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The Program

Leadership Maryland, an independent statewide leadership program to develop informed senior-level leaders was created in 1992 to cultivate the interest, the statewide knowledge and the leadership capacities of Maryland’s leaders. Fifty accomplished and diverse leaders are selected for the program annually by their peers.


The People

Our members are the top leaders in Maryland. They represent businesses, education, government, nonprofits and labor unions. Our goal is to ensure that each class includes diversity in ethnicity, age, gender, industry, and geography.  It is this diversity of opinions and perspectives that makes the program meaningful and rewarding.


The Professor

Eliot Pfanstiehl is not really a professor, but he is our incredibly talented and skilled facilitator, and he is the CEO of Strathmore. Leadership Maryland President and CEO Renee Winsky '05 and Eliot nurture each class through mindful exposure to complex policy issues, supplemented with access to remarkable leaders and institutions.


Our Class of 2016


David A. “Dave” Balcom
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Theresa E. Barrett
Chief Executive Officer

Theodore F. “Ted” Border III
Vice President
The 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
Devaney & Associates, Inc.

Leslie Ann Dews
Deputy Administrator for Field Operations
MDOT Maryland Vehicle Administration

Scott W. Evans
Benedictine School for Exceptional Children

David A. Fike
APG Media of Chesapeake

William R. “Bill” Ford
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Washington Gas Light Company, WGL Holdings, Inc.

Jennifer Gauthier
Founder/Executive Director
Lead4Life, Inc.

Julie Ann Gaver
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

Michael S. “Mike” Hiner
Willow Construction, LLC

The Hon. Kevin B. Hornberger
State Delegate
Maryland General Assembly

Daraius S. Irani, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President, DIAR
Towson University

Nancy S. Jordan-Howard
Chief Operating Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Deborah A. “Deb” Keller
Vice President Human Resources
Quality Health Strategies

Kathleen M. Lechleiter, AIA
K. Lechleiter Architect, LLC

Timothy D. “Tim” Lewis
COO/CFO and Managing Director
Chesapeake Corporate Advisors

Jacqueline D. “Jackie” Marsteller
President & CEO
Marsteller LLC

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
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
Advanced Placemaking

The Hon. Kelly M. Schulz
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.
Armistead, Griswold, Lee & Rust P.A.

Sandra A. “Sandy” Sponaugle
Platinum PR

Cheryl L. Steinbacher
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Lawrence F. “Larry” Twele
Howard County Economic Development Authority

David M. Vahos, CPA
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Luis R. Valdivieso
Executive Consultant

Dr. Gayatri M. Varma
Director, Collaborations, Partnering & Strategy

Lori A. Villegas
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley

The Hon. Steven R. “Steve” Weems
Calvert County Government

Stacey L. Weisner
President & CEO
Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum

John S. Wolfe
Commissioner, Division of Pretrial Detention and Services
MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

Christina W. “Christy” Wyskiel
Senior Advisor to the President
Johns Hopkins University