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Curt Luthye is the Executive Director of the Montgomery, Howard, Frederick Counties chapter. He comes to this role from the San Diego region where he served as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. There, he led his team in recruiting and engaging a workforce of more than 1,300 volunteers. Curt develops volunteer leadership to serve in all areas of the Red Cross.
Previously, Curt served as a Senior Manager in Disaster Services at the Red Cross. Specializing in mass care, spiritual care, and information & planning, Curt helped lead 11 national-level disaster responses, including California wildfires; the Oso, WA mudslide; Moore, OK tornadoes; and Hurricane Sandy. Locally, Curt created two regional conferences focused on serving people with access and functional needs, resulting in the San Diego County Access and Functional Needs workgroup, designed to serve the whole community. In 2013, Curt kick-started the Prepare San Diego initiative, more than doubling the first-year goal with more than 250,000 disaster preparedness actions taken.
Prior to the Red Cross, Curt served for nine years as a minister with the Church of the Nazarene’s Caribbean regional office, helping both to strengthen local leadership development and coordinate hundreds of volunteer teams that built churches, homes, schools, and medical facilities in 20 Caribbean countries. He also served in Haiti during the earthquake response in 2010, overseeing volunteer teams who came to assist with rebuilding.
Curt graduated from Southern Nazarene University and has a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is committed to people, and his goal is to create meaningful opportunities for people to give back to their communities. In his free time, Curt enjoys exploring beaches and hiking trails with his wife, Beth, and their daughter.
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Mark D. Banta, Architect, Banta Campbell Architect
Mark D. Banta has over thirty years of experience designing buildings, spaces, and master plans that continue to be as successful as they are aesthetically pleasing. Mark is a firm believer in building strong relationships on the foundations of trust, innovation, and uncompromised integrity. Mark has utilized these teaming skills towards designing over two hundred completed buildings and more than six million square feet of building design, land planning, and space planning. The large team leadership ability Mark has demonstrated over his career with his attention to detail has allowed clients to count on BCA to successfully deliver projects on time and in budget.
Mark is a graduate of the Leadership Howard County Program, and is an active supporter in the fundraising efforts for the United Way of Central Maryland and the Boy Scouts of America. He also sits on the American Red Cross’ Chesapeake Region Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Community Resilience Committee.
Mark Banta is a registered Architect with licensure in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
Jessica Adams, Deputy Director, Healthcare Ready
Jessica Adams serves as the Deputy Director for Healthcare Ready. In this role, she assists with strategic planning and oversight of the organization’s operations, projects, fundraising, emergency response team and operations center.
Prior to joining Healthcare Ready, Jessica spent nearly 20 years with the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. Most recently she served as the Executive Director for the National Capital Area Chapter, supporting the communities of Washington D.C., Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties. Jessica provided leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s mission, strategy, and service delivery through development of strategic partnerships with local government, community, military, and business leaders to raise awareness and funds for the Red Cross mission.
In her previous roles with Red Cross, Jessica expanded their volunteer efforts across the National Capital Region and managed a variety of readiness programs, community and corporate engagement initiatives. She supported National Capital Region preparedness efforts through her work on multiple Urban Area Security Initiative grants to assess and propose standards for mass care provision, regional planning efforts, and concept of operations for a multi-jurisdictional response for National Capital Region ESF #6 Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from American University and is a graduate of the Leadership Center for Excellence’s Leadership Arlington Signature Program (’16) and Leadership Fairfax’s Emerging Leaders Program (’09). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties.
Dr. Christopher J. Currens, Chief Learning Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Christopher Currens is the Chief Learning Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He oversees the NIST Leadership and Employee Development (LED) Program, which provides organizational and professional development advice to NIST leaders, coaching and mentoring programs, continuous improvement initiatives and interventions, and a comprehensive leadership development and training curriculum.
Nurit Coombe, Owner and Managing Partner, The Agency Team Nurit
Nurit is the owner and managing partner of The Agency Team Nurit. Nurit has been a licensed real estate agent since 2001. During that time, she has won countless awards and accolades. In 2014 she became the owner of Re/Max Elite Services and built her business over the next six years to become the #1 RE/MAX Team in the Central Atlantic Region and the #1 Real Estate Team in the DC area.
She has built a reputation for offering precise market knowledge, delivering technological expertise, and bringing boundless energy and tactical negotiation skills to every aspect of her life. Her greatest joy is helping clients find their perfect home and becoming a part of their story. Much of her business comes from referrals — a testament to her level of client satisfaction.
The American Dream has selected Nurit to be the exclusive Power Player of the Washington DC Area, where she hosts a monthly show about culture, lifestyle, and real estate. She is active in the community and serves on the board of The American Red Cross, National Capital and Greater Chesapeake.
Dr. Paul W. Dyer, Owner, Dakota Dragon Defense
Dr. Paul W. Dyer has devoted his life to helping people help themselves to live a full and whole life, which is why he has started Emotion Intelligence Reaction Training. His training and teaching is based around the living sciences. The living sciences connects both hemispheres of the brain and body. The training refers to practices that involves methods of accumulating, circulating, and harmonizing with the energy inside our body. It’s a constant process of creating an ideal balance between the good and created energies within one's being.
E. Charles Ezuma-Ngwu, Ph.D., MBA, President, EZ Consulting Group
E. Charles is an experienced global speaker, award-winning and top-performing Financial and Budget Analysis Leader with a proven 20+year track record of dramatically increasing the integrity and utility of financial data used in the enterprise business decision process. He leads EZ Consulting Group who have extensive experience in research, planning, forecasting, and variance analysis to reduce operational risk in corporate, non-profit, State, and Federal Government areas.
