Cohort 3 Doctoral Bios

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Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights  

After graduating from Virginia Tech with a pure math degree, I did not have a clue as to what career path I wanted to take.  I knew that I loved math but also did not want to teach due to the horror stories that had been shared with me. I took several retail management positions before I was urged to try teaching. After a year of unfulfilling work, I began teaching middle school math and self-contained science in Bay County, Florida Public Schools.   I LOVED IT! From working through personal issues with students and families to seeing the “ah ha” moment when a student figures out a problem, I was overjoyed with my career. I quickly became involved at the state level, serving as a member of the Range-finding and Standard Setting committees for the Florida State Department of Education assessment (FCAT). During this time, I also earned a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. (My idea was to use this degree to recruit teachers for the district)

As I relocated to the Montgomery County area, I became a high school teacher, then a Math Content Specialist for the district. After training and supporting individual teachers and school teams, I chose to return to the school building as an assistant principal at the elementary level.  I completed my two-year assistant principal training then was selected to co-lead the opening of a new elementary school. After three years, I furthered my training to become a principal. I am entering my sixth year as a principal. I absolutely love the work that I do and the difference that my staff and I make in students’ lives.


Educational Leadership Certification, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2005

Master of Science, Human Resource Management, Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama 2002

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Management Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 1998

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association (NEA)

Maryland State Education Association (MSEA)

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Personal and Professional Goals  

To have a legacy where every child and adult that comes in contact realizes their gifts and uses them to improve the community and society.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

The Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership offers a robust curriculum, where candidates from different career paths are brought together to study common themes that transcend across the private and public sector with the result of transforming communities for the greater good.  As an elementary school principal, this program provides a comprehensive course of study that will allow me to utilize my current knowledge and skills coupled with applied research to transform my community, district and society. The idea of continuing my journey of learning from others, learning together and applying these skills to impact society reignites my passion and compliments my life goal.

Favorite Leadership Book

The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon

Favorite Leadership Quote

"Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders” - Tom Peters

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Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

After attending Virginia Union University and beginning a career in computer science, Joel quickly decided that the technology career path didn’t provide the intrinsic feeling of achievement he needed.  As a result, he joined the staff at Benjamin Stoddert Middle school in Prince George’s County. There he learned he possessed the talent to educate children and developed the desire to lead others in the field of education. In order to further his teaching experiences, he decided to turn to Fairfax County Public Schools and took employment at a Title 1 middle school.  He accredits Fairfax County Public Schools for developing his pedagogical talents and inspiring him toward his core belief that all students can achieve academic excellence.  After several years in Fairfax, he was approached with the opportunity to go into administration in Montgomery County. He accepted this new endeavor and has been in administration ever since.

Today serves as the principal of William H. Farquhar Middle School and believes that his varied experiences over the past 20 years as an educator provide value to the community he serves. He is focused on ensuring that his administrative team has a clear understanding of the organizational vision and the alignment of his core beliefs. He worked diligently to create high functioning teams, systems for observing, analyzing, and reflecting on instruction, and stressed the importance of continuous innovation. Though his school demographics have changed over the last five years, he has maintained high expectations for student grades and adolescent peer to peer behavior.  Outside of work, Joel enjoys watching his two boys play sports, traveling with family, golfing with friends, and learning new hobbies.


Administration & Supervision Certification, University of Maryland at College Park, MD     

Master of Science in Information Systems, Strayer University, Camp Springs, MD

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association (NEA)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Maryland State Education Association (MSEA)

Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP)

Montgomery County Alliance of Black School Educators (MCABSE)

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

Awards, Honors and Certifications

February 2016, NAACP, The Best and Brightest Award

August 2018, Recognition for Outstanding Commitment to the Success for all MCPS Students

June 2018, Recognition for Outstanding Creative and Innovation

April 2017, Recognition for Commitment to the Game Changer Conference for Young Males,

2016-2017, Presented Governor’s Award for Excellence by Larry Hogan

Personal andProfessional Goals

Goal 1: To create long lasting meaningful differences in the lives of children and their families.

Goal 2: I am motivated to make each day better than the last.  

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I feel strongly that my background has laid a valuable foundation for my goals. Growing up in a single parent household presented many challenges.  My family dealt with the issue of poverty, and I personally wrestled with identifying a positive role model.  As a result, I realized I had to set a goal for attaining a college education and be willing to face all adversity in order to succeed. This idea continually underscores my vision for educating our youth. We must create school structures that provide opportunities for all students and provide proactive strategies to prepare for emotional or cognitive student challenges.  Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to learn from dynamic leaders and gain insight on how to impact student learning with organizational improvement. I am looking forward to further enhancing my abilities through the Doctoral Program at Hood Dollege and strategically creating organizational practices that will improve educational school systems.

Favorite Leadership Book

Results Now, by Mike Schmoker

School Leadership that Works, by Brian A. McNulty, Robert J. Marzano, and Timothy Water

Favorite Leadership Quote

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”Martin Luther King

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Director of Equity Initiatives, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

Troy Boddy has served in the role of the Director of Equity Initiatives for Montgomery County Public Schools, the nation’s 14th largest school district, for eight years.  In this role, he has been responsible for designing professional learning, providing coaching, and collaborating with the office of School Support and Improvement, Title 1, ESOL, curriculum team, and the office of the Chief Operating Officer to ensure the lens of equity is being used to examine practices, policies, and procedures that impact outcomes for students and their families. 

During his time as director of equity, he successfully co-lead efforts to incorporate equity into the professional growth systems for all three unions.  The work of closing the opportunity gap was also elevated by making it an essential part of the school improvement process.  The unit designed and implemented training for 26,000 employees focused on cultural proficiency and implicit bias and provided ongoing training for each of our 206 schools. Troy is responsible for ensuring that schools continuously reflect on their practices that create barriers to equitable learning outcomes for every student, but paying particular attention to African American and Latino students. As part of his role, Troy is responsible for designing and delivering professional learning for administrators on cultural proficiency, racial equity, and social-emotional learning in addition to developing professional learning for cluster principals focused on system messages.

Troy has served in or acted in a variety of roles during his tenure with Montgomery County Public Schools.  Some of these roles include:

  • Adjunct Professor, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland - taught introductory and leadership courses for the Excellence and Equity Certification Program                   
  • Acting Director of Professional Learning - responsible for setting the vision for professional learning for the district                                             
  • Acting Director of School Support and Improvement,                                          
  • Principal, Beall Elementary School, Rockville Maryland - successfully led a school of 700 students and was recognized for student achievement and parent satisfaction data  
  • Assistant Principal, Oakland Terrace Elementary School, Kingston, MD - assisted in leading a school of 800 students under the leadership of an award winning principal     

Troy enjoys being able to bridge his artistic spirit into designing professional learning to not only engage but enlighten his participants. As a teacher, he was often told by leaders that he would never enjoy being an administrator because there wasn't much room for creativity.  His ability to understand different perspectives engage and sustain education in conversations about the impact of race, ethnicity, and culture on teaching, leading, and learning.


