Jennifer K. Lepus, M.A., RN, Director

Jennifer has been working in the field of health education in the public and private sector for over 20 years, and started at UMBC in 2002. She states, "My favorite part of my job, by far, is working with the students on campus. I want to ensure the students and their families that we're here to help them succeed with their goals, by providing excellent health and wellness care."

Clinical Staff


Dr. Vivienne Rose, MD (Acting Medical Director)

Dr. Vivienne Rose has been practicing at UMBC's University Health Services since 1998. She got her M.D. from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1992. She completed her residency at the Department of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center from 1992 to 1995. She has been employed at the Department of Family Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine since 1995. She has a special interest in women's health including obstetrics.


Cassandra "Sandy" Riggs, MS, CRNP
(Asst. Director, Clinical Services)

Sandy has been at UMBC since 1994. She received her BSN from The University of Arizona and her MSN/NP from The University of Virginia. Prior to UMBC, she worked in college health at Johns Hopkins University.


Telisha Anthony, MS, CRNP

Telisha joined the UHS staff in 2015. She is a native Washingtonian with over 20 years experience in healthcare, 9 years of that as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She receive her Masters of Science in Nursing towards her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from Howard University. She has worked in various settings as a Nurse Practitioner. Telisha not only views being a Family Nurse Practitioner as her career, but as her passion.


Marie Holmes (Clinic Coordinator)

Marie has been with UHS since 2010. She is a registered Medical Assistant who has worked in the healthcare field for six years. Her main focus is to provide exceptional care and service to the students, faculty and staff at UMBC.

Administrative Staff


Cheryl Benitez (Insurance Program Supervisor)

Cheryl has worked at UMBC since 2007. She supervises all insurance and billing functions within UHS. She can help answer questions you have about insurance or billing issues.


Annette Jackson (Insurance Specialist)

Nettie has worked at UMBC since 2002. She currently serves as the student health insurance plan coordinator. Nettie will gladly help you with any questions regarding the school health insurance plan, and any other insurance and billing questions.


Dot Cooper (Procurement)

Dot has worked at UMBC since 2001. She orders vaccines, medical supplies and other important products to keep UMBC students healthy. She also works in procurement, handles the payroll process and does new hire paperwork for UHS.


Rose Gore (Front Desk Supervisor)

Rose started at University Health Services in October 2010. Rose can help you with scheduling appointments, updating students medical records and answer questions for UHS and Health Education. She likes to assist the students and make them feel comfortable while they are at UMBC


Cori Kiser (Office Clerk/Front Desk)

Cori joined the UHS staff in 2015, bringing with her experience in healthcare and customer service. You will find her at the front desk of University Health Services, helping students and staff schedule appointments, assist with obtaining and updating medical records and answering any questions they have about UHS. She is focused on providing exceptional customer service to the students of UMBC, and making them feel welcome at UHS.

Health Education Staff


Rina Vaishnav Rhyne, MSW, LGSW (Voices Against Violence Program Coordinator)

Rina has been at UMBC since 2014. She has been working with issues impacting women and youth since receiving her MSW in 2006 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rina’s focus is on supporting and empowering anyone who has been impacted by sexual assault or relationship violence.

Alternative Medicine


Andrea Thornton (Massage Therapist)

Andrea is a nationally certified and state licensed Massage Therapist. Using such techniques as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy, Andrea aids the body's natural healing process for chronic muscle pain, TMJ disorder, headaches, arthritis, repetitive use syndromes, and sports related injuries.


Yu She (Acupuncturist)

Yu She has been practicing Acupuncture part-time at University Health Services since September 2002. She received her Diplomate in Acupuncture in 2000. She also received her M.Ac. in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute) in February 2000.

Student Workers

Students make a significant contribution to UHS. At the Front Desk, students schedule appointments, register patients and handle billing. In Health Education, they perform clerical functions as well as coordinate programs and events throughout campus. Student Clinical Assistants are trained to assist our health care providers with patients.

Professional Liability

Medical Assistants, Clinic Coordinators and Nurse Practitioners employed by UMBC’s University Health Services are provided Professional Liability protection by the University System. In addition Nurse Practitioners are required to carry additional professional liability insurance.

Physicians contracted to provide services at UMBC’s University Health Services will maintain professional liability insurance at an amount determined by the Director, University Health Services and University of Maryland Family Medicine.

At any time a Nurse Practitioner or Physician receives notice of a pending malpractice claim occurring from services provided at UMBC they will immediately notify the Director, University Health Services.

Records of any patient with a pending malpractice claim will be maintained in a locked file by the Director, University Health Services.

Director, University Health Services, will notify the Vice President of Student Affairs any time he/she receives notification of a pending malpractice claim.

Should UMBC administration be notified of a pending malpractice claim they will immediately notify the Director, University Health Services, who will then notify the involved practitioners(s).

Alternate Gender Provider

If there is a preference to see a male provider, in some cases we may be able to provide that service (with advanced notice, please contact us so we can attempt to arrange this).