Leadership Maryland Announces Class of 2019

52 business and community leaders chosen to complete eight-month professional development program

Annapolis, Md. (February 12, 2019) – Leadership Maryland officially announces the Class of 2019, consisting of 52 business and community leaders from across the state chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland.

The Class of 2019, Leadership Maryland’s 27th class, reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. These 52 individuals will complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“As in previous years, the selection process was very competitive, which is a testament to our members encouraging a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state to apply to our program and share in their experience,” said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “This year’s cohort is a powerful cross-section of leaders from our state. I’m excited to see them come together as a group and do great things in their workplaces, communities and beyond in the years to come.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit www.LeadershipMD.org, call 410-841-2101 or email Info@LeadershipMD.org.

Leadership Maryland Class of 2019 participants:

Lisa Akchin

Associate Vice President & Assistant to the President

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Dr. Heidi M. Anderson


University of Maryland-Eastern Shore 

Melissa L. Baldwin

Director, Operational Excellence

Kaiser Foundation Mid-Atlantic States

Nona O. Carroll

Chief Strategy Officer

Maryland Business Roundtable for Education 

Andrea E. Chapdelaine


Hood College

Ellington E. Churchill, Jr.


Maryland Department of General Services 

Mary Beth Cook

Deputy Director of Planning & Zoning

Calvert County Government

David “Dave” Corkum

Executive Vice President

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Dr. Steven J. Czinn

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Kevin A. Day

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Living Design Lab

Albert A. “Al” Delia

Vice President, Regional Development and Engagement

Frostburg State University

Matt D.  Doyle

Business Development Specialist, Attraction

Frederick County Office of Economic Development 

 Antonia Fasanelli, Esq.

Executive Director

Homeless Persons Representation Project

Ellen R. Fish

Executive Vice President

Hamilton Bank

 Gail L. Foltz

Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer

Shore United Bank

Michael A. Franklin


Atlantic General Hospital

 Richard G. Griffin AICP, CEcD

Director of Economic Development

City of Frederick

Kelly R. Groff CDME

President & CEO

Visit Montgomery

Michael C. Harris

Managing Director, Finance (CFO)/Board of Directors, Treasurer

Maryland Environmental Services

Matthew “Matt” Helminiak

Commissioner of Labor and Industry

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation

Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Meritus Medical Center

Gail D. Houser

Executive Director, Corporate Lending

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, ACA

Lucas W. “Luke” Huber

Vice President

Interior Specialists, Inc.

Donny R. James

Chief Real Estate Officer, Revenue Authority

Prince George’s County Government

Erica N. Joseph


Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

Michael P. Kelleher

Executive Director

Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP)

Christine Y. Koski, CPA

CFO and Vice President

KCI Technologies, Inc.

Mikiko Land

Director Marketing & Business Development

CPJ Associates

Sandra S. “Sandy” Love

President, Integrity Solutions


Felton Magee, Jr.

President & CEO

Regent Healthcare, Inc.

Andrea E. Mansfield


Manis Canning & Associates

Robin McKinney

Co-Founder & CEO

CASH Campaign of Maryland

Eric D. Milhollan, Sr.

Senior Project Manager

Willow Construction, LLC

Eli J. Modlin

Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Government & Community Relations

Salisbury University

Mary M. Morris

Director, Baltimore Economic Development Fund

University of Maryland Baltimore

Karen J. Nelson

President & CEO

Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc.

Rodney Oddoye

Chief Customer Officer and VP Customer Operations

Baltimore Gas & Electric Company

Joann Petillo

Senior Vice President

Schnabel Engineering, Inc.

Erin J. Roth

Deputy Assistant Secretary

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation

Dr. Patricia W. “Patty” Saelens


Caroline County Public Schools

Edward J. “Ed” Schlotterback

Division Vice President

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Steven J. Schupak

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Maryland Public Television

Leon E. Scioscia

Executive Vice President of Operations


Carolyn J. Scruggs

Warden, MRDCC

Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

Dana Seiler

Founder, Principal/CEO

Vantage Point Solutions Group

Blair Brennan Slaughter, Ph.D.

Vice President, Organization Development, Executive Coach

Rowe Price

 Jody P. Thomas

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland

Mary B. Tung, Ph.D., Esq.


Maryland Energy Administration

Leroy Albert “Al” Tyler, Jr.

Vice President, Economic Development, Capital Projects Development Group

Maryland Stadium Authority

Tracie Watkins Rhodes, Esq.

Director, Office of Small & Minority Policy

Maryland Department of Transportation

 Dr. Charles A. “Chuck” Wight


Salisbury University

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Wilke

Director of Bond Financing


About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.

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