Bridges to Sustainable Communities Symposium
Knott Auditorium, Mount St. Mary's
16312 University Way, Emmitsburg MD 21727
Sponsored in part by The Ausherman Foundation
Afternoon Panelists Include:
Dr. Erik Orndorff is currently the Superintendent of Pequea Valley School District which he was named to in 2012. He is a national author and presenter for character education and mass customized learning. During Dr. Orndorff’s seven-year stint with Pequea Valley, the school district has been awarded the 2014-2018 Apple Distinguished Award, and in 2015 and 2017 the Pequea Valley High School was named STEM School of the Year out of 22 schools in their Intermediate Unit. Recently Pequea Valley was awarded a silver medal from the U.S. News and World Report for being one of the top high schools in Pennsylvania.
Marchelle LeBlanc serves as the Getting Ahead Program Coordinator in the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS), in Howard County, Maryland. Prior to joining DCRS, she worked for eight years as the Family Case Manager/Community Site Coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools. Marchelle has dedicated much of her career to providing services to youth and families in both her personal endeavors through her family’s ministry and professional employment as a case manager for over 15 years. Marchelle is a native of Flint, Michigan and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services and Marriage/Family Counseling from Liberty University.
Jacqueline R. Scott, J.D., M.L serves as Director for the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS). DCRS is Howard County’s Human Service Agency, serving residents across the lifespan. The scope of the Directorate includes responsibility for the Offices on Aging and Independence, Children and Families, Consumer Protection, Community Partnerships, Local Children’s Board, Human Trafficking Prevention, Veteran and Military Families, ADA Coordination, and specific Emergency Management functions. Much of Jackie’s professional career has focused on improving the quality of, and access to, health and human service systems of care for vulnerable populations. She serves as a consultant, lecturer, and trainer for numerous academic, state, local, private and nonprofit organizations. She holds a dual BA from Georgetown University; a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center; and a Masters in Leadership/Organizational Development from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. She is a Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer.
“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” Bill Gates
Continental Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Catered by Mount St. Mary's
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Pick up name tags, materials, lunch vouchers, and SWAG Bag
Welcome and Introduction 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address by Phil Devol 9:45 a.m.
Author of Bridges to Sustainable Communities
Break 10:45 a.m.
Watch Seton Center: Hope in the Valley Video
Panel Discussion 11:00 a.m.
Getting Ahead Graduates share how the program affected their lives. Moderated by Kelly Mays Cristiano.
Lunch at Patriot Hall 11:45 a.m.
Vouchers for lunch provided at check-in.
How to Build a Bridges Community 12:30 p.m.
Panel discussion with Phil DeVol, followed by open discussion and Q&A
Closing Remarks 2:00 p.m.
Location & Venue
Bridges Resources & Testimonials
What is the Bridges Concept and how can it work for our community?
Testimonials from various sectors who have used Bridges training and implementation successfully:
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