Executive Leadership

Vanita Leatherwood, M.A., TLA

Executive Director

Vanita Leatherwood is the Executive Director at HopeWorks of Howard County. Ms. Leatherwood joined the agency in 2011, as the Director of Community Engagement, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in program development and administration, facilitation, communications, marketing and development. Ms. Leatherwood’s career has focused primarily in the nonprofit arena including the fields of mental health, social disparities, education and violence prevention.

 In 2018, she was awarded a Governor’s Citation in honor of her positive contributions to the state of Maryland and our nation.

Ms. Leatherwood is a Transformative Language Arts Educator and Poetry Therapist. Her volunteer experience includes: nonprofit Board membership, tutoring in adult-literacy, facilitating wellness workshops, and mentoring youth. She holds a M.A. in Community Psychology and is a graduate of the 2013 Leadership Howard County Premier Class.

Rachel McNeill
Deputy Director of Operations

Management Team

HopeWorks’ management team consists of the directors of each agency department as well as the executive leadership team. Our department directors include:

Michael Richards
Advocacy Department

Lisa Sloyer
Clinical Department

Jordan Baker
Legal Department

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for HopeWorks is charged with the responsibility of providing overall governance, strategic direction and financial stability for the organization. Our current BOD Roster includes:

Maureen Evans Arthurs
Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships
Office of the County Executive

Roweena Arasa

Michele E. Beaulieu, President
Director, Behavioral Health Education Programs/Clinical Instructor
University of Maryland, School of Social Work

Gabriella Colarusso, Secretary
Marketing Communication Specialist
Navy Mutual Aid Association

Dana Covert
Regional Account Manager
Kaiser Permanente

Suzanne Geckle, Vice President

Julian Greene, Treasurer
Adjunct Professor
Howard Community College

Ainy Haider-Shah

Arielle Karp

24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: (410) 997-2272



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Columbia, MD, 21046

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