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Bruce Adams

Bruce Adams

Director
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Rockville, MD 20850
Office: 240-777-2558
Cell: 240-855-8727
bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov

Independent Sector/Nonprofit Community

Bruce Adams is the Director of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett's Office of Community Partnerships (OCP). The Office of Community Partnerships carries on Montgomery County's historic commitment to empower our ethnic communities while adding a charge from County Executive Leggett to build strong partnerships between the County government and the County's nonprofit organizations and faith communities.

Adams served as an elected member of the Montgomery County Council from 1986-94, including a term as Council President (1991-92). His initiatives included Community Service Day, Committee for Montgomery, Montgomery Housing Initiative, 50% recycling goal, legislation to prohibit smoking in shared workplaces, Capital Crescent Trail, Commission on Child Care, Technology Enterprise Center, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Prior to serving on the County Council, he served on numerous State and County boards and commissions, including chair of the Charter Review Commission (1979-82) and chair of the task force that created Montgomery Community Television (1983-84).

Bruce Adams has served as a Senior Fellow at The James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland (1995-97), a Fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University (1979), an Associate of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation (1982-1986), and as National Research Director for Common Cause (1977-1982). At Common Cause, Adams authored model open government legislation enacted by state and local governments across the nation. Adams is co-author of two books on the presidential personnel process and numerous articles on governance, community building, and leadership.

He is founder of the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club (1998), Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (1997), and Fields of Dreams after-school program in Washington, DC (2002). From 1987-96, Adams taught the John W. Macy, Jr. Leadership Seminar for Montgomery County high school students. From 1988-93, Adams was a Lecturer at the graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Princeton University (1970) and the Georgetown University Law Center (1974). A 1966 graduate of The Landon School, Adams received the Kupka Distinguished Alumnus Award from the school's Alumni Association in 2003.

Adams was named a 1998 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine and received the 1993 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governmentsof Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award as the elected official who has contributed most significantly to the enhancement of intergovernmental cooperation in the Washington Metropolitan Region. In 2005, he received the William Prescott Allen Award from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.

Bruce Adams, 65, lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Engel, a journalist, and their children, Emily and Hugh. Bruce and Peggy are co-authors of Baseball Vacations, a guide to family baseball vacations (Fodors/Random House, 1997, 2000, & 2002).

What does Bruce say about the County?
What's so great about working in Montgomery County is that we have the capacity to create the nation's finest multicultural community. I grew up here, and I have seen that as the County has grown more diverse, we have become smarter, richer, and much more interesting. We have the talent. We have the resources. But great challenges and disparities remain. We can do it. We can achieve our goal if we can learn to work even more effectively together across the lines of race, income, religion, and sector that too often divide and diminish communities.

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Nestor Alvarenga

Nestor Alvarenga

Latin American Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships

Gaithersburg Library
18330 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Office: 240-777-2525
Cell: 240-328-7763
nestor.alvarenga@montgomerycountymd.gov

Latin American Community Liaison
Upcounty representative for Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
Staff Liaison to Morazan, El Salvador Sister City Committee
Se habla español.

Nestor was born in El Salvador and raised in the Wheaton/Glenmont neighborhood. He is a Wheaton Knight and a Maryland Terp. After graduating from Wheaton High School, he attended Montgomery College/Rockville and transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics, Spanish Minor and a Latin American Studies Certificate. Nestor is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. 

Nestor joins the county with more than nine years of experience working at the at the local, state, national, and international levels on issues of immigrant integration, including labor rights and community preservation, banking /community financial literacy, and customer service for multicultural communities. His significant experience in advocacy, coalition building, community organizing, and managing strategic grassroots campaigns focused on human rights and social justice issues. Nestor worked with CASA de Maryland as a community organizer working with students, day laborers, domestic workers, tenants, and small businesses. He played a key role supporting the Maryland Dream Act in 2011. Nestor has served as a member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and the County Executive’s Latin American Advisory Group.

In November 2011, Nestor was offered an amazing opportunity to live and work in Central America, including his home country of El Salvador. Nestor joined the Solidarity Center and worked on labor rights and human rights as the program field specialist based at the regional office in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Nestor was responsible for the Solidarity Center’s Informal Economy sector consisting of domestic, construction, and street-vendor workers in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica.  Nestor was able to work side-by-side with marginalized workers and organizations, developed and conducted trainings as well as integrated those groups into international campaigns and networks advocating for stronger implementation of labor codes, regulations, and laws in Central America. In 2013, Nestor returned to the United States at a time when Immigration Reform was front and center in Congress. He joined the Communications Workers of America as the National Immigration Campaign Coordinator working to support comprehensive immigration reform.

