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Posted on: May 2, 2024

President
Stephanie Stullich

Stullich serves as a chair of the College Park Advisory Planning Commission. She was a research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education from 1991 to 2022, and served on the College Park City Council from 2007 to 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from Indiana University. Stullich is also a cat intake coordinator and foster mom for Beltsville Community Cats, and fosters cats for the City of College Park.

Vice President & General Counsel
Michael Walls 

Walls has practiced as a criminal defense lawyer for over 30 years, and is the founder of C. Michael Walls, Attorney at Law, LLC, located in Laurel MD. Walls graduated from University of Maryland with a Journalism degree, and earned a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Secretary
Melanie Dzwonchyk

Dzwonchyk worked as the editor of the Laurel Leader and also the Howard County Times and Columbia Flier under the Baltimore Sun Media Group until her retirement in 2017. She is a board member of the Laurel Historical Society, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Treasurer
Joe Murchison

Murchison founded the non-profit Side by Side, and served as an executive director there for over a decade. As a professional journalist he reported for the Fauquier Democrat, Richmond News Leader, Columbia Flier and Laurel Leader. Murchison served as an editor at the Laurel Leader newspaper from 1990 to 2007, and as an editor at Patuxent Publishing from 1983-2007. He has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a masters from the University of Virginia.

Bette Dickerson

Dickerson is an associate professor emerita of American University (AU). She is a Past President of the Association of Black Sociologists and was given its A. Wade Smith Award in recognition of outstanding teaching, mentoring, and service. During her career as a sociology professor, Dickerson served as the Chair of AU’s’ Sociology Department, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and Chair of the university’s Diversity Committee. She was also AU’s Interim Assistant Vice President in the Office of Campus Life. Dickerson was given AU’s 2023 Ebony Eagle of Excellence Award in recognition of her service as a Changemaker. Dickerson also serves on the Board of Hyattsville Aging in Place and has served on the Hyattsville Police and Public Safety Citizen Advisory Committee and the Hyattsville Compensation Review Committee. She earned her doctoral degree from Washington State University.


Nora Urbieta Eidelman

Nora was born in Asunción, Paraguay, moved to the United States in 1988, and has lived in Prince George’s County since 1995. She is the Church Administrator & Outreach Director for the College Park United Methodist Church. She also serves on the Ethics Commission for the City of College Park, Maryland and the Maryland Cannabis Public Health Advisory Council. Nora has served as the Deputy Director of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc., and Chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission for Prince Georges’ County. In December 2019, Nora was awarded the William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award by Maryland Legal Services Corporation. This recognition is awarded annually to a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders, or by expanding access to justice. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland Global Campus, 2006, with a Minor in Paralegal Studies. 


Maxine Gross

Gross is a fifth-generation member of College Park’s historic African American community, Lakeland. She is the founding chairperson of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project and serves as chairperson of the College Park City-University Partnership. In addition to her board role with Streetcar Suburbs she contributes as an occasional columnist for College Park Here and Now. Maxine’s academic background includes completion of programs at two Maryland universities.


Merrill Hartson

Hartson is a retired reporter, editor and manager whose 44-year career with the Associated Press included coverage of the White House, Congress and the Justice Department. He graduated from the State University of New York-Oswego.

T. Carter Ross

Ross manages communications and outreach for Hyattsville Aging in Place and Prince George’s County Village Connection. He serves on the PGCPS Parent and Community Advisory Council as the District 3 parent representative and recording secretary. Ross is the former chair and current recorder of the City of Hyattsville Ethics Commission. He is a communications professional and consultant with experience in trade associations, broadcasting, and construction materials industries. He is originally from Louisiana, but has been a Hyattsville resident since 1998.

Marta McLellan Ross

Ross is NPR’s Vice President of Government and External affairs, representing public radio stations across the United States in policy matters, and Executive Sponsor of NPR AI Labs. Ross has 15 years experience as a congressional advisory expert in multiple roles, including in the Senate, with international public media, and as Director of Legislative Affairs at the Defense Logistics Agency. She leads Girl Scout Troops 23006 and 2427.

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