Newsletter—June, 2018

jennifernewssmWelcome to Public Policy Partners

Public Policy Partners is pleased to welcome to its staff Jennifer Peterein, who supported the work of the firm and its clients throughout the 2018 Legislative Session. Ms. Peterein comes to PPP with over 15 years of experience in the legal field with recent focus on legal and regulatory research relating to healthcare, psychiatric care, aging, and criminal justice.

Maryland's Primary Election

Maryland’s Primary Election is Tuesday, June 26th. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition, Early Voting will take place Thursday, June 14th through June 21st. Early voting polls are open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

If you are not registered, you have until June 5th to vote in the Primary. You can register online at the State Board of Elections website.

People on the Move

Jill Carter has been appointed to represent Baltimore City’s District 41 in the Maryland State Senate. Senator Carter has filled the seat recently vacated by former Senator Nathaniel Oaks.

Debony R. Hughes, DDS, has been named as the new Director of the Office of Oral Health at the Maryland Department of Health.  Prior to her appointment, Dr. Hughes oversaw the oral health program at the Prince George’s Health Department and was the Vice-Chair of the Maryland Dental Action Committee.

David Jernigan has departed the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the state of Maryland to join the staff at the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Noah Parker has joined the Judicial College of Maryland as Assistant Manager of the Department of Technology Education.

Lillian Reese is the new Legislation & Regulations Specialist for the Health Occupations Boards and Commissions at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Most recently, Ms. Reese worked in MDH’s Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination.

Dana Vickers Shelley has been hired as the ACLU of Maryland’s new Executive Director. Vickers Shelley brings to the ACLU a background in community outreach, policy advocacy, organizational management, and strategic communications.

Best Wishes in Retirement

Congratulations to Susan Goering on the occasion of her retirement this past February from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland after 22 years as its Executive Director. We thank her for her unwavering commitment to equitable education funding, fair housing, and criminal justice reform.

Congratulations to Ed Suddath on his retirement from the Maryland Nurses Association as its Executive Director. After 11 years with the MNA and a long career in association management, we wish Mr. Sudath all the best. 


Congratulations to Ken Capone, Public Policy Director of People On the Go Maryland, for being presented with The Arc Baltimore’s 2018 Award for Advocacy Leadership. Mr. Capone was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, is the immediate past president of the Disability Rights Maryland Board, and was instrumental in the passing of the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act in 2016 which phases out the subminimum wage certificates

Congratulations to Laura Howell on being the recipient of the Arc of Carroll County’s President’s Award. Ms. Howell is recognized for her work at the helm of the Maryland Association of Community Services in transforming services for people with disabilities.

Congratulations to Nelson Sabatini who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services and the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center. Mr. Sabatini is the current chair of the Health Services Cost Review Commission and former Secretary of Health under Governors Schaefer and Ehrlich.

Congratulations to Sarah Szanton, a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Ph.D. program, who (in January) was named an American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner for her Community Aging in Place: Advancing Better Living for Elders intervention. The honor recognizes nurses and models of care that improve health, impact cost, and influence policy.



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