Leadership Maryland’s (LMD) 25th class, the Class of 2017, has been announced. During the next eight months, the 52-member group will complete a hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December.

LMD is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in their careers and/or their communities. Ideal members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities and the state.

LMD Class of 2017 Participants

Brandon Butler, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Brenda Cachuela, Maryland Department of Transportation; Deborah “Debbie” Carpenter, Garrett County; Bernard “Andy” Cheezum, Jr.; Willow Construction; Michael “Mike” Cox, Jr., University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute; Gregan Crawford, Garrett County Community Action Committee; James Deriu, KCI Technologies; John Diehl, Southway Builders; John Dumas, Service Coordination; Diana Ellis, Humanim Inc.; Loren Farquhar, Anne Arundel Medical Center; Rebecca “Becky” Frank, Chase Brexton Health Care; Dustin Freas, Flagship Rehabilitation; John Genakos, MEDCO; Charles Glass, Maryland Department of Transportation; Rajiv “Raj” Goel, Offit Kurman; Heather Gramm, Frederick County Office of Economic Development; Amy  Gross, France-Merrick Foundation; Jennifer Hammaker, Maryland Technology Development Corp.; Brian Hammock, CSX Transportation; Husher Harris II, Avaris Concepts; Chris Hoyson, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; Lucille “Lucie” Hughes, Chesapeake College; Mary Elizabeth “MaryBeth” Hyland, SparkVision; Mary Frances Isakov, M&T Bank; Martha Lessman Katz, Lessman Katz Law; Traci Kodeck, HealthCare Access Maryland; Jonathan “Jon” Kucskar, Maryland Public Service Commission; Shannon Landwehr, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore; Stephanie Lansey-Delgado, Baltimore City Police Department; Jennifer Litchman, University of Maryland Baltimore; Shelley Jarrad Lombardo, Evergreen Advisors; James Lunnermon II, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Julie Madden, arts advocate; Shanak “Shan” Maitra, Artiam Solutions; Roy McGrath, State of Maryland; Meredith “Merry” Mears, Worcester County; Wanda Oneferu-Bey, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Barbara “Julie” Paluda, Calvert County; Signe Pringle, Maryland Department of Commerce; John Renner, Jr., Cross Street Partners; James “Jimmy” Rhee, State of Maryland; Karyn Riley, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; John Rodenhausen, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Christine Ross, Maryland Chamber of Commerce; Andrew Sargent, Maryland Department of Commerce; Deborah “Deb” Sharpless, Maryland Department of Transportation; Jody Sprinkle, State of Maryland; Joy Strand, McCready Health; Barbara Wagner, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce; Chad Ward, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations and Nico Washington, UMBC.