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BOARD MEMBERS

In Memoriam - Carolyn Jacobi

Board Member

Carolyn's life's work as a cemetery consumer advocate led her to establish Eternal Justice, which spurred the founding of the Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight. She was part of the 2013 zoning referendum effort due to the plans to develop the Rosa Bonheur human and pet cemetery in Elkridge to put up apartments in comprehensive rezoning. She was a dedicated civic advocate with a big heart and big personality. She is sorely missed. 

Lisa Markovitz

President / Treasurer

Lisa has been a resident of Howard County for over 30 years, and a small financial business owner in Ellicott City for 17 years. She earned a BA in Economics and a Masters in Finance from Loyola University in Maryland. Her  civic work includes: VP/President of the Normandy Heights Improvement Association, 2010-present; Vice President of the Howard County Citizens Association (HCCA) 2012-2014,2015-present, and leader/sponsor of a diverse group that collected nearly 7,000 signatures to bring a zoning referendum to the voters of Howard County. In 2014, Lisa ran for the Howard County Council District 1 seat in 2014, where she finished second by 200 votes. Leveraging years of experience with how the County manages budgetary, infrastructure and zoning activities, Lisa formed The People’s Voice to provide a hub to Howard County homeowners associations, civic groups, and other organizations to inform the people of what is happening in their communities with a goal to bring more citizen input into County plans and projects that affect our quality of life. Lisa sat on the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Task Force in 2015-2016, on the Board of Education's Operating Budget Review Committee in 2017, and the Zoning Assessment Review Steering Committee in 2017-2018.

Leslie Kornreich

Vice President

Leslie graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Spanish and went on to get her Master's in Education and taught Spanish in middle and high school. She took a long break from teaching to raise her children, now 18 and 12 years old, and went back to teach at the college level. When she saw the effects of the worsening overcrowding taking a toll on her children's schools here in Howard County, she joined the Greater Elkridge Community Association Schools committee to advocate for change. Her efforts led her to run for a seat on the Howard County Board of Education. Through The People's Voice, she hopes to remain connected to the activities of the Howard County government and the Board of Education in order to inform her fellow citizens to be advocates for community interests. Leslie was nominated by County Executive Allan Kittleman in 2018, and confirmed by the County Council unanimously to sit on the Commission for Disability Issues. 

Joanne Heckman

Secretary

Joanne Heckman has lived in Maryland since 1982, and in Columbia since 1988. She has been an active volunteer in education, politics, and environmental activism.  Joanne founded a non-profit organization for after-school activities in 1996 which is still in operation (After-School Activity Providers) that it is now the sponsor of the native plant advocacy program, Outstanding Fields. Joanne for the Howard County Board of Education in 2004. She has served on the Board of the Patapsco Riverkeeper and is the former Chair of the Howard County Sierra Club and Conservation Committee.

Barbara Krupiarz

Director

After earning her BS in Math from Bucknell University, Barb moved to Maryland to work as a mathematician with the National Security Agency.  Soon after, she earned an MS in Operations Research from George Washington University.  After 7 years of sitting at a desk, Barb switched career fields, transferred to the Environmental Compliance Division at NSA for 8 years, earned her MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and eventually became the manager of the division.  After her two boys were born, she left NSA and began volunteer work in environmental and education arenas.  Her volunteer work as a Legislative Committee member of the Maryland Sierra Club sparked her interest in politics after lobbying in Annapolis.  She then became active in Special Education reform and is a founding member of the Maryland Coalition for Special Education Rights and Burden of Proof.  She hopes to continue focusing on both environmental and education issues for The People’s Voice.

Bobby Lipman

Director

Robert “Bobby” Lipman is a retired attorney. He worked for many years at the U.S. Department of Justice as a prosecutor and in other capacities.  He also worked for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and was in the private practice of law.  Over his career Bobby has worked or held training programs in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington (D.C.), and overseas (including, in Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean).  He has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the U.S. Secret Service.  Bobby sat on the board of directors of his homeowners’ association.  Bobby’s hobbies include photography and woodworking -- and he hopes to eventually find time to volunteer with an animal rescue organization where he can help find homes for dogs that need a “forever” home.  He and Celia Martin co-lead MoCoVoters.org a civic/political group communicating with the community on local issues and public financing candidate information.

Celia Martin

Director

Local Civic Activities. Member of District 1 Neighbors (D1N.org), 2018; Co-Founder of MoCoVoters.org, 2017 to present; President of Westmoreland Citizens Association, 2017 to present; Corresponding Secretary and Member of Citizens Coordinating Committee Friendship Heights, Bethesda, MD, 2017 to present; Weed Warrior Supervisor for Montgomery County and Little Falls Watershed Alliance, 2008-present.

 

Other Philanthropic Activities. Board member of Apple Tree Institute for Education Innovation and Apple Early Learning Public Charter School, Washington, DC; Treasurer for her church, Washington, DC; Member of Board of Visitors at James Madison College at MI State University; former Board Member and Finance Chair of Washington Episcopal School, Bethesda, MD;

 

Business. Board of Fieldstone Mortgage Corporation Columbia, MD, 2003-07. One of the founders of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. in 1989-2003, and retired from Institutional Sales. Other corporate finance experience at Johnston, Lemon, Washington, DC, Financial Strategies Group, DC; Trident Financial, Raleigh NC and DC, 1985-1989.   Riggs Bank 1981-83 in trust operations and fixed income management.

 

Education. MBA in Finance from The Darden School at UVA 1985; B.A. in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, 1981.

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