January 28, 2019

Media Contact:
Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

ELLICOTT CITY – The Transition Team appointed by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball delivered its transition report today. The 67-page document, prepared by more than 100 talented and forward-thinking leaders, studied and evaluated areas of county government with a focus on innovative opportunities to move the County forward. The Transition Team’s report can be found at https://bit.ly/2Hz5AZe. Video of the event is available at https://bit.ly/2FT0Rjr.

“In a month and a half, more than 100 people came together in ten committees, reached out to departments, had meetings and dug deeply into what is going on in this county,” said Senator Guy Guzzone, who chaired the Team. “Howard County is a great place, but greatness requires continual attention.”

The Team identified more than 60 issue areas and offered suggestions for improving performance and services in many, including mental health, behavioral health, consumer affairs, land use, adequate public facilities, Ellicott City, and equity in education.  

“The bottom line is an extraordinary breadth of work in an extraordinary short amount of time,” said Guzzone.

“As your newly elected county executive, it was comforting to have so many respected community leaders come to help in this transition process,” said Ball. “Each of these leaders put their best into drafting a report that provides some thoughtful considerations for making a great county even better. I don’t recall a time when, in a month and a half, you have a transition team report to be able to move forward and help chart the course for the next chapter in our history.”


Guy Guzzone, Senator, Maryland General Assembly

Martha Anne Clark, Owner, Clark’s Elioak Farm
Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D., President, Howard Community College
Daraius Irani, Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research Towson University
Tonya Kennon, President & CEO, Howard County Library System
Darryll Pines, Ph.D., Dean of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School, University of Maryland
Young Smith, President, League of Korean Americans-Howard County
Steven Snelgrove, President, Howard County General Hospital
Ken Ulman, President, Margrave Strategies
Nikki Highsmith Vernick, CEO, The Horizon Foundation
Beverly White-Seals, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Howard County

Chair - Candace Dodson-Reed, Chief of Staff, UMBC
Thomas Bundy, Esq.
Jill Marie Bussey, Esq.
Roger Caplan, President, Caplan Group
Jeremy M. Eldridge, Esq.
Jessica Feldmark, Maryland State Delegate
Jack Lewis, Communications Consultant
TJ Mayotte, VP, Cyber Resilience Leader, Synchrony
Rajan Natarajan, Ph.D., MBA, President and CEO, Global Alliant, Inc.
Margaret Ann Nolan, Esq., Co-Founder and Principal, Decision Point Strategy Group, LLC
Shahan Rizvi, IT Team Leader
Charley Sung, Esq.
Josh Tzuker, Esq.
Courtney Watson, Maryland State Delegate and Former Howard County Council Member
William Woodcock, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Chair - C. Vernon Gray, Ph.D., Former Howard County Council Member and Former Administrator, Office of Human Rights
Co-Chair - Alicia Altamirano, Esq., Community Activist
Co-Chair - Rev. Larry Walker, Deputy Pastor, Celebration Church and President, African American Community Roundtable
Darin Atwater, Community Activist
Erica Byrne, Executive Director, Voices for Children Inc.
Max Crownover, Ph.D., President, PFLAG Columbia - Howard County
Zainab Chaudry, Community Activist
Bita Dayhoff, President, Community Action Council
Paige Getty, Senior Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia and Co-Chair, PATH
Bob Gillette, President, Howard County Veterans Foundations, Inc.
Ainy Haider-Shah, Marketing Manager, Communications and PR, BD
Laura Howell, Executive Director, MD Association of Community Services
Lou Hutt, CPA, Esq., Managing Member and CEO, The Hutt Company
Deeba Jafri, Community Activist
Andrew Kanicki, Community Activist
Ying Matties, Community Activist
Niti Srivastava, Community Activist
Rev. Robert Turner, Senior Pastor, St Johns Baptist Church and Community Organizer

Chair - Alicia Jones-McLeod, Executive Director, Black Chamber of Commerce
Nat Alston, Chair, Howard County EBOC
Cathy Bell, Co-owner & Operator, McDonald’s Franchises
Warren Citrin, Founder, Raytheon Solipsys
Barry Curtis, President, Best Fence, LLC
Jetheda Hernandez, Economic Development Strategist & Entrepreneur
Steve Hunt, Senior Director Facilities & Real Estate Operations
Ira Levy, COO, Affiniti
Lisa Liu, Past President, U.S.-China Association of Commerce
Leonardo McClarty, CCE, President, Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Steve Sass, Esq.
Ed Trumbull, Vice President, ICF

