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Bruce Adams

Bruce Adams

Director
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Rockville, MD 20850
Office: 240-777-2558
Cell: 240-855-8727
bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov

Independent Sector/Nonprofit Community

Bruce Adams is the Director of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett's Office of Community Partnerships (OCP). The Office of Community Partnerships carries on Montgomery County's historic commitment to empower our ethnic communities while adding a charge from County Executive Leggett to build strong partnerships between the County government and the County's nonprofit organizations and faith communities.

Adams served as an elected member of the Montgomery County Council from 1986-94, including a term as Council President (1991-92). His initiatives included Community Service Day, Committee for Montgomery, Montgomery Housing Initiative, 50% recycling goal, legislation to prohibit smoking in shared workplaces, Capital Crescent Trail, Commission on Child Care, Technology Enterprise Center, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Prior to serving on the County Council, he served on numerous State and County boards and commissions, including chair of the Charter Review Commission (1979-82) and chair of the task force that created Montgomery Community Television (1983-84).

Bruce Adams has served as a Senior Fellow at The James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland (1995-97), a Fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University (1979), an Associate of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation (1982-1986), and as National Research Director for Common Cause (1977-1982). At Common Cause, Adams authored model open government legislation enacted by state and local governments across the nation. Adams is co-author of two books on the presidential personnel process and numerous articles on governance, community building, and leadership.

He is founder of the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club (1998), Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (1997), and Fields of Dreams after-school program in Washington, DC (2002). From 1987-96, Adams taught the John W. Macy, Jr. Leadership Seminar for Montgomery County high school students. From 1988-93, Adams was a Lecturer at the graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Princeton University (1970) and the Georgetown University Law Center (1974). A 1966 graduate of Landon School, Adams received the Kupka Distinguished Alumnus Award from the school's Alumni Association in 2003.

Adams was named a 1998 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine and received the 1993 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award as the elected official who contributed most significantly to the enhancement of intergovernmental cooperation in the Washington Metropolitan Region. In 2005, he received the William Prescott Allen Award from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.

Bruce Adams, 68, was born in Washington DC and lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Engel, a journalist. They have two adult children, Emily and Hugh. Bruce and Peggy are co-authors of Ballpark Vacations, a guide to family baseball vacations (Fodors/Random House, 1997, 2000, & 2002).

What does Bruce say about the County?
“What's so great about working in Montgomery County is that we have the capacity to create the nation's finest multicultural community. I grew up here, and I have seen the true value of being a welcoming community. We have become a talent magnet for people from across the country and around the world. We have the resources, but great challenges and disparities remain. We are working hard every day to become one of America’s most welcoming and just communities. We can achieve our goal if we can learn to work even more effectively together across the lines of race, income, religion, and sector that too often divide and diminish communities. That’s the work we do at the Office of Community Partnerships.”

Bruce Adams receives first World of Montgomery Citizen of the Year Award (Gazette, May 14, 2014)

Click here for a 2014 Montgomery Community Media interview with OCP Director Bruce Adams

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Nestor Alvarenga

Nestor Alvarenga

Latin American Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships

Gaithersburg Library
18330 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Office: 240-777-2525
Cell: 240-328-7763
nestor.alvarenga@montgomerycountymd.gov

Latin American Community Liaison
Upcounty representative for Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
Staff Liaison to Morazan, El Salvador Sister City Committee
hablo español
I speak Spanish

Nestor was born in El Salvador and raised in the Wheaton/Glenmont neighborhood. He is a Wheaton Knight and a Maryland Terp. After graduating from Wheaton High School, he attended Montgomery College/Rockville and transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics, Spanish Minor and a Latin American Studies Certificate. Nestor is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. 

Nestor joins the county with more than nine years of experience working at the at the local, state, national, and international levels on issues of immigrant integration, including labor rights and community preservation, banking /community financial literacy, and customer service for multicultural communities. His significant experience in advocacy, coalition building, community organizing, and managing strategic grassroots campaigns focused on human rights and social justice issues. Nestor worked with CASA de Maryland as a community organizer working with students, day laborers, domestic workers, tenants, and small businesses. He played a key role supporting the Maryland Dream Act in 2011. Nestor has served as a member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and the County Executive’s Latin American Advisory Group.

