Columbia, MD…The Association of Community Services (ACS) has elected its new officers and new members to its Board of Directors. Officers for 2011-2012 include as President, Jackie Eng, Bridges to Housing Stability; Vice President, Dick Barnard, Community Advocate, and Secretary, Debra Popiel, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. and Treasurer, Brad Closs, Neighbor Ride. The Association also elected new Directors who will serve three-year terms.
- Jacqueline Eng, President, is a director and past president of Bridges to Housing Stability. She has over 25 years experience, including executive positions in the federal government and three non-profit national and international organizations. Throughout her professional career, Jackie was involved in the development of regulatory and legislative health policy. She holds a baccalaureate in business administration from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ms. Eng is a resident of Cooksville, Maryland.
- Dick Barnard, Vice President, is the employment works program manager for Maryland Works, Inc., Maryland Works, Inc. He has also worked Arundelton Consulting, meeting needs of non-profits and as the BRAC planner for the Department of Citizen Services. Prior to his retirement in 2006, Dick served as the senior vice President of Melwood, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has more than 37 years of experience in Federal contracting and working on behalf of people with disabilities and more than 20 years of teaching and lecturing experience. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and past Board Treasurer of Hope House, Inc. Mr. Barnard is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, married with three grown sons and lives in Annapolis.
- Debra Popiel, Secretary, is Deputy Director at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc., which provides Howard County’s only emergency shelter program and 24-hour crisis intervention services. Ms. Popiel is a resident of Catonsville and holds a Ph.D from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD and an MA from UMBC.
- Brad Closs, Treasurer, has been the Executive Director of Neighbor Ride since 2007, during which time the organization has doubled its services to Howard County seniors and operated with a surplus each year. Prior to joining Neighbor Ride, Brad worked as managing practice principal for Hewlett-Packard Consulting where he held several positions from 1978-2002. Brad holds a BSEE from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and has done graduate studies in computer sciences at George Washington University.
Joining the ACS Board for a three year term are Carol Beatty, ARC of Howard County; Brad Closs, Neighbor Ride; Michelle Glassburn, makingCHANGE; Jesse Guercio, Humanim; Nancy Huggins, Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation; Ande Kolp, Community Advocate; Grace Morris, Columbia Housing Corporation; and Donna Stinchcomb, Community Action Council. Jackie Eng was elected to a second three year term.
Members continuing on the ACS Board are Gail Doerr, Howard Community College; Vidia Dhanraj, Department of Citizen Services; Steve Girard, Grace Community Church; Laurie Remer, Leadership Howard County; Mary Schiller, Howard County Public School System; Harry Schwarz, bearsolutions; Robert Turner, St. John Baptist Church; Cathy Yost, The Business Monthly.
ACS also thanked Board members completing their service: Jay Blackman, Howard County General Hospital; Lisa Dolce, Pinnacle Career Resources; Mary Lorsung, Community Advocate; Jessie Newburn, Community Advocate; David Shippee, formerly with Chase Brexton Health Services; Laura Smit, Columbia Association and Sue Song, Korean Care Line.
The Association of Community Services is a network of non-profit, for profit, faith-based and government agencies and citizen advocates. Founded in 1963, ACS develops, supports, and promotes the Howard County human services community with education and training, advocacy, and community connections. ####