Joe Isaacs has more than 30 years of experience as an association senior executive, public policy specialist and organizational and health care management consultant. In 2012, he was appointed the Executive Director of the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative, an educational foundation dedicated to promoting quality assurance and performance improvement in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Prior to this, Joe was the Vice President for Public Policy for the United Spinal Association, a group dedicated to improving the quality of life of all Americans living with spinal cord injuries and disorders. He is also the President of New Heights Management Consulting Group, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in association governance and management assistance. Joe is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Previously, Joe served as the chief executive officer of such groups as the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), RESOLVE Inc.: The National Infertility Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the National Health Council. From 1995-2000, he was the Vice President for Trustee and Community Leadership at the American Hospital Association, where he established a Center for Governance Excellence. His efforts were recognized in 2000 by Chicago’s Association Forum, which presented him with its Management Excellence Award. From 2002 – 2004, Joe served on and chaired the Association Council of Montgomery County.
Joe has received numerous awards for his volunteer leadership, including 1984 Washington DC Volunteer Activist of the Year, 1986 Outstanding Young Marylander, and the 1989 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Regional Leadership Award, while serving as Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Greenbelt, MD. Joe was named outstanding graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine’s Master’s degree program in Health Services Management. A native New Yorker, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He and his lovely wife Deborah love to run, hike, bike, boat, picnic and simply enjoy the natural splendor at Montgomery County parks. They have three delightful adult daughters and reside in North Potomac.
Scott E. Ritter is the Chief Financial Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union which is headquartered in Germantown, Maryland. Mid-Atlantic FCU is dedicated to serving the financial needs of the residents of Montgomery County.
Scott has lived in Montgomery County Maryland for over 25 years. As a longtime resident of Montgomery County, Scott has served on many non-profit boards and foundations. In addition to serving as a Trustee of the Montgomery Parks Foundation, Scott participates as a charity auctioneer throughout the area helping various charities and foundations raise money at their events. Interested in wildlife conservation and the environment, Scott belongs to and participates in several conservation organizations in support of the area’s natural world. Scott is a graduate of the University of Baltimore and resides in Laytonsville, Maryland.
John M. Robinson has served two terms as Commissioner of the Montgomery County Planning Board, including two years as Vice-Chair. Prior to joining the Planning Board he worked for two years on a task force addressing county-wide transportation issues and on two task forces addressing the revitalization of Silver Spring, one as a Co-Chair. In addition, he was a member of the County’s Commission on 2000 and Co-Chair of a Montgomery County Task Force on Infrastructure Financing. His past community involvements include: Founding President of the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, counsel and board member for the Gateway – Georgia Avenue Revitalization Corporation, three terms as President of the Allied Civic Group, and two terms as President of the Kensington Historical Society, the Rock Creek Hills Citizen Association, and the Chevy Chase Swim Club. He now serves as President of the Rock Creek Hills Citizen Association and as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. His professional career includes two stints totaling some 33 years as a lawyer for the Federal Government. The first involved 11 years working on the restructuring of the northeast rail system and the reform of rate and financial regulation governing the rail system. He recently retired after 22 years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission specializing in the costing, financial, tax and market structure aspects of pipeline regulation and on the pricing of incremental investments on the electric grid. He is a member of the D.C. and Maryland bars.
Mr. Kline joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the Land Development practice area since that time, developing a strong familiarity with the Montgomery County parks system and the values and benefits provided to County constituents. Mr. Kline’s practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law in Montgomery County and he has represented clients in many of the County’s planning and economic development initiatives. His areas of expertise include zoning, special exceptions, subdivision, master planning, building permit issuance, and administrative and real estate matters related to land development. He represents private clients, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.
He has qualified and testified in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as an expert in land use and zoning law, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous professional seminars and conferences.
Mr. Kline is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Association. On the former, he has served as Secretary, a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Administrative Law Section and as a member of various other committees. Related to his practice are, Mr. Kline is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association.
