Faculty & Staff Roster


Office of the Dean

Dr. Dwane Jones Acting Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs 71/5243 202.274.7182 dwane.jones@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Urban Sustainability, Urban Stormwater Management, Environmental Policy, Urban Design, Public Health
Brittany Loca Project Manager 71/5241 202.951.0879 brittany.loca@udc.edu
Diane Hyman Deputy Director of Land-Grant Programs 71/5244 202.274.1737 dhyman@udc.edu
Andrew Carson Data and Assessment Manager 71/5322 202.597.2725 andrew.carson@udc.edu
Janet Spain Volunteer and Assessment Associate 71/5342 202.507.3305 janet.spain@udc.edu
DerWayne Henry Marketing and Communications Manager 71/5343 202.274.6686 derwayne.henry@udc.edu
Coretta Troxler Marketing and Communications Assistant 71/5240A 202.274.7123 Coretta.Troxler@udc.edu
Marshelle Hailstock Project Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment 71/5240B 202.274.7135 mhailstock@udc.edu
Jose Santiago Budget and Grants Manager 71/5323 202.274.5365 jose.santiago@udc.edu
Monica Wiggins Project Specialist, Grants, and Purchasing 71/5321 202.274.7118 mwiggins@udc.edu



Land-grant Programs

Office of the Associate Dean

William Hare Associate Dean for Land-grant Programs 71/5221 202.274.7133 whare@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Soil Nutrients, Water Resources Management, Ethnic and Specialty Crops
Roy Lycorish Research and Logistics Associate Firebird Farm 301.937.6715 rlycorish@udc.edu
Rebecca Bankhead Manager for Youth Education and Resource Development 71/5315 202.274.7081 rbankhead@udc.edu


Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education

Mchezaji Axum Director, Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education 71/5131 202.274.6691 mchezaji.axum@udc.edu
Research Speciality: Soil Nutrition, High-Intensity Urban Farming, Agroecology
Dr. Matthew Richardson Assistant Director of Urban Agriculture Research 71/5135 202.274.5947 matthew.richardson@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Understanding plant-insect relationships in human-managed, disturbed, and restored habitats.
Lenneita Haigler Staff Assistant 71/7340 M 202.274.6103 lenneita.haigler@udc.edu
Matthew Gardine Assistant Farm Manager 71/5136 202.308.7113 matthew.gardine@udc.edu
Patricia Bon Project Associate 71/5136C 202.403.9487 patricia.bon@udc.edu
Vacant Senior Program Coordinator, Pesticide Safety
Dr. Mamatha Hanumappa Project Specialist, Ethnic and Specialty Crops 71/5133 202.274.5499 mamatha.hanumappa@udc.edu
Victoria Mirowski Project Assistant 71/5210D 202.819.5704 victoria.mirowski@udc.edu
Brian Barnes Project Assistant for Urban Agriculture brian.barnes@udc.edu
Thomas Wheet Research and Logistics Coordinator 71/5210J 202.274.5419 thomas.wheet@udc.edu
Caitlin Arlotta Research Associate, Urban Agriculture caitlin.arlotta@udc.edu
Caroline Staub Project Specialist 202.274.5674 dlahaye@udc.edu
Diego Lahaye  4H Program Associate 71/5420C


Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience

Dr. Kamran Zendehdel Acting Director, Sustainability Education 71/5118 202.274.7161 kamran.zendehdel@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Urban Sustainability, Environmental Policy, Experimental Design, Community Engagement, Group Decision Making
Harris Trobman Project Specialist, Green Infrastructure 71/5115 202.274.6682 harris.trobman@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Restoration of urban systems, with a particular interest in diverse and complex systems, and his skills include socially responsive design, community engagement, landscape architecture, urban design, and horticulture
Danyal Eisenbrandt Staff Assistant 71/5112 202.274.7139 caroline.howe@udc.edu
Elizabeth Gearin Project Specialist, Urban Planning 71/5110 202.274.7128 elizabeth.gearin@udc.edu
Simon Bird Project Specialist, Environmental & Public Health – Environmental Sustainability Adjunct Professor 71/5110 202.274.7128 simon.bird@udc.edu
Diana Dakik Project Specialist, Sustainability Innovation & Urban Resilience 71/5100 202.274.7128 diana.dakik@udc.edu
Mustafa Madyun Adult Education and Youth Advancement Specialist 71/5316 202.274.6494 yahya.madyun@udc.edu