Master of Science, Elementary Education, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, 1992

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 1989

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Montgomery County Association of Administrator and Principals

Founding member of Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND)

Communities United Against Hate (CAUA)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Completed the Public Education Leadership Program (PELP), Harvard University 2014


Griffiths, Darrin, Ryan, James (2018). Nang Tat’s New. Life Case Studies for Inclusive Educators & Leaders, 195-199.

Boddy, Troy, (2011) Inspiration from my father’s Journey. The Washington Post, Retrieved from

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • To use what I have been given to leave the world a better place than when I found it.
  • To write a children’s book or two.  

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

My entire career has been spent educating others.  I love being a student and having the luxury of time to explore topics in depth and to make connections to the work of racial equity.  The doctoral program at Hood College will allow me to hear different perspectives from colleagues from diverse backgrounds that will push my thinking, and hopefully I will do the same for them as we learn together. 

Favorite Leadership Book

The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Swimmy, Leo Lionni

Favorite Leadership Quote

"It takes courage to look in the mirror and see past your reflection to who you really are when you take off the mask, when you’re not performing the same old routines and social roles. It takes courage to ask- how did I become so well-adjusted to injustice?”  —Cornel West

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Owner, Consultant & Trainer for Rogers Consulting LLC, based in Frederick, Maryland

Career Highlights

While instructing for the National Academy for Professional Development (NAPD), in 2009-2012, Amy realized her passion for training and leading others in their journey to professional excellence.  Amy began an action plan to follow her passion and start her own training business after graduating from the HELM Senior Leadership Program in April 2015, and Rogers Consulting LLC began in December 2015.

Before starting her own business, Amy served in a number of managerial and leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit organizations, including:

  • Chief Operations Officer, Reach Digital Group, LLC, Frederick, MD - responsible for leading the team in business development for online marketing and branding services
  • Community Donations Manager, Goodwill of Monocacy Valley, Frederick, MD - developing business and community partnerships to increase material donations; achieving the Frederick County Leadership in Sustainability Award in June 2015
  • Team Leader & Associate Broker for the Castle Team at Real Estate Teams for over a decade - managing a team of sales and marketing professionals to produce record sales and exceptional customer satisfaction
  • Various Marketing & Administrative Management and Analyst positions in the paper and software industries, as well as, educational non-profits

When Amy is not traveling for her training business, she enjoys bicycling, cooking and enjoying flavorful and local foods and tasting different wines at vineyards and other travel locales.


Master of Business Administration in International Business, American University, Washington, D.C, 1994

Bachelor of Science, International Business, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania, 1991

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) – Training Facilitator

Phi Theta Kappa - Leadership Development Studies Instructor

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Pryor Learning Solutions Certified Contract Instructor, January 2018

RightPath Resources Certified Instructor, August 2017

Adjunct Professor at Hood College & Frederick Community College, September 2016

Faculty Leader for American Management Association, August 2016

Executive Leadership Skills Series & Leadership in Supervision Contract Instructor, May 2016


Leadership, Team-Building and Personal Development articles based on books read, classes taught and students’ feedback at

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • To create my own findings, evaluations and recommendations to enable more women’s success in leadership

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I believe that great leaders are lifelong learners and that Hood’s Doctoral Program in Organization Leadership will provide opportunities for me to grow as an individual and as a leader in the training industry through structured learning, reflection and evaluation of leadership studies.

Favorite Leadership Books

Collaborative Intelligence – Thinking with People Who Think Differently, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. and Angie McArthur

Lead Yourself First, by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin

Favorite Leadership Quote

"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves."  — Eleanor Roosevelt

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Principal, Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

After completing his initial coursework at Hood College, Michael Dillman began his career in education as a teacher at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. During this time he developed his skills as a classroom teacher and began taking on roles that fostered an interest in leadership. He began working with student leaders, supervising clubs and activities, and also began developing future teachers through his work as the professional development school coordinator. During that time he returned to Hood College, pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership, ultimately assuming his first administrative assignment as an assistant principal at Linganore High School. Michael later served as assistant principal at Tuscarora High School. It is during that placement where he was given the opportunity to supervise specialized programs. This experience allowed him to expand his leadership skills to cultivate a focused learning community based on leadership, professional development and personal growth. In 2016, Michael was promoted to principal at Brunswick High School in Frederick County, Maryland.

Michael, along with his wife and three children, resides in Frederick, Maryland. In his spare time, he enjoys his backyard garden, often watching over his collection of fig trees, taking family vacations to his favorite destination, Walt Disney World, and watching his sons and daughter participate in their many activities.


Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2006

Bachelor of Arts, English, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2002

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association

National Association of Secondary School Principals

Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals

Frederick County Administrative and Supervisory Association


Administrator I & II Certification, Maryland State Department of Education

Special Education Certification, Maryland State Department of Education

English Certification, Maryland State Department of Education

Personal and Professional Goals

To inspire my children and demonstrate that learning is a lifelong process.

To create a memorable and rewarding experience for those I work with each day.

To expand my skill set and witness real life application.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

My experience in the classroom and as a school administrator has inspired me to want to promote an environment where there is opportunity for all to grow their leadership capacity. As a student, teacher, coach or employee, there is capacity for leadership. This program will provide me the skills to cultivate that potential in those I interact with on a daily basis. More importantly, the focused study on continuous learning, reflective practice and changing mindset will help me to grow as a person, as a father and as a leader in my organization.

Favorite Leadership Book

212 The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson

It Worked for Me, by Colin Powell

Favorite Leadership Quotes

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing. That it was all started by a mouse.” -Walt Disney

“Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing.” -Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

“To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Colin Powell

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Area Associate Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

Leadership requires strategic thinking and the ability to see what needs to be done; understand the underlying forces impacting student learning; and, the courage to initiate actions to support student achievement.  Cheryl has had the opportunity to coach and supervise novice and veteran principals as well as contribute to the development of teacher leaders.  Organizing time to develop relationships with the principals in order to assess the level of coaching and direction needed and collaborating with central office partners plays a vital role in getting results for students.  It is through strategic and consistent supervisory and coaching visits focused on data monitoring and analysis, cultural proficient instruction, professional learning, collaborative planning, and organizational excellence that schools are able to achieve results for students. 

