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Joanne Antoine
Community Liaison for the Caribbean Community
East County Regional Services Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904
       M pale kreyòl
       I speak Haitian Creole
Joanne Antoine is the liaison to the Caribbean American community. She works with the Caribbean American Advisory Group to recommend policy related to Caribbean affairs to the County Executive ensuring he is able to effectively respond to the needs and concerns of Caribbean Americans living and/or working in the County. She also provides support for Caribbean programs and projects in the County.

Ms. Antoine is a first-generation Haitian American progressive organizer who has spearheaded numerous voter registration efforts and path to citizenship clinics aimed at activating and moving the Caribbean diaspora to actions that ensure their voices are heard. She has worked on numerous political campaigns and now helps build winning campaigns for women candidates of Caribbean descent running for office here in the US and in the Caribbean region.

Ms. Antoine currently serves as Manager of State Outreach & Engagement for a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working for open, honest, and accountable government in Maryland and serves on the board of numerous organizations helping to move voters to action, engage the diaspora in politics and empower women. She has a Master’s in Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in English and is a resident of downtown Silver Spring, MD.

What does Joanne say about the County?
"I interned in the DMV area many years ago and came to downtown Silver Spring to help register voters. Most of the residents I interacted with were already registered to vote and many presented me with opportunities to get involved in their local community groups and efforts. I had registered voters in many different states and communities at that point, but never experienced that level of community engagement and citizen activism when out in the field. I knew this County was special. I got the confirmation I needed after talking to a young man from Ghana who explained how welcoming the community was to him and how programs established by the County helped him learn English and get a job. The County government invested in his success and I knew then that this was the place for me. I am grateful to the residents I interacted with that day and am proud to call Montgomery County my home."

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Molly Callaway

Director, Montgomery County Volunteer Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, Suite 1600
Germantown MD 20874
240.777.2600 (main)
240.777.2607 (direct)

Molly directs the Volunteer Center and manages the website. Close to 1,000 local organizations post volunteer opportunities on the website and thousands of individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds find ways to get involved and make a difference as volunteers. Her work is focused on building the capacity of the nonprofit sector and building effective partnerships between nonprofit and government organizations and local residents as volunteers. Molly serves on the Student Service Learning Advisory Board at Montgomery County Public Schools and works closely with national and regional volunteer centers and the Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism. She was born in Endicott New York and raised in the DC metro area. After graduating from Richard Montgomery High School she attended Montgomery College. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern Connecticut and a Masters in Human Resource Management from the Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. In 1985 Molly volunteered on the planning committee that started the Montgomery County Conservation Corps program under the County’s Department of Family Resources. She moved into a paid position with the Conservation Corps and worked to expand the program with a service corps component as one of the first AmeriCorps programs in the country. She began work with the Volunteer Center in 1995. Molly and her husband Joe have two children and live in Frederick County. 

What does Molly say about the County?

“The nonprofit sector in Montgomery County is doing amazing work. And the service ethic of our fabulously diverse community is incredible as well. I am so fortunate to be working in a volunteer center housed within county government that allows me to work as a connector bringing people and resources together with the nonprofits and government agencies that help make this such a wonderful community.”


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Claudia M. Canales
Latino Liaison 
Administrative Assistant to the County Executive
101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850

hablo español
I speak Spanish

Claudia Canales is a highly-skilled Administrative Assistant having gathered this expertise through 16+ years of experience in various government and private arenas.  Having mastered the diverse positions in legal, public, and government sectors, she has enriched her deep appreciation, determination, and commitment to improve the quality of life for our region.

In Ms. Canales’ position at an international law firm, she provided high-level paralegal assistance to a managing partner and, in 2006, she was part of the legal team that traveled to the World Court representing Uruguay in the Pulp Mills on the River arbitration case (Argentina v. Uruguay).

She began her career with Montgomery County in 2007.  In 2011, she was promoted to the position of bilingual Confidential Administration Assistant for the County Executive, Isiah Leggett.   Her position empowers her with the ability to act as a liaison and effectively communicate between the county departments/agency directors, employees, elected local, state, and federal officials, representatives from the private sector, and the significant diverse citizens throughout the county.

