Staff and Leadership

Meet our Staff

Baltimore Collegetown Network brings together innovative individuals and member organizations to create resources and opportunities for students and staff. We bring together incredible talent in the region to highlight Baltimore’s big city amenities and small town charm.

Read more about our dedicated leadership below.

Staff and Leadership


  • Toni St. John

    Toni St. John, Executive Director

    Toni is responsible for directing the organization’s mission to attract, engage, and retain students in Baltimore, working closely with Collegetown campuses and community partners. Toni oversees the student programming, marketing and communications, shuttle operations, outreach, and fundraising of the organization. Toni’s background is in nonprofits and higher education, having worked previously at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Goucher College, The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, and the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the Maryland Carey Law School. Among other community engagement and volunteer roles, she is a Baltimore County Revenue Authority board member and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Maryland Nonprofits Accelerator Program. Toni is proud to call Baltimore her adopted home, having lived and worked in the region for over twenty-five years.


    Call: 410-532-3038



  • Molly Hayeslip

    Molly Hayeslip, Associate Director

    Molly is responsible for leading 4 major large-scale programs focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining college students in Baltimore (The Collegetown and Gown Tour, Collegetown Underground, Student Governance Summit, and Industry Days). Prior to joining Collegetown, Molly worked for five years as the assistant director of guest experience in Stevenson University's admissions office. Her background is in logistical planning, project management and customer service. She earned her master's degree in contemporary communication from Notre Dame of Maryland University and her bachelor's degree in theater production and English from the University of Delaware. Molly is a Maryland native and has lived in Baltimore City and County for the last decade. She loves meeting new people, trying out new restaurants, and enjoying the quirky personality that Baltimore has!


    Call: 410-532-3036



  • Tara Howell

    Tara Howell, Marketing & Communications Director

    Tara is responsible for communication and marketing for the organization, including social media and the Look Book campaign. Tara was a member of Baltimore Collegetown Network’s LeaderShape Class Seven and served on the Collegetown LeaderShape Alumni Board, and she is excited to work for an organization she knows and loves. Tara has a background in communication and digital media, with most of her experience in the broadcast industry. She worked at WLOY Loyola radio for six years, four of which she was the student general manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication specializing in digital media and public relations from Loyola University Maryland. Tara is a Maryland native and currently lives in Catonsville. She loves exploring the parks and trails around Catonsville and restaurants and museums in Baltimore. She loves to spend time outside and enjoys all of the beauty that the Baltimore area has to offer.


    Call: 410-532-3037



  • Sonyae Williams

    Sonyae Williams, Program Manager

    Sonyae is responsible for monitoring and managing the Collegetown Shuttle, one of the organization's most prominent programs that transports thousands of riders each year between multiple colleges and area destinations. Sonyae also oversees many of Collegetown’s Communities of Practice including, but not limited to: Baltimore Colleges and Universities for a Sustainable Environment (B’CaUSE), Baltimore Student Exchange Program (BSEP), and Emergency Management for participating campuses. Before joining the Collegetown Network, Sonyae was an Operations and Outreach Associate in the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department of Baltimore Corps’ Kiva Program and also was a member of Baltimore Corps’ Public Ally Apprenticeship. She has a background in science and biology, bringing together all of her character strengths like creating systems, solving logistical problems, data and analytical knowledge, and managing projects. Sonyae is a New Jersey native but has been a resident of Baltimore for almost 10 years now! Some of her favorite activities include Art museums, sitting by the water, going for walks, and having picnics on sunny days. She loves meeting new people and sharing her contagious vibrant spirit!


    Call: 410-532-3034



Governing Board


Vernon Hurte, Governing Board President 

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Life
Towson University


Greg FitzGerald, Governing Board Vice President

Chief of Staff & Vice President for Planning and External Affairs
Notre Dame of Maryland University 


Stephanie Coldren, Governing Board Treasurer

Chief of Staff 
Loyola University Maryland


Stephan Moore, Governing Board Secretary 

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Coppin State University


Nicole Baird, Governing Board Member at Large

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Community College of Baltimore County


Rachelle Hernandez, Governing Board Member at Large

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Johns Hopkins University


Justin Smith

Associate Vice President for Student Well-Being & Dean of Students
Goucher College


Dan Cronin

Interim Executive Vice President and CFO
Maryland Institute College of Art


Letitia Williams

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Morgan State University


Nicole Marano

Associate Vice President, Student Success and Support Services 
University of Baltimore


Jenny Owens

Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
University of Maryland, Baltimore


Yvette Mozie-Ross

Vice Provost, Enrollment Management and Planning
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Affiliate Members

Baltimore City

Elizabeth Koontz

Assistant Deputy Mayor
Baltimore City



Maryland Transit Administration

Logo for Maryland Transit Administration


Kelly Nagle

Deputy Director for Communications and Marketing

Maryland Transit Administration

Baltimore County

Samantha O’Neil

Senior Advisor, Office of the County Executive

Baltimore County

Baltimore Development Corporation



Karina Mandell

Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation