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.
Originally from Canada, Laila Jones started her career as a journalist and spent two years covering the expatriate communities in the Middle East region. She later moved to Hawaii and covered issues addressing military families. Her military roots grew stronger when she moved to Fort Meade, where her family lived for their first four years in the county. Laila has called Anne Arundel County home for the past twelve years and, in that time, she has served the county in numerous capacities. When her oldest began kindergarten at Pershing Hill, she joined the school's PTA and ultimately became both President and fundraising coordinator for a different school in Glen Burnie. Most recently she was the French World Language and Culture teacher at Frank Hebron Harmon Elementary School where she introduced students to the Francophonie culture.
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.
Vincent Moulden is a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County who grew up in Homes at the Glen and attended Annapolis Senior High School. Vincent earned an internship with a local association management firm and worked his way from intern to executive director of a state-wide association and managed the marketing initiatives of 12 other associations. Vincent enjoys volunteering his free time to contribute to his community and currently sits on the Ethics Commission for the City of Annapolis. He also serves on the board for a local PR society chapter.
Jennifer Holson has over 20 years of administrative office experience in both county government and the private sector. She also served for several years as a planner on the Critical Area team within the Office of Planning & Zoning. Jennifer joins the CECS team with a personal commitment to providing excellent customer service and prompt response time to the citizens of Anne Arundel County. She brings a realm of knowledge and resources to the CECS team.
Tameka Smith is a native Annapolitan who has over 15 years of experience in state and county government. While in state government, she served as an Administrative Officer in the Office of the Secretary, and the Office of Human Resources, at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to becoming a member of CECS, Tameka was a valuable member of the Department of Public Works/Bureau of Highways Division. In June 2020, she will be a graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel, Neighborhood Leadership Academy.
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.