 In 2013, Ms. Canales accepted the position of Co-Founder for The Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala.  This event is the first of its kind in Maryland and provides a way to raise funds and visibility for developing highly-educated minority professionals, while providing much needed financial assistance that increases graduation rates from post-secondary education in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.  The Organization awards one-time scholarship of $2,000.  In 2013, the organization awarded 25 scholarships.  In 2014, Ms. Canales served as Event Chair and the Organization awarded 60 scholarships in 2014.  In 2015, 77 scholarships were awarded.  Although, her involvement with organization has concluded her passion to help our youth continues in the County.  In 2016, she travelled to Cuba as part of a regional delegation arranged by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to explore and create an opportunity for potential economic and cultural partnerships with Cuba.

 Ms. Canales studied at Montgomery College and participated in a program lead by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and George Washington University obtaining accreditation as a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

 In addition, to her duties as an administrative assistant, she is an active member of Iglesia La Casa de Dios and is a sought-after participant for many organizations in her community.

 What does Claudia say about the County?

 In the early 80’s when my parents came from El Salvador to escape the civil war and provide a better future for my sister and I, they decided that Montgomery County would be our home.  Growing up in Montgomery County, becoming a permanent resident, and raising my family, I have come to appreciate the evolution of our great County.  Montgomery County is an ideal location to grow a business, raise a family, and live a fulfilling life.  The County’s diverse opportunities and wealth of prospects has grown our populace to over one million residents.  It is a cosmopolitan, welcoming community that boasts of a rich quality of life, from award-winning schools, and world-class restaurants to cultural gems, and the largest agricultural reserve in the country.  It is a community that leads through innovation, from mapping the human genome to building premier cybersecurity defenses.  It is, in a nutshell, a microcosm of the world as exemplified by its diversity of people, places and ideas that fuel a visionary innovative spirit. It truly is a place where everyone has a seat at the table and we welcome, learn and explore our diverse community freely. 


Anna DeNicolo

Program Specialist
Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
Mid-County Regional Services Center
2424 Reedie Drive, Suite 220
Wheaton, MD 20902

hablo español
Eu falo p ortuguês

I speak Spanish and Portuguese

Anna coordinates the Gilchrist Center’s volunteer-led English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Basic Computer classes, recruiting and supporting approximately 70 volunteers teaching 37 classes at 4 sites.   Anna grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with regular summer visits to her mother’s family in Salvador, Brazil, and weekends spent with her Italian grandparents.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Latin American Studies at the University of Michigan, during which time she studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Anna later obtained a Master of Public and International Affairs with a Certificate in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, writing a thesis on the role of the Catholic Church in grassroots development in Salvador, Brazil based on participant observation of favela community movements inspired by liberation theology.

Anna has more than twenty-five years of experience in program management, adult learning and outreach, including curriculum design and delivery, facilitation, and training.  Prior to joining the Gilchrist Center in 2012, she served as Knowledge Management Team Lead and as a Proposal Manager for 10 years at DAI, an international development consulting firm, as well as Development Director for an international nonprofit devoted to women’s health.  At both organizations, she conducted trainings and facilitated workshops in the US and abroad, in English and in Spanish.  She served as editorial coordinator for the Latin American Studies Association and the Inter-American Foundation.

As a Study Circle Facilitator for the Study Circle Program of Montgomery County Public Schools for 5 years, Anna co-facilitated parents, teachers, and administrators in six-week dialogues about the racial and ethnic achievement gap.  She led outreach efforts to Latino parents at her sons’ elementary school, directed a before-school tutoring program there, and organized a parent translation team for the school’s PTA, in addition to serving as PTA Vice President.  She is a trained parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program.  

Anna continues to work for social justice and racial equity through the Racial Justice Circle of Christ Congregational Church, which is supported by Impact Silver Spring, and organizes education and advocacy efforts around criminal justice reform and juvenile justice.

Anna has lived in Silver Spring with her husband since 2001, and their two sons attend Montgomery County Public Schools.

What does Anna say about the county?

“I’m proud to live in and work for a county that appreciates the contributions and value of all its residents.  I am awed by the courage of the Gilchrist Center’s students and clients, who continue to study and work to improve their lives despite the great challenges they face. And the dedication and generosity of our volunteers, many of whom are immigrants themselves, never cease to inspire me."


