Governor Martin O'Malley Submits "Green Bag" Appointments
Green Bag appointments made to local community college boards of trustees, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the Workforce Development Corporation Board, and the Maryland Arts Council
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 19, 2010) –Governor Martin O’Malley today submitted a list of 191 “green bag” nominations for appointment and reappointment to the Maryland Senate for State boards and commissions. Governor Martin O’Malley yesterday made several appointments to local school boards, including Allegany and Queen Anne’s Counties Boards of Education and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.
Governor Martin O’Malley submitted new nominees for the Prince George’s Community College, the Montgomery Community College, and St. Mary’s College, along with a series of reappointments to Community College Boards around the State. The list also includes nominees for the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the Workforce Development Corporation Board, and the Maryland Arts Council, among other regulatory and advisory boards.
“I am especially proud to make a number of appointments and reappointments to fill key leadership positions on College and Community College Boards to continue the progress we have made in building the No. 1 ranked school system in America, and to continue our investments we have made in our human capital,” said Governor O’Malley. “We have worked hard to compile a list of individuals from across our State with diverse geographic, gender and ethnic backgrounds to continue to help protect Maryland’s priorities.”
The term “green bag” derives from the historical green satchel that is used once every year to bring the gubernatorial nominations to the Senate. When not in use, the bag is stored at the Maryland State Archives. It is state tradition that a senior member of the governor’s staff delivers the “green bag” to the Senate.
Among the 191 nominees are:
Lynn Loughlin Skerpon, Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees: Ms. Skerpon is being nominated for appointment to the Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees. Ms. Skerpon has 25 years of law experience and six years of service as an elected official. Ms. Skerpon currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Comptroller of Maryland and has served in that role since 2007. She also serves as an Estates & Trusts Attorney in her own practice, and is an adjunct professor of Trusts and Estates Law for The Catholic University Columbia School of Law. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Skerpon served as the Register of Wills for Prince George’s County and represented over 846,000 constituents. Ms. Skerpon has taken on a number of civic leadership roles in the Prince George’s County community including Trustee for the Capital Hospice, Chair of the Visionary Panel Task Force on Educational Opportunities for Senior Citizens, and Trustee for the Prince George’s County Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 1975 and received her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1978. She is a resident of Mitchellville, Prince George’s County.
Kenneth Jay Hoffman, M.D., M.P.H., Montgomery College Board of Trustees: Dr. Hoffman is being nominated for appointment to the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Dr. Hoffman is a retired Colonel from the United States Army, and currently serves as Clinical Director for Mental Health Services at the U.S. Department of State, and also runs a private and consulting practice in preventive and psychiatric services. In 2008, he served as Chief of Medical Informatics at the U.S. Department of State. He is also an adjunct assistant professor for Preventive Medicine/Biometrics and Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Hoffman was the Medical Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Dr. Hoffman has been a consultant to a number of hospitals and medical centers, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army Surgeon General, 121 General Hospital, Korea, the National Naval Medical Center, and the Madigan Army Medical Center, among others. He is a recipient of the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and the Wellcome Medal and Prize for the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. in 1989. Dr. Hoffman’s military honors include: the Legion of Merit in 2004, the Order of Military Medical Merit in 2003, the Defense Superior Service Medal in 2002, the Army Surgeon General “A” proficiency designator in 1999, the Army Commendation Medal in 1999 and 2003, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal in 1995 and 1998, the Joint Service Achievement Medal in 1989, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1986, the Expert Field Medical Badge in 1985, and the Basic Flight Surgeon Badge in 1983. Dr. Hoffman received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology from Cornell University in 1975, and received his Medical Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1979. Dr. Hoffman also received his Masters of Public Health from Harvard University in 1987. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, specializing in Psychiatry and Addictive Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine. He is a resident of Rockville, Montgomery County.
The Honorable Sheila E. Hixson, St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees: Delegate Sheila Hixson is being nominated for appointment to the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees. Delegate Hixson was elected as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1976, representing District 20 in Montgomery County. She is the chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, and the first woman ever to chair that committee in Maryland. As chair, she is responsible for state and local taxation matters; education programs and financing; elections; transportation funding; lottery and horse racing; and issues relating to children youth and families. She is also a member of Maryland’s Thornton Commission and one of the original supporters of the five-year Bridge to Excellence Plan for public primary and secondary education. She graduated from Northern State Teachers College. She is a resident of Montgomery County.
