Welcome to Leadership Anne Arundel (LAA). LAA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the premier leadership training & networking institute in Anne Arundel County since 1993. LAA has over 1200 graduates from its four (4) core programs; Executive Leadership Series (ELS), Flagship Program (FLG), Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) and the Graduate Fellows Program.
The vision of Leadership Anne Arundel is to develop and nurture community trustees who improve the quality of life in Anne Arundel County by convening diverse stakeholders, bridging their divides, and facilitating resolutions for the common good.
Build: LAA program participants will develop essential leadership skills, gain an awareness and understanding of county and regional issues, and acquire valuable, hands-on experience.
Connect LAA graduates will have access to a wide range of resources and be part of a diverse network of business, government, and community leaders.
Celebrate: LAA will always be on the lookout for examples of exemplary leadership on display throughout our county. This will culminate with LAA honoring and highlighting the accomplishments of leaders throughout the region at our annual Tribute to Community Leadership ceremony and graduation.
Convene: LAA will bridge divides by bringing together representatives from all sectors of the community in a collaborative effort to tackle formidable issues.
Innovate: LAA will stay on the cutting edge of the Community Leadership field by continually monitoring trends within the industry, re-evaluating our program curriculums, and expanding our program offerings to meet the growing needs of our region.
The mission of Leadership Anne Arundel is to provide people of diverse backgrounds with the education, resources and networks necessary to become successful proactive leaders.
LAA Graduates (For a full list of LAA graduates click here)
Leadership Anne Arundel Notable Graduates
Karen Adams-Gilchrist(FLG18) Providence Center, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Carletta Allen(FLG15) Senior Pastor, Asbury United Methodist Church
EJ Amyot(FLG17) VP of Operations, The Y of Central Maryland
Jeff Armiger(FLG96) Regional President, BB&T
Ross Arnett(ELS13) Alderman, City of Annapolis
Mandy Arnold(FLG18) President/CEO, Partners In Care, Inc.
Trisha Baldwin(FLG95) Treasurer, Reliable Contracting
Tori Bayless(ELS07) CEO, Anne Arundel Medical Center
Pam Beidle(FLG96) Senator, State of Maryland
Vicki Callahan(FLG96) Executive Director, Opportunity Builders Inc.
Ned Carey(FLG95) Delegate, State of Maryland
Robert Clark(ELS14) CEO, Historic Annapolis Foundation
Rod Cofield(FLG17) Executive Director, Historic London Town and Gardens
Karen Cook(FLG04) Dean, AACC School of Business & Law
Ray Crosby(FLG94) CEO, Crosby Communications
Kim Elek(FLG17) Co-Founder, McReynolds Elek Communications
Alice Estrada(FLG16) Executive Director, Annapolis Maritime Museum
Chuck Ferrar(ELS11) Owner, Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits
Sheila Finlayson(FLG08) Alderwoman, City of Annapolis
Jeff Griffith(FLG05) Partner, Alta CPA Group
Janice Hayes-Williams(FLG01) Director, Dept of Constituent Services, Anne Arundel County
Rick Hutzell(FLG08) Editor, Capital Newspaper
Jeff & Erin Jacobs(ELS11) Owners, Carrol’s Creek Café
Aida Keehner(FLG17) President/CEO, Altruent
Heather Lalor(FLG16) Partner, TMDL CPAs & Consultants
Travis Lamb(FLG15) General Manager, Live! Casino & Hotel
Bob Leib(ELS03) Anne Arundel County School Board
David Lillefloren(FLG18) Senior Vice President, Exelon Generation
Dr. Dawn Lindsay(ELS13) President, Anne Arundel Community College
Kathleen Mahar(ELS14) President, Archbishop Spalding High School
Maureen McMahon(ELS14) Dep. Superintendent, AA County Public Schools
Vollie Melson(FLG16) Executive Director, AACC Foundation
John Moeller(ELS12) Deputy Garrison Commander, Ft Meade
Bob Mosier(ELS13) Chief Communications Officer, AA County Public Schools
Rob Norton(FLG15) President, Cordish Global Gaming (Live! Casino & Hotel)
Patrick Nugent(FLG17) Executive Director, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
April Nyman(ELS09) Executive Director, Arts Council of AA County
Karen Olscamp(ELS98) CEO, Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Midgett Parker(FLG03) Partner, Linowes and Blocher, LLP
Ed Reilly(FLG03) Senator, State of Maryland
Brian Riddle(FLG18) President, Homestead Gardens, Inc.
Marc Rodrigez(FLG17) Alderman, City of Annapolis
Bill Sanders(ELS12) Mayor, Highland Beach
Rob Savidge(NLA16) Alderman, City of Annapolis
Steve Schuh(FLG05) Former County Executive, Anne Arundel County
Patrick Shurney(FLG10) Area Executive, First Citizens Bank
Ricky Smith(FLG95) CEO, BWI Airport
Rick Springer(ELS09) Regional President, BB&T
Larry Ulvila(FLG95) Founding Partner, Insurance Solutions
Cathy Vitale(FLG04) Judge, AA County Circuit Court
Jerry Walker(FLG15) CEO, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp
Brian Walter(ELS13) Regional President, M&T Bank