The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council accelerates economic growth, builds a STEM educated workforce, and drives technology and innovation in Maryland by connecting successful technology companies, growing enterprises, and government and academic leaders into a collective force.
ADVANCE technology and innovation
Build our Workforce For the Future
Create a collaborative community
We are Maryland’s fast growing technology council with over 100 corporate members, US Army advocates and community supporters providing access to technology, industry, academic and government leaders in Harford, Cecil, Baltimore County and beyond.
Created in 1990, organized in 1991, and operational in 1992 — the NMTC connects member companies, organizations and individuals to their peers and influential decision-makers through organized networking, informative workshops, technology and STEM educations summits, and other collaborative initiatives.
Overall, the NMTC ‘Drives Technology’ in creating a perpetuating process where technology industries connect, collaborate, grow, prosper and sustain our community.
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Mike Geppi is an experienced and accomplished leader in the private and public sectors. As a serial entrepreneur, former commercial banker, and former elected and appointed official, Mike has the ability to look at problems and issues through a unique lens. He focuses on technology and unleashing the full potential of people and processes as a means of achieving superior scalability and profits.
Throughout his career, Mike has served in the public and private sectors. He served on the transition team for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as Chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Information Technology and also as Maryland’s Deputy Secretary of Health. As Deputy Secretary, Mike was the Chief Operating Officer for the Maryland Department of Health with its 8,500 employees and nearly $14 billion budget.
Mike serves on the faculty at the top-ranked Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He teaches negotiations, business strategy, economics, industry analysis, ethics, managing people and organizations, and business communications to MBA, Masters, and undergraduate students.
His undergraduate degree was earned at Towson University in Political Science and Communication Studies. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
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 2015-2017, 2019, and 2021.
Ms. Adams was given the Athena Leadership Award in 2022, an award given to women who achieve the highest level of professional excellence in their field. She also received the Visionary Award in 2019 for significant contribution to the wellbeing of the community.
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.
Kaitlin is a partner at Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP, Baltimore, and a member of the Maryland bar, with a strong focus on litigating and licensing copyrights and trademarks, resolving unfair competition matters, and negotiating business transactions and agreements.
Kaitlin most recently was voted to The Daily Record’s Leading Women Under 40, is the immediate past Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law teaching Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law each year since 2018.
She also serves as General Counsel for the Annapolis Police Foundation and as the Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee on the Board of the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore and is a prolific author with numerous articles published in national and state law journals.
Karen Holt is director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development (OED). She oversees business retention and attraction efforts focusing on defense, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Karen leads a team committed to facilitating business investment, entrepreneurial development and job creation to foster a diverse economy and expand the local tax base, enhancing quality of life for those who live, work, play, learn, invest, serve, and stay in Harford County.
Additionally, she serves as the County’s liaison to Aberdeen Proving Ground and the 100+ defense contractors located in Harford. Karen coordinates regional initiatives of the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) Consortium supporting installation resiliency and workforce development efforts. She is also president of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), a national organization dedicated to advancing issues that build strong defense communities and strengthen the ability for service members to defend the nation
Joseph Connolly currently serves as the Coordinator of Magnet and CTE programs for Harford County Public Schools. Previously, he served as an Assistant Principal at both Joppatowne and Fallston High School. He has over 21 years of experience in education and has been with HCPS for over 17 years. Prior to working in education, he produced a technology-based television show for WLNY-TV and has worked as a Project Manager/Associate Producer for Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Joe completed his Master of Science Degree in Leadership in Teaching for an Administration and Supervision Certification from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Communication Arts from Hofstra University in New York.
Dr. Mary Way Bolt, the fifth President of Cecil College brings thirty years of practice in the field of higher education to her office. Dr. Bolt demonstrates leadership and an institutional commitment to student success while supporting the needs of faculty, staff, and external stakeholders.
Dr. Bolt is known as a staunch advocate for higher education and economic development at the state, local and national level. She currently serves on the Maryland Association of Community Colleges legislative committee and executive committee. In this role, Dr. Bolt keeps a watchful eye on bills that could affect educational outcomes in the state and determines the best course of action to ensure that Maryland’s community colleges remain affordable and accessible for our students.
Dr. Bolt is a proud Cecil College graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She subsequently was awarded a master’s degree in community health nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and received a doctorate degree in higher education and leadership from Widener University. Dr. Bolt is also a graduate of the Harvard University Management Development Program, Aspen Institute, and the Cecil Leadership Institute.
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.
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. Defense 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 weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including long range planning against threats in the areas of biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons.
Heather Handler is in her 15th year in education: 10 years of experience in Delaware and four years in Florida. We are honored to have her in Cecil County Public Schools, where she currently serves as a Career and Technical Education Coordinator with experience at the middle and high school levels, especially in STEM education and Engineering and Design.
Prior to that, Heather served in the U.S. Navy, from 1995-2000, as a Search and Rescue Swimmer (SAR) under the classification Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW).
John Karabias is Vice President, Vice President of Strategic Development, for Jacobs, 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.
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.
Larry Muzzelo, retired Deputy to the Commanding General U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Aberdeen Proving Ground, oversaw a global organization (C5ISR) of approximately 9,000 personnel providing, integrating, and sustaining world-class hardware, software, and mission command capabilities with an operating budget of $1.8B.
Muzzelo is highly accomplished academically and holds multiple engineering and leadership degrees from Webster University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University.
While Deputy Commander, Muzzelo was honored as the Visionary of the Year at the NMTC 12th Annual Visionary Awards, in April 2022, in part, for leading CECOM and APG tenants providing strong volunteer mentoring experience and internship opportunities for 30-student cohorts.
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.
Bill Sorenson has over 25 years of directorial experience. Before working in the public sector, Bill Sorenson worked in IT for ten years as the Vice President at DELL before serving as the Managing Director of Mid-Atlantic Sales for Hewlett Packard Enterprises.
Semi-retiring from the corporate world, Bill sought public service to share his experience helping businesses grow. He joined the Maryland Department of Commerce as a Director of Regional Business Development in 2017 before leaving to serve as the Director of Economic Development in Cecil County.
To our former Board Mambers John Casner who has served as Executive Director of the NMTC from 2006 - 2023 and Randy Rippin who joined the NMTC board in 2007 and was its chairman in 2011-2012.