Board of MCRC

Derek Robertson, Board President, along with his wife Shantá, co-founder of the Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association (MSCDA).  Derek and Shantá have three sons, two of whom have sickle cell disease (SCD).  As President of MSCDA, Derek oversees the overall direction of the organization and has served on various SCD related committees. 

Professionally, he is a healthcare attorney/consultant with a particular specialty in the Public Health Service Section 340B Drug Pricing Discount Program (the “340B Program”). Derek has worked extensively with hospitals and universities on federal grants management and program income calculation and reporting.  He presents nationally at conferences on government pricing programs, specialty pharmacy trends and conflicts of interest in healthcare.

Derek also holds an MBA from City University of New York – Baruch College and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.  He is licensed to practice law in both Texas (currently inactive) and Washington, DC and is certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association.

Derek has been a volunteer mediator, group facilitator and staunch advocate of MCRC since its days at Howard Community College and in 2019 agreed to serve on the MCRC Board of Directors, offering extensive education, training and professional experience, as well as his love and support of Howard County.

Cindy Johnson, Board Vice President, is a native Nebraskan who has been a Howard County resident since 1991. Cindy transitioned to Maryland in 1983 to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. She obtained a B.S. in Journalism with a Public Relations concentration, a Liberal Arts and Business certificate and a General Honors citation in 1987. She was an academic advisor at Prince George’s Community College, before attending the University of Maryland, School of Law.  At Maryland she served on the law school’s Moot Court Board and Dean’s Advisory Council. She obtained her J.D. and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1992. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney before beginning her career with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1993.  She has prosecuted in all divisions of the office and currently concentrates in the area of Juvenile Law and is assigned to the Drug/DUI Court. Through the State’s Attorney’s Office, Cindy presents bi-yearly Guiding Good Choices seminars for parents of children 9-14 years of age.  She has also been trained as a Family Resiliency facilitator;  a mediator and Restorative Practices facilitator. She currently volunteers for MCRC and CALM as a mediator.  She also volunteers for Neighbor Ride and is President of her local HOA.

Annette Hinkle, Secretary/Treasurer, has worked throughout Maryland for the past several decades. She also has years of experience as a board member for various non-profit organizations, such as her most recent work with The Arc of Howard County. The extensive list of services Annette has provided for the community includes auditing, budgeting, bookkeeping, chief financial officer support, strategic planning, tax planning, and analysis. She founded Charity Financial and Organization (CFO) Services in 2018. CFO Services provides financial and strategic planning services to religious and social service organizations needing guidance.

Dennis Gilbert, Board Member, is an advocate for peaceful resolution of conflict. Dennis has proudly engaged in MCRC’s evolution and expansion in his community for over 25 years. As MCRC’s early Steering Committee and later Advisory Board member; Program Coordinator; and volunteer mediator, he has a unique long-time, insider perspective. Dennis’s experiences include a tour as an army officer, education in business (BBA in economics; MBA in computer methodology), and 35 years’ work in private and public sectors as a computer scientist, analyst, IT consultant, and member of the team administering the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program. Concurrently, he co-founded a national organization that explored the impact of sexism and sex-role stereotyping on men and women; and was an Alternative to Violence Program trainer. For nearly five decades Dennis has found expression as a nature and art photographer. He exhibits and sells his photographs, teaches digital photography, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Columbia Art Center. Forty-plus year residents of Columbia, he and his wife, a Chinese medicine practitioner and educator, share five children, and delight in keeping track of their 16 grandchildren.

Trent Day Hall, Board Member,helps organizations address equity and inclusion through his masterful facilitation services related to empathy, communication, and conflict-management.  For the past decade, Trent has developed as a master facilitator and facilitator trainer, centered in the realm of identity, with a focus on race, culture, and gender dynamics. Trent has guided the transformation of a wide-range of organizations, including preK-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and international entities that promote democratic values.  While on staff at Penn State University (PSU), Hall served as a dialogue instructor, facilitator, and coach, and he helped develop the foundation of the Global/Virtual Dialogue Platform. He provided services for a variety of groups including graduate and undergraduate students, local school systems, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cadets preparing to work in conflict areas in numerous countries. In 2017, Trent brought his skills to the level of local government, taking on the role of Special Assistant, Community Outreach and Constituent Service in the Department of Community Resources and Services with the Howard County Executive Office (Maryland). There, he championed #OneHoward, an initiative designed to promote community dialogue and reinforce the county’s goals of diversity and inclusiveness. Through #OneHoward, Trent  led educational events and community conversations that advance the shared values of residents while addressing concerns of racism, intolerance, and bigotry; Trent also understood the importance of concretizing these events/conversations within the structures of county government to insure that shifts in administration wouldn’t hinder the overall mission/vision/purpose of honoring the humanity of all citizens. Regardless of the platform, Trent’s facilitation always support meaningful and worthwhile dialogue that address inclusion and equity by helping people critically explore things that are often felt and experienced but rarely spoken. In the summer of 2019 Trent was promoted into the role of community outreach supervisor for the Office of Humans Rights & Equity to expand and support the counties devotion to honoring the dignity of all its citizens.

