(* denotes committee chair)
Jeff Bloom, Class of 2022
Jeff Bloom has been attending CMPC for over 30 years, and has been a member since his Confirmation in 1993. He has previously served as a Deacon, on the Nominating Committee, and as the chairperson of the most recent Pastor Nominating Committee. You may also see him in the choir loft from time to time, trying to carry a tune. Jeff resides in Howard County with his wife Alexis, and sons Scotty (8), PJ (6), and Ty (2). He enjoys playing and watching sports, and getting involved in all of his kids’ activities. Jeff is humbled to be nominated for the position of Elder at CMPC, the only church that he has every really called home.
Gil Burckart, Class of 2022
Worship and Music*
Gilbert Burckart grew up in Western Pennsylvania in the Presbyterian Church. He eventually became a Deacon in the church that he grew up in before going to college in Pittsburgh and to graduate school in Kentucky. Gil eventually moved back to Pittsburgh, where his two children grew up and went to school. Gil’s specialty has always been pediatrics, and he has been the leader of a church youth group along the way. His wife Mae is originally from Beijing, China, and is also a pharmacist. Gil has five grandchildren in Connecticut and North Carolina, ages 5 to 17 years. Gil and Mae moved to Columbia in 2008, and have been coming to CMPC since then. Gil has served as a Deacon at CMPC, and served on the Membership and Hospitality Committee during that time.
Janeen Cooke, Class of 2022
Janeen Cooke is a native of Columbia, MD, and has attended Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church with her family for more than 30 years. She was confirmed at CMPC, sang in the youth choir, and participated in the pioneers, the bowling league, and the high school youth group. She graduated from Clemson University and received her Ph.D. from Duke University, and went on to live in California, where she was a member of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Benicia, CA. Janeen moved back to Maryland and rejoined CMPC in 2001. She has two children, Ciarra and Teddy, who also grew up in the CMPC family, attended the church pre-school and participated in LOGOS. Janeen has served as a Deacon, on the Fellowship, Personnel and Nominating Committees, as a Sunday School teacher, a LOGOS parent, choir director, and teacher. She works in the Aerospace & Defense industry and enjoys gardening, playing the piano, and singing in the Trinity Choir. Janeen lives in Clarksville with her children, her husband, Eric Reinke, and their 2 dogs. She is looking forward to continuing her faith journey and serving God and the CMPC congregation as an Elder.
Don Kyle, Class of 2022
Don is a native Pennsylvanian who was raised as a Presbyterian. He joined CMPC in 2012. Don is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and The American University. He was an Officer in the U.S. Army and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. As a member of the VFW and American Legion, he routinely visits and assists other veterans. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 35 years of service. During that time, he also served at the University of Baltimore for 16 years on the School of Business Adjunct Faculty Staff as an Associate Professor. He is a certified mediator by the Virginia State Supreme Court. His volunteer work includes facilitation and mediation for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center of Howard County, Inc Don is the proud parent of his daughter, Corey Lawson, and Pop Pop to two grandchildren Kyle (10) and Tanner (8). He is a cancer survivor who makes himself available to mentor others fighting this disease. He enjoys gardening, the outdoors, his cats Major and Callee, and riding his motorcycle. He is a member of the Property Committee, volunteers for the Cold Weather Shelter Project, and weekly participant of Bible Basics. Don is looking forward to the additional opportunities to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for another term as Elder.
Ashlyn Sowell, Class of 2022
Ashlyn Sowell and her family (Kevin, Sedona, and Luke Wilson) have lived in Howard County for four years. Ashlyn works as the Associate Vice President for Campaign Operations and Engagement at Johns Hopkins University. She was born, married, and baptized her children in the Methodist Church, but joined Gettysburg Presbyterian Church in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 2006. She served as an elder there, and also chaired the mission committee. Ashlyn is in the bell choir and on the stewardship committee at CMPC. She and her family enjoy traveling to the family beach house in Nags Head, NC whenever they can!
Judy Brown, Class of 2023
Judy was born in Mechanicsburg, PA and confirmed as a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in 5th grade. She married Terry 49 years ago in his Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg, a choice made due to his special relationship with the pastor. They moved to Columbia in 1978 and joined Columbia Baptist Fellowship where Judy served as a Deacon. More than 25 years ago the family became members at CMPC. Their two children, Tara and Aaron, attended CMPC nursery school. They are blessed with 5 grandchildren. Judy, a registered nurse, retired 4 years ago from Howard County General Hospital where she spent 34 years in nursing and hospital administration including the positions of Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President responsible for Quality and Patient Safety. She has master’s degrees in Administration and in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. Judy has served at CMPC on the nominating committee and currently is a member of the Fellowship Committee. She participates in the Monday Women’s Bible Study Group. She looks forward to serving in a more active role at CMPC.
