2019 Distinguished Graduate Honoree
The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional Leadership Anne Arundel graduates. Recipients are individuals who have adopted “the heart of community trusteeship” and have made significant and notable contributions for the betterment of our community.
Rick Hutzell, Editor, Capital Gazette
Rick Hutzell (FLG08) is the editor of Capital Gazette Communications in Annapolis, MD, part of Baltimore Sun Media and Tribune Publishing. He oversees the editorial staff of The Capital, the Maryland Gazette, the Crofton West County Gazette and the Bowie Blade-News.
Hutzell was nominated by Tom Marquardt (ELS05) for his visionary leadership in the wake of the tragic Capital Gazette mass shooting on June 28, 2018, where staff members Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters and John McNamara were killed and six additional staff members survived the attack.
The Distinguished Graduate Award is the longest standing award at Leadership Anne Arundel, and is most significant in that it is the only award based on open nominations to a selection committee of Leadership Anne Arundel graduates and award recipients. The Distinguished Graduate(s) will be recognized and honored at the Tribute to Community Leadership Celebration in June.
Nominations are welcome from any Leadership Anne Arundel graduate, current class member, or member of the community.
The recipient must be a graduate of any Leadership Anne Arundel program.
The recipient must live or work in Anne Arundel County.
The recipient must have exhibited his/her commitment to volunteerism and community service.
The recipient must have demonstrated the application of leadership principals.
The Committee is interested to know the nominees’ level of commitment and contribution in terms of time invested, leadership roles assumed, and significant contributions to the advancement of the mission of the organization or cause. The selection process considers the nominee’s body of work in the community and breadth and depth of the contributions to the good of the community.
Please complete the nomination form and return it by May 15th, 2020. (Online nomination form coming soon!)
Past LAA Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients
Erwin Abrams – FLG97
Wendy Beavers – NLA07
Pam Beidle – FLG96
Ken Brannan – FLG00
Vicki Callahan – FLG96
Vanessa Carter – FLG95
Carlessa Finney – FLG94
Marc Gilbert – FLG00
Melanie Graw – FLG02
Lisa Hillman – FLG95
Alli Holstrom – FLG10/NLA09
Penny Hopkins – FLG97
Barbara Huston – FLG99
Bill Kuethe – FLG95
Tricia Lehmann – FLG97
Nadja Maril – FLG02
Tom Marquardt – ELS05
Patty McManus – FLG97
George Moran – FLG94
Bruce Morgenstern – FLG12
Ed Reilly – FLG03
Diane Sancilio – FLG14
Tony Spencer – FLG95
Pat Troy – FLG94
Larry Ulvila, Jr. – FLG95
Tad Wood – FLG99