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Montgomery College Board of Trustees

Board Members


MR. REGINALD FELTON
Chair, Board of Trustees 

Mr. Felton was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2013. He was appointed to the Board on July 1, 2007 for a six-year term. He serves as the Assistant Executive Director for Congressional Relations at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) where he is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive legislative strategy and representing the interests of local school boards and NSBA at the federal level on a variety of critical issues affecting student achievement in public education. Prior to his affiliation with NSBA, he was a senior executive with the U.S. Department of the Navy. He has also served as mayor and commissioner of Highland Beach, Maryland; as president of the Silver Spring Center Citizens Advisory Board; and president of the Silver Spring Armory Citizens Advisory Board. From 1994 to 2004, he served as an elected member of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Board of Education. Mr. Felton holds a B.A. degree in sociology from Howard University, and an M.S. degree in urban studies from Tulane University. Mr. Felton resides in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Reginald Felton

MS. MARSHA SUGGS SMITH
First Vice Chair, Board of Trustees 

Ms. Smith was elected First Vice Chair in 2013. She was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to the Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2009 for the remainder of a term of six years from July 1, 2004, and was reappointed to a six-year term in 2010.  Ms. Smith was with the National Education Association from 1992-2008, where she served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and worked with members around the country that focused on quality teaching and learning in public schools. Ms. Smith also worked for more than 30 years as a team leader resource teacher and assistant athletic director in Montgomery County Public Schools. She has a bachelor's degree in education from Tuskegee University. Ms. Smith resides in Olney.

 

Marsha Suggs Smith

THE HONORABLE MICHAEL J. KNAPP
Second Vice Chair 

Mr. Knapp was elected Second Vice Chair in 2013. He was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley in March 2012 for the remainder of a six-year term that began on July 1, 2006. He was reappointed to serve a full six-year term, effective July 1, 2012.

Mr. Knapp served on the Montgomery County Council, representing District 2, from 2002 through 2010 and served as the council president in 2007 and 2008. Currently, he is president and CEO of Germantown-based Orion Biostrategies, Inc., a life sciences business consulting firm.

Knapp also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Advisors at the Universities at Shady Grove, as a board member of the Montgomery County Community Foundation and Identity, Inc.  While serving on the County Council, he was the chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in 2008 (member, 2002-10), a former member of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (chair, 2006).  Knapp is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and government and achieved the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

 


Michael J. Knapp

MS. GLORIA APARICIO BLACKWELL

Ms. Blackwell was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to the Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2009 for the remainder of a term of six years from July 1, 2008. Ms. Blackwell serves as the assistant to the vice president of administrative affairs at the University of Maryland. She has also served as an equity officer from 2000-2003 and the facilities management safety & health manager from 1997-2000. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology - Safety & Fire Science from the University of Maryland College Park, and a M.S. in Management - Human Resources Track from the University of Maryland University College. Ms. Blackwell resides in Gaithersburg.

Gloria Aparicio Blackwell

DR. KENNETH J. HOFFMAN

Dr. Hoffman was appointed by the Governor of Maryland for a term of one year. He began serving on the Board of Trustees on April 26, 2010. Dr. Hoffman is retired from the U.S. Army Medical Corps after 23 years active duty. He held positions of increasing responsibility, which include duty assignments as the medical director of the Federal Interagency Board for Military and Veterans Health, medical director for TRICARE Population Health Improvement, and director of preventive services for the U.S. Medical Command in Korea. In addition, he served as the director for the Center of Training and Education in Addiction Medicine at the Uniformed Services University. Since 1988, Dr. Hoffman taught at the Uniformed Services University in psychiatry and preventive medicine. He has served on the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council. He also volunteers his time as a board member of Oxford House. Dr. Hoffman earned his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and his M.P.H. from Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Hoffman resides in Rockville.

