Leadership Montgomery Announces 2021 Program Participants

The 2021 classes of CORE, Emerging Leaders and Senior Leadership Montgomery will begin with a hybrid curriculum

Rockville, MD (August 10, 2020)- Leadership Montgomery (LM) has announced the participants for its 2021 Connecting Our Region’s Execs (CORE), Emerging Leaders (EL) and Senior Leadership Montgomery (SLM) Classes. This year’s  group of leadership program participants include 111 Montgomery County leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Beginning in September, class participants will attend monthly experiential learning sessions on various topics intended to increase engagement within the community while developing ideas, connections and actions that move Montgomery County forward.

“We are thrilled to convene such a diverse group of leaders to participate during this unique year” said C. Marie Taylor, President and CEO of Leadership Montgomery. “During these times, it is even more critical to engage such an eclectic group of professionals to pave the way for relevant in-depth discussions. These conversations have the ability to truly inspire and connect leaders to create meaningful action in Montgomery County and beyond.”

CORE, the organization’s flagship program, is geared toward seasoned leaders while the EL program is for rising leaders who demonstrate commitment to their community. The SLM program focuses on individuals 55+ who are mid/late career, retired/semi-retired, or career transitioning and wish to learn more about county issues and community involvement.

To ensure the safety of all participants, speakers and staff, sessions will be conducted in a hybrid format incorporating both outdoor, in-person meetings with virtual learning. Sessions will remain in the hybrid format until it is safe to resume normal operations.

Scroll down to see a list of ALL 2021 class participants listed by program:

2021 CORE Class Participants

Participant Company Name Job Title
Mackens Audena MBA Growth Partners Managing Partner
Charlain Eames Bailey Going to College LLC Educational Consulting Firm Managing Director and Education Consultant
Nathaniel V Barbo MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Vice President, Operations
Mattison G. Boyer CollegeTracks, Inc. Chief Development Officer
Jane A Briggs The Universities at Shady Grove Director of Facilities
Debra A Bright Montgomery College Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Franca Brilliant Brilliant Strategies Principal Consultant
Matthew Brown World Learning Director, Exchange and Training
Thomas C Clifford The Universities at Shady Grove Major Gifts Director
Margo Brenner Collins Adventure Theatre MTC Education Director
Michael Conroy The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. Sr Project Manager
Nicole Y. Drew Montgomery County Commission for Women Commissioner- President
William Ellis Pepco Director of External Affairs
Kina Elyassi Montgomery County Public Schools MCPS/Depot Manager & President@EGF
Natali Fani-Gonzalez Montgomery County Planning Board Vice Chair
Mary Ellen Flynn Andalman & Flynn Attorney/Managing Partner/Owner
Kathleen S. Fowler On The Marc Media Co-Founder and VP of Business Development
Eric Gally Gally Public Affairs, Inc President
Melissa Garner Montgomery County Department of Transportation Chief of Support Services for the Division of Highway Services
Ana Gonzalez M&T Bank Vice- President Sr. Relationship Manager
Jeanine Grain MedStar Health Director, Strategic Communications Outreach and Engagement
Reginald Grant Generation Hope Chief Operating Officer
Melissa F Gregory Montgomery College Associate Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
Christopher Hunerkoch Brightview Senior Living Executive Director
Marcus G Jones Montgomery County Department of Police Chief of Police
Tiffany Jordan National Philharmonic Chorale Director of Development
Veronica Kannan Round House Theatre Director of Development
Lisa H Katz Cornerstone Montgomery Chief Program Officer
James J Kelly National Philharmonic Chorale PRESIDENT/CEO
Robert A. Kronenberg Montgomery County Planning Department Deputy Director
Cara Mattison Marriott International, Inc. Sr. Director of Global Brand Management
Brendon T Miller Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc Director of Development and Communications
Tameka S Montgomery Core Strategy Partners Inc CEO
David E Myles Rockville City Council Councilmember
Kristin Terchek O’Keefe Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation VP of Communications and Marketing
Donna M. Pina Montgomery College Foundation Director of Foundation Finance
Scott Reading EagleBank Vice President
Stacy Rollinger The Emmes Company Director of Talent
Lynn Rose Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless Community Engagement
Arianna Ross Queiroz Story Tapestries Executive Director
Karmen K Rouland Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Associate Director
Leslie E.K. Rubin Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight Senior Legislative Analyst
Samreen Sadiq Taksey, Neff & Associates, LLC Accountant
Michael J Safra B’nai Israel Congregation Senior Rabbi
Jenna Scott Westat Senior Study Director
Abraham G Walker Accenture Senior Manager
Edward Woods TerpSys President
Marcel Wright Adventist HealthCare, Inc. Vice President – Shady Grove Medical Center