Cheryl loves her family and enjoys spending time with them having cookouts, attending concerts, and traveling.  She enjoys shopping and word games such as scrabble. 


Certificate in Administration and Supervision, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, 2005

M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Maryland, 1999

Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, 1994

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals

National Association of Elementary School Principals

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Learning Forward

The Family Involvement Network of Educators

National Council on Educating Black Children

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Salute to Excellence Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 2011

Certificate of Excellence from Maryland State Department of Education

Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate – Administrator I/II, Superintendent

Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate – Elementary

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • To challenge my personal stamina by balancing personal, professional, and scholastic commitments
  • To find joy in continuous professional learning and deep thinking about leadership at the local, state, and federal level. 

It is my goal to model, motivate, and empower others to operate in excellence and work hard to make life better for children.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I have been extremely fortunate in my educational journey to encounter people who mentored me and challenged me to be an effective servant leader. The Hood doctoral program, in particular, aligns with the professional and personal responsibilities and affords me an opportunity to achieve a longstanding goal.  I am eager to deepen my understanding of leadership through the professors as well as my cohort members.

Favorite Leadership Book

The Art of Influence, by John Dewey

The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Favorite Leadership Quote

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."  —J.F. Kennedy

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Achievement Specialist, Accelerating Achievement and Equity

Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

Katherine Gull attended the University of Maryland, College Park and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Spanish. While at UMCP she joined Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education; worked with Mary PIRG, a student led, student funded, non-partisan advocacy group; and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Washington D.C.  Katherine also taught English in an orphanage in Catacamas, Honduras. She assisted in building a Red Cross Center in Comayagua, Honduras. Upon graduation Katherine worked for Charles County Public Schools as a Foreign Language teacher. Katherine was also an Odyssey of the Mind Coach and a sponsor of the International Club.

Katherine Gull was awarded the Sharon Christa McAuliffe Scholarship from the state of Maryland to return to school at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her Master of Education in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). During her program, Katherine presented her action research on the effectiveness of teacher feedback in the adult English learner at Washington Area TESOL conference (WATESOL) and New York State TESOL conference (NYSTESOL). Upon graduation, Katherine worked in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Other career highlights include:

ESOL Teacher and Curriculum Writer, Montgomery County Public Schools Adult Education program

ESOL Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools

Children’s Ministry Director, FaithPoint United Methodist Church

EL Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools

EL Teacher Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools

In 2017 Katherine was promoted to Achievement Specialist in the Accelerating Achievement and Equity department in Frederick County Public Schools.


Educational Leadership and Administration Certificate, Hood College

M. Ed. TESOL, University of Maryland, College Park

B.S. Elementary Education concentration Spanish, University of Maryland, College Park

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

TESOL International Association

Frederick County Administrative and Supervisory Association (FCASA)

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education

Recipient of the Peaceful Ambassador Award to Honduran People from the United States Air Force

Nominated for Maryland Association for Adult Continuing Community Education (MAACCE) Award

Recipient of Sharon Christa McAuliffe Scholarship from the state of Maryland

Administrator I and II Certificate

Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate

TESOL Pre-K to 12

Elementary Education K to 6

Personal Goals

I want to be the best version of me that I can be in all the roles I serve in my life: wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker and mentor.

Professional Goals

I grew up the daughter of a Navy sailor and travelled extensively around the world. My exposure to diverse cultures, different languages, and different ways of life have given me a unique, global perspective. Education is the variable that positively changes lives on a regular basis, regardless of country of origin. I want to utilize my talents, skills and work ethic to enhance educational opportunities for people from various walks of life. I want to make a positive impact on our local, national and global community by improving educational opportunities for all learners.

Why is a Doctoral Program Important to you?

A Doctoral Program will challenge my thinking and force me to look at issues from multiple angles, enabling me to grow. Through the guidance of my professors and the collaboration between other members of my cohort, I will be pushed to view the world differently. It will afford me the opportunity to achieve my personal and professional goals.

Favorite Leadership Book

Leading in a Culture of Change, by Michael Fullan

Favorite Leadership Quote

“For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” --Nelson Mandela




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Resident Program Coordinator/Head of Transportation/Alternate Assisted Living Manager, Brookdale Olney

Career Highlights

While attending Hood College to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society in 2008, Kelly aspired to attend law school and become an attorney. While attending Hood and upon graduation, Kelly completed an internship with the Frederick County States Attorney’s Office and played an important role in the Youthful Offender’s Program. While working with the Youthful Offender’s Program, Kelly worked with Michael Folio to start up the Teen Court Program in Frederick County. Law was something Kelly was very passionate about, and after graduation, she received a job at local law firm, DeOrsey and Thompson. It was here that Kelly returned to Hood College to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Human Sciences and realized that working with the elderly and dying was her true calling. Taking courses in Gerontology and Thanatology spoke to Kelly, and she made the decision to make a complete career change. While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree, Kelly worked with children in a daycare setting and with children with special needs, so taking care of others was something near and dear to her heart and an area that she wanted to get back to. Before graduation in May of 2013, she obtained her Certificate in Thanatology. Not long before graduation, she went to work for Eldercare of Damascus as their Center Manager. Eldercare of Damascus was an adult daycare that cared for low income elderly in Montgomery County that suffered from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, various mental disorders and other issues associated with aging. This is where Kelly felt at home and knew she was truly making a difference in people’s lives. Kelly got the opportunity to transfer to Brookdale Olney as their Resident Program Coordinator in January 2015. In this role she was able to form one on one relationships with residents and families and work hands-on with them on a daily basis. While at Brookdale Olney, along with leading daily programs for the residents, Kelly took on the role as the Head of Transportation and became a transportation and programming trainer for the new hires in the district. Kelly’s thirst for knowledge and desire to learn lead her to become a Certified Assisted Living Manager in the State of Maryland in 2016. With this certification, Kelly is able to lead a community as an Executive Director when she receives the proper training. Moving to the operations side of Assisted Living is the next step for her career, and she is working towards obtaining a position as the Business Office Manager in another community. This position will allow Kelly to learn the ins and outs of running an assisted living community and give her the training and knowledge to be able to lead a community as their Executive Director in the future.

Kelly enjoys a variety of activities outside of her career and pursing her education. Kelly loves spending time with her boyfriend Pat and their dog Kona. Along with Pat, she spends as much time with her family as she can. One of her hobbies is collecting pigs, something she has been doing since she was a child. Working out on a daily basis is another hobby, and she also plays on a kickball team and in a bowling league during the year.


