HCEA 2021 Election Bios

Bio Sketches and Names were printed exactly as they were submitted.

Bio sketches for Board of Director, MSEA, and NEA Delegate were limited to 55 words.

Please visit the MSEA election webpage for more information on the candidates for MSEA and NEA positions. https://www.marylandeducators.org/elections-nominations/

HCEA Board of Director and Delegate to MSEA RA (1 year term)

Jason Fahie

My name is Jason Fahie and I am running for a Board of Directors seat with HCEA. I believe my previous service in similar roles in Anne Arundel County, and the MSEA Board, have afforded me a unique perspective of the position and its duties. I ask for your support in this election. In Solidarity. CLICK HERE to view Jason’s candidate flyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Frieson Walker

 

Q Smith-Green 

Q Smith-Green Howard County Public School System employee for 22+ years. I have worked at schools on all three levels(Elementary, Middle, and High) which gives me the ability to see and relate situations that affect all teachers and staff members in the cultures that exist in elementary, middle, and high school environments. CLICK HERE to view Q’s Candidate flyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizabeth Smull

As a building Representative for OMMS I continue to strive for better training for ESP’s within each building and the coordination between teachers and ESP’s. I will continue to make a difference for the staff in our county as I grow as a leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Walters

WLHS Science Paraeducator, HCEA – Board of Directors, Contract Negotiations Committee, NEA – Representative Assembly MSEA Delegate 2020, NEAESP Conference 2019 & 2020, MSEA – Summer Leadership Conference 2019 and 2020, Convention 2020 Delegate, 2019 Negotiations Training Conference, WLHS – Building Rep, SAC, DEI Committee, committed Restorative Justice and civil rights activist.

 

 

 

 

 

HCEA Board of Director and Delegate to MSEA RA (2 year term)

Sonia D’Urbano

As an active building rep and an ESP employee, a group that we feel have been underrepresented in the past, I feel I would make a good addition to these Assemblies. As a Principal’s Secretary, and my past union experiences in NYC, I feel I will bring a fresh and needed perspective to the table.

 

Danielle King

I’m a 19 year Middle School Physical Education teacher. I’ve been actively involved with our local, state and national union for 17 of those years. Serving currently as a Board of Director, and bylaws co-chair, as well as delegate to our state and national conventions. Would love your support again!

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia London

I have taught in Baltimore County and Howard County for a total of 16 years; teaching 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade. As a Naturalized Citizen, I believe that I am ready for the challenge of effecting change in our schools throughout the state. I believe each citizen has a responsibility to do their part.

 

Jessica Nichols

Hi! I’m seeking re-election to the BoD and delegate to the MSEA and NEA Rep Assemblies. Since my election to the BoD, I have served on the HCEA reopening committee, NEA bylaws committee, MSEA and NEA Rep Assemblies, currently as a member of the negotiations committee. In a second-term, I plan to serve you more. CLICK HERE to view Jessica’s candidate flyer.

 

 

 

Rebecca Otte

I’m a 5th grade teacher at Fulton Elementary. I’ve been a building rep, a member of the Government Relations Committee, and a delegate to the MSEA and NEA Assemblies. I’ve chaired the GR Committee since 2017 and I’m currently serving as an appointed member of the Board of Directors. I’d love to continue to serve. CLICK HERE to view Rebecca’s candidate flyer.

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Parrish

As a member of the HCEA Board of Directors I advocated for the creation of Staff Advisory Councils. Currently, I co-chair the Government Relations and Organizing Committees working to keep us safe and guaranteeing any return to schools is done so safely. I ask for your vote so I may continue to work for you. CLICK HERE to view Jamie’s candidate flyer.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Pellegrino

During my 7 years with HCPSS, I have been trying to increase my involvement: State and National Rep Assemblies, Building Rep, Continuation of Learning , PAC Captain, and attendance at BOE meetings. I would be honored to contribute my time and talent for the benefit of our local and all its educators. CLICK HERE to view Lisa’s candidate flyer.

