Rear Admiral Thomas Q. Donaldson, USN Ret.
Rear Admiral Donaldson, USN retired, has enjoyed 35 years of operational and leadership experience in applied science and technology. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a BS degree in Oceanography and has served on multiple ships and submarines. After attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, he served in various oceanography, meteorology and hydrography positions supporting worldwide naval operations. He also attended the National War College, graduating in 1997 with a Masters in Strategic Studies. He was promoted to Admiral in 2000 and led the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command involving 3000 personnel, seven ocean survey ships and two super computer centers.
After retiring in 2004, he served as the lead SES Director, Stennis Space Center, in Mississippi where he was in charge of NASA’s Space Shuttle Main Engine testing. He also oversaw the activities of over sixty federal, state and industry organizations co-located on Stennis Space Center, employing 4500 personnel. As Director and Loaned Executive to the governor of Mississippi, he assisted in the immediate recovery of the six counties most devastated by hurricane Katrina. His next assignment was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for Applied Energetics Inc, a Directed Energy company in Tucson AZ specializing in Laser Guided Energy applications. Applied Energetics has pioneered the application of proprietary technology for countering roadside bombs and IEDs. His most recent assignment was president of the Energetics Technology Center; a small non-profit science research company. He is married to his High School sweetheart, Debbie, and they have two sons, one daughter and two granddaughters. One son is in the Class of 2013 at USNA.
Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., Ex Offico
Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. was Maryland’s 60th governor. Governor Ehrlich was elected to lead Maryland in November 2002 after promising to restore fiscal responsibility to state government and bring needed change to a political monopoly that had dominated Annapolis for decades. The Governor made good on his promises, turning $4 billion in deficits into a $2.4 billion surplus and appointing the most politically diverse and qualified cabinet in Maryland’s history.
Growing up in Arbutus
Governor Ehrlich was born in 1957 in Arbutus, Maryland, a small, working-class suburb of Baltimore City. His mother, Nancy, was a legal secretary. Bob Sr., a former Marine and Korean War veteran, worked as a commission salesman at Archway Ford in Baltimore for 37 years. In 1967, the Ehrlich family moved out of an apartment and into a row house on Dolores Avenue, where Mr. and Mrs. Ehrlich still live today.
Governor Ehrlich won scholarships to the Gilman School in Baltimore and later to Princeton University. While at Gilman, Governor Ehrlich was named captain of the football team and won all-state and all-American honors. His academic and football success continued at Princeton University, where he studied political science and co-captained the football team. To make ends meet, he sold sandwiches door to door at night, and worked construction jobs on the weekends. After graduating from Princeton in 1979, Governor Ehrlich entered the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he worked as an graduate assistant football coach to earn extra money, while attending classes during the day.
After Governor Ehrlich finished law school in 1982, he moved back to Maryland to work for the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes, and Shriver, where he practiced for more than a decade. While working as an attorney, Governor Ehrlich ran successfully for the House of Delegates, where he was known for a collegial style that helped him build bridges – and forge lasting friendships – across the political aisle. He was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, and fought for the rights of children on the Governor’s Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
In 1994, Bob Ehrlich was elected to the United States House of Representatives. While serving in Congress, he helped craft the first balanced budget in a generation, sponsored legislation to protect innocent spouses from IRS abuse, authored legislation to help blind and disabled citizens return to the workplace, and led efforts to stiffen penalties on criminals convicted of gun violence. Congressman Ehrlich was a leading advocate for small business owners and helped provide record tax relief to the American people.
Bob Ehrlich’s historic election as governor in 2002 ended the monopoly’s grasp on government and began a legacy of reform. In addition to balancing the budget, Governor Ehrlich defeated $7.5 billion in tax hikes proposed by the Maryland General Assembly, while increasing public school funding by record levels. He enacted Maryland’s first-ever charter schools law, establishing 15 charter schools benefiting more than 3,000 students in just three years. Governor Ehrlich doubled investments in college need-based scholarships, helping 12,000 students go to college. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation called Governor Ehrlich’s Bay Restoration Act, “the most important pollution-reducing initiative in the state in 20 years.” The Governor’s plan will reduce pollution into the Bay by seven million pounds per year-cutting current levels nearly in half.
