Meet the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2019 Next Up Class

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s second Next Up class opened its year of leadership training, professional and personal development and networking opportunities with a January 30, 2019, dinner at The Capital Grille.

Interest in the program — which accepts individuals under age 40, employees of GBC member organizations, and identified and nominated by their organization’s leadership as having the potential to be in a leadership role within the next few years — was high, and acceptance into the program was very competitive for its second year in existence.

GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry has expressed his excitement at spending the year sharing with this year’s participants how the GBC can help to expand both their professional and personal networks and knowledge.

The 2019 Next Up class is made up of the following young leaders from across the Baltimore region’s industries and sectors:

Shannon D. Boswell is a Wells Fargo Community Bank Branch Manager and Regional Banking Vice President. His career in the financial industry began in 2002 when he started as a part-time teller.  Throughout Shannon’s 17 year banking career he has held many positions within the community bank.




Thomas Breakey is Vice President of Operations for MedStar Medical Group Anesthesiology. In this role Breakey oversees all aspects of non-clinical anesthesia operations for nine MedStar Health acute care hospitals and multiple ambulatory surgery centers. Areas of oversight include provider recruitment and contracting, financial performance and the operations/support departments of anesthesia.

Breakey joined MedStar Health in 2008 and has held numerous leadership roles, the most recent being Service Line Director of Orthopaedics and Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial and Good Samaritan Hospitals.

Breakey earned a bachelor’s degree in business in administration from the College of Charleston and master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

He is board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as Board Chair at the Hill Family Center Y and on the Finance Committee of the Y of Central Maryland parent Board.

Kijaffa Butler serves as Director of Admissions at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). She joined BCCC as an admissions recruiter, promoting the college throughout Baltimore and the State of Maryland to prospective students and community partners. In her current role, and over the past decade, Butler work has focused her career on building and improving the student college experience, particularly for recent high school graduates and dual enrollment students.

Prior to joining BCCC, Butler served as Associate Director of Admissions at Touro College.

Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from CUNY Baruch College, an MBA in Strategic Management from Pace University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She serves as secretary for the executive board for the Maryland Organization for Community College Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Chasidy Chambers serves as the People and Culture Manager for the Kimpton Monaco Baltimore hotel where she is a champion of the hotel’s diverse and inclusive culture.

At Kimpton Monaco Baltimore Chambers developed “Casual for Cause.” Every Friday employees pay $3 to wear jeans and the funds collected are donated to a local charity.

Chambers earned a bachelor’s degree in Human and Family studies from Towson University.


Dan Chudy is the award-winning Art Director at MD Strategic Consulting, leading the growth of a high-performance creative department.

He provides creative and conceptual direction for key client campaigns, ensuring optimal impact across traditional, digital and mobile channels. His team of designers and copywriters deliver custom creative solutions to MD Strategic Consulting’s growing roster of political, nonprofit and community clientele.

Chudy ensures that MD Strategic Consulting’s clients are positioned for innovative messaging and breakthrough success in a crowded market.

He previously served as a graphic designer for technology companies and marketing firms, supporting startup and major brands (American Express, United Airlines, BMW, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and MGM Resorts). Chudy earned a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design from The Ohio State University.

Candace dePass is the Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Programs at Howard Community College. In this role, dePass leads major projects that align with the strategic goals of the institution and supports the engagement of the college’s diverse student body. By collaborating with college faculty, dePass helps to enrich students’ collegiate experience and support classroom learning. Through her leadership, the Office of Student Life has consistently met or exceeded its benchmarks for new student retention, and orientation satisfaction. Among her noteworthy contributions include the launch of the college’s redesigned online orientation in October 2018.

dePass began working at HCC in March 2011, in the Office of Student Life, and has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the English and World Languages division. She has more than 10 years of experience in engagement and retention both in and outside of higher education. Her student affairs experience includes: residential life, Greek life, alumni relations, student conduct, and student activities. dePass serves on a variety of college committees and cross-functional teams and is adept at building and maintaining strategic partnerships that promote the brand of the office of student life and Howard Community College. She was named Support Group Employee of the Year in 2013 for her exemplary service to the college and was nominated for Professional Technical Group Employee of the Year in 2016.

dePass serves as an alumni member of the Business Management and Finance Program Advisory Committee for Montgomery County Public Schools where she helps to connect high school students with work-based learning opportunities and internship experiences.

dePass earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bucknell University and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from George Mason University.

Ellen Dew is a Senior Associate at DLA Piper, where she counsels domestic and international companies in the areas of complex litigation and compliance, risk assessment and corporate investigations.

Dew represents clients in complex civil litigation involving insurance contracts, product liability, securities, corporate governance disputes and ERISA. She has litigated in forums across the country on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, among them global financial services, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, insurance and hospitality.

Dew earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, the Bryn Mawr School.

