Ellen, in her third term on the Board of Education, is currently the Board’s Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also been Board Chair in 2010 and 2013. In addition, she is Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), and a Director and Vice Chair of MABE’s Legal Services Association. In her spare time, she serves in the community on the Friends of the Howard County Library Board, the Howard County Arts Council and the Choose Civility Advisory Council.
In her day job, Ellen is a financial and energy policy analyst, responsible for collecting and editing data for annual industry publications. These skills and experiences provide valuable assistance to Ellen as she evaluates budgets, programs, curriculum, and policy.
In 2015, Ellen was awarded the Richard G McCauley Award for Transformational Leadership by the Horizon Foundation for her work as a Board of Education Member for her support of Nutrition, Health, and Wellness in the schools. She also received the NAACP Unsung Hero Award.
Prior to joining the Board, Ellen volunteered as a member of the Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education, the Operating Budget Review Committee, the Attendance Area Committee, the Elementary Curriculum Advisory Committee, the World Languages Advisory Committee, the Howard County School Health Council, and the Superintendent’s District Planning Team. For many years she was the interviewer on the PTACHC/HCPSS Parent-Teacher Connection public service program broadcast monthly on local cable stations.
Ellen can often be found announcing or judging at HCPSS student events such as Black Saga, History Day, STEM/MESA Fairs, Debate, and Chorus and Band/Orchestra concerts. She also participates in nearly a dozen Simulated Congressional Hearings at her cluster schools each year. A strong supporter of the A+ partnership between the HCPSS, Howard Community College and the Howard County Library System, Ellen also participates as judge for the Rube Goldberg Competition, Pronouncer at the Howard County Spelling Bee for the last several years, and Moderator for the Battle of the Books.
Ellen has been an executive member of each of the PTAs at schools attended by her four children. Her years of service to children were recognized with the Life Achievement Award from the National PTA in 2003. Also active in the wider community, she is a member of the Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, NAACP, Southern Howard County Civic Association, and Women’s Giving Circle.