Josephine Garnem
Community Liaison for African Community and
Program Manager, East County Gilchrist Imigrant Resources Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Ar dey tok Krio 
وأنا أتكلم العربية

I speak Krio and Arabic

Josephine Garnem is the Community Liaison for the African Community. She is also the Program Manager for the Gilchrist Immigrant Resources Center for the East County region. She is responsible for developing and managing the basic computer literacy program and acts as the subject matter expert in the field of workforce development for the center. Josephine was born in Sierra Leone and has lived in the Middle East, Uganda, Pakistan and Afghanistan before moving to the USA.  She is an experienced community mobilizer and humanitarian professional, with over 20 years of global experience in many places including Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, and in the USA. Josephine holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the Njala University, Sierra Leone, a certificate from Cornell University on Project Management Leadership, and presently pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work. Her passion is to strengthen links between communities through partnerships, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.
She joined the Gilchrist team from the international non-profit sector where she has served as the Strategic Outreach and Partnership Coordinator for International Medical Corps, an international humanitarian organization. Josephine worked in to Pakistan and Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept 11, 2001 to assist refugees and those affected by the conflict. Josephine then joined International Medical Corps’ HQ in the United States and led their Gift-in-kind department supporting over 30 countries in four continents, and most recently their department for Domestic and International Affairs as the project manager overseeing training of US Government personnel staff in humanitarian coordination in global emergencies.
As a long term Montgomery County resident, Josephine served in the Health and Human Services’ Leadership Institute for Equity and Elimination of Health Disparities (LIEED) advisory group and as well as the Chairperson for the Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory Group.
 Josephine has organized free Health and Wellness fairs, mental health awareness initiatives, engaging organizations, volunteer immigrant doctors, nurses and public health specialists, to serve the diverse immigrant communities in Montgomery County, MD. Josephine has also led initiatives that implemented culturally appropriate curriculum for African Immigrants on HIV/AIDS awareness & outreach efforts.  
Josephine, on her free time, loves to organize diaspora-led international medical missions focused on training and exchange of skills between local doctors, other health professionals and their diaspora counterparts. Josephine lives in Montgomery County with her family.

What does Josephine say about the county?
Our family chose Montgomery County because we found it to be one of the most welcoming and diverse communities we have ever visited. We are so happy to have a county government that has an open door policy, and continues to work hand-in-hand with its residents to ensure their needs are met, and that they thrive and succeed in every way. It is also really wonderful to see how engaged the community is and their commitment to volunteering and giving back. The team we work with at the Gilchrist center are mostly volunteers and everyone truly believes in enacting positive change and its a great joy working with them. This is so motivating and continues to fuel my passion. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. 

Mimi Hassanein

Mimi Hassanein

Senior Fellow and Middle Eastern Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships
Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330
Rockville, MD 20850
Office: 240-777-4949
Cell: 301-379-7868

Middle Eastern Community Liaison
وأنا أتكلم العربية
I speak Arabic

Mimi Hassanein joins the Office of Community Partnerships as Senior Fellow with responsibility as the liaison to the Middle Eastern community. Mimi grew up in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. She has lived in Montgomery County for more than 40 years. Mimi’s experience as community activist and volunteer spans more than three decades.
Although Mimi lived in Egypt and completed her Bachelors of Arts degree from Cairo University, she now considers herself fortunate to call two places she loves home. Even while raising her children, Mimi was a staunch community activist and advocate for multiculturalism. For several years, she chaired the Bilingual Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Division and served as an Arabic translator for Montgomery County Public Schools. In 1995, Mimi successfully coordinated the first International Student Exchange Program between Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland and a sister high school in Cairo, Egypt.  Also that same year, the Montgomery County Parent-Teacher Association awarded Mimi its Lifetime PTA Membership Award for outstanding efforts and achievements in parent-teacher involvement in public schools.

Mimi believes strongly in empowering women, especially women from diverse backgrounds. She previously served as board member of Empowered Women International and the Muslim Women Association and has successfully obtained grant funding to provide services for women in Montgomery County. Mimi has also served for several years on the Middle Eastern Advisory Group for County Executive Ike Leggett and the Commission on Child Care. Mimi has volunteered with the Montgomery County Central Democratic Committee, African American Democratic Women's Voters, EXCEL Beyond the Bell Program for Montgomery County youth, and has served as Chair of the Hospitality Committee for Martin Luther King Annual Event and Human Rights Commission. Mimi also served on the Grant Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County Council.

