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.
Scott MacMullan, President
Katy Edwards, Vice President
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!
Gail Smith, Secretary
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.
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!