Chair - Mamie Perkins, HCC Board of Trustees and Former Acting Superintendent, HCPSS
Lisa Davis, Director, Program Innovation and Student Well-Being, HCPSS
Maura Dunnigan, Former Rouse Scholars Advisor, HCC and Legislative Director, Maryland General Assembly
Frank Eastham, Retired Chief Officer of School Management and Instructional Leadership, HCPSS
Karina Fisher, Community Member
Laura Johnson, VP of Communications, National Summer Learning Association
Rick Kohn, Community Member
Julia McCready, Former Music Teacher, HCPSS
Thais Moreira, Ph.D., Medical Science Liaison, Allergan, Latin American Council, Community Action Council
Colleen Morris, President, HCEA
Dawn Popp, Esq., President, Greater Elkridge Community Association
Garnet Persons, Chief Executive Officer, E-Rate Elite Services, Inc.
Nat Turner, President, NBT Consulting, LLC. and BOE Operating Budget Review Committee Member

Co-Chair - Grace Kubofcik
Co-Chair - Mark Southerland, Vice President, AKRF and Chair, Environmental Sustainability Board
Brooke A. Abercrombie, Workforce Manager, Howard EcoWorks
Howie Feaga, Howard County President, Maryland Farm Bureau
Josh Feldmark, Executive Director, Bike Maryland
Ann Jones, Director, Partners for Open Space
Tim Lattimer, Retired Diplomat
Kevin McAliley, Chair, Wilde Lake Village Board of Directors
John Tegeris, Ph.D., President, Dayton Rural Preservation Society
Ned Tillman, Principal, Sustainable Growth, LLC
China Williams

Chair - Clarence Lam, Senator, District 12, Maryland General Assembly
Dr. Scott Berkowitz, Sr. Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Associate Professor, JHU School of Medicine
Lori Doyle, Public Policy Director, Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland
Dr. Chesahna Kindred
Hannah Lee, Student
Laurie Lundy, Addiction Recovery Advocate
Audra Nixon, MPH, Health Advocate
Deborah Rivkin, Vice President Government Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Rusty Toler, Senior Fellow, WISER
LanLan Xu, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, IMPAQ International

Chair - Ian Kennedy, Howard County Housing Board Commissioner
Elizabeth Bobo, Former County Executive
Paul Casey, Former President and Current Board Member, Downtown Columbia Housing Corporation
Keith Gillan, President, Murn Properties
Sherman Howell, VP, African American Coalition of Howard County
Stacy Spann, Executive Director, Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission and Former Director, Howard County Housing Commission

Chair - Nina Basu, Esq., Principal, Basu Law Firm
Ronald Brasher, President, Brasher Design
André J. Gingles, Esq., Gingles, LLC.
Rob Moxley, Security Development
Amran Pasha, Local Entrepreneur
Gregory Phillips, Real Estate Agent
Al Romack, Manager, R&D, AM and IP, Automotive Supplier
Jen Terrasa, Maryland State Delegate and former Howard County Council Member

Chair - Herman Charity, Retired HCPD
Steve Bolen Ph.D., Former U.S. Intelligence, NASA and Air Force
Lisa Meyers, Chief, Howard County Police Department
Christine Uhlhorn, Chief, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

Chair - Tom Coale, Esq., Former VP, Ellicott City Partnership
Dale Chase, President, Local 3085 of AFSCME Council 67 - Department of Public Works
Mary Catherine Cochran, Former Director, Patapsco Heritage Greenway and Founder, Preservation Howard County
Fred Ducca, Ph.D., Director, Transportation Policy Group, National Center for Smart Growth at UMD
Anwar Hasan, Engineer, SVP, Louis Berger and Chairman, Maryland Higher Education Committee
Kimberly Kepnes, Resident, property and business owner on Main Street Ellicott City
Tony McGuffin, Resident of Ellicott City, former Main Street business owner, and community advocate.
Sharonlee Vogel, Vice-chair, Maryland Commission on Aging and Chairwoman, Senior Advisory Committee, Columbia Association
Natalie Ziegler, Owner, Carroll Mill Farm

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