Kisha Brown, Esq. graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. At the outset of 2011, Brown was brought on to lead the legislative team in Annapolis for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General as the Director of Legislative Affairs. In this role she is advancing the Office’s legislative agenda by working with local and state government leaders to address statewide concerns, amongst other duties. An active member of her community, Brown enjoys serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Coppin State University Board of Visitors, KIPP Baltimore, and the Maryland Government Relations Association, which allow her to use her devotion to social justice in a meaningful and progressive manner.
Amy Celep is CEO of Community Wealth Partners. She is responsible for guiding the organization’s strategic direction and oversees its nearly 30 employees in their efforts to support partners. Since taking on this role, she has led the organization to success by achieving 65 percent revenue growth. She has a wide-range of experience in management and marketing. In 2011, she was honored by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the region’s brightest young business leaders. She received her MBA from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University.
Cynthia Crockett is President and Co-owner of Crockett Facilities Services in Bowie, Maryland. She is responsible for developing the marketing, human resources and financial management aspects of the company. She has extensive leadership experience and is licensed to practice law throughout the state of Maryland. In 2013, she received the Baltimore SmartCEO Brava! Award. This award celebrates the achievements of 25 of Baltimore’s women business leaders. Crockett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University.
Suzanne Fischer-Huettner began her newspaper career as a Classified Ad Supervisor at The Daily Record in 1996. Since then, she has taken larger leadership roles at the paper, serving as associate publisher for 10 years before being named publisher in 2010. Fischer-Huettner is the first woman to oversee the 123-year old business and legal newspaper, which launched in 1888. She is currently working towards her MBA at the University of Baltimore. Fischer-Huettner is active in numerous organizations and serves on both the advisory board for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership Program and the marketing committee for Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
William Greenhalgh (Chairman)
William Greenhalgh is a Principal and Vice President of Information Technology at Century Engineering in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He is responsible for the day-to-day and impending technology-related requirements of this diverse and regional company. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT field. His wide-range experience in business management, extend from a start-up company to an organization with international presence. Greenhalgh earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the Board of Vehicles for Change in 2007 and currently serves as the Chairman.
Douglas Larkin is founder and chief executive officer of Larkin Communications. In his current role, Larkin directs communication programs for numerous technology start-ups and other smart growth companies. Prior to founding Larkin Communications, Larkin served as executive director for both the High-Tech Encryption Coalition and Foreign Sales Corporation Coalition. Most recently, Larkin served as communications director for Representative Kevin Brady (Houston – TX).
Larkin is also the co-founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which works to provide a global community for asbestos victims and their families and raise awareness about asbestos-related diseases.
Lauren Lawson-Zilai is the director of public relations and national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International. In her current role, Lawson-Zilai is in charge of external communications, PR/media relations, crisis communications, video production and celebrity spokespeople. Lawson-Zilai’s prior nonprofit experience includes serving as a public relations representative for the Children’s Defense Fund, Doorways for Women and Families and Greater DC Cares. She is also the founder of the Washington Women in Public Relations Emerging Leaders Award, a special accolade for young women who have made a significant impact in the communications industry. In addition, she serves as the vice president for the Public Relations Society of America – National Capital Chapter board.
Fabián Rosado has over ten years of experience advising executives at Fortune 1000 firms, federal government agencies and startup companies in the areas of strategy, operations, and finance. He is currently the president of Right Start Consulting, Inc., which assists startups to launch and grow their operation. Rosado also serves executives and boards of directors at nonprofit organizations on issues related to governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and sustainable growth. He is a member of the New Dominion Angels, a Northern Virginia angel investment group and works as a consultant for the American Management Systems. Rosado holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University.
Pia Sterling has 15 years of marketing experiences in the financial services industry, including market strategy and analysis, campaign development, direct response acquisition, budget management and leadership. Currently, she’s a vice president of marketing for OneMain Financial, a division of Citigroup, overseeing internal and external marketing campaigns, point-of-sale collateral and the micro-marketing activities of its more than 1,300 nationwide branch footprint. Prior to joining the company, Sterling was with JP Morgan Chase Bank and American Express in various marketing roles responsibility for developing consumer and small business banking programs and credit card marketing initiatives. In addition, she’s a certified health coach who is the owner of Prosperous Living, a health and wellness business. She has an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kenneth Umansky serves as Vice President of Marketing at Carepoint Medical in Glen Allen, Virginia. He has more than 40 years experience helping companies develop in numerous areas, such as business, marketing and growth strategies. He has a wide-range experience in business marketing and has held numerous leadership positions in previous years. Umansky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science from Northwestern University.