Philip Davies, Class of 2023
Mission and Local Outreach*
Philip is a lifelong Presbyterian. He and his wife Maha have been members of CMPC since 1994. He previously served as an Elder and has been a faithful member of the Mission Committee for many years. He looks forward to being a sitting Elder again and continuing to build and diversify the mission component of CMPC through encouraging local, national, and global missions in God’s kingdom, demonstrating the love of Christ, and increasing awareness about this vital work. Now retired, Philip has enjoyed a 40-year career in humanitarian relief and development with leading international nonprofit organizations. He held senior management positions in the field and at headquarters with Save the Children and American Near East Refugee Aid, among others. Presently, he serves on several nonprofit boards, including Bridge of Hope Baltimore. Philip has a BA in Sociology from Muskingum University and an MA in Anthropology and Near East Studies from the University of Michigan and speaks Arabic and French.
Rick Mills, Class of 2023
Property * Co-Chair
Rick Mills has been a member of CMPC for over 25 years, where he and his wife had 2 children grow up in the church and the LOGOS program. He served as a volunteer in the LOGOS program for most of those years. Rick has been an Electrical System Engineer at NASA for over 35 years. He enjoys working on cars and renovations in the home, completing the kitchen a few years ago and is getting ready to remodel the master bath. Rick has served as a Deacon and Elder as well as an at-large member of the property committee in the past, and is looking forward to serving as an Elder again during these changing and growing times
Don Mitchell, Class of 2023
Don and his wife, Pam, have been members of CMPC for 35 years. Both of them are lifelong Presbyterians having grown up in the same church in St. Louis, MO and then married in that church within days of their graduations from their colleges. Both their children, Jeff and Liz, were raised in CMPC and married in our sanctuary. Don has served at three Presbyterian congregations either as an elder or deacon, one of which is CMPC. In addition to serving on Session at CMPC, Don played active roles in the two capital campaigns that raised funds for the improvements to our building. He looks forward to the day when the pandemic is contained so that the blessings provided by the building improvements can be put to full use.
Debbie O’Neal, Class of 2023
Christian Education * Co-Chair
Debbie grew up in North Carolina and was raised in the Baptist church. Throughout her life, her family was active in many of the programs in their church. She and her husband moved to Columbia in the 1980s. After meeting neighbors who attended CMPC, they joined the church about 30 years ago. Her two daughters were baptized at CMPC and grew up attending programs like Sunday School, VBS, and Youth Club/LOGOS. As a member of Christ Memorial, Debbie has served as a teacher in the Sunday School, Sunday Experience, and LOGOS programs. She has also enjoyed working with preschoolers during VBS. For several years she served on the Christ Memorial Christian Preschool board. Debbie enjoyed a 42 year career in Baltimore County as a department chair and social studies teacher and especially enjoyed the years she taught AP U.S. History. She retired in 2014 to help take care of her grandchildren. A special joy of retirement was being able to bring her grandchildren to our preschool. Debbie has previously served as a Deacon and Elder at CMPC and looks forward to once again putting her faith in action by serving as an Elder.
Sue Ashman, Class of 2024
Mission and Local Outreach
Sue been a member of CMPC for over 14 years. She grew up in a Christian family and was raised in the Lutheran Church. She has served in numerous leadership roles at both CMPC and other churches, and served for several years on the staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in King of Prussia, PA. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Bridge of Hope Greater Baltimore Region. Most recently at CMPC, she has been active with LOGOS, Mission and Local Outreach, the Preschool Board, and the Capital Campaign. With her husband Bob, they have three adult children (Steve, Brianna and Courtney) and three precious grandchildren. Sue has also maintained her favorite hobby and part-time direct sales business with Close to My Heart (scrapbooking and stamping) for over 25 years. Sue loves the Lord and thanks God for the opportunity to serve Him.
Delores McBirney, Class of 2024
Delores was born in Rising Sun, Maryland, but at an early age moved to Marion, Virginia. She was a member of the Methodist Church and attended Emory and Henry College, graduating with a B.S. degree in chemistry. She moved to Maryland and worked at NIH. She met her husband on a blind date. She attended a Methodist Church in Bethesda where they were married.
Delores and her husband, Dick, have been attending CMPC for 57 years. Their two children, Patricia and Valerie, were both baptized by Reverend Salango. They have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
In the past, she has attended Bible study at CMPC, served as a Deacon, worked with the Cold-Weather Shelter, been a nursery coordinator and a teller. She enjoys gardening, playing bridge, bicycling, and traveling. She volunteered in the N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles) program on the Outer Banks; her four granddaughters have also volunteered.
