Governor-elect names Bell a transition adviser

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    UMES president named to gubernatorial transition panelANNAPOLIS, MD- (Nov. 26, 2014) - UMES President Juliette B. Bell is among 20 people who have accepted Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan's invitation to serve as advisers assisting with his transition into office in January.

    "This presents an opportunity to provide input for issues impacting not only the Eastern Shore, but our university, the University System of Maryland, and higher education as a whole," Bell said. "I look forward to working with Governor Hogan and other members of the committee to help move the state forward."

    Bell was one of three appointees from the Eastern Shore to the Hogan-Rutherford transition team, joining state Sen. Steve Hershey, R-Queen Anne's County and Del. Jeannie Haddaway, R-Talbot County, who will is leaving elected office.

    Three women will serve on Hogan's personnel review team:  

    • Katja Bullock, former special assistant to the president for presidential personnel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush 
    • Ande Fulton Rhodes, personnel director for Anne Arundel County and former personnel director for the state of Maryland 
    • Diane Baker, former deputy appointments secretary for the state of Maryland  

    Three men will direct the governor-elect's business regulation review team:  

    • Jim Soltesz, President and CEO of Soltesz, Inc., a Maryland-based engineering and design firm 
    • Ed Dunn, CEO of American Mechanical Services 
    • Abba Poliakoff, attorney, Gordon Feinblatt, LLC  

    In addition to Bell, Haddaway and Hershey, Hogan named the following people to a transition advisory board:  

    • Joe Bartenfelder, former delegate and Baltimore County Council member
    • Helen Bentley, former U.S. Congresswoman 
    • Luis Borunda, board of directors chair for the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference & President and CEO of U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education 
    • David Craig, Harford County executive 
    • Doug DeLeaver, community relations director, Maryland State Police 
    • Doug Duncan, former  Montgomery County executive
    • Sam Malhotra, founder and CEO of Subsystems, an IT services company based in Rosslyn, Va. 
    • Jimmy Rhee, former assistant state Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Virginia 
    • Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, diplomat and former Maryland gubernatorial candidate
    • Del. Kelly Schulz, R-Frederick County 
    • State Sen. Chris Shank, R-Washington County