Programs & Initiatives

Below is a listing of current active committees of the Queen Anne’s County Community Partnerships for Children and Families, our Local Management Board. The organization’s bylaws state that committees may be established by the Board as the need arises. Appointment to these committees shall be made by the President and approved by the Board. The specific purpose, task or responsibility of these committees will be determined by the Board. Traditionally, non-board members have been allowed to participate on Board committees. It is important to note that Local Management Board members and staff participate on a lot of varied committees within the community. Those listed below are only the committees and boards with a direct or subordinate link to the Local Management Board.


Anti-Bullying Committee

Established in the spring of 2012 at the request of the Board of Education to develop strategies, programs and initiatives to decrease the bullying behavior in our schools and community.

Meeting Times: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:15 p.m.
Location: Queen Anne’s County Board of Education – Meeting Room B
Chair(s): Linda Austin & Jacki Carter
Staff Liaison:  Mike Clark
BOE Liaison: Brad Engel
Web: www.bullyfree.net


Character Counts! Advisory Committee

Committee works to infuse aspects of character development in all facets of our lives in Queen Anne’s County including, school, home, churches, businesses, agencies, etc. They meet every other month and hold numerous events.

Meeting Times: 3rd Wednesday of every other month at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Dept. of Community Services – Kramer Center
Chair(s): Wayne Humphries & Susan Coppage
Staff Liaison: Jacki Carter
Web: www.peopleofcharacter.org


Cultural Competence Committee

Committee established in 2010 in order to develop strategies toward the goals that the Queen Anne’s County system of care will be culturally competent.

Meeting Times: Determined by online polling and committee consensus
Location: Dept. of Community Services – Kramer Center
Chair(s): Vince Radosta
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark
Web: www.communitypartnerships.info


Drug Free Queen Anne’s Coalition

The LMB was the recipient for several years of a Drug Free Communities support grant from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Drug Free Communities Support Program required that each county that receives its grant have a drug coalition. Since the grant has expired the coalition has settled as a sub group under the Queen Anne’s County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council run out of the Queen Anne’s County office of Addictions. The Coalition takes the role as the “grass roots and worker bees” to the council.

Meeting Times: n/a
Location: Department of Health – Nielsen Center
Chair(s): Suzanne Hogan & Kathy Wright
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark & Jacki Carter
Web: www.facebook.com/QACDFC


Educare Committee

The Educare Committee was originally established when it was brought to the attention of the Local Management Board that a Judy Center Partnership participant was not able to return to high school because she could not afford child care. This young lady was not eligible for child care assistance through Purchase of Care. The Educare Committee reported to the Local Management Board on the status of Purchase of Care in Queen Anne’s County. Next, the committee developed a survey to look at the availability, affordability, and quality of child care in the county and revamped an existing “Family Child Care Survey.” Committee members continue to investigate the need for and strategies to provide affordable and quality child care in Queen Anne’s County.

Meeting Times: Determined by online polling and committee consensus
Location: Dept. of Community Services – Kramer Center
Chair(s): Jacki Carter
Staff Liaison: Jacki Carter
Web: www.communitypartnerships.info


Executive Committee

Local Management Board bylaws state that the Executive Committee will consist of the Officers of the Local Management Board (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) and may act on behalf of the Board subject to ratification at the next Board meeting. Other specific duties and responsibilities will be determined by the Board. The Executive committee typically meets once a month, even when the full board is not scheduled to meet, and determines the agenda of the board meetings and handles material deemed to be confidential by appropriate rules and regulations.

Meeting Times: Determined by online polling and committee consensus
Location: Varies
Chair(s): Vince Radosta
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark
Web: n/a


Mentor Committee (CommUNITY)

The CommUNITY Mentoring Partnership establishes enriching relationships between our resources (mentors) and our greatest assets (mentees). Mentors offer one-on-one interaction with at-risk youth in grades 5-10. The pairs meet at least once each week for one hour, spending time at school and out in the community, with hopes of achieving: Increased academic performance, increased self-esteem, increased awareness and modeling of socially acceptable behaviors, expanded goals for lifetime achievement, and increased cultural awareness.

Meeting Times: 2nd Thursday of every month at 9 a.m.
Location: Dept. of Community Services – Kramer Center
Chair(s): Jacki Carter
Staff Liaison: Jacki Carter & Mike Clark
Web: www.peopleofcharacter.org


Nominating/Membership Committee

The nominating committee, though small in number, plays a big part in the makeup of our board members. The committee members round up community interest in board or committee membership, receive an informative history on each candidate, and relay the information to the board at their monthly meetings. The committee then recommends those best suited for each position, whether it is board membership or committee membership. The board votes on the recommendations, and the final vote is then submitted to the County Commissioners for nomination.

Meeting Times: Determined by online polling and committee consensus – typically only meets January through May.
Location: Varies, much work is done online
Chair(s): Cathy Dougherty
Staff Liaison: Cindi Boone
Web: n/a


Open Table Committee

The committee was established to facilitate and expand the Open Table initiative throughout Queen Anne’s County. Open Table is a model restoring people in poverty to our communities through relationship and the investment of our own vocational and life experiences and personal networks utilizing service clubs and faith based centers. Through the Open Table a collaboration of faith communities, government, business and non-profits work to transform poverty to sustainability and wholeness

Meeting Times: To Be Determined
Location: To Be Determined
Chair(s): Lee Franklin
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark
Web: www.theopentable.org (national website)


Out of School Time Sustainability Committee

This committee was established in the spring of 2011 in order to develop strategies to achieve the goals that children have a safe place to be during out-of-school hours utilizing the resources that are available.

Meeting Times: Determined by online polling and committee consensus
Location: Dept. of Community Services – Kramer Center
Chair(s): Vince Radosta
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark & Amy Cummins
Web: n/a


Partnership for Suicide Prevention

Established to prevent and decrease suicides and attempts in Queen Anne’s County.

Meeting Times: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:45 p.m.
Location: Board of Education Meeting Room B
Chair(s): Holly Ireland
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark
Web: n/a


Public Relations Committee

Group works closely with all board members and the Executive committee. Their focus is: leadership education, publicity, outreach and fundraising for the organization.

Meeting Times: Determined by online polling and committee consensus
Location: Varies, much work is done online
Chair(s): Vince Radosta
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark
Web: www.communitypartnerships.info


Queen Anne’s County Early Childhood Advisory Council

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) received a federal grant to improve early childhood outcomes around children entering school ready to learn. As part of their grant they have been assisting local jurisdictions implement Early Childhood Advisory Councils. Each council is chaired by a representative from the local school system and the County. The Council is composed of early childhood educators, policy-makers, and community advocates. Its mission is to identify the most important factors and most effective strategies for making the greatest possible gains in early care and education. This is a good fit for Queen Anne’s County as there have been several past committees that have been successful in this area. This current committee is in its formulation stage.

Meeting Times: To Be Determined
Location: To Be Determined
Chair(s): Mike Clark & Board of Education Rep. to be Determined
Staff Liaison: Mike Clark
BOE Liaison:  Elaine O’Neal
Web: n/a