New Members


Lindsey Almond
Business Engagement and Development Manager
Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Bob Aydukovic
Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation, Inc. (MCCEI)

Chimabi Chijioke
Baltimore Gas and Electric

Kevin (Chris) Clark
Program Manger
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

William Cole, IV
President & CEO
Baltimore Development Corporation

Ryan Davis
Economic Development Planner
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland

Sal Fiorentino
Senior Vice President
ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC

Jeff Fuchs
Executive Director
Maryland World Class Consortia

Darnell Grisby
Director of Policy Development & Research
American Public Transportation Association

Michele Hall
Assistant to the Director
Talbot County Office of Economic Development

JohnDre Jennings
Project Manager
Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Rosalie Johnson
Engineer Associate
Baltimore County Government

Steve Kozak
Director of Marketing
Howard County Economic Development Authority

Diane Lesman
Marketing & Development Coordinator
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation

Kassie Lewis
Washington County Department of Business Development

Carl Livesay
Manufacturing Director
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Tom Lofland
Director, Economic Development
City of Havre de Grace

John Mason
Business Representative
Prince George's County Economic Development Corp.

Leanne Mazer
Executive Director
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland

Sandy Mehalko, DM
Regional Director - Western
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Frostburg University

Natasha Mehu
Policy Analyst
Maryland Association of Counties (MACo)

Amy Menzer
Executive Director
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation

Amanda Nesmith
Industrial Development Manager
Norfolk Southern

Gabriella Orazio
Technician Support
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Kelsey Pearson
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Charles County Department of Economic Development

Erika Quesenbery
Executive Director
Bel Air Downtown Alliance

Becky Reich
Main Street Manager
Town of Middletown

Martha Schoonmaker
Executive Director
Montgomery College Life Sciences Park

Eric Sklar
Support Technician
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Raven Thompson
Economic Development Specialist
Baltimore Development Corporation

LaVita Tuff
Economic Development Specialist
Baltimore Development Corporation

Guy Winterberg
Assistant Director
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland

Ian Wolbert
Communications Manager
The Patuxent Partnership

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The Lofton Scholarship Fund

The MEDA Professional Development Committee, with full authority of the Board of Directors, is very pleased to announce that we will award scholarships this year to MEDA members in good standing through the Lofton Scholarship Fund. Our intention is to make the application process simple by allowing you to submit all documents through our email system.

We invite all members to apply. Please review the criteria below and send your request for consideration.

What is the Lofton Scholarship Fund?

The Lofton Scholarship Fund is an offering of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and exists to support the growth of professional skills and knowledge by economic development practitioners in Maryland.

Objectives of the Fund:

  1. To provide funding to MEDA members for professional development opportunities in their economic development work.
  2. To provide funding to enable MEDA members eligible for certification to sit for the CEcD examination.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicants must be MEDA members in good standing or have an application for membership pending (Membership dues do not qualify as part of the scholarship)
  • Applicants must demonstrate dedication to the profession and intent to continue within the field.
  • Scholarships must be used within one year of award and cannot be used for training/courses completed prior to the award.
  • Awardees are expected to give back to the organization in a meaningful way. Suggestions include but are not limited to:
    • Contribute a Silent Auction item to help replenish the fund,
    • Assist with registration at an upcoming conference
    • Help with outreach to potential sponsors

Eligible Activities/Courses:

Any MEDA, IEDC or other economic development- related course approved by the Professional Development Committee qualifies. Courses designated as prerequisites for CEcD certification or recertification, and sitting for the certification examination are eligible. (Training Courses at conferences are eligible with committee approval. Conference and annual conference fees are not eligible for scholarship funds.

The Details:

  • Scholarships are limited to actual course registrationcosts. Scholarships also are limited to one scholarship per member each calendar year.
  • Scholarship payments must be used for tuition, books, and application fees. Housing, meals, and travel costs are not included.
  • Each recipient will be responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements and for making application for course enrollment.
  • Members are encouraged to apply for scholarships and register for course attendance in a timely matter. Late course registration fees may be omitted from the final scholarship award at the discretion of the committee. All IEDC courses are online now at

How to Apply for the Lofton Scholarship:

There are THREE parts of the application that should be e-mailed to the Scholarship Selection Committee through the MEDA Executive Director at All documents must be submitted electronically in pdf format and attached to one email to allow for seamless distribution to the committee.

  1. A signed letter of interest including the applicant's name, title, company, phone number, and e-mail address, along with the applicant's reasons for seeking the scholarship, the course you plan to take, and the estimated amount needed.
  2. The applicant's resume.
  3. A signed letter of recommendation signed by the applicant's employer.

When submitting a request for funding, please take into account our volunteer committee's schedule and allow ample time for fair consideration.