The Greater Baltimore Committee’s third Next Up cohort opened its year of leadership training, professional and personal development and networking opportunities with a March 4 dinner at The Capital Grille.
Interest in the program — which accepts individuals who are age 40 and under, employees of GBC member organizations, and identified and nominated by their organization’s CEO as demonstrating leadership within their organization as well as in a role external to their organization — was high, and acceptance into the program was very competitive for its third year in existence. This year’s cohort is the largest one yet with 32 members.
GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry looks forward to working and engaging with this year’s cohort on how the GBC can help to expand both their professional and personal networks and knowledge.
The 2020 Next Up Cohort is made up of the following young leaders from across the Greater Baltimore region’s industries and sectors:
Emily Arneson serves as the Director of Government Relations at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Previously, she served as a Government Relations Consultant. Other positions she has held include Assistant Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the Maryland Department of Commerce. Prior to that she served in a similar capacity at the Maryland Department of Planning.
She has also held positions as a Legislative Assistant at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and in the office of U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). Arenson volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arenson graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics with a focus on Domestic Policy.
David Beugelmans is an attorney in Gordon Feinblatt’s Energy & Environmental Law Practice. He is also a registered lobbyist in Maryland and participates in energy and environmental policy formation during the state’s annual General Assembly session. Prior to joining Gordon Feinblatt, he was a Policy Advisor for the Maryland Energy Administration.
He sits on the board and is Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Inc.
Beugelmans graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, magna cum laude. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he also graduated magna cum laude.
Jake Biedenback is a Wealth Advisor, VP, at BB&T Bank, now Truist Bank. He also maintains the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) designation, as well as the Series 7, Series 66 and insurance licenses. He is also a member of the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and a member of the United Way of Central Maryland- Emerging Leaders United.
Biedenback earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Towson University and an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore.
Tim Brackney is a Senior Vice President and Middle Market Banker at SunTrust (now Truist Bank).
He also serves on the Board of Directors at Archbishop Spalding High School, founded the Spalding Basketball Alumni Association, is Co-Chair of Truist’s Asian American Business Resource Group and a is a member of the Red Shoe Crew at the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland. Brackney was recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list in 2019.
Brackney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a Management Certificate in Finance and a Citation of Special Achievement in Microeconomics from the University of Rochester (N.Y.). He also earned an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland.
Keisha Campbell is University Registrar at Morgan State University. Previously, she worked in positions in higher education and non profits.
Campbell is also the co-founder and an executive board member of B More Global, a nonprofit dedicated to raising scholarship funds to send underrepresented Baltimore students on educational excursions abroad. She also serves as an advisor to the Dream Bigger Community Initiative, a nonprofit that offers community events throughout Baltimore City.
Campbell completed her undergraduate studies in History and Political Science in Germany. She holds a master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore.
David Cencula is a Manager at Accenture Strategy, specializing in Consumer Payments and Banking. He has also held positions with KPMG’s audit practice. He also worked for First Annapolis, a payments consultancy. He is active with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore and volunteers with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.
Cencula earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland. He is currently pursuing an MBA in the executive format at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Laura Flamm is a Community Health Program Manager at Kaiser Permanente.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Flamm served as the Director of Healthy Eating and Active Living at the Baltimore City Health Department. She also volunteers for projects in the Harwood community in Baltimore.
Flamm earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Angela Galeano serves as Chief of Staff and associate counsel to the president at Coppin State University, directing the operations of the president’s office, managing communications and serving as a liaison to internal and external entities.
Galeano earned a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and holds a law degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
Tommy Glenn is the Strategy & Business Development Manager at Sheppard Pratt Health System. Glenn also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for Loyola University’s varsity swimming & diving teams.
Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brown University and holds a master’s degree in Finance from Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business.
Elise Gower is the Associate Director of Programs for Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Community Service & Justice.
Previously Gower has held positions at the University of Scranton, including coordinating international and student retreats in University Ministries. She has also worked as Assistant Director in Loyola’s Office of Campus Ministry, where she oversaw justice programming. She volunteers for Special Olympics Maryland. Gower earned a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Marywood University, and a master’s degree in Education from The University of Scranton.
Rian Hargrave is the Business Development Director for Mahogany Inc., a general contracting firm in Baltimore. Previously, Hargrave worked with a general contracting firm in New York and in a human resources role with a publishing company.
She is a Certified Building Commissioning Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Additionally, she serves on the boards of Maryland Humanities and B&O Railroad Museum and is the Treasurer/Secretary of the Associated General Contractors Board. In 2018 she was honored with the Next Generation of Women Builders award from the Women’s Builder Council.
Hargrave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Virginia State University and is a licensed real estate agent in New York. She also holds a certificate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for Advanced Management Education.
Byron Hoffberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Agency Services at WebbMason Marketing. Previously, he worked at a leading ad network.
Hoffberg earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Katy Hunchar is the Director of Marketing and Business Development and an associate principal at Ayers Saint Gross, a design firm.
Hunchar holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Lehigh University.
Tejaswita Karve is the Director of Medicare STARS with the Johns Hopkins Health System. She has previously held roles at several Fortune 500 companies, including Accenture and CVS Health, as well as with Presbyterian Healthcare Services and most recently at UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh.