Kelly Groff joined the Conference and Visitors Bureau of (CVB) Montgomery County in 1994 as the Director. Prior to joining the CVB, Kelly servedas Economic Development Specialist for the Baltimore County Department of Economic Develoment, Tourism Division. Kelly has served as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Hotel Management for the Hospitality Industry based at Shady Grove. Kelly began her career as a travel trade development officer with the Baltimore City Office of Promotion and Tourism. Kelly served as a professor for five years teaching Eco & Cultural Tourism and Marketing Hospitality and Leisure Services.
Royce Hanson is a nationally renowned authority on local government and planning. He served twice as chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board, most recently in 2006-2010, and led in creation of the county’s Smart Growth policies. He led the reapportionment movement in Maryland resulting in the Supreme Court’s one-person-one vote rule for representation in legislatures. Cited as one of Montgomery County’s top 40 environmentalists, he is regarded as the “father” of the Agricultural Reserve and is a former chairman of the Maryland Environmental Trust. In addition to his exceptional record of public service, he has had a distinguished career as a teacher, scholar, and university administrator. He has held professorships at American, George Washington, UMBC, VPI, Minnesota, and University of Texas at Dallas. He served as associate dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and as dean of the School of Social Sciences at UTD, President of the Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies, and staff director of the Committee on National Urban Policy of the National Research Council. He is author of many books and articles on local and state government, planning, and constitutional law. He holds MA, PhD, and JD degrees, and is a Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Royce’s beloved wife, Mary, passed away in May 2011. Their three children are all graduates of Montgomery County schools and earned doctorates, respectively, in geology, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Royce also has four granddaughters and lives in Montgomery Village.
Representing Maryland District 20 in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2007, Tom Hucker serves as a Member of the Economic Matters Committee and the Bi-county Agency Committee and is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the Executive Director and Founder of Progressive Maryland.
Mr. Hucker is a Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); National Organization for Women (NOW), Equality Maryland, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Sligo Creek. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland-India Business Roundtable, USAction, Purple Line Now; and Progressive States Network.
Charles Washington is Director of Maryland State Relations for Pepco Holdings, Inc. In this role, Charles represents the company’s two Maryland utilities, Pepco and Delmarva Power, before state, county and local legislative bodies and presents the company’s viewpoints on relevant legislative and public policy issues.
Charles has nearly a decade of public affairs experience in the energy sector. Most recently, Charles served as Senior Public Affairs Manager, responsible for executing Pepco’s legislative strategy. Previously he served as a Public Affairs Manager, where he managed the company’s relationship with county and municipal government officials. Prior to joining Pepco as Public Affairs Representative in 2006, Charles worked for Duke Energy in a number of external affairs and communications roles.
Charles is a 2008 graduate from Leadership Montgomery and serves on a number of boards including the Maryland Soccer Foundation (Soccer Plex) board; Montgomery County Boys and Girls Clubs board; Maryland Clean Energy Center advisory board; and the Utility State Government Association board. He also sits on the Committee for Montgomery Board of Directors, where he previously served as Chair.
Charles has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College and a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Currently, he is enrolled in a dual degree program that will yield international business degrees from Georgetown University and Spain’s ESADE Business School.
Meredith Wellington serves as the President of Montgomery Women, a non-partisan leadership and political action committee that brings together women from all cultural backgrounds and every corner of Montgomery County to advance common interests and support outstanding women in their quest for elected and appointed positions. She served two terms on the Montgomery County Planning Board from July 1999-July 2007.
Earlier, as the chair of the Recreation Committee for the Citizens Coordinating Committee on Friendship Heights she worked to obtain a community center at Wisconsin Place. That community center—modeled after the Lawton Center—opened in October 2009. On behalf of Bethesda Chevy Chase Baseball, she also secured the inclusion in the Friendship Heights Sector Plan of a Little League ballfield on the GEICO tract. She has a long-standing interest in parks both for conservation and active use.
She is an attorney, and has been in private practice, as well as with the federal government, while raising three sons. She lives with her family in Chevy Chase.
Casey Anderson, Chair, Park and Planning Commission
Mike Riley, Director, Montgomery Parks