Advisory Council

The GovConnects Advisory Council is a group of small and large government contracting firms (federal, state and local), academia, government agency representatives and not-for-profit organizations that bring unique knowledge and skills that support the government contracting industries in Howard County and the surrounding area. This group helps to support the knowledge and skills of the Howard County Chamber staff and Board of Directors in order to more effectively guide the organization.

The Advisory Council serves to make recommendations and provide key information and materials to the Chamber Board of Directors. The Advisory Council aids in evaluating the performance of the program, reviews, monitors and assesses programs, serves as an advocate for the Chamber to the government contracting community and provides technical expertise.

Gina Abate
Edwards Performance Solutions


Andra Cain
Andra Cain
Cain Contracting
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Anna Fleeman Elhini
Founder & Managing Director


Mike Finkel


Richard “Dickie” George
Senior Advisor for Cyber Security
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


Tom Glaser
Vice President for Information Technology
Howard Community College



Roy Horton
Roy Horton
Senior Cyber Strategy Consultant
Lance Johnson
Lance Johnson
VP-Commercial Banking 
Howard Bank
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Michael N. Mercurio
Principal and Chair – Business Law
& Transitions Practice Group
Offit Kurman


Mike Muscatello
Partner, Government Contract Services Group




Dina Nance
Dina Bell Nance
Chief Learning Officer
Training by Design 


Blaine Shipler
Blaine Shipler 
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager
PNC Bank
David W. Tohn
BTS Software Solutions


Helga Weschke Director, Federal Business Relations
Office of Military & Federal Affairs
Maryland Department of Commerce


Legacy Partners