Member, State Commission on Physical Fitness, 1981-89. Co-Chair, Governor's Task Force on Senior Citizen Activity Centers, 1983-88. Member, State Advisory Council on Nutrition, 1996-2000; Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1998-99; State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1998-2004; National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, 1998-; Governor's Task Force on Childproof Guns, 1999; School Board Composition Task Force, Montgomery County, 2000-01; Attainment Plan (federal air quality standards) Task Force, Department of the Environment, 2000-01. Senate Chair, Maryland-Virginia-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2000-03. Member, Task Force to Study Lighting Efficiency and Light Pollution in Maryland, 2001-02; Task Force to Combat Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, 2007-08; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2007-15; Commission to Study the Title Insurance Industry in Maryland, 2008-10; Maryland Alcohol Safety Action Program Committee, 2010. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Nanobiotechnology, 2010-11. Member, Commission on Child Custody Decision Making, 2013-14. Past chair, Citizens' Advisory Board for Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA) - Rockville.
Member, House of Delegates, 1978-94, representing District 17 (Montgomery County). Member, Appropriations Committee, 1979-94 (subcommittee on health & the environment, 1979-94); Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1987-94. House Chair, Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1991-94. Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1993-94.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, December 17, 1935. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. (industrial relations), 1958. Businesswoman. President, Forehand Antiques and Interiors, 1970-. Former teacher, juvenile court probation counselor, statistician. Member, National Institutes of Health Bio-Safety Committee; Girl Scout Advisory Council; American Association of University Women (AAUW); Women's Political Caucus; Peerless Rockville and Gaithersburg Historic Preservation Associations; Montgomery County Arts Council. Advisory Board, Friends of Seneca Creek; Sierra Club. Board member: Maryland College of Art and Design; Rockville Arts Place; Methodist Board of Church and Society; University of Maryland Center for Political Leadership; Hospice Caring; Montgomery Anti-Tobacco Coalition. Past member, Asbury Methodist Homes; Montgomery County Health Services Planning Board, 1974-78; Maryland Community Mental Health Council; Rockville Economic Development Council; Lung Association. President's Award, Maryland College of Art and Design, 1986. Peabody Medallion Award, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987. Outstanding Advocate, Montgomery Arts Council, 1988. Founder's Award, Family and Infant Care Center. Community Service Award, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 1991. Betty Tyler Public Affairs Award, Planned Parenthood of Maryland, 1992. Margaret Brent Trailblazer Award, Women's Bar Association of Maryland, 1993. Technology Leadership Award, Suburban Maryland High Technology Council, 1993. Legislator of the Year, Montgomery Medical Society, 1993. Humanities Award, Maryland Association of Historical and Cultural Museums, 1995. President's Award for Service, Asbury Village, 1996. Appreciation Award, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1996. Award, Maryland Chapter, American Massage Therapy Association, 1996. Legislator of the Year, Montgomery County Medical Society, 1996. Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Housing and Community Development, 1996. Intercounty Connector Award, Greater Washington Board of Trade, 1998. Senator of the Year Award for Child Abuse Legislation, Maryland's State's Attorneys Association, 1998. Distinguished Citizen Award, Alpha Gamma Delta International, 1999. Award, Maryland Municipal League, 1999. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1999, 2001, 2003 (Circle of Excellence). Certificate of Appreciation, Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council, 2000. Leader of the Year, Greater Washington Board of Trade, 2001. Certificate of Appreciation, Rockville Arts Place, 2001. Transportation Advocate of the Year Award, Marylanders for Efficient and Safe Highways, 2001. Award of Appreciation, Centers for the Handicapped, 2001. Award, American Association of University Women Foundation, 2001. Award of Excellence, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 2002. Distinguished Legislator Award, Maryland Impaired Driving Coalition, 2003. Citizen of the Year, Rockville Chamber of Commerce, 2003. Life Membership Award, Rockville Senior Center, 2003. Woman of the Year, Montgomery County Business and Professional Women, 2003. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2004. Clean Air Advocate Award, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 2005. Certificate of Appreciation, Committee for Montgomery, 2005. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2005. Certificate of Appreciation, Ridge School of Montgomery County, 2005. Clean Air Advocate, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 2005. Champion for Children Award, Citizens' Review Board for Children, 2005. Maryland State Senator of the Year, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, 2006. Biotechnology Leadership Award, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, 2006. Award, Washington Regional Alcohol Program, 2007. Director's Award for Leadership and Biosafety Oversight, National Institutes of Health, 2008. Municipal Super Star Award, Maryland Municipal League, 2008. Champion of Traffic Safety, Department of Transportation, 2009. Married; two children, four grandchildren.
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