2021 Emerging Leaders Class Participants

Participant Company Name Job Title
Jason Anderson Anderson & Quinn, LLC Associate
Irfana Anwer AYUDA Pro Bono Managing Attorney
Scott Arwood M&T Bank Relationship Manager
Alycia Chuney Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers Program Manager
Alexandria Clapp Association for Talent Development Content Manager, Learning Technologies and Sciences
William Costa Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Certified Surgical Assistant
Isaac Cudjoe Walden University Chief of Staff
Lisette Dardon Identity, Inc. Site Manager
Lowell Dempsey Burness Senior Associate
Jessica Diaz Council The Universities at Shady Grove ACES Success Coordinator
Jarrod Dockett Pepco Manager of Field Training
Erin Fernandez The Universities at Shady Grove Manager, Space
Sarah Frazell Primary Care Coalition Director of Behavioral Health Programs
Walker Freer Montgomery County Planning Department Transportation Planner Coordinator
Jessica Fuchs Healthcare Initiative Foundation Director of Grants and Community Impact
Abdoullatif Ganda Nabi Genesis Healthcare Administrator in Training
Steven Hargis US Fitness Assistant General Manager
Maurice Johnson Westat Research Analyst
Surayya Johnson Montgomery College Director of Student Life
Grace Karambiri Montgomery College Community Engagement Specialist
Molly Lynch Community Bridges, Inc. Middle School and Mentor Program Manager
Jacqueline Martinez National Institutes of Health Operations Coordinator
Joanna Miller Round House Theatre Major Gifts Officer
Heather Nahr Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Realtor
Joseph O’Connell Clark Construction Group, LLC Project Engineer
Samuel Oji Montgomery County Department of Transportation Section Chief
Chris Patterson Bangin BBQ Owner/Operator
Cathryn Paul CASA de Maryland Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Petraglia Westat Senior Statistician
Patricia Rios Suburban Hospital Manager, Community Health Improvement
Tondalayo Royster GEM4LIFE, LLC Leadership  Coach  & Speaker
Evelyn Saim-Lobos Family Services, Inc. Program Director
Iris Schauerman The Universities at Shady Grove Coordinator
Janay Stackhouse Rehab 2 Perform Clerical Administrator
Megan Stamper Marriott International, Inc. Director, Brand
Virginia Tehrani Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC Associate Attorney
Terre Thomas Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) Academic Coach
Melinda Williams Montgomery County Goverment Program Specialist II
Andrea Zawatsky Mary’s Center Director of Behavioral Health, Maryland
Jennifer Zucker Bethesda Transportation Solutions Senior Communications Specialist

2021 Senior Leadership Montgomery Class Participants

Participant Company Name Job Title
Tharwat Abouraya Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. President
Tamara W. Arsenault Center for Adoption Support & Education Director of Development
Elizabeth Boa Town of Glen Echo Town Manager
Barbara J. Boney Faith Community Baptist Church First Lady of Faith Community Baptist Church
Ellen Davis Life Health Home Insurance Group, LLC President/ Insurance Broker
Varda N Fink New York Life Insurance Company Financial Adviser
Susan H. Greif Imagination Library of Montgomery County President
Ginger McLaughlin
David Miller
Sarah A Miller
Barry Moultrie Mount Calvary Baptist Church Youth Pastor
Judith S Reed
Susan W Rittenberg
Jeffrey W Rubin
Juan C Sarabia Primia, LLC President
Michelle Simpson TTR Sotheby’s International Realty Associate Broker
Gerlinda G. Somerville US Department of Health and Human Services Senior Advisor
Kevin M Webb
Barbara J Williams