Commissions & Workgroups

Human Rights


The Human Rights Commission was established in 1969, and is composed of 11 members and a non-voting member, who is a student under 18 years old. Commissioners must live in the county and they represent diversity of Howard County citizens.

The duties and responsibilities of the Commission are prescribed by law, and include recommending a civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council concurrently; the authority to make surveys and studies concerning human rights, conditions and problems; as well as, the authority to file a complaint when there is reason to believe a pattern or practice of discrimination exists.

Contact Us

The Office of Human Rights and Equity                                                   
c/o Office of Human Rights Commission
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237
Columbia, MD 21046-3137

Click here to email the Human Rights Commission

Commission Member:  

Scott B. Markow, Chair

Appointment date:             Term expires: 3/1/2023

Bianca Chang, Vice Chair 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 3/1/2025

Bob Ford 

Appointment date:             Term expires:  3/1/2023

Gabriel Terrasa 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 5/1/2022

Peter Hwang 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 6/1/2024

Joan Hash 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 6/1/2024

Kui Zhao 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 3/1/2025

Lynda Earle 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 3/1/2024 

Mabrooka Chaudhry

Appointment date:             Term expires: 3/1/2022

Student Members:  

Jonathon DI Pietro 

Appointment date:             Term expires: 6/30/2021    

OHRE Support Staff:  

Melissa Goldmeier, HRC Legal Counsel, Howard County Office of Law

Yolanda F. Sonnier, Executive Secretary

Chaunta Taylor, Recording Secretary


View HRC Meeting Agendas and Minutes.


MLK Holiday


The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission was established by order of the Howard County Executive to “…encourage and coordinate appropriate ceremonies and activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr...”

The Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Room 212 at 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD, at which time, plans for the annual commemoration of Dr. King's birthday are made.

County residents are continually sought to fill Commission vacancies, as well as fill positions on various subcommittees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive to serve an initial term of five years and student Commissioners serve for one year.

Persons interested in serving on the Commission should contact the Office of Human Rights at (410) 313-6430.

Contact Us

The Office of Human Rights and Equity                                                   
c/o MLK, Jr. Commission
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237
Columbia, MD 21046-3137

Click here to email the MLK Commission

Commission Members  

Williams, Tracey L., Chair 

Appointment date: 5/7/2018

Term expires: 3/1/2023

Hash, Jr. Bert, Vice Chair 

Appointment date: 03/01/2021

Term expires: 3/1/2024

Horn, Tina, Secretary - 

Appointment date: 06/03/2019

Term expires: 5/1/2024

Craig, Hunter

Appointment date: 10/05/2020

Term expires: 3/11/2023

Dawson, Clarita

Appointment date: 12/07/2020

Term expires:2/01/2025

Frazier, Maurice

Appointment date: 02/03/2021

Term Expires: 02/01/2024

Garcia, Teresa

Appointment date: 10/05/2020

Term expires: 3/1/2024

Harper, Caroline, Ph.D.

Appointment date: 11/05/2016

Term expires: 3/1/2022

Latimer, Chalise

Appointment date: 02/03/2021

Term expires: 02/01/2024

Martin, Abbie Diane

Appointment date: 7/1/2018

Term expires: 3/1/2024

McCauley, Kimberly 

Appointment date: 10/05/2020

Term expires: 3/1/2024

Nairn, Daniel

Appointment date: 10/05/2020

Term expires: 3/1/2022

Roggerson, Yetta

Appointment date: 03/01/2021

Term expires: 3/1/2024

Sorak, Bonnie

Appointment date:10/05/2020

Term expires: 3/1/2023

Vess, Brett

Appointment date: 12/07/2020

Term expires: 3/1/2025

Wall, Kurt W.

Appointment date: 03/01/2021

Term expires: 3/1/2024

Student Commissioners

Lewis, III Lawrence

Appointment date: 11/02/2020

Term expires: 6/30/2021

Shoshanah Hornum

Appointment date: 02/03/2021

Term expires: 06/30/2021

OHRE Support Staff

Yolanda F. Sonnier - Administrator

TBD  - Recording Secretary

Marla Moore - Outreach Coordinator

View MLK Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

La Alianza Latina

News Release

County Executive Ball Announces La Alianza Latina Workgroup and Observation of Indigenous People’s Day

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – County Executive Calvin Ball marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month by announcing the newly formulated La Alianza  Latina Workgroup (Latin Alliance) and recognizing Indigenous People’s Day in place of Columbus Day.

Click here to view the full news release.

