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For Immediate Release:

THREE FROM MDOT CHOSEN FOR 
LEADERSHIP MARYLAND’S CLASS OF 2017

MDOT Officials Among 52 Selected Through Competitive Process for Professional Development Program

February 23, 2017

HANOVER, MD –Secretary Pete K. Rahn today congratulated three members of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for their selection to Leadership Maryland, a professional development program dedicated to harnessing the strength of Maryland’s local business and community leaders and building a better state.

MDOT officials chosen were: MDOT Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis & Planning Charles C. Glass, Ph.D., P.E.; MDOT Director of the Office of Audits Brenda Cachuela, CPA, CRMA, CIA; and Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Deborah E. Sharpless, CPA.

“We are honored that Leadership Maryland has recognized the depth of our staff and their commitment to serving the people of Maryland,” said Secretary Rahn. “MDOT has some of the most talented professionals in the transportation industry who dedicate their lives to delivering the best transportation network in the nation.”

Glass, Cachuela and Sharpless were among 52 applicants chosen in a competitive process for Leadership Maryland’s 25th class. Participants will complete an eight-month, hands-on learning program that launches in April, focused on the state’s social, economic and environmental issues.

Renée M. Winsky, president and Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Maryland, said the three were picked from an “extraordinary” pool of candidates, “who represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

Assistant Secretary Glass began his career at MDOT in January 2016 after more than 20 years in academia and the engineering consulting industry. He came to MDOT from Howard University, where he served as an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering since 2006. The Bethesda resident completed his undergraduate requirements in Civil Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Director Cachuela has more than 24 years of experience in audit, financial analysis, internal controls, business process reengineering, and consulting. Prior to joining MDOT in 2012, she served as Deputy, then Acting Chief Financial Officer for the MDTA. The Eldersburg resident earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Towson University and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Johns Hopkins.

Deputy Executive Director Sharpless joined the MDTA in 2008 after serving as Controller for the Maryland State Lottery and Senior Auditor for the Department of Legislative Services’ Office of Legislative Audits. She was appointed MDTA’s Deputy Executive Director in 2012. Sharpless previously served as MDTA’s Chief Financial Officer. The Joppa resident holds a MBA degree from the University of Baltimore and Towson University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five intense two-day sessions, traversing the state and focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity.  More than 100 experts from business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers. Leadership Maryland’s first class graduated in 1993, and its alumni include more than 1,100 leaders from all the state’s industries and regions.  To learn more, call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit LeadershipMD.org.

Contact:
Erin Henson
MDOT Public Affairs
410-865-1025

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