Steve Brennan, President
Steve Brennan has been a resident of Anne Arundel County since 1969. Steve graduated from Severn School in 1980. After obtaining his undergraduate degree and working for a time, Steve attended University of Maryland School of Law from which he graduated in 1992. After law school, Steve joined the Baltimore firm of Semmes, Bowen and Semmes, where he practiced in the Trial Department.
In 1995, Steve left Semmes to join former Semmes partners Kathleen Meredith and Charlie Iliff, and his law school classmate David Wildberger, in the formation of a small trial firm, now named, Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger & Brennan, P.C., which is located in Pasadena, Maryland. Steve is the Managing Shareholder of the firm. Steve serves on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee as well as the Appellate Practice Committee. Steve is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Association for Justice, the Anne Arundel County Bar Association and in the James C. Cawood, Jr. Inn of Court, and he is also involved in non-legal community activities. Steve is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Steve has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region since July 2004.
Laura Austin, Vice-President
Laura has been a member of The Arc Board of Directors for 3 years where she serves as the chairperson for the Education Committee. As a Behavior Specialist from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, she worked with students with developmental disabilities ages 3 to 21. Laura’s training includes augmentative communication, Kennedy Krieger Institute techniques, and Crisis Prevention Intervention. Additionally, Laura has advocated for special education students by speaking at numerous Board of Education hearings as well as many County Council hearings in Anne Arundel County.
Laura is a lifelong resident of Annapolis, is an active member in her church, and enjoys training dogs. She lives with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Rachel, who is a beautiful and delightful young woman with developmental disabilities. Rachel is involved in the Self Directed Waiver Program through The Arc and DDA. Laura has worked hard to help Rachel be successful in the community, and continues to advocate for adults with disabilities through conversations with other families about the Self Directed Services Program.
Michele Tharp, Treasurer
Michele Tharp serves as a Regional Sales Manager for PNC Investments, in the Greater Maryland market area. She has over 26 years of experience within the financial industry, and has held positions in both the Broker- Dealer and the Retail Banking business channels. Michele has been on The Arc Central Chesapeake Region Board of Directors since July 2012.
With the exception of her time at Towson State University, she has resided in Anne Arundel County her entire life. Michele lives in the Pasadena area with her family.
She and her husband have three sons, two of which still reside at home. Their youngest son’s Autism disability, and the desire to be a better advocate for him, was what initially directed Michele’s interest and attention to The Arc.
Kathy Creighton, Secretary
Kathy is the sister of George Price, who has received services from The Arc Central Chesapeake Region since the early 1990s. She retired from the Census Bureau as a manager of large-scale demographic surveys in 2008 and has done part-time consulting work sporadically since then. She has three grown children who were an integral part of George’s life throughout their formative years. Her desire to serve The Arc comes from being an active member of her brother’s team of care givers and an observer of how The Arc has delivered his services over the years. She serves on the Development Committee, and helps with Government Affairs activities as needed. Her interests include painting, yoga, and life-long learning, especially history and politics. She resides in Annapolis with her husband Bill, and Ginger, the cat.
Laura Carr, Past President
Laura Carr is a small business owner of Laura’s Home Staging, and previously worked as a lobbyist in Annapolis, advocating for nonprofit organizations. She serves as chair of the Governmental Affairs committees of both The Arc Central Chesapeake and The Arc Maryland. She has been an active volunteer in her community association and Maryland PTA. She has served on the Arc Central Chesapeake Region Board of Directors since July 2006. Her brother, John Sheehan, is supported by The Arc. She resides in Edgewater with her husband, Mark, and two children, around the corner from John.
Glenn Fleureton, Director-At-Large
Glenn Fleureton was raised on the Eastern Shore of MD (Easton) and is the youngest of 4 children. Growing up, his parents owned and operated a chain of pet stores. As he grew older, he had more responsibility within the business which was a terrific foundation for his future.
After 12 years in corporate financial services Glenn realized his desire to work with individuals, families and businesses on their financial and protection needs. In August of 2014 he started Fleureton Financial Solutions.
Together, utilizing the resources of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Glenn can now bring a full holistic approach to all financial situations, treating your needs like he would want to be treated.
Glenn is a member of the Baltimore Society of Estate Planners, the Financial Planning Association of MD, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). He is also the Past President of his homeowners association and a 10+ year member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. He currently resides in Millersville, Maryland with his wife and two young daughters.
