Leadership Howard County (LHC) has announced the new members of its Class of 2017. Fifty individuals were selected for the 10-month program, which is designed to empower and connect community leaders and keep them engaged in the critical issues facing Howard County and the region. The class members represent a cross section of business, nonprofit, government and educational organizations.

“This is a critical time in our community and our world to be actively involved. There are many challenges in communities throughout our country and the solutions come from the connections we make together,” said Stacie Hunt, president and CEO of Leadership Howard County. “This year’s class will learn the tools to become and stay engaged.”

LHC was launched in 1985 to develop capable, well-informed individuals committed to devoting their time and resources for community improvement. The program addresses countywide issues in monthly, daylong seminars where these concerned citizens meet with established leaders in business, government and community services. To learn more, visit www.leadershiphc.org.

The Class of 2017

Gary Aherns, Realtor, Keller Williams; Robert Baker, program manager, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and executive director, Special Olympics; Donald Barrick, broker/member, The BAF Group; Andrea Callahan, director of day programs, Athelas Institute; Michael Chan, global operations director, Grace; Thomas Coale, attorney, Talkin & Oh; Chunlei Ding, program management officer/chief data architect, Howard County Government; Olivia Doherty, director of communications, Horizon Foundation; Chandra Dyamangoudar, director, Enterprise Testing Delivery; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, policy director, Howard County General Hospital; Alice Ford, lead pastor, Glenelg United Methodist Church; Krista Frederic, clinic director, Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness; Paige Getty, senior minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia; William Harris, chief implementation officer, Ubiquitous Technologies; Marla Harrison, vice president/branch manager, Sandy Spring Bank; Pennie Hawks, business performance adviser, Insperity; Daniel Heller, associate attorney, Kelly | Dorsey; Kashonna Holland, president and CEO, Simply Kashonna and lay pastor at i5 church; Kevin Hyson, direct strategic initiatives executive, The Columbia Bank; Jason Jannati, co-founder, greeNEWit; Cheryl Jones, senior director of operations and human resources, Chesapeake Regional Information Systems for our Patients; Katherine Keefe, executive director, The Columbia Orchestra; Christa Kerrigan, senior project manager and director of business development,Waldon Studio Architects; Seth Knobel, director of crisis intervention, Grassroots; Caryn Lasser, director/executive services, Howard County Public School System; Valdis Lazdins, chief of research and special projects, Howard County Government Department of Planning & Zoning; Randy Lovelace, team leader pastor, Columbia Presbyterian Church; Byron MacFarlane, register of wills, Howard County Register of Wills, Leslie Marsiglia, director of individual giving, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Timothy May, senior director of development, Enterprise Community Partners; Kimberly McKay, director of employment and day services, Compass; Tracy Miller, owner and attorney, Tracy Miller Law; Cynthia Parr, executive director, The Arc of Howard County; Chris Riismandel, owner, Epoch; Rick Robb, principal, Patuxent Valley Middle School; Denise Rosson, director of development, Glenelg Country School; Anne Santos, senior manager/sales and marketing, Consortium Health Plans; Elizabeth Sapp Jones, subcontracts/administrator IV, Northrup Grumman Corp., and First Baptist Church of Guilford; Joan Schnorf, owner, JPS Fitness; Lynn Schwartz, director of finance, Columbia Association (CA); Danielle Smith, manager/customer experience assurance, BGE; Keith Snyder, vice president/ commercial manager, M&T Bank; Susan Stonesifer, Miller Branch manager, Howard County Library System; Edgar Swain, associate vice president/continuing education and workforce development, Howard Community College; Charles Sydnor, senior attorney, Enterprise Community Investment, and Baltimore County state delegate; Jacqueline Tuma, director/internal audit, CA; Ranaye Weinapple, director, marketing and product development, CareFirst; Diane Wilson, chief of staff to the county executive, Howard County Government Executive Office; Darius Withers, senior legal counsel/senior manager, Accenture; Beth Woodring, fund manager, Howard County Economic Development Authority.