Virginia M. Thomas
Retired, past director of community health for the Center for Health Program Development and Management (Hilltop Institute), University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ms. Thomas served 12 years as a state legislator in the Maryland General Assembly and has been recognized as a legislative leader with expertise in health care and human services. Prior to that, she served for eight years on the Howard County Council. Known for her community outreach and volunteer activities, Ms. Thomas currently serves as president of the Maryland Gerontological Association, board member of the Mental Health Association of Maryland and of the Maryland Disabilities Forum, and was a member of numerous other boards and committees in Howard County and Maryland. She is also one of the founders of the Rt. 1 Day Center Partners for the homeless, many of whom live in tents along Rt. 1. She received an MSW in psychiatric social work from Rutgers University, an ACSW in administration from Penn State, and a B.S. in secondary education/psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Director since 1996.
Gail T. Young
Management consultant, domestic and international financial management. She is the former chief financial officer and treasurer of Universities Research Association Inc.; vice president, administrative and financial affairs, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, University System of Maryland; director of financial management, U.S. Dept. of Transportation; and former controller of the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Young holds a B.S. and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a doctorate in business administration from The George Washington University. She is both a CPA and a certified government financial manager, was a founding director of The Women’s National Bank and of First WNB Corp., Washington, D.C.; and is a member of several professional organizations. Dr. Young has served as professor of accounting at the University of Baltimore and Mount St. Mary’s University. Director since 2003.
Loan servicing manager and senior vice president, Eagle Bank. Mr. Ricci has over 24 years’ experience in operations production management and loan accounting. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland. Director since 2011.
Bruce P. Martin
A lawyer and former Maryland assistant attorney general who is currently serving as the executive director of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Merit System Protection Board. Before retiring from state service, Mr. Martin was counsel to the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, where he represented the state with regard to operating and capital budgets, fiscal matters, contracts and procurement, and employee relations. His experience also includes service as an assistant legislative officer to the governor of Maryland; counsel to the Maryland Departments of Juvenile Services, Disabilities, and Human Resources; the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention; and as an attorney in private practice. A 1979 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. Director since 2014.
Retired, director of social services, Winter Growth Inc.; social worker with a focus on dementia care. Ms. Bednarzik has over 25 years of clinical and management experience in social work, mental health and aging. She was director of (and assisted in) developing several model assisted living programs, including Ruth Keeton House and Winter Growth. She served on various boards and advisory committees, including the Coalition of Geriatric Services, the Howard County Mental Health Committee, the University of Maryland School of Social Work Advisory Board, the Association of Community Services Board, and the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Advisory Board. She holds an M.S.W. with a concentration in aging administration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg College. Director since 2016.
Ellicott City, Maryland
Attorney in private practice with over 20 years’ experience in elder law; member of the bar and practicing attorney in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Bobotek limits his practice to estate planning and elder law, including asset protection from nursing homes, wills, trusts, estates, powers of attorney and health care documents, charitable giving, and related areas. He served on the board of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, the board of managers for the Howard County YMCA, the advisory board of Deerfield Senior Services, and is a current member of ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Howard County Bar Association. Author of numerous articles and other publications, writing and speaking frequently on estate planning and elder law issues. Graduate of George Mason University School of Law, with advanced training in tax law at the University of Baltimore. Director since 2016.
Penny L. Boughn
Ellicott City, Maryland
Retired, AT&T: data sales manager, national account manager, project manager. NCR: national account manager, marketing manager. Member: Howard County Commission for Women 1980-1983. She received a B.A. in business administration, summa cum laude, from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, and was included in the 14th edition of Who’s Who in American Women. Director since 1999.
Vice president for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, one of the largest and most successful commercial construction companies in the United States. Over the years, she has worked on numerous construction projects both public and private and both large and small, including Vantage House over 20 years ago. She is an adjunct professor at Baltimore County Community College, Catonsville, teaching a course in construction scheduling and planning. She received her B.S. in civil engineering from Villanova University, an M.S. in engineering technology and management from the University of Maryland, and received a certificate in general theology from the Washington Theological Union. Director since 2008.
Irma A. Chapin
Nursing consultant, Prime Health; former owner/operator of Millennium Health Services Facilities. Ms. Chapin was owner and operator of six nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area, with 1,500 residents and over 2,000 employees. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Quality Assurance Committee for Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), and has been recipient of its Directors Award. Director since 2004.
Family council representative. Director, planning & community affairs, Columbia Association. Urban planner with more than 25 years of experience in land use and transportation policy and planning, zoning, parks and recreation, capital improvement planning, community revitalization, and civic engagement. Her experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors with a focus on improving the built and natural environments. She has worked at the local and federal government levels, as a consultant planner for small and large private firms, and for nonprofit organizations. Before her planning career, she worked in the health promotion and environmental health fields. She is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences.
Ms. Dembner received her bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College and her master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified planner (American Institute of Certified Planners). Jane is a native New Yorker, lives in Columbia with her family and is an avid cyclist. She is a member of the Leadership Howard County Class of 2013, and serves as president of the Vantage House Family Council. Her mother is a resident of Aspen Place. Director since 2016.
Principal, the Eagan Team of Long and Foster; former president of Lakeview Title Company; active in the real estate community since 1979. Ms. Eagan is a past president of the Columbia Foundation, past chair of the Howard County Board of Zoning Appeals, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including FIRN, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She is currently active in the chamber and is also a member of the Wilde Lake education committee. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she has a B.A. in Spanish and English. Director since 2010.
