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david powell

 David Powell is a  lifelong resident of Howard County and attended HCC from 1983 to 1984.  After HCC David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and subsequently attended the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business.  David is now the Chief Operating Officer for the Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC) which produces conferences and events for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community and Federal agencies.  Prior to the FBC, David held director positions with the Pierce Leahy Corporation and the Applied Theory Corporation. 

David lends his specialized expertise by serving professionally on boards for the Government Marketing Forum, US Cavalry and Armor Association, Howard County Cyber Commission, and the Maryland Cyber Commission.  David also gives generously of his time, talents and resources to a variety of charities. Notably, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Howard Hospital Foundation he assisted in launching an integral piece of technology that connected emergency medical services in the field to hospital staff called LIFENET.  A lifelong resident of Howard County, David resides in Glenwood, Maryland with his wife Eileen and their two children.  


Dan SchriderDan Schrider was named to the position of president and CEO  of Sandy Spring Bank on January 1, 2009 at which time he also joined the board of directors of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. and its principal subsidiary Sandy Spring Bank.  This action followed his promotion topresident in March 2008.  Dan has been part of Sandy Spring Bank for 23 years having joined the company in 1989 as a commercial lender.  His career advanced to the executive level in 2003 when he became Sandy Spring's Chief Credit Officer.   Dan began his college studies at HCC in the fall of 1982 after graduating from Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland.  After HCC, Dan earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland and later an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University. 

Dan is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and currently serves as director on the boards of the Maryland Bankers Association, Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and Mount Airy Christian Academy.  Dan has a passion for our youth and serves them through his local church.  Dan is a life-long resident of central Maryland and now resides in Mount Airy with his wife (fellow HCC student) Dedi and three children. 


John Dolan-Heitlinger was among the first students to attend HCC.  He recalls the first building had just been constructed when he began classes 40 years ago.  Community college was a family tradition for John's family with his mother, father and sister attending HCC for credit and continuing education classes.  In 1978, John's mother Gay C. Heitlinger donated a collection of limited edition silver plates to be used to honor outstanding students at HCC.  The support for community colleges continues for John through his faculty position at Florida Keys Community College.

After HCC, John received a Bachelor's degree from SUNY of NY and an MBA from Cornell University.  He also served 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in 1995 at the rank of commander.  John credits HCC with giving him a start toward all of his accomplishments, "I am certainly a better man because of all HCC gave me.  And I hope that I have, at least in a small way, made our world better because of what I learned at HCC." John was chosen as an HCC Distinguished Alumni in 2002. 

John co-authored the book, Finance without Fear, with William S. Hettinger, Ph.D.  The book introduces small business owners to the three main financial statements that they need to manage a small business. John lives with his wife in Key West, Florida.

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