Karve holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology from Georgetown University
Malindi Lankatilleke is a Project Manager for Southway Builders. Previously, she worked for firms in the architectural design, non-profit community development and construction management industries.
She sits on the Board of the Baltimore Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation. She is also a member of AIA Baltimore’s Design Awards Committee, which recognizes and celebrates the city’s architecture. She also serves on the Friends of Patterson Park’s Board and is chair of the organization’s Capital Projects Committee.
Lankatilleke holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and master degrees in Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.
America Lesh is Manager of Fleet Services for BGE, an Exelon Company. She has held other roles at the company, including Manager of BGE’s Demand Response and Energy Management programs, Change Manager of Smart Grid programs, Strategic Sourcing Manager and Project Manager.
She sits on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. Prior to that, she served on the Board of Baltimore Heritage. Additionally, she volunteered with the Civic Innovators Project to support and improve the Baltimore Police Department’s fleet.
Lesh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business and an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School Business.
Erin Lynch is a Sr. HR Generalist at DLA Piper LLP US.
Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Salisbury University.
Kristopher Olischuk is Finance Manager for Sontiq, Inc. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.
Olischuk holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Loyola University Maryland and an MBA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Walter Reaves is Admissions Manager for Year Up Baltimore, Baltimore City Community College. He is also a founder of the Year Up alumni chapter in Baltimore. Reaves is a graduate of Baltimore City College High School.
Reaves is pursuing an AA degree in Computer Information Systems and seeking a Maryland real estate license.
Salma Riaz serves in a dual role at Johns Hopkins HealthCare. She is the Senior Business Administrator and the Director of Medicare Advantage Operations. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Salma worked at Cancer Treatment Services International, LLP in Pittsburgh.
Riaz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Sarah Rollette is the Manager of Lease Billing Administration & Accounts Receivable for Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT). Prior to joining COPT, she worked in property management at several companies.
Rollette is involved in charity organizations, including fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis.
She holds an RPA through the BOMI Institute, LEED GA Certification and a Maryland real estate license.
Charles Schlagenhauf is Director of Operations for Centerplate. He previously worked for Centerplate at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and as the catering manager for Aramark at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, before returning to Centerplate as the assistant banquet manager at the Baltimore Convention Center.
He also serves as a volunteer for the Maryland Food Bank and is a member of the Baltimore City Food Policy Action Coalition and the city’s Office of Sustainability’s Food Waste and Recycling Task Force.
Schlagenhauf has also published articles in the Events Industry Council’s online magazine and taught a module for the EIC Sustainable Events Professional Certification.
Andrew Schwartz is a Director in the Infrastructure Services Investment Banking group at Stifel. Prior to joining Stifel, Schwartz worked for a boutique investment bank in Denver.
Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.
Adam Simons is a Senior Associate Attorney at McGuire Woods LLP, where his practice focuses on management-side employment and business litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitrations.
Before joining McGuire Woods LLP, Simons clerked for the Honorable Arrie W. Davis of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
Simons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Jonathon Singer is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he represents publicly traded and privately held international, national and local businesses.
He is a Board member for Young Professionals and is also involved with The First Tee of Greater Baltimore and the Homeless Persons Representation Project.
Singer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Michael Tait is a Leasing Manager for the Howard Hughes Corporation. He manages office leasing for the Downtown Columbia portfolio.
He serves on the Board of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer for other organizations. He also coaches youth hockey.
Tait earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.
He is involved in The Annapolis Sons of the Signers Marching Band, Friends of Sandy Point and is a PTA member for children’s elementary and middle schools.
Toney is a graduate of Washington & Lee University
Laura Toraldo is Vice President of KO Public Affairs, LLC. Prior to joining KO, she worked at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce as the Senior Director of Communications and Digital Media. She also has worked at National Geographic Magazine. Prior to working at National Geographic, Toraldo was a staff reporter for Coastal Point newspaper.
Toraldo is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she studied digital design and journalism.
Sabrina Viscomi is Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Towson University, where she oversees the budget, facilities and operations of the College of Business & Economics. She previously held positions as a marketer, institutional advancement professional and event planner.
She serves on the board of the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore (AAFB) and teaches marketing, management and Spanish as an adjunct instructor.
Viscomi earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
Carey Walden is the Director of Organizational Development for the National Aquarium. She is the recipient of an Innovation Award from Ultimate Software. She also holds a SHRM Senior Certified Professional credential and is certified by the Gallup Organization as a Clifton Strengths coach.
She volunteers as a career coach for young people in the community, strengths coach for affinity groups, and works as a mentor with organizations such as Building STEPS.
Walden holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College, where she serves on their career advisory board. She also earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University.
Elissa Yotsuji is the Director of Outlets for the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. She previously worked at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. Elissa is an “avid foodie” and enjoys exploring Baltimore’s food and beverage scene.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Internal Communications from American University and a Bachelors in Professional Studies degree from The Culinary Institute of America
Joseph Zajdel is a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader for First National Bank, where he develops and manages commercial banking relationships with small to middle market companies throughout Central Maryland.
He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) teaching finance to graduate students working on establishing their own businesses. Zajdel is involved with The Associated and the United Way of Central Maryland and was recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of Baltimore’s 40 under 40.
Zajdel graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Towson University and earned an MBA from Loyola University Maryland with a concentration in Management and Economics.
See photos from the Next Up March 4, 2020, dinner here.