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Leadership Maryland: These 53 people want to make the state better

Leadership Maryland on Wednesday announced its Class of 2023, consisting of 53 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 2023, Leadership Maryland’s 30th class, reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. The program will run from April to December, and include five, two-day sessions focused on Maryland’s five main geographic regions and the most vital issues impacting economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multiculturalism/diversity across the state.

More than 100 experts representing Maryland’s business, government, education and nonprofit communities will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

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 state.

Leadership Maryland Class of 2023 participants:

Thomas R. Akras
Director, Legal and Legislative Division
Alcohol and Tobacco Commission for the State of Maryland

Abimbola O. “Bola” Audena
CEO & Managing Partner
MBA Growth Partners

Anne A. Balduzzi
Managing Director, Entrepreneur and Ecosystem Empowerment

Christopher “Chris” Barber
Chief Nerd
Cheaper Than a Geek

Jodie L. Bollinger
Acting Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development

Jonathan H. “Jon” Bratt
Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Resilience”
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Jennifer L. “Jen” Brown
SoMD 2030 Workforce Development & TPP Programs Director
The Patuxent Partnership

Linda S. Cameron
Vice President, Philanthropy
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Melissa A. Clark
Associate Director

Neil J. Coffee
Chief Technology Officer
E-Risk Services

Nicholas S. Cohen
Executive Director
Maryland Citizens for the Arts

Diana C. DeBoy-Kean
Community Partnerships Manager
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

Kathleen “Kathy” Deoudes
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
UMMS Shore Regional Health

Emily A. Dow, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Academic Affairs
State of Maryland – Maryland Higher Education Commission

Donald D. Eaddy Jr.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Civic Engagement
Y in Central Maryland

Mary Ford-Naill
Manager of Economic Development
The City of Frederick

William R. “Rob” Frampton, Jr.
Assistant Fire Chief
City of Salisbury Fire Department

Kurt Fuchs
Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Horizon Farm Credit

Matt Gibson
Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator
MRG Restaurants LLC dba Chick-fil-A Easton

Garrick R. Good
Executive Director
North East Housing Initiative

Elsie M. Goodwin
Vice President, Operations and Information Technology
HealthCare Access Maryland Inc.

Everick “Rick” Gross
Program Director
Leadership Maryland

Elizabeth “Liza” Guroff
Executive Director
Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities

Elvis Guzman
Program Officer
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

David M. “Dave” Hartman
Hartman Executive Advisors

Tiffany L. Harvey
VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs

Jennifer R.  “Jen” Herwig
VP, Human Resources

John N. Hickman
Director – BEACON
Salisbury University

William J. “Jeff” Hill
Project Executive
Southway Builders Inc.

Roslyn A. Hopkins-Fernandes
Director of Account Management
United Healthcare

Stacy L. Hutchinson
Associate Director, Administration
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Carolyn R. “Lyn” Lepre
Salisbury University

Cailey E. Locklair
Maryland Retailers Association

Mark Luckner
Executive Director
State of Maryland, Community Health Resources Commission

Angela R. Martin
Executive Director
Maryland Community Action Partnership

Alexa J. Milanytch
Director of Development
Chase Brexton Health Care

Voncia L. Molock
Director Service One IT Support, Telecom Svcs
Perdue Farms Inc.

Tenyo Pearl

Assistant Professor, CSU Nonprofit Leadership Studies and Director, CSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Coppin State University

Vicki L. Petro
Vice President of Human Resources
Easton Utilities

Odessa L. Phillip P.E.
President & CEO
Assedo Consulting LLC

Michele R. Potter
Executive Director
Asbury Methodist Village/Asbury Affiliates, Inc.

Kimberly N. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Prescott HR

Randall V. “Randy” Querry
Director of Government Relations
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Dr. Monica E. Randall
Deputy Executive Director
Maryland Association of Community Colleges

Joseph G. “Joey” Sagal II
Chief Operating Officer
Maryland Transportation Authority

Nickalus D. “Nico” Sanders
Executive Director
Community Housing Associates

Robert S. “Scott” Saxman
Division Vice President
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Sarah Sheppard J.D., M.P.A.
Director, Education & Workforce and Director, Office of Telework
Maryland Department of Commerce

Jerray L. Slocum
Assistant Vice President Business Development Manager & CRA Officer
Severn Bank/Shore United Bank

Daniel  K. “Danny” Thompson
Executive Director
Somerset County Economic Development

Ashley A. Waters
Executive Director
Woman to Woman Mentoring

Francine E. Waters
Multimodal Transportation Project Specialist
Maryland Department of Transportation

Laura E. Weeldreyer
Executive Director
Maryland Family Network

Leadership Maryland is a nonprofit organization offering professional and youth development programs dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its current and future leaders.

Established in 1992, Leadership Maryland’s professional development program selects as many as 53 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors each year to come together as a class for an eight-month learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Leadership Maryland also offers Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW), the state’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students. For more than 65 years, MLW has provided peer-led summer residential and community outreach programs that empower participants – known as delegates – to take ownership of their personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups.