CCBC welcomes six new members to its Board of Trustees

Sep 26, 2016 | by Hope Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 443.971.5560 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD – Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra L. Kurtinitis recently welcomed six new members to the college’s Board of Trustees.

Appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the new CCBC Board of Trustees members are:

  • Gayle Johnson Adams, M.S.W.
    Adams earned her bachelor’s degree at Goucher College (Baltimore, Md.) and received a Master of Social Work and a Post-Master Certificate in Administration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She retired in 2014 as the director of Community and Government Relations from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after 40 years of service. Adams has extensive board service experience at area nonprofits, including the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, CCBC Foundation-Essex, the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, to name only a few. A lifelong Baltimore, Md. resident, Adams and her husband moved to Essex, Md. a decade ago after living in Hamilton, Md. for many years.

  • Gerald Gietka, MBA, L.H.D.
    Retired after multiple careers in public, private and academic sectors, Gietka holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Business Administration from Loyola university and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Thomas More College. He has had extensive experience in management in the transportation industry as well as careers in Federal (Dept. of Transportation) and state (Dept. of Environment) government. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University College Graduate School of Management and Engineering. Gietka currently serves on two separate private charitable foundations and a local community theatre board. He is also active in community theatre as an actor and director. Gietka has had his own radio talk shows on WCBM and WNAV as well as on local public access TV, for which he received a Telly award.

  • Erness Abron Hill, Ph.D.
    A native of Memphis, Tenn., Hill has resided with her family in Reisterstown, Md. for the past 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.), a Master of Arts in African Studies from Clarke Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in African Studies and Research from Howard University in the District of Columbia. She worked for the Department of Defense for 29 years as a budget analyst, management analyst, and a manpower management analyst. Most recently, Hill worked as the program coordinator for the Museum Studies and Historical Preservation program at Morgan State University (Baltimore, Md.). She also was a lecturer in Art History in the Fine Arts Program there. A military wife for 25 years, she is married to retired Lt. Col. Mark W. Hill and has two children, Alexis and Mark II, and four grandchildren.

  • Richard Manski, D.D.S., Ph.D.
    Professor and chairman of Dental Public Health at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Dr. Manski earned his D.D.S. at Howard University (Baltimore, Md.), his M.B.A. at the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. He manages and provides oversight for a team of faculty, staff, educators and researchers in areas including public health, research methods, practice management, and the school’s externship program. He is also responsible for the management at the Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry. Dr. Manski is responsible for a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary and international team of researchers studying the effects of dental utilization patterns associated with changes in dental insurance coverage and changes in retirement status among older Americans. The Reisterstown, Md. resident currently serves as a senior scholar at the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality with the U.S. department of Health and Human Services.

  • Mary Margaret O’Hare
    O’Hare is retired from Federal service as an IT specialist. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University) and her Master of Arts from Loyola College (now Loyola College of Maryland University). As a longtime advocate for rigorous and equitable education for all students in Baltimore County and throughout Maryland, O’Hare has served as Parkville High School PTA President and Baltimore County Board of Education Advisory Council NE Area Chair and countywide Coordinator. She was also appointed as a member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County serving on the Curriculum, Ethics, and Budget and Audit Committees. She is a member of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters and a member of the Education Committee. O’Hare is a Carney resident and President of the Carney Improvement Association. She and her husband, Tom, have four sons, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Richard Yaffe
    Yaffe is a critical care paramedic and managing member of Butler Medical Transport, LLC, a privately held company with offices in Baltimore County. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Marketing. He worked in the home-building industry prior to 2001, when he entered the private ambulance business. Yaffe has served as past president of the Community College of Baltimore County Foundation Board, past president of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, past board member of Beth El Synagogue and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center, and past advisory board member of Jewish Career Services. He is currently the president of the Highline Property Owners Association, a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board, a member of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission and a member of both the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company and the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. Yaffe and his wife reside in Owings Mills, Md.


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Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

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