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Maryland Governor appoints three to State Open Meetings Compliance Board

Board publishes opinions in Maryland Register

posted 7-8-14

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced appointments to a number of boards, commissions and councils, including the State Open Meetings Compliance Board, on Wednesday, July 2, saying "these individuals have a proven record of achievement and possess the expertise and experience worthy of the people of Maryland."  He continued, "I'm proud to appoint diverse, highly-skilled candidates who represent the best Maryland has to offer, and I'm confident in their ability to move our State forward."  The Open Meetings Compliance Board receives complaints regarding violations of the Open Meetings Law and provides advisory guidance through their opinions.

Monica Johnson, Esq. was named as the Chair of the State Open Meetings Law Compliance Board, and was joined by Wanda Martinez, Esq. and Mamata Poch, Esq. who were both named as board members.  They replace Elizabeth L. Nilson, Esq. as Chair and member Courtney J. McKeldin, who have rotated off the Board.  The Board continues to be supported by Ann MacNeille, Board Counsel and Deborah P. Spence, Board Administrator, both of the Attorney General's office. 

The Board has published opinons in the latest issue of the Maryland Register.  The Maryland Register can be found here.  The opinions begin on page 742 (the 10th page of the document).


Bios

Monica Johnson, Esq., Chair
Ms. Johnson is currently a professor of Business Ethics at the University of Maryland University College.  She previously served as the Chief Procurement Officer and Fair Practices Officer for Prince George's County Government and as a Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  She earned her B.S. Degree magna cum laude in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MBA from Johns Hopkins and her law degree from Boston University Law School.

Wanda Martinez, Esq., Member
Wanda Martinez is an attorney with Rismiller Law Group LLC and formerly served as Special Counsel to the Montgomery County Office of Child Support Enforcement.  Ms. Martinez is a graduate of the New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from The Columbia School of Law, Catholic University of America.  She also serves as President of the Government Public Safety and Administration Cluster Advisory Board.

Mamata Poch, Esq., Member
Ms. Poch is currently an Offset and Industrial Trade Manager for Northrop Grumman.  Prior to this position, she served as an International Trade Analyst for Northrop Grumman.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She was awarded the Corporate Global Trade Management Award for performance in 2013.

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