meet the Board of Trustees
Elizabeth M. Hewlett
Chairman, Prince Georges County Commissioner
Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Esq. was appointed Chairman of the Prince George's County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in June, 2011 and reappointed in June, 2013. She previously served as Chairman of the Planning Board from 1995 to 2006.
Ms. Hewlett was recognized as one of the Region's "100 Most Powerful Women" by the Washingtonian Magazine and "Top 100 Women in Maryland" and "Most Influential Marylanders" by The Daily Record.
A former principal in the law firm of Shipley, Horne and Hewlett, P.A., Ms. Hewlett has an extensive legal background in both the public and private sectors, including serving as: Associate General Counsel to M-NCPPC; Attorney in private practice; Member of the Prince George's County Attorney's Office and the Prince George's County Council legislative staff; and, Staff Counsel to the Legal Aid Bureau.
Ms. Hewlett has served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Metropolitan Development Policy Committee, and the regional Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she completed a four-year tenure, including a term as Chairman.
Ms. Hewlett earned a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and juris doctorate degree from Boston College Law School. She also completed the post-graduate program for senior executives in state and local government offered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ms. Hewlett was appointed by the Commission as the Prince George's County Commissioner to the ERS Board of Trustees ("Board") in July 2011 and is now serving her fifth term ending June 30, 2022. Ms. Hewlett was elected by the Board as Chairman of the Board and is serving her fourth term ending June 30, 2021.
Ms. Hewlett previously served as both the Prince George's County Commissioner to the Board and Chairman from 2003 to 2006.
Gerald R. Cichy
Vice Chairman, Montgomery County Commissioner
Mr. Cichy worked at the Maryland Transit Administration/ Maryland Department of Transportation on projects such as the Corridor Cities Transitway, Purple Line light rail system and regional transit-oriented developments. From 1979 to 1984, he was director of transportation for Montgomery County and collaborated with federal, state and county agencies as well as developer and citizen groups to solve mutual problems. During his tenure, Mr. Cichy worked with Planning Department staff to coordinate implementation of master plan transportation projects.
Among Mr. Cichy’s achievements is a patent for a bus rapid transit vehicle with doors directly opening to transit platforms. He is a recipient of the Federal Transit Administration’s “Innovative Idea Award” for a 200-mile bus rapid transit system supplementing the Metrorail system in the Washington, DC region. In 2016, he graduated from the Senior Leadership Montgomery program. Mr. Cichy holds master degrees in both city and regional planning, and civil engineering from Catholic University. The 77 year-old Rockville resident has lived in Montgomery County for nearly 50 years.
Mr. Cichy was appointed by the Commission as the Montgomery County Commissioner to the ERS Board of Trustees ("Board") in July 2017 for the term ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Cichy was elected by the Board as Vice Chairman of the Board and is serving his second term ending June 30, 2021.
Montgomery County Open Trustee
Asuntha Chiang-SmithExecutive Director
Ms. Chiang-Smith was appointed the Commission's Executive Director in November 2019. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Chiang-Smith has extensive professional experience that spans across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties as well as the State of Maryland. Most recently, she was the Chief Innovation Officer, and before then, the Chief of Staff, for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Before joining DHCD, Ms. Chiang-Smith worked at the State House for five years as the Executive Director of Maryland's Sub-cabinet on Base Realignment and Closure, better known as BRAC. In that role, she assumed front-line responsibility for managing Maryland's $3.5 Billion BRAC initiative. She also worked as former Governor Parris Glendening's Special Assistant for Economic Development, and former Senator Barbara Mikulski's Special Assistant on projects that include White Oak in Montgomery County and Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County.
Ms. Chiang-Smith earned her bachelor's degree from Catholic University, master's degree in public affairs and communications from American University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She also completed the Senior Executives Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she has experience working in IT management and holds the certification as a Project Management Professional from the PMI.
Ms. Chiang-Smith serves as Ex-Officio on the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Investment Monitoring Group and the Administration and Personnel Oversight Committee.
Fraternal Order of Police Representative
Mr. Brown was selected to represent the Fraternal Order of Police on the Board of Trustees in 2015 and is now serving his third term ending June 30, 2022. He is a member of the Investment Monitoring Group, Administration and Personnel Oversight Committee and Audit Committee.
Pamela F. Gogol
Montgomery County Public Member
Ms. Gogol was the former Assistant Treasurer of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and served as the Bi-County Open Trustee on the ERS Board in 2008. Currently she works as a Principal Examiner for the Federal Housing Finance Agency responsible for analysis and oversight of Fannie Mae’s market risk exposure.
Ms. Gogol holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance/Economics from Michigan State University.
Ms. Gogol was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2014 and is now serving her second term ending June 30, 2020. She is a member of the Investment Monitoring Group.
Melissa D. FordPrince George's County Open Trustee
Ms. Ford has worked for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission since 2010 with the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. She presently serves as the Department’s Budget Manager with oversight of the planning, development and management of the annual operating budget. She also has managerial oversight of the Department’s Office Services Unit.
Ms. Ford holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Business Management from Hampton University.
Ms. Ford was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2018 and is now serving her first term ending June 30, 2021. She is a member of the Administration and Personnel Oversight Committee.
Montgomery County Government Employees' Organization Representative
Ms. Millar is the Special Assistant to the President of UFCW Local 1994, a union representing approximately 9000 workers in Maryland. She negotiates and enforces collective bargaining agreements on behalf of public sector workers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County; lobbies local and state elected officials; and, advocates for policies that advance the lives of working families.
Ms. Millar serves on the Board of Directors for Committee for Montgomery and the Executive Board of Progressive Maryland. In addition, Ms. Millar is a Trustee of the Montgomery County Union Employee Deferred Employee Compensation Plan.
Ms. Millar holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida State University.
Ms. Millar was selected to represent the Montgomery County Government Employees' Organization Representative on the Board of Trustees in January 2016 and is now serving her third term ending June 30, 2022. She is a member of the Administration & Personnel Oversight Committee.
Prince George's County Public Member
Ms. Morgan-Johnson has worked for the District of Columbia Retirement Board since 1991 as the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Chief Operations Officer. As CIO, she manages the $6.6 billion defined benefit plan administered for the City’s police officers, firefighters, and teachers.
Ms. Morgan-Johnson holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University.
Ms. Morgan-Johnson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and is now serving her second term ending June 30, 2020. She is the Chairman of the Investment Monitoring Group.
Elaine Stookey Bi-County Open Trustee
Ms. Stookey has worked for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission ("Commission") since 2014 in the Accounting Division of the Finance Department. Ms. Stookey served as a City Finance Director/Treasurer with prior employers and received certification as a Certified Public Finance Administrator by the Association of Public Treasurers of the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Stookey was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2019 and is serving for the remainder of the term ending June 30, 2020. She is a member of the Audit Committee.
Joseph C. Zimmerman, CPASecretary-Treasurer
Mr. Zimmerman has worked for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission ("Commission") since 2010 as the Secretary-Treasurer. He is a native Marylander and has worked for over 30 years in corporate financial systems. Among his roles, he has served as Assistant Controller for Anne Arundel Community College; Controller for Bowie State University; Director of Budget and Finance for Queen Anne’s County; and, most recently as Director of Finance and Treasurer of the Maryland Environmental Service.
Mr. Zimmerman is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Frostburg State College and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
Mr. Zimmerman has served as Ex-Officio on the Board of Trustees since 2010. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Administration & Personnel Oversight Committee and a member of the Investment Monitoring Group.