What does Nestor say about the County?

“I am proud of the diversity and multi-ethnic community in the county and the level of engagement and partnerships occurring in the county. I am ready to join the excitement happening in Montgomery County!”

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Mimi Hassanein

Mimi Hassanein

Senior Fellow and Middle Eastern Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships
Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330
Rockville, MD 20850
Office: 240-777-4949
Cell: 301-379-7868
mimi.hassanein@montgomerycountymd.gov

Middle Eastern Community Liaison
وأنا أتكلم العربية
I speak Arabic

Mimi Hassanein joins the Office of Community Partnerships as Senior Fellow with responsibility as the liaison to the Middle Eastern community. Mimi grew up in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. She has lived in Montgomery County for more than 40 years. Mimi’s experience as community activist and volunteer spans more than three decades.
Although Mimi lived in Egypt and completed her Bachelors of Arts degree from Cairo University, she now considers herself fortunate to call two places she loves home. Even while raising her children, Mimi was a staunch community activist and advocate for multiculturalism. For several years, she chaired the Bilingual Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Division and served as an Arabic translator for Montgomery County Public Schools. In 1995, Mimi successfully coordinated the first International Student Exchange Program between Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland and a sister high school in Cairo, Egypt.  Also that same year, the Montgomery County Parent-Teacher Association awarded Mimi its Lifetime PTA Membership Award for outstanding efforts and achievements in parent-teacher involvement in public schools.

Mimi believes strongly in empowering women, especially women from diverse backgrounds. She previously served as board member of Empowered Women International and the Muslim Women Association and has successfully obtained grant funding to provide services for women in Montgomery County. Mimi has also served for several years on the Middle Eastern Advisory Group for County Executive Ike Leggett and the Commission on Child Care. Mimi has volunteered with the Montgomery County Central Democratic Committee, African American Democratic Women's Voters, EXCEL Beyond the Bell Program for Montgomery County youth, and has served as Chair of the Hospitality Committee for Martin Luther King Annual Event and Human Rights Commission. Mimi also served on the Grant Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County Council.

Mimi loves to inspire others to action and was instrumental in creating the first Multicultural Committee within The Transition Network Group to help educate and dismiss misconceptions about Middle Eastern culture and Islam. Mimi’s leadership experience includes graduating from prestigious programs such as Senior Leadership Montgomery in 2011 and Emerge Maryland in 2013.

Mimi is bilingual in Arabic and English. She has three grown children and fifteen grandchildren! Mimi enjoys reading and exercising. She is always up for a new challenge and learning new things.

What does Mimi say about the County?

“I am so proud to call Montgomery County my home. It has the best public schools and living here has taught me that education is your passport into integration. I am proof that if you live in Montgomery County and work hard you can make things happen!  I am excited to give back to this wonderful community.”

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Austin Heyman

Austin Heyman

Senior Fellow
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Office: 240-777-2592
austin.heyman@montgomerycountymd.gov

Seniors 55+

Austin Heyman founded and served as the Director of Interages and the Montgomery County Intergenerational Resource Center from 1986-1997. Governor Parris Glendening appointed Austin as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. Senator Paul Sarbanes appointed Austin as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Congresswoman Constance Morella nominated Austin and Interages for the Public Services Round Table Award. He continues to serve as member of the Board of Interages. Austin was a member of the Leggett Administration Transition Team and was appointed in 2007 as a Senior Fellow in the Office of the County Executive, Office of Community Partnerships.

During his 25 years of service with the federal government as an administrator of our foreign assistance programs, Austin was also deeply involved with community groups, working on educational and youth issues, serving as the first Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth, as President of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, and as a member of the Maryland Task Force on Guidance and Counseling. He was a founding board member and Vice-Chair of the Volunteer Partnership Montgomery and Co-Leader of the John Macy Leadership Seminar. He has served on the Retired Seniors Volunteer Programs Advisory Council and the Community Relations Committee of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Austin received an Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education from the Montgomery County Board of Education in 1997. In 1997 he initiated discussions leading to the creation of the Maryland Intergenerational Coalition. County Executive Douglas Duncan appointed Austin to the Commission on Aging in 1998. In 2004 Austin received the Montgomery County Paths of Achievement Award. In 2008 Austin was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Austin has served as the moderator for two television programs on County Cable, Seniors Today, and Montgomery Citizens Agenda. He initiated the Vital Living Initiative in 1999 and currently chairs the Montgomery County Vital Living Steering Committee. In 2001 he proposed the creation of a Senior Leadership Montgomery class which was implemented by Leadership Montgomery in 2002.