Certificate in Gerontology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2016

Master of Arts, Human Sciences, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2013

Certificate in Thanatology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Law & Society, Minor in Sociology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2008

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

International Council of Active Aging (ICAA)

National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)

Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Certified Assisted Living Manager, State of Maryland, 2016

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • To learn how to be a better leader and thus continue to make an impact on others
  • To move into an operational position within the assisted living field and one day become the Executive Director of a community
  • To increase my overall knowledge and be able to teach others what I know about leadership and about caring for the elderly
  • To continue to spend quality time with my loved ones and make beautiful memories over the years

I aspire to lead a community and make a difference in the lives of our elderly by enriching their lives with leadership, respect and dignity and by providing them with the quality care they deserve.  

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

The Doctoral Program is important to me because it is the ultimate intellectual goal I want to achieve. Aside from being of personal significance to me, I believe that with obtaining my doctorate I can better lead others and make a difference in the career field that I am in. Working with the elderly requires a lot of patience and dedication, and with a doctorate I believe I can lead others to be as dedicated to the field that I am. The Doctoral Program at Hood speaks to me because it is at my Alma Mater and I love the individualized learning that I have achieved here over the years. The program itself offers the kind of learning opportunity I have always looked for, one where we all work together to make sure we work to our upmost potential and we all walk across the stage as one.

Favorite Leadership Book

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Dawande

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

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Chief of the Lifecycle Support Section, Acquisition and Life Cycle Support, For the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Career Highlights

Tomás Holloway has served with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) since 2005.  DISA is the premier Information Technology provider for the Department of Defense (DoD). The agency employs over 10,000 military, civilian and contract personnel. DISA provides a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, national level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of military operations.

Since November 2017, Tomás has served as the Chief of the Lifecycle Support Section, Acquisition and Life Cycle Support, for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). His branch delivers centralized, day-to-day acquisition management and process improvement of acquisition contracts through Clean Sheet. Clean Sheet is a fact-based methodology used to identify potential cost avoidance through the optimization of contract requirements, which equips the Contracting Officer with increased negotiation influence. Defense Information System Agency has employed him since October 2005.

From 2015 until 2017, he served with the Mission Partner Engagement Office (MPEO) (or DISA Directorate level customer service offices, later renamed the MPEO) and one of the pinnacles of Tomás’ career was in the Service Level Management Section. The team spearheaded the creation, implementation and continual process improvement of the DISA Requirement Management Process (DRMP). The DRMP provided an agency workflow for the coordination, processing, and potential fulfillment of all Mission Partner-requested services. It combined over six different implementation processes into a single standardized governing process for the entire agency to follow. The design of the DRMP included flexibility to accommodate all services provided by DISA and any partner initiated changes to existing workload.

Tomás honored his country with 15 years of service as an active duty Air Force Airman and 5 years with the Air Guard. The culmination of his career were Action Officer for two International Logistics Conferences - the Pacific Area Senior Officer Logistics Seminars and the Security Assistance Training Program Management Review, under U.S. Pacific Command, Oahu Hawaii. Together, these conferences hosted over 30 Pacific-rim nations and U.S. Allied partners. Additionally while assigned to the 3rd Combat Communications Support Squadron in Oklahoma, he mapped out, organized, trained, and directed a helpdesk staff of six airman, supporting over 150 personnel in the squadron.


Master of Science, Quality Systems Management, National Graduate School, Falmouth MS; 2009; Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, minor in Management Information Systems, Wayland Baptist University; Aiea, HI, 2005; Cum Laude

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Tomás served as a board member and later the Chief Operations Officer for of Hua’a Pua’a Preservation for over 9 years. He was instrumental in the early orchestration of this 501-C3 non-profit organization. They are dedicated to the reforestation of the Koa and Sandalwood trees, restoring endangered native plant species, and strengthening the endangered bird population on the island of Oahu Hawaii and the Black Hills of Wyoming.

Tomás is actively involved with the Metropolitan Community Churches and the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. He is a member of the Core Leadership Team, where he utilizes his talents in Children’s Church Ministry, Lay Leader Teach, and community volunteer work at the Baltimore Station Shelter.

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Civilian Performance Awards: Concurrent awards received the last 11 years

Military Honors:

Defense Meritorious Service Medal – 2005

Meritorious Service Medal - 2010

Air Force Commendation Medal (1OLC) – 1996, 1999

Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC) – 2001, 2002

Air Force Achievement Medal (1OLC) – 1992, 1993

Personal and Professional Goals

I want to teach, compose research articles and publish books on leadership for the ecumenical community.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I want to increase my knowledge of in the area of leadership. The doctoral degree will support further research in the realm of leadership. To assist me in teaching leadership skills and theories in academia and ecumenical arenas.  

Favorite Leadership Book

Leadership: Theory and Practice, by Peter G. Northouse

Favorite Leadership Quote

To quote American author and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”


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Corporate Management Consultant

Career Highlights

An accomplished Management Consultant, offering more than twenty years of experience partnering with cross functional Executives from both, private and public sectors, to develop and implement effective organizational development and change management solutions resulting in greater program effectiveness and growth. Mamady provides vision necessary to ensure his clients primarily focus on people, process and services with proper operational controls, tax compliance and administration, and financial reporting procedures, all in place to effectively grow their organizations. He has successfully and repeatedly used this strategy to ensure their financial strength and operating efficiency while achieving over 50% average compounded annual growth. He also provides unique Organization Leadership and Change Management (OCM) expertise, with competencies in Strategic Planning & Operation Management, Strategic Market Research, Customer Service Management (CSM), Business Process Improvement (BPI), People Management & Development, Program Implementation & Project Management, Governance Innovation Services, New Business Development, Operation Management & Controls.

Mamady is a bilingual, speaking English and French. He holds a World Executive MBA from George Washington University School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting and Finance from Republic of Guinea. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership a Hood College in Frederick, Maryland as part of the 2021 Cohort.  

Mamady enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family and community.  As a community leader and organizer, a member of the African Affairs Advisory Group, and as an African immigrant appointed Advisor to the County Executive’s office in Montgomery County, Maryland, Mamady has worked passionately to ensure that ongoing dialog and partnership exists between the local government and various nonprofit service providers, community associations, diaspora and hometown groups, and that stakeholders’ voices were heard while focusing simultaneously on issues that could impede residents’ ability to understand and access County services. He is strongly convinced that the new leadership skill sets he will acquire in his current studies, combined with twenty-two years of experience in Management Consulting, will facilitate the materialization of his personal and professional goals and objectives.



