style.  In her most previous role as an Executive Director, she enjoyed working within the field of early childhood education and after-school programming serving Baltimore families. Ms Davis teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and serves as a field instructor for students in organizational contexts.   

Email: | Current Courses: SWOA 732


Ekas-Mueting, Adrienne

Dr. Adrienne Ekas-Mueting, Adjunct I

Dr. Ekas-Mueting earned her BS in Criminal Justice at Radford University, an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Ekas-Mueting was the Field Associate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at UNLV for eleven years. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and has worked extensively with children and families in inpatient, outpatient, and in-home settings. Dr. Ekas-Mueting’s areas of interest include children in child welfare, undergraduate social work student supervision, and college student engagement and success.


Email: | Courses: SOWK 630 Social Work Practice with Individuals


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Orin Howard, Adjunct III

BS in Family Studies from University of Maryland at College Park in 1993, MSW from Howard University in 1995, MBA in 2014 from University of Maryland Global Campus.  Currently has a private practice in PG County Md.  Over 25 years of experience in Direct, Community, and Macro levels.  Has taught at the University of Maryland SSW for over 13 years. Courses include: Structural Oppression, Clinical Practice with AA families, SW Practice with Individuals, groups, and others.



Koskinen, Lindsay

Lindsay Koskinen, Adjunct I

Lindsay Koskinen, PhD, LCSW-C, received her master of social work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and her doctoral degree from Fordham University. Dr. Koskinen has a broad background in teaching, research and clinical practice. She has been an adjunct faculty member for six years, teaching clinical practice classes including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Work Practice with Children and Families, and Social Work Research Methods at Fordham University and Ramapo College.

Dr. Koskinen has been in clinical practice for more than 20 years, specializing in children and families, using evidence based practices to treat depression, anxiety disorders, behavioral issues, and issues related to parental separation and divorce. Dr. Koskinen has worked extensively with families who have adopted children to address attachment issues and strengthen family bonds. She also works with individuals and their psychiatrists to reduce dependency on psychotropic medication. Dr. Koskinen chaired a Child Study Team in northern New Jersey, conducting staff workshops and providing oversight of district Individual Educational Programs (IEPs) for children with special education needs.

Dr. Koskinen has collaborated and published research to advance our understanding of the present crisis of mass incarceration in the United States and the complex and cumulative trauma prevalent in incarcerated adults. Her research investigates coping strategies, including spiritual coping practices, and its impact on the mental health status of prison inmates. Dr. Koskinen has volunteered in prisons providing group therapy as well as clinical evaluations for inmates’ court cases.

Email:  Courses: SOWK 632: Social Work Practice with Groups and Families


Kozaczek, Hannah

Hannah Kozaczek, Adjunct I

Hannah Kozaczek, LCSW-C is the Assistant Director of Social Work at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she supervises clinical social workers in med/surg, critical care, burn and trauma, post-acute, and ambulatory settings. She received her BA in Social Work from McDaniel College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. She has worked in healthcare since 2005.


Email: | Courses: SWCL748 Clinical Social Work in Relation to Death, Dying and Bereavement


Antoine Lovell, Adjunct I

Dr. Lovell is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. Dr. Lovell received his Ph.D. in social work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, a MSW from New York University, Silver School of Social Work (with a specialization in clinical social work). Dr. Lovell has been featured on television shows discussing homelessness such as Here and Now with host, Sandra Bookman. In addition, Dr. Lovell was featured in an ABC documentary speaking about the intersection of race, racism and homelessness titled: Our America: Living While Black.


Email: | Courses: SOWK 610 Structural Oppression and its Implications for Social Work


Roman Makonnen

Roman Makonnen

Roman Makonnen, LICSW, MSW, MEd is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Temple University, MSW from Howard University, and MEd in Special Education with a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University.  She is a school social worker with DC Public Schools, and consults for Children's Hospital performing psychiatric assessments.  Roman also has experience in adoption therapy, international social work, and as a special education program coordinator.


Email: roman.makonnen@ssw.umaryland.eduCourses: SW700 Advanced Clinical Interventions, SW744 Psychopathology


Mellinger, Marcela Sarmiento

Marcela Sarmiento Mellinger, Adjunct I

Marcela Sarmiento Mellinger, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and also teaches in the MSW program. She earned a BA in Social Work from Millersville University, an MSW from Temple University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Dr. Mellinger has over 15 years of teaching experience and has taught courses across the social work curriculum. As a practitioner, she worked as a systems advocate and an administrator. She has experience working with government administrators, the courts, legislators, and the community in determining social needs and developing strategies to raise awareness and bring about change. She also has extensive experience working with individuals impacted by intimate partner violence and in training practitioners and para-professionals who encounter survivors and victims in their work. Her main areas of research include advocacy, intimate partner violence, and social work education.   

