WTCI Board of Directors - World Trade Center Institute

WTCI Board of Directors

There are no empty figureheads here. These are some of the most respected and experienced leaders when it comes to creating and strengthening international relationships—especially in Maryland. Perhaps most importantly, they’re involved. They care. They make our organization, and therefore our partners better every single day.


Todd Ruppert Founder & CEO Ruppert International, Inc.

Todd Ruppert

Mike Gill Secretary Maryland Department of Commerce

Mike Gill

Peter Bowe, President, Ellicott Dredges

Peter Bowe

Kelly Hardy, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Kelly Hardy

Board of Directors

Alice Lao

Alice Lao

Executive VP
Saft Batteries

Annie Sennet

Bayard Hogans General Manager Ports America Chesapeake

Bayard Hogans

Brant Matthews Vice President Global Strategic Procurement McCormick

Brant Matthews

Bruce McIndoe, CEO, IJet

Bruce McIndoe

Carol Dalton Senior Vice President National Division M&T Bank

Carol Dalton

President, Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Charles Wiener

VP of Global Technical Services
BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions

Clayton Millis

Business and Professional Services Leader

Dan Whelan

Larry Hogan Governor State of Maryland James White Executive Director Maryland Port Administration PRESIDENT Deborah Kielty World Trade Center Institute Sanjeev Mathur Vice President, North America Supply Chain Under Armour Brant Matthews Vice President Global Strategic Procurement McCormick Scott Menzies President Terminal Corporation Steve Phillips President & CEO Phillips Foods, Inc. Marc Pritchard Global Marketing Officer Procter & Gamble Elizabeth Robinson Vice President, Development & Product Management TESSCO Technologies Henry Rosenberg, Jr. Chairman Rosemore, Inc. Todd Ruppert Founder & CEO Ruppert International, Inc. Robert Sapitowicz Vice President, Strategy & Business Development Rockwell Collins Peter Stanford Senior Managing Director Cushman & Wakefield Pete Rahn Secretary Maryland Department of Transportation Joe Thomson Owner Winbak Farm Sylvia Toense Vice President, Head of Global Investment Services Marketing T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services Limited Jana Von Bramer Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Prometric Jim Wheeler President Ayers Saint Gross Doug White Vice President and General Manager BD Diagnostic Systems

Doug White

Elizabeth Robinson Vice President, Development & Product Management TESSCO Technologies

Elizabeth Robinson

Agora International Holdings

Erika Nolan

Gregg Bauer

Gregg Bauer

Maryland Secretary of Transportation 
Maryland Department of Transportation

Gregory Slater

Director of R&D

Haimi Bekele

Director of International 
Strategy & Business Development
Northrop Grumman

Heather Kiriakou

James Albrecht, PhD Group Vice President McCormick & Co.(ret)

James Albrecht, PhD

VP Global Government Affairs

James Hayes

University System of Maryland

Jay Perman

Managing Director
Inscite Consulting LLC

Jerry Garland

Joe Bartenfelder Secretary Maryland Department of Agriculture

Joe Bartenfelder

Joe Cumello Vice President and Head of Global Marketing CIENA

Joe Cumello

Joe Thomson

Joe Thomson

Kathleen Flanagan, CEO, Abt Associates

Kathleen Flanagan

SVP Global HR

Kewin Gales

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

Krish Vignarajah

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN CEO Jhpiego Corporation, an Affiliate of JHU

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN

Lindsay Meyer

Lindsay Meyer

Marc Pritchard Global Marketing Officer Procter & Gamble

Marc Pritchard

mouna aissaoui

Mouna Aissaoui

Cushman & Wakefield

Peter Stanford

Scott Menzies President Terminal Corporation

Scott Menzies

Steven Tom was appointed senior vice president, chief customer officer in 2021.  In his role as Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Steven Tom partners with Adtalem’s institutions to optimize student experiences, develop differentiated learning offerings and solutions, build strategic employer partnerships, and harvest data and analytics to further drive value-added insights across all of the company’s institutions. In addition, Tom oversees information technology including application development, infrastructure operations and enterprise architecture.  Prior to joining Adtalem, Tom was most recently chief transformation officer and senior vice president, student experience for Walden University. In this role, Tom led Walden’s digital transformation at the intersection of customer experience and technology, driving efforts to improve personalization, omnichannel engagement, innovation, and self-service. In addition, he oversaw student support operations, led university-wide online course development, and guided efforts to improve student retention.  Previously, Tom was senior vice president of analytics, innovation, and learning at TESSCO Technologies. In this role, he led the inception of new business lines and led the monetization of TESSCO’s data to realize millions from predictive analytics, pricing optimization, and business intelligence.  As a management consultant with Deloitte’s strategy practice, Tom led teams to conceive and implement growth strategies across multiple industries, launching new consumer products, revamping product portfolio strategies, improving bottom-line margins, and crafting revenue growth imperatives for Fortune 500 clients. He also led marketing strategy for the Americas, serving on the North American leadership team for a global modular building company and has led IT consulting teams as a project leader with KPMG Consulting (BearingPoint).  Tom obtained a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in both information technology and marketing from the University of Maryland. He serves on two non-profit boards, the International Youth Foundation and the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore.

Steve Tom

Sylvia Toense, Head of Global Institutional Marketing, T. Rowe Price

Sylvia Toense

Chief Marketing Officer
Stanley Black & Decker

Tabata Gomez

Tammy Ridgley

Tammy Ridgley

Tchernavia Rocker has been Chief Administrative Officer since June 2020. Prior to that she served as Chief People and Culture Officer from February 2019 to May 2020.  Prior to joining our Company, she served more than 18 years in Human Resources leadership roles at Harley-Davidson, Inc., most recently as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from June 2016 through January 2019, as General Manager, Human Resources from January 2012 through May 2016, and in various other Human Resources leadership positions since joining the company in 2000. Prior to that, she served in various HR and operations roles at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire Inc.

Tchernavia Rocker


William Doyle

William Doyle

Ricky Smith CEO BWI Marshall Airport

Ricky Smith

WTCI Emeritus

Deb Kielty

Deborah Kielty

Harold Adams President HLA, LLC

Harold Adams

Henry-Rosenberg Chairman Rosemore Inc

Henry Rosenberg

William “Brit” Kirwan

William “Brit” Kirwan