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March 10, 2014

HRDC chief taking part in Leadership Maryland

Class of 2014 consists of 52 people selected for eight-month program

ANNAPOLIS — Courtney A. Thomas, executive director of the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission Inc., and a resident of Cumberland, has been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2014.

Thomas is one of 52 people selected to participate in the eight-month program. Leadership Maryland is one of 34 state leadership programs nationwide and has graduated nearly 1,000 statewide leaders.

“The participants represent a broad spectrum of highly qualified executives from an extraordinary pool of statewide applicants,” said Renée M. Winsky, president and CEO and class of 2005 graduate of Leadership Maryland. “After participating in a comprehensive program of experiences throughout the year, these leaders will serve as important participants in the unified effort to shape Maryland’s future.”

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, class members will attend five two-day intense sessions focusing on economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multi-cultur-alism/diversity. The program year will conclude with a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, nonprofit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions.

For further information, visit the group’s website at

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