Leadership Maryland officially announced its Class of 2016 on Wednesday, consisting of 52 business and community leaders from across the state chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland.
The Class of 2016, Leadership Maryland’s 24th class, reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. These 52 individuals will complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues.
Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five intense two-day sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.
“The selection process for the Class of 2016 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée M. Winsky, president and CEO of Leadership Maryland. “The 52 selected participants represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”
Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state.
Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2016 participants are:
David A. “Dave” Balcom, vice president for institutional advancement with IMET University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Theresa E. Barrett, CEO, DABS LLC
Theodore F. “Ted” Border III, vice president, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Christopher J. “Chris” Borgal, CSM, senior property manager, The Peterson Companies
Stacy Bowman-Hade, Director of Public Relations & Local Market Engagement, Sodexo, Inc.
Deborah K. “Deb” Boyd, Director of Marketing, KCI Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Rebecca B. Bridgett, County Administrator, St. Mary’s County Government
Linda Cassard, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Research Initiatives, University of Maryland, Baltimore
A. Antonio “Tony” Coffield, Sr., Executive Director, Community Assistance Network Inc.
Michael E. “Mike” Cox Jr., Lecturer/Section Manager, University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
Ivy Dench-Carter, Vice President of Development, Pennrose Properties LLC
Diane J. Devaney, President, Devaney & Associates Inc.
Leslie Ann Dews, Deputy Administrator for Field Operations, MDOT Maryland Vehicle Administration
Scott W. Evans, CEO, Benedictine School for Exceptional Children
David A. Fike, President, APG Media of Chesapeake
William R. “Bill” Ford, Vice President and CAO, Washington Gas Light Company, WGL Holdings Inc.
Jennifer Gauthier, Founder/Executive Director, Lead4Life, Inc.
Julie Ann Gaver, Owner, Julie Gaver Training & Development LLC
Robert A. “Bob” Goodman CAPT (ret.), USN, Owner/ President, ARCPoint Labs of Southern Maryland
Dr. Sarah A. Guy, Associate Director, BEACON at Salisbury University
Cheryl R. B. Hill, Esq., Deputy Administrator for Administration MDOT State Highway Administration
Michael S. “Mike” Hiner, President, Willow Construction, LLC
The Hon. Kevin B. Hornberger, Delegate, Maryland General Assembly
Daraius S. Irani, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, DIAR Towson University
Nancy S. Jordan-Howard, CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation
Deborah A. “Deb” Keller, Vice President, Human Resources, Quality Health Strategies
Kathleen M. Lechleiter, AIA, President, K. Lechleiter Architect, LLC
Timothy D. “Tim” Lewis, COO/CFO and Managing Director, Chesapeake Corporate Advisors
Dr. Richard L. “Rick” MacLennan, President, Garrett College
Jacqueline D. “Jackie” Marsteller, Vice President, Business Development, Ausley Associates, Inc.
Dawn R. Medley, Vice President Business Financing Programs, Prince George’s Financial Services Corp.
Benjamin P. “Ben” Morgan, Vice President, Barton Malow Company
Laura Thul Penza, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Penza Bailey Architects
Brian D. Pieninck, Executive Vice President, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Helen V. Propheter, Director, Office of Economic Development, Frederick County Government
Karla A. Raettig, Esq., Executive Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Bradley D. “Brad” Rogers, JD, MEM, Principal, Advanced Placemaking
The Hon. Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, MD Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations
Rachel E. Sessa, Esq., Director of Government Affairs, MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Brenda A. Smith, Executive Director, The Greater Cumberland Committee
Zachary A. “Zach” Smith, Esq., Attorney, Armistead, Griswold, Lee & Rust P.A.
Sandra A. “Sandy” Sponaugle, Founder/CEO, Platinum PR
Cheryl L. Steinbacher, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Lawrence F. “Larry” Twele, CEO. Howard County Economic Development Authority
David M. Vahos, CPA, CFO, Treasurer, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Luis R. Valdivieso, Government Relations Manager, GANTECH, Inc.
Dr. Gayatri M. Varma, Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Maryland
Lori A. Villegas, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
The Hon. Steven R. “Steve” Weems, Commissioner, Calvert County Government
Stacey L. Weisner, President & CEO, Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum
John S. Wolfe, Assistant Commissioner, MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Christina W. “Christy” Wyskiel, Senior Advisor to the President, Johns Hopkins University
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