 


Kenneth J. Hoffman

DR. LESLIE S. LEVINE

Dr. Leslie Levine was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September, 2009 for a six-year term.  He has lived in Montgomery County for more than 35 years and has contributed to the economic growth and development of the County through his business and through volunteer activities. In 1973 he co-founded a successful high tech manufacturing company, Fusion Systems Corporation, based in Rockville. Fusion created hundreds of good jobs for County residents, including dozens of recent immigrants, over its 24-year history. He served on the County Economic Advisory Council for over a decade and was on the Board of the Montgomery County High Tech Council. He also served on the Board of the Jewish Vocational Services and Bethesda Jewish Congregation, active in Leadership Montgomery, the Board of the National Philharmonic, and the Advisory Board of the Maryland Technology Development Center, a high-tech incubator. Dr. Levine serves on the Board of Advisors for the Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College and over the last several years he has done informal pro bono consulting regarding the new biotech incubator and the industrial park at the Germantown Campus, as well as for Workforce Development and Continuing Education. Dr. Levine holds a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University and resides in Bethesda.

 

 

Leslie S. Levine


MR. CARLOS MEJIA-RAMOS

Carlos Mejia-Ramos has been appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to serve on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees for one year as the student Trustee. Mejia-Ramos, of Gaithersburg, is a general studies major at the Rockville Campus. He is working toward a political science degree by also taking classes at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has aspirations of attending law school. Mejia-Ramos is originally from Honduras, attended Gaithersburg High School and Covenant Life School, where he graduated. He has served as vice president of the Rockville Campus Student Senate and as a leader in the College's New Student Orientation program.   

  Carlos Mejia-Ramos

MR. MICHAEL D. PRIDDY

As an entrepreneur, Mr. Priddy has had the pleasure of starting and growing two companies. His current company is Intervise Consultants Inc., headquartered in Rockville Maryland.  Intervise supports technical projects for commercial and government customers.

With an extensive background of community service, Mr. Priddy serves on the National Academy Foundation’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), on the Montgomery County Executive Business Roundtable, and as VP of Education for AFCEA Bethesda, in which he has been very involved in providing substantial scholarship funding to Montgomery College over the last 4 years. Recently retired as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors at the Universities at Shady Grove, Mr. Priddy had direct involvement working with Montgomery College and MCPS to help create an education pathway.

He has received numerous awards for his support at the Technology Council of Maryland as Vice Chair and volunteer of the year 2003 and MCPS Business Volunteer of the year 2010.

Born and raised in Montgomery County, Mr. Priddy attended Thomas S. Wootton High School. He graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois in 1985. Mr. Priddy resides in Darnestown, Maryland with his wife Shannon and three kids: Brock, Brooke, and Blake.

 

 

Michael Priddy

MR. BENJAMIN H. WU

Mr. Wu was sworn in to his six-year Senate-confirmed appointment on the Board of Trustees in August 2012. He has over two decades of professional experience at the highest levels of federal and state government developing national and regional strategic initiatives to advance technology-led economic growth, research innovation, and international competitiveness.

Mr. Wu worked 13 years with Congresswoman Connie Morella, a former Montgomery College professor who represented Montgomery County. He also served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a gubernatorial appointee at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.  In addition, he was executive staff for the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council for Education and acted as Executive Secretariat on the President’s National Science and Technology Council. Mr. Wu has been the Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, a Leadership Montgomery graduate, a Montgomery County Cable and Communications Advisory Committee appointee, and a board member to the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Montgomery County Mobile Medical Care, MdBio Foundation, and Rockville Economic Development Inc.

He holds degrees from New York University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He resides in Potomac and is a graduate of Wootton High School.

 

 

Benjamin Wu

DR. DERIONNE P. POLLARD
Secretary/Treasurer and President of Montgomery College

Dr. Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College on August 2, 2010. She is the ninth chief executive officer of the institution. As president, Dr. Pollard also serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Pollard’s community college career began at College of Lake County (Ill.) in 1995 as a faculty member in English. She developed the institution’s award-winning New Faculty Institute and its Center for Teaching and Learning. After several progressive administrative positions, Dr. Pollard was selected as the vice president of educational affairs in 2005 where she served until her appointment as president of Las Positas College. She received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, and her M.A. and B.A. in English from Iowa State University.

 

Derionne Pollard


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