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 healthcare 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 M.S.W. in Psychiatric Social Work from Rutgers University, an A.C.S.W. in Administration from Penn State, and a B.S. in Secondary Education/Psychology from Farleigh Dickenson University. Director since 1996. In 2017 at the 35th Annual Conference on The Hidden Epidemic: Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse in Older Adults the Maryland Gerontological Association awarded Ms. Thomas the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with improving the quality of life for seniors in Maryland.
Gail T. Young
Management Consultant, domestic and international financial management. She is the former Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Universities Research Association, Inc.; Vice President, Administrative and Financial Affairs, MD Biotechnology Institute, University of Md. System; Director of Financial Management, US Dept. of Transportation; and former Controller of the US Department of Energy. Dr. Young holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Doctor of Business Administration from The George Washington University. She is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager, was a Founding Director of The Women’s National Bank and of the 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.
Coordinator of Legal Affairs and Assistant Professor School of Nursing, University of Maryland. Both a lawyer with a J.D. degree from George Washington University, and an R.N. with a Masters of Science degree from the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland. She is currently on the Board of Directors of CareFirst of Maryland Blue Cross Blue Shield and has served on the Boards of The Horizon Foundation and Howard County General Hospital, an affiliated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also served as Chairman of the Board of Health of Howard County, MD, and has been a contributor to and an editor of several professional journals. Director since 2002.
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 Unviersity of Maryland. Director since 2011.
Clinical Social Worker, currently the Psychogeriatric Coordinator for the Howard County Mental Health Authority. She has over 30 years of clinical and management experience in social work, mental health and aging. Ms. Ansel is active in various State and County initiatives relating to mental health and aging. She holds an M.S.W., with a Certificate of Concentration in Aging, from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Director since 2001. In 2017 at the 35th Annual Conference on The Hidden Epidemic: Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse in Older Adults the Maryland Gerontological Association awarded Ms. Ansel was one of three Howard Countians was awarded the Individual Outstanding Award in appreciation for all that she has done for seniors, her colleagues and the field of Geriatric Mental Health.
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 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.
Retired, former Executive Director; National Medical Association. She recently completed 6 years on the Board of the Horizon Foundation and is active in several community service projects. She received an M.A. from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Oberlin College. Director since 2001.
President and CEO of Lakeview Title Company, Ms. Eagan has been involved in the local real estate community since 1979. She is a past president of The Columbia Foundation, past chair of The Howard County Board of Appeals, and has served on numerous non-profit boards including FIRN and The Columbia Festival of the Arts. She is currently a member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chair of the Downtown Task Force, a founding member of The New City Alliance, a member of the Bright Minds Foundation board of directors, and active on The Columbia Foundation’s Leadership Council. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she has her BA in Spanish and English. Director since 2010.
President of the Vantage House Residents’ Association. Retired Education Professional. Substitute Teacher at Towson University; Teacher and Administrator in Howard County Public Schools for 25 years, serving on various committees including Teacher Education, Gifted and Talented, and Special Education. Attended University of Maryland and Towson University, receiving a BS in Education and Masters of Education from Towson University. She completed post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University for her certification in Administration and Supervision. Moved to Columbia in 1967, and was active in beginnings of the PTA, Swim Teams, Cub Scouts, Dag Hammarskjold College. Moved into Vantage House in July 2010. Chairman of Marketing Committee and served on Resident Board since 2010. Director since 2011.
Caroline Fitzgerald, Ex-Officio
Family Council Representative. Engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for the past 15 years; prior to that worked for the Navy. Active with the Boy Scouts and other youth activities. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Fitzgerald serves as the Vice President of the Vantage House Family Council. Her mother is a resident on Aspen Place. Director since 2012.
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.
Claire C. Lea
Claire C. Lea is retired from Winter Growth, Inc. She has had 15 years of experience working with the senior population. During her tenure at Winter Growth she served in the areas of social services, adult medical day care, assisted living and therapeutic activities. She also was the volunteer administrator, human resources coordinator, and was the assistant to the director of the Ruth Keeton Center Complex. Ms. Lea holds a B.A. degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Interdisciplinary Studies, with the emphasis on geriatrics and women studies. She has been active in the Columbia community since 1968 in many capacities. Among others, she was president of Wilde Lake Cooperative Nursery School, a founder of Longfellow Friends of the Traditional Fourth, a volunteer at the Domestic Violence Center, and the administrative assistant to Harper’s Choice Village Association. She has served on the Boards of Candlelight Concerts, Howard County Volunteer Administrators, and COGS (Coalition of Geriatric Services). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Winter Growth, Inc. She is the former owner and operator of two local businesses, The Last Chance Saloon and J.K.’s Pub. 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, Human Resources, the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, and 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.
Paula Rasera, Ex-Officio
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 Perdue 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 volunteer and officer of the Faulkner Ridge, Wilde Lake Middle, and Wilde Lake High PTAs. Spent 3 years with 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 Counsleors 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, Resident of Vantage House since 2013. Director since 2015.
Advisory Consultant to the Board
Professor of Nursing, Adult Health Department, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD; 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 the field of 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 PhD 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, MD. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for over thirty years and has worked in the Intelligence Community for almost forty 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 a hundred employees, and to include financial accounting support through the sale of their businesses, selling for as much as one hundred million dollars. 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 their families. Prior to starting his own business, Mr. Roberts was an Associate at Booz, Allen and 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. Ray 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. Ray’s mother has lived at Vantage House since 2003. Director since 2013.
K. Stanley Sokolove
Advisory Consultant to the Board
Strategic Planning Consultant
San Diego, California
President, Sokolove Development LLC; Senior Living Development Consultant/Owner’s Representative; former Executive Vice President and Partner of Coventry Development L.P. 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.
Retired, United States Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Baltimore Hearing Office of the Social Security Administration. Judge Stark’s mother resides in the Health Center. Between 1994 and 1997 Judge Stark served as an ALJ in New Haven, Connecticut. Between 1977 and 1994 Judge Stark served as a trial attorney for the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C. He argued numerous ICC cases involving railroads before the United States Courts of Appeals. Several of his cases reached the United States Supreme Court. In one noteworthy case, Amtrak v. Boston and Main R.R., then Acting Solicitor General (now Chief Justice) John Roberts successfully argued the Government’s cause. Judge Stark received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park and a JD from the University of Maryland Baltimore. He is currently a Judicial Member of the District of Columbia Bar and an inactive member of the Maryland Bar. Director since 2007.
Richard L. Vogel, Jr.
Advisory Consultant to the Board
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, 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 Washington Building Congress. Mr. Vogel received his B.S. with High Honors in Civil Engineering and M.B.A. in Finance with High Honors from the University of Maryland, College Park. Director since 2002.