Office of Student Affairs
School of Medicine
685 W. Baltimore Street, Suite 150
Baltimore, MD 21201
The Associate Dean for Student Affairs is responsible for the overall function of the office. In that role, Dr. Parker fosters an open and inviting atmosphere for all students to feel welcome. She is an advocate and mentor for all of the students in the School of Medicine, promoting their personal and professional development. She serves on committees and collaborates with other School of Medicine and University offices to improve processes and to establish policies and procedures, with the goal of providing better service to our students, staff and faculty. Dr. Parker personally writes many MSPE’s (Medical Student Performance Evaluations) and oversees the writing of all MSPE’s.
The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs serves primarily in a counseling and activity advising role. He also writes MSPE’s (Medical Student Performance Evaluations) and letters of recommendations. Dr. Martinez is a Careers in Medicine Liaison and facilitates the Mentoring Program. Dr. Martinez is also on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
As a member of the Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Frayha writes Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) and serves primarily in a counseling and activity advisory role. She is the Student Affairs liaison for the school's dual degree programs and their students. She is also on faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine, where she sees patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Kevin Brown, MS, Executive Director for Student Affairs and Medical Education
Direct Line: 410-706-7668
Sonia Beasley, BS, Associate Director
Direct Line: 410-706-7586
The Associate Director provides students with registration guidance and assistance and proper records management. She monitors and maintains the University/SOM student information system for academic records (SURFS) used in admissions registration, and mandated reporting functions ensuring the confidentiality and accuracy for students. She is the managing editor for the Academic Handbook, the elective and subinternship catalogs. She oversees the visiting student process (VSAS) and serves as the Veteran’s Administrative benefits liaison. She coordinates affiliation agreements and leaves of absence for students. She is the point person for FERPA questions or concerns, international elective registration and add/drop processes.
Sara E. Menso, MBA, MS, Program Manager - Student Entrepreneurship
Direct Line: 410-706-3649
Mrs. Menso is responsible for providing complete oversight of all student organizations and the tasks include enforcement of existing UMB & SOM policies as well as providing support for all fiscal service needs related to student organizations such as fundraising and reimbursements. She oversees the bio-entrepreneurship program and works to increase student entrepreneurship within the school. She is also responsible for a host of Student Affairs services related to affiliation agreements, global health elective interests, and opportunities, as well as the Medical Student Residency Match process including the application completion and submission. She also manages the department presence on the web.
Reetta Gach, MS, Events Specialist
Direct Line: 410-706-7689
Mrs. Gach provides daily support to students and manages all Office of Student Affairs events, including Match Day, AOA Banquet, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Student Clinician Ceremony and much more. She also is the editor of The White Coat, the Office of Student Affairs newsletter.
Tami VanDamme, BS, Program Coordinator
Direct Line: 410-706-1927
Ms. VanDamme provides daily support to students and coordinates the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). She manages scholarship and award information and white coat ordering. She also helps with affiliation agreements.
Ashley Crawford, BS, Administrative Assistant II
Direct Line: 410-706-7476
Ms. Crawford provides daily administrative support to students. Her support includes a range of items including managing medical degree verifications, alumni MSPE's, generates good guy letters, good standing letters and judicial board letters for students.