New members of Md., Arundel school boards named

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. today announced the appointment of four new members to the Maryland State Board of Education and two new members to the Anne Arundel County School Board.

Ehrlich named Lelia T. Allen, J. Henry Butta, Beverly A. Cooper and David F. Tufaro to the state Board of Education. He selected Brian A. Williamson of Hagerstown as the student member of the board.


He also appointed Michael G. Leahy and Sarah K. Ferguson, a student, to the Anne Arundel Board of Education.

Leahy, who will succeed Anthony J. Spencer, was commissioned for a five-year term beginning tomorrow. Ferguson succeeds Caitlin E. Heidemann as the student member and will serve a one-year term beginning tomorrow.


Leahy is an attorney with Cooter, Mangold, Tompert and Wayson, LLC in Annapolis, where he heads the firm's technology department with concentrations in intellectual capital management and land use law. A Severna Park native, Leahy served on Severna Park High School's Citizen Advisory Committee.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1978 from Loyola College in Baltimore and his law degree in 1982 from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H.

Ferguson, a rising senior at Arundel High School in Gambrills, earned a 3.875 grade-point average in the most recent marking period. She lives in Crofton.

The student member is annually appointed by the governor from a nomination made by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils.

Butta, Cooper and Tufaro replace members whose four-year terms on the state board expire today.

Allen fills a vacancy on the board and will serve the balance of a four-year term that began July 1, 2002.

Allen, of Waldorf, has been a professor at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata since 1989. She also recently earned a doctorate degree in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Butta, a Baltimore native, is the retired president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic-Maryland, now known as Verizon Corp. He joined C&P; Telephone Co. of Maryland as a mail clerk shortly after graduating from Loyola High School in 1947, and retired in 1991 after leading the company for more than 12 years. He also is a former chairman of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association.


Cooper is the vice president of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, Inc. The Baltimore native and graduate of Fordham University is also a member of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Independent Child Abuse Board, Archdiocesan Board of Financial Administration, the Catholic Family Foundation, St. Mary's Seminary, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

Tufaro is a principal in Terra Nova Ventures, LLC, a real-estate development company founded in 2000. Tufaro was also a founding partner of Summit Properties in 1984 and served as executive vice president from 1994-1999.

He has been a real-estate developer since 1978 and has been responsible for the development of approximately 8,500 multi-family housing units in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Baltimore native earned a joint law and master's of city planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.

Williamson is enrolled at North Hagerstown High School in Washington County, where he served as the student representative on the Washington County Board of Education for the last year. He is a member of the Honor Club and is a varsity soccer player.

As the student member of the board, Williamson will serve a one-year term, beginning tomorrow.

"Each newly appointed member brings a wealth of experience and a thirst for knowledge to the Maryland State Board of Education," Ehrlich said in a statement.


"Their combined leadership in their respective fields will ultimately be of tremendous benefit to the parents and students of the state of Maryland." Copyright ' 2004, The Baltimore Sun| Get home delivery

Originally published June 30, 2004, 1:45 PM EDT