About

The Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency (BPSS) was created in 2008 to act as a planning and coordinating body for initiatives that promote the economic stability of individuals and families and reduce the incidence of poverty in Howard County.  The Board envisions a community where those in need have opportunities and pathways for getting ahead.

The board generally meets at Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046. During the pandemic, the board is meeting via WebEx. Please contact Cara Baumgartner if you would like to attend the BPSS meeting via WebEx: [email protected].

Board members include key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. Current Community and Ex-Officio Board Members are listed below.

Board Information
Title
Community Members
Content

Stephen Liggett-Creel, Director, Howard County Department of Social Services

Brooke Abercrombi, Howard Community College

Sherry Banks, Temporary Cash Assistance Unit, Family Investment Administration, Howard County Department of Social Services 

Jennifer Broderick​, Executive Director, Bridges to Housing Stability

Brad Closs, Community Volunteer

Joan Driessen, Community Volunteer

Amma Felix, Collegiate Directions

Michael Garzon, BGE

Kashonna Holland, Owner, Simply Kashonna

Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center  

Stan Levi, Community Volunteer

Aisha Masood​, Community Volunteer

Kim Salazar, Director of Finance, Howard County General Hospital

Gudell Ward, IMEC Group

David Woodruff,  APL Credit Union

Title
Ex-Officio Members
Content

Kelly Cimino, Director, Department of Housing and Community Development

Peter Engel, Howard County Housing Commission

Kate Hetherington, President, Howard Community College 

Dr. Michael Martirano, Howard County Public Schools System

Maura Rossman, Health Officer, Howard County Health Department  

Jacqueline Scott, Director, Howard County Department of Community Resources & Services

Francine Trout, Administrator, Howard County Office of Workforce Development 

Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Title
2022
Content

September

  • Minutes
  • Agenda

May

March 

Title
2021
Content

November

September

July

May

March

January

 

Title
2020
Content

December

September

April

February

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