 

 

 

 

 

MSEA Delegate

Olive Baker

My name is Olive Baker, and this is my twelfth year as a certified teacher in the state of Maryland. My experience as a teacher in Maryland started as a Baltimore City Public School teacher. I am currently a third-grade teacher at Stevens Forest Elementary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annette Bouldin

 

Kara Brooks-Odom

Twenty-two year veteran Special Education Teacher. Currently the MHHS Building Rep and 2 time NEA Rep. Looking to bring the concerns of Special Education teachers and students to the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonia D’Urbano

As an active building rep and an ESP employee, a group that we feel have been underrepresented in the past, I feel I would make a good addition to these Assemblies. As a Principal’s Secretary, and my past union experiences in NYC, I feel I will bring a fresh and needed perspective to the table.

 

Brian Donoughe

 

Gail Duncan

My name is Gail Duncan, and I’ve worked at Stevens Forest Elementary for the last 20 years as a para-educator. I’ve attended the last three conventions and I found them to be interesting and informative. I would like to represent you in next years conventions.

 

Sheila Ebron

As a Paraeducator for 15 plus years, I would like to continue to fight for our students, educators and communities, please help me by voting for me to attend the 2021 national convention.

 

Jason Fahie

My name is Jason Fahie and I am running for a Board of Directors seat with HCEA. I believe my previous service in similar roles in Anne Arundel County, and the MSEA Board, have afforded me a unique perspective of the position and its duties. I ask for your support in this election. In Solidarity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carole Ferrante

I am in my second year of engagement with the union as an alternate rep in my building. Even though my time is short my passion for helping my peers is growing tenfold. I beleive I can help make a diffence and have an impact on making important, pivotal change.

 

Jacqueline Frieson Walker

 

Elizabeth Greer

I am a ESP in Howard county. I have gone to many conventions to represent you and our students. It would be my honor an privilege to do so again. I am here for you to be your voice an that of our students

 

 

 

 

 

Melannie Herrera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauri Hornicek

I would like to represent you at both the MSEA (state) convention and NEA (national) convention. I’ll listen, participate, ask questions, and vote on issues that will help move our state and local associations forward. Thank you for considering me to be one of the delegates representing HCEA members.

 

 

 

 

 

Keishanna Hunt Brown

I have a passion for speaking up about sensitive topics which at times can be viewed as courageous, enlightening and detrimental. I am always a willing participant to actively listen and engage with open mindedness to solve crucial matters that include diversity, equity and inclusion. Fostering a culturally relevant and competent climate is my ultimate goal for stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Hugo Jackson

Help me continue our battle for Equity and fairness for all Howard County Teachers at the NEA and MSEA assemblies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle King

I’m a 19 year Middle School Physical Education teacher. I’ve been actively involved with our local, state and national union for 17 of those years. Serving currently as a Board of Director, and bylaws co-chair, as well as delegate to our state and national conventions. Would love your support again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Lea

Thanks for voting! I’ve represented you at the local, state and national levels in many capacities. From HCEA building rep to MSEA Director to NEA Director and Professional Standards Committee chair, the job is the same- to amplify your voice within and beyond the Association. I’m inexpensive, too! NEA funds me for Denver. Stay Safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Lemle

Previously served as building rep, chair of Government Relations, HCEA president 2011-17. I’ve missed you all and can’t wait to organize/advocate/get in good trouble with you in the very near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia London

I have taught in Baltimore County and Howard County for a total of 16 years; teaching 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade. As a Naturalized Citizen, I believe that I am ready for the challenge of effecting change in our schools throughout the state. I believe each citizen has a responsibility to do their part.

 

Kathleen MacLaughlin

This is my fifteenth year of teaching and my eighth year at Homewood. I live in Columbia with my husband and three children. I have been an active member of FCTA then HCEA since 2008 when I went through the SPARKS program at MSEA. I achieved National Board Certification in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgianne Mcneirney-Rewalt

I have served on the HCEA BOD, as a school rep, and am currently serving on an MSEA committee. My experience dating back to 1965 gives me a unique perspective on education as it evolves. As we move forward I wish to represent the members of the HCEA in this challenging time.