 To view the Executive Order here.

Workgroup Meetings

Meeting Date

11/10/2020 6:00 PM

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The meeting will be held online via WebEx.

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Join by phone:

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1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 

Click link for agenda.

Asian American Pacific Islander

Contact Us

The Office of Human Rights and Equity                                                   
c/o Asian-American Pacific Islander Workgroup
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237
Columbia, MD 21046-3137

Click here to email the AAPI Workgroup



The Howard County LGBTQ+ Workgroup was established on November 1st 2019. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an Executive Order to create a LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+) Workgroup to promote the shared community values of diversity and civility. The Workgroup will work with County agencies, non-profit organizations, and other community groups to facilitate an environment of inclusion, communication, understanding, and respect throughout Howard County.

LGBTQ+ Workgroup will hold quarterly meetings which are open to the public as well as provide  a yearly report to the County Executive that aims to address and identify current and emerging issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. The Workgroup is also charged with the following:

  • Organize a series of events and facilitated discussions, in partnership with community and non-profit organizations, to provide opportunities to share concerns, promote mutual understanding and foster stronger relationships to encourage a more inclusive community.  This may include things like focus groups, facilitated dialogues, summits and additional outreach efforts.
  • Advise the County Executive on best practices and strategies to further protect and promote the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Work with Howard County Government employees to identify best practices to affirm members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Ensure that all meeting minutes are made available to the public on the Office of Human Rights website.


To create an open and transparent forum/space for community to inform/effect the direction and focus of the LGBTQ+ work group. The intention is for the LGBTQ+ Workgroup to work as a conduit for resources and a support system on behalf of the LGBTQ+ communities’ interests.


To educate and inform all Howard County citizens on genuine and authentic ways to honor the dignity of citizens that reside within the LGBTQ+ community. The intention is to identify and inform tangible policy changes that will make Howard County a more inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community.


To correct cultural hiccups that undermine the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community by increasing visibility, resources, and supports. The intention is to affirm and validate the realities and needs of individuals that reside in the LGBTQ+ community.

The Workgroup will include:

  • Two representatives from PFLAG Columbia/Howard County
  • One representative from HopeWorks
  • One representative from the Howard County Human Rights Commission (HRC)
  • At least two student representatives
  • At least five representatives from the Howard County community (employee and/or resident)

In addition, Office of Human Rights Administrator Yolanda F. Sonnier will provide leadership, oversight, staffing, and logistical support. Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Janssen E. Evelyn, shall serve as County Executive Ball’s liaison for the LGBTQ+ Workgroup.

Contact Us

The Office of Human Rights and Equity                                                   
c/o LGBTQ Workgroup
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237
Columbia, MD 21046-3137

Click here to email the LGBTQ Workgroup

Community Members 

Andrew Kanicki - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Faye Liberatore - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Dr. Juls Gilliam - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Deborah Dunn - Term expires: 4/4/2021

Organizational Members 

Maya Carey - HopeWorks - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Max Crownover - PFLAG - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Jumel Howard - PFLAG - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Bob Ford - Human Resources Commission - Term expires: 4/1/2021

Student Members

Ara Rosenhyslop - Glenelg High School - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Eduardo Luiggi - Centennial High School - Term Expires: 4/1/2021
Beau Bryant - Centennial High School - Term expires: 4/1/2021

County Government Members  

Yolanda Sonnier - Office of Human Rights - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Janssen E . Evelyn - County Administration - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Trent Day Hall - Office of Human Rights - Term expires: 4/1/2021
Kimberly Pruim - Howard County Office of County Executive - Term expires: 4/1/2021

View LGBTQ+ Workgroup Agendas and Minutes

View LGBTQ+ Workgroup Executive Order

Human Rights Commission
Reports and Statements

2021 Letter to the Editor - Click here to view. 

2020 County Executive and County Council Cover Letter Regarding Immigration Sub-Committee Report Click here to view. 

2020 Immigration Sub Committee Report Click here to view. 

HRC Statement Regarding February 11, 2020 Hate Crimes Click here to view.

2020 Letter to the Editor - George Floyd Click here to view. 

2020 Letter to the Editor - Howard County Times Click here to view  

View HRC Rules of Procedure.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
La Alianza Latina Workgroup


Asian American Pacific Islander Workgroup

October 14, 2021 

Public Forum link:

July 8, 2021

Public Forum link:

April 8, 2021 

Public Forum link:




Agenda and Minutes


February  Agenda Minutes 

LGBTQ+ Workgroup

No upcoming meetings.  

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