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On the Move, 11/30: Clay appointed executive director of diversity and equal opportunity by CSM

Makeba L. Clay

Makeba L. Clay has been appointed executive director of diversity and equal opportunity by the College of Southern Maryland. In her most recent position, as director of the Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at Princeton University, Clay focused on creating greater levels of access, equity and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff. Before that, she was director of the Leadership Institute for International Public Policy and associate director of student affairs at the University of Maryland, where she developed partnerships between the university and local, state and federal agencies to recruit and retain a diverse pipeline of students entering into academic programs and careers focused on public policy and international affairs. Clay’s career in higher education began at McDaniel College, where she served as assistant director of the Department of Residence Life, and Johns Hopkins University, where she held the same title. She has served on the boards of the American Council on Education Women’s Network, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, and Princeton in Africa. Clay is the immediate past president of the National Association of Black Women in Higher Education.


Baltimore Reads recently elected three new members to its board of directors: Tia S. Gasque, human capital specialist with Baltimore City Public Schools, previously was human resources administrator at Stanley Black and Decker. While working at the Center for Urban Families, she managed recruitment for the DOL Youthful Ex-Offenders Initiative and a Welfare to Work initiative in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. She has a bachelor’s of science degree from Morgan State University. Charles R. Geiger is senior vice president and district manager at Wells Fargo, where he has worked since 1974. He began his career as an assistant branch manager at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. Geiger has been involved with the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Corporate Advisory Board, Free State Justice Campaign, Power Excel and the Student Sharing Coalition. Amy Przywara is senior marketing director, brand & customer acquisition for the Sylvan Learning Center, where she has worked since 2002. She spent seven years at Doner, an advertising agency, in several roles, including associate media director.

Mike Croxson, president of CareOne Services and chief operating officer of Ascend One Corp., of Columbia, has joined the board of directors of Better Business Bureau Greater Maryland. Croxson is treasurer of the board of directors of The Columbia Foundation, and past president of the board of directors of Maryland Works. CareOne Services is a subsidiary of the Ascend One Corp. family of businesses, which help consumers get out of debt, strengthen their finances and better manage their money.


Howard S. Freedlander, former deputy state treasurer for external affairs from 2003 to 2011, has joined The Artemis Group as a senior consultant focusing on procurement and state policy issues. Freedlander, who retired in 2003 with the rank of colonel from the Maryland National Guard, served as executive officer/director of public affairs and legislative liaison for the Military Department. He serves on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Leadership Maryland. The Artemis Group is an Annapolis-based government relations and business consulting firm that specializes in assisting businesses and nonprofit organizations.


The Baltimore chapter of the American Marketing Association has received a 2010-2011 Excellence Award from the organization’s international headquarters. The Baltimore chapter was recognized for Leadership Overall Excellence for its best-in-class performance and for Membership Special Merit for outstanding performance.