Julie Funk serves as the Director of Development for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Maryland. She oversees ADA’s signature fundraising campaigns: Tour de Cure and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Throughout her 13 year career at ADA she has worked diligently to further the mission of the American Diabetes Association by raising critical funds for research, promoting education to at-risk communities and advocating for the rights of people living with diabetes.

Funk earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Marketing from Frostburg State University. In her spare time, she volunteers with KidsPeace, a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities.


Tamika Greenwood serves as a Clinical Pharmacist for Correct Rx Pharmacy Services. She began her pharmacy career at CVS pharmacy more than 15 years ago.

Greenwood earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from South Carolina State University and completed the four year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Hampton University.

Before joining Correct Rx in 2015, Greenwood completed a one year community practice residency program at Duquesne University Pharmacy in Pittsburgh.

Greenwood’s professional experience during her community practice residency included the facilitation of 51 free community health screening events throughout the Pittsburgh region. She was responsible for the screening and education of approximately 1,500 people for chronic diseases such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, hepatitis C and Diabetes Mellitus. In October 2014, Greenwood became the clinical consultant pharmacist for HomeMeds/AgeWell at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. She provided medication therapy screenings and education to senior members in the community. Greenwood also volunteered at FOCUS Pittsburgh free health clinic, where she offered medication therapy management and implemented free smoking cessation classes for the local community.

Greenwood has expanded her clinical pharmacy practice at Correct Rx Pharmacy Services. She is responsible for coordinating clinical pharmacy services for a large region of correctional facilities. In her current role, Greenwood is able to incorporate her passion for public health, patient education and expertise in medication therapy management to improve outcomes of an underserved population.

David Hodnett is a Client Advisor at Brown Advisory where he advises entrepreneurs, individuals, families and business owners on how to solve a variety of investment, financial and legal challenges. He has helped business owners think through succession planning for the management and ownership of business entities, worked with teams to help consider the tax implications of business transitions and identified more efficient income tax strategies for his clients.

Hodnett uses his legal training to assist clients in strategically approaching risk management and asset protection planning through thorough trust and estate administration. He also works closely with minority-owned business enterprises, by helping them think through capital allocation decisions, plan for business transitions, anticipate liquidity events and navigate governance issues. He is also a leading member of Brown Advisory’s Black and Hispanic colleague resource group and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion at the firm.

Hodnett previously served as a Private Client Relationship Associate at Brown Advisory and led all aspects of administration and client service for over 200 accounts which included trust and estate management services to a client list that exceeded $270 million in assets under management. Prior to joining Brown Advisory he served as Vice President and Trust Advisor at PNC Wealth Management where he launched his career in investment management. At Brown Advisory he continues to use his knowledge of trust and estate administration to help his clients meet their financial and estate planning goals.

Hodnett serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Area Council-Boy Scouts of America. Previously he served on the Boards for Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Roberta’s House and Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel. As an Eagle Scout, Hodnett has helped Scouts by serving as a District Chairman for the Boy Scouts and leading all Scouting programs in West Baltimore. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Maryland State Commission of Real Estate Appraisers and Home Inspectors.

He has volunteered at the Esparanza Center in East Baltimore where he represented clients in pro bono immigration and family law matters.

David earned a bachelor’s degreein English from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. Hodnett is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Eric Johnston serves as Director of Government Relations for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. He manages the public affairs, government affairs and community relations efforts for the Mid-Atlantic territory. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola team, Johnston worked with Strategic Solutions Center, LLC (SSC) as a Government Relations Manager. While at SSC, Johnston advocated for the legislative and intergovernmental interests of multiple clients.

In his free time, Johnston serves as the Deputy Director of the Maryland Chapter of the New Leaders Council and the national Director of Finance for the Young and Powerful Group, both nonprofit organizations based out of Washington, D.C. Through these and other organizations he has been dedicated to civic engagement and empowering young professionals to engage underserved communities. Additionally, Johnston is a member of the Board of Directors for the Full Focus Academy, a Student-Athlete Enrichment Program specializing in recruiting education, and he served as the Director of the Manassas Youth Basketball Camp.

Johnston earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a MBA from Hampton University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Brett Jones, Jr. has served as Senior Project Manager for Edwards and Hill Office Furniture since 2018 where he manages daily operations as well as office furniture and hospitality FF&E installations.

Jones began his career in management as an Operations Supervisor with American Coach Lines of Miami in 2009. Jones then transitioned to an Executive Team Lead in Logistics with Target in 2011 and then to CarMax as a Retail Manager-Buyer in 2014.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami and a MBA from Florida State University.

Elizabeth Koontz joined Live Baltimore in 2013 as the Employer Outreach Manager. In this role she worked with the local business community and Baltimore’s anchor institutions to encourage their employees to live and stay in Baltimore City. In 2017 she earned a promotion to the new role of Program Director where she is currently overseeing the organization’s customer programming.