World Executive MBA, George Washington University School of Business, Washington, DC – Cohort of 2016

  • Graduate program with themes focused on Leadership, Governance, Management, Cybersecurity, Business Analytics & International Markets
  • Residency #1: Global Economics, Business Communications, and Business Ethic, Washington, DC
  • Residency #2: Global Perspectives and Cybersecurity of Info. & Comm. Tech. (ICT), Tallinn, Estonia
  • Residency #3: International Finance and Cybersecurity of Financial Institutions, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Residency #4: Intersection of Cybersecurity and Business Analytics, Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Finance & Accounting, University of Conakry, Rep. of Guinea – Cohort of 1994

Personal and Professional Goals  

  • To inspire my children, friends and family to dream big things while supporting them in all of their pursuits focused on strengths and self-confidence building while focusing on making the world a much better place to live in;
  • To contribute to a much greater change by striving to recognize excellence, fostering innovation, sharing best practices together with great professionals, providing educational training and development to advance the effectiveness of world community leadership programs and professionals;
  • To strengthen my ability to engage in the daily support of businesses, development projects, government agencies and global institutions in the continuous improvement of performance through the creation of added value with a strong term ambition to become a holistic management advisory and consulting service provider;
  • To effectively help maximize my many years of leadership development skills and professional analytical experience in working with people, governments, businesses, and private organizations, not only to empower them, but more importantly help them make better decisions and deliver better products and services by providing them with the highest quality research, technical assistance, and consulting services available in the marketplace;
  • To better assist with innovative approaches in natural resource management and leadership development, finding and facilitating suitable business opportunity partnerships, due diligence and feasibility studies, project support and management, social intervention and community organization

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

This current doctoral program is important to me for the simple fact that it is in line with my unique interests that reside, not only in the objectives and values of Hood College’s own “four pillars of leadership excellence (mindfulness, resource stewardship, systems thinking and community commitment), designed to prepare leaders to transform their organizations and their communities”, but more importantly, with my goals and objectives as well, hoping to make both environments and the world a better place to live in.

Favorite Leadership Books

  • Leadership the Barack Obama Way: Lessons on Teambuilding and Creating a Winning Culture in Challenging Times, by Shelly Leanne
  • Leadership, Theory and Practice, Seventh Ed., by Peter G. Northouse
  • Strengths Based Leadership, From Gallup by Tom Rath

Favorite Leadership Quote

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."  — Barack Obama


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CEO, Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

Career Highlights

Vera is currently the CEO for Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. (ABH). ABH provides outpatient mental health services, medication management, and psychiatric rehabilitation for children, youth and families, and serves 9 counties in Maryland. Vera started with ABH in 2013 as a clinical supervisor, to supervise, train and coach clinical staff to further develop their clinical skills. In 2015, the Frederick office was launched, and she became the site director, facilitating in the growth of the clinic from having two part-time staff to having 3 prescribers and over 35 clinicians. In 2017, she was promoted to Program director and later in 2018 to chief executive officer.

Prior to her work with ABH, Vera worked for Montgomery County Child Welfare Services for approximately 14 years. She began her career as a front-line worker, investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect, and was promoted to a supervisor in 2009. During her time with the county, Vera worked with the Child First program, training prosecutors, social workers, forensic interviewers, pediatricians, and nurses in forensic interviewing and witnesses for court proceedings. Vera also managed the after-hours crisis work, was the child welfare ombudsman for the county, and was responsible for educating the public about child abuse reporting.

Additionally, while working for the county, she also worked as a Crisis Therapist at Suburban Hospital, providing clinical mental health evaluations in the Emergency Department. In this position, she assessed and made appropriate treatment recommendations for homelessness, substance abuse, and inpatient and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and adults, in addition to her part-time position of teaching Child Welfare Practice and Policy at Hood College.

Prior to her work with the county, Vera provided clinical social work services in the inpatient acute unit for individuals with serious mental health issues and facilitated group therapy, individual therapy, and completed psychosocial assessments.

Vera enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children, as well as traveling and participating in various hobbies such as learning piano and tennis.


Master of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore, 2002

Bachelors of Arts, Social Work, Hood College, 2001

Professional Memberships and Affiliations


Advisory board member – Hood College Counseling Program

Awards, Honors and Certifications

2009 DHR Customer Service Award

2016 Recognized for ambition and strong will to succeed

Personal andProfessional Goals

To be the best that I can be, by always striving to improve myself and lead by example.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

This program is important as it will guide my path towards a future where I can lead, inspire and motivate confidently and assertively. My hope is to gain appropriate tools, skills and knowledge.

Favorite Leadership Book

Walk a While in My Shoes, by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura 

Favorite Leadership Quote

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” - Eleanor Roosevelt 

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Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

2014-Present Principal, Fairland Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools. Silver Spring, MD

2012-2014 Assistant Principal, Oakland Terrace Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Silver Spring, MD

2011-2012-Principal Intern, Wayside Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Potomac, MD

2008-2011-Assistant Principal, Rock View Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Kensington, MD

2005-2008-Team Leader and World Studies Teacher, Lakelands Park Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Gaithersburg, MD

2003-2005-Science and Socials Studies Teacher, Parkland Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Wheaton, MD

2001-2003-Fourth Grade Teacher, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Gaithersburg, MD

1998-2001-Special Education Teacher, Candlewood Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Derwood, MD

2005-2008-Director, George B. Thomas Saturday School Program, Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD


Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2008

Bachelor of Science, Education, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1998

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Member, The Montgomery County Association for Administrators and Principals

National Education Association (NEA)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA-Admin I &II exam), 2008

Advanced Professional Certification, MSDE, Special Education K-8, 2010

Teaching Certification, K-8, Teaching Science and Social Studies, Maryland State Department of Education, 2002

Special Education, Maryland State Department of Education, 1998


Co-Presenter, National Social Studies Conference, Differentiation and Project-Based Learning in Middle School Social Studies

Personal Goals

My personal goals are as follows:

  • Increase my capacity as a learner to inspire my children and family to work hard to improve areas of need and take ownership of their destiny.
  • Receive my hood and become a member of an elite group of achievers

I hope to be a model and example of how achievement is about nurturing your strengths, acknowledging your weaknesses and taking action.

Professional Goals

My professional goals are as follows:

  • Use the knowledge that I obtain to strengthen my school community and organization.
  • Deepen my understanding of leadership theory and how it can be applied to make change in an organization.
  • Provide a service to my community that improves the educational system for underprivileged groups of people.

