District 30 Democratic Club Officers and Board of Directors
D30 Club Board members Gail Smith, David Duba, Jessie Dunleavy, Bill White, Melissa Miller, Keanuu Smith-Brown, Johntel Greene, L.E. Gomez, Lauren Bloom, and Brooks Schandlmeier. Not pictured: Brian Hoxie, Dylan Behler, Jackie Wells.
(Officers are elected for one year terms every March and must have served one year on the Board prior to election)
Brooks Schandelmeier, President
Brooks began his political career at St. Mary’s College as a member of the Maryland Student Climate Coalition’s steering committee. After graduating from St. Mary’s, Brooks worked for candidates nationally and throughout Maryland, including Speaker Mike Busch, Delegate Kumar Barve, and Delegate Maggie McIntosh. During the 2017 Mayor's election Brooks was part of the coordinated campaign, being part of the team that lead to an overwhelming Democratic victory in Annapolis. He is honored to be D30's President and looks forward to help the blue wave take Anne Arundel County and Maryland.
(Brooks' term as President expires March 2020)
Lauren Bloom, Esq, Vice President
(Lauren's term as Vice President expires March 2019)
Melissa Miller, Treasurer
Melissa is a native of Anne Arundel County and moved to the Wild Rose Shores neighborhood in Annapolis Neck in 2008. She comes from a family of strong civic engagement and has been actively involved in supporting Democratic candidates at every level of government, from volunteering on the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns to doorknocking for Speaker Mike Busch, Senator John Astle, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Councilman Chris Trumabuer. She has also organized and hosted many large and successful Democratic fundraisers at her home, including those for the D30 Democratic Club.
Most recently, Melissa served as the Operations Director of Cheryl Miller’s campaign for Maryland State Delegate representing our great District 30A. It was during this time that she gained invaluable insight on the diverse issues that affect our community, and more importantly, some of the common threads that can be used to strengthen it. This experience fortified her resolve and commitment to be a “Do-Something Democrat!”
Melissa graduated with Honors from Spelman College where she majored in Economic and minored in Management & Organization. Her varied professional experience includes being a Buyer for Lord & Taylor Department Stores in NYC, an Event Consultant for various organizations throughout Maryland, including Steps to the Cure and the Four Rivers Heritage Area, and a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Annapolis. Melissa’s other interests include pillates, holistic health techniques, rooting for the Washington Redskins, and using her culinary talents to feed crowds from two to two hundred!
(Melissa’s term expires March 2019)
Brian Hoxie, Secretary
Brian has lived in Annapolis for five years, becoming increasingly involved with community and local democratic campaigns and events. Most recently, Brian was elected to serve on his local housing board for 2018. Throughout 2017, he actively volunteered for Mayor Gavin Buckley’s campaign through extensive door knocking, campaign research, debate prep, and hosting a ‘Meet the Candidate’ event at his home. Prior to moving to the area, Brian was active in his local democratic clubs for Washington state districts as a precinct captain and volunteer for several campaigns. Brian is a strategic planner with the U.S. Federal Government in Washington, DC where he has worked for the past 8 years. In that time, Brian has worked in various positions at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. State Department on issues such as border security, the environment, and national security. He holds a Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and International Studies as well as Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from the University of Washington. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1993 to 1998.
Jill Barr, President Emeritus
Board of Directors
(Board members serve three year terms)
Keanuu Smith-Brown was born in Annapolis, MD and raised in both Anne Arundel and Calvert County by his single mother, Tameka Smith. At the age of 16, during his senior year of high school, Keanuu began his college career at the College of Southern Maryland. After being elected president of the Student Association in the fall semester of 2013, he took on the role of Student Government Association (SGA) vice president. In spring 2015, Keanuu transferred to the University of Baltimore (UB), where he was first elected as senator of the SGA in the fall. Upon his senatorial tenure, he became speaker of the senate from 2016-2017; Keanuu was elected to serve as vice president from 2017-2018. In December 2017, Keanuu completed his undergraduate studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Policy with a minor in Philosophy. He began perusing a Master’s in Public Administration at UB in spring 2018. Previously the Baltimore Regional Field Director and Student Affairs Coordinator for the 2018 Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, Benjamin Jealous, Keanuu currently works as the Legislative Assistant for Maryland State Delegate Alice Cain, representing District 30-A."
Gail has throughout her career worked to enhance the lives of the residents of the community in which she lives.
As a young woman, Gail worked in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut and U.S. Representative Fernand J. St. Germain of Rhode Island, as well as with Sargent Shriver, Director of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Gail received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland with a specialty in community organizing in 1994. She later joined the Department of Family Services in Prince George’s County as program manager for the Community Integration Program and the Infants and Toddlers Program. She received the Governor’s Citation for outstanding contributions to young children and families of Prince George’s County.
Gail and Steve moved to Annapolis in 1995 and in 2001 she joined the staff of County Executive Janet Owens as a community and constituent services specialist. In an August 2003 Capital article, “She’s an Advocate of the People,” a community leader spoke of Gail's patience, her determination and her willingness to make one more phone call, to try just one more tactic at getting an answer to resolve the issue at hand. Ms. Smith was quoted as saying, quite simply, “Our job is to build relationships in the community.”
Following her work in the Owens administration, Gail served for three years as the legislative assistant to Anne Arundel County Council member Joshua Cohen. When Councilman Josh Cohen was elected Mayor of Annapolis, Gail served in his administration as the director of services, ADA coordinator for the City of Annapolis and a member of the mayor’s senior management team from December 2009-2013. Gail was also the mayor’s liaison to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, working to build a strong and collaborative partnership between the City and HACA.