Mimi loves to inspire others to action and was instrumental in creating the first Multicultural Committee within The Transition Network Group to help educate and dismiss misconceptions about Middle Eastern culture and Islam. Mimi’s leadership experience includes graduating from prestigious programs such as Senior Leadership Montgomery in 2011 and Emerge Maryland in 2013.

Mimi is bilingual in Arabic and English. She has three grown children and fifteen grandchildren! Mimi enjoys reading and exercising. She is always up for a new challenge and learning new things.

What does Mimi say about the County?

“I am so proud to call Montgomery County my home. It has the best public schools and living here has taught me that education is your passport into integration. I am proof that if you live in Montgomery County and work hard you can make things happen!  I am excited to give back to this wonderful community.”


Austin Heyman

Austin Heyman

Senior Fellow
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Office: 240-777-2592

Seniors 55+

Austin Heyman founded and served as the Director of Interages and the Montgomery County Intergenerational Resource Center from 1986-1997. Governor Parris Glendening appointed Austin as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. Senator Paul Sarbanes appointed Austin as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Congresswoman Constance Morella nominated Austin and Interages for the Public Services Round Table Award. Austin was a member of the Leggett Administration Transition Team and was appointed in 2007 as a Senior Fellow in the Office of the County Executive, Office of Community Partnerships. The Jewish Council for the Aging recognized Austin with its  Advocate for Aging Award for 2015.

During his 25 years of service with the federal government as an administrator of our foreign assistance programs, Austin was also deeply involved with community groups, working on educational and youth issues, serving as the first Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth, as President of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, and as a member of the Maryland Task Force on Guidance and Counseling. He was a founding board member and Vice-Chair of the Volunteer Partnership Montgomery and Co-Leader of the John Macy Leadership Seminar. He has served on the Retired Seniors Volunteer Programs Advisory Council and the Community Relations Committee of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Austin received an Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education from the Montgomery County Board of Education in 1997. In 1997 he initiated discussions leading to the creation of the Maryland Intergenerational Coalition. County Executive Douglas Duncan appointed Austin to the Commission on Aging in 1998. In 2004 Austin received the Montgomery County Paths of Achievement Award. In 2008 Austin was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Austin has served as the moderator for two television programs on County Cable, Seniors Today, and Montgomery Citizens Agenda. He initiated the Vital Living Initiative in 1999 and currently chairs the Montgomery County Vital Living Steering Committee. In 2001 he proposed the creation of a Senior Leadership Montgomery class which was implemented by Leadership Montgomery in 2002.

Austin served as an attorney with a Wall Street law firm in New York City. During his career with the United States Agency for International Development he represented the United States on the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris during the 1960s. Austin has undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, a Master of International Public Policy from John Hopkins and a Certificate from the Academy of International Law at The Hague.

What does Austin say about the County?
I have been fortunate to live most of my life in Montgomery County  and have been equally fortunate to have had opportunities to be engaged with so many for so long (48 years) that  I realize I feel like I have an extended family. This community is very blessed with  talented, dedicated, caring, idealistic residents who choose to make a difference and have.  Both  young and old are generous, interesting, warm, and compassionate members of this county and I believe our county's future  is bright.  I  am thankful to  have been a part of this unusual  place that now over one million of us  call home.


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Kaori Hirakawa

Program Manager
Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships
2424 Reedie Drive, Suite 220
Wheaton, MD 20902

Я говорю русский я��ык
I speak Japanese and Russian

Kaori Hirakawa is the Program Manager of the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships.  The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity provides activities and services to the County's diverse community and functions as a central point of contact for residents to County and other community services. Working closely with government agencies, community organizations and individual residents, the Center helps county residents learn important job- and life-related skills, engages new residents in the community, builds relationships and understanding throughout the county, and ensures that the needs of this very diverse community are met.  Kaori has been a key member of the Gilchrist Center’s team since 2006.

Prior to her work with the County, Kaori organized educational programs and conferences as staff of a national non-profit working with members of the disabled community, engaged university students in international education, and managed cultural and educational programs as a diplomat.  She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Russian studies, and has lived and worked in Russia, the United Kingdom, and Japan.  She is a resident of Silver Spring. 

What does Kaori say about the County?

“I am happy and proud to call Montgomery County my home and to dedicate myself to its success, because this is a welcoming, diverse place with a vibrant, engaged population and incredible potential.  I am proud to be part of this incredible team working hard to ensure that residents are empowered, engaged, connected and fully able to develop themselves and be a part of this thriving community.”


