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Our Story

Transforming Lives,
Every Step of the Way

Our Mission

To assist in the education of students of all ages, seniors, their families and the community. Our programs and services empower the MUG participant to disciplined, definitive success in all phases of his/her life’s journey.

Our Staff

Carol McCreary-Maddox


Carol McCreary-Maddox is a founding principal of The Maryland Umbrella Group. A former federal employee, she was the Administrator for two Independent Counsel Investigations: the Iran/Contra Investigation and the Mike Espy Investigation. She is a vetted trainer with more than 20 years experience teaching leadership, time management, office management, briefing techniques, communication, statistics and project management.

A scholar practitioner, she is completing her Doctorate in Education, Leadership and Change with Fielding Graduate University. Much of her study has focused on the value of standardized assessments, the majority/minority test gap and systemic inequality. Her instruction and coaching are formed by her awareness of those systemic inequalities and her desire that each student/client be minimally impacted by those inequalities. She holds a BS in Statistics and a graduate certification for teaching in a virtual classroom.

Christal P. Batey


Christal Batey is a founding principal of The Maryland Umbrella Group. With over 30 years of experience in Aging Service ranging from Retirement Communities- Medical Adult Day Care Centers, and program design and implementation in executive leadership capacities. Mrs. Batey has served on the Aging Advisory Committee for Congresswoman Donna Edwards, is the current Chairperson for the Advisory Committee on Aging for Prince George’s County and is the North County Sector Lead for Dementia Friendly Prince George’s County. For the last 14 year she has been the Community Resource Advocate for the City of Greenbelt, MD and has developed an award winning Assistance in Living Program.

But for the last 10 years in the evening and on the weekends Mrs. Batey works with the other end of the age spectrum providing one on one tutoring services for school age students to adult learners. Specializing in elementary and middle school mathematics, Mrs. Batey meets each student where they are academically. Her favorite analogy is that each child is like a rubik’s cube with their unique challenges. Sometimes it takes a series of different moves to help a student solve the problem. It is our role at MUG to figure out the moves necessary to help each student meet their academic goals.

Gloria Walker-Gaddy

Senior Services Operation Manager

Ms. Walker- Gaddy is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she received her education in the Columbus Public Schools, attended Ohio State University, graduate of MATA Business College, Loving Arms Biblical Seminary, and Koinonia Bible College. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Senior Services.

Gloria specializes in information, referral, assistance and follow-up services to improve and enhance the quality of life of seniors and their families. By using written and oral communication skills, interviewing skills, knowledge of human behavior/ aging process and her knowledge of community resources, she is able to impact the lives of hundreds of seniors a year. Always working proactively as a team member with staff and community, Gloria helps her clients age in place with dignity, self-determination in a safe and secure environment.

Sharon Johnson

Director of Aging Services

Mrs. Johnson has worked with seniors and adults with disabilities for over 10 years, and has worked in the greater aging community far longer. As the Community Case Manager, and University of Maryland, College Park Campus alumni, Mrs. Johnson holds several certifications including Care Manager (CMC) and Dementia Care Practitioner, working to assist residents in the community with identifying, locating, and acquiring the services and supports necessary to safely age in place, gaining an in-depth working knowledge of the residents’ needs.

Mrs. Johnson facilitates a Caregiver Support Group and co-facilitates a Memory Support Group and Memory Café, developed to meet the needs of those diagnosed with cognitive impairments. These were the first programs of their kind to launch within Prince George’s County. Mrs. Johnson also serves as co-lead on the North County team for the County Executive’s Dementia Friendly Prince George’s Initiative, with the goal of establishing a Dementia Friendly community for its seniors, their caregivers, and families by bringing together various partners including government, faith-based, and other civic organizations and advocates.

Mrs. Johnson provides supervision to students from three universities schools of nursing through the Aging Internship Program for the City of Greenbelt. This includes the County’s only free Community Nursing Program, and a Public Health and Social Work Community Aging Internship Program.

Etienne Saunders


Etienne Saunders has an Associates Degree in Teaching specializing in Elementary Education from Prince George's Community College and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management with Cum Laude distinction from Strayer University. She currently teaches 5th grade in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and has worked for Prince George's County Public schools, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington DC. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching movies, dancing, and spending time with my 12 year old daughter.

Brendy Garcia

Administrative Assistant Intern

Brendy Garcia is a proud student of Prince George’s Community College and active member of the National Honor society. She is fluent in English and Spanish and enjoys people and serving as a mentor.

Freda Nsiah


Hello! My name is Freda Nsiah. I am a 17 year old senior at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in the Science and Technology program. I am on the biology track and currently have a 4.12 GPA. I am also in dual enrollment taking college classes at Prince George's Community College. My favorite subjects are English and Science. I love working with and teaching young scholars, this is why I joined the Maryland Umbrella Group tutoring team! I love to work with kids and serve as a mentor and role model.

Emerson Tiwang


Emerson Tiwang is a rising senior currently attending Charles Herbert Flowers High School. He is involved in a variety of organizations including being Captain of the Basketball Team, President of the Principal’s Action Council, and an Altar Server. Aside from sports, academics, and serving his community, Emerson enjoys reading, baking and playing chess. He intends to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration. His end goal is to start his own tech company that eventually will be listed on the S&P 500.

Perri Jackson


Perri Jackson is a senior at Charles Herbert Flowers High-School in the Science and Technology Program in Springdale, Maryland. She holds a 4.25 GPA, is an active member of Student Government, Principal’s Action Council, and the National Honor Society. In her free time she enjoy reading, drawing, and helping others!

Cynthia Batey


My name is Cynthia Batey, and I am currently enrolled at Charles Herbert Flowers High school Science and Technology Program in Springdale, Maryland. As my senior year progresses I proudly hold a 4.18 cumulative GPA, am an active member of the National Honor Society, and attend Prince George’s Community College’s Dual Enrollment courses to gain college credits in English, Nutrition, Sociology, Psychology, and more. I have been working as a tutor for the Maryland Umbrella Group for almost 4 years. I enjoy tutoring, and mentoring children of all ages and in all subjects.

Arianne Kabert


My name is Arianne Kabert, I’m currently a senior student at Charles Herbert Flowers High School with a 4.0 GPA. I also attend Prince Georges Community College Dual Enrollment program to earn Credits in Nutrition, Sociology, English, and soon to be more. I speak three languages (English, French, and basic Russian) I hope to graduate from Howard university with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in psychology. Then, furthering my education at Charleston School of law to become a Lawyer. I have been a tutor at the MUG office for over a year now and enjoy helping children in many ways & love to see them learn.

Cierra Maddox


My name is Cierra Maddox. I am an 11th grader at Elizabeth Seton High School. I am a varsity cheerleader and am involved in Diamonds and after school club that involves modeling and self motivational workshops for program participants. I enjoy tutoring because I love kids, and tutoring involves helping people so it’s a win-win situation.

Board of Directors

Mrs. Kathy Anderson

Senator Joanne C Benson

Mr. Al Pearson

Ms. Courtney Glass, Esq

Ms. Evelyn Kenley

Ms. Allyssa Maddox

Mr. Darryl Stevens