|Kris Valerio Shock
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Kris Valerio Shock, President & CEO
Kris Valerio Shock is the President & CEO of Leadership Anne Arundel. As a graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship program (2006), Kris is excited to mix her personal and professional experience to expand the visibility, value and reach of the LAA program and network.
Prior to joining LAA, Kris served as the senior director of the Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship at the Maryland Department of Commerce where she led a team of experts in manufacturing, education and innovation, agribusiness and energy and entrepreneurship and capital attraction.
From 2008 to 2015, Kris served as executive director of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, overseeing its transition from a local group with a focus on Anne Arundel County to a regional business organization with members throughout the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore region. The tech council’s membership also grew from 200 to more than 300 companies under her leadership, grant funding increased more than 200 percent and total revenue doubled. Shock also designed, developed and implemented a marketing strategy to promote the council’s new brand and ongoing program of work.
Kris has a bachelor’s of science from Towson University. A native of Annapolis, she is the Co-founder and Co-organizer of Ignite Annapolis. Kris lives in Annapolis with her husband, three step daughters and her dog Penny and is a proud volunteer at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
According to Kris, “Inspiring, nurturing and developing local leaders has never been more important. LAA is known for the Flagship program but with nearly a generation of LAA graduates, Flagship is just the beginning. We have a remarkable opportunity to engage more than 1400 of the best and brightest leaders in the region to develop the leaders of tomorrow.”
Eric W. Edstrom, Executive Director
Eric W. Edstrom joined LAA after 25+ years in the banking industry, but it is not his management and financial skills which attracted Eric to LAA; it was his activism, community involvements and passion for education.
He is a Flagship 2003 graduate and has significant experience with nonprofit participation and leadership. He is past president of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, past president of the Annapolis Rotary Club, Treasurer of the Annapolis Optimist Club, active in the Eastport United Methodist Church and was Administration Council Chair. Additionally, Eric has served on the boards of Food Link, Wellness House, and the local Partnership Advisory Board of United Way of Central MD.
Education is an avocation of Eric’s. He is an adjunct instructor with Washington Adventist University and Anne Arundel Community College, and taught nine years at Salisbury University. He has a MBA from Salisbury University, a BS from Middle Tennessee State University and diplomas from the University of Georgia’s Executive Development School and the University of Connecticut’s Leadership School. He has served on Middle States Self-Review Committees, the American Council of Education’s Accreditation Committee, Maryland Bankers Association’s Education Committee, and Printing Advisory Committee of the Occupational Skills Training Center-MD State Dept. of Education.
Eric is assisting through a transition period and will retire from the organization at the end of June.
Edward (Ted) C. Mussenden, Communications Director
Ted Mussenden is a 2012 Flagship graduate. Mr. Mussenden owns and operates a trial graphics consulting business serving Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, DC. He has provided trial support for more than 600 jury and bench trials, administrative agencies, and arbitrations forums as well as ITC investigations. A graphic artist for the last 38 years with the past 19 years specific to the legal industry, he is uniquely qualified to advise his clients on all aspects of graphics, courtroom and war room technology, trial logistics and presentation development. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, mountain climbing and biking. He also spends time designing and producing commissioned stained glass, volunteering at the Anne Arundel Medical Center Emergency Room and spending time with his family. Ted received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Nancy Hartzell, Director of Operations
Nancy Hartzell comes to Leadership Anne Arundel by way of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy program (NLA16). She was born and raised in NJ. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She worked at several financial institutions such as JP Morgan, Mercantile Bank and Trust, First Bank of Wisconsin, and US Bank.
Nancy’s community involvement included volunteering at their church, being PTO President at several schools, and participating on the executive committee as a liaison to the Board of Education. She has extensive experience with event planning, coordinating events, and fundraising.
Nancy and her husband, Mark, recently moved back to Maryland. They live in Annapolis with their 2 sons. Nancy enjoys playing golf, working out, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.