The Honorable James A. Kenney, III, St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees: Judge Kenney is being nominated for appointment to the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees. Judge Kenney is an accomplished lawyer, practicing for the past 44 years. In 1997, he was appointed judge in the Court of Special Appeals by Governor Glendening, where he served until his retirement in March 2007. Judge Kenney is the founding member of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation and served as Foundation President from 1993 to 1999. He has served as an adjunct associate professor in the political science department of St. Mary’s College of Maryland since 1964. He was Assistant State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County from 1964 to 1967 and has served as chair of the St. Mary’s County Economic Development Commission. Judge Kenney received his Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in 1959, attended the Yale Divinity School from 1959 to 1960, and received his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in 1963. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1963 and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Foundation, the American Adjudicature Society, and the American College of Real Property Lawyers. Judge Kenney also served on the Board of Governors, Southern Maryland Education Center from 1994 to 1999. He is a resident of St. Mary’s County.
Governor O’Malley made a series of reappointments to the following local Community College Boards:
- Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees: William Dean Frazier.
- Montgomery College Board of Trustees: Marsha S. Smith;
- Allegany College of Maryland Board of Trustees: Victor Raul Felipa, MD., and Kim B. Leonard;
- Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees: Arthur D. Ebersberger;
- Community College Trustees for Baltimore County: Warren C. Hayman Ed.D., and the Honorable Barbara Kerr Howe;
- Frederick Community College Board of Trustees: Doris J. White; and
- Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees: Merle S. Elliott.
Other nominees include:
Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, Ph.D, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Board of Directors: Dr. Fraser-Liggett is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors. Dr. Fraser Liggett is the Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she has served since 2007. From 1998 to 2007, she was the President and Director of the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Maryland, and prior to that, served as Vice President from 1992 to 1998. From 1989 to 1992, she was Chief of the Molecular Neurobiology, Laboratory of Physiologic and Pharmacologic Studies section at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She is the recent recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Science from Smith College, and is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including: the Pioneer of Science Award from Hauptman Woodward Medical, the John H. Erkine Lecture in Infectious Diseases from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the President’s Award from the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, the Diversity in Science Award for Leadership and Scientific Excellence, and the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology, among many others. Dr. Fraser-Liggett received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1977, and received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981. She is a resident of Howard County.
Amita Shukla, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Board of Directors: Ms. Shukla is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors. Ms. Shukla is currently a Principal at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a global venture capital and growth equity firm located in Chevy Chase. Ms. Shukla joined NEA in 2003, became an Associate in 2004, and a Principal in 2007. In her current work, she focuses on biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies working with NEA’s healthcare team. Prior to working at NEA, she was Vice President of Business Development at AmiKa Corporation, a research tools company that developed and marketed proprietary genomics and proteomics products and was later acquired by Harvard Bioscience. Prior to that, she worked in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch, and focused on mergers and acquisitions and public offerings for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device clients. Ms. Shukla holds ten issued patents and is a freelance writer for the MIT Technology Review and other healthcare industry trade publications. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Science and Technology development, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference, and the Montgomery County Bioscience Task Force, among others. Ms. Shukla received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University in 1998 and received her Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University’s School of Business in 2003. She is a resident of Montgomery County.
Bill Anderson, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Board of Directors: Mr. Anderson is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson is the CEO of Oculis Labs, an information security company. Under Mr. Anderson’s leadership, Oculis labs has won several innovation awards for developing products for the intelligence community. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Encryption Products and Vice President of OEM Marketing for SafeNet, an encryption products company and drove the networking and wireless product strategy and managed SafeNet’s complete line of encryption products. Mr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada in 1990, and received his Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1996. His Doctoral Thesis focused on a general model for secure speech communications. He is a resident of Baltimore County.
