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Three elected to board of trustees

Friday, October 18, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A judge, a local attorney and an alumna who is an entrepreneur were elected to four-year terms on Hood’s Board of Trustees at its recent meeting.

The Honorable John H. Tisdale retired as a judge for the circuit court of Frederick County in 2011, a position he held for 16 years. He is member of the Maryland, Virginia and Frederick County bar associations, and served as president of the Circuit Court Judges Association and chair of the Maryland Judicial Ethics Committee.

Tisdale is a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Frederick. He has directed the boards of several Frederick organizations, including Frederick Community College, Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick County Public Libraries and Frederick County Literacy Council.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and served for four years in active duty, retiring as commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He earned a juris doctor from Washington and Lee University.

James H. Clapp is an attorney for the Frederick law firm Shoemaker, Horman & Clapp, P.A. His practice focuses on domestic- and insurance-related litigation and mediation. Prior to opening his own practice, he served for six years as an assistant state's attorney for Frederick County.

Clapp also serves as director of several local community governing bodies—Middletown Valley Bank, Granger's Mutual Insurance Company and Frederick Mutual Insurance Company—and was chair of Hood's board of associates. Active in numerous community organizations, Clapp has volunteered for the Record Street Home, Frederick County Symphony Society, the United Way and the Rotary Club of Frederick, among others. Professionally, he sat on various committees and held leadership positions, including president, with the Maryland Bar Association.

He earned his juris doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Clapp's father, the Hon. Robert E. Clapp, served on Hood's board from 1957 to 1975, and his mother, the late Josephine Routzahn Clapp, was a member of the class of 1940.

Martha Hearn Shimano of Laguna Niguel, Calif., is a 1986 alumna of the college. She is vice president of human resources and finance for Kozo Design, Inc. and Kozo Gear, which designs and develops products to protect athletes from potentially career-ending injuries.

In her community, she serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is instrumental in helping to establish start-up companies in high-tech sports or health-related firms. Shimano and her husband, Kozo, generously supported the Shimano Training Room in Hood's new athletic center.

Shimano served in 1998 as director of annual giving.

She earned a master of administrative sciences in marketing and public relations from The Johns Hopkins University.