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    Marie B. McGillycuddy

    Vice President of Admissions

    I am delighted that you have chosen to seek out UMHS. My team and I are here to provide you with all of the necessary information to ensure that you are making the right choice. I am confident that you will find first-class service from our Associate Directors of Admissions, Applicant Services Team and our Post Acceptance Directors. If there is anything that we can answer for you or assist you with please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Interesting Fact About Myself:
    I am a living donor. I had the honour of donating my kidney to my nephew when he was just 1.5 years old. He is now a healthy and energetic 7 year old boy!


    Michelle Peres

    Vice President of Enrollment Management

    As the granddaughter of our founder Dr. Robert Ross, medical education has  been an important part of my life. I came to UMHS in 2008 as VP of Enrollment Management for the start of our inaugural class and have watched our school and students flourish over the past several years.   

    I wear many hats! I work with transfer students from other medical schools, recruit and interview students throughout Canada, build relationships with pre-health advisors, provide encouragement to our current students, and work closely with our wonderful alumni association! Our students, faculty and staff are all an intricate part of our UMHS family! 

    Outside of work I love to travel and also try to live a healthy lifestyle and practice mindfulness.  Supporting organizations and individuals in need both in the US and abroad has been my life mission. It’s the little things we do that make a difference. I am gifted with two wonderful boys, one in undergrad and one in medical school and a husband who I watched work hard throughout medical school and is a dedicated hematologist/oncologist. 

    I’m excited to be a part of your journey!


    Carole Ross Walker

    Regional Director of Admissions Midwest

    As the daughter of Dr. Robert Ross I have a long history of working with him in his previous and current medical school. I was a road warrior and wore many hats, I did Power Point presentations, interviews and helped interested students meet the requirements for matriculation. I also developed close relationships with pre-med advisors and set up several articulation agreements.

    Currently I am calling new inquiries throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. I work with students from their initial inquiry and continue to counsel them until they have met their requirements and fill out their application. I am passionate about UMHS. When I talk to the students I try to give them all the information they need to apply and tell them about the advantages of going to UMHS. I tell them the history of the Ross family and our high standards for medical education. I give them the list of prerequisites and also tell them how to study for the MCAT. I tell them I am always available and they can call or text me anytime with more questions. I encourage them to look at the webinars and contact their representative. I have also given them names of alumni students to answer questions.

    Before I worked for my Father I owned my own Advertising Specialties and Marketing Company. My clients included Major Corporations, Banks Universities and schools.  That has taught me many lessons in customer service.

    My interests are in Art and Art History. I have a Masters in Science and Art. I have sold some of my Art work to the Children’s Museum in Detroit. I have three wonderful daughters and six grandchildren. I am so proud of all of them.

    I also try to help others and work for charities, I am currently Vice President of Membership for a charity. I also was the president of ORT for ten years. ORT builds schools for needy students.

    I look forward to working with you and helping you realize your dream to become a physician.


    Shyam Dharia

    Director of Enrollment Management

    I am here to assist students in the Northeast and Texas with their admissions questions about UMHS and the application. I work with these students from their initial inquiry through the application process ending with matriculation. Also, I take care of the onboarding of students who have transferred to UMHS’ 5th Semester as well as working on various ad-hoc reports for Executive leadership. As an Associate Director of Enrollment Management, I want to ensure students have all the information possible about UMHS and the resources that we offer for them to succeed in obtaining their medical education 

    In my free time I enjoy watching all different sports and try to get to the golf course as often as possible.



    Earl Mainer

    Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Southeast & Puerto Rico

    As Senior Associate Director of Admissions, my territory for recruiting for UMHS is the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.  I am here to answer questions and counsel premed students, prospective applicants as well as applicants in process about UMHS.   My goal is to inform students and parents about all the details regarding our M.D. program from “inquiry” to matriculation.   It is true, the more details you learn about UMHS, the more exciting this option becomes.

    I enjoy traveling, biking, neighborhood basketball, watching football, tennis and hiking in the Rocky Mountains!  OH, and I LOVE other people’s dogs and cats!!!  I travel too much to have one of my own.


    Melanie Weiner

    Associate Director of Admissions

    I am a former road warrior that now heads the Florida office partnering up with Earl Mainer doing the outreach campaign via the Southeast region. I speak with just about every prospective student and applicant that comes in from Puerto Rico, Florida, and the whole Southeast region and will guide you through the entire admissions process. 

    Before working at UMHS, I was a photographer in NYC for over 12 years specializing in portrait photography of famous rock musicians. I  had the opportunity to tour on assignment with the rock band Metallica and was in their movie Made in Philadelphia. I also received the coveted invitation from Atlantic records to photograph portraits of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for the Led Zeppelin reunion.


    Corie Helms Thayer

    Associate Director of Admissions

    Advises students on our M.D. program and interviews applicants from the Midwest Region!

    Building relationships and connecting with all types of people is something I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed and it is what makes my position with UMHS so rewarding. I am always here to lend an ear; to help and support in any way that I can.

    I love spending time outdoors, reading a good book, and sipping on an amazing cup of coffee! As I am an early riser and split my time relaxing and working out in the mornings.

    In my free time I soak up every moment I can with my sweet dog and family!


    Nelida Alvarez

    Post-Acceptance Director


    Shelly Surowitz

    Applicant Coordinator


    Deborah Galdames

    Applicant Coordinator

    I am here to assist students with the application process. I help students in submitting their application along with all the required documents needed. I correspond with students via email and telephone updating them on their application status from the moment the application is received until a decision for acceptance is made.

    I work closely with a great team at UMHS ensuring students have all the information they need to apply and move smoothly through the application process.

    I love spending time outdoors or at the beach soaking up the sun.  I try to spend as much time as I can with family.


    Gillian Hyman

    Admissions Coordinator

    I love working with students in the Southeast and Puerto Rico, assisting them with their initial inquiries and admissions questions about University of Medicine and Health Sciences.  As an Admissions Coordinator I strive to ensure that the students have all the information about UMHS in order for them to succeed in their medical education.

    Arriving in South Florida from London, England, I love the opportunity of spending time outdoors - especially swimming and walking.  I love visiting museums, love to read and to cook, and to spend time connecting with my family.