Board Of Directors Biographies

NMTC 2016 Board of Directors and Executive Team.

Denise Carnaggio, Director of Community Education
Continuing Education and Training, Harford Community College. Prior, Denise served as deputy director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development, is a founding member of NMTC and has served on the board since 1991. She is also a founding member of the Army Alliance and serves on its Board, as well as on the boards of the Aberdeen Chapter of the Association of the Army and the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Office. She serves on several Harford County Public Schools planning and advisory committees.

Dennis Golladay, Ph. D., is president of Harford Community College and has served on the NMTC Board since 2011. He also serves on the board of directors for the Y of Central Maryland. He is an active member of the Economic Development Advisory Board, the Harford Business Roundtable, the Greater Harford Committee, the Greater Baltimore Committee Advisory Board and the Susquehanna Workforce Investment Board.


Melissa Kuzma, President, Kuzma Technical Enterprises, is a For-Profit, Woman Owned Small Business, training solutions and implementation company, with its core business helping companies transform education and training from the classroom and outdated mediums into an e-Learning environment, bringing their training to life on the web.


Mr. Michel is an independent defense industry consultant.  He has over 35 years experience developing and leading projects within the government and private sectors.  He is a board member and Past President of the Army Alliance, Inc.; a charter member of the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory Board; serves on the Northeastern Maryland University Research Park, Inc. Board; is Secretary of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council Board of Directors; is a member and past president of the Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc. (SWN) board and Chairs the SWN Youth Committee. He is also a founding member and President of the newly formed APG Centennial Celebration Association (ACCA).

Mr. Michel has a BS in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned an MS in Systems Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Mary Way Bolt, President of Cecil College, currently serves on the boards of Union Hospital, the Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland (RAMP-MD), and the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory. She also serves on the Cecil County Economic Development Commission and the Susquehanna Workforce Investment Board. Dr. Bolt earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Cecil College. She received her doctoral degree in higher education and leadership from Widener University. Her post-doctoral studies included the Harvard University Management Development Program.

Randy Rippin, president and partner in RTR Technologies, LLC, joined the NMTC board in 2007 and was its chairman in 2011-2012. Rippin has more than 30 years experience in computer and information systems design, software engineering and operations research analysis. He is a subject matter expert in border management technologies for the Dept. of Homeland Security, and aircraft readiness for NAVAIR. Rippin also is active in commercial and defense-related business and technology organizations.

Margaret A. Ruth, C.P.A. and shareholder with Balsamo, Stewart, Lutters & Ruth, PA., has sat on NMTC Board since 2008 and is its treasurer. She has more than 22 years of experience in accounting and tax preparation, and a particular interest in working with start- up companies. She is a member of NMTC’s Growing Business Roundtable, the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kevin Walls, a senior scientist with Bowhead Systems Management, LLC, joined the NMTC Board of Directors in 2012. He sits on NMTC’s STEM Summit Executive Committee. Walls serves on the Susquehanna Workforce Network Board of Directors and is Chairperson for SWN’s Economic Competitiveness Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Masters in Engineering Administration from the George Washington University.

Sue Manning serves as Business Development Specialist for Freedom Federal Credit Union. Before joining Freedom Federal Credit Union Ms. Manning held management positions with AT&T Capital Corporation and Global Payment Solutions. Ms. Manning served as the Vice President of the Maryland American Heart Association and the Harford County Manager for the American Cancer Society. Ms. Manning is very engaged with the Harford County community. She recently served as Treasurer for Women In Defense, is active with the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, serves as president of the Southern Harford Rotary and Co-Chairs the Military Affairs Committee for the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Webb, Director, Cecil County Office of Economic Development, having previously served in economic development for Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation and Harford County Office of Economic Development, joined the NMTC Board of Directors in 2013 and plans to focus her involvement in building strong technology development opportunities. She earned a designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) , holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute.


Ed Thomas serves as CACI’s senior officer at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), providing CACI’s single face to all Army C4ISR organizations, while at the same time serving as CACI’s representative to the local APG/Northeastern Maryland community. He has been with the company since July 2011. He is a member of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Board of Directors and the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Aberdeen Chapter Board of Directors.  He also serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council for the Monmouth University School of Science.

Michael Seldes, Vice President at Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, has been a Maryland resident for the past 34 years. He has a BSEE from University of Florida and MBA from Loyola University. With a broad level of product life-cycle experience, he has worked on Research and Development, to Avionics systems design and integration, to logistics support and obsolescence solutions for air, ground, and fixed base systems. Michael has been on the NMTC board since 2013.


