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Elizabeth lives in Arnold and is president of Manners Matter, LLC. She is current and past president of the Arnold Preservation Council (2012-2016 and 2019-2021); serves on the Growth Action Network Board of Directors (2014-present) and the National Military Family Association Board of Governors. Elizabeth has previously represented the Arnold and Broadneck Peninsula communities and her principle motivation for serving on the CAC is to be a part of the process!

Annapolis Neck Small Area

Kristin is a 25-year Anne Arundel County resident and currently lives in Hillsmere. She is retired from the Prince Charitable Trusts, a family foundation active in Washington, D.C. Prince Trusts is active in farmland preservation activities in Virginia and urban programs addressing food deserts. Kristin also worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for 8 years as the Assistant Director in the Lands Program which focused on the effects of land use policies and practices on the health of the Bay.

Broadneck Small Area

Pat was born and raised in New York City and received her B.A. from Trinity University in Washington, D. C. and a M.A. from Columbia University. Ms. Lynch taught Biology and Chemistry in New York City, California and Maryland from 1963-1974. She held marketing and management positions in Maryland / D. C. with IBM Corporation for 28 years before retiring in 2002. Pat has lived in Broadneck since 1965 and is currently the president of the Growth Action Network where she previously served as the vice-president from 2011-2019. Pat was also past president of the Amberly Community Association (2003-2005), past vice-president of the Broadneck Federation (2004-2006) and president the Broadneck Council (2007-2019). She also currently represents the Western Shore Communities to the Maryland Transportation Administration on the Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group (2011-2019). Ms. Lynch previously represented the Broadneck Peninsula on the 2009 General Development Plan and 2010 Comprehensive Rezoning. Her motivation for serving on the CAC is to improve the Broadneck by working with the County Administration to resolve major problems with overdevelopment / stormwater pollution / environmental degradation / Bay Bridge transportation problems and believes the Broadneck watershed needs attention via the CAC/GDP Plan2040.

Brooklyn Park Small Area

Caren has been a resident of Anne Arundel County for over 35 years and is a Human Services Board Certified practitioner. She grew up in Crofton, lived in Odenton, went to school in Millersville and now, she owns a home in Brooklyn Park where she is raising five children who attend various schools due to academic paths such as STEM and PVA. Her lifelong interest has always been that of public service, equality and education Caren joined the AmeriCorps program in 1999 and shortly thereafter became an EMT. Caren serves as vice president of the Arundel Gardens Community Association and also the steering committee for the Greater Baybrook Alliance and the Greater Brooklyn Park Council. Caren has watched many changes take place and many that have not. She believes that she represents the community’s desire to see the County “grow” in a way that incorporates all walks of life, collectively working towards a common goal of comfort, practicality, sustainability and equal opportunity in all regions of the County for current and future residents.

BWI / Linthicum Small Area

Charlie is a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He has worked for the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits (1976 – 2001) and for the Anne Arundel County Auditor's Office (2001 – 2016). Mr. Mannion is a longtime member and former officer of the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, former member of the Chesapeake Arts Center board of directors and 2003 graduate of Leadership Anne Arundel. As a resident of Linthicum for 58 years, he is interested in helping to craft a GDP that preserves the small town feel of the residential community and at the same time enables BWI and the surrounding businesses to thrive.  

Crofton Small Area

Pat moved to Crofton 52 years ago and for many years she and her family enjoyed a wonderful quality of life. In approximately the past 15 years, due to poor planning, non-adherence to the code and lack of respect for the environment, her quality of life and that of her neighbors has diminished. She hopes to work to find a smarter growth plan supported by a comprehensive code with a renewed reverence for the environment. In so doing, she looks forward to a brighter future for all of Anne Arundel County.

Crownsville Small Area

Billy is a science teacher who graduated from Annapolis High School (1973) and received his Bachelors of Science degree from Baker University and a Master of Art from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is the former Chairman of the Crownsville Small Area Plan, served four terms on the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals, is a former member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust Board of Trustees, served on the Severn River Association Board of Directors, and has served as a community representative for the Generals Highway Council of Civic Associations. Mr. Moulden is a retired Special Forces NCO and intelligence analyst and a Veterans of Foreign Wars - life member. His motivation to serve on the CAC is that Anne Arundel County is a wonderful place to live and raise a family and he would like to give back. It is what his parents and great grandmother taught him to do.

