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Visionary Awards

NMTCVA20200227DSC05602The NMTC Visionary Awards, celebrates our neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends for their volunteer efforts that contribute to building a STEM-educated workforce and advancing technology & innovation. The combination of the two provide rewarding careers for our children, expands our regional economy and protects our national security. This evening gala honors those individuals.

Pre-Covid-19, this gala would include hundreds of attendees, where you’ll find key corporate sponsors, leading education institutions, senior Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders and scientists, NMTC’s senior leadership and member company presidents and other distinguished attendees. We are hoping, come spring, that an acceptable space will be possible for holding this meaningful event.

Our honorees are recommended by the Academy of Visionary Awards along with the NMTC Visionary Awards Committee – a very deliberative process and worthy of the contributions these honorees make continuously to our community. The Academy of Visionary Awards now totals 121 previous honorees of these awards.

Nominations are Open for 2022:  Click here for the nonimation form.

On this page:  

  • Links to the event programs from all years.
  • Event Information
  • 2021 Event Videos
  • List of all honorees from all years.

View previous year’s Visionary Awards Yearbooks to see photo/bio of each honoree

NMTC Visionary Awards for Building the STEM Educated Workforce and Advancing Our Technology & Innovation Base

Award Criteria

Rising star – people to watch.

Demonstrated, in a bold way, the potential to be an excellent, long-term contributor to building our STEM-educated workforce or advancing technology & innovation. An individual may only be awarded the Rising Star Award once.

Innovator – ideas that make a difference

Recognizes exceptional personal efforts in development and implementation of innovative program(s) measurably benefiting building our STEM-educated workforce or advancing technology & innovation with the potential for broad positive impact in the community.

Leader – setting the pace for success

Acknowledges this individual’s steadfast, consistent contribution to the building our STEM-educated workforce or advancing technology & innovation in a public way while inspiring others to help in accomplishing shared goals.

Mentor– role models for future generations

Illuminates those consistently volunteering their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom by going above and beyond in using their personal time and resources simply for the love of stimulating and inspiring greatness in students, teachers, apprentices, interns or organization proteges.

Visionary  – a community role model in building our STEM-educated workforce and advancing technology & innovation to benefit the community, for a remarkable period of time

Significant contributions to the well-being of our total community displayed as above and beyond personal commitment to building our STEM-educated workforce or advancing technology & innovation with demonstrated qualities of enlightened leadership to benefit many others, over a remarkable period of time.

10thNMTC Mailer v04 FINAL Page 1 1 300x202GUIDELINES FOR 2022 NOMINEES

Please describe your nominee’s contributions, contributing to building Northeastern Maryland’s STEM educated workforce and advancing our innovation/technology base, that qualifies them for this nomination, by completing the Visionary Awards Nomination Form.

Self-nominations are not permitted.

Each person should be nominated for the category you see them most qualified for (no multiple categories per person). There is no limited on the quantity of people you nominate.

Nominees will be reviewed by the Academy of Visionary Awards and the Visionary Awards Committee.

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2022: PLEASE CONSIDER WHO YOU KNOW AND RESPECT FOR THE NEXT YEAR’S, 2022, VISIONARY AWARDS. Accepting 2021 nominations until February, 2022

VISIONARY AWARDS CATEGORIES

  • Nomination for VISIONARY Award – Significant contributions to the well-being of our total community displayed as a personal commitment to building our STEM Educated workforce or advancing our INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY base, with demonstrated qualities of enlightened leadership over a remarkable period.
  • Nomination for LEADER Award – Acknowledging the individual’s steadfast, consistent contribution to the building our STEM Educated workforce, in a public way while inspiring others to help in accomplishing shared goals; or exemplifies the harnessing of INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY to solve enterprise-wide issues, combining insight and implementation of ideas to creative practical solutions and engage others in the process.
  • Nomination for INNOVATOR Award – Recognizes exceptional personal efforts in development and implementation of innovative programs/products measurably benefiting building our STEM Educated workforce with the potential for broad positive impact in the community;  or creates an outstanding TECHNOLOGY-based product or service that has the potential to revolutionize, or vastly improve, an industry, way of life or organization
  • Nomination for MENTOR Award – One who consistently goes above and beyond in volunteering their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom to stimulate and inspire greatness in students, teachers or; guides the resources of a team to implement an innovation or TECHNOLOGY-based solution with outstanding results for the sponsoring organization. 
  • Nomination for RISING STAR Award – One who demonstrated, in a bold way, the potential to be an excellent, long-term contributor to building the STEM Educated workforce or; creates a pioneering innovation or a new slant on an existing TECHNOLOGY by starting a company or establishing a breakthrough within a larger organization

Pre-Event Interviews (5 Minutes)

Awards Event (40 Minutes)

Visionary – a community role model in building our Workforce for the Future or advancing technology & innovation

A person is making significant contributions to our entire community's well-being displayed as a personal commitment to the advancement of building our Workforce for the Future or advancing Innovation & Technology, with demonstrated qualities of enlightened leadership over a remarkable period.