Lynn Johnson Langer, Ph.D., Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Board of Directors: Dr. Langer is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors. Dr. Langer is the Faculty/Program Director of Bioenterprise and Regulatory Affairs for the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Langer is also the President of Women in Bio, a national association for women in the life sciences industry. Prior to her position at the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Langer was the Founder and Managing Partner of BioPlan Associates, Inc., a marketing research and management consulting organization. Dr. Langer has also served as a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University teaching courses in biotechnology, biotechnology business, marketing and management. She is the founding member of the Bio-Entrepreneur Education Steering Committee, with member schools including Stanford, Kellogg, and University of Colorado, among others. She was nominated for the 2008 Frederic M. Jablin Dissertation Award. She is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, the Healthcare Business Women’s Association, the International Leadership Association, the Hopkins Biotechnology Network Advisory Board, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Technology Council of Maryland, and the Maryland BioAlliance. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in 1977, received her Masters of Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from the Antioch University in 2008. She is a resident of Montgomery County.
The Honorable Francis Jack Russell, Maryland Workforce Corporation Board: Commissioner Russell is being nominated for appointment for the Maryland Workforce Corporation Board. Commissioner Russell is currently the President of the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County and has served in that role since 2006. Commissioner Russell has been a commercial fisherman for 40 years, and is also a teacher. He has been a member of the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Board, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, the Citizen Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Land Use Plan for St. Mary's County, and the Executive Board for the Rural Maryland Council. He is currently a member of the the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, and the Patuxent River Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland in 1965. He is a resident of St. Mary’s County.
H. Walter Townshend, III, Maryland Workforce Corporation Board: Mr. Townshend is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland Workforce Corporation Board. He is currently the President and CEO of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce (BWCC), and is also the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corridor Transportation Corporation, a chamber affiliated non-profit regional transit operating corporation that manages Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit, which collectively carry over 2 million passengers annually. In 2006, Mr. Townshend was named a finalist for the “Corridor Person of the Year” by Corridor, Inc., a business and political magazine. In 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Medallion by Capitol College for his work in supporting the college and its programs of applied engineering. In 2008, he was named to the U.S. Chamber’s Committee for Transportation Infrastructure and Logistics. Mr. Townshend graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University. He undertook graduate work in educational technology and learning theory at the University of Maryland College Park. He is a resident of Prince George’s County.
Stuart M. Bounds, Maryland Workforce Corporation Board: Mr. Bounds is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland Workforce Corporation Board. He is currently the President and CEO of Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Prior to that, he was President of Chesapeake College, where he served in that role for 11 years. Mr. Bounds also served as Executive Vice President for Academic Services and Vice President for Academic and Administrative Services for Chesapeake College. Prior to that, he served a number of roles at Thomas Nelson Community College, including Dean of Financial and Administrative Services, Director of Institutional Research and Assistant Division Chairman of Social Science. He is the recipient of the President Emeritus Award from the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1966 and received his Master of Arts in Government and Public Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1969. He received his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary in 1974. He is a resident of Talbot County.
Lora Bottinelli, Maryland State Arts Council: Ms. Bottinelli is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland State Arts Council. Ms. Bottinelli is currently the Executive Director of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Director for the Ward Museum, and before that served as Curator and Folklorist. Ms. Bottinelli also serves as Editor of the Wildfowl Art Journal, and Database Administrator for the Maryland Traditions Database. She is a member of the Mid Atlantic Folklife Association Board, and a member of the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council. She received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and English at Rutgers University in 2000 and received her Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Wyoming in 2002. She is a resident of Salisbury, Wicomico County.
Margaret M. Footner, Maryland State Arts Council: Ms. Footner is being nominated for appointment to the Maryland State Arts Council. Ms. Footner is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of the Creative Alliance, a non-profit arts organization, and has worked there since 1994. From 1992 to 2000, she was a proprietor of Margaret’s Café, and managed the creative business components for this neighborhood restaurant. In 1993, she established the Halcyon Gallery at the restaurant that presented the work of regional artists in the community. Prior to that, Ms. Footner was a Development Consultant for the Living Classrooms Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in 1982, and received her Master of Education from Loyola College in 1989. Ms. Footner is from Baltimore County.
A full list of the nominees can be found here: www.governor.maryland.gov/documents/100219GreenBag.pdf