Howard County Board of Health

The Board of Health meets monthly (with the exception of July, August and December). The Board has general responsibility for the health and sanitary interests of the people of the County and works in accord with the County Council to ensure the health and safety of those in Howard County.

The Board of Health consists of 11 members appointed to five-year terms by the County Executive with County Council consent (Code 1957, Art. 25A, sec. 5(y); Code Health-General Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-202; County Code, sec. 12-101)

Board Workings:

  1. All members must be residents of Howard County, 18 years of age or older
  2. One member must be a professional in the area of Environmental Health
  3. Three members should be health professionals and one of the health professionals may be a veterinarian.
  4. The seven remaining members will represent the general public and will meet one of the following qualifications provided that not more than three meet the same qualification:
    1. at least two may not have professional or administrative training in the health occupations; 
    2. at least two may have had professional or administrative training in the health occupations, but have not worked as a health professional in the past five years; 
    3. at least one shall have professional experience in mental health; and 
    4. at least one shall have professional experience in substance use disorders.


Held on the fourth Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July, August and December) at 6:00 p.m at the Health Department Administrative Offices 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045

Board of Health Members

Carlessia Hussein, DrPH, RN - Chair

Darryl Burnett, MPH, CHES

Judith Chernoff. MD

Sheri Lewis, MPH

Erica Martin, MSW, LCSW-C

Paul Nagy, PhD

Jill RachBeisel, MD

Matthew Reber, MHA

Deborah R. Rivkin

Gary A. Stewart


Board of Health

Agendas & Minutes





June 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 2019 Agenda Minutes
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December 2018 No Meeting No Meeting
November 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 2018 Agenda Minutes
August 2018 No Meeting No Meeting
July 2018 No Meeting No Meeting
June 2018 Agenda June Minutes
May 2018 Agenda May Minutes
April 2018 Agenda April Minutes
March 2018 Agenda March Minutes
February 2018 Agenda February Minutes
January 2018 Agenda January Minutes




ADAAB Board Agenda & Minutes

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Board 
(Ended June 30, 2018)

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
June 2018  Agenda Minutes
May 2018   Agenda Minutes
April 2018   Agenda Minutes
March 2018  Agenda Meeting Cancelled - Inclement Weather
February 2018  Agenda ADAAB Minutes February 2018
January 2018  Agenda Meeting Cancelled
January 2017  Jan 2017 January Minutes
February 2017  Feb 2017  (Below)
February 2017 (Above) February Minutes
March 2017 Mar 2017  March Minutes
April 2017  April 2017  April Minutes
May 2017  May 2017  May Minutes
June 2017 June 2017  June Minutes
September 2017  Sept 2017  Sept. Minutes
October 2017  Oct 2017 October Minutes
November 2017  Nov 2017 November Minutes


Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA)

A new behavioral health board named the Howard County Local Behavioral Health Authority (HCLBHA) Board was formed July 1, 2018. 


The HCLBHA Board will include a total of 28 members: 18 will be appointed members: 7 Consumers, 7 Family Members, 2 Professional/Provider/Advocates, 2 At Large, and 10 will be Ex-Officio members representing DSS, Public Defender’s Office, DCRS, State Attorney’s Office, Detention Center, Police Department, Circuit Court, DJS, Parole and Probation, and HCPSS.  The importance of consumer/family member representation was a key focus in the development of the new board.   Members, Ex-Officio members, and voting rights were approved by a vote.  


Meeting Dates  Agenda Minutes
 June 12, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 May 8, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 April 10, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 March 13, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 February 13, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 January 9, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 December 12, 2018  Agenda  Minutes
 November 14, 2018  Agenda  Minutes
 October 10, 2018  Agenda  Minutes
 September 13, 2018  Agenda  Minutes


LBHA Board Members
Name Category

Brown, Michele

Family Member/MH

Donovan, Mark


Edelman, Janet

Family Member/MH

Filipczak, Jim


Foster, Stephen


Giles, Alice


Kirk, Cindy

Family Member/SUD

Liu, Helen

Family Member/MH

MacDonald, Bruce


Scornaienchi, Joan Webb

At Large/SUD

Van Blarcom, Jennifer

Family Member/SUD


Consumer/MH or SUD






Family Member/MH or SUD


Family Member/SUD