More than 100,000 net new private-sector jobs were created during his time as Governor. Maryland’s unemployment rate was one of the lowest in the nation at approximately 4 percent and its welfare rate is at its lowest level since 1962.
Governor Ehrlich is married to Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich, a former assistant public defender and assistant state’s attorney. The Ehrlichs are the proud parents of two sons, Drew and Joshua.
Senator John Giannetti, Ex Offico
Born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 9, 1964. Attended Prince George’s County and Carroll County public schools; Westminster High School; Bucknell University, B.S. (biology), 1986; president, student government; member, Mortarboard Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership fraternity); cofounder & president, Bucknell chapter, Chi Phi Fraternity. University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1994 (president, student government, 1993; chair, university system student council, 1994). Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1995; District of Columbia Bar, 2002. Associate attorney, Vallario & Collins, 1996-98; Fossett & Brugger, 1998-2001. Attorney, Jackson & Campbell, P.C., Washington, DC, 2001-04. Partner, Renaissance Law Firm, 2004-06. Partner, Leibowitz, Band, & Jezic, 2006-07. President, Law Offices of John Giannetti, 2007-. Member, American and Federal Bar Associations; Maryland State Bar Association (section of real property, planning & zoning; section of state & local government); Anne Arundel County Bar Association; Howard County Bar Association; Prince George’s County Bar Association. Cofounder, Paca Chapter, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Member, Laurel Jaycees; Sons of the American Legion, Post 60; Patuxent Council, Knights of Columbus; Gatto Lodge, Sons of Italy. Member, Young Men’s Democratic Club of Prince George’s County; Columbia Democratic Club; North Prince George’s County Democratic Club. Member, Laurel Board of Trade; Friends of Laurel’s Historic Main Street. National Executive Board, Chi Phi Fraternity, 1995-. Outstanding Student Leader Award, 1993, & Leadership Achievement Award, 1994, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Legislative Excellence Award, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), 2002. Distinguished Legislator, Impaired Driving Coalition, 2003. Top legislative award for work on hate crimes legislation, Equality Maryland, 2005. Award of Excellence, College Park Bicycle Coalition, 2006. Member, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Annapolis.
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Michael A. Pristoop, Chief Of Police, Annapolis
Chief Michael A. Pristoop began his police career in 1986 as a patrolman in Baltimore City, Maryland and retired in 2007 as a Major in command of the Northern District – one of the city’s nine police districts. During his tenure with the Baltimore Police Department, he held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Major and District Commander (Major). After 21 years of service to Baltimore City, he left to become Chief of Police with the Maryland Department of General Services – Maryland Capital Police (DGS-MCP). In April, 2008, Chief Pristoop was selected to serve as the interim Chief of the Annapolis Police Department and was sworn-in as the 25th Chief of Police on July 29, 2008.
The majority of Chief Pristoop’s career has been in operational assignments. He has supervised many diverse areas as a sergeant and lieutenant including patrol, district detectives, drug enforcement, domestic violence, and uniform and plain-clothes special operations. During 7 years with the SWAT team, he served as both an officer and as the team’s leader. He commanded a city-wide Special Enforcement Team before being promoted to Deputy Major. In that position, he served as the executive officer of the city’s Western District. His final assignment in Baltimore was as District Commander in charge of the Northern District, a geographic area covering approximately 16 square miles and home to 100,000 residents, 80 diverse communities, 3 major colleges and universities, and 2 respected hospitals. As District Commander of the Northern District, Chief Pristoop commanded 160 police officers, detectives, supervisors and civilian personnel.
Chief Pristoop has been credited with enacting significant crime reduction strategies and has directed numerous special assignments in his career. As the Northern District commander, his strategies helped to significantly reduce violent and property crime in his district and the City of Baltimore. In 2002, Chief Pristoop was detailed to command dozens of police officers in the District of Columbia for the International Monetary Fund (World Bank) protests. He was also deployed to New Orleans, Louisiana in September 2005, as part of a Maryland task force, in command of police personnel during a successful search and rescue mission centered in hard-hit St. Bernard Parish in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
As Chief of Police for DGS-MCP, Chief Pristoop commanded 180 sworn, security, and civilian personnel. This agency is responsible for security and law enforcement operations in and around 30 state-managed facilities and 25 parking areas in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas. DGS-MCP is also the lead agency for Maryland’s “state-wide” expanding Electronic Security Card Program.