 

Claritza Ortiz

My name is Claritza Ortiz, I am the paraeducator for the Gorman Crossing Elementary School Infants and Toddlers Program of Howard County Public Schools System. I look forward to serving for the Delegate positions with MSEA and NEA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Otte

I’m a 5th grade teacher at Fulton Elementary. I’ve been a building rep, a member of the Government Relations Committee, and a delegate to the MSEA and NEA Assemblies. I’ve chaired the GR Committee since 2017 and I’m currently serving as an appointed member of the Board of Directors. I’d love to continue to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Parrish

As a member of the HCEA Board of Directors I advocated for the creation of Staff Advisory Councils. Currently, I co-chair the Government Relations and Organizing Committees working to keep us safe and guaranteeing any return to schools is done so safely. I ask for your vote so I may continue to work for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Pellegrino

During my 7 years with HCPSS, I have been trying to increase my involvement: State and National Rep Assemblies, Building Rep, Continuation of Learning , PAC Captain, and attendance at BOE meetings. I would be honored to contribute my time and talent for the benefit of our local and all its educators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxine Salah

21 years as an ESP, 20 years rep to HCEA,MSEA and NEA. I am your voice! Please vote for me so I can help you! I am proud to be an Educator and proud to represent you.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q Smith-Green

Q. Smith-Green Howard County Public School System employee for 22+ years. I have worked at schools on all three levels(Elementary, Middle, and High) which gives me the ability to see and relate situations that affect all teachers and staff members in the cultures that exist in elementary, middle, and high school environments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizabeth Smull

I am interested in being a Delegate in Ocean city Maryland next October, 2021. I hope that we will have a better handle on the Covid-19 epidemic. I believe in representing other special education para educators in Ocean City, so that we continue to have our voice heard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zenoba Stephens

I’ve been involved as a contributing member to HCEA and NEA for many years. I served in many capacities and recognize the importance of our association and I wish to be involved in the decision making. I have lobbied in Annapolis, the community and I serve as a local rep.

 

Dietra Tyler-John

Teacher 26+ years (17 Howard County) ,Title 1 Support Teacher, Math & Reading, Girls on the Run coach (7 seasons) HCEA Delegate MSEA Rep Assembly (3 years) B.S in Elementary Education – Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md M.S in Education-Heritage University (College) Washington State Graduate from Oakland Mills High School Columbia, Md

 

Sam Walters

WLHS Science Paraeducator, HCEA – Board of Directors, Contract Negotiations Committee, NEA – Representative Assembly MSEA Delegate 2020, NEAESP Conference 2019 & 2020, MSEA – Summer Leadership Conference 2019 and 2020, Convention 2020 Delegate, 2019 Negotiations Training Conference, WLHS – Building Rep, SAC, DEI Committee, committed Restorative Justice and civil rights activist.

 

 

 

 

 

Brittney Ware

I believe that I am the best candidate for being a delegate because I have direct experience with being apart of both the MSEA and NEA Rep Assembly. I am passionate about the direction that the school system is going in and want to continue to contribute to these changes.

 

Bonnie Young

I have been a MSEA and NEA a Member. I will do my best to represent Us all. I have attended numerous workshops, rallies in Annapolis, 18 years as a delegate. I’ve been a building representative for over 22 years. I believe in higher education, better work conditions and higher pay. Thank you. Bonnie Young.

 

 

 

 

NEA Delegate

Olive Baker

My name is Olive Baker, and this is my twelfth year as a certified teacher in the state of Maryland. My experience as a teacher in Maryland started as a Baltimore City Public School teacher. I am currently a third-grade teacher at Stevens Forest Elementary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annette Bouldin

 

Kara Brooks-Odom

Twenty-two year veteran Special Education Teacher. Currently the MHHS Building Rep and 2 time NEA Rep. Looking to bring the concerns of Special Education teachers and students to the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonia D’Urbano

As an active building rep and an ESP employee, a group that we feel have been underrepresented in the past, I feel I would make a good addition to these Assemblies. As a Principal’s Secretary, and my past union experiences in NYC, I feel I will bring a fresh and needed perspective to the table.