Leah Littlefield, Board Member, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has been working in law enforcement in Columbia, Maryland since 2009. She also has been mediating conflicts within schools throughout Columbia, as well as an active volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician in Baltimore County for over twenty years. Leah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Morgan State University, a Masters degree from the University of Baltimore County, and Leah is completing her PhD in Emergency Management at Capella University. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College. Leah has served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant.
Roger Meade, Board Member, is a labor arbitrator and mediator. He received his BA from Dartmouth College, with distinction, and his law degree from William and Mary, where he served on the Law Review. With over 40 years experience as a labor and employment lawyer, Roger has held positions as a trial lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board; many years as a partner with Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest labor and employment law firm, with over 750 lawyers, and as in-house labor counsel for a large, multinational corporation. In addition to his service as a volunteer with MCRC, he serves as a mediator with the Howard County District and Circuit Courts. Roger also served on the Board of Directors of Florence Crittenton Services, a residential home for unwed mothers. Roger proudly served as an officer with the U.S. Navy’s Underwater Demolition and SEAL teams. He is married with four children and two grandchildren, and has lived in Columbia for over 40 years.

Roxie Tossie, Board Member, (after a life of living in Germany, Central American Panama and Hawaii) has been a resident of Howard County, Maryland since 1994. She has experience as Chapter President of the American Business Women Association- Central America Panama, as well as Central Texas Junior College instructor in Central America. While living in Hawaii she worked in the Governor’s Office of Children and Youth and volunteered with The Junior League. She became a volunteer in 2001 with the Howard Community College Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center as a trained Community and Victim Offender Mediator. She holds a Master’s of Science Administration Degree from Central Michigan University-Hawaii Campus and Bachelor’s in Political Science from Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma and an AA in Business and Life Coaching from Howard Community College. Roxie also works as a full-time Security Specialist for Xcelerate Solutions.

Elizabeth Chazottes

Elizabeth Chazottes,  Board Member, has 30+ years of experience in the international education and exchange field. Until her retirement in 2011, she was the President and CEO of The Association for International Practical Training (AIPT), a leading international trainee and intern exchange organization based in Columbia, Maryland. Prior to this she was in international human resources in Paris, France for 7 years.  Looking for ways to continue her passion for nonprofit work and giving back to her community, she became an active volunteer as a Community Mediator, and additionally trained in Restorative Practices and in Community and School Circles at IIRP in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Circles. She has a BS in Education from Miami University and a MS in Personnel and Training from SCSU.  She is fluent in French. She has been a resident of Howard County for over 30 years and currently lives in Ellicott City and is married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Susan Bottomley, Board Member, grew up in New York. She went to Duke University and competed a degree in Biomedical Engineering and then went on to a PhD in cardiac physiology. After working in research, Susan and her family moved to Howard County in 1994. In Howard County, Susan and her husband, Paul raised four children. All four of their children graduated from Howard County public schools. Susan decided to join MCRC in 2010. She has been trained and is currently an active MCRC volunteer providing services, such as re-entry mediation, restorative practices, school circles, group facilitation and community mediation.

Julie Nelson, Board Member, has a degree from North Carolina State University in Communications & Marketing, and is a Certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. She has 20 years of industry experience, working on both the corporate side and as a consultant. Over the past four years, she worked with Goldfish Swim School to achieve both profitability and to bring quality swim lessons to children. This mission is critical as drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children ages one to four. Recently, she returned to her attention to her own consulting business to work with exciting new clients and their challenges. In addition, Julie donates her time and talents to multiple non-profit organizations as a volunteer and/or through board positions.  



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