Michael Glasgow, Ex-Officio
President of the Vantage House Residents’ Association. Dr. Glasgow has a background in medical education and research, including positions with the NIH Laboratory of Neurochemistry, Johns Hopkins, and most recently with the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His focus has been in cardiovascular research and geriatrics. He received a B.A. in engineering/liberal arts (biology concentration) from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in physiology (minor in biochemistry) from the University of Maryland. He moved to Vantage House in June 2015 and has served on the resident board since 2015. Director since 2016.
CEO of IMRE, an integrated brand communications firm. Mr. Imre is a senior counselor in strategic brand marketing, communications and public relations. He has served in public relations for over 30 years, specializing in strategic planning, crisis communications and senior counsel. He received his B.S. in communications arts from James Madison University, and an M.S. in broadcasting and management from Ohio University. Director since 2013.
Karla Pinato heads the Creig Northrop Team of Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.’s Senior Living Division, a division she helped create and establish. Karla has been a licensed realtor for over 20 years, holding advanced real estate certifications, including seniors real estate specialist. She is a specialist in the unique needs that apply to older adults making a significant life move, and teaches educational seminars to help seniors in the process of selling their homes. Among her previous positions, she served as president of the Howard County Million Dollar Club, legislative committee member of the Howard County Association of Realtors, executive director of the Creig Northrop Team, assistant teacher at Glenelg County School, and account manager at Sprint Corporation and Unisys. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and Montclair State University. Director since 2018.
Paula Rasera, Ex-Officio
Past president of the Vantage House Residents’ Association. Retired national-certified professional school counselor. Served as a math and science teacher in Indiana public schools. Counselor in the Office of the Dean of Woman at Purdue University. Administered the Bryant Woods Montessori School, and spent 12 years as an instructional assistant working with learning disabled students in the Howard County school system. Served as a volunteer and officer of the Faulkner Ridge, Wilde Lake Middle, and Wilde Lake High PTAs. Spent 3 years with the Baltimore County Schools as a middle school guidance counselor and 6 years as a counselor at Oakland Mills Middle School. Privileged to serve as president of the Maryland School Counselors Association before retiring in 2001. Received a B.S. in chemistry from Wheaton College in Illinois, and an M.A. in student personnel administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. Columbia resident since 1971 and resident of Vantage House since 2013. Director since 2015.
Professor of nursing, Adult Health Department, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland; certified gerontological nurse practitioner and fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has broad clinical, research, teaching and consulting experience in adult and gerontological health, and has been published widely on a range of related matters. Dr. Resnick has received numerous professional awards for her work, federally funded research grants, and has been an active participant in service to professional and health-related community organizations. She received a B.S.N. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Director since 2003.
Raymond C. Roberts
Mr. Roberts is president of Raymond C. Roberts, P.C., an accounting firm in Columbia, Maryland. He has been a certified public accountant for over 30 years and has worked in the intelligence community for almost 40 years. Mr. Roberts started his business in 1989 and has developed a niche supporting small Department of Defense (DOD) contractors by setting up, staffing and running their accounting departments. He has provided accounting support and financial advice to small business clients, beginning with their corporate start-ups through their growth to over 100 employees, including financial accounting support through the sale of their businesses, selling for as much as $100 million. Currently, he is serving as chief financial officer for a Columbia-based DOD contractor with 2012 revenues of $23 million. He is also advising other DOD contractors in the area as well as their owners and families. Prior to starting his own business, Mr. Roberts was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1981 to 1989 and an intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency from 1974 to 1981. He has been an adjunct professor at Howard Community College and the National Cryptologic School. Mr. Roberts is on the board of the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC) in Glenwood and has served on the Vantage House finance committee as a non-board member since January 2011. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in political science. Director since 2013.
Carol A. Romano
Dr. Carol A. Romano, rear admiral, retired, United States Public Health Service (USPHS) is professor and dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She received a diplomain nursing (1971) from the Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing in Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor of Science (1977), Master of Science (1985) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Romano is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics. She has served in a variety of leadership positions in the USPHS in the Office of the Surgeon General, including chief nurse officer, and has also worked for 34 years at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Center. She is a contributor and editorial board member for several professional journals; recipient of multiple NIH, HHS and University awards; and acknowledged in The World Who’s Who in American Nursing.
Director since 2018.
K. Stanley Sokolove
San Diego, California
Strategic Planning Consultant
President, Sokolove Development LLC; senior living development consultant/owner’s representative; former executive vice president and partner of Coventry Development LP; and vice president of Coventry Resources LP, developers and consultants, respectively, of senior living communities. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, vice-chairman of the Senior Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), and was an elected member of the first Columbia Town Center Village board. Mr. Sokolove received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a licensed architect. Director since 1999.
Richard L. Vogel Jr.
Finance & Capital Consultant
Senior vice president and division manager of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, one of the largest and most successful commercial construction companies in the United States. Mr. Vogel’s Mid-Atlantic Division includes Whiting-Turner’s Washington, D.C., office and three offices in Virginia: Chantilly, Richmond and Norfolk. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, The Greater Washington Board of Trade (assistant treasurer, executive committee, co-chair finance committee), Equitech International LLC, Junior Achievement of National Capital Area, The Suzuki Music School of Maryland, University of Maryland Board of Visitors of Civil Engineering, and The Catholic University of America advisory board for civil engineering. Previously, he served on many other boards, including president of board of trustees of Evergreen School and vice president of the board of directors of Washington Building Congress. Mr. Vogel received his B.S. with high honors in civil engineering and his M.B.A. in finance with high honors from the University of Maryland, College Park. Director since 2002.