Chief Pristoop holds a BS in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore and a JD from the University of Baltimore, School of Law, earning high honors with both degrees. He is a member of the Maryland Bar, the Heuisler Honor Society, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Pristoop is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 215th Session, and is credited with a professional publication. Beyond all, his greatest joy and accomplishment is being the father of two wonderful children, Taylor and Alex.
Larry W. Tolliver, Ret. Superintendent of MD State Police & AA. Co. Police Chief
Thirty-nine years experience in law enforcement, marked by progressive responsibility in enforcement, administration, personnel management, criminal investigations, and department leadership.
Director, Comptroller of Maryland (1999-2007)
Regulatory and Enforcement Division, Oversee the regulation of Maryland alcoholic beverage law, including licensing and taxation; enforcement of Maryland tax laws, including tobacco and motor fuel law; and issuance of a variety of licenses. Field Enforcement Division, Comptroller of Maryland, Responsible for leadership of 55 person division charged with enforcement of Maryland tax laws, including alcohol, tobacco, motor fuel, and all tax related enforcement.
Chief, Anne Arundel County Police Department. Responsible for 800 person, comprehensive police agency in a major metropolitan county.
Superintendent, Maryland State Police (1992-95). Provided leadership for statewide police agency responsible for comprehensive enforcement of Maryland’s criminal and traffic laws.
Maryland State Police (1967-1995). Held progressively responsible positions including traffic control, criminal investigation, supply and procurement administration, executive protection, and senior leadership as superintendent.
As Chief, Enforcement, Office of the Comptroller, increased arrests for illegal transport of cigarettes from 1 in 1998 to 160 in 2006; increased packs of cigarettes seized from 9,557 in 1998 to 184,990 in 2006; increased alcohol seized for tax violations from zero in 1998 to 651.391 gallons of wine in 2005, 124.463 gallons of distilled liquor in 2005 and 46,093 containers of beer in 2004; collected $1,079,535 in sales and use tax in 2005.
As Chief, Anne Arundel County, increased vice/narcotics arrests over 300 percent over year prior to appointment, increased vehicles seized for narcotics over 400 percent, increased cases cleared by arrest by more than 80 percent, increased prostitution and lewd behavior arrests by more than 450 percent each, increased drug seizures by more than 800 percent in 1998 compared to 1997.
As Superintendent, Maryland State Police, streamlined management of State Police, returning more officers to law enforcement functions.
Initiated Operation People, a highly successful cooperative, community-based program aimed at preventing crime, instilling respect for the police, and bringing multi-agency services to low income, crime plagued communities.
Initiated Maryland’s Most Wanted television program and instituted the Operation Night Ride for high school students to improve public relations and expand citizen involvement in crime prevention.
Successfully implemented separation of the State Police from the Department of Corrections and Public Safety, pursuant to legislation.
Was instrumental in developing legislation to create a DNA database to track sex offenders.
Initiated the Insurance Fraud Unit with the Insurance Commissioner’s Office.
Selected Public Service
- Member, Board of Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association (1999-present)
- Member, National Liquor Board Association (1999-present)
- Chairman, Handgun Roster Board, 1992-1999
- Member, Motor Vehicle Theft Commission, 1994-1999
- Chairman, Maryland Police Training Commission, 1992-1999
- Member, Governor’s Executive Committee on Drugged and Drunk Driving, 1992-1999
- Member, Maryland State Retirement Board, 1992-1999
- Member, Governor’s Commission on Emergency Medical Services, 1992-1999
- Member, Maryland Post Mortem Examiner’s Commission, 1992-1999
- Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Safety First Club, 1994
- Outstanding Citizen, Maryland National Guard, 1993
- Resolution of Commendation (Operation People), City Council of Annapolis, 1994
- Citations, Maryland House of Delegates, Maryland State Senate, Governors Schaefer, Glendening, Mandel
John R. Allen Ret. United States Marine Corps four-star general.
