MEDA Members Named to Leadership Maryland Class of 2018

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is pleased to announce seven members who were selected for Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2018.

As Leadership Maryland participants, the seven MEDA members—along with 45 other business leaders—will take part in an intensive eight-month, hands-on program designed to cultivate the interest, statewide knowledge and leadership capacities of Maryland’s leaders, thereby encouraging its members to explore the social, environmental and economic complexities of Maryland.

MEDA members of Leadership Maryland Class of 2018 are:

  • William Burke, Professor of the Practice, Executive Director Economic Development, Director Shore Hatchery, Director Entrepreneurial Activities, Salisbury University;
  • Kiesha Haughton, Managing Director, Maryland Women’s Business Center; MEDA Board Member and Program Committee Co-Chair;
  • Kelly Robertson-Slagle, Director of Economic Development, Calvert County Government;
  • Ardys Russakis, Executive Director, Applied Research and Technical Services, Towson University;
  • Jerry Sanford, Economic Development Manager, Washington Gas, a WGL Company;
  • Tammi Thomas, Vice President of Marketing, TEDCO;
  • Julie Woepke, Executive Director, Maryland Economic Development Commission; Maryland Department of Commerce

“We are proud of our members who will participate in this year’s Leadership Maryland class,” said MEDA Board of Directors President Kimberly Clark. “The seven who were lucky enough to be selected are going to come away learning a great deal about the state of Maryland. The valuable lessons they learn and bonds they form will forever change how they do business.”

For more information on Leadership Maryland, visit

For more information on MEDA or to become a member, visit

About MEDA

MEDA is a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals. Established in 1961, MEDA members promote the economic well-being of Maryland by working to improve the state’s business climate and the professionalism of those in the field of economic development.

MEDA’s membership includes economic development practitioners employed by government, businesses and chamber of commerce and other professionals with an interest in the economy of Maryland. Through its regular meetings, special programs and projects, MEDA member address such diverse issues as local planning, workforce, transportation, international trade, tourism and finance.

MEDA members work diligently transforming lives by creating opportunities, inspiring innovation and enriching communities in Maryland. To learn more about MEDA, visit

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