Kandace Williams, Director-At-Large
Kandace Williams has been on the board of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region for three years. A graduate of both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, Kandace began her career working at Central Special School and then Infants and Toddlers as a Developmental Specialist. She has almost 40 years of experience in early intervention, providing direct home based services coaching parents in strategies to help their children, as well as providing initial diagnostic evaluations and mentoring to new staff members.
Kandace currently lives in Mayo with her dog, Lucy who is a Landseer Newfoundland. She has two daughters, Ashley and Alison, who are both teachers. Ashley is a special education teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Sean and daughter, Stella. Alison will be teaching third grade at Monarch School, a charter school opening in Annapolis this fall. Alison and her husband, Tyler live in Annapolis. Kandace spends a lot of time in Charlotte where she is the best “Nana” to Stella.
Kandace is also active in her church, Chesapeake Christian Fellowship in Davidsonville.
Michael Steadman, Director-At-Large
Michael Steadman is a director of Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A., having joined the firm in 2005. Mr. Steadman’s practice includes the representation of individuals, corporate entities, and small businesses in real estate title litigation, insurance law, business matters, and general civil and appellate litigation. Mr. Steadman has successfully briefed and argued numerous appellate cases in the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals of Maryland, the Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In addition, Mr. Steadman actively participates in several civic and professional organizations. He is an active member of the Bar Associations of Anne Arundel County and the District of Columbia, as well as the American Bar Associations. He currently serves as Education Committee chairperson for the District of Columbia Land Title Association.
Mr. Steadman also volunteers with local, charitable organizations, and serves as a board member for the Chesapeake Outdoor Group. Mr. Steadman has been a presenter and instructor at continuing professional education courses.
Mr. Steadman is admitted to the practice of law in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Kristi Davis, Director-At-Large
Kristi is a Self Advocate who has been on The Arc Board of Directors since October 2015. She is on the Education Committee and also works at the Acme in Easton as a bagger. She received the Self-Advocate of the year award from The Arc in 2007, and the Democracy award in 2016. She is originally from Baltimore and moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004, where she currently lives in Queenstown with three roommates. In her spare time she enjoys being around children and writing. A major accomplishment of Kristi’s is the children’s book she wrote; she is currently working on her second.
Paul Merkle, Director-At-Large
Paul Merkle is employed in the financial services industry and serves as Vice President with Branch Banking & Trust Co. Paul began his career with BB&T in 2001 when he entered the management development program. Upon completion of the program, he managed a series of bank branches throughout Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties until 2015 when he was promoted to Small Business Specialist. Paul currently serves in this role where he is located in Annapolis, MD and manages a portfolio of small business clients by helping craft financial solutions to fit their needs.
Paul is a graduate of Salisbury University where he earned his degree in Business Administration and Finance. In 2010, he completed an 18 month banking program at Wake Forest University and, most recently, has become Omega Performance Certified in credit skills. Paul resides in Crofton, MD where he has lived since 2002.
Wes Campbell, Directors-At-Large
Wes Campbell is currently the Queen Anne’s County Infants and Toddlers Program Coordinator and Behavior Consultant. He has been working with individuals from birth through adulthood professionally since 1999. He has been a Therapeutic Support Staff, Mobil Therapist and Family Based Mental Health Professional in the community based mental health arena. He has also been an Emotional Support Teacher, Behavior Specialist and an Assistant Principal in the world of education before he assumed his current post in Queen Anne’s County. He has experience working with children and adults with emotional, psychological, developmental and intellectual disorders/delays.
Wes has three children (Téa 11, Xander 10 and Kellan 9 months) and a wonderful wife Sarah. Two years ago they moved from Lancaster Pennsylvania, where both Wes and Sarah went to college and graduate school, to Millington to be closer to family. They enjoy living on 3 acres in the woods on a lake and everything that comes along with that including caring for their two Newfoundlands, Gabe and Emmett.
Josh Miller, Director-At-Large
Josh Miller is the current President of People Connect, a self-advocacy group supported by The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. Josh served on The Arc’s Board of Directors from 2009 – 2015 and is very excited about coming back on the Board for FY17. In his spare time he works with wood, his specialty is bird houses and crab mallets and lives in Annapolis.
Greg Ferra, Director-At-Large
Greg Ferra is an Attorney at Liff & Walsh, LLP and a member of the firm’s Estates & Trusts Practice Group. Greg concentrates his practice on estate planning and estate administration, with a personal focus on planning for those with special needs. Greg also serves as counsel for his firm’s affiliated title company, Eagle Title, LLC, advising the company in title transactions that involve trusts and probate estates.
In addition to his involvement with The Arc, Greg enjoys volunteering his time and legal experience by serving as a committee member for both the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore City and the Annapolis Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.