Program Development Committee

The Program Development Committee plans quarterly conferences with great enthusiasm, creating content, securing speakers, and coordinating logistics. They also support MEDA’s Vice President in the development of the Annual Conference. Members of this committee may also serve on the Economic Development Week sub-committee.

Committee members understand the practice of economic development and its partner disciplines, maintain a network of speaker contacts, and dedicate the time required to develop quality programs. The Committee has at least three face-to- face meetings and several conference calls per year in preparation for the conference, with additional work completed via phone and e-mail. MEDA makes every effort to populate this committee with regional representatives.

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Denise Beaver, CEcD, Deputy Director, Carroll County Department of Economic Development
  • Kelly Robertson-Slagle, Director, Calvert County Department of Economic Development

Committee Members by Conference:  In addition to our Program Committee Co-Chairs, the following members have served on our Program Committee this year

Annual Conference 2020:
Chaired by, Danny Thompson, Somerset County Economic Development Commission

  • Keasha Haythe, CEcD, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
  • Kierra Kimmie, Howard County Economic Development Authority
  • Tom Riford, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Ebony Stocks, Executive Vice President, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
  • Patrick Terranova, Caves Valley Partnership
  • Tammi Thomas, TEDCO

Summer Conference 2020:

  • Keasha Haythe, CEcD, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
  • Sam Shoge, Kent County Chamber of Commerce
  • Ebony Stocks, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
  • Tammi Thomas, TEDCO

Because MEDA is a statewide association dedicated to bringing quality programs to our members on the diverse topic of Economic Development, Program Committee Members are involved in program development based on their specialties.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee to bring your expertise in either of these topics, please contact us at or call 410-347-1246