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Yunie Hong
Program Manager, Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center Upcounty Region
Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., 2nd Floor, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Suite 1000, Germantown, MD 20874
Gaithersburg: (240) 777-4960
Germantown: (240) 777-6950 

Yunie Hong is the Program Manager for the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center’s Upcounty region, which includes the Gaithersburg and Germantown sites.  She acts as the Center’s subject matter expert in immigration. Yunie was raised by immigrant parents in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, which is home to many immigrant communities.  She witnessed firsthand the personal struggles and institutional barriers that immigrants face in trying to achieve stability for themselves and their families, and has devoted her career to serving immigrant and refugee communities. 
Yunie graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in English literature.  During her time at UCLA, she did extensive community work, including providing tutoring and mentorship to incarcerated youth and youth who had recently immigrated.  After graduating from UCLA, she taught English in South Korea and traveled throughout Asia.  She then received her J.D. from Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  While in law school, she interned with the Department of Justice at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  She also provided legal services to Central American asylum seekers and low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.  During law school, Yunie also spent time in Guatemala, doing volunteer work on behalf of indigenous communities and traveling throughout Central America. 
After law school, Yunie practiced civil litigation at a large law firm, where she also engaged in extensive pro bono work.  She then spent several years as an immigration attorney at two different Legal Aid organizations in Los Angeles County.  She represented low-income immigrants who had suffered abuse and human rights violations and were seeking humanitarian-based immigration status.  She also educated immigrant communities of their legal rights by engaging in outreach to immigrant communities and helping to implement a Legal Orientation Program for detainees in immigration detention.  Upon relocating to Montgomery County, Yunie continued her work in advocating for immigrant communities as Director of Policy Advocacy at a national nonprofit.  Her work focused on advocacy with legislative offices and federal agencies to address the barriers faced by low-income, monolingual Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.  She then worked as an attorney at a nonprofit organization which works to ensure that unaccompanied immigrant youth receive free legal representation in immigration court.  By providing mentorship to pro bono attorneys, Yunie helped to ensure that children fleeing violence in their home countries would receive quality legal representation and not have to face immigration court alone.
Yunie was selected as a 2013 Community in the Capital fellow for her work on behalf of low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.  She was also one of twelve attorneys selected statewide by the California Bar Association’s Board of Governors to become a Leadership Academy Scholar. 

What does Yunie say about the County?
I feel extremely fortunate to live in a County of such rich diversity, which truly embraces the values of inclusion and respect. Immigrants and refugees have often times suffered unspeakable hardships, and their resilience and perseverance have always been a source of inspiration for me.  I feel honored to be part of a dedicated and hard-working team that is committed to providing the tools to help immigrant communities thrive.


Mansfield Kaseman

Mansfield Kaseman

Interfaith Community Liaison
Community Engagement Cluster
Office of Community Partnerships
Upcounty Regional Center
12900 Middlebrook Drive, Suite 1000
Germantown, MD 20874
Office: 240-777-2503
Cell: 240-481-0690

Since his student days the Reverend Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman has been engaged in ecumenical and interfaith ministries aimed at creating the beloved community.  The model he implemented for Theological Education in the Urban Setting was adopted by Harvard, Boston University and Weston Divinity Schools.  His engagement in the Civil Rights Movement included providing security for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., establishing non-profits such as the Blue Hill Christian Center in Roxbury, MA. and helping to implement Racial Justice Now.

In a decade of service with United Church on the Green in New Haven, CT Kasey formed partnerships with Yale, New Haven Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, State and Municipal officials, and religious organizations in founding non-profits and changing policies that impacted public education, urban renewal, anti-poverty programs, civil rights, affordable housing and healthcare.  Examples are the first Hospice in America, Downtown Cooperative Ministry, Aperture One, Junta for Progressive Action and Branford Royal Grant Corporation.

In establishing a new church in Tallahassee, FL he simultaneously formed a statewide network for impacting the state legislature and implemented a budget committing 50 percent to mission and social justice.  The Florida Impact Program, seventh Habitat for Humanity and Planned Parenthood established then are running strong. 