Email: | Courses: SOWK 631 - Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations


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John Paul Mulhern, Adjunct II

John Paul Mulhern is a social worker, clinician and educator with over twenty-five years of macro and clinical healthcare experience. This includes over twenty years as a licensed social worker. Paul has provided direct social work and healthcare services in a wide range of healthcare settings, including general medical and behavioral health hospitals, emergency departments, outpatient hospital programs, crisis hotlines, elementary and middle schools and in private practice. Paul has provided care to children and adolescents as well as couples, families, and adults, civilian first responders and veterans; including a full range of age, racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identification diversity. Paul has extensive experience in providing treatment to those with addiction illnesses as well as mental illness, and practices with an understanding of the interconnectedness of physiological and mental health.

Paul also has extensive experience in macro level healthcare operations, program and project management. This experience has been in the private section and public sector. Paul has had the opportunity to gain a 360-degree view of the healthcare system through social work, management, and service delivery support for health plans, both commercial and public, including TRICARE, Medicare, and Maryland Medicaid. Paul has also provided these services in several Federal settings, including National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Veterans Health Administration and Department of Defense.

Paul began teaching several years ago and currently teaches graduate policy and clinical courses at University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and UMBC’s Master of Health Information Technology program. Paul has also conducted online course redesign projects at UMBC and online course development at George Washington University. Paul continues to provide direct care in his own private practice, where he works with many public and private health plans to make care as widely available as possible.

Paul is licensed as social worker in Maryland and Virginia. Paul has earned his Master of Social Work at University of Maryland and his Master of Business Administration at Mount Saint Mary's University. Paul is a single dad to a teenage son and a teenage daughter as well as a “middle aged” Siberian Husky.

Email:  | Courses: SOWK 600 - Social Welfare and Social Policy, SWCL 700 - Advanced Clinical Interventions, SOWK 706 - Mental Health and Social Policy, SOWK 708 - Integrated Behavioral Health Policy, SWCL 744 - Psychopathology


Ofonedu, Mirian

Mirian Ofonedu, Adjunct II

Mirian E. Ofonedu, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C received her master degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and her doctoral degree in Psychology from the Capella University. Dr. Ofonedu is psychologist and licensed clinical social worker, with a specialization in service to children, youth, and families.  She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Social Work. She has been teaching graduate level courses at University of Maryland since 2012.  Dr. Ofonedu is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute and an Associate Faculty in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Ofonedu is a master trainer for the ACT Raising Safe Kids, a program developed and coordinated by the American Psychological Association (APA). She served as Program Chair and as Task Force and Diversity Activities Coordinator for the Society of Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37) of the American Psychological Association (APA). She serves as Chair for Division 37’s Diverse, Racial, Ethnic, and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM SIG) and Division 37’s liaison to the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology.

Dr. Ofonedu’s research interests include inclusive practice, mental health treatment engagement and service delivery for the underserved population, community-based interventions. She has expertise in qualitative research and examines the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence marginalized groups’ help seeking behaviors and service utilization to inform policy and intervention programs. Her leadership is also in the area of developmental disabilities and adult learning, educational curriculum development, teaching, mentoring, pre-service training methods, and dissemination of training resources. Dr. Ofonedu combines her macro, clinical and research knowledge in the training of students and professionals in evidence-supported and cultural responsive interventions and helps them realize the key role they can play as the underserved children, youth, families, and communities’ champions.

Email: Courses: SOWK 645 Human Behavior in the Social Environment, SOWK 631 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations, SOWK 632 Social work Practice with Groups and Families, SOWK 783 Cross-Cultural Qualitative Research, MHS 633 Clinically Applied Social and Behavioral Health Theory  



Parente, Jillian

Jillian Parente, Adjunct I

Jillian Parente, LCSW-C is an active staff member of PIVOT  (Post Incarceration Vision of Transformation) Inc., a comprehensive workforce development program for women who have been involvement in the criminal justice system. Jillian oversees and facilitates therapeutic services.



Email: | Courses: SWCL 705, Clinical Social Work with Addictive Behavior Patterns


Parker, Temeka

Temeka Parker, Adjunct I

Temeka Parker received her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2004. She completed her BSW at Bowie State University in 2003. Ms. Parker is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 16 years of experience in child welfare. Her expertise includes clinical practice in school, hospital and community-based settings. She is also certified as an Administrator through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and a Board Approved Social Work Supervisor.

Ms. Parker currently serves as an Assistant Supervisor with Prince George’s County Public Schools, supporting K-12 students receiving special education services. She also serves as a board member for Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN), an organization focused on empowering trauma-informed families, schools and communities. Ms. Parker has authored two children's books, Locs Like Mine and The Telling Secret. She has worked as an Adjunct Professor under the University of Maryland System for 6 years at Bowie State University, Department of Social Social Work and most recently with University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Email: | Current Courses: SOWK 610 Structural Oppression: Implications for Social Work Practice, SOWK 630 Social Work with Individuals, SOWK 632 Social Work with Groups and Families


Reiman, Sarah

Sarah Reiman, Adjunct II

Sarah Reiman received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2002. Her professional portfolio includes supervisory and program management knowledge, as well as research and evaluation, program and policy analysis and development, and quality assurance skills. Her clinical experience includes work with the adult mentally ill population in the psychiatric rehab and criminal justice settings, as well as in the medical arena. Ms. Reiman also has an extensive background in child welfare practice and policy providing research support to assist in the development, recommendation, modification and implementation of policies and procedures for child welfare programs and for child welfare research, as well as assessing child welfare program and practice performance and outcomes to ensure services to children and families meet best practice standards. Currently she is employed as a Health Policy Analyst for the Behavioral Health Administration of the Health Department where she collaborates in the development, production and management of federal block grants related to mental health and substance use related programs and services.
She has been employed as an adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work since 2014 and have also served as adjunct staff at Howard County Community. Mrs. Reiman is also an adjunct instructor at Harford Community College and University of Maryland Global Campus. She resides in Harford County with her husband and two boys.

