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New Year, New Leadership for The Patuxent Partnership

Published: 21 Dec 2018
Contributor: Sarah Ehman

TPP announces 2019 Board of Directors

The Patuxent Partnership announces the appointment of five new board members, along with returning members as the full slate of officers and board members for 2019.

Joining the board of directors are Mike DeManss, Heidi Fleming, Gary Kessler, Tom Phelan, and Linda Vassallo.

The 2019 board is led by Bert Johnston, who succeeds Gene Townsend as president.

Johnston is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral and naval test pilot. Johnston’s 32 years of service included assignments as vice commander for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and commander for Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. He was also the Navy’s chief test pilot.

The board of directors includes representatives from government, industry, and academia, in support of TPP’s mission to foster collaboration between the three entities to advance technology development, technology transfer, STEM education, and workforce development in Southern Maryland.

The full slate of board members for 2019 is as follows:

Bert Johnston, President
Jackie Marsteller, Vice President
Kal Leikach, Secretary
Ray Wernecke, Treasurer

Chuck Angus
Rebecca Bridgett
Mike DeManss
Steve Eastburg
Heidi Fleming
Tracy Harris
Mike Johnston
Gary Kessler
Tom Phelan
Ed Rule
Frank Schenk
Gene Townsend
Linda Vassallo
Michael Wick

Bonnie M. Green, Executive Director

Leslie Taylor, Department of Defense liaison (non-voting member)


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