Deale / Shady Side Small Area

Cate a resident of West River representing the Deale/ Shady Side Small Planning Area, is Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus of Cygnet Strategy LLC, President of Cate Bower Communications and a former principal partner in Tecker International of Yardley, PA. Her consulting career has been focused on helping not for profit organization strengthen their leadership and governance structures and create strategic plans to ensure long-term success. She currently serves as Chair of the Director’s Circle of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater and is founder and chair of Focus on the County (formerly Flip the County), an advocacy group of women in Anne Arundel County who share similar values and concerns about the County’s future. The insights she gained through active participation in the 2018 election cycle, as well as concerns about how we plan for and manage growth, protect our unique environment (particularly in light of rising sea levels and changing climate), create and sustain the needed infrastructure including schools, safety and community support, reinforced her interest in becoming involved with the General Development Plan and underscored to her the importance of this process being as transparent and inclusive as possible.

Edgewater / Mayo Small Area

Anthony has lived on the Mayo Peninsula for the last three years and can see the importance of water and greenspace managed on a confined environment. To that end, he has been a member of the Neighbors of the Mayo Peninsula and working with the County Council and Office of Planning and Zoning to improve the quality of life of the Peninsula. His desire is to see the Mayo Peninsula developed as a community and be a place his boys can grow up and enjoy. Anthony is a retired Military Veteran and enjoys life with his wife and two kids.

Glen Burnie Small Area

Will is a proud native of Glen Burnie, MD. A product of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, he graduated from Glen Burnie High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in business and public policy from the University of Baltimore. Prior to his appointment to the Plan2040 Citizen Advisory Committee, Will served as the student member for the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents. As a lifelong resident of the Glen Burnie community, he strives to ensure the strength of the place he calls "home".

Jessup Small Area

Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and is currently an Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is a member of the Jessup Improvement Association and is currently a board member where he has served for the past 25 year+ years. Mr. Mauler served on past General Development Plan committees in Anne Arundel County as well as a former member of the Dewey Beach, Delaware Planning and Zoning Board. His goal is to work within the CAC to develop a vision that reflects the wishes of the Citizens of Anne Arundel County and advocate for changes to the County Code to guarantee it will be implemented as planned.

Lake Shore Small Area

Allan is a six-year resident of the County and lives in Pasadena on Rock Creek. He is an avid boater, fisherman, and environmental advocate; and is active in his community and church. Mr. Straughan is retired from a career in the support of the Intelligence Community and is now a part-time Yacht Captain. He is also the Executive Director of Koolhof Earth which is an IRS approved 501(c)3 environmental non-profit corporation whose mission is to inspire, educate and lead individuals, businesses, communities, and organizations by example. Mr. Straughan is the president of Rockview Beach / Riviera Isles Improvement Association, president of the Greater Pasadena Council, and an active member of Jenkins Memorial Church, Pasadena belonging to Jenkins Men in Christ. He has served as an advisor and board member for both for profit and not for profit businesses. Mr. Straughan is keenly interested in the planning process that will guide critical decision-making for Pasadena’s revitalization and infrastructure planning for both safety and transportation.

Maryland City / Russett Small Area

Elizabeth brings 26-years of community service in Anne Arundel County and currently serves on the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission). She serves as Vice President of the Russett Community Association; is a member of the Laurel Park Impact Fund Advisory Committee; District 32 Committee and EMERGE Maryland. Previously, she served as Maryland PTA State President, and the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Ethics Committee. Elizabeth participated in community meetings for the Jessup Small Area Plan, and for 13 years, she wrote a community column for West County Gazette (Capital Gazette) covering the Laurel/Jessup/Maryland City area. Elizabeth is an attorney admitted to practice in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She is a member in the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association and Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. She is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and served on the U.S. Department of Labor, Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans. Elizabeth's goal to serve on the CAC is to provide a voice to the Russett/Maryland City community on what they want their neighborhood to be like in 2040 and how changes that need to take place will impact the neighborhood.

Odenton Small Area

Matt has been an Odenton resident for over 22 years, commuting to DC on the MARC train to get to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he works as an occupational safety professional. He has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and enjoys boating on Spa Creek. Matt serves on the Odenton Town Center Advisory Committee and is a past president of the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis. He looks forward to representing Odenton on the CAC and sharing the perspective and challenges of being a daily commuter in a thriving County.

Pasadena / Marley Neck Small Area

John is a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and retired advertising sales executive where he spent a 25-year career in Anne Arundel County focusing on small to medium sized businesses. His work experience includes working for Xerox and IBM. John has been a member of the Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary Club since 2004, Pasadena Business Association since 2005, Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce since 2005, Venice Civic Association, since 2007, and Magothy Health Association since 2015. His principle motivation for wanting to serve on the CAC is as president of the Magothy Health Association, he realized that the Pasadena community needs eyes and a voice in the County's 2040 plans. He will serve his area for the various community associations as well as his volunteer work through the Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary club.

