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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.


What's Happening

Class of 2015 Meets for the First Time!

The New Class Reception held in the Governor's Reception Room in the State House gave the Class fo 2015 the opportunity to meet each other for the first time, as well as Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. Also in attendance was the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors and graduates who nominated new class members. Check us out!

We are proud to officially announce our Class of 2015! Congratulations to all of this year's participants:

Jan Baum
Executive Director, 3D Maryland
Howard County Economic Development Authority

Charles Jeff Beeson
Assistant Vice President, Division of Innovation and Applied Research
Towson University

Karen M. Booth
Vice President, Behavioral Health Services
Humanim, Inc.

Hubert A. Braithwaite III
Business Development Account Executive
Tower Federal Credit Union

Paul G. Brown
Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer and Chief Client Services Officer
Howard Bank

Edward A. Burchell, Jr.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Sales
Baltimore Ravens

Elizabeth J. Burdock
Executive Director
Business Network For Maryland Offshore Wind

William N. Chalfant, Jr.
Regional Vice President
TD Bank, N.A.

Harmon L. “Monty” Cooper, Esq.
Sedgwick LLP

Hon. Philip A. Dacey, Esq.
Director of Government Affairs
Maryland Department of Transportation
Alderman, City of Frederick

Hon. Jacob R. Day
President, City Council
City of Salisbury

Bita Dayhoff
Community Action Council of Howard County, MD Inc.

Peter M. Dolkart, Esq.
Director of Legislative Affairs
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Laurie M. Edberg, Esq.
Special Assistant - Montgomery and Howard Counties
Office of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)

Vanessa A. Finney, CPA
Quercus Management

Michael D. Frederick
Vice President, LNG Operations
Dominion Cove Point LNG

Dr. Dan Gincel
VP of University Partnerships & Executive Director, Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

Ajay K. Gupta
Founder & President
Healthcare Solutions Research, Inc.

David C. Hanlin

Hazel J. Heeren
Business Performance Manager
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Prof. Russell T. Hill
Director and Professor,Institute Marine Environmental Science
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science 

Glenda F. Hodges, Ph.D., JD, M.Div.
Still I Rise, Inc. & The Women's Wellness Center

Joel S. Keels
Vice President, Construction Management
KCI Technologies, Inc.

Evelyn B. Kelly
Senior Program Manager
Institute for Public Health Innovation

James F. Kercheval
Executive Director
The Greater Hagerstown Committee, Inc.

Jane M. Kirschling, MSN, PhD
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and University Director Interprofessional Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Amy N. Kleine
Program Director, Basic Human Needs & Health
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Kenneth D. Kozel
President and CEO
Shore Regional Health

Elizabeth H. LaCorte
Director of Development
Wye River Upper School

Kevin C. Loeb
Director of Legislative Affairs
MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

Ganesha M. Martin, Esq.
Chief of Staff to the Police Commissioner
City of Baltimore Police Department

Brenda J. McChriston
CEO and Principal
Spectrum HR Solutions

Valencia McClure
Director of Communications and Corporate Relations
Baltimore Gas and Electric - An Exelon Company

Nancy J. Minahan
Mayer Bros., Inc.

Lisa Morgan
Senior Vice President and Wealth Director
PNC Wealth Management

Dorothy H. Morrison
Director of the Office of Environment
Maryland Department of Transportation

Laura A. Neuman
Former County Executive
Anne Arundel County

Margaret “Talli” Oxnam
President, Ilex Woodworking
Ilex Construction & Woodworking

Marshall D. Rood, AICP, LEED-AP
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Michael P. Schroeder
Director, NAWCAD Technology Transfer Office
Department of Defense

Joan Webb Scornaienchi
Executive Director
HC DrugFree

Gregory I. Slater
Director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering
Maryland State Highway Administration

Nigel V. Smith
Strategy & Innovation Director

Jason W. Spicer
Vice President
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Dr. Karl V. Steiner
Vice President for Research
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Benito F. Vattelana
Financial Advisor
EdwardJones Investments

Kathleen L. Westcoat
HeathCare Access Maryland

Lorenzo M. Wooten, Jr.
Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate Division
Keller Williams Perferred Properties