Water Resources Research Institute

Dr. Tolessa Deksissa Director, Water Resources Research Institute 71/5111 202.274.5273 tdeksissa@udc.edu
Research Speciality: Water quality assessment and modeling; emerging contaminants; GIS-based modeling of green infrastructure; trace metal analysis and speciation with ICP-MS; analysis of pesticide, PCBs and emerging contaminants with GC-MS, analysis of pharmaceutical and personal care products using TOF-MS with DSA; fate and transport of organic contaminants in soil and water; modeling integrated urban wastewater system; adaptive water resources management; and fostering significant learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Sbhat Tefera Project Specialist, Environmental Testing 42/110 202.274.6091 stefera@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Perchlorate analyses in drinking and groundwater contaminants, vegetables, fruits, and milk by LC/MS/MS (Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry), sodium in low sodium food products by ICP/MS (Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry), and detection of the adulteration of cereal flours with melamine and related triazine byproducts of ammeline, ammelide, and cyanuric acid by HPLC/DAD (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode-Array Detection)
Sania Rose Project Assistant, Environmental Testing Sciences 42/110 sania.rose@udc.edu
Vacant Field Laboratory Technician


Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science


Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health

Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord Director, Center for Nutrition, Diet & Health 71/5416 202.274.7125 lmonroelord@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Inner City Childhood Obesity Prevention, Food Security, Health Literacy and Geriatrics
Carmen Hernandez Staff Assistant 71/5220D 202.274.5530 carmen.hernandezcand@udc.edu
Dr. Tiffany Johnson-Largent Project Specialist, Health and Wellness 71/5415 202.274.6708 tiffany.johnsonlarge@udc.edu
Dr. Amy Schweitzer Project Specialist, Community Nutrition 71/5414 202.274.6596 amy.schweitzer@udc.edu
Paul Brown, Jr. Food Safety Coordinator 71/5410E 202.274.6490 pbrown@udc.edu
Miranda Desmarais Project Coordinator, SNAP-Ed 71/5410D 202.274.6783 miranda.desmarais@udc.edu
Cassidy Weitman Program Coordinator, SNAP-Ed 71/5410F 202.274.5770 cassidy.weitman@udc.edu
Gregory Cooper Project Coordinator, EFNEP 71/5410A 202.274.7172 gregory.cooper@udc.edu
Herbert Holden Extension Agent I 71/5410C 202.274.5755 hholden@udc.edu
Pamela Williams Project Assistant 71/5310K 202.274.6602 pmwilliams@udc.edu
Vacant Project Assistant
Vacant Sr. Program Coordinator Food Systems
Vacant Sr. Project Coordinator, SNAP-Ed
Banafsheh Dehdashtizadeh Sr. Project Coordinator, EFNEP banafsheh.dehdashtiz@udc.edu
Olivia Harp 4H Program Associate for High School 71/5420A 202.274.5208 olivia.harp@udc.edu


Institute of Gerontology

James Lee Volunteer Program Coordinator 71/5310B 202.274.6658 jlee@udc.edu
Kiera Ortiz Respite Aid/Bodywise Coordinator 71/5310F 202.274.6623 kiera.ortiz@udc.edu
Pamela Williams Project Assistant 71/5310K 202.274.6602 pmwilliams@udc.edu
Gayle Hutchinson Program Specialist, Gerontology, Health & Wellness


Academic Programs

Office of the Associate Dean

Dr. James Maiden Acting Associate Dean for CAUSES, Academic Programs and Acting Chair for the Department of Health, Nursing and Nutrition 71/5245 202.274.6366 james.maiden@udc.edu
Teresa Merz Staff Assistant, Associate Dean of Academics/Associate Dean of Operations 71/5240E 202.274.7129/202.738.0799 teresa.merz@udc.edu
Donta Thornton Staff Assistant 32/104 202.274.7167/202.594.7796 donta.thornton@udc.edu


