Newsletter—November, 2018

Maryland General Election—November 6th

Today is Election Day. If you have not yet voted, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, look up your voter information, find information about the candidates or ballots, or any other information concerning voting, please visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Stay tuned for our follow-up newsletter next month with voting results and information.

People on the Move

Joanna Diamond has taken the position of Director of Advocacy with Health Care for the Homeless. Ms. Diamond is formerly with the ACLU of Maryland and Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Nicole Stallings has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Maryland Hospital Association. Ms. Stallings was previously the Vice President of Policy & Data Analytics. Both Brian Frazee and Jennifer Witten were promoted to Vice President of Government Affairs.

Allison Taylor has joined the staff of the Senate Finance Committee in the Maryland General Assembly. Ms. Taylor was formerly the Director of Government Affairs for the Maryland Department of Health.

Leana Wen, M.D. will begin her new role as the President of Planned Parenthood on November 12. Dr. Wen previously served as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore beginning in 2015, as well as a patient advocate and emergency physician. 


Public Policy Partners’ Ann Ciekot was a panel speaker at the Maryland Public Health Association’s Annual Conference. Ms. Ciekot participated in the panel discussion titled "The Historic Context and Current Reality of the Opioid Epidemic in Maryland."

Congratulations to John Ciekot on receiving the Baltimore Historical Society’s Living History award. The award honors those whose lives exemplify the civic value of community involvement and enhancement. Mr. Ciekot is the Special Projects Director at Civic Works and has overseen the preservation and restoration of the historic Clifton Mansion which houses the nonprofit urban service corps that strengthens Baltimore’s communities through job training and volunteerism. Civic Works is celebrating its 25th anniversary and also recognized Mr. Ciekot with an Outstanding Leadership award at its celebration event. 

Congratulations to Samantha Zwerling, Chief of Staff to Senator Rich Madaleno, on being honored by the Maryland Hunger Solutions with their Legislative Staffer of the Year award. The award is in recognition of her work in the policy arena reducing food insecurity in Maryland.

In Memoriam

After an arduous battle with cancer, Michele Phinney, Director of the Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination with the Maryland Department of Health, passed away on October 23. Ms. Phinney devoted over 40 years of service to the Department, including her significant role in developing a progressive regulations process for the entire Department, as well as the Boards and Commissions. 



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