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Board of Directors

NMTC members elect 1/3 of its board of directors each February. Once elected, these members will serve a  3 year term.

NMTC Board of Directors Bios

Claudine Adams


Claudine Adams, CEO and founder of Bravura Inc., has 30 years of professional experience, with increasing responsibilities throughout her career building operations and businesses. She was ranked number 1 in the nation for her performance at Xerox, and was the executive responsible for building Adams Communication to currently over $200M in annual revenue. Since founding Bravura in 2014, her company ‘has been recognized as one of the fastest small business companies, and has been awarded the Best of Belcamp for Computer Support and Services for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Adams graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then received a Master’s of Theology from Calvary Christian College in Waldorf, Maryland. She is a member of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution.

Patrice Ricciardi


Patrice Ricciardi serves as Senior Business Development Specialist for Freedom Federal Credit Union, and is  skilled in a broad spectrum of complex financial products and services and extremely effective at being able to identify new opportunities while initiating the actions necessary to build and penetrate client partnerships. Her strong ability to create and customize programs is recognized in important close ratios, customer activations, and increases in corporate revenues while maximizing customer satisfaction and retention.

Melissa Kuzma


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company, with its core business helping companies transform education and training from the classroom and outdated mediums into an e-Learning environment, bringing their training to life on the web. Melisa serves as Board Secretary.

Randy Rippin

Chair emeritus

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.

Dr. Mary Way Bolt

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.

Dr. Theresa Felder

Dr. Theresa B. Felder, is Harford Community College’s 10th President. Previously, Dr. Felder served as Senior Vice President for Student Success at Clark State Community College and Administrative Dean for Clark State’s largest branch campus, and a Workforce Development Coordinator. Dr. Felder started her professional career in corporate accounting and later became an Independent Consultant,specializing in job readiness and employment training. Dr. Felder completed her doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership at Northeastern University; she holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan
University; and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University.

Denise Carnaggio

Denise Carnaggio, APG Liaison, Strategic Partnerships, 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.

Nicole Funk

Nicole Funk is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s defense business with a current focus on Army clients and systems engineering. Prior to joining Deloitte in July of 2019, Nicole worked in support of the U.S. Defence missions, with an emphasis in Army, for 27 years. Nicole has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Biotechnology. She also has a certification in business strategy.  Nicole began her career with a focus in eapons of mass destruction (WMD), including long range planning against threats in the areas of biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons. 

John Karabias

John Karabias is Vice President, Vice President, Growth & Strategy, Critical Mission Solutions, Cyber & Intelligence Business Unit for acobs, a global technical services firm with over 52,000 employees and $13 billion in annual revenue.  Jacobs recent acquisitions include KeyW, Blue Canopy, and Van Dyke. John leads the development of Jacobs’ Cyber Business Unit (CBU) growth strategy and is accountable for all sales activities for CBU clients around the world.  In this role, John leads a team responsible for delivering world-class solutions to public and private sector organizations with complex cyber advisory, engineering, IT and training needs.

Over his career, John has organized major coalitions with diverse stakeholder groups, led corporate presentations with military leaders at the U.S. Pentagon, and secured large contract wins with major federal sector clients.  John has a deep commitment to the professional and civic communities in which he lives and works, not only as a NMTC board member, but currently serving on the board of several Maryland Non-Profits

Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews serves as the Administrator of Economic Development, a division of Harford County’s Office of Community and Economic Development, leading the division’s professional staff of Business Development Specialists. Prior, Robert was the Administrator and General Manager of Harford Transit LINK, Before government, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc., a world-wide manufacturer of concrete products for the railroad industry. Most recently he has served as the regional transit representative on the BRTB (Baltimore Regional Transportation Board) a division of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council the regional MPO.  Robert is currently a member of TAM, the CTAA (Community Transportation Association of America), the AMA (American Management Association), MEDA (Maryland Economic Development Association), and the IEDC (International Economic Development Council).

Todd Marks

Todd Marks is Founder of Mindgrub Technologies. Mindgrub, voted Inc. Best Workplaces, Innovator of the Year, and placing #520 on the Inc. 500/5000, is a technology innovation agency, working with companies and organizations in a variety of industries to bring their brand to digital. Marks founded Mindgrub in 2002 and has developed enterprise systems for a wide range of clients such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Mercy Medical Center, Inova, Exelon, Wendy’s, Crayola, DELL, Adobe, Geico, Motorola, Polk Audio, Yamaha, ORACLE, A&E, The Economist, and Discovery Communications.

Dr. Michael O’Leary

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.

Steve Overbay

Steven Overbay is Cecil County’s Director of Economic Development, overseeing and managing the strategic business relocation and industry sector growth within Cecil County; and implementing county-wide tourism strategies. Steven previously served as Deputy Director for Harford County’s Office of Community and Economic Development. He oversaw department efforts serving clients in housing services, community development, economic development, and public transportation.

Mary Beth Stapleton

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.

Nicole Parr

Nicole Parr, Program Coordinator for Career and Technical Education and STEM for Cecil County Public Schools, currently serves on the board of the Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland (RAMP-MD). She also serves on the Susquehanna Workforce Investment Board, Susquehanna Youth Committee, and recently the Cecil County Economic Development Commission. Nicole earned her BA in Business Management from Washington College. She earned her master’s in Educational Leadership & Administration from The George Washington University. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program majoring in Educational Leadership with a focus in District Leadership at Wilmington University.

Executive Director

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The Executive Director of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) implements the policies and programs developed by the NMTC Board of Directors, manages the Council’s budget, hires and supervises staff, creates, plans, and implements programs advancing technology and innovation and building the workforce for the future. He coordinates all NMTC meetings and events, recruits new members and volunteers for NMTC events committees, and promotes the goals and accomplishments of the Council.

John has served as Executive Director of the NMTC since 2006. Formerly a business consultant, executive coach, and entrepreneur, he has considerable experience in new product development, design, manufacturing, strategic marketing and operations, and team building. John also serves on the Northeast Maryland University Research Park board as treasurer, advisor to MD Def Tech and is a past president of Sales & Marketing Executives International and the Baltimore Chapter of Business Networking International. He is a multiple patent holder, inventor of the Dustbuster™ cordless vacuum cleaner, certified as a Professional Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master’s In Business Administration from Loyola University.

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