Who We Are
Jenny Owens, Sc.D., MS
Faculty Executive Director
Dr. Jenny Owens is the Faculty Executive Director of the Graduate Research Innovation District, “the Grid.” Jenny is a passionate social entrepreneur with a decade of experience in higher education, seven of those years at UMB in a graduate health science and human services environment. Jenny’s research interests include social innovation, academic entrepreneurship, and patient-centered healthcare design. Dr. Owens has a doctorate in Information and Interaction Design which emphasizes human-centered design and design thinking. Her master’s program focused heavily on business systems, marketing, finance, and organizational behavior. These graduate degrees, along with her undergraduate foundation in principles of health, anatomy, and physiology, give her a unique background in health science, business, and design-thinking.
Sara Menso, MBA, MS
Faculty Program Manager
Sara is the Faculty Program Manager at the Grid. Prior to joining the Grid, Sara worked at the UMB School of Medicine where she started her own company and created a business plan competition. She has been working at UMB for 8 years and is very passionate about building an entrepreneurship ecosystem at UMB. Sara graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration & Entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore and has an MBA and MS from the University of Maryland University College. She is also a student in the Doctorate of Management at the University of Maryland University College.
Stephanie Zinger, MA
Senior Marketing and Recruitment Specialist
Steph is the Senior Marketing and Recruitment Specialist for the Graduate School. She develops, designs, and executes marketing and recruitment strategies; in addition, she handles graphic design, communications, and photography for the Grid. Steph has a strong background in communications and design; she graduated from the University of Baltimore with an MA in Publications Design after earning her BA in Creative Writing from Miami University.
Academic Program Specialist