2021 Jeff Foulk, SURVICE Engineering, C.E.O.
2020 Lyle Sheldon F.A.C.H.E., University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, President & CEO. 
2019 Claudine Adams, Bravura Information Technology Systems, President and Founder
2018 Dr. Philip Perconti, U.S. Army Research Lab, Director
2017 Dr. Mary Way Bolt, Cecil College, President
2016 Denise Carnaggio, Harford Community College, APG Liaison
2015 C. Warren Mullins, Battelle Eastern Technology Center, Senior Vice President
2014 Gary Martin, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Deputy to the Commanding General APG
2013 Dr. Diane Lane, Cecil College, Vice President Student Activities (retired)
2012 James Foulk, Chesapeake Testing and SURVICE Engineering, President.

Leader – Setting the pace for success.

We are acknowledging the individual's steadfast, consistent contribution to building our S.T.E.M. Educated Workforce or advancing our Innovation & Technology base in a public way while inspiring others to help in accomplishing shared goals.

2021
Kyle Rickansrud, Cecil County Public Schools, Director of Technology Services and Media

Dr. James Morgan, Cecil College, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Tim McNamara, Discovery Center at Water's Edge, Chairman, Facilities Committee

Laura Cianelli Preston, ‎Harford Community College, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health Prof. (ret.)

Andrew Renzulli, Harford County Public Schools, Supervisor of Science  

2020
Tamalene Imbierowicz, Professor Biology & Environmental Science, Harford Comm College
Mark Mortenson, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Clene Nanomedicine

2019
Kathleen Kirk, Data Systems Analyst, Inc., Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions Group
Susan Manning, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Community Liaison
Jamie Gurganus Ph.D., U.M.B.C,  Associate Director Mechanical Engineering

2018
Timothy Dominick, Orbital/A.T.K. (now Northrup Grumman)
Jim McNeely, SURVICE Engineering (formerly with Battelle)
Al Horst, Harford Community College/Senior Science Society

2017
Joan Michel, Profile Partners, President and Founder
Dr. Patrick McNutt, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
Dr. John Suárez, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Dev. & Eng. Center

2016
Christine Zatalava, Cecil County Public Schools, Acting Assistant Principal
John Mayhorne, Harford Community College, Dean (now retired)

2015
Marco Ciavolino, Techbrick Robotics.and enktesis, President and Fopunder
Erica Fineman-Bertoli, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, Engineering Center.
Louie Lopez, U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command.

2014
Suzanne Milchling, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.
Frank Mezzanotte, Harford County Public Schools (retired).

2013
Joseph Wienand, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Director (retired)

2012
Kathleen Kunda, Business Ed. Partnership Advisory Council, Cecil County. (Now Board of Directors, Cecil College)
Dr. John Ferriter, ScD, SAIC - Senior VP.(retired)

Innovator – Ideas that make a difference.

Recognizes exceptional personal efforts in developing and implementing innovative programs/products benefiting building our S.T.E.M. Educated Workforce or advancing our Innovation & Technology base, with the potential for broad positive impact in the community.

2021
Kim Sheppard, Cecil College, Chair Math Department

Todd Miller, Data Systems Analysts, Inc., Product Manager

Dawn Grissom, Harford Com. College, Project Director, Comm Ed, Business. & Applied Tech.

JP Lapps, NextGen Federal Systems, Senior Vice President

Mark Mears, ChristianaCare, Union Hospital, Director, Facilities Mgmt. & Emergency Prep.      

2020
Jill Orsini, Project Lead the Way instructor, Bel Air Middle School
Cyrus Etemad-Moghadam, Founder & President, RPM Tech

2019
Martha Barwick Ed. D, Harford County Public Schools, Coordinator of Instructional Technology,
Charles Nietubicz, U.S. Army Research Lab (Ret.), Director Supercomputing Resource Center

2018
Catherine (Katie) Hall, U.S. Army Research Lab
Alena Calm, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

2017
Dr. Veronica Dougherty, Cecil College
Scott English, U.S. Army, Directorate of Public Works at APG
Marlene Lieb, Harford Community College (retired)

2016
Sarah Ashley, Science & Math Academy, Harford County Public Schools
Susan Kipp, Youths Benefit Elementary, Harford County Public Schools

2015
Andy Borzok, Cecil County Public Schools.
Kimberly Nikitas, Battelle Eastern Technology Center
Joseph A. Domanico, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

2014
Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue, Towson University
Jeannine Finton, Harford County Public Library. (now American Soc. Chemical Engineers)

2013
Mary Doak, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (retired)
Dr. Nina Lamba, CCL Biomedical (Initiator of NMTC.'s Science Café).
Marty Healy, W.L. Gore. (retired)

2012
Deborah Wrobel, Harford Community College, Dean (retired)
Frank Cardo, Cecil County Public Schools

Mentor – Role models for future generations.

