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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, upskills our workforce, expands our regional economy and protects our national security. This evening gala honors those individuals.

This gala's hundreds of attendees include our key corporate sponsors, leading academic institutions, senior Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders and scientists, member company presidents, NMTC’s senior leadership, and other distinguished attendees.

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 133 previous honorees of these awards.

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

Sponsorships and Ads in our Souvenir Yearbook are open for 2022 (Click here to purchase)

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.

Visionary Awards 2022 New Now Cover v03uVISIONARY AWARDS AD SPONSORS

Place and ad in our souvenir yearbook. Includes one ticket to distribute.  pdfClick here for a PDF with ad prices and sizes.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS OR TABLES TO THE EVENT

SEE BELOW FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

1 - VISIONARY AWARD GALA SPONSOR (EXCLUSIVE) - $3,500.

  • Private VIP reception for 10 with distinguished attendees and the honorees prior to the Gala
  • Seating at the gala in a prime location for 10, a combination of members/guests.
  • Logo, prime listing as Visionary Awards Gala Sponsor in Gala invitations
  • Logo and listing as Visionary Awards Gala Sponsor on Gala signage
  • Full-page color Ad in prime location; the inside cover, in the.take-home souvenir yearbook where it’s also posted online for the following year.
  • Preferred placement of logo on all Gala promotional & marketing materials
  • Listing in NMTC’s newsletters and announcements
  • Your sponsor level on name badges for all attending from your organization

2 - VISIONARY AWARD THEME SPONSOR (EXCLUSIVE) - $3,000.

  • Be recognized as the coolest, innovative sponsor. This year’s NMTC event theme will be our “The New Now,” anticipating the awesome potential ahead of us as we emerge from the post-pandemic world.
  • Private VIP reception for eight with distinguished attendees and the honorees prior to the Gala
  • Seating at the gala in a prime location for eight, a combination of members/guests.
  • Logo, prime listing as a Visionary Awards Theme Sponsor in Gala invitations
  • Logo and listing as a Visionary Awards Sponsor on Gala signage
  • Full-page color Ad in prime location; the back cover, in the.take-home souvenir yearbook where it’s also posted online for the following year.
  • Preferred placement of logo on all Gala promotional & marketing materials
  • Listing in NMTC’s newsletters and announcements
  • Your sponsor level on name badges for all attending from your organization

3 –  VISIONARY AWARDS PLATINUM SPONSOR – $3,000.

  • Private VIP reception for six with distinguished attendees and the honorees prior to the Gala
  • Seating at he gala for six, a combination of members/guests.
  • Logo and listing as Platinum Sponsor on Gala signage
  • Full-page ‘color’ ad in the.take-home souvenir yearbook, also posted online for the following year.
  • Listing in NMTC’s newsletters and announcement.
  • Your sponsor level on name badges for all attending from your organization

4 - VISIONARY AWARDS DIAMOND SPONSOR – $2,750.

  • Private VIP reception for five with distinguished attendees and the honorees prior to the Gala
  • Seating at he gala for five, a combination of members/guests.
  • Logo and listing as a Diamond Sponsor on Gala signage
  • Listing in NMTC’s newsletters and announcement.
  • Full-page ‘color’ ad in the.take-home souvenir yearbook, also posted online for the following year.
  • Your sponsor level on name badges for all attending from your organization

5 - VISIONARY AWARDS GOLD SPONSOR – $2,500.

  • Seating at he gala for four, a combination of members/guests.Logo and listing as a Gold Sponsor on Gala signage
  • Logo and listing as a Gold Sponsor on Gala signage
  • Full-page ‘color’ ad in the.take-home souvenir yearbook, also posted online for the following year.
  • Your sponsor level on name badges for all attending from your organization.

6 - VISIONARY AWARDS SILVER SPONSOR $2,250.

  • Seating at he gala for three, a combination of members/guests.
  • Logo and listing as a Silver Sponsor on Gala signage
  • ½ page ‘color’ ad in the.take-home souvenir yearbook, also posted online for the following year.
  • Your sponsor level on name badges for all attending from your organization

 7 - VISIONARY AWARDS VIP RECEPTION SPONSORS $2,000.

  • A sponsor of the private, VIP Reception for honorees and VIP guests, prior to the gala.
  • Attendance for two at VIP reception and Seating at the Gala.
  • Logo and listing on welcome signage as VIP Sponsor of private, VIP reception and on complimentary drink coupons.
  • Full page ‘color’ ad in the take-home souvenir yearbook, also posted online for the following year..

8 - VISIONARY AWARDS MEDIA SPONSOR (EXCLUSIVE) $1,500.

  • Seating at the gala for two, a combination of members/guests.
  • Logo and listing as the Media Sponsorbefore and at the gala.
  • Full page ‘color’ ad in the take-home souvenir yearbook, also posted online for the following year.

9 - STEM/TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS/MENTORS TABLE (three available)– $500.

  • Select up to six STEM teachers/mentors from Cecil or Harford Counties, submiting their names/emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will follow-up.
  • As an alternative, the NMTC Visionary Awards committee will select and invite deserving STEM/technology Teachers and Mentors for you.
  • Table tents will have your logo and the option for any additional corporate material 

 

Visionary Awards

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS OR TABLES TO THE EVENT

CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorships and Ads in our Souvenir Yearbook are open for 2022 (Click here to purchase)

Water's Edge Event Center, 4687 Millennium Drive, Belcamp, MD 21017

5:30- 8:00 PM , Visionary Awards Gala. Coctails (cash bar), and hors d’ oeuvres, 530- 6:00 PM

4:30-5:30 PM, VIP Reception for Visionary Awards Honorees, spouses and invited sponsors

 

This evening, the NMTC Visionary Awards, celebrates neighborsNMTCVA20200227DSC05602, 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, upskills our workforce, expands our regional economy and importantly, protects our national security.

Join us this evening to honor those individuals along with key corporate sponsors, leading academic institutions, senior Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders and scientists, member company presidents, NMTC’s senior leadership, and other distinguished attendees.

Our venue for this prestigious event., the Water's Edge Convention Center, has a longstanding reputation as one of the top corporate caterers from Baltimore to Philadelphia.. 410.297.9467, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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