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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.  

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.

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.



The Class of '18 at their New Class Reception, with bookends Immediate Past Chair
Eric Brotman '09 (LM) (far left) and newly elected Chair Dr. Memo Diriker '12 (LM) (far right) and
our favorite facilitator Eliot Pfansteihl (LM) (front and center).

Photo courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor.

Announcing the Leadership Maryland Class of 2018

Shirley D. Bailey
Co-Owner and Executive Vice President
GCC Technologies, LLC

Mary Angela Baker
Director of the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning
Salisbury University

Jennifer C. Baldwin
Senior Vice President, Patient Centered Medical Home and Care Coordination
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Andrea D. Berstler
Executive Director
Wicomico Public Libraries

Jarrod E. Borkat
Senior Director, Partnering and Strategy

Kevin C. Broadhurst
Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs

William P. “Bill” Burke, Jr.
Professor of the Practice, Executive Director Economic Development,
Director Shore Hatchery, Director Entrepreneurial Activities
Salisbury University

Exzavain V. “Vante” Burkes
Logistics Engineer
Zenetex, LLC

Rebecca M. “Becki” Combs
Quality Health Strategies

Steven C. “Steve” Combs, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Maryland University of Integrated Health

Robert A. ”Bob” DeAlmeida
President and CEO
Hamilton Bank and Hamilton Bancorp, Inc.

Carol A. Dodson
Vice President of Support Services and Chief Safety Officer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Brian J. Dulay
Executive Director
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education

Allison Dunn Wilson, LEED AP
Area General Manager
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Dominick J. Dunnigan
Director of Marketing, Business Development and Human Resources
Southway Builders, Inc.

Lynette M. Entzian
Executive Vice President
Locust Lane Farms, Inc.

Cassandra R. Freeman
Division Director
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Raymond E. “Ray” Gilmer III
Vice President, Communications
Montgomery College

Cricket Goodall
Executive Director
Maryland Horse Breeders Association

Lori A. Graf
Maryland Building Industry Association

Anne M. Grealy
Executive Director, State Affairs

Monroe Harrison
Director, Public Affairs
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

Kiesha T. Haughton
Managing Director
Maryland Women’s Business Center

Treava S. Hopkins-Laboy
Deputy Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Health and Human Services (NIH)

Rhashad T. Johnson
Director of Field Operations
Maryland Department of Transportation – Motor Vehicle Administration

Monica C. Kolbay
President and CEO
ArachnidWorks, Inc.

Nathaniel D. “Nate” Logan
Senior Information Security Advisor
Federal Reserve System – National IT

Stephen C. “Steve” Mayoryk
Senior Project Manager
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Gracelyn A. McDermott
Executive Director
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the MidAtlantic States

Sally J. Miller
Vice President of Operations
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Lynn M. Mumma
Vice President of Strategy
Behavioral Health System Baltimore

Steven J. “Steve” Ochse
CFO and Vice President of Finance
Easton Utilities Commission

Jeffrey A. Penza, AIA, LEED AP
Penza Bailey Architects

Sonal Ram
Director of the Office of Environmental Design – State Highway Administration
Maryland Department of Transportation

Kelly A. Robertson-Slagle
Director of Economic Development
Calvert County Government

Jacquie Cohen Roth
President and CEO
Athena Communications, LLC

Ardys D. Russakis
Executive Director, Applied Research & Technical Services
Towson University

Jerry T. Sanford
Economic Development Manager
Washington Gas, a WGL Company

Kandace L. “Kandy” Scherr, Esq.
Attorney and Vice President
Frank, Frank & Scherr, LLC

Mark A. Schnebly
Senior Vice President and Loan Operations Manager
MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Leon E. Scioscia
Executive Vice President of Operations
The Music Center of Strathmore

Nimisha Sharma
Director – Office of Real Estate and Economic Development
Maryland Department of Transportation

John T. Short, Jr.
Vice President for University Advancement and
Executive Director of the FSU Foundation
Frostburg State University

Tammi L. Thomas
Vice President, Marketing

Annette E. Wallace
Principal, Pocomoke High School
Worcester County Board of Education

Elizabeth Weglein
Elizabeth Cooney Care Network

Hon. Victoria L. “Vickie” Wilkins
Commissioner of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Carrie Ann Williams, CPSM
Andana Consulting, LLC

Juliane G. “Julie” Woepke
Executive Director, Maryland Economic Development Commission
Maryland Department of Commerce

Martin A. ”Marty” Wollesen
Executive Director
University of Maryland – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Brandon Wright
Director, Communications
National Waste and Recycling Association