Moving to Rockville in 1979 Kasey revitalized Rockville United Church, incorporated Community Ministries of Rockville, engaged the political, civic, religious and business sectors in meeting common interests.  The Caregiver's Coalition of Rockville, Emergency Assistance, Elderly Homecare, Latino Outreach, Manna, Habitat for Humanity and the Kaseman Clinic are among organizations he helped found and grow.  Outside of Montgomery County he served as Adjunct Faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary, Treasure of the National Community Ministry Network and President of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.   

Since 2006 Kasey has served as Senior Vice President of CTIS (philanthropy, community service and health disparities), and Vice President of Van Eperen & Company (strategic planning, marketing and corporate social responsibility).

He has degrees from Westmar College, Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School.  He has certificate studies and continuing education at Oxford University, American University, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Eden, Princeton, and Lancaster Theological Seminary’s. 

Currently he serves on the boards of the Primary Care Coalition, Open Health Systems Laboratory, Low Vision Center, Play Ball America and the Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation.  He and his wife, Dianne, have three adult children and seven grandchildren.  His hobbies are kayaking, photography, golf and reading.   

What does Kasey think about the County?
I consider it an honor and privilege to be to be part of a team committed to making Montgomery County the beloved community.  I have been working privately toward that goal since 1979 and now as a public servant I look forward to forging partnerships that can accomplish far more than any one individual, department or institution can do alone.  I know the resources of our community are more than adequate for meeting the needs and aspirations of our deserving residents.  I also believe our faith communities are exceptionally well positioned to help us become a more compassionate and welcoming community.



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Deborah Missal

Senior Fellow and 50+ Volunteer Network Program Manager
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
Office of Community Partnerships
12900 Middlebrook Road #1600, Germantown, MD 20874
Office: 240-777-2600

Deborah Missal is a Senior Fellow responsible for the county’s new 50+ Volunteer Network.  She joined the Montgomery County Volunteer Center in 2011 as a volunteer, managing the Pro Bono Consultant Program.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in political science, Deborah moved to Washington, D.C.   She worked as the communications manager for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association; as Press Secretary to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Peter W. Rodino (D-NJ); and as the Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  She then attended Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law for a time with Piper & Marbury.

Deborah has been active in various community organizations, including four years as Cluster Coordinator for the B-CC Cluster and later as president of the B-CC High School PTSA.  In addition, she served on the boards of the B-CC High School Educational Foundation, the Somerset Elementary School Educational Foundation, the Temple Sinai Social Justice Committee, and the Bethesda Library Advisory Committee. 

What does Debby say about the county?

"I love living in Montgomery County and am constantly amazed by the strong commitment to community service that pervades so many aspects of life here.  I have been fortunate to witness first-hand the great work of our nonprofit organizations and the dedicated volunteers who serve every day to help make our world just a little better."


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Cynthia Morris 

Senior Fellow, Montgomery County Sister Cities
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Rockville, MD 20850

Cynthia Lowery Morris is a Senior Fellow for the Montgomery County in the Office of Community Engagement assigned to Montgomery Sister Cities.  She has over thirty years of experience in non-profit management, including board relations, marketing, fundraising and community outreach.

After eight year tenure as executive director of the African American Experience fund of the National Park Foundation, the congressionally chartered non-profit partner of America’s national parks, Ms. Morris consulted with the National Park Service in the area of workforce diversity.

Upon relocating to Washington, DC from Southern California in 1998, Ms. Morris worked as a Major Gift Officer with the National Headquarters of American Red Cross where she managed relationships with national donors to the American Red Cross Museum and to the Annual Disaster Giving Program.  Her background also includes positions as Director of Corporate Relations for Women At Work (Pasadena, California), a community based non-profit serving women in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  Her leadership there led to invitations to  serve on  interviewing panels for the City Pasadena and preparing the winning bid for the Pasadena Rose Bowl for the 1999 Women’s World Cup soccer matches. Previously, she held positions at RCA Corporation, WABC Radio and WABC Television in New York.  She recently served as an Individual Personal Assister (IPA) with DC HealthLink.  In this position, she assisted District residents in learning about the Affordable Health Care Act, and if needed enrollment in health insurance plans.

Ms. Morris has been an active volunteer and board member in many community-based organizations including the Urban League, NAACP Parent Council of Montgomery County, Jack & Jill of America, Inc., The Links, Incorporated, the Washington, DC Alumni Council of Northwestern University.  She currently serves as a volunteer for the Food Bank of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. 