In 2014 Gail left city government and was honored to be able to serve as Legislative Assistant to our District 30 House Delegate and Speaker Mike Busch until her retirement in 2017. She has been active in Democratic politics her entire life.
Dylan Behler is pursuing a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He is a Committee Analyst/Intern in the office of Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., where he researches and addresses constituent-related inquiries, analyzes committee hearings and voting sessions, and assists with administrative duties. Previously, he worked as a Government Affairs Intern at the AFL-CIO, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Washington, D.C. Dylan is a member of the Student Honor Council of the University of Maryland Student Judiciary; he also serves as a Governance Board Justice on the Student Government Association and is a member of the Terrapin Democratic Club. He is also Campaign Coordinator for the Sarah Elfreth for State Senate Campaign. His academic honors include the Dean’s List at the University of Maryland and a Delegate Scholarship awarded by Seth Howard, Delegate from District 30B.
Jessie Dunleavy is a fourth generation Annapolitan. She has more than thirty years of experience as a school administrator, overseeing the enrollment management and communications offices at The Key School, where her responsibilities included community outreach, public relations, marketing, and written communications that ranged from newsletters and website content to a blog in which she offered general parenting advice on a wide range of topics. Jessie holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as an academic librarian for nearly a decade at the outset of her career.
Upon her retirement in 2016, Jessie joined the District 30 Democratic Club, attending events, and volunteering—knocking on doors and making phone calls in support of Democratic candidates in the National Election. In 2017, Jessie was recruited to serve as a Precinct 06-01 supervisor, helping to orchestrate and support a successful block captain program during the Primary Election season; and joining canvassing and phone banking efforts to help elect Democrats in the Annapolis CIty election for which she also served as a poll watcher. Currently, Jessie is a Precinct 06-01 co-captain.
Jessie finds herself increasingly in the role of activist with the national overdose epidemic as her cause. Inspired by all she learned through her son’s tragic and preventable death in 2017, Jessie aims to provide advocacy for those who suffer with a substance use disorder and draw attention to impediments to needed reform. In addition to lending her voice through frequent opinion editorials, broadcast interviews, and social media, she joined like-minded groups including the Maryland Harm Reduction Action Network and the Annapolis Substance Abuse Coalition, and also served on the Healthy Communities Transition Team for the County Executive and as an advocate for her cause in the Maryland General Assembly.
Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Wells
Jackie was born in Annapolis, raised in Eastport and graduated from Wiley H. Bates High School. As president of Bloomsbury Square Resident Council, where she resides, Jackie has been successful in implementing community programs to improve the Bloomsbury Square residents’ quality of life: the Let’s Talk social youth group; the After School Program; and Leadership Skills: Preparing Our Youth for the Future. She is president of the Resident Advisory Board, which oversees all of the Annapolis Housing Authority’s Resident Councils. As a Board Commissioner of the Housing Authority City of Annapolis (HACA), appointed by the Mayor of Annapolis and confirmed by City Council, Jackie has been successful in developing various opportunities for educating the public, providing assistance to those in need and problem solving. She also serves as Vice President of the Ward One Residents Association, which allows her to address issues of concern within Ward One and beyond. She is Chairman and founder of Bloomsbury Square Day (now Bloomsbury Square Unity Day), and was Instrumental in obtaining the Bloomsbury Square community signage. Her awards and recognitions include: Martha Wood Leadership Award presented by the Mayor of Annapolis and City Council; Community Service, Annapolis Police Department; HACA Pathways to Opportunity Initiative; St. Phillips Church Strengthening the Family and Community Program; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award. Jackie attended Morgan State College and Sojourner Douglas College. She is currently employed as a retail associate with A.L. Goodies; her previous work experience includes substitute teacher in Anne Arundel County and social/case worker with the Anne Arundel County Department of Child Protective Services. Jackie’s passion continues in all of her endeavors and she believes there is more work to be done!
LE Gomez is a health policy advisor and physician who relocated to the St. Margaret’s area of Annapolis with his family six years ago. He is an associate professor at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. who started out as a community volunteer for at risk youth as an undergrad at Cornell University. His research helped support the fight to keep hospital services in underserved neighborhoods of Harlem in collaboration with Legal Defense Fund of NY while attending medical school in NYC. He volunteered with the American Heart Association to support at risk youth on the South Side of Chicago while completing his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of
Emergency Medicine (AAEM). He completed a Health Policy and Advocacy Congressional Fellowship and is an adviser for government affairs for AAEM and National Medical Association (NMA). He supported the campaigns of Mayor Gavin Buckley and County Executive Steuart Pittman serving on The Empowering Communities Transition Team. He provides leadership as a community activist for the Anne Arundel NAACP and Caucus of African American Leaders. LE has a Masters in Healthcare Business Administration and is a consultant for Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. His research currently focuses on health disparities and he has published in several journals including the Journal of the NMA. LE studies legislative approaches to opioid and gun violence mitigation and is a frequent invited speaker in support of these initiatives, as well as fair housing, for the City of Annapolis and AA County. He is active with the Medicare For All movement and is a volunteer consultant for the Office Senator Bernie Sanders. He serves as Precinct Captain with AA County DCC. He has been the recipient of the Executive Citation for Leadership, Anne Arundel County 2019 and is dedicated to the fight for inclusion, universal health care and racial equity.