EZ Consulting group personnel has created financial models that support operational excellence and continuous process improvement. Among many signature accomplishments, our personnel has administered a budget of over $3.7B at SAMHSA. Successfully planned and executed yearly budgets for the Division Directors at Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and oversaw a $364M budget and other financial transactions for six major NIAID Laboratories in the US, Africa, and Asia. Achieved recognition for serving as SAMHSA point of contact for PEPFAR programs and technical expert with partner HHS, State Department, and the CDC in support of all logistical and professional needs of country staff.
Amy Heller, President, Healthcare Lending, Congressional Bank
Amy Heller joined Congressional Bank as the SVP – Healthcare Lending in 2013. Prior to Congressional Bank, Amy was most recently Managing Director of the Healthcare Credit Group at CapitalSource Bank where her responsibilities included originating, structuring, underwriting and negotiating asset-based, leveraged and real estate loan transactions within the healthcare industry. Her previous experience includes a variety of roles within CapitalSource, Heller Financial and its predecessor, Healthcare Financial Partners where she managed various portfolios of loans, including complex restructuring transactions. Amy graduated from The George Washington University, cum laude, with a degree in Business, concentrating in Finance.
Holli Beckerman Jaffe, Director, NIH Ethics Office
Holli has served over 30 years with the Federal government. Currently, Director of the NIH Ethics Office and previously served at HHS, HUD and PBGC. Holli has a law degree from American University and Bachelor’s from SUNY Binghamton.
Holli is a member of B'nai Tzedek Synagogue serving on the Sisterhood Executive Board and also at Woodmont Country Club, Woodmont Cares Committee. She volunteers at the Guldelsky Special Needs Swim Program at the Bender JCC. Holli is currently enrolled in TESOL Certificate Program at Montgomery College; expected completion date October 2021.
Holli served on the Board of JCC of Greater Washington and MCPS Ethics Panel and has held numerous PTA and Booster Club positions at Farmland Elementary and Walter Johnson HS. She was an Election Judge for the 2020 Election through the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Holli lives in Rockville with husband Matt Jaffe, an attorney in DC, and has two children - Ben, 24, and Lainie, 23, who are both teachers.
Dr. Anne Khademian, Executive Director, Universities at Shady Grove
Dr. Anne Khademian was named to serve as the Universities at Shady Grove’s third executive director in October 2020, following a nationwide search and her appointment to the post by Dr. Jay Perman, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. As executive director of USG – a regional higher education center of USM in Montgomery County, with programs from nine universities on one campus – Dr. Khademian also holds the title of Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for USM.
Before joining USG, Dr. Khademian served most recently as a Presidential Fellow and professor at Virginia Tech, where she enjoyed a stellar 17-year career that included several years as director of the School of Public and International Affairs. A longtime resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, she served in her presidential fellowship in Virginia Tech’s Research Center in Arlington, near Washington, D.C. In that capacity, she supported the collaborative implementation of “Beyond Boundaries” initiatives, working across the university’s campuses and stakeholder committees to support organizational innovation and growth.
With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Khademian is a nationally recognized scholar and author in the areas of inclusive leadership and organizational change. As director of the School of Public and International Affairs in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies for seven years, she led the school through a period of significant growth and transformation, including the introduction of new academic degrees and programs; increased student enrollment; new faculty hires; forging of new global partnerships and initiatives; and extended outreach into the local community.
Dr. Khademian’s research focuses on leadership and organizational culture, inclusive management, policy networks, and the work of organizations involved in homeland security and financial regulation. She is the author of three books: Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (CQ Press, 2002); Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies (Brookings, 1996); and The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise (University of Pittsburgh Press 1992). She has also published numerous articles on public management and public policy.
Dr. Khademian is a fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization established by Congress to assist government leaders in building more-effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.
Dr. Khademian holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science and Government from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a cross country and track star while at Michigan State and in 2016 she was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Rev. Dr. Steve Larsen, Lead Pastor, Calvary United Methodist Church
Pastor Steve Larsen is pleased to be the senior pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary (1988 and 2005) and Oberlin College (1985), he has served congregations north of Baltimore, and in Waldorf and Mount Airy, Maryland. He enjoys travel, reading (history, novels, and short stories) and taking walks with the dog. He is married to Wanda Larsen who teaches art at Long Reach High School in Columbia. Together they have a son Nathan and a daughter Emma.
Martin Rosendale, CEO, Maryland Tech Council
Martin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland Tech Council, a partner with Newport LLC, and a partner at WMCS Investments. An engineer turned microbiologist and industry leader, Martin is passionate about the human and business value of technology, life sciences, and biotechnology. A five-time CEO and twice company founder, his experience spans public, private and not-for-profit businesses. He has launched, branded, acquired or commercialized more than 10 products and companies. Over 30 years of experience, and a strong drive to achieve and help, enable Martin to work through complexity toward insight and solutions to grow businesses.
Martin has raised equity capital for public and private companies and non-dilutive capital through strategic partnerships. He led a biotherapeutics company through a period of hyper growth taking the company from first sale to $200 million in annual revenue in three years. He worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish Medicare reimbursement for a complex product category. He also facilitated the merger of the two largest technology industry organizations in Maryland, forming the Maryland Tech Council and strengthening its industry presence.