 

Brian Donoughe

 

Gail Duncan

My name is Gail Duncan, and I’ve worked at Stevens Forest Elementary for the last 20 years as a para-educator. I’ve attended the last three conventions and I found them to be interesting and informative. I would like to represent you in next years conventions.

 

Sheila Ebron

As a Paraeducator for 15 plus years, I would like to continue to fight for our students, educators and communities, please help me by voting for me to attend the 2021 national convention.

 

Jason Fahie

My name is Jason Fahie and I am running for a Board of Directors seat with HCEA. I believe my previous service in similar roles in Anne Arundel County, and the MSEA Board, have afforded me a unique perspective of the position and its duties. I ask for your support in this election. In Solidarity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carole Ferrante

I am in my second year of engagement with the union as an alternate rep in my building. Even though my time is short my passion for helping my peers is growing tenfold. I believe I can help make a difference and have an impact on making important, pivotal change.

 

Jacqueline Frieson Walker

 

Leirdre Galloway

Proud family of educators! Howard County / HCEA member over 20 years Started in PG County with my mother a PGCEA member and Science teacher for over 35 years. Mother of 3 graduates of Howard County Honored to represent / advocate NEA MSEA Delegate HCEA Board Negotiating Team Recruiting MAC Chair Membership committee By-Laws committee

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Gannon

Looking forward to representing you in engaging debate and discussion around the issues important to Howard and Maryland Educators. Vote Anna Gannon your 2021 NEA Delegate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarai Gray

 

Elizabeth Greer

I am a ESP in Howard county. I have gone to many conventions to represent you and our students. It would be my honor an privilege to do so again. I am here for you to be your voice an that of our students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melannie Herrera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauri Hornicek

I would like to represent you at both the MSEA (state) convention and NEA (national) convention. I’ll listen, participate, ask questions, and vote on issues that will help move our state and local associations forward. Thank you for considering me to be one of the delegates representing HCEA members.

 

 

 

 

 

Keishanna Hunt Brown

Mottled blue muslin type background.

 

I have a passion for speaking up about sensitive topics which at times can be viewed as courageous, enlightening and detrimental. I  am always a willing participant to actively listen and engage with open mindedness to solve crucial matters that include diversity, equity and inclusion. Fostering a culturally relevant and competent climate is my ultimate goal for stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

 

Hugo Jackson

Help me continue our battle for Equity and fairness for all Howard County Teachers at the NEA and MSEA assemblies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle King

I’m a 19 year Middle School Physical Education teacher. I’ve been actively involved with our local, state and national union for 17 of those years. Serving currently as a Board of Director, and bylaws co-chair, as well as delegate to our state and national conventions. Would love your support again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Lea

Thanks for voting! I’ve represented you at the local, state and national levels in many capacities. From HCEA building rep to MSEA Director to NEA Director and Professional Standards Committee chair, the job is the same- to amplify your voice within and beyond the Association. I’m inexpensive, too! NEA funds me for Denver. Stay Safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen MacLaughlin

This is my fifteenth year of teaching and my eighth year at Homewood. I live in Columbia with my husband and three children. I have been an active member of FCTA then HCEA since 2008 when I went through the SPARKS program at MSEA. I achieved National Board Certification in 2012.
Georgianne Mcneirney-Rewalt I have served on the HCEA BOD, as a school rep, and am currently serving on an MSEA committee. My experience dating back to 1965 gives me a unique perspective on education as it evolves. As we move forward I wish to represent the members of the HCEA in this challenging time.

 

 

 

Georgianne Mcneirney-Rewalt

I have served on the HCEA BOD, as a school rep, and am currently serving on an MSEA committee. My experience dating back to 1965 gives me a unique perspective on education as it evolves. As we move forward I wish to represent the members of the HCEA in this challenging time.