Email: | Courses: SOWK 670 Social Work Research, SOWK 600 Social Welfare/Social Policy


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Steven Rivelis, Adjunct I

Steven Rivelis has been helping people achieve their social good and social justice agendas at local, state, national and international levels for over forty years. As an entrepreneur for social change, in 1988 he launched and serves as CEO of Campaign Consultation, Inc. which has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the "Top 100 Inner-City Companies in the United States" and one of the “Top 500/5000 Privately Owned Companies in America.” 

Email: | Courses: SOWK 631 - Organizations and Communities for Social Change, SOWK 600 - Social Policy, SOWK 699 - Strategic Thinking, Strategic Planning, Strategic Actions for Strategic Results, SOWK 699 - Strategic Communications



Samantha Roth, Adjunct I

Samantha Roth, LCSW-C, received her masters in clinical social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. She has almost ten years of working within systems such as the legal, education, and medical systems as an advocate, a clinical social worker, and is now the Director of Operations and an active therapist at local private practice HoneyB Wellness. Samantha specializes in working with survivors of trauma and clients living alternative lifestyles such as ethical non-monogamy and BDSM using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the neurobiology of trauma, and psycholinguistics. Samantha is also dedicated to educating those unaware or unfamiliar with alternative lifestyles and has been teaching on the subject in various communities for the last six years before starting her most recent teaching role as an adjunct professor. Samantha lives in Baltimore with her partner, two (not at all) attention starved cats, and a bookshelf full of fantasy novels.  


Email: | Courses: SWCL 723 Couples Therapy


Amelia Rubenstein

Amelia Rubenstein, Adjunct I

Amelia Rubenstein, MSW, LCSW-C is the Director of Research and Programs at the SAFE Center where she oversees direct services, program evaluation, research, and policy initiatives. Ms. Rubenstein has advocated for trafficking survivors for over 10 years in both clinical and macro capacities. Ms. Rubenstein is dedicated to assisting youth-serving agencies and organizations to address the issue of human trafficking, particularly among system-involved youth. As an experienced forensic social worker, Ms. Rubenstein has been qualified as an expert witness and provides testimony on sexual violence, trauma, and victimization. Ms. Rubenstein previously co-founded the Anti-Trafficking Program at TurnAround, Inc. which provided wrap-around services to survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Rubenstein received her Bachelor of Social Work from Skidmore College and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in public policy and reproductive rights. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Ms. Rubenstein received the Outstanding Contribution to the Fight against Human Trafficking award from the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2015 as well as formal citations from Senator Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore Mayor Pugh, and Governor Hogan for her work with survivors of sexual violence.


Email: | Courses: SOWK 630 -- Social Work Practice with Individuals


Seo, Gloria

Gloria Seo, Adjunct I

Gloria Seo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and a Board-Certified Supervisor, practicing at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Gloria treats a wide variety of mental health issues and has a special interest in challenging and difficult to treat children and adolescents.


Email: | Courses: SWCL 771: Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment with Children and Adolescents


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Lauren Siegel, Adjunct I

Lauren is currently a coordinator the joint Eviction Prevention Program between the U Maryland School of Social Work and the U Maryland School of Law.
 | Courses: SOWK 630 Clinical Practice with Individuals, SOWK 645 Human Behavior and the Social Environment


Jeff Singer

Jeff Singer, Adjunct III

Jeff Singer organizes, does policy work, and undertakes outreach for the University of Maryland School of Social Work and CASH: City Advocates in Solidarity with the Homeless. He worked for fifteen years at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and for twenty-five years at Health Care for the Homeless [HCH] in such fields as child and adult protective services; mental health, addiction, and HIV services; and nonprofit administration.  Singer retired in 2011after HCH had its millionth patient visit with its 100,000th patient.  During the 1990s he directed the National Mobilization Project for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, seeking to create the right to housing and health care in the U.S. Singer helped organize the Baltimore Homeless Union, the People’s Homesteading Group, the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Housing Our Neighbors, the People’s Vacant Housing Survey, and the self-managed homeless shelter, Eutaw Center.  He has published in street newspapers, academic journals, and books on health care, housing, poverty, addictions, homelessness, and justice. He is now an outreach worker and instructor in social policy and surrealism.

Email: | Courses: SOWK 713 Health Care and Social Policy, SOWK 721 Housing, Homelessness, and Social Policy