Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees gets involved. The governing body of Cecil College is appointed by the governor and consists of seven members, each serving a six-year term of office. Trustees can be reappointed an unlimited amount of times.
Sarah Colenda, Chair
Appointed in 2005
Sarah Colenda is a lifelong resident of Cecil County who graduated from Perryville High School and lives in Principio Furnace, near Perryville. Colenda is the executive director of the Principio Furnace Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization in Cecil County. A member of the board of directors for the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways and the YMCA, she has served numerous other community groups, including the Rotary Club of North East, Fair Hill International, Benefits Union Hospital, Perryville Chamber of Commerce, Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts Round Table, Cecil County Fair, and the Cecil County Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. She is also a Maryland Farm Bureau member and a liaison to the Cecil College Foundation. Colenda has been the board's chair since June 2014.
Cydney Teal, Vice Chair
Appointed in 2012
Dr. Cydney Teal currently serves as the chief medical officer and attending physician at Union Hospital in Elkton. She also serves on the Cecil County Health Advisory Committee, the Cecil College Diversity Council, the Union Hospital Bioethics Committee and the Union Hospital Credentials Committee. Dr. Teal is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. She earned her B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia and her M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Teal is a Cecil County resident.
Raymond W. Hamm, Jr.
Appointed in 2015
Raymond "Chick" Hamm is a life-long community banker with strong ties to Harford and Cecil Counties. Mr. Hamm is a Market Executive for PNC Bank with leadership responsibilities for commercial banking activity in the rural markets of Maryland, southern Delaware and the Virginia eastern shore. With 38 years of experience in the field, Mr. Hamm has held bank leadership positions with final levels of responsibility for strategic plan development, operating and capital budgets, regulatory compliance, asset quality assurance and strong financial performance. Mr. Hamm completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Loyola College of Maryland, receiving a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1983. An active community volunteer, he is a past member of the board of the John Carroll School, the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission and the Economic Development Commission for the State of Maryland. Currently, Mr. Hamm serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, the Susquehanna Workforce Network, Cecil County Library Trust, and Affinity Health Alliance (Union Hospital) in Cecil County. He is the Treasurer of the Bainbridge Development Corporation was recently elected to the board of the Maryland Bankers Association.
Appointed in 2007
Donna Horgan is a lifelong resident of Elkton who graduated from Elkton High School and attended Cecil College. She has served the state for more than 30 years and is currently a desk officer for the Maryland State Senate and the chief floor assistant to Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller. Horgan is currently the president of the executive committee of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, the Maryland state coordinator for the Association of Community College Trustees, and serves on the board of the Association of Community College Trustees. In addition, she is a real estate agent with ReMax Chesapeake in Elkton.
Appointed in 2010
Dr. David Leatherwood earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Maryland's College Park campus and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore. Leatherwood is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. A resident of Cecil County since 1979, he has a dental practice in North East. He teaches a Sunday school class for junior high school boys at Grace Bible Chapel in Rising Sun.
Appointed in 2015
Mark Mortenson is a graduate from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and a Bachelor of Science in ceramic engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in materials science from Penn State University and a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University. Mr. Mortenson is a co-founder and the chief science officer for Clene Nanomedicine, Inc. Prior to assuming his current position, he co-founded General Resonance, LLC in Havre de Grace, Md. and was its senior managing director, general counsel and chief technology officer. Mr. Mortenson previously held several leadership roles with Lanxide Corporation as well as Lanxide Armor Products and Lanxide Electric Components, which he was president of. He has also been the principal of the Law Offices of Mark G. Mortenson and a registered patent agent-associate with Parkhurst & Oliff. He is the author of 12 publications, the inventor of 21 issued patents and more than 50 patent pending applications. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Ceramic Society, American Chemical Society, American Bar Association, Licensing Executive Society, American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Virginia Bar Association. Mr. Mortenson transitions to the Cecil College Board of Trustees from the Cecil College Foundation which he had been a member of since 2011.
Wyatt K. Wallace
Appointed in 2011
Wyatt K. Wallace is a long-time resident of Perryville. Wallace spent 40 years working at Aberdeen Proving Ground before retiring in April 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in business administration, with a concentration in computer systems administration, from George Washington University. He is the vice chair of the Maryland Consumer Council Commission and a member of the Cecil County Planning Commission. He has also volunteered for several community causes and organizations, including Christmas in April, Maryland Stream Waders, and the PTA at Perryville Elementary School and Perryville Middle School.