In November 2011, Nestor was offered an amazing opportunity to live and work in Central America, including his home country of El Salvador. Nestor joined the Solidarity Center and worked on labor rights and human rights as the program field specialist based at the regional office in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Nestor was responsible for the Solidarity Center’s Informal Economy sector consisting of domestic, construction, and street-vendor workers in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica.  Nestor was able to work side-by-side with marginalized workers and organizations, developed and conducted trainings as well as integrated those groups into international campaigns and networks advocating for stronger implementation of labor codes, regulations, and laws in Central America. In 2013, Nestor returned to the United States at a time when Immigration Reform was front and center in Congress. He joined the Communications Workers of America as the National Immigration Campaign Coordinator working to support comprehensive immigration reform.

What does Nestor say about the County?

“Let’s keep the fun going by working together and helping each other as we continue to make Montgomery County a  wonderful place to live, work, and play for all!”

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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.callaway@montgomerycountymd.gov

Molly directs the Volunteer Center and manages the montgomeryserves.org 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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Anna DeNicolo

Program Specialist
Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
Mid-County Regional Services Center
2424 Reedie Drive, Suite 220
Wheaton, MD 20902
240-777-4944
Anna.denicolo@montgomerycountymd.gov

hablo español
Eu falo português

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."

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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
mimi.hassanein@montgomerycountymd.gov

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.”

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Austin Heyman

Austin Heyman

Senior Fellow
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Office: 240-777-2592
austin.heyman@montgomerycountymd.gov

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.

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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
240.777.4940
Kaori.Hirakawa@montgomerycountymd.gov 

日本語話します。
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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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
Mansfield.Kaseman@montgomerycountymd.gov
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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Cindy Kim

Program Specialist
Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
Office of Community Partnerships
18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD  20879
cindy.kim@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-4953 Office

한국말을 합니다
I speak Korean

Cindy Kim joined the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity as a Program Specialist in December 2015, after working with domestic violence victims, immigrants and other marginalized populations for over a decade.  Most recently, Cindy worked at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General (OAG), where she prosecuted offenders charged with violating civil protection orders and helped victims obtain protection orders.  In that capacity, she worked closely with crime victims, witnesses, attorneys and others to provide fair, victim-centered, and culturally competent advocacy.  Before that, Cindy worked at the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence where she created programs for legal aid attorneys.  Cindy began her legal career as an immigration attorney, where she worked on a wide range of cases encompassing all aspects of immigration law.  In law school, Cindy interned at several non-profits that focused on working with immigrant communities.  Throughout her professional life, Cindy has worked with pro bono clients and volunteered at legal clinics.  In addition, she has actively participated in local bar associations and OAG’s diversity committee where she coordinated programs on a variety of issues from work/life balance for parents of young children to celebrating heritage months.  Cindy is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park and Brooklyn Law School.

What does Cindy say about the County? 
“I am happy and proud to be a resident of Montgomery County, a thriving hub of many cultures and ethnicities.  As a 1.5 generation immigrant, I understand the importance of growing up with exposure to diversity.  That’s why I chose diverse Montgomery County as the home for my children, and I am excited to continue working for the public interest and social justice in my home community.”

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Daniel Koroma

Daniel Koroma

Community Liaison
Eastern Montgomery Regional Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Office: 240-777-2584
daniel.koroma@montgomerycountymd.gov

African Community
Caribbean Community

Mr. Koroma is a Community Liaison at the County Executive's Office and the Community Liaison to the African and Caribbean communities. Mr. Koroma has worked with the many non-profits in the Washington DC area and sits on the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Africa Art. Prior to joining the County Government, Mr. Koroma worked as a Global Banking Strategist for Bank of American and later led the Global Trade Services Group for Bank of America in Northern Virginia.

When he was the Business Development Manager for seven years, Mr. Koroma conducted several business seminars in Montgomery County, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Mr. Koroma attended the University of Maryland, College Park where in majored in International Business and Public Policy. He also worked for the University's Computer Science Department for two years. Mr. Koroma and his wife live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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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.morris@montgomerycountymd.gov 

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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@montgomerycountymd.gov

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.stobie@montgomerycountymd.gov

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!””

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Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu

Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Office: 240-777-8320
Cell: 240-688-2001
diane.vu@montgomerycountymd.gov

Asian American Community
Language Access Coordinator
Staff Liaison to China and India 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. 

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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@montgomerycountymd.gov

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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