The AA County Commission for Women
The Commission is comprised of eighteen women appointed by the County Executive to serve a two-year term. These Commissioners are a diverse group of women living in various parts of the county. Together they bring a wealth of expertise and dedication to helping enrich the lives of the women and families of Anne Arundel County.
Bonnie Brumwell Hoyas - Chair
Bonnie Brumwell Hoyas is a native of Anne Arundel County. She was raised on a family farm and started working for the family business at the age of 12. Her family has continually operated businesses in Pasadena Since 1924. Bonnie worked in the family business, farming, service station, Heating Oil Company, property management and business management.
Bonnie graduated from Northeast High School in Pasadena and Anne Arundel Community College with Associate Arts Degree in General Studies and Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Interior Design. She started her own interior design firm, Bdesign, LLC in 1999. Since 2008 Bonnie currently owns and operates Brumwell’s Flea Market in Pasadena.
Bonnie’s community service began as a school volunteer, cheer leading coach and girl’s soft ball coach. Past positions include her community association’s board of directors, Pasadena Small Area Planning Vice Chairman, and Pasadena Business Associations Board of Directors and Vice President. Bonnie resides in Pasadena with her husband Alan. She has 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Her interest includes cooking, boating, gardening, quilting and spoiling her grandchildren.
Jessica O'Kane - Vice Chair
Jessica O’Kane is an attorney whose law practice focuses on Immigration. She is first generation American as her father emigrated from Northern Ireland. Originally from Nanuet, New York, she re-located to Maryland in 2005. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is on the Board of Directors for the Piney Orchard Community Association. She is also on the Pro-Bono Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has several pro-bono cases of her own involving domestic violence and Immigration. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and her law degree from New York Law School. Jessica and her husband love to travel. They took advantage of an opportunity to live in the United Arab Emirates for two years with their two children and had an amazing experience. She has backpacked around South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Scotland. Jessica and her husband, James Fraser, reside in Odenton, MD with their 2 children and are active in their community.
Suzanne Boisseau - Secretary
Suzanne Boisseau is a project manager for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, where she has managed new construction and renovation projects in the Baltimore metropolitan area. She is active as a board member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Baltimore Chapter, mentor to high school girls, and on the advisory council of Owings Mills High School’s Career Technology Education program. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. She grew up in Glen Burnie and now lives in Piney Orchard with her family.
Gloria has over 35 years of teaching experience in Montgomery County that included nursery school through middle school, numerous administrative positions that included Executive Director of an early childhood program, Admission Director of a school for students with learning disabilities, and Coordinator of the Adult Literacy and GED Program for Montgomery County Public Schools. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College, a MEd. in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from University of Maryland, College Park and an Advanced Professional Certification for Grades 1-6 and Middle School from the Maryland State Department of Education.
Gloria has served in a number of leadership positions in the PTA both locally and at the state level. She has been a board of trustee at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase and is Past President of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together as well as serving as chair of several committees in that organization. She is currently in her second two year term on the Women’s Commission.
She has received a number of awards for outstanding service as a volunteer from both the PTA and the Board of Trustees at Temple Shalom, in addition to the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. She is a graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel County Program. She is married and has two sons and three grandsons.
Rita Ann Reimer - Associate
Rita is a retired government lawyer with a substantial background in women’s rights. During her 35 year Federal career, she worked for a U.S. Senator, the Congressional Research Service, the Federal Judicial Center and the Federal Election Commission. She then worked for Maryland Department of Legislative Services for two sessions. She served on the Library of Congress’ Women’s Committee and was a domestic relations counselor for the Women’s Legal Defense Fund for many years. She also served on the Board of Directors of a transitional women’s shelter in Washington, DC. With a CRS economist colleague, she worked (volunteer) to help women learn and assert their financial rights.
Rita holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware, a JD from George Washington University, and an MALS (Liberal Studies) and Advanced Certificate (2nd MA) from Georgetown University. Her two theses addressed women's economic rights in the United States and in Sweden. A disabled person, she also works to support disability rights.
Eriade Williams is an attorney admitted to practice in the state of Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys and volunteers for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Additionally, she is a government relations consultant who has recently represented clients in the fields of corporate law; economic, urban and youth development; health and fitness; sports and physical activity to Members of Congress, Administration Officials and within national coalitions. Eriade has also worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Congressmen Albert R. Wynn (MD-4) and Robert A. Brady (PA-1). She holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Eriade resides in Hanover, Maryland with her husband, Chris and their two children.
Delena L. Ganey - Associate
Delena L. Ganey, a resident of Davidsonville, Maryland, attends the University of Maryland, James A. Clark School of Engineering on the President’s Scholarship. She is participating in the Gemstone Honors Program, a four year multidisciplinary research program. She is focusing on Mechanical Engineering and her long term goal is to become a patent attorney. She was previously Student Commissioner of the Anne Arundel Commission for Women while in high school at Archbishop Spalding. She headed a project that involved high school students mentoring children at Van Bokkelen Elementary School in STEM subjects. She partnered with the administration of the school and the NASA BEST program to further engage the kids in learning. Delena interned at Voxtec International, an engineering firm located in Annapolis, testing the company's product and updating the user manual. She has a dual citizenship with Switzerland, and travels frequently abroad to visit family and stay in touch with her roots. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and music. Delena is glad to be able continue with her colleagues as a member of the Commission.
Rhonda Toney – Financial Officer
Rhonda Wilder Toney has lived in Anne Arundel County for over 40 years and graduated from Andover High School in 1985. After graduating from high school, she was a foreign exchange student in the Netherlands. She earned her degree in pharmacy at Duquesne University and developed the first fitness health and wellness classes and programs for women at Duquesne’s AJ Palumbo Center.
Rhonda is employed as a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist. Her strengths include advertising, marketing and promotions. She has devoted her professional career to public health initiatives, obesity prevention, fitness programming, and medication education.
Rhonda has served in a number of leadership positions, as the Secretary of the Women of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tennis Director of St. Andrews Swim and Tennis Club, on the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Tennis Association and the Annapolis Area Tennis School. She was commended with the ASPIRE Leadership award and was presented with official citations for her efforts. She was awarded the Marguerite Mills Volunteer of the Month Award. Rhonda is a Girl Scout Leader and a United States Tennis Association Captain. In her spare time she loves playing tennis and spending time with her family.
Gale R Stephens-Wheeler received her B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters in Adult Education and Distance Learning both from University of Phoenix. Her career extends from Michigan where she worked as a high school teacher of Computer Applications, Marketing, Career Exploration, and Web design. Here in Maryland she continues her work in education at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, as well as an Adjunct Instructor with Prince George Community College.
Her professional interest and focus is teaching both adults and young adults in the concepts of Language Arts and Special Education. Her time is also shared by working in the community providing resources to homelessness, employment, and resume writing. This passion is one of the main reasons for joining Commission for Women, so that she could become more of an impact to social change with women’s issues. That commitment has followed her since working in Michigan’s State department in a teen family life unit. Mrs. Stephens also volunteers with Anne Arundel County’s Chapter-Continental Societies, working as this years’ treasurer. Other professional affiliates are Area on Aging (Michigan & Maryland) and Parent Network (Michigan). During her down time, she spends time working up a new business concept of writing obituaries, as well as enjoying being a “Glam Mother” to her many grandchildren.
Sherrie Burton Smith