 An alumni of Salisbury University, JP Lapps serves as the VP of Business Development for an innovative C4ISR systems developer known as NextGen Federal Systems.  With nearly a decade of experience in sales and business development, within the federal IT contracting arena, JP is responsible for cultivating and maintaining strategic partnerships within the DoD & Intel communities.  In addition, he leads NextGen’s efforts in the areas of program operations and talent acquisition.  He is also active in APG’s IRA organization, and the local chapters of AFCEA, AOC, and AUSA.

Frank Cardo is the Instructional Coordinator for Science and STEM in the Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS). Mr. Cardo earned a MSA degree from University of North Carolina and a BS in Microbiology from University of South Florida and served our nation with the 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army. He also spent time as a missionary in Haiti where he built a Christian radio station. Recently, Mr. Cardo served on the Maryland Science Supervisor Association Board and was their 2013-2015 President.

Mike Parker, Industry Consultant, retired from Leidos in 2015. He joined Leidos in April 2007 as the Business Unit Senior Strategist. Prior to joining Leidos he served for 38 years as a civilian supporting the US Army. His last position was as the Program Manager for Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment (PM ACWA) and Director Chemical Materials Agency(CMA). In February 2003 he was named Director of the US Army Chemical Materials Agency, a position which he held in conjunction with his assignment as PM ACWA until 15 January 2007. Mr. Parker previously served as the Deputy to the Commander of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command and as the Technical Director of the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center (now known as the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center). Mike Parker joined the NMTC Board of Directors in 2008 and is currently the Chair.

Dr. Michael O’Leary, Professor and Chairperson, Dept. of Mathematics, Towson University was also Director & Founder of the School of Emerging Technologies at Towson, Prior to that, he was the director of the Center for Applied Information Technology (2007-2012) and the graduate director of the Integrated Homeland Security Management Master’s program (2008-2012). His sought-after expertise and research interest is in the development of improved mathematical algorithms for the geographic profiling problem, which is the problem of estimating the location of a serial criminal’s home base from the known locations of the crimes. This work has been sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. In addition, he coaches student teams on cyber security, and cyber security competitions, leading the Towson team to the finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) in 2010 and 2012; and he also coached the team that won the Maryland Cyber Challenge in 2011.

C. Warren Mullins, former VP Battelle Eastern Science & Technology Center and for 10 years, Board Chair of NMTC. Currently industry adviser to state and regional government and board member of TEDCO.
NMTC’s annual scholarships to Harford Community and Cecil Colleges is named in his honor, as the C.Warren Mullins STEM Scholarship

Dr. Nina Lamba is Senior Program Manager, Office of BioHealth  and Life Sciences , Maryland Department of Commerce.

Dr. Lamba joined the NMTC Board in 2004, as President of CCL Biomedical  Inc., a small business developing antimicrobial protection systems for infection control and biodefense.   Nina has also worked in academia, and in large and small chemical and technology companies, complementing her entrepreneurial experience.  Dr. Lamba has served on numerous advisory boards and commissions in the region, and is the Founder of the region’s NMTC Science Cafe program.

Mary Beth Stapleton, MSW, is Coordinator of Grants, Business and Community Partnerships- Harford County Public Schools, Where she provides administrative leadership in developing, acquiring, implementing, managing, and monitoring federal, state, and foundation grants worth 25 million dollars. In addition, provide leadership and support to executive leadership and school- based administrators and staff in grant planning and development, evaluation, and program management designed to improve achievement for students

NMTC Executive Team

John W. Casner, business consultant and executive coach, has served as Executive Director of the NMTC since 2006. He has considerable experience in new product development, product design, manufacturing, strategic marketing and operations and is the inventor of the Dustbuster™cordless vacuum cleaner. Casner serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Maryland University Research Park, and Harford County’s Higher Education Center, and is a past president of Sales & Marketing Executives International. He is a multiple patent holder, certified as a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an a Masters In Business Administration from Loyola University

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Walker joined the NMTC in 2013 and is the Program Manager coordinating  NMTC’s major community and member-benefit initiatives as Visionary Awards, GOLF4STEM, WOW (World of Wines ) Wine Tasting (these are all fund raisers for STEM education) and the widely-used, NMTC Tech Directory.