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20140227 D3M8497 1 2 300x200Our 2014 Visionary Awards honorees and their award, presented 27 February at Richlin Ballroom, in front of an appreciative, applauding audience of over 200.

Back Row (L-R) Suzanne Procell-LEADER, Bill Prins-MENTOR, Frank Mezzanotte-LEADER, Rob Lieb-MENTOR, Suzanne Milchling-MENTOR, Pamela Loterro-Purdue-INNOVATOR

Front Row ( L-R) Carmen Kifer-RISING STAR, Ann Bizzano-RISING STAR, Gary Martin-VISIONARY, Jeannine Finton-INNOVATOR,  Anne Shade-MENTOR

February 18, 2014
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Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Names 2014 Visionary Award Winners 

Eleven Marylanders to be honored at February 27 Ceremony Keynoted by Dr. Nancy Grasmick
Aberdeen, MD ― A select group of Marylanders will receive the prestigious Visionary Award on February 27, for their contributions to the advancement of education and technology in northeastern Maryland. The ceremony will be held at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, Maryland, and attended by about 300 leaders in industry, government, non-profit, and education. Dr. Nancy Grasmick, former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

“We are honoring remarkable people who are playing key roles in moving our region forward in the areas of education and technology,” said NMTC Board President Michael Parker. “These are individuals who selflessly donate their time and talents to make a difference in their community.”

The 2014 Visionary Award winners are:

  • Visionary: Gary Martin, acting director of the Communications-Electronics Command, whowas instrumental in forming the STEM Forum, a collaboration of government, industry and academia to expand the pipeline of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified students. His leadership served to attract key industry leaders to establish this regional STEM initiative to the status it now enjoys today – touching tens of thousands of students in Cecil and Harford Counties.
  • Leader: Frank Mezzanotte, former magnet coordinator for Harford County Public Schools, who was a major force in developing and sustaining STEM-related programs for the students of Harford County Public Schools of all achievement levels. 
  • Leader: Suzanne Milchling, director of Program Integration, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who played a critical role in expanding innovative STEM initiatives that engage students and teachers with organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground. 
  • Innovator: Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue, associate professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences at Towson University, whose work with Harford County Public Schools has impacted 15,000 Harford County elementary students and hundreds of teachers in the area of science, engineering and technology. 
  • Innovator: Jeannine Finton, coordinator for the Harford County Public Library, who expanded the library’s LEAP (Learn, Explore, and Play) program to reach over 3,000 children and teens.
  • Mentor: Anne Shade, mechanical engineer at Leidos, who provided support and mentorship to FIRST robotics teams in Maryland and has served as a FIRST participant, mentor and volunteer for the last 17 years.  
  • Mentor: Suzanne Procell, quality manager, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, whofounded, formalized and coordinates the Kids & Chemistry program, that teaches hands-on chemistry concepts to hundreds of fifth grade students each year.
  • Mentor: Dr. Robert Lieb, research physicist, Army Research Laboratory (Retired), who has mentored numerous STEM students in the region and is a founding member of the Senior Science Society.
  • Mentor: Dr. Bill Prins, chief engineer at Alliant Techsystems (ATK), who has served on the Business and Education Partnership Advisory Council (BEPAC) in Cecil County for many years
  • Rising Star: Dr. Ann Bizzano, director Public Relations, American Physical Therapy Association of MD, who has developed extracurricular programs in STEM and provided mentoring to middle and high school students

Rising Star: Carmen Kifer, chemical engineer, US Army Chemical Materials Activity, who helped organize the county’s first STEM Night, which led to the launch of STEM Nights across the region.

“We are grateful to these individuals for helping our region grow to the next level. Northeastern Maryland has grown and changed and our economic infrastructure is increasingly focused on research and technology development,” said John Casner, executive director of NMTC. “These are the individuals who are building the foundation for the future of our region.”

NMTC is Maryland’s fastest growing technology council, with over 200 businesses members who participate in networking, workshops, speakers series, and collaborative programs.

For more information about NMTC’s Visionary Awards program, and to see previous years’ winners, please go to

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First STEM and Beyond Night at North Harford Middle School a HUGE Success

157 students (grades 4-6) participated this past Wdnesday, January 14. These students came to the event with 175 family members (parents and siblings).  Additionally, there were 60 eighth grade ambassadors that helped with set-up and presenter assistance.  The student/family feedback was outstanding.  

The admin from all of the schools (elementary and middle) turned out to greet their families and were extremely supportive in promoting the program prior to the event.

Sarah Morris, Supervisor of Mathematics for HCPS, continues to serve on the committee as the HCPS liaison.  She organized the preliminary meetings with the elementary and middle school to make certain they supported the program.  She also attends each of the HCPS events and plays a key role handling many of the details during set-up and throughout the evening.

While many serve to make this successful at five middle schools, each year, proving hundreds of demonstrations (finding mentors, materials and sceduling rooms), printing 1,000’s of flyers, arranging food for hundreds of exhibitors and individual planning with each school; two stand out – We thank Dr. Diane Lane and Kathy Kunda, from Cecil College,and not just for tireless devotion to the mission, but also for providing the leadership and motivation that allowed the STEM FORUM to achieve this first three-year cycle of reaching every 4th & 5th grader in Cecil and Harford Counties.

All-in all there were about 392 people in the building last night who really enjoyed the program.”

The next STEM Night is scheduled at Bohemia Manor Middle, January 29th. If anyone has an after school activity or club that can be part of the exhibit hall the STEM Night & Beyond team would appreciate your help in recruiting them for Bohemia Manor and Rising Sun (Feb. 5th), in Cecil County. Contact the, via Kathy Kunda, Cecil College, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STEM Nights & Beyond have become the most community visible part of our regional-wide initiative, the STEM FORUM, a non-profit focusing on uniting resources ( finanancial, subject matter experts, parents, mentors, teachers, industry and government) to expand the pipeline of  STEM qualified students, and in turn, contribute to our country’s increasingly, globally competitive need for engineers, scientists, mathematicians and science literate citizens.

The Academy of Visionary Awards (comprised of all previous Visionary Awards Honorees) is pleased to announce their Visionary Awards Honorees for 2014.

All will be honored at our Visionary Awards Gala, February, 27, 2014 at the Richin Ballroom, Edgewood,MD. Tickets, tables, sponsorships and Ads in the souvenir booklet are now available. See links at the end for details.

Please join with the NMTC and our community to congratulate these extraordinary contributors to STEM Education and Technology Advancement.

2014 Visionary Awards Honorees

VISIONARY – A community role model in advancing STEM Education and/or Technology, for a remarkable period of time.
Gary Martin, Acting Director, US Army Communications-Electronics Command.

LEADER – Setting the pace for success.
Suzanne Milchling, Director, US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.
Frank Mezzanotte, Coordinator, Harford County Public Schools (former).

INNOVATOR – Ideas that make a difference.
Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue, Associate Professor, Towson University.
Jeannine Finton, LEAP Coordinator, Harford County Public Library.

MENTOR – Role models for future generations.
Suzanne Procell, Chemist, US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.
Anne Shade, Systems Engineer, Liedos.
Dr. Robert Lieb, Research Physicist, US Army Research Lab (retired).
Dr. William Prins, Chief Engineer, ATK Aerospace Systems.

RISING STAR – People to watch.
Carmen Kifer, Chemical Engineer, US Army Chemical Materials Agency.
Dr. Ann Bizzano, Director Public Relations, American Physical Therapy Association of MD.

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