Board To Promote Self Sufficiency

The Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency 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 the fourth Thursday of each month, from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M., at Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046. Contact the Department of Community Resources and Services at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) to confirm meeting time and location.

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

Sherry Banks, Temporary Cash Assistance Unit, Family Investment Administration, Howard County Department of Social Services (Term ends 11-1-20)

Bita Dayhoff, President, Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-17) 

Brad Closs, Community Volunteer (Term ends 11-1-19)

Joan Driessen, Director, Association of Community Services  (Term ends 11-1-21)

Lisa Jablonover, Community Volunteer (Term ends 11-1-21)  

Julie Keough, Business Process Manager, Integrated Waste Analysts, Inc.

Stan Levi, Community Volunteer (Term ends 11-1-20)

Jennifer Pollitt Hill, Executive Director, HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. (Term ends 11-1-22) 

Ayesha Holmes, Director, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

Kim Salazar, Director of Finance, Howard County General Hospital

Kashonna Holland, Owner, Simply Kashonna


Karen Butler, Director, Howard County Department of Social Services  

Jack Kavanagh, Director, Howard County Department of Corrections    

Maura Rossman, Health Officer, Howard County Health Department  

Francine Trout, Administrator, Howard County Office of Workforce Development      

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

Peter Engel, Howard County Housing Commission

Kate Hetherington, President, Howard Community College

Dr. Michael Martirano, Howard County Public Schools System

Lisa Myers, Chief of Police, Howard County Police Department

Kelly Cimino, Director, Department of Housing and Community Development