Koontz is most proud of the work she’s been able to do with the Baltimore Police Department through a program she created, “Pizza in the Precinct.” The program works to increase police residency in the city through innovative presentations and tours. Previously, Koontz worked for the City of Baltimore as the Mayor’s Director of Scheduling.

Koontz serves on the Audience Committee for the Board of Directors at the Walters Art Museum, the Young Professionals Committee at Baltimore Center Stage and volunteers as a mentor with Thread.

Sara Langmead, AIA, PE, is a licensed architect and a professional engineer specializing in the design of new buildings and the restoration of existing buildings.

As an Associate at Quinn Evans Architects, the former Cho Benn Holback, Langmead manages and supports teams that design a variety of project types, including educational, healthcare, commercial and government offices, residential, hospitality and religious buildings. She has extensive experience in the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, providing owners with condition assessments, repair recommendations and specifications and support during construction. Her passion lies in reinventing places from the past to enrich and better serve the needs of the future.

Langmead earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Jordan MacFarlane is Director of Technical Operations for the Beltway Region of Comcast. In this role MacFarlane oversees more than 300 employees who are responsible for the day-to-day installation, service and repair of Comcast Residential and Business services.

MacFarlane started his career as a technician in Howard County and has held several roles within the company, including roles at Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia. He has completed several executive leadership courses within Comcast including a co-branded course with the Society of Cale Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE) and Dartmouth University. He earned one of the company’s highest honors, Circle of Success award, in 2017 for innovation. He returned to the Beltway region in 2017 from Headquarters.

MacFarlane earned an associate degree from Harford Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University.

Meghan McGee joined Camden Partners in 2006. As a Partner on the private equity team she focuses primarily on education and business services companies. McGee is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities as well as providing strategic and operational support to portfolio companies. Her current investment experience includes Pinnacle Automotive Hospitality Services, Triumph Higher Education Group, Ingo Money and Calvert Education Services.

McGee earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland and a MBA from the University of Maryland at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.


Mary Miles is a Senior Account Manager at Weinberg Harris & Associates, a PR and communications agency. With more than five years of experience in the industry, Miles oversees day-to-day marketing operations for clients in the retail, real estate and entertainment sectors and her expertise includes media relations, event planning, community partnership development and social media marketing. Miles regularly volunteers with Susan G. Komen Maryland, assisting with event planning and development, as well as serving on the organization’s Public Relations Committee.



Scott Mucci is a Senior Project Manager with the Gilbane Building Company, based out of the local Baltimore office. With Gilbane, Mucci focuses on Construction Management services for large, complex, and fast-paced construction projects throughout the Baltimore region.

Mucci earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He  supports the Annapolis chapter of ACE Mentor Program and works to educate, mentor and expose local high school students to the architecture, construction and engineering fields.


Eric Mulata is a Director of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for day-to-day development activities for retail and residential projects in the company’s Downtown Columbia location. The Downtown Columbia project is a transformative 14 million square foot mixed-use redevelopment of the Columbia Town Center.

Mulata earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of ULI Next and was a competitive martial artist.


Rich Repetto is a Vice President in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Stifel, where he executes M&A and capital raising transactions on behalf of both publicly traded and privately owned commercial real estate companies.

Prior to joining Stifel in 2013, Repetto spent three years working in the Investments group at Brandywine Realty Trust, a publicly traded REIT based in Radnor, PA. Prior to Brandywine Realty Trust, Repetto served as an Analyst in the Acquisitions and Investment Management group at Monday Properties and as an Analyst at GE Capital Real Estate.

Repetto earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Brandon Rowe, PE joined Bohler Engineering in 2006, shortly after graduating from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a Senior Project Manager in Bohler’s Towson office. With nearly 13 years of civil engineering design and project management experience, Rowe brings a wealth of knowledge and problem‐solving abilities to each project in various markets including hospitality, retail, residential, mixed-use and industrial.

Rowe leads Towson’s single family residential efforts, working with prominent clients throughout Maryland and is currently managing Towson’s first senior living project, Erickson Living, a 58-acre development in Clarksville. Rowe also plays an important role in the AEC industry by being involved with local organizations that influence and partake in the future direction of the development industry.

Alana Sacerdote serves as Manager of Human Resources Operations and Engagement at Horseshoe Baltimore. She’s been with Caesars Entertainment since 2012 and with Horseshoe Baltimore since its inception in 2014.

Sacerdote is responsible for all aspects of employee engagement and culture at the casino, including onboarding strategy and development, licensing, HRIS, feedback collection and resolution, centralized scheduling, health and wellness, the HERO community program and culture initiatives.

Sacerdote is responsible for more than 1,500 team members at all levels. Her accomplishments include streamlining and centralizing resources available to team members and drastically improving culture and engagement across the property.

