2022 Carroll Technology & Innovation Council Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sonya Hand, Chair
Member at Large

Brett Callegary, Vice Chair
Gauge Digital Media

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 
Integris

Chris Abell Executive Director, Carroll Technology & Innovation Council

Certified in Humane Technology, Chris collaborates with developers to create new and innovative ways for people to benefit from technology while still considering the social and environmental impacts.

 
As the Executive Director of Carroll Technology & Innovation Council, Chris looks forward to working closely with the business owners, government, and farmers of Carroll County to “Move Carroll Forward”. As a professional, Chris is passionate about finding ways to use technology to improve the human experience. He has an extensive history launching and growing multiple businesses in the retail and non-profit sectors and still enjoys learning about the ever-changing technological landscape. Most recently he was the ReStore Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County. He also volunteers his time with the community organizations Hey, Westminster! and the local Rotary. Certified in Humane Technology, Chris collaborates with developers to create new and innovative ways for people to benefit from technology while still considering the social and environmental impacts.

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.