Committee Chairs

Empowered Communities


Former Councilman Peter Smith, Chair

Peter Smith recently completed his term as the First District representative on the Anne Arundel County Council.  Additionally, he served as a Resource Manager for the Department of Defense where he managed the United States Marine Corps manpower and budget for the Department of Defense. He has served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years with 14 years of active duty service and is a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology and an Associates of Art Degree in General Studies. He is a Certified Defense Financial Manager, Contracting Officer Representative, and has attended the National Cryptologic School for Satellite and Network Fundamentals. He is a member of the Military Order of World Wars, the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Toastmaster International and the Marine Corps Association. Peter also serves as the Toys for Tots Anne Arundel County coordinator.

Healthy Communities


Lisa Hillman, Chair

Lisa Hillman has been in the healthcare field for more than forty years, thirty-five with Anne Arundel Medical Center.  She is the former President of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, a former broadcast journalist and a fundraising consultant.  A board member of several Anne Arundel County organizations, she currently serves on the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation board and the boards of Pathways and Samaritan House, programs that serve addicts.   Since her first book Secret No More, was published in 2017, Lisa has been invited to address more than 60 organizations about the effect of addiction on families.   

 A frequent contributor to area magazines, Lisa lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Richard and greyhound Harry.  She is the proud mother of two children, Heidi and Jacob.  Lisa can be reached via her website at

Safe Communities


Ed Bergin, Co-Chair

Edward Bergin (M.S.) has over 35 years of law enforcement experience and retired from the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland on August 1, 2018, as a member of the Executive Command Staff. Edward has held and commanded several positions in law enforcement to include; Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics/Vice, Special Operations, School Resource Officers, 911 Center, Crime Lab, Evidence Collection, Police Personnel, Central Records, Property Management/Quartermaster, Training Academy and Animal Control. In 2014, he was selected as the first member of the department to be a Visiting Fellow at the International Chiefs of Police (IACP). During his two-year fellowship with IACP, he worked primarily on management/staffing studies traveling across the nation assisting police agencies reorganize their departments through extensive studies of their staffing levels, operations and policy revisions. Edward was also the lead researcher on two notable IACP projects, Crime Associated with Casino Gambling and Police Responses to Persons with Mental Illness. Edward holds a Master of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the 225th Session of the FBI National Academy where he also lectured on leadership for several sessions. He has two adult sons, Brendan and Jarrett, daughter-in-law, Tara, and lives in Edgewater with his wife Debbie of 33 years

Educated Communities


Stacy Korbelak, Chair

Stacy Korbelak recently completed a 6.5 year term on the Anne Arundel County School Board, serving as board president for 3 of those years.  For the past 13 years, she has been a professor of writing at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD where she also directs the Schoenbrodt Scholars program and serves as president of the faculty.  Prior to her career in education, Stacy spent 14 years in human resources for both the private and federal sector.  She and her husband Matthew live in Piney Orchard (Odenton) and have 4 children who are graduates of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. 

Thriving Communities


Christina Pompa, Chair

Christina Pompa has over 24 years of professional experience in land use, zoning, environmental planning, community and long-range planning, economic development, grant writing and administration, and project advocacy in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She currently works as the Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Growth Management in Charles County, Maryland and is a resident of the City of Annapolis.

Sustainable Communities


Kate Fritz, Chair

Kate Fritz has committed her career to improving water quality of local rivers and streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  A transplant to the Annapolis area, Kate has worked across all sectors, including private consulting, local government, and now in leading non-profits.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and served previously as the Executive Director of the South River Federation.  Kate is a certified Watershed Steward in Anne Arundel County, and volunteers her time with the Anne Arundel Women’s Giving Circle and serves on the Board of the Maryland Sportsman’s Foundation.

Responsive Government


Jerry Walker, Chair

Jerry Walker was a two-term Anne Arundel Councilmember, representing District 7. He has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Policy from American University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy's Academy for Excellence in Local Government. Mr. Walker is a Vice President at DCA Imaging Systems, a local office technology company headquartered in Lanham, Maryland.  His civic and community memberships have included the Greater Crofton, West County, Severna Park, and South County Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau, and formerly the Davidsonville Area Civic Association (DACA). During his time on the County Council, Mr. Walker was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Counties, and served as President from 2017-2018.

Diversity and Inclusion

Janice Hayes-Williams

Born and raised in the City of Annapolis, Janice Hayes-Williams descends from enslaved Africans from Anne Arundel County as early as 1760. After 20 years in government contracting in both the federal and private arenas, Janice began primary source document research of local African Americans including her 2nd great uncle Wiley H. Bates during  the $27m, re-development of the Wiley H. Bates High School.  During this time Janice was hired as Co-Producer and Maryland History Consultant for the award winning documentary “Pip and Zastrow,” and was the first recipient of the Anne Arundel County Arts Council “Historic Arts Award”.  Today, Janice is the Steward of the Crownsville Hospital Patient Cemetery; appointed  by Governor Larry Hogan to serve as Commissioner to the Maryland Heritage Area Authorities representing Speaker Michael Busch, and a member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) Citizens Advisory Board. Janice served as  Legislative Aide to Councilmember Chris Trumbauer for 7 years and is currently a senior staff member of Mayor, Gavin Buckley, City of Annapolis. 

Economic Development

Bob Burdon

Recently retired President & CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, after serving 21 years in that position. Contributing business columnist for Capital Gazette Newspapers for 14 years, and co-hosted Comcast's Business Beat for several years. Former President & Publisher of the Washington Business Journal and Baltimore Business Journal in the early to mid 1990’s, and also a former business commentator for WBAL Television in the early 1990’s. A resident of Anne Arundel County for over 30 years. Currently lives in Arnold, Maryland, with his wife of 39 years, Kathy.