A native of Chicago, Ms. Morris is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Education and a Masters of Management degree.  


Julian Norment

Julian Norment

African-American Liaison
East County Regional Service Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Office: 240-777-8413

Julian Norment was raised in Silver Spring, MD.  He attended John F. Kennedy High School, where he lettered in baseball and was a Washington Post All-Metropolitan football player and Maryland All-State football player.  Julian went on to earn his Baccalaureate of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, while playing football as a linebacker and completing work on a double major in Political Science and African and African-American studies.  After graduating in 1996, he entered the political arena and joined BatesNeimand, one of the top direct mail political consulting firms in the nation.  Later that year, he assisted the AFL -CIO’s Political Department in their voter mobilization unit, organizing hundreds of thousands of voter registration materials for union members.

In 1997, Julian continued his thirst for politics by serving as a Legislative Correspondent in the Washington, D.C. office of South Carolina U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings.  After eight months in that capacity, he was elevated to Legislative Assistant. In the summer of 1998, Julian took a leave of absence from Senator Hollings’ office and worked as Regional Field Director for the South Carolina Democratic Party.  In this position, he developed and managed a grassroots campaign organization of staff and volunteers consisting of over 300 individuals covering nine counties for the entire South Carolina Democratic ticket.  After returning from South Carolina, Julian expanded his legislative duties in Washington, D.C. for Senator Hollings as a Senior Legislative Assistant, handling issues in the areas of transportation; government affairs; labor; housing; veterans affairs; small business; Indian Affairs; and Transportation/Treasury, VA/HUD, Legislative Branch, and District of Columbia appropriations bills for Senator Hollings’ Appropriations Committee assignments.

While maintaining those responsibilities, Julian also pursued a law degree.  In May, 2004 he received his Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America , Columbus School of Law with a concentration in labor and employment law.  In January 2005, Julian completed his duties as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Senator Hollings, who retired. 

After spending three years as a Principal for The Ferguson Group, LLC, a municipal lobbying firm, Julian decided to explore entrepreneurial interests.  Julian was a Founding Partner of Municipal Prosperity Group, LLC where he provided strategic federal grants and appropriations consulting to public entities, universities and non-profits on their local projects and programs.  In 2009, Julian teamed up with Barry Strumpf, a former U.S. Senate colleague, and became an Equity Partner at Strumpf Consulting, Inc, where he provides federal business consulting and advocacy for corporations, universities and non-profit institutions.  In January 2013, Julian was hired as the African-American Community Liaison in the Office of Community Partnerships, Montgomery County, MD.  In addition to the exciting community liaison undertaking in his native Montgomery County, he will continue to fulfill his duties at Strumpf Consulting.      

Julian is a member of many organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; lifetime member of the Montgomery County, MD NAACP; and the University of Michigan Alumni Association.  He is also the former Co-Chairman of the Montgomery County, MD African-American Advisory Group, which he served for four years. 

Julian currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.


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Kathleen Meaney Stobie

Director, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
12900 Middlebrook Road #1600
Germantown, MD 20874
Office: 240-777-2612

Kathleen Meaney Stobie has been with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center for nine years, six as RSVP Director.  It is her distinct honor to connect seniors age 55+ with volunteer opportunities in Montgomery County.  Kathleen is an active member of the County’s Vital Living Network and coordinates guests for the County’s Make a Difference program, a cable TV program focused on volunteering.

Kathleen hails from Brooklyn, NY, but has been in the area since her undergraduate days at Georgetown University where she earned a degree in Business Administration.  She also has a Master’s in Health Services Administration from George Washington University.

She brings a wealth of experience in volunteer management as well as a genuine commitment to giving back.  Currently, Kathleen regularly volunteers with Shepherd’s Table as a team coordinator for her church.

What does Kathleen say about the County?

“I have been a Montgomery County resident for 31 years – go East County! I love being part of the Volunteer Center team where I see the power of giving back to the community.  In particular, I marvel at the impact of the senior volunteers in RSVP … making a difference every day at area nonprofits and agencies! Ben and Jerry (yes, the ice cream guys) said it best, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!””


Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu

Acting Director and Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Office: 240-777-8320
Cell: 240-688-2001

Asian American Community
Language Access Coordinator
Staff Liaison to China, India and South Korea Sister Cities
Tôi nói tiêng Viêt
I speak Vietnamese

Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu is the liaison to the Asian Pacific American community and Language Access Coordinator.  As the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Diane understood at an early age the challenges immigrants and refugees face trying to build a new life in an unfamiliar country. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Diane served as an AmeriCorps Fellow working with Vietnamese seniors at the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association, a nonprofit organization providing direct services to and advocacy for Vietnamese Americans. Upon completion of her 10-month fellowship, Diane went on to serve as the executive director of MVMA for 4 years and led the organization to becoming the first Vietnamese American organization in the nation sanctioned by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide legal immigration assistance and representation and became the only Vietnamese American BIA accredited representative in the DC metro area.

During her time at MVMA, Diane served on the steering committee of Nonprofit Montgomery, as an appointed member of the County's Commission on Aging and County Executive's Asian American Advisory Group and participated in capacity-building initiatives such in the Community Foundation of Montgomery County's Nonprofit Advancement Fund's Small Emerging Nonprofits Initiative.

Diane has been a Montgomery County Resident for 25 years and currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD. 
See Diane in "What Every American Should Know" by The Aspen Institute


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Lisa Woodard

Senior Fellow for Nonprofit Engagement
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
Office of Community Partnerships
12900 Middlebrook Road #1600
Germantown, MD 20874
Office: 240-777-2608

Lisa Woodard has over 25 years of management and finance experience with IBM and Lockheed Martin.  She has held many leadership positions throughout her career, including positions in planning, training, financial management and financial system implementation.   Most recently she provided financial and contract management consulting services as an independent contractor for Lockheed Martin.  Lisa’s strength as a corporate manager was coaching employees to achieve their potential, with a focus on personal development and continuing education.

Throughout her career, community service and involvement have always been a priority.  She volunteered and held executive board and leadership positions with a variety of non-profit and community organizations.  She previously served as Volunteer Coordinator and member of the Executive Committee for the Gaithersburg HELP organization, president of the Woods at Muddy Branch Homeowner’s Association, Fellowship Chairperson for her church congregation, served multiple years on local PTA Executive Boards, elementary school PTA treasurer, and chairperson for a variety of PTA and school committees.

Lisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Business Management.  She has also obtained executive coaching certification from George Mason University’s International Coach Federation (ICF)-accredited Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program.  She is passionate about using her extensive work and life experiences to help others achieve their personal and professional goals. She is married and a mother of two adult children.  Her other interests include travel, hiking, biking and entertaining.

What does Lisa say about the County?

“I have been a resident of Montgomery County for over 30 years now, and I am proud to call it home!  I am thrilled to be working at the Volunteer Center where I am inspired every day by the compassion, engagement and dedication of this wonderful community!"  


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Gretchen Zekiel

Senior Fellow and 50+ Volunteer Network Program Manager
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
Office of Community Partnerships
12900 Middlebrook Road #1600
Germantown, MD 20874
Office: 240-777-2600

Gretchen is a Senior Fellow/Program Manager for the Montgomery County 50+ Volunteer Network, the County's new senior initiative that connects skilled volunteers with nonprofit and government agencies needing assistance.  For the prior two years, she served as the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Manager focused on running the RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program.  In this volunteer capacity, Gretchen 
used her significant marketing and business management skills to help the Montgomery County Volunteer Center -- a perfect example of a 50+ Volunteer Network match!

For 25 years, Gretchen worked in senior marketing and product management positions at Bloomberg BNA and U.S. News and World Report.  Her volunteer work includes roles on numerous local political campaigns, and serving as Chair of the Bates College Parents Fund. She hold an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Gettysburg College and an MBA in Marketing from George Washington University, and is a member of Senior Leadership Montgomery Class of 2018.

A life-long resident of Maryland originally from Baltimore, Gretchen's interest in public service began when she interned during college for then Senator Paul Sarbanes and Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski.   She has lived in Montgomery County for nearly 30 years. A mother of two grown children, Gretchen resides in Bethesda with her husband and two adorable dogs.

What does Gretchen say about the County?
"In Montgomery County, we are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of resources, programs, and services -- along with an immensely diverse population that relies on them.   We need to continue to give back and stay vigilante, in order to preserve, promote, and improve these assets.    Volunteering is a great way to do so!  Each one of us CAN make a difference in our community."


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