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The strength within.
Building a better Maryland takes a special kind of strength—the kind of strength you’ll find every day in leaders throughout our local businesses and communities. At Leadership Maryland, we harness that strength by bringing together local leaders from all sectors, industries, and geographic regions of our state—people with a passion for making Maryland the best place to work and live. Together, we engage on the vital issues affecting our state and work to build solutions for real, actionable change.  

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The strength within our alumni family.
As men and women of Leadership Maryland, we are stronger together. Inside our alumni family, we are the state's best and brightest leaders, hailing from all sectors of industry and all regions of the state. Whenever one of us needs a hand, we know we can call on one another, as a colleague, a connection, and a friend.








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The strength within yourself.
Leadership Maryland makes good leaders stronger. We challenge our members to step outside of their comfort zone in order to tap into the deepest strengths and passions that will make them a force for meaningful change in their organizations, communities, and state.










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Maryland Association of Counties Annual Conference

At the MACo annual conference, August 16-19, 2017, we saw 50 Leadership Maryland
members in attendance. We caught a group photo and sighted all of these members!
Seventeen classes were represented with the Class of '17 taking first place with the most!
Classes of  '14 and '16 tied for second place.
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Hon. Rushern L. Baker III '99
Mary C. Baykan '06
Tina Mae Bjarekull '03
Deborah K. "Deb" Boyd '16
Robert C. "Bob" Brennan '04
Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett '16
Deborah A. "Debbie" Carpenter, AICP '17
Hon. David R. Craig '03
Brian P. Darmody '06
Charlotte L. Davis '14
Peter M. Dolkart '15
Candace L. Donoho '12
Hon. Adelaide "Addie" Eckardt '01
Hon. James D. "Jim" Fielder, Jr., Ph.D. '98
Dorian P. Flynn '04
Shelly M. Gross-Wade '07
Scott A. Hancock '03
Daraius S. Irani, Ph.D. '16
Jennifer W. Layton '14
Sean M. Looney '96
Julie Madden '17
Valencia McClure '15
Roy C. McGrath '17
Stephen R. "Steve" McHenry '02
Meredith M. "Merry" Mears '17
Todd B. Morgan '04
Martha D. Nathanson, Esq. '14
Jack B. Neil '96
Peter E. Perini, Sr. '03
Signe J. Pringle '17
Helen V. Propheter '16
Rhonda J. Ray '14
Hon. James H. "Jimmy" Rhee '17
Karyn A. Riley, Esq. '17
Christine A. Ross, CCE, MS '17
Pamela J. "Pam" Ruff '98
James E. "Jim" Rzepkowski '05
J. Thomas "Tom" Sadowski '11
Hon. Kelly M. Schulz '16
Martin R. "Marty" Schwartz '14
Terry L. Shannon '13
Jody J. Sprinkle '17
Timothy R. "Tim" Troxell, CEcD '12
Luis R. Valdivieso '16
Linda S. Vassallo '07
John M. Wasilisin '05
Hon. Steven R. "Steve" Weems '16
J. Marcus "Mark" Willis '14
Renée M. Winsky ‘05



Our Class of 2017

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Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

Brandon S. Butler, Esq.
Deputy Assistant Secretary – Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Brenda Cachuela, CPA, CRMA, CIA
Director, Office of Audits
Maryland Department of Transportation

Deborah A. “Debbie” Carpenter, AICP
Director of Planning and Land Management
Garrett County

Bernard A. “Andy” Cheezum, Jr., CHC
Vice President/Owner
Willow Construction, LLC

Michael E. “Mike” Cox, Jr.
Lecturer/Section Manager
University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

Gregan Crawford
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Garrett County Community Action Committee

James E. Deriu
Vice President of Natural Resources Management
KCI Technologies, Inc.

John D. Diehl, MBA
Vice President
Southway Builders, Inc.

John T. Dumas, MBA
Executive Director
Service Coordination, Inc.

Diana Ellis, MBA
Vice President of Advancement
Humanim, Inc.

Loren N. Farquhar
Director, Marketing and Communications
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Rebecca J. “Becky” Frank
Vice President of Development and Marketing
Chase Brexton Health Care

Dustin W. Freas, H.M.S., NHA
Chief Development Officer
Flagship Rehabilitation

John Genakos
Director of Development
MEDCO

Charles Glass, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning
Maryland Department of Transportation

Rajiv K. “Raj” Goel, Esq.
Principal
Offit Kurman, P.A.

Heather M. Gramm
Assistant Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development (*beginning February 27, 2017)

Amy M. Gross
Executive Director
France-Merrick Foundation

Jennifer J. Hammaker
Director, Maryland Innovation Initiative
Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO)

Brian W. Hammock, Esq.
Resident Vice President
CSX Transportation, Inc.

Husher L. Harris II
Vice President
Avaris Concepts, LLC

Chris D. Hoyson
Division Vice President
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Lucille “Lucie” Hughes
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Chesapeake College

Mary Elizabeth “MaryBeth” Hyland
Founder and Chief Visionary
SparkVision

Mary Frances Isakov
Administrative Vice President and Group Manager
M&T Bank

Martha Lessman Katz, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Lessman Katz Law

Traci L. Kodeck
CEO
HealthCare Access Maryland

Jonathan M. “Jon” Kucskar, Esq.
Senior Commission Advisor
Maryland Public Service Commission

Shannon C. Landwehr
President and CEO
Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Stephanie C. Lansey-Delgado
Lieutenant
Baltimore City Police Department

Jennifer B. Litchman
Chief Communications Officer and Vice President; Special Assistant to the President
University of Maryland Baltimore

Shelley Jarrad Lombardo, MBA
Chief Revenue Officer
Evergreen Advisors, LLC

James G. "Jimmy"  Lunnermon, II
Director of Alumni Development
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

Julie Madden
Interim Director
Maryland State Arts Council

Shanak K. “Shan” Maitra, Ph.D., LEED AP
President
Artiam Solutions

Roy C. McGrath
Director/CEO of Maryland Environmental Service
State of Maryland

Meredith M. “Merry” Mears
Director of Economic Development
Worcester County

Wanda K. Oneferu-Bey
Executive Vice President, Consumer Direct Business
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Barbara J. “Julie” Paluda, MBA
Deputy Director, Enterprise Fund
Calvert County

Signe J. Pringle
Managing Director-Office of International Investment and Trade
Maryland Department of Commerce

John W. Renner, Jr.
Senior Development Director
Cross Street Partners

Hon. James H. “Jimmy” Rhee
Special Secretary – Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs
State of Maryland

Karyn A. Riley, Esq.
Director of Intergovernmental Relations
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

John E. Rodenhausen
Maryland Director of Major Giving
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Christine A. Ross, CCE, MBA, MS
President and CEO
Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Sargent
Senior Business Development Representative, Western Region
Maryland Department of Commerce

Deborah E. “Deb” Sharpless, CPA
Deputy Executive Director – Maryland Transportation Authority
Maryland Department of Transportation

Jody J. Sprinkle
Principal Policy Analyst – Maryland General Assembly
State of Maryland

Joy A. Strand

Barbara K. Wagner
Leadership Frederick Program and External Events Coordinator
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

Chad H. Ward
Chief Executive Officer
Railey Mountain Lake Vacations

Nico Washington, MBA
Associate Provost for Financial Management
University of Maryland-Baltimore County