Austin served as an attorney with a Wall Street law firm in New York City. During his career with the United States Agency for International Development he represented the United States on the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris during the 1960s. Austin has undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, a Master of International Public Policy from John Hopkins and a Certificate from the Academy of International Law at The Hague.

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Mansfield Kaseman

Mansfield Kaseman

Interfaith Community Liaison
Community Engagement Cluster
Office of Community Partnerships
Upcounty Regional Center
12900 Middlebrook Drive, Suite 1000
Germantown, MD 20874
Mansfield.Kaseman@montgomerycountymd.gov
Office: 240-777-2503
Cell: 240-481-0690

Since his student days the Reverend Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman has been engaged in ecumenical and interfaith ministries aimed at creating the beloved community.  The model he implemented for Theological Education in the Urban Setting was adopted by Harvard, Boston University and Weston Divinity Schools.  His engagement in the Civil Rights Movement included providing security for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., establishing non-profits such as the Blue Hill Christian Center in Roxbury, MA. and helping to implement Racial Justice Now.

In a decade of service with United Church on the Green in New Haven, CT Kasey formed partnerships with Yale, New Haven Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, State and Municipal officials, and religious organizations in founding non-profits and changing policies that impacted public education, urban renewal, anti-poverty programs, civil rights, affordable housing and healthcare.  Examples are the first Hospice in America, Downtown Cooperative Ministry, Aperture One, Junta for Progressive Action and Branford Royal Grant Corporation.

In establishing a new church in Tallahassee, FL he simultaneously formed a statewide network for impacting the state legislature and implemented a budget committing 50 percent to mission and social justice.  The Florida Impact Program, seventh Habitat for Humanity and Planned Parenthood established then are running strong. 

Moving to Rockville in 1979 Kasey revitalized Rockville United Church, incorporated Community Ministries of Rockville, engaged the political, civic, religious and business sectors in meeting common interests.  The Caregiver's Coalition of Rockville, Emergency Assistance, Elderly Homecare, Latino Outreach, Manna, Habitat for Humanity and the Kaseman Clinic are among organizations he helped found and grow.  Outside of Montgomery County he served as Adjunct Faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary, Treasure of the National Community Ministry Network and President of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.   

Since 2006 Kasey has served as Senior Vice President of CTIS (philanthropy, community service and health disparities), and Vice President of Van Eperen & Company (strategic planning, marketing and corporate social responsibility).

He has degrees from Westmar College, Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School.  He has certificate studies and continuing education at Oxford University, American University, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Eden, Princeton, and Lancaster Theological Seminary’s. 

Currently he serves on the boards of the Primary Care Coalition, Open Health Systems Laboratory, Low Vision Center, Play Ball America and the Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation.  He and his wife, Dianne, have three adult children and seven grandchildren.  His hobbies are kayaking, photography, golf and reading.   

What does Kasey think about the County?
I consider it an honor and privilege to be to be part of a team committed to making Montgomery County the beloved community.  I have been working privately toward that goal since 1979 and now as a public servant I look forward to forging partnerships that can accomplish far more than any one individual, department or institution can do alone.  I know the resources of our community are more than adequate for meeting the needs and aspirations of our deserving residents.  I also believe our faith communities are exceptionally well positioned to help us become a more compassionate and welcoming community.

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Daniel Koroma

Daniel Koroma

Community Liaison
Eastern Montgomery Regional Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Office: 240-777-2584
daniel.koroma@montgomerycountymd.gov

African Community
Caribbean Community

Mr. Koroma is a Community Liaison at the County Executive's Office and the Community Liaison to the African and Caribbean communities. Mr. Koroma has worked with the many non-profits in the Washington DC area and sits on the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Africa Art. Prior to joining the County Government, Mr. Koroma worked as a Global Banking Strategist for Bank of American and later led the Global Trade Services Group for Bank of America in Northern Virginia.

