Learn more about OIA’s senior leadership below, and please feel free to reach out to them for more information about ways of supporting UMBC goals.
Greg Simmons, MPP ’04
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Meet and Contact Greg
Greg Simmons serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He also works closely to support the important work of bwtech@UMBC and UMBC Athletics. Simmons is a UMBC graduate, having earned a master’s degree in public policy in 2004, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program. He also serves on the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education strategic steering committee, and the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. Simmons lives in Baltimore City with his wife Angela and their three teenage sons.
Chief Marketing Officer and Associate Vice President, Engagement
Meet and Contact Lisa
Lisa Akchin is chief marketing officer and associate vice president for engagement at UMBC, where she leads branding and marketing, communications, and stakeholder and community engagement to advance enrollment and support for the institution. She currently chairs the university’s Brand and Enrollment Marketing Executive Team. She has three decades of marketing experience in the not-for-profit sector, including positions at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Lisa is currently a member of the executive committee of the Strategic Communications Council of the Association of Public and Land Grant Colleges and Universities. She served two terms on the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners and was a member of the Baltimore Collegetown Network Board of Directors. She holds a master’s degree in urban studies and planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Stacey Sickels Locke
Associate Vice President, Alumni Engagement and Development
Meet and Contact Stacey
Stacey Sickels Locke brings to UMBC over thirty years of fundraising and nonprofit management with organizations in higher education, independent schools, faith-based organizations, social services, and the arts. Enthusiasm, innovation, and passion are hallmarks of her work resulting in over $175 million raised for annual operations, capital campaigns, comprehensive campaigns, endowments, planned gifts, and special events. Her work includes a $158 million project at the University of Maryland establishing the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering and the Iribe Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion in Computer Science. Her work in the College of Sciences included alumni engagement and development (individual, foundation, and corporate) for the benefit of research, scholarships, fellowships, endowed chairs, programs, and diversity and inclusion programs (summer bridge, tutoring, summer camps, expanding access). Stacey also collaborated closely with the Division of Research and the Research Park to harness research for the University and new companies coming to College Park including Capital One and Adobe.
Assistant Vice President, Careers & Corporate Partnerships
Meet and Contact Caroline
Caroline Baker helps bring the talent and expertise of UMBC students and faculty to companies, agencies and organizations in Maryland and across the country. Leveraging her diverse background in business development and economic development, she builds comprehensive, long-term partnerships for the University. In her current role, Caroline oversees the UMBC Career Center and the Corporate and Foundation Relations team — two groups that work collaboratively to create and sustain important partnerships that benefit UMBC and the region.
Deputy Chief Marketing Officer
Meet and Contact Elizabeth
Elizabeth Regan-Butts joined UMBC as the Deputy Chief Marketing Officer within OIA in September 2020. She possesses a B.S. in business administration from Rowan University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Elizabeth began her eighteen-year career in higher education as a national recruiter for the Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine and later worked for two years in advertising sales for the Gannett Co. Before joining UMBC, Elizabeth spent thirteen years with Rowan University ending her service there as Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Enrollment Management.
Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC: Research and Technology Park
Meet and Contact Aaron
Aaron Miscenich is Executive Director of bwtech@UMBC, a 70+ acre research park located in Baltimore, Maryland. Home to over 525,000 square feet of office and lab space, bwtech houses over 130 companies. For 14 years Miscenich was President & CEO of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a life science business incubator focusing on university-based technologies. During this time Miscenich also managed New Orleans BioFund, an evergreen capital source. In 2012, Miscenich served as Interim Executive Director of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. Miscenich holds a B.S. in physics from the University of New Mexico and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.
Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
Meet and Contact Brian
Brian Barrio, J.D., was appointed Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation in January 2020. A graduate of Boston College and the University of California Hastings College of the Law, Barrio has served in athletics leadership roles at the University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, the University of Nevada, and Central Connecticut State University. He was also a member of NCAA Division I conference administration at the Ivy League and the America East Conference, and has served on NCAA and NACDA Committees.
Director of Administration and Business Services
Meet and Contact Aphrodite
Aphrodite Bodycomb is Director of Administration and Business Services. Prior to arriving at UMBC she was Associate Director of Administration and Operations at University of Maryland, Baltimore for 21 years where she held various roles overseeing financial and business operations for a unit. She is a former Chair of the USMWF, former Vice Chair of the UMB Staff Senate and has co-authored publications on strategic planning and return-on-investment. She earned her B.S. at UMCP, a MSM and a MBA in 2003 from UMGC.