Board of MCRC
Timothy J Johnson, Board President has been a Columbia, MD resident since 1989. He retired from the United States Department of Justice where he mediated disputes, disagreements and differences involving discriminatory practices that threatened community-wide peace. Mr. Johnson has published numerous articles and programs relating to mediation, restorative justice practices, and police/community relations. He is a past member of the Howard County Human Rights Commission (2010 – 2015), and has been an active volunteer with MCRC since 1998. He holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tim served three years in the United States Army (1966 – 1969), and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E-5. Prior to his employment in the Federal government, Tim worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections and the Virginia Division of Justice and Crime Prevention
Lisa Harris Dean, Board Vice President, a Columbia resident since 1976, is a proud graduate of Wilde Lake, Columbia’s first high school. Lisa is an experienced nonprofit professional with 17 years experience as executive director of Columbia Homeschool Community, Central Maryland’s largest secular home education association. Lisa is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of Vassar College, with a bachelors degree in psychology. She is also a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law School, where she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, Lisa practiced commercial real estate finance for 13 years, primarily at Pillsbury Shaw Pittman and Venable LLP. Lisa is the president of the Vassar Club of Maryland, a volunteer at Maryland Volunteer Legal Services, and on the board at the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center. Lisa has two college-aged children and lives in Hickory Ridge with her husband.
Elizabeth Chazottes, Secretary and Treasurer, has 30+ years of experience in the international education and exchange field. She is the immediate past President and CEO of The Association for International Practical Training (AIPT), a leading international trainee and intern exchange organization. Ms. Chazottes is a recognized leader in the Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa programs. Ms. Chazottes is currently a consultant providing J-1 regulatory and compliance readiness assistance to organizations and corporations, international career coaching and planning, as well as interim management and merger assistance to organizations. She is also an active volunteer as a Certified Community Mediator, and additionally trained in Restorative Practices and School Circles. She lives in Ellicott City and is married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Brenda Folk-Kirkland, Board Member is a native New Yorker who presently resides in Howard county with her husband, Glen and son, Stanley. Certified as a mediator by the Unified Court System and a member of the New York Court Clerk’s Association, Brenda brings her extensive experience as an associate court clerk where she was first introduced to mediation. She also served as a mediator at the Queens Community Mediation Services, Inc. and received training in Parent-Child services. Brenda came to MCRC in 2014 and has served as a volunteer mediator and facilitator. She additionally was instrumental in MCRCs transition into a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Brenda currently works on a team at the Howard County Public School System for the Multiple Intensive Needs Children (MINC) program to assist children with special needs in successfully meeting their academic goals.
Dennis Gilbert, Board Member, is an advocate for peaceful resolution of conflict. Dennis has proudly engaged in MCRC’s evolution and expansion in his community for over 25 years. As MCRC’s early Steering Committee and later Advisory Board member; Program Coordinator; and volunteer mediator, he has a unique long-time, insider perspective. Dennis’s experiences include a tour as an army officer, education in business (BBA in economics; MBA in computer methodology), and 35 years’ work in private and public sectors as a computer scientist, analyst, IT consultant, and member of the team administering the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program. Concurrently, he co-founded a national organization that explored the impact of sexism and sex-role stereotyping on men and women; and was an Alternative to Violence Program trainer. For nearly five decades Dennis has found expression as a nature and art photographer. He exhibits and sells his photographs, teaches digital photography, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Columbia Art Center. Forty-plus year residents of Columbia, he and his wife, a Chinese medicine practitioner and educator, share five children, and delight in keeping track of their 16 grandchildren.
Trent Day Hall, Board Member, is a facilitator of dialogue and a facilitator trainer. Trent places an emphasis on equity and inclusion while assisting in the transformation of a wide-range of organizations, including preK-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and international entities that promote democratic values. At Penn State, he served as a dialogue instructor, facilitator, and coach. Trent also developed the foundation of the Global/Virtual Dialogue Platform. Most recently, he has brought his skills to the local level of government within Howard County government’s Dept. of Community Resources and Services, County Administration, and the Office of the Local Children’s Board, in the role of Special Assistant. In this position, Trent become the thought leader for #OneHoward, an initiative designed to promote community dialogue and reinforce the county’s goals of diversity and inclusiveness.
Annette Hinkle, Board Member, has worked throughout Maryland for the past several decades. She also has years of experience as a board member for various non-profit organizations, such as her most recent work with The Arc of Howard County. The extensive list of services Annette has provided for the community includes auditing, budgeting, bookkeeping, chief financial officer support, strategic planning, tax planning, and analysis. She founded Charity Financial and Organization (CFO) Services in 2018. CFO Services provides financial and strategic planning services to religious and social service organizations needing guidance.
Leah Littlefield, Board Member, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has been working in law enforcement in Columbia, Maryland since 2009. She also has been mediating conflicts within schools throughout Columbia, as well as an active volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician in Baltimore County for over twenty years. Leah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Morgan State University, a Masters degree from the University of Baltimore County, and Leah is completing her PhD in Emergency Management at Capella University. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College. Leah has served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant.
Roger Meade, Board Member, is a labor arbitrator and mediator. He received his BA from Dartmouth College, with distinction, and his law degree from William and Mary, where he served on the Law Review. With over 40 years experience as a labor and employment lawyer, Roger has held positions as a trial lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board; many years as a partner with Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest labor and employment law firm, with over 750 lawyers, and as in-house labor counsel for a large, multinational corporation. In addition to his service as a volunteer with MCRC, he serves as a mediator with the Howard County District and Circuit Courts. Roger also served on the Board of Directors of Florence Crittenton Services, a residential home for unwed mothers. Roger proudly served as an officer with the U.S. Navy’s Underwater Demolition and SEAL teams. He is married with four children and two grandchildren, and has lived in Columbia for over 40 years.
Roxie Tossie, Board Member, (after a life of living in Germany, Central American Panama and Hawaii) has been a resident of Howard County, Maryland since 1994. She has experience as Chapter President of the American Business Women Association- Central America Panama, as well as Central Texas Junior College instructor in Central America. While living in Hawaii she worked in the Governor’s Office of Children and Youth and volunteered with The Junior League. She became a volunteer in 2001 with the Howard Community College Mediation Conflict Resolution Center as a trained Community and Victim Offender Mediator. She holds a Master’s of Science Administration Degree from Central Michigan University-Hawaii Campus and Bachelor’s in Political Science from Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma and an AA in Business and Life Coaching from Howard Community College. Roxie as works as a full-time Security Specialist for Xcelerate Solutions.
Margie Wiedel, Board member, is a Mental Health Therapist in Howard County’s alternative school, The Homewood Center, where she has the opportunity to see the power of Restorative Practices through working with both staff and students. She is a member of a team that is working on training staff in Howard County schools with the goal that all of the schools in the county will develop a restorative justice culture. Margie is also a certified trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP).
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