Member of House of Delegates, August 4, 2004 to January 12, 2011. Member, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2004-11 (health occupations subcommittee, 2005; long-term care subcommittee, 2005; minority health disparities subcommittee, 2005-11; pharmaceuticals subcommittee, 2005-06; insurance subcommittee, 2007-11); Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2005-11; Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 2007-11. Chief Deputy Majority Whip, 2007-11. Member, House Emergency Medical Services Work Group, 2009-11. Vice-Chair, Southern Maryland Delegation, 2006-11. Chair, Calvert County Delegation, 2007-11. Member, Maryland Educators Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Green Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Labor Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-11. President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2009-11 (member, 2005-11; executive board, 2006-11; 2nd vice-president, 2007-08; president-elect, 2008-09).
Southern Maryland representative for U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, 2011-. Member, Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, 2012-16.
Born in Verona, Italy, May 18, 1960. Attended Messiah College, Pennsylvania; Clarion University of Pennsylvania, B.S. (education), cum laude, 1981. University of Maryland University College, M.A. (applied management), 1994. Court mediation training, National Institute of Conflict Resolution. Manager, then Director, Arc of Southern Maryland, 1983-95. Disabilities advocate, consultant & trainer. Member, Maryland Community Residential Services Coalition, 1986-96 (chair, 1992-96). Board of Directors, Governor's Run Community Association, 1994-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008. Campaign Chair, United Way of Calvert County, 2011. Member, Arts Council of Calvert County; Calvert Marine Museum; Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse; Calvert County League of Women Voters; Calvert County Chamber of Commerce; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); American Association of University Women; Women's National Democratic Club; Patuxent Riverkeepers; American Chestnut Land Trust. Young Careerist award, Business & Professional Women of Calvert County, 1988. Kiracofe Leadership Award, Arc of Southern Maryland, 1995.
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