Leadership Howard County (LHC), with presenting sponsor Howard County General Hospital, will celebrate the commencement of the 26th Leadership Premier Class and the fourth Leadership Essentials Class at the Annual Dinner and Commencement. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.
The LHC program was launched in 1985 to develop skillful, well-informed individuals committed to community service and improvement. The 10-month Premier program addresses countywide issues through monthly seminars and service projects, during which class members meet with established leaders in business, government and community services.
Leadership Essentials is a six-month leadership development program for rising stars in businesses and organizations that delivers practical skills to future community leaders. The program includes skill building, career coaching, and teamwork on a community service project that requires them to put their leadership skills into practice.
Honoring Community Leaders
LHC recognized the following individuals for outstanding community leadership at its annual graduation ceremony on June 14.
• Distinguished Leader: Michael Galeone. The executive vice president of Columbia Bank, Galeone has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces throughout his career at Columbia Bank, often chairing the organizations and providing exemplary leadership in the community.
• Leadership Legacy Award: Steve Sachs. The executive vice president and director, Willis HRH, Sachs’s commitment to the betterment of Howard County has been demonstrated through his leadership of numerous boards, foundations and organizations in the community, raising critical funds and support for Howard Community College, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Rotary Club and other organizations.
• Youth Advocate Award: Jean Parker. In addition to her long career as general manager of Merriweather Post Pavilion, a Maryland musical landmark, Parker has been devoted to developing opportunities for young athletes by coaching nearly 30 teams and developing a field hockey club for middle school-aged girls.
• Unsung Hero Award: Suellen Seigel. Seigel has been a passionate advocate for young students and for many nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout her career. She has volunteered behind the scenes to create successful events for Leadership and many other community organizations for many years.
Leadership Premier Class of 2011 Graduates
Theresa Alban, COO, Howard County Public Schools; Jordan Scott Borak, senior support scientist, Wyle Information Systems; Kathy Brooks, community banker, Home Savings of America; Richard Butt, senior associate/office manager, KCI Technologies; Hugh Cameron, associate general counsel, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Regina Clay, community liaison, Howard County Government; Cassandra Compton, district executive, Chevy Chase Bank/Capital One; Nancy Santos Gainer, executive director of public relations and marketing, Howard Community College; Gary Garofalo, vice president of finance/CFO, Harkins Builders; Jeffrey Goering, CFO, Baltimore Ravens; Glenn Hansen, captain, Howard County Department of Police; Wynne Hayes, senior vice president, shared services, Constellation Energy Group; Laurie Hedlund, director, NeoTech Incubator, Howard County Economic Development Authority; Melissa (Feld) Helicke, administrator of medicine, The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Bethany Hooper, president, The Humphrey Companies; Cynthia Alicia Jones, head of materials management, Howard County Library; Lisa Rose Kawata, staff writer, Patuxent Publishing Co./Baltimore Sun Media; Nichole Kelly, director of social media, Ascend One Corp.; Joan Kennedy, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty; Wanda King, president, Choice Learning & Management Solutions; Laura Klick, director of service excellence, Howard County General Hospital; Marc Kolp, director, team and organizational development, Columbia Association; Julia Lynch, senior analyst, Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services; Ted Martinez, senior vice president, Zurich Insurance; Christopher Maynard, assistant director of corporate and foundation relations, Loyola University Maryland; Scot Millen, principal/director of investments, Bright Works Wealth Management; John Norjen, Jr., managing director, investments, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Lisa Olivieri, attorney, Thomas & Libowitz; Steven Porter, senior vice president, Capital Financial Group/H. Beck; Steven Poynot, vice president, Howard Bank; Cathy Preisinger, program manager, SAIC; Joan Webb Scornaienchi, executive director, HC DrugFree; Lynn Smith, vice president, manager business banking, M&T Bank; Susan Smith, village manager, River Hill Community Association; Felicita Sola-Carter, consultant, Feli Sola-Carter Consulting; James Stamper, senior branch manager, office operations manager, Liberty Mutual Group; Cory Summerson, director, resource and workload management, BGE; Josh Weszka, managing partner, Vision Financial Group; and Stan Wladkowski, vice president/branch manager, The Columbia Bank.
Leadership Essentials Class of 2011 Graduates
Martina Aiken, accounting manager, Enterprise Community Investment; Andrew Aldrich, director of media relations, Bonnie Heneson Communications; Erik Apinis, underwriter, Enterprise Community Investment; Quinton Askew, project coordinator, Community Action Council; Joshua Bombino, program manager, Humanim; Shannon Boswell, assistant vice president, Howard Bank; Rev. Laura Cannon, Divine Transformation; Kelly Cooper, communications specialist, Columbia Association; Anna Hamilton, technical support analyst, Howard Community College; Betsy Holmes, vice president, BB&T Bank; Jennifer Jenkins, billing specialist, Planned Systems International; Rebecca Lestner, manager, community relations, Magellan Health Services; Sean Magnusson, senior project manager, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Brendan Mahoney, assistant vice president, M&T Bank; Elaine Martin, compliance director, Enterprise Community Investment; Amanda Piper, financial adviser, Raymond James Financial Services; Sara Raymond, manager/trainer/instructor, Coreworks Fitness; Mary Katherine Reynolds, communications systems engineer, The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; Timothy Samuel, director of finance, Bridgeway Community Church; Jane Scanlon, assistant nurse manager/ICU, Howard County General Hospital; and Joseph Zajdel, vice president, commercial banking, The Columbia Bank.