James Kitchin grew up in Crofton and enjoyed much of his formative years crabbing and fishing at his grandparent’s house on the South River. He and Lauren are raising their family in Crofton where their two children, Isabela and Morgan, attend Crofton Woods Elementary. After graduating from Arundel High School, James earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University. For the first couple of years after graduation he worked for international non-profits in China and Mexico. He then transitioned to the education world and spent five years as a high school history and government teacher. James has an M.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Political Science and Education. Before joining the Pittman Administration James worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a Research Assistant in the School of Public Policy where he is also finishing up a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy. His studies there focus on local governments, specifically education and immigration policy. James is an active part of his community. He has coached soccer, teaches Sunday school, is a member of the PTA at his kids’ school, and has advocated for more responsible development practices to be implemented in the county. James was a candidate for the County Council seat in District 7 during the 2018 election.
Ms.Thelma N. Ubi hails from the beautiful Cross River State of Nigeria. She is a graduate of the University of Abuja with an accelerated Bachelor's in Economics. Her work experience spans many areas, focusing primarily on logistics, executive management support and conflict analysis/resolution. She has served as an executive assistant for several corporations, including the U.S. Embassy (Abuja, Nigeria: Dynamic Corp.), Universal Trust Bank and Unity Bank. She is a certified conflict analysis mentor through the United States Institute for Peace. In 2014, Thelma successfully matriculated through the Institute of Chartered Economist with a focus in macroeconomics and global development. She remains an active volunteer in her community and has participated in the National Youth Service Corps to support secondary school students.
Reece Peak began his career after graduating from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Degree in Management of Aging Services. He has served in a variety of roles in non profits and community organizations. He looks forward to continued, meaningful contact with the citizens of Anne Arundel County.
Sharon Blugis joins the County Executive's Office from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department where she served for ten years as a Program Specialist for the Office of Fire Safety and Injury Prevention. Sharon began her career as a litigation paralegal, but realized she was interested in public health and community outreach and returned to school to obtain her Masters of Health Science. After completing her studies, she joined the Maryland Department of Health as a Community Health Educator and then later the Anne Arundel County Department of Health as Health Planner III and Chief Trainer. Sharon has lived in Anne Arundel County since 2005 and currently resides in Annapolis with her husband.
Sergio Polanco is responsible for providing direction of programs and initiatives to support the success of immigrants and diverse communities and serves as a liaison between the County Executive's Office and the multicultural community.
Sergio Polanco also is responsible for performing changes and maintaining the Spanish County Website with the assistance of the County Web Team. He is responsible for creating, managing, and maintaining tasks and other essential roles, adding new content and features, including resources and the new section “Spotlight”. (Editorial with information about local resources including health, events and education for other business owners and new entrepreneurs).
In addition to the above responsibilities, he also plays a critical role in maintaining strong controls on all translation projects from beginning to end as well as providing industry expertise to improve internal bilingual processes.
Mr. Polanco is also the co-host of “Bienvenidos TV,” a Spanish-language television program on the Anne Arundel County television station. He interviews bilingual guests such as healthcare professionals, business owners, and government officials that have a social, economic and cultural impact on our community.