Congratulations! MD County Staff Graduate from NACo Leadership Academy

Maryland County staff members participated in the NACo Leadership Academy, a 12-week online program that empowers front-line county government employees with fundamental leadership skills.

The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities.

With a robust curriculum developed by the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders, world-renowned academics and thought leaders, including General Colin Powell and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, HPLA was designed specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities of serving in county government.

Across the country, over 5,000 county employees have participated. Maryland County staff to complete the Academy this December are:

Abrar Abukhdeir, Deputy Division Chief, City of Baltimore

Anita Aryeetey, Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Montgomery County

Anthonio Cruz, Construction Rep, Montgomery County

Asha Smith, Equal Opportunity & Human Relations Officer, Anne Arundel County

Ashley Kneessi-Gay, Administrative Coordinator, Frederick County

Bhaskar Patel, Engineer, Montgomery County

Brian Ulrich, Planning Administrator, Anne Arundel County

Catherine Burns, Chief of HR, City of Baltimore County

Dawn Shugars, Administrator, Frederick County

Deborah Hall, Deputy Administrator, Charles County

Frank Forka, Division Chief, City of Baltimore

Hannah Dier, Director of Fiscal Affairs, Anne Arundel County

Jeffry Barnett, Chief of Transit, Charles County

Jennifer Purcell, Director of Special Projects, Anne Arundel County

Joanne Heller, Admin Specialist II, Montgomery County

John Kirk, Change Manager, City of Baltimore County

Katie Brittain, Communications Program Specialist, Calvert County

Kimberly Morris, SEAA, Montgomery County

Margaret Romero, Recycling & Litter Control Superintendent, Charles County

Michelle Henry, ADA Coordinator, Howard County

Milena Kornyl, VP, Career Development and Community Services, Anne Arundel County

Muhammed Abdullateef, Deputy chief of operations, City of Baltimore

Preeti Emrick, Director, Anne Arundel County

Rachel Gould, Rural Center Coordinator, Charles County

Renesha Miles, Chief Equity Officer, Charles County

Scott Faunce, IT Specialist III, Montgomery County

Stephanie Adibe, Deputy Director, Howard County

Tanya Clements, Division Director, Anne Arundel County

Tracy Rezvani, Administrator, Howard County

Congratulations to all these individuals who completed the program! The January cohort is just around the corner.

Learn more about NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy.

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