Leadership Montgomery Announces 2024 Program Participants

Along with 2024 CORE and Emerging Leaders, organization launches revamped Encore Program

Rockville, MD (June 28, 2023)- Leadership Montgomery (LM), a Montgomery County-based nonprofit connecting leaders working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors has announced the participants for its 2024 Emerging Leaders (EL), Connecting Our Region’s Execs (CORE), and Encore Programs. This year’s leadership program participants include 87 Montgomery County leaders from across sectors.

“LM is thrilled to convene such a diverse group of leaders to participate in the leadership programs,” said Dana Pauley, President and CEO of Leadership Montgomery. “By gathering cross-sector leaders to advance thinking around current regional issues, they can examine challenges and solutions from multiple perspectives.

CORE, the organization’s flagship program, is geared toward seasoned leaders looking to enhance their leadership, while the EL program is for rising leaders who demonstrate commitment to their community and are looking to build their leadership.

The Encore program, formerly Senior Leadership Montgomery, will help leaders transitioning or who have transitioned out of full-time work find their post-professional leadership purpose.

Beginning in September, class participants will attend learning sessions to connect and prepare them to build thriving and inclusive communities in Montgomery County and beyond

Scroll down to see a list of 2024 EL, CORE, and Encore program participants:

2024 Emerging Leaders Class Participants

Name Title Company
Zubin Adrianvala Planner III Montgomery Planning- MNCPPC
Isabel Argoti Deputy Director of Programs Community Bridges
Lena Centeno Senior Study Director Westat
Alma Chavez Corps Program Manager Latin American Youth Center
Ayanna Clay Early Childhood Manager Generation Hope
Randi Drewry Outreach Coordinator Clifton Park Baptist Church
Kathryn Guzzey Program Director Interfaith Works
Marvin Jovel Site Manager Identity, Inc.
Jorge Juarez Vice President / Sr. Branch Manager M&T Bank
N’Jeri Henry Program Director Interfaith Works
Hamza Khan Graduate Student Georgetown University
Grace Kim Program Coordination & Vice President Jewish Council for the Aging Heyman Interages Center & Hungry for Votes
Ethan Litvin Volunteer & Intern Coordinator SEEC
Maria Llanos Senior Small Business Coach LEDC
Atara Margolies Planner III Montgomery Planning
Katelyn Maurer Institutional Giving Manager Round House Theatre
Kathia Mejia Chevez Senior Legislative Aide Montgomery County Council
Belen Michael Manager, Health Communication/Lead Research Associate Westat
Rebecca Montalvan Senior Study Director Westat
Ricky Mui Management Consultant Accenture
Greta Ober-Beauchesne Senior Instruction/Liaison Librarian The Universities at Shady Grove (University of Maryland)
Ogechukwu Okeke Program Director, Cancer Programs Primary Care Coalition
Sean Purcell Fire/Rescue Captain Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
Yurani Sandoval Women Palante Founder and CEO
Mathew Saunders Senior Manager of Program Services Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
Shelby Speer Manager Universities at Shady Grove
Holly Van Puymbroeck Content Specialist, School Library Media Programs Montgomery County Public Schools
Kimberly Walter Senior Event Manager Maryland Soccer Foundation
Erik Wyche Project Manager Donohoe Commercial Real Estate

2024 CORE Class Participants

Name Title Company
Jeffrey Ash Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer The Universities at Shady Grove
Nicholas Augustine Assistant Chief Montgomery County Police
Morayma Bak President Arco Iris America
Stephen Blanks Director of Partnerships SEEC
Damaris Bonilla Pimentel CEO Healing Chiropractic
Robert Breslaw Senior Manager, Corporate Real Estate United Therapeutics Corporation
Brandon Brewer Director, Adult Bereavement Services CaringMatters
Michelle Campbell Senior Vice President for Advancement and Community Engagement Montgomery College
Kichelle Coleman Executive Director BoysTown
Francesca Cook VP of Pricing and Market Access REGENXBIO
Alvin D’angelo Vice President of Operations Johns Hopkins Medicine – Suburban Hospital
Jeffrey Dee President & CEO Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland
James Donaldson Assistant Director of Libraries Montgomery County Government
Ashlee Edelblut Business Manager Red Wiggler Community Farm
Whitney Ellenby Founder & Executive Autism Ambassadors
Todd Howard Ezrin Principal TOBE DesignGroup, LLC
Sarah Feinberg Chief Financial & Administrative Officer Bender JCC
Aaron Fenster COO Housing Unlimited, Inc.
Danielle Freedman Manager, Governmental and External Affairs Pepco
Joshua Gamma Gallery Director, Curator BlackRock Center for the Arts
Daria Hall Executive Vice President and DEI Task Force Chair Fenton Communications
Dana Hirsch Director, Senior Helpline Jewish Council for the Aging
M. Brian Hull Chief Operating Officer Montgomery County Public Schools
Lena Kim Magistrate Maryland Judiciary
Liz Krueger Director of Homeless Services Interfaith Works
Michele Levy Director of Development Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LAS)
Michael Logsdon Senior Manager Accenture
Tristan Marshall Vice President of Process Development REGENX Bio
Michael Mitchell Vice President, Marketing and Communications Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Kerry Grace Morrissey Vice President and Associate Director Westat
Akufuna Ngonda Deputy Director AmeriCorps Project CHANGE
Linda Parker Gates Deputy Technical Director for Software Acquisition Policy and Practice Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute
Matthew Ratz Executive Director Passion for Learning, Inc.
Dan Reed Regional Policy Director Greater Greater Washington
Kimberly Rusnak Interim Executive Director Montgomery County’s Children’s Opportunity Alliance
Rabbiah Sabbakhan Director DPS
Russell Schlosburg Associate Director The Universities at Shady Grove
Paul Scott Assistant CIO, Business Change & Integration Officer U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Young “Fred” Seo Relationship Manager M&T Bank
Nicholas Serenyi Executive Director Morgan Stanley
Ronald Sitrin Realtor The Ron Sitrin Team at Long and Foster
Craig Small SVP/Relationship Manager EagleBank
Christina Sorrento Chief, Intake and Regulatory Coordination Division Montgomery County Planning Department
Teresa Thompson Senior Vice President & Relationship Manager EagleBank
Mauricio Vasquez Chief Technology & Innovation Officer AQUAS, Inc.
Kristen Wong Callisto Executive Director, Office of the Chief of Staff Montgomery County Public Schools
Alan Woods Senior Project Manager The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Laura Yee Founder and CEO Radical Becoming Consulting, LLC

2024 Encore Class Participants

Name Organizational Affiliation (if any)
Harris Burman
Gary Correll
Gerard Green Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District
Joseph Jest
Ellen Kandell President Alternative Resolutions, LLC
Frances Marshall
Joan Ronnenberg Advisor, Development & Communications Mercy Health Clinic
Patricia Steckler
Paul Thesiger CEO Thesiger Plastic Surgery
Dayton Watkins