CHI Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Board appoints Senator Craig Zucker and Tammi Thomas

SILVER SPRING, Md. (May 18, 2021)—CHI, which supports people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, announced the appointments of Craig Zucker and Tammi Thomas to the organization’s Board of Directors.

“CHI is about lifting limits and creating opportunities that would otherwise not exist,” said Daphne Pallozzi, CHI’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our commitment is to intimately understand what each person can do and aspires to do and to marry that with supports and systems that enables them to do it to their full potential. We are pleased to have Craig and Tammi join our efforts to support our mission.”

Craig Zucker is as a member of the Maryland State Senate and serves on the powerful Senate Budget & Taxation Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and is Chairman of the Education Business and Administration Subcommittee. He was sworn into the Maryland State Senate on February 4, 2016 to fill a vacancy. On November 6, 2018, Craig was elected to a full senate term. Craig was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010. He represents more than 126,000 people within Maryland’s 14th District in Montgomery County. During his time in the House, Craig served on the House Appropriations Committee. Craig is known for providing top notch constituent service and working across the aisle to sponsor and pass laws that are meaningful and reflect our shared values. Craig has earned a reputation for being a tireless legislator and a champion for those with developmental disabilities. He was the chief sponsor of many pieces of legislation that provided equity and opportunities for this population. He is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College and holds a master’s from The Johns Hopkins University.

A few of Craig’s notable achievements include:

  • Advocate of the Year, PACT: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Fighting for Families with Developmental Disabilities, 2015
  • Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Legislator of the Year Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2020

Tammi Thomas is an award-winning communicator with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, technology, economic development, higher education, and entrepreneurship. She is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at TEDCO. Prior to joining TEDCO, she served first as the Director of University Relations and Marketing and later as the Chief of Staff the President at Bowie State University, Maryland’s oldest historically black universities and an institution distinguished for its work in technology and innovation. Her resume includes C-suite positions as the Vice President of Strategic Management at Data Solutions & Technology Inc., a full-service technology solutions provider; and as the Director of Business Development and Marketing at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Research Park & Business Incubator. Additionally, Tammi’s professional expertise was sought after to teach the next generation of communicators as an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and the University of Baltimore. Tammi earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Alabama State University and an
MBA from the University of Baltimore.

“It is my honor to welcome these two leaders to the CHI Board,” said Marylove Moy, CHI Chair of theBoard. “With Craig’s extensive public service experience and Tammi’s background in strategic management and marketing, their contributions to the board will support CHI’s mission of breaking through barriers for every person to contribute, connect, and lead lives they choose.” CHI is governed by its board, which is appointed for three-year terms with the consent of the Board of Directors.

CHI Board of Directors and Officers are:

  • President, Marylove Moy, Senior Vice President, 1st Mariner Bank; Baltimore, Md (Ret)
  • Vice President, Cathy Lyle, I/DD Professional
  • Treasurer, Michael Rubin, Impact Silver Spring
  • Past President, John Pistolessi, USAF (Ret); government civilian with the Department of Defense
  • Geraldine Fowlkes, Emeritus Member
  • Dr. Stephen J. Friedman, Community Member
  • Paul Hamilton, Self Advocate
  • Leslie Hertz, Family Advocate
  • Nandhini Natarajan, Parent Advocate
  • Aileen O’Hare, Self Advocate
  • Lynn Richardson, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Ret)
  • Darlene P. Richeson, Parent Advocate; President/CEO, MaZie Global Solutions, LLC
  • Lawrence Skok, Esq.
  • Tammi Thomas, Community Member
  • Eve Wallace, American Bankers Association (Ret)
  • Craig Zucker, Maryland State Senator

CHI is a not-for-profit service provider, founded in 1948, that supports individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. CHI offers a variety of services including day, employment, community living that support individuals with different disabilities to live, work and engage with the community around them.

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