Local Management Board (Community Partnerships for Children and Families)

About the Board

The mission of the Local Management Board is to promote a safe, healthy and stable environment for all Queen Anne's County children and families by achieving a comprehensive system of education, health and human services whose effectiveness and responsiveness addresses the needs of children and families through public and private interagency collaboration.

The Queen Anne's County Community Partnerships for Children, a Maryland Local Management Board, evolved from a strong desire of organizations and citizens to work together with a mission to strengthen and preserve children and families.

You can visit the Community Partnerships for Children & Families website for more information about services and upcoming events.


Community Partnerships for Children has 25 members, some of whom are designated by state law because of their positions. Non-designated members serve 3-year terms.

Date Appointed
Term Expiration
Ashley Heffernan KaiserJuly 1, 2022June 30, 2025
Pastor Mark FarnellJuly 1, 2022June 30, 2025
Jessica DennyJuly 1, 2020June 30, 2023
Scott EvansJuly 1, 2020June 30, 2023
Justin HoytJuly 1, 2021June 30, 2024
Patrick KirkJuly 1, 2022June 30, 2025
Deyanira MurgaJuly 1, 2022June 30, 2025
Cameron RonayneJuly 1, 2021June 30, 2024
Sara ShelleyJuly 1, 2021June 30, 2024
Colleen ThomasJuly 1, 2019June 30, 2025
Mary Ann Thompson
February 15, 2013
June 30, 2023
Olivia TryonJuly 1, 2021June 30, 2024
Lauren Kay WeberJuly 1, 2020June 30, 2023

Appointed by Position
Jason MullenChesapeake College Representative
Joan Brooks
QAC Recreation Manager
Dr. Joseph Ciotola
QAC Health Officers
Susan Coppage
QAC Social Services Director
Kathryn DilleyMid Shore Behavioral Health Representative
Matt EvansBoard of Education Representative
Lauren Scearce
Juvenile Services Representative
Bobbi GraefQAC Health Department Representative
Sheriff Gary Hofmann
Office of the Sheriff
Lt. Mark MeilOffice of the Sheriff
Alex SweetakQAC Dept of Social Services
Margie Houck
County Commissioner's Office Representative
Stephen PalmerTransit Administrator
Audra CherbonnierMid Shore Behavioral Health Representative
Dr.Patricia Saelens
Board of Education Superintendent
Jone TaylorChildren's Council Representative


The Queen Anne’s County Partnerships for Children serves as the primary structure for the County to develop and maintain an effective and efficient system of services for children, adolescents and families. Emphasis is placed on prevention, early intervention and community-based service. Priority is given to children and families most at-risk. The Partnership primarily assesses plans, coordinates, monitors and evaluates. It does not function as a direct service provider.

Local Management Board

The Queen Anne’s County Community Partnerships for Children is a Maryland Local Management Board. Local Management Boards were created in 1989 through an Executive Order creating the Subcabinet for Children, Youth and Families. Initially Queen Anne’s County was represented through a multi-county Local Management Board. Recognizing the diverse needs of each jurisdiction and their desire to receive individual attention for their children and families, the Board disbanded in 1997. During the summer of 1997, the County Commissioners approved the Queen Anne’s County Local Management Board as an arm of County government.

By-laws (PDF)

Statement of Separation from Non-Queen Anne’s County Organizations

Participation by any board member or staff person of the Queen Anne’s County Local Management Board, also known as the Community Partnerships for Children and Families, in any community activity, community event, committee meeting or non-Queen Anne’s County organization or other outside agency does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any opinions, statements, services or activities resulting from or expressed during such activities. Additionally, such entities mentioned above are not directly accountable to the Queen Anne’s County Local Management Board or Queen Anne’s County Government.