The Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) appointed one new Executive Committee member, two new board members and re-elected three board members during its June 15, 2017 Annual Meeting & Cocktail Reception. The terms were effective July 1.
Penny Cantwell, Vice President, Howard Bank returns to the Executive Committee after a one-year hiatus. Cantwell has served on the FMA board or in a committee chair role for more than 10 years. She is the current Education and Workforce Development Chair.
The new board members are Kevin Crain, Director IT Security & Chief Information Security Officer, University of Maryland Medical System and Julie Mussog, President & CEO, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.
Crain served as an enlisted Medical Specialist and as a commissioned officer in the US Army and Tennessee Army National Guard. His career spans over 15 years including information security leadership roles at General Electric Industrial Systems, CNBC, and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development. In his role at University of Maryland Medical System, he is responsible for cybersecurity operations and policy, as well as clinical and business information integrity for the integrated 12-hospital care network.
Mussog started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Detroit, MI. Prior to her appointment as President & CEO of Anne Arundel Development Corp., she was the Controller for Anne Arundel County and previously served as the Special Assistant to the County Executive for Community Affairs. She has also worked at Dell, NVR Inc. and PulteGroup.
Membership Committee Chair Hubert Braithwaite of Health Solutions Research, Inc. was re-elected to a second term on the Executive Committee. The two other FMA board members re-elected to a second term were Dr. Michael Cataldo of Kennedy Krieger Institute and Dave Mazzuca of NTC Mazzuca Contracting.
The Fort Meade Alliance would like to thank our retiring board members for their commitment and service to our organization: Dr. Lawrence Linder, University of Maryland Community Medical Group; Matthew Norris, Axom Technologies Inc.; FMA Fundraising Chair Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, LG-TEK and FMA Secretary Joseph Samek, Booz Allen Hamilton.
There are 24 board members serving on the Fort Meade Alliance Board of Directors. These members represent a diverse group of industries in the Fort Meade region. The members of the Executive Committee are: President, Steven Tiller, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; FMA Vice President & Treasurer, Joseph V. Pacileo, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc.; FMA Military & Family Chair, Lisa Decker, Sr. Project Manager, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; Doreen E. Harwood, Senior VP, Leidos; FMA Transportation Chair, Stuart Title, Vice President, A.J. Properties; FMA Foundation President, Deon Viergutz, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Ex-Officio Member, Tim O’Ferrall, General Manager, Fort Meade Alliance.
The additional board members are: Meade Business Connect Chair Bill Dunahoo, Praxis Engineering; Dr. Dawn Lindsay, Anne Arundel Community College; Kenneth McCreedy, The Maryland Department of Commerce; Dr. Maureen McMahon, Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Will Metts, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Jenny Smith, Raytheon Company; Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority; Anne Wagner, WaveStrike; Cathy Ward, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Spencer Wilcox, Exelon Corporation and Steve Zotti, Ciena Government Solutions.
In addition to board business at the Annual Meeting, President Steve Tiller gave an update on the last year. Here are a few highlights:
Led by the Education and Workforce Chair, Howard Bank’s Penny Cantwell, the FMA partnered with Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp to bring the Military Corp Career Connect program to Maryland, part of this effort will include creating a veteran’s version of the FMA’s successful Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) which provides students with an overview of the importance of being able to obtain security clearances in possible future careers. This grant will assist transitioning military train for jobs while in uniform and be ready to land great jobs in the private sector.
The first year assisting Anne Arundel County Public Schools with their Tapestry Grant has concluded. This is an effort to help this region’s military children acclimate to schools and assist teachers in understanding the unique issues facing military children.
And earlier this month, the FMA once again partnered with the NSA Office of Small Business Programs to host Business in a Minute, where nearly 900 meetings between 200 small businesses and government and prime hosts were conducted in the span of one day.
The FMA Foundation awarded the 6th Annual Kenneth McCreedy Scholarship to Sara Herry. Sara was awarded a $4,000 scholarship over the next four years, which she will be using as she attends UMBC.
In addition, the FMA Foundation has committed to raising $3.2 million to establish an education and resiliency center on Fort Meade. With the support of the State of Maryland and other donors we are close to the halfway mark of our campaign. This center will be the hub of the Post’s education and resiliency efforts and hopes to serve as a model for similar efforts at bases across the country.