Member, State Commission on Neighborhoods, 1995-96; Task Force on Access to Mental Health Services, 2003-04; State Advisory Council on Pain Management, 2003; Task Force to Study Electronic Health Records, 2005-07; Work Group on Rural Health Care Delivery, 2017.
Member, County Council, Howard County, 1986-94 (chair, 1989, 1990, 1993).
Born in Los Angeles, California. University of Illinois, B.F.A. (fine arts), cum laude, 1973, M.A. (fine arts), 1974. Former art instructor, Aurora University; art therapist, Children's Unit, Edgemont Hospital, 1977 (program coordinator); art teacher, Severn School. Outstanding Individual Award, The Arc of Howard County, 2000. Tera Partner Award for spearheading creation of Howard County Technology Incubator, Center for Business and Technology Development, 2000. Conservationist of the Year, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 2001. Hannah G. Solomon Award, Howard County Chapter, National Council of Jewish Women, 2001. Legislator of the Year, Maryland Cares, 2002. Senator James Clark Award for distinguished public service to the people of Columbia, Howard County Democratic Party, 2003. Outstanding Conservation Award, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012. Legislative Sponsor Award, Maryland Children's Action Network, 2005, 2006. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2005. Eugene McCreary Award, Maryland Optometric Association, 2005. Advocacy Award, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, 2006. The Ruth Keeton Award for dedicated service to the Citizens of Howard County, Howard County Women's Bar Association, 2007. Certificate of Appreciation, Howard County NAACP Youth Council, 2009. Public Policy Champion of the Year, Maryland Works, Inc., 2013. Leadership Award, Compassion & Choices, 2015. Leadership Award, Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, 2017. Leadership Award, Health Care for All, 2018.
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