She is honored to be asked to serve as an Elder.
Craig Nienhuis, Class of 2024
Craig and his wife, Julie have been part of the CMPC community since 2007 when the oldest of their three sons attended Christ Memorial Christian Preschool. Craig was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Fourth Presbyterian Church in Potomac, Maryland until he was a young adult. Craig has 3 sons, Peter, Ryan and Chase and is an active leader in their Boy Scout Troop. After working in the restaurant business for many years as General Manager he decided to change careers and paved his way into the IT field as a Senior Systems Integration Engineer working for an IT company in Timonium. Craig has had the pleasure of serving on the Property and Communications committees recently and looks forward to continuing to serve and grow with the Church.
(* denotes committee chair)
Joyce Danzig, Class of 2022
Joyce Danzig has been a member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church for about twenty years. She was raised a Roman Catholic and her first connection to CMPC was through the LOGOS program. Over the years, she has served as a deacon and an elder. She was a former LOGOS director and filled many roles on the LOGOS board. She is currently a member of the bell choir and serves as co-assistant treasurer for the church. Joyce is the accountant for the Howard Community College Educational Foundation. Joyce and her husband, Neil, live in Oakland Mills and have two grown children, Lauren and Aaron. Joyce is grateful to be part of this vibrant congregation and is excited for all the new opportunities for service that will open up following the building renovations.
Tom Engle, Class of 2022
Care and Wellness
A lifelong Presbyterian, Tom Engle has been a resident of Howard County with wife Meg since the mid 1970s. Tom retired in 2006 from a 34-year Federal career, the last 20 years of which were spent as a budget analyst with the US Department of Agriculture in Riverdale, MD. Parents of three grown children (Meaghan, Bruce, and Benjamin), Tom and Meg now enjoy the blessings of five grandchildren (Lindsay, Bennett, Miles, Kadri, and Erika) and endeavor to spoil them at every opportunity. In recent years, Tom has operated a small used vinyl record shop in Historic Ellicott City. A former member of CMPC spanning the Jimmy Salango, Rick Tatum, and Howard Newman eras, Tom rejoined the church 3 years ago with the encouragement of longtime friend Joy Exner to whom he will always be grateful for guiding me back “home” to the CMPC choir loft. Tom has always loved music and participated both in the early days, as well as the present, as a member of CMPC’s Trinity Choir, continuing a tradition of both his father and grandfather who also sang in their church choirs. This is truly a labor of love for Tom as he finds sacred music to be a profound inspiration and most worthy form of expressing gratitude and praise to our Maker. Since reaffirming membership in this congregation, Tom has also served on the Church Finance Committee, participated in the Rise Against Hunger, and recently begun assisting in the LOGOS Program. As a Deacon, Tom looks to continue these activities as well as finding additional ways to further the mission of our congregation and grow in faith with the guidance and inspiration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter Gallagher, Class of 2022
Peter Gallagher grew up in Bethesda, Maryland where he was a member of 4th Presbyterian Church. During his time there he served as a counselor for both middle school and high school age youth. After graduating from The University of Georgia, Peter and Heather lived in Cincinnati, Ohio where Peter began his career as a corporate insurance broker. After the birth of his first child, Ben, Peter and Heather moved back to Maryland and settled in Columbia. Peter became a member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in 2005. He has enjoyed watching his three children Ben (16), Emma (12) and Ally (5) grow up within this amazing church community. Last year Peter began serving on the LOGOS kitchen committee and has been able to see first hand the good work the church does with the youth at CMPC. Peter looks forward to serving the church and community in the role of Deacon at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Tammy Sandborn, Class of 2022
Care and Wellness
Tammy Sandborn and her family moved to Maryland in 1998 and joined CMPC in 2000 when Hilary attended CMPC preschool and Phillip was in Troop 75. Tammy has served on the Personnel Committee, APNC, and was a LOGOS Kitchen volunteer for several years. Tammy works at Wilde Lake MS and currently sits on the founding board for the local Bridge of Hope Chapter.
Tom Trodden, Class of 2022
Tom Trodden was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was brought up in the Catholic Church and attended DeMatha Catholic High School. Upon graduation from the University of Maryland in 2004, Tom joined the Howard County Police Department where he is currently a Lieutenant serving as a Watch Commander in Patrol Operations. Tom began attending services at CMPC in 2008 with his now wife Sarah. He instantly felt at home and connected to the Church. Tom and Sarah were married at CMPC in 2010 and both of their children, Riley and Josephine, were baptized here. Tom has volunteered with LOGOS for the past several years and looks forward to serving in any way possible. In his free time, Tom plays ice hockey and manages Howard County’s police and fire hockey team. Tom is honored to have the opportunity to further serve God and all His children here at CMPC.