My goal is to provide a service that improves how adults work with students within an organization towards a common goal.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

It is my life’s dream to obtain a doctorate degree. It is the anti-story to the story that could have been my story. My mother, who was diagnosed as Intellectually Disabled, raised me on a subsidized income until I was ten years old. She died at the age of 40 years of heart and kidney failure.  My aunt, her sister, adopted me, and I was afforded a home, although of limited resources, full of love. I am here today as an educator, due to my family’s expectations, teacher mentors, hard work and grace.

The Hood Doctorate program is attractive to me because it is a cohort model, accommodates working learners, and aims to develop and train scholar-practitioners. The cohort model is very familiar to me. I obtained my master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Hood College. The Master’s program was a cohort model and had a capstone project component. Although it was rigorous, the ability to work very closely with other like-minded thinkers and educators contributed to my growth of knowledge and my success in the program. The relationships that were built amongst my other cohort members and I became the foundation for great sharing of ideas, clarification of thoughts and forward movement towards completion of many tasks. In addition to the relationships, it provided a forum for a variety of perspectives, theories, opinions, and beliefs to collide in a positive way that helped deepen the learning experience for everyone. The level of attentiveness that was shown by the professors and the program faculty was personalized and caring.  As an adult learner, I thrived in that environment by being part of the collective, creating support systems with and among others. I was able to anchor my learning to experiences.  It created lasting professional and personal relationships. As a result of Hood's cohort model, I was able to achieve my goal of becoming an educational leader. I look forward to pursuing my doctorate degree in this type of model.

As a scholar-practitioner, there is a sense of urgency to learn and apply knowledge that will have an impact on my current school community. I serve a very diverse population of students that are impacted by poverty and challenged by lack of access to a multitude of tools for success.  My school population represents the following demographic data:  55% African American, 30% Hispanic, 65% FARMS, and 24% ESOL.   As an educational leader, I ponder and collaborate daily to make decisions that will help my students achieve at high levels and motivate them to be better thinkers and problem-solvers. The Hood Doctoral Program excites me as its mission is to train and develop for the purpose of advancing and sustaining my school/organization.  As I collaborate with other leaders, my hope is the knowledge that I obtain will extend to helping other surrounding communities and possibly my school district as a whole.  

Favorite Leadership Book

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Favorite Leadership Quote

“A leader…is like a shepherd.  He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” --- Nelson Mandela

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Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools, Leesburg, VA

Career Highlights

Even from an early age, Michael Lucido enjoyed working with people of all ages. In college, he knew that teaching would allow him to engage meaningfully with people. After graduating college with a degree in history, Michael studied Latin at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he led discussion sections for their undergraduate introductory course, Greek and Roman mythology. There, he reaffirmed his desire to be in the classroom. In 2011, he started teaching high school Latin at Salisbury High School in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he received his teaching credentials. In a couple of years, Michael received a job offer to teach middle and high school Latin for Loudoun County Public Schools, both at Smart’s Mill Middle and Tuscarora High School. At Smart’s Mill Middle School, he became the lead world language and cultures teacher in 2016. In the summer of 2018, Michael was named a district curriculum leader for Latin. Since 2012, he has led three trips with over 80 students abroad to Europe.


Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Concordia University-Portland, Portland, Oregon, 2015.

Bachelor of Arts, History, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, 2010

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association (NEA)

Virginia Education Association (VEA)

Loudoun County Education Association (LEA)

Phi alpha Theta National History Honor Society

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Summer Graduation Keynote Speaker, Salisbury High School, 2013

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the Classics, University of Maryland at College Park, 2011


Brodie, M. & Buck, T. & Lucido, M. & Mann, K. & Hallett, J. P. (2012). Barbara K. Gold. Classical World 105(4), 547. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Lucido, M.A. (2010). Entrepreneurship in Ancient Athens. Towson Journal of Historical Studies, 7.

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • To educate and motivate students to love and appreciate knowledge and learning.
  • To learn from leaders from all different technical and professional backgrounds.
  • To travel to as many countries and cities as possible.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

My goal is to propel Latin programs across my district and around the country. I also want to help teachers reach their full potential, especially in the world language classroom. The doctoral program has a strong commitment to community, stewardship, and learning, which is important to my professional and personal goals and philosophy of teaching.

Favorite Leadership Book

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

Favorite Leadership Quote

faber est suae quisque fortunae” Every man is the artisan of his own future. –Appius Claudius Caecus

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Agile Product Development Leader for Innovation Technologies

Allegis Group, Baltimore, Maryland

Career Highlights

A teaching leader.

Directly out of college in 1993, Susan took a teaching role with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest.  At a small elementary school in Woodburn, Oregon, Susan held the position of “Peace and Social Justice Teacher” for grades K-8. In what was to become a seminal role, Susan built a curriculum teaching self-esteem, self-governance and problem-solving to young people from age five through thirteen.  Her exploration of teaching autonomous-living skills to children led Susan to discover the Montessori method. Susan attended the Washington Montessori Institute in Washington, D.C., where she earned both her AMI certification and her master’s degree in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore with a summa cum laude designation.

After teaching in a Montessori environment, Susan thought she “left” teaching to take a corporate role with Allegis Group. With no formal business education, Susan applied Montessori principles and practices to her work at Allegis Group. At Allegis, Susan held increasing roles in recruiting, sales, consulting management, digital marketing, strategic technology advising, product development, business intelligence and innovation operations. In her present role as agile product development leader for innovation technologies, Susan is merging her skills in business, technology and product development with her underpinnings in education. 

Susan loves spending time with her former high-school sweet-heart, now husband, James Lightbourne. She and James moved to Frederick in the summer of 2017. They share a home downtown Frederick with Ella, their 95 lb. black lab.


Doctoral Student in  Organizational Leadership, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland 2018-2021

Master of Education, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001

AMI Montessori Certification, Washington Montessori Institute 1994

Bachelor of Arts, Literature, Wheeling Jesuit College, Wheeling, West Virginia, 1993

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Certified ScrumMaster, Member of Scrum Alliance

Certified Agile Coach, ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP-ACC)

Certified Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Alliance

Certificate in User Experience, Interaction Design Specialty Nielsen Norman Group UX Certificate,

Association Montessori International

North America Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA)

Member Project Management Institute (PMI)

Downtown Frederick Partnership, Volunteer Chairperson, “Pitchcraft”

Frederick City Rotary RISE program mentor

Personal and Professional Goals

Personal Goals

  • To learn from every event of living

Professional Goals

  • To earn my doctoral degree
  • To explore the intersection between innovation, education and agile product development for and with creators of all ages  

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

A leader has an ethical responsibility to teach. And, in teaching, a leader has an ethical responsibility grow the next generation of ethical leaders. I want to be as effective in this capacity as possible.  

