The Leadership Essentials (LE) class of 2018 includes 26 young professionals from a wide variety of organizations. This six-month leadership development program, instituted by Leadership Howard County in 2007, is now managed by Loyola University Maryland as part of the Sellinger School of Business. Similar to Loyola’s graduate business programs, Leadership Essentials develops skills that allow participants to stretch their leadership potential and contribute significantly to their organizations, their families and their community.

The program has three core components: Skill Building Workshops, a Coach Relationship and a Community Impact Project Team experience. The skill-building workshops, focused on specific leadership characteristics such as teambuilding, project management, the leader as a coach, presentation skills, collaboration and negotiation, include exercises and reflection to facilitate the participants’ ability to sharpen critical skills necessary for effective leadership.

Throughout the six months of the Leadership Essentials program, participants work with their coach to help them unlock the answers within, enabling them to better make decisions and strengthen their relationships and leadership skills. Participants also contribute to a small team on a short-term Community Impact Project (CIP) that challenges them to put their lessons learned and leadership skills in action. This year’s Community Impact Project hosts are: Camp Opportunity, Candlelight Concert Series, HC Food Bank/Community Action Council, People Power/Arc of Howard County and Tools4Success.

LE values its strong community alliances, especially its collaboration with Leadership Howard County, and with the Leadership Essentials community of alumni, coaches, community leaders and facilitators.
We look forward to recruiting another fantastic class for Leadership Essentials 2019. Applications will be available in July, with a due deadline in early October. Information sessions will be held in August and September; visit for more information.


Lori Fuchs is the Leadership Essentials program manager. She can be reached at [email protected]. Contact her for more information about the LE program, to send a participant or to volunteer.


Leadership Essentials Class of 2018

Travis Aion
Associate Professional Staff
JHU Applied Physics Lab

Jacob Alldredge
Senior Staff
JHU Applied Physics Lab

David Arnett
Associate Director Servers & Storage
Loyola University MD

Elisabeth Berman
Long and Foster

Emily Branchaw
Program Coordinator
UMBC Training Center

Adam Brinkman
Relationship Manager
M&T Bank

Kyle Casterline
Assistant Section Supervisor
JHU Applied Physics Lab

Donald Corbin, Jr.
Head Start Education Coordinator
Community Action Council

Kristofor Gibson
Senior Staff
JHU Applied Physics Lab

Andrew Hall
Internal Operations Supervisor, Security
Howard County General Hospital

Michael Long
Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Math
Howard Community College

Josh Manley
Program Associate
International Republican Institute

Joseph McQuillan
Detective Seargent
Howard County Police Department

Jason Parfitt
Accounting Director

Alyson Phillips
Project Manager
JHU Applied Physics Lab

Christopher Pitts
Impact Investment Associate
Enterprise Community Partners

Kelianne Ramos
Customer Success Manager
Enterprise Community Partners

Timothy Repko
Aerospace Engineer
JHU Applied Physics Lab

Brian Sheavly
Marketing Director
HC Economic Development Authority

Brian Smoot
Investment Adviser
Lee Financial

Michael Tait
Office Leasing Representative
Howard Hughes Corporation

Lauren Taylor
Director of Communications
Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce

William Varoli
Director, Development Risk
Enterprise Community Partners

Kristen Walsh
Senior Business Project Manager

Kevin Wiechelt
Construction Project Manager
Columbia Association

Joshua Williford
Portfolio Manager