Architecture and Urban Sustainability

Ralph Belton Acting Chair/Associate Professor 32/104C 202.274.5043 rbelton@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Preservation Rehabilitation
Dr. Sabine O’Hara Professor/PhD Urban Leadership 71/5111 202.274.7011 sabine.ohara@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Sustainable Economic Development, Community based approaches to Economic Development, Ecological and Agricultural Economics, stakeholder-based assessment, Discourse Based Valuation, Economic Development, and its Social/Cultural and Environmental Context.
Dr. Anna Franz Assistant Professor 32/104B 202.274.3249 ann.franz@udc.edu
Vacant Associate Professor
Kimberly Tuttle Assistant Professor 202.274.7446 kimberly.tuttle@udc.edu
Kathy Denise Dixon Assistant Professor 32/104G 202.274.6653 kdixon@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Urban Planning, LEED buildings
James Killette Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/C03 202.274.5056 jkillette@udc.edu
Dr. Brian Bramel Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104B 202.274.3249 brian.bramel@udc.edu
Tara Pase Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104B 202.274.3249 tara.pase@udc.edu
Howard Gibbs Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104B 202.274.3249 hcgibbs06@gmail.com
Wanda Briscoe Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 wanda.briscoe@udc.edu
Stanford Britt Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 stanford.britt@udc.edu
Hyon Rah Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 hyon.rah@udc.edu
Kenneth Filler Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 kenneth.filler@udc.edu
Gina Fernandes Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 gina.fernandes@udc.edu
Davide Prete Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 davide.prete@udc.edu
Mohammad Kamal Adjunct Professor Architecture 32/104 202.274.7167 mohammad.kamal@udc.edu
Dr. Maros Ivanic Adjunct Professor PhD Urban Leadership 32/104 202.274.7167 maros.ivanic@udc.edu
Diana Dakik Adjunct Professor: Environmental Sustainability 32/104 202.274.7128 diana.dakik@udc.edu
Seema Thomas Adjunct Professor: Environmental Sustainability 32/104 202.274.7167 seema.thomas@udc.edu
Dr. Peter May Adjunct Professor: Environmental Sustainability 32/104 202.274.7167 peter.may@udc.edu
Dr. Emily Osborne Adjunct Professor: Environmental Sustainability 32/104 202.274.7167 emily.osborne@udc.edu
Tamrat Bedane Adjunct Professor: Environmental Sustainability 32/104 202.274.7167 tamrat.bedane@udc.edu
Niquinn Fowler Adjunct Professor: sabineEnvironmental Sustainability/PSM 32/104 202.274.7167 niquiin.fowler@udc.edu
Dr. Matthew Richardson PSM Coordinator, Urban Agriculture 71/5135 202.274.5947 Matthew.richardson@udc.edu
Dr. Tolessa Deksissa PSM Coordinator, Water Resources Management 71/5111 202.274.5273 tdeksissa@udc.edu


Health, Nursing & Nutrition

Dr. James Maiden Acting Associate Dean for CAUSES, Academic Programs and Acting Chair for the Department of Health, Nursing and Nutrition 71/5245 202.274.6366 james.maiden@udc.edu
Dr. Tia Jeffery Assistant Professor 71/5235 202.274.7142 tia.jeffery@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Urban Health Disparities, positive youth development via nutrition education and fitness, and Senior Wellness
Dr. B. Michelle Harris Associate Professor 71/5237 202.274.5739 bharris@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Minority health issues and reducing health disparities
Raeleena Collington Visiting Assistant Professor 202.274.5379 raeleena.collington@udc.edu
Dr. Phronie Jackson Assistant Professor for Health 71/5232 202.274.5932/202.963.8703 phronie.jackson@udc.edu
Bessei Stockard Associate Professor 71/5241 202.274.5076 bstockard@udc.edu
Dr. Pier A. Broadnax Program Director for Nursing/Associate Professor 71/5242 202.274.5916/202.963.8702 pbroadnax@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Leadership Development, Breast Cancer in Minority Women, Childhood Obesity
Elmira Asongwed Associate Professor 71/5233 202.274.5909 easongwe@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Secondary prevention with anklebrachial index measurements to identify peripheral artery disease and evidence-based education interventions for adult learners
Dr. Anne Marie Jean-Baptiste Assistant Professor 71/5234 202.274.5942 ajean-baptiste@udc.edu
Research Specialty: Critical Care and Adult Emergency Nursing
Linda Hinnant Adjunct Professor Nursing 71/5240E 202.274.7129 lhinnant@udc.edu
Dr. Clarence Stewart Adjunct Professor Health Education 71/5240E 202.274.7129 cmstewart@udc.edu
Charmaine Jones Adjunct Professor Nutrition 71/5240E 202.274.7129 charmaine.jones@udc.edu
Dr. Theodore Tadese Adjunct Professor Nutrition 71/5240E 202.274.7129 theodore.tadese@udc.edu