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Leadership Maryland announces 2016 class

Leadership Maryland announces 2016 class

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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.

lmdFollowing 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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