Kathea Smith serves as Assistant Dean for enrollment, academic affairs and student services at University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business where she leads a team providing a range of student services to a diverse student body including transfer, nontraditional, active military and veteran students.

Smith has been supporting students throughout the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions for more than 14 years in a variety of settings from large, public university setting to intimate, private, liberal arts colleges. She has a deep interest in strategy development and implementation of new recruiting practices and delving into retention strategy practices and outcomes.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Stevenson University and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from McDaniel College. She also teaches a course at University of Baltimore.

Aleksandr “Sasha” Suurna manages SAA|EVIs development projects, from concept through construction and lease up. He is intricately involved in sourcing project funding, underwriting new developments and asset acquisitions.

Prior to joining SAA|EVI Suurna served as Controller and a Vice President at Olympus Capital Asia, a private equity firm specializing in investment in middle market companies, where he oversaw financial accounting, reporting, as well as financial planning. Suurna spent previous years in financial positions at Merril Lynch and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Suurna earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a MBA, both from Indiana University.

Mary Urban is a public affairs professional with a diverse background in earned and paid media, public relations, legislative advocacy and fundraising. She guides corporate and nonprofit clients in advocacy programs at the local and state levels. Excelling in stakeholder coalition-building and relationship management, Urban is expert at identifying shared need and facilitating meaningful connections with constituents, residents, stakeholders and elected officials. Her unique style has engaged and motivated various, diverse audiences on a wide range of issues.

Urban previously spent more than a decade in nonprofit fundraising, event and program management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree in public administration with a health care policy focus from the University of Baltimore. She currently serves on the Mayor’s LGBTQ Commission.

Lauren Walbert, a Vice President at Sandy Hillman Communications (SHC), is responsible for overseeing several national and local account teams, all staffed by professionals with at least seven years of experience. Walbert’s experience has spanned travel, lifestyle and culinary industries and her strong media relations skills, program planning and creativity are utilized daily in her interactions on behalf of several clients in the travel and food and beverage categories.

Most recently, Walbert has overseen and helped execute the public relations program for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Diamond Resorts as well as overseeing the openings of multiple restaurants throughout the region.

Walbert led the team that promoted the inaugural Light City and Star-Spangled Spectacular and currently manages the highly successful communications program for United Way of Central Maryland.

Other category experience includes the destination marketing of Atlantic City, NJ, and Singapore, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Museum on Main Street program, and Diamond Resorts.

Lauren serves on the board of the Baltimore Design School, as the Communications Committee Chair, and as a Director of the Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland Chapter. As an extension of her professional work with United Way of Central Maryland, she is also am a member of the affinity group, Emerging Leaders United.

William White is an Associate at Capitol Strategies, a leading government relations firm in Annapolis. In this role, White advocates on behalf of clients in industries including education, healthcare and casino gaming, and assists in the organization of grassroots legislative advocacy campaigns at all levels of government. Additionally, White organizes and manages political campaigns, most recently managing a successful Maryland Senate primary campaign.

White also serves as Executive Vice President of Instructional Resources Corporation, a local small business which has provided educational historical content to teachers across the country for more than 30 years.

Prior to joining Capitol Strategies, White served as lead organizer for a successful ballot referendum campaign in Baltimore City, as legislative staff for a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and as an intern for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

White earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He lives in the City of Annapolis, where he serves as a board member of the District 30 Democratic Club and regularly volunteers for a number of community associations and causes.

Dinah Winnick is Director of Communications and Content Strategy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her team boosts the visibility of UMBC’s strengths in research, teaching and civic engagement and culture of inclusive excellence, through the award-winning UMBC News website, media relations and strategic social media.

Winnick has organized conferences for higher education professionals on social media and creative storytelling, with support from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She also provides training and expertise on media relations, social media and executive and crisis communications. At UMBC, she serves on the Women’s Center Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Village Learning Place.
Prior to her career as a writer, editor, and communications strategist, Winnick worked in the social sciences. She earned a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in history and anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s in anthropology from the New School for Social Research.

Matthew Youssef is a corporate attorney with deep litigation experience at Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP, working with clients to resolve unexpected legal and business issues. Youssef advises companies on corporate governance and legal issues relating to equity compensation, employment agreements, commercial leases, intellectual property protection and litigation that arises from commercial disputes. He represents community associations, restaurants, technology startups and businesses engaged in government contracting in the mid-Atlantic region.

Youssef is a graduate of the University of Scranton and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Youssef has been recognized for his community engagement and civic leadership for his work with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore and other Baltimore educational institutions. He previously served in a leadership role on the GIVE Advisory Committee of the Business Volunteers Maryland GIVE Young Professionals Program.

Interested in learning more? Contact Jennifer Paglia at 410-727-2820.