 

Jessica Nichols

Hi! I’m seeking re-election to the BoD and delegate to the MSEA and NEA Rep Assemblies. Since my election to the BoD, I have served on the HCEA reopening committee, NEA bylaws committee, MSEA and NEA Rep Assemblies, currently as a member of the negotiations committee. In a second-term, I plan to serve you more.

 

 

 

Claritza Ortiz

My name is Claritza Ortiz, I am the paraeducator for the Gorman Crossing Elementary School Infants and Toddlers Program of Howard County Public Schools System. I look forward to serving for the Delegate positions with MSEA and NEA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Otte

I’m a 5th grade teacher at Fulton Elementary. I’ve been a building rep, a member of the Government Relations Committee, and a delegate to the MSEA and NEA Assemblies. I’ve chaired the GR Committee since 2017 and I’m currently serving as an appointed member of the Board of Directors. I’d love to continue to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Parrish

As a member of the HCEA Board of Directors I advocated for the creation of Staff Advisory Councils. Currently, I co-chair the Government Relations and Organizing Committees working to keep us safe and guaranteeing any return to schools is done so safely. I ask for your vote so I may continue to work for you.

 

 

 

 

Randy Patterson

Randy Patterson Jr, I have been able to attend the MSEA Rep Assembly the last 3 yrs and this would be my first time attending the NEA. In my time in the union, I have advocated passionately, consistently and with a purpose for our members. I would love to represent you all.

 

Lisa Pellegrino

During my 7 years with HCPSS, I have been trying to increase my involvement: State and National Rep Assemblies, Building Rep, Continuation of Learning , PAC Captain, and attendance at BOE meetings. I would be honored to contribute my time and talent for the benefit of our local and all its educators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxine Salah

21 years as an ESP, 20 years rep to HCEA,MSEA and NEA. I am your voice! Please vote for me so I can help you! I am proud to be an Educator and proud to represent you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q Smith-Green

Howard County Public School System employee for 22+ years. I have worked at schools on all three levels(Elementary, Middle, and High) which gives me the ability to see and relate situations that affect all teachers and staff members in the cultures that exist in elementary, middle, and high school environments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zenoba Stephens

I’ve been involved as a contributing member to HCEA and NEA for many years. I served in many capacities and recognize the importance of our association and I wish to be involved in the decision making. I have lobbied in Annapolis, the community and I serve as a local rep.

 

Dietra Tyler-John

Teacher 26+ years (17 Howard County) ,Title 1 Support Teacher, Math & Reading, Girls on the Run coach (7 seasons) HCEA Delegate MSEA Rep Assembly (3 years) B.S in Elementary Education – Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md M.S in Education-Heritage University (College) Washington State Graduate from Oakland Mills High School Columbia, Md

 

Sam Walters

WLHS Science Paraeducator, HCEA – Board of Directors, Contract Negotiations Committee, NEA – Representative Assembly MSEA Delegate 2020, NEAESP Conference 2019 & 2020, MSEA – Summer Leadership Conference 2019 and 2020, Convention 2020 Delegate, 2019 Negotiations Training Conference, WLHS – Building Rep, SAC, DEI Committee, committed Restorative Justice and civil rights activist.

 

 

 

 

 

Brittney Ware

I believe that I am the best candidate for being a delegate because I have direct experience with being apart of both the MSEA and NEA Rep Assembly. I am passionate about the direction that the school system is going in and want to continue to contribute to these changes.

 

Bonnie Young

I have been a MSEA and NEA a Member. I will do my best to represent Us all. I have attended numerous workshops, rallies in Annapolis, 18 years as a delegate. I’ve been a building representative for over 22 years. I believe in higher education, better work conditions and higher pay. Thank you. Bonnie Young.

 

 

 

 

Shante Young

I am a 14 year member of HCEA. I am currently a building rep and a member of the GR Committee. I have served as a local and state delegate to numerous NEA representative assemblies. It would be my honor and privilege to represent HCEA as a delegate to next year’s representative assembly in Denver.