2021 Carroll Technology & Innovation Council Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sonya Hand, Chair

Brett Callegary, Vice Chair
Gauge Digital Media

Holly Bush, Secretary
Marathon Technology Solutions

Gary Ditto, Treasurer
Who, a staffing company

Board Members

Neil Beller
Kit & Kaboodle Productions

Kevin Brown
Quantum Internet & Telephone

Cory Ditzel

Maryland IT Solutions

Mike Hinkle
Timmerman, Beaulieu, Hinkle & Esworthy, LLC

David Shaffer 
Tier One Technology Partners

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Kati Townsley Executive Director, Carroll Technology & Innovation Council

A Westminster native who attended both Frostburg State University and Western Maryland College/ McDaniel College for undergraduate and graduate studies, Kati spent her previous professional life focused in the legal field before making her philanthropic passions a career choice and joining the Carroll Technology Council in January 2014. She brings exceptional interpersonal skills and administration, communication, and technology experience to the CTIC and is responsible for the administration and operations of the organization.

Kati works diligently to execute the Board of Directors’ work plan to fulfill the mission of the CTC to provide innovation, technology leadership, information, and resources to develop members’ businesses, build strong community partnerships, and advance technology in Carroll County, MD simply by “Moving Carroll Foward!”

She serves as the Vice-Chair of Carroll County’s Long Range Planning Committee and was previously the representative of the technology cluster.  She serves as a member of the Carroll County Broadband Advisory Council, the Carroll County Workforce Development Board, and the Board of Directors of the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project.  Additionally, she is a regular adviser to students, entrepreneurs, and BERC clients, and works closely with the Carroll County Department of Economic Development and Maryland Department of Commerce.  She is a graduate of Leadership Carroll, Class of 2016.

Kati resides in Carroll County where she is a phenomenal connector of people, ideas, and things- and is a wonderful ambassador of all things Carroll County!   In her “spare” time, she serves as the Chair of the Board, Public Information Officer, and Vice President of the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company and serves as the Communications Vice President of the Chesapeake Alumnae Association of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity.  She is the co-founder of Lost Mountain Group, a 501c3 nonprofit that pairs retired military working dogs as canine companions for US Veterans in the Mid-Atlantic region at no cost.

Denise Rickell Executive Assistant, Carroll Technology & Innovation Council

While a familiar face for years at our meetings and events, Denise Rickell has “come out of retirement” to join the staff of the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council, as the Executive Assistant to assist our Executive Director, and the Board of Directors in our Mission of “Moving Carroll Forward!” starting August 23, 2021.
Rickell states “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council. I have always admired the work and service that they provide to the community and I look forward to contributing to their pursuit in helping to “Move Carroll Forward!”
Denise is perhaps best known in the community as the former Director of the Carroll County Business Employment Resource Center, where she retired in June 2020 after 30+ dedicated years of service to the County and community. She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding Carroll County’s workforce development, the business community, and opportunities for youth programming.  A life long resident of Carroll County, she is dedicated to maintaining the quality of life that Carroll is known for while helping it’s businesses grow and prosper.
“Denise Rickell’s years of professional excellence, her professional skills, her County ties, and her enthusiasm for the community-made the opportunity to bring her on board too great to pass up. In particular, Denise’s passion for the county’s professional, educational, and broader communities are valuable assets in the CTIC’s ongoing effort to fulfill its mission to ‘Move Carroll Forward.’” states CTIC Board President, Sonya Hand.