Additionally, in our communities, we have a pressing need to not only answer complex questions but also to ask insightful, heart-of-the-matter questions. We need to pay far less attention to hierarchies and inertia and far more to what can be if we collaborate. The root and common options are un-earth-able.

In this program, I am honing my leadership skills, becoming very clear about my values and goals, and directing my focus to catalyze much needed change. 

Favorite Leadership Books

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World -  Ronald A. Heifetz

Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work - by E. H. Standing  

Thinking in Systems - by Donella H. Meadows

Favorite Leadership Quotes

“One can lead with no more than a question in hand.”  Ronald A. Heifetz

“…Regard one’s self as one... but not more than one.” Huston Smith

 “And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers.”  Rilke

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Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

After graduating from Wheaton High School, in Silver Spring, Maryland, Joshua Munsey attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, before transferring to the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP). At UMCP, Joshua earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.  After graduating in 2001, he secured a position as a paraeducator with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  He worked as a paraeducator at both Wheaton High School, and the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA). Subsequently, he entered the Special Education Teacher Immersion Training (SET IT) program with the Johns Hopkins University.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Special Education, Mild to Moderate Disabilities, in 2004.  He earned a position as a Special Education Teacher at Wheaton High School, where he also coached football, wrestling, volleyball and softball, before transitioning to Clarksburg High School. 

While serving as a Special Education Teacher at Clarksburg High School, Joshua coached football and wrestling, while also earning his Administrator I certification from McDaniel College.  He then became the Resource Teacher for Special Education at Clarksburg High School.  After leading the Learning for Academic Disabilities (LAD) program at Clarksburg for 3 years, Joshua returned to RICA as the Assistant Principal.  After 3 years as the Assistant Principal, Mr. Munsey transitioned to Wheaton High School for a brief period, before he returned to RICA as the principal.

Joshua loves spending time with his family, which includes his wife of 18 years, Jennifer, as well as his children, Gabriella, 16, Joshua Jr., 14, and Kelsi, 12.  Additionally, he enjoys exercising, watching and playing sports, and watching his children participate in softball, wrestling, basketball, and lacrosse. 


Administrator I Certification, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, 2011

Master of Science, Special Education, Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, 2001

Awards, Honors and Certifications

2018 – Presenter MCAAP Conference

2010 – Clarksburg High School PTSA “Leader of the Pack in Education” Award for outstanding commitment to students.

2010 – Washington Post, Montgomery County Wrestling Coach of the Year.

2010 – Montgomery County Gazette, Wrestling Coach of the Year.

2008 – Clarksburg High School “Step Up” Award for seeking and accepting additional responsibilities to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • To inspire my children to dream and accomplish big things, and to support my wife in all of her pursuits.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

My entire professional life, I have put the best interest of children, from my perspective, first.  As I have grown and experienced multiple perspectives and responsibilities in the field of education, I have come to learn that I have a commitment to personal and professional growth to galvanize that purpose.  I have core values of passion, collaboration, authenticity and work ethic that allow me to move adults, but the opportunity to earn a doctorate will allow me to ground that work with research and credibility.  I have often found myself needing to convince others (as well as myself) of the integrity and quality of my work and purpose, and this opportunity will allow me to do that with concrete research and credibility.

Favorite Leadership Book

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink, and Leif Babin  

Favorite Leadership Quote

"I fear not the man who has practice 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kicked 10,000 times.”   — Bruce Lee

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Director for Educational Program Development, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, District of Columbia

Career Highlights

Bridget Plitt is a training and development professional with over 25 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing training solutions and systems. For the past five years, she has been serving as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC’s) Director for Educational Program Development in the Office of Continuing Education. In this capacity, Bridget leads a team of managers, instructional designers, developers, and media specialists in the creation and ongoing maintenance of agency training and education solutions. Before joining the OCC in 2013, Bridget led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Supervision Learning and Development team in the design, development and delivery of their Examiner Commissioning Program. Prior to joining the CFPB, Ms. Plitt assisted the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs with the management, development, and ongoing execution of their Examiner Commissioning Program. Bridget has also worked for a number of strong Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, including Stanley Black & Decker, Marriott International, the National Institutes of Health, the Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Plitt holds a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Systems Development and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hood College and is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi.


Master of Arts, Instructional Systems Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004

Master of Fine Arts, Imaging & Digital Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 1997

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Association for Talent Development (ATD)

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Special Act Award for Leadership in Organizational Development, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 2018

Facilitation Skills Certificate, Association for Talent Development, 2018

Special Act Award for Leadership in Setting Strategic Direction, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 2018

Integrated Talent Management Certificate, Association for Talent Development, 2017

Special Act Award for Leadership in Agency Policy Development and Implementation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 2014

Outstanding Instructor Service and Achievement Award, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, 2014

Managing Learning Programs Certificate, Association for Talent Development, 2006

Instructional Systems Development Graduate Certificate, University of Maryland, 2003


Plitt, B. (2016, October 17). Designing virtual classrooms [Video file]. Retrieved from

Plitt, B. (2012, August 12). Managing the training and performance function [Video file]. Retrieved from  

Personal Goal

My greatest hope is to learn every day, to set a pace of life that does not prevent me from seeing beauty in all its forms, and to travel and experience as much of this world as possible with the ones I love.

Professional Goal

My ongoing professional goal is to create work and life environments where education and development are a joy, where personal and collective achievements are not only possible but probable, and where service of others is at the heart of all efforts.       

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

Hood College’s Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership is essential to me at this time in my personal and professional life. Not only does the program curriculum align directly with my personal values and areas of desired intellectual growth, it is also structured to build a true scholarly community and an extensive professional network. The program’s cohort learning structure provides candidates with a rich, diverse, and highly experienced community of practice. From my professional and academic experiences, I know that this type of learning environment opens unexpected doors to discovery and growth, and I have no doubt that I will mature as a leader as I pursue my doctorate.   

Favorite Leadership Book

A Good Man, by Mark K. Shriver

Drive, by Daniel H. Pink

Favorite Leadership Quote

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."  — Albert Einstein

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Resource Science Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, Damascus, Maryland

Project Manager, Friedli Enterprises, Maryland

Career Highlights

Shelia Shipmon-Friedli’s passion for science led her down a path of biomedical research.  She graduated from University of North Carolina at Pembroke with honors.  As a MARC and Chancellor Scholar, she participated in ongoing research. She presented research projects at Regional and National conferences.  As a Biology major /Chemistry minor, she continued her education at University of Maryland at College Park in Animal Science.  She worked at several research facilities such as National Institutes of Health, NIADDK and NIMH.  She also researched a possible treatment for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at the Renal Pathology Lab at the UNC-Chapel Hill. 