Is the president of Brookings Institution, a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, and past Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, prior to serving as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).
On September 13, 2014, President Barack Obama appointed General Allen as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
Owner S & S Auto Performance, Inc. a repair facility in Annapolis MD that opened in 1982. Lifelong residents of Anne Arundel County, born and raised in Annapolis, MD, currently living in Davidsonville, MD. Now at the age of 68 and refusing to retire, he still runs his business everyday and builds and restores street rods. Growing up with Ted Levitt he has been a proud supporter of Faces of Valor USA for many years and was honored to help do work on the Faces of Valor car.
Mother of 4 Children and Nana to 9 Grandchildren, married to Butch Sutphin. Manages S & S Auto Performance, Inc in Annapolis, MD for over 25 years. A proud supporter of our Military and First Responders. I enjoy working on street rods and doing crafts, but my favorite thing in life is my children and grandkids. One of my greatest pleasures is to be part of Faces of Valor USA, the men and women that we help are a blessing, them have given so much and are truly deserving of the support and our forever gratefulness.
In Remembrance of:
Governor Marvin Mandel, Ex Offico
Chair, Democratic Governors’ Conference, 1971-72. Chair, Middle Atlantic States Governors’ Conference, 1971-72. Chair, National Governors’ Conference, 1972-73 (member, executive committee, 1970; vice- chair, transportation committee, 1970). Chair, Energy Committee, and Committee on Transportation, Science, and Technology, Southern Governors’ Conference.
Justice of the Peace, Baltimore City, 1950.
Member, House of Delegates, representing Baltimore City, (District 5), 1952-69. House Speaker, 1964-69 (acting speaker, 1963). Chair, Ways and Means Committee, 1963. Member, Legislative Council, 1963-69 (vice-chair, 1964-69); Legislative Liaison Committee for the Constitutional Convention, 1967. Chair, Baltimore City Delegation, 1954-69. Member, Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislative Leaders.
Member, Governor’s Commission on Municipal Court for Baltimore City, 1951; Governor’s Commission on Provident Hospital, 1960; Commission to Study the Establishment of a State System of Insuring Savings and Loan Association Deposits, 1961; Baltimore Metropolitan Area Study Commission, 1961-63; State War Ballot Commission, 1964-69. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 1964-79. Member, Maryland Commission on the Capital City, 1965-69; Interstate Advisory Committee on the Potomac River Basin, 1965-69; Maryland Education Council, 1966-69. Board of Trustees, Maryland Environmental Trust, 1967-69.
Chair, Governor’s Commission on the Structure and Efficiency of State Government, 2003. Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2003-09.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 19, 1920. Attended Baltimore public schools; The Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1942. Admitted to Maryland Bar. Attorney. Member, Federal, Maryland State and Anne Arundel County Bar Associations. Served in U.S. Army, 1942-44. Member, Democratic State Central Committee, Baltimore City, 1951. Chair, Democratic State Central Committee, 1968. Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, 2009-. Member, Omicron Delta Kappa; American Legion. Past State Chair, Jewish War Veterans. Man of the Year, Tau Epsilon Phi, 1964. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Maryland, 1969. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Towson State College, 1969. Man of the Year, 21 Jewel Square Club of Philadelphia, 1969. Herbert H. Lehman Ethics Award, 1969, 1970. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Washington College, 1971. Honorary doctorate, Yeshiva University, 1971. Honorary doctorate, Xavier University, 1971. Honorary degree, The Johns Hopkins University, 1973. Honorary degree, Mount St. Mary’s College, 1973. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1976. Member, National Governors’ Association; National Institute of Former Governors; The Speaker’s Society. Member, University of Maryland Athletic Capital Campaign Cabinet; University of Maryland Terrapin Club (former president); University of Maryland M Club. Thomas Kennedy Award, House of Delegates, 2002. Married to the former Barbara Oberfeld, 1941-74; two children. In 1974, married the former Jeanne Blackistone Dorsey, who died October 6, 2001.