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Commissioners

 

  • Dale G. Green, Chair- Baltimore City (and the Mid-Shore of Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Talbot, Caroline, and Dorchester Counties)
  • Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England – Baltimore County
  • Russell Frisby, Jr., Esq. – Howard County
  • Marilyn Hatza – Baltimore City
  • Edwin T. Johnson – Baltimore City
  • Melvin Kelly – Anne Arundel County
  • Michael G. Kent – Calvert County
  • Steven X. Lee – Baltimore County
  • Lopez D. Matthews, Jr., PhD – Baltimore County
  • Cheryl A. McLeod – Howard County

 

Dale Glenwood Green, Chair

Professor Dale Glenwood Green is the Chair of the Historic Preservation Program and a Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University. Green earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University, a Masters of Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. Candidate in Architectural Studies and Historic Preservation from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Green joined the faculty at Morgan State University in 2008 with a mission to infuse historic preservation education, research and scholarship within the existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum and instruction within the School of Architecture + Planning. Green is distinguished for his contributions in preservation education. Green’s teaching and research explores the essence of context, resulting in engaging, inspirational, and evocative historic built and natural environments that embody, rather than simply contain, the stories being told. Green is also a Historical Architect, in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR 61), LEED Accredited Professional, acknowledged for his professional work in historic preservation, and has dedicated his career to preserving and reinvigorating historic places, through rigorous  research and creative, sensitive design interventions, while showing great respect for the original architects’ and builders’ intentions. Green was honored as the recipient of two 2012 Maryland Preservation Awards (the Education and Community Engagement award and the Preservation Partnerships for Project Excellence award).

 

Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England

Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England serves as the Assistant Minister of the Enon Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the founder and CEO of Nu Season Nu Day MinistryInc., a Christ-Centered Ministry which seeks to equip and empower women to fulfill their God-given purpose while assisting in the development of healthy sisterly relationships. She is the author of The Journey To Self: Who Knows What A Woman Can Be When She Is Free To Be Herself.

Dr. England holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed graduate studies in Speech/Language Pathology at Loyola College of Baltimore. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the St. Mary’s Seminary and University and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio where her area of specialization was Congregational Development and Developing New Faith Communities in the 21st Century.

 

Russell Frisby

Commissioner Frisby is an attorney and partner in the Stinson Leonard Street firm in its Washington, DC location.  His focus is on regulatory and corporate matters affecting entities in the communications, energy and technology areas.  He represents clients in a wide variety of proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Energy, state utility commissions and federal courts.  As part of his practices, he also has served as special telecommunications counsel to several large municipalities and has testified before several Congressional committees on various issues.  Commissioner Frisby previously served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Long involved in civic affairs in Maryland and a member of the Pepco Board, Commissioner Frisby has a familial connection to the Banneker-Douglass Museum.  Commissioner Frisby’s grandfather, Dr. Herbert M. Frisby, donated his historic collection of Arctic artifacts to the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the third floor of the building is named after Dr. Frisby.

 

Marilyn Hatza

Commissioner Marilyn Hatza is a native of Cambridge, where she attended Dorchester County public schools and graduated from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University.

For many years, she served as the assistant Registrar of the Howard County Center of African American Culture.  Ms. Hatza later worked as the archivist for the Afro-American Newspapers and Preservation Services Director for Preservation Maryland.  She is currently employed as Program Officer for Grants and Strategic Partnerships at the Maryland Humanities Council.

Commissioner Hatza is the mother of one son.  She resides in Baltimore with her husband.

 

Melvin L. Kelly

Commissioner Melvin L. Kelly grew up in Howard County. After graduating from Harriet Tubman High School, he spent two years at Johns Hopkins University McCoy College and then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he and his wife moved to her hometown in Severn where he led a successful nine year (1967-1976) effort to construct a new Metropolitan United Methodist church building campaign. Melvin worked for Litton Industries in College Park. Commissioner Kelly left his career of electrical engineering to own his business of residential waste removal which was on the Baltimore Sun’s list of the “Top 50 Minority Businesses in Baltimore”.

Commissioner Kelly served on the Board of Directors for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Chamber of Commerce, and the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation. He also served as chairman of the board for Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Currently Commissioner Kelly is chairman of the Fairfield Outreach and Sponsors Association, a nationwide organization that fundraises for the Fairfield Children’s Home at the United Methodist Mission at Old Mutare in Zimbabwe. Commissioner Kelly resides in Severn with his wife Regina. They have a daughter, a grandson, and a granddaughter.

 

Michael Kent

Michael Kent is a native of Calvert County, Maryland where his family has grown tobacco and raised cattle since 1780.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Kent received a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.  Mr. Kent spent 3 years in the United States Naval Reserves as a Judge Advocate General officer before serving as an assistant state’s attorney for both the Baltimore City and Prince George’s county State’s Attorney’s offices. Currently, Mr. Kent is working with 25 other African American farmers to convert their properties to solar and wind farms.

 

Steven X. Lee

A native of Baltimore city, Commissioner Steven Xavier Lee graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. He earned his bachelor’s of art degree from the School of Fine Arts at Howard University.  He earned his degree while working as a news reporter at WHUR Radio.  Commissioner Lee continued to earn an Art Master’s of Science degree in exhibition design from Pratt Institute in New York while being employed as a graphic artist and exhibit designer.

Commissioner Lee’s varied interests and projects included exhibits with the Studio Museum of Harlem and the National Conference of Artists; working in France as an Art & Animation Director for Le Centre Bossuet (a cultural/medical center for French immigrants living in Paris); being an instructor for the University of Maryland, working as an assistant curator for Baltimore City as well as being the director for the Foundation for Minority Film and The Heritage Museum.  More recently he concluded a 15-year tenure as the founding director for the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Oella, Maryland.

Currently Mr. resides in Baltimore’s historic Gwynn Falls Stream Valley, where he continues to work in diverse projects for heritage and environmental conservation.

 

Lopez Matthews, PhD

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Lopez D. Matthews, Jr. earned his BA in history from Coppin State University in 2004, a master’s degree in Public History in 2006, and a PhD in United States History from Howard University in 2009. He has worked for the Maryland State Archives, National Archives, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and as an archivist in the Howard University Archives. Currently, he is the Digital Production Librarian for the Howard University Libraries and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. He is also an adjunct professor at Coppin State University, where he teaches courses in United States, African American, and World histories.

 

Cheryl A. McLeod

 Commissioner Cheryl A. McLeod graduated from Prince George’s County Public Schools, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Non-Violent Conflict and Change & Sociology from Syracuse University in upstate New York. As a UniServ Director for the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), she has supported educators in Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Carroll, and Washington Counties in collective bargaining, advocacy, professional learning, dispute resolution, and training.

Commissioner McLeod has served as a judge in the Howard County Black Saga competition and has established a strong relationship with the docents of the Banneker-Douglass Museum.  She has worked diligently on the grassroots efforts to name the “Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport” and to establish the Thurgood Marshall Tribute at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis.

Each February, the McLeod Family hosts activities, lectures, discussions, and networking for Black History Month, commonly known as, “The McLeod Black Experience.” She has also provided Cultural Diversity Awareness training for community organizations throughout Maryland.

Commissioner McLeod has travelled to Africa and the Caribbean with the People to People Ambassador Program, and with Syracuse Alumni, providing resources to developing schools and communities. She has served as mediator for the Maryland Commission on Human Rights, and has advocated against discrimination and bias. As a strong social justice and citizenship advocate, Ms. McLeod serves as an election observer and provides voter rights protection in many states throughout the country.