While at the University of Maryland at College Park, Shelia taught an animal science lab.  She found teaching challenging and very rewarding.  Thus, she pursued a career in teaching.  As a lifelong learner Shelia returned to school, getting her advanced teaching certificate in secondary science.  During her tenure as a teacher, she also held several leadership positions, such as Extended Day Coordinator, Science Academy Coordinator, team leader, science department head, teacher mentor, PLC coach, and science fair coordinator.  As a math / science teacher, she broadened her teaching methods by taking a two-year training course for teachers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Using their techniques of integrating arts into instruction, she was able to change the platform of teaching to one that reached all children.  After being observed by a psychologist, she was invited to speak in congress as a representative for them about children with special needs.

Shelia also works with her family business, Friedli Enterprises.  She serves as a project manager.  As an international/national company, it is critical to understand the language and culture of the business world.  Thus, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Management at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Friedli Enterprises participates in health seminars and health fairs, host charity events, etc.  As project manager she has learned to treat every obstacle as an opportunity.

Shelia’s favorite pastime is spending time with her family, pets and church. She enjoys interior decorating, gardening and writing. She is determined to one day become a prolific author.


Master of Business Administration, Management, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, 2017                                                              

Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, North Carolina, 1986

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association (NEA)

Maryland State Education Association (MSEA)

Montgomery County Teachers Association (MCEA)

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching nominee (PAEMST)

Principal’s Award (awarded to teacher by principal)

STAR Award

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award (ABCD)

Outstanding Performance Award

Team Spirit Award

Biotechnology Training and Support Project

Integration of Arts at Kennedy Center Training (CETA)

Personal and Professional Goals

  • To change the world from the inside out by touching one life at a time.
  • To be the inspiration for growth and change.

I want to be a leader with a contagious synergy.  My goal is to use skills and tools to equip others to achieve more than they think they can. I will use my unselfish love for others to create an outreach to the disabled and underprivileged, helping them build bridges to success.   

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

As a teacher and project manager, innovation and vision are necessary to be an effective leader.  I feel the doctoral program will cultivate my skills as a leader.  These skills will allow me to manage my staff, as well as inspire them.  My goal is to help students and staff see their inner potential and to develop a thirst to thrive.  I feel the doctoral program will equip me with tools to achieve this goal.

Favorite Leadership Book

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Coven

LEADERSHIP from the Inside Out, by Kevin Cashman

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”- Winston Churchill

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Secondary Science Coordinator, Howard County Public School System, Maryland

Career Highlights

Mary serves as the Coordinator for Secondary Science in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland, where she has led efforts to transform the district’s science classrooms into inquiry-rich, student-centered environments where all students develop scientific literacy so they can be active and contributing citizens and pursue further study in science if they desire.  Prior to assuming her responsibilities in Howard County, Mary served as Science Resource Teacher in the Carroll County (Maryland) Public School System.  Mary earned her National Board Certification in Science/Adolescents and Young Adults in 2007 while a teacher and Science Department Chairperson at Westminster High School in Westminster, Maryland.  She has also taught students in Swoope, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mary has been active in leading science education efforts in Maryland since 2003 through her involvement with the Maryland Association of Science Teachers (MAST) and the Maryland Science Supervisors Association (MSSA).  She served as president of both organizations.  Nationally, she is active in the National Science Teachers Association and serves on the NSTA Council as District III Director.  She has and continues to serve on several NSTA committees. 

Prior to entering education, Mary served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. 

Mary’s hobbies include swimming, running, reading, and exploring the world of kale salads.  She has completed the annual 4.4 mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim twice and has dabbled in triathlons. 


Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009

Master of Teaching, Science Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry and Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1989  

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Maryland Association of Science Teachers (MAST)

Maryland Science Supervisors Association (MSSA)

Howard County Administrators Association (HCAA)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

National Board Certification, Science/Adolescent and Young Adulthood, 2007

Maryland Administrator II and Advanced Professional Certificate (Chemistry and Physics), renewed 2016

Director, NSTA District III (Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C.), 2016-2019

Member, MSSA Executive Board, 2010-present

Personal and Professional Goals

Professionally, I aspire to lead educational efforts that inspire young people and the adults who care for them to ask questions, seek solutions, and accept the challenge of positively shaping our shared future.

Personally, I aspire to raise my children into adults who use their strengths to make great contributions to the world and to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

Earning an advanced degree affords me the opportunity to contribute original knowledge that will improve educational experiences for all students and the adults who care for them.  Education can unlock the future, and all students deserve high quality, safe, and nurturing learning experiences that tap into individual strengths and support students in achieving their dreams. 

Favorite Leadership Book

Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Favorite Leadership Quote

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”  —Rosa Parks

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Watershed Restoration Specialist, City of Gaithersburg

Career Highlights

Michael graduated from Hornell High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management and Rural Development form West Virginia University. He has spent the last six years implementing water quality programs with soil conservation districts across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Michael is now the watershed restoration specialist for the City of Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland. He strives topromote the City's water quality and environmental programs and initiatives; organizes and conducts public education programs, outreach events, workshops, and volunteer-based environmental programs, often in conjunction with other local jurisdictions. Reestablishing and maintaining ecological functions in streams, as well as fostering watershed health, is a lifetime passion of his.


Master of Science, Environmental Biology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2018

Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness Management & Rural Development, West Virginia University, 2012

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Certified Nutrient Management Planner (MDA)

Commercial Drives License (CDL)

Construction Inspection for Field Office Activities (NEDC)

Emergency Stream Restoration (USC)

Wetland Plant Identification (FWS)


Weyand, M. G. (2018). Environmental stewardship through stormwater management. inGaithersburg, summer,18.

Personal andProfessional Goals

  • Clean Water, Stormwater Management, Conservation, Engaging the Community— professional
  • Listen Actively, Wake up Early, Go Outside, Read More, Read Often — personal

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

People need nature — and now more than ever — nature needs people. For ages, conservation scientists have struggled to transform novel research into everyday stewardship. Through an integrated curriculum, successful doctoral candidates will learn ways to bridge the gap between philosopher and practitioner. In the same way, the program will aid me in my quest to empower the community to embrace environmental stewardship.

Favorite Leadership Book

The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Favorite Leadership Quote

"Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination."  — Kaladin