When he was the Business Development Manager for seven years, Mr. Koroma conducted several business seminars in Montgomery County, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Mr. Koroma attended the University of Maryland, College Park where in majored in International Business and Public Policy. He also worked for the University's Computer Science Department for two years. Mr. Koroma and his wife live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Julian Norment

Julian Norment

African-American Liaison
East County Regional Service Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Office: 240-777-8413
julian.norment@montgomerycountymd.gov

Julian Norment was raised in Silver Spring, MD.  He attended John F. Kennedy High School, where he lettered in baseball and was a Washington Post All-Metropolitan football player and Maryland All-State football player.  Julian went on to earn his Baccalaureate of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, while playing football as a linebacker and completing work on a double major in Political Science and African and African-American studies.  After graduating in 1996, he entered the political arena and joined BatesNeimand, one of the top direct mail political consulting firms in the nation.  Later that year, he assisted the AFL-CIO’s Political Department in their voter mobilization unit, organizing hundreds of thousands of voter registration materials for union members.

In 1997, Julian continued his thirst for politics by serving as a Legislative Correspondent in the Washington, D.C. office of South Carolina U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings.  After eight months in that capacity, he was elevated to Legislative Assistant. In the summer of 1998, Julian took a leave of absence from Senator Hollings’ office and worked as Regional Field Director for the South Carolina Democratic Party.  In this position, he developed and managed a grassroots campaign organization of staff and volunteers consisting of over 300 individuals covering nine counties for the entire South Carolina Democratic ticket.  After returning from South Carolina, Julian expanded his legislative duties in Washington, D.C. for Senator Hollings as a Senior Legislative Assistant, handling issues in the areas of transportation; government affairs; labor; housing; veterans affairs; small business; Indian Affairs; and Transportation/Treasury, VA/HUD, Legislative Branch, and District of Columbia appropriations bills for Senator Hollings’ Appropriations Committee assignments.

While maintaining those responsibilities, Julian also pursued a law degree.  In May, 2004 he received his Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law with a concentration in labor and employment law.  In January 2005, Julian completed his duties as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Senator Hollings, who retired. 

After spending three years as a Principal for The Ferguson Group, LLC, a municipal lobbying firm, Julian decided to explore entrepreneurial interests.  Julian was a Founding Partner of Municipal Prosperity Group, LLC where he provided strategic federal grants and appropriations consulting to public entities, universities and non-profits on their local projects and programs.  In 2009, Julian teamed up with Barry Strumpf, a former U.S. Senate colleague, and became an Equity Partner at Strumpf Consulting, Inc, where he provides federal business consulting and advocacy for corporations, universities and non-profit institutions.  In January 2013, Julian was hired as the African-American Community Liaison in the Office of Community Partnerships, Montgomery County, MD.  In addition to the exciting community liaison undertaking in his native Montgomery County, he will continue to fulfill his duties at Strumpf Consulting.      

Julian is a member of many organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; lifetime member of the Montgomery County, MD NAACP; and the University of Michigan Alumni Association.  He is also the former Co-Chairman of the Montgomery County, MD African-American Advisory Group, which he served for four years. 

Julian currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.

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Diane Vu

Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu

Community Liaison
Office of Community Partnerships
Montgomery County Community Engagement Cluster
21 Maryland Avenue, Ste 330
Office: 240-777-8320
Cell: 240-688-2001
diane.vu@montgomerycountymd.gov

Asian American Community
Middle Eastern Community
Committee for Ethnic Affairs
Tôi nói tiêng Viêt

Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu joins the Office of Community partnerships as the liaison to the Asian American and Middle Eastern communities.   Most recently she served as the executive director the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association, a local nonprofit organization providing direct services to and advocacy for Vietnamese Americans.

A 20-year County resident and graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Diane has served on the steering committee of Nonprofit Montgomery, as an appointed member of the County's Commission on Aging, and as a member of the County Executive's Asian American Advisory Group. A former AmeriCorps Fellow, she has participated in the Community Foundation of Montgomery County's Nonprofit Advancement Fund's Small Emerging Nonprofits Initiative.

What does Diane say about the County?
I am excited to help Montgomery County to serve as a national model for a multicultural community where I will be serving as a bridge between communities and government. The Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the County are diverse and a great asset to this County and I look forward to working with them. 

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