Rachael Bis, Class of 2023
Rachael Bis grew up in Bowie, MD where she was baptized at and attended Grace Presbyterian Church in Lanham. She and her husband, Rick, were married at Grace Presbyterian shortly before moving to Michigan for graduate school. After completing graduate school, they moved to Ohio (where their daughters, Evie and Marie were born) and then back to Maryland in 2015. Rachael joined the CMPC congregation in 2016 and her parents, Mark and Janice Ramirez are also members. Over the years, Rachael has taught Sunday school, VBS, led youth group and served as an AV operator at the churches that her family has been part of. She looks forward to serving at CMPC and continuing to grow in her faith.
Kris Bloom, Class of 2023
Care and Wellness*
Kris Bloom was born in Stamford, CT and was baptized in Philadelphia in the Presbyterian church where her parents were married. She has lived in several states along the east coast. She was confirmed at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newark DE. She met her husband, Stuart, in Buffalo, NY. They moved to Columbia in 1987 and she joined Christ Memorial shortly after arriving here. They have two children, Jeff and Carin. Jeff and his wife and sons are still active at CMPC. Carin lives in Summerville, SC. Kris was a teacher for 35 years, the last 22 in Howard County. She is now retired and enjoys travel (non-Covid times), reading, crafts, and playing Mah Jongg. Kris has been on Care & Wellness Committee for many years and feels that this is where she can contribute the most to the church, as well as helping with VBS. This will be her second time being a Deacon at CMPC and she also served as a Deacon at Deerhurst Presbyterian Church in Kenmore, NY before moving to Columbia. Kris considers it an honor to once again be nominated to serve as Deacon at CMPC.
Eleanor Orndorff, Class of 2023
Care and Wellness
Eleanor and her husband, Jeff, have been members of CMPC since November 2000. They are long-time residents of Allview Estates and have two children, Michael and Caryn, and three grandchildren. Eleanor has previously served on the Board of Deacons as well as being a member of the Care & Wellness Committee, the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Monday morning Women’s Bible Study Group. She also helps out with LOGOS as a shopper and table-setter. Eleanor is honored to be serving as a deacon once again and is looking forward to being more actively involved in CMPC.
John Salkeld, Class of 2023
Membership and Hospitality
John, his wife Jean, and their two sons moved to Columbia in 1989. The family joined CMPC within a year of arrival. John held multiple positions in the field of Commercial Logistics and recently retired after spending several years as a private consultant. He joined the Trinity Choir several years ago and hopes to stay active in church activities. John was privileged to serve as a Deacon while the family lived in Erie, PA, and is looking forward to serving God and the CMPC church family.
Linda Shields, Class of 2023
Membership and Hospitality
Linda Shields and her husband Jim joined CMPC in 2017, after being members of another Presbyterian church in the area for 30 years. Both are retired from Federal government service, Linda as a mathematician and Jim as a computer systems manager. They moved to Maryland immediately after graduating from Indiana University and have been here ever since. They have two grown children who live in the area and two grandchildren who live nearby in Elkridge. Linda grew up in Indiana, not far from Bloomington. Her church roots are in a congregation of the United Church of Christ founded by German immigrants to Indiana, of which her great-grandfather was one. She, her mother, and her grandfather were all confirmed in that small church. Linda served her previous church as a leader of a women’s group and through committee membership and volunteer projects. She is currently a member of the Stewardship Committee at CMPC and is looking forward to becoming more involved in the work of the congregation through service as a deacon.
John Fieldsend, Class of 2024
Colleen Hughes, Class of 2024
Membership and Hospitality*
Colleen grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, and attended The Church of God. Her paternal grandmother was a founder of the church. Setting a firm foundation, Grandma Rooney instilled in Colleen the importance of God in her life. Colleen and her husband Tim moved to Columbia in 1974. They have been married for 49 years and have two adult children, Ryan and Erin. They have been blessed with five beautiful grandchildren, 4 granddaughters and one grandson. Colleen enjoys quilting, reading and spending time with her family and playing with their dog, Lucy. Colleen has been an active member of CMPC for eighteen years and served two terms as a Deacon. She has faithfully served on the Fellowship Committee, Care and Wellness, Membership and Hospitality Committee, participates in the CARE Group Ministry, volunteers at the Cold Weather Shelter, attends the Women’s Bible study and helps to shop and set up for LOGOS. Colleen looks forward to serving the church community as a Deacon.