One who consistently goes above and beyond in volunteering their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom to stimulate and inspire greatness in students, teachers, or emerging technology businesses.

2021
Dr. Art Lee, Retired   

Sarah Wheat, Army Research Lab, Chief of the Employee Development & Engagement Branch  

Erin Poole, Data Systems Analysts, Inc., Customer Service Rep. and SharePoint Developer
Amy Fares, Data Systems Analysts, Inc., Project Manager

2020
Cathy Perkins, Technical Project Manager / Site Lead, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
Davlyn Williams, Technical Project Manager, Data Systems Analysts, Inc
Dr. Timothy Kluchinsky, Chief, Health Hazard Assessment Div., U.S. Army Public Health
Dr. Richard Becker, Research Engineer, U.S. Army Research Lab

2019
Tracey Schreiner, Data Systems Analysts, Inc., Training Lead
Frank Mayer, Harford Community College,  Adjunct Faculty Cybersecurity
Wilbert Moultrie, U.S. Army Public Health Center, S.T.E.M. Coordinator
Carrie Kauffman, Battelle, Principal Research Scientist
Matthew Kiefert, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Outreach Office Coordinator

2018
William (Bill) Chambers, NASA Goddard
Stan Childs, STEM International
Dr. Michael Simini, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Virginia (Ginny) To, Parsons Corp, contract support to U.S. Army Research Lab
Dr. Drew Wilkerson, York College/U.S.Army Research Lab (ret.)

2017
Anne Marie Baumann, Cecil County Public Schools.
John Nierwinski, U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity
Dr. Ebony Roper, Cecil College
Dick Schwanke, Senior Science Society at Harford Community College

2016
Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Greg Fox, Northrup Grumman (ret)
Kelly Mangum, Harford County Public Schools
Omar Savory, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Dev. and Engineering Center

2015
Dr. Bruce Burns, Harford Community College, Senior Science Society
Deidre DeRoia, U.S. Natural Resources Branch, Aberdeen Proving Ground
Dr. John McDonough, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
Susan Ciavolino, Harford County Boys & Girls Club
Rick Moore, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. Rapid Tech & Inspection Branch.
Brad Ruprecht, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. Rapid Tech & Inspection Branch
Lester Hitch, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. Rapid Tech & Inspection Branch

2014
Suzanne Procell, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Anne Shade, Leidos. (moved)
Dr. Robert Lieb, U.S. Army Research Lab (now retired)
Dr. William Prins, A.T.K. Missile Products Division. (now retired)

2013
Dr. Dave Brown, MITRE and Johns Hopkins University. (Pentagon)
Dr. Sandra Young, U.S. Army Research Lab, Harford Community College
Ted Welsh, SURVICE Engineering

2012
Tim Jahnigen, SAIC (now T2S Solutions)
Dennis Hiebert, Senior Science Society at Harford Community College
Ken Collins, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Dr. Douglas Cerasoli, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.
Shawn Bowen, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

Rising Star – People to watch.

Boldly, one who demonstrated the potential to be an excellent, long-term contributor to building the S.T.E.M. Educated workforce or advancing our Innovation & Technology base.

2021
Kayla Ross, Cecil College, Science, and Engineering Lab Coordinator
Jeremy Ruroede, S.E.R.R.I Technologies, Founder & CEO

2020
Brian Leftridge, S.T.E.M. Program Specialist, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Dev Command
Mikale Brutus, S.T.E.M. Outreach Specialist, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Dev Com, C5ISR

2019
Caitlyn Byrne, MITRE Corp, Lead Information Systems Engineer
Gina Fugate, MD School for the Blind, Lead Technology Teacher

2018
Kim McCarthy, U.S. Army Contracting Command
David Patrick, D.S.A., Inc.
Barbara Morton, Cecil College
Jack Underwood, System Source Learning Centers

2017
Alison Baranowski, Harford County Public Schools
Jerry Crabb, U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command
Jacqueline Wilson, Cecil College

2016
Kim Bowers, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.
Nicole McKew, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Jan Stewart, Hickory Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools
Christina Bryant, U.S. Army Test, and Evaluation Command

2015
Katie McHenry, Youths Benefit Elementary School S.T.E.M. Club.
Breanne Sutton, A.T.K. Missile Products Division. (now Northrup Grumman)

2015
Carmen Kifer, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency.
Ann Bizzano, DPT, American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland.

2013
Kimberly Williams, Cecil County Public Schools.

2012
Jason Parks, Youths Benefit Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools.

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