Severna Park Small Area

Amy has a degree in Business Administration and retired from Anne Arundel County Government after 20 years with experience in Budget, Recreation & Parks and Constituent Services. She is the vice president of the Greater Severna Park Council; a member of the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement, the Growth Action Network and the Arnold Preservation Council. Her interest in serving on the CAC is due to her involvement with constituents while serving in the County’s Constituent Services, and seeing the impact decisions made by the County have on its residents. 

South County Small Area

Joel, a graduate of South River High School, is a farmer who grew up in Davidsonville, and is also owner of C & J Contracting Company, LLC - an excavation business. He lives on his Knightongale Farm in Harwood and is a member of the Riva Volunteer Fire Department, Annapolis Elks Lodge, Annapolis Moose Lodge, Three Rivers Sportsmen Club, Maryland Farm Bureau, and the Southern Maryland Society. Joel is looking to continue to keep South County rural and to preserve its agrarian roots by supporting the rural resource-based economy. 

Member at Large, Environmental Representative

Melanie is owner / architect of HD Squared Architects, LLC and a board member of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MDLCV). She looks forward to contributing her knowledge of the built environment, site design and smart growth planning strategies to find a balance with the need for a healthy natural environment.

Member at Large, City of Annapolis Representative

Ellen has a degree in Liberal Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Education from Goucher College. She was the CEO and Mayor of the City of Annapolis; the first woman elected to that position since the City was chartered by Queen Anne in 1708. She served for 8 years (2001-2009), preceded by 14 years as an Alderman from the peninsula of Eastport. Her whole life however, has been marked by community action. She was the kid that organized her playmates to produce Childcraft plays. A natural athlete, she excelled in HS sports before Title IX was a reality and earned an award in high school for contributing to extra-curricular activities. She contributed on numerous State Boards as diverse as the State Board of Education and the State Racing Commission, is founder of the Maryland Hall for the Arts and a leader on environmental programs. She is a published author in local magazines, an interest that began as editor of her high school newspaper. With her five (now adult) children and a dog, she traveled the blue highways across America and Canada. Ellen’s motivation for serving on the CAC is her belief that cities and towns and neighborhoods have personalities just as we do and that in our rush to build boxes for people to live in, we have been too quick to erase the uniqueness and vitality of our urban environment. She is inspired by the challenge to enhance a sense of place and eager to help re-capture the personality and uniqueness and the natural, historical and built elements that will enhance the quality of life in our very culturally diverse County for years to come. 

Member at Large, Maryland Building Industry Association Representative

Bill was born on his family farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where his family still farms today. Bill has been a resident of Anne Arundel County for the past 22 years and now resides with his wife and four children in Odenton. He received a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of West Virginia and later moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was a member of the U.S. International Shooting Team. Bill then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to assist with venue design and construction for the 1996 Olympic Games. While in Atlanta, he worked for a leading Landscape Architecture firm and was an integral part of many notable projects including a Jack Nicklaus Master Planned Community and the Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World. Bill received the designation of Certified Planner (AICP) from the American Institute of Certified Planners and returned to Maryland to head the planning department for McCrone Engineering where he was involved in the planning, permitting, and development process of numerous master planned communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2004, Bill joined Koch Homes as a Director of Development, where he is responsible for all facets of the entitlement and development process. Additionally, Bill has been part of many Smart Growth and long-range planning initiatives and was chosen to be on Governor O’Malley’s Smart Growth Implementation Team. Bill’s upbringing, education, and varied work experience brings a broad and unique perspective to the General Development Plan process.

Member at Large, NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association Representative

Thomas is a Senior Manager of Development and Construction for Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT). COPT has been an owner, operator and developer of Class A properties throughout Anne Arundel County since 1989. In 2003, COPT was one of the sustainable development pioneers in the market, which committed to the development and redevelopment of all assets to achieve the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. To date, COPT owns and operates over 18 million square feet of office space; of which 4,700,000 square feet is located in Anne Arundel County and has achieved LEED certification of 44 buildings amounting to 5,400,000 square feet level with the USGBC and is a premier sustainable developer in the region. Thomas has developed in Anne Arundel County for over twelve years and leads such developments and redevelopments on land and existing buildings at The National Business Park, Arundel Preserve, and Airport Square. His motivation for serving on the CAC is to ensure that all voices are heard, including that of the business community, and to ensure managed, sustainable growth in the County occurs responsibly while balancing the sustainable nature of the environment.