Luminis Health CEO Names New President Of Anne Arundel Medical Center

Victoria Bayless, CEO of Luminis Health, announced the appointment of Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the new president of Anne Arundel Medical Center, effective early next year. This appointment comes with a unanimous endorsement by AAMC’s Board of Trustees.

Perkins holds a 30-year career in the health care industry with leadership roles in major Maryland and Delaware health systems, including serving as president and chief executive officer of University of Maryland Capital Region Health. There she led governance, quality, regulatory, and operational improvements. As president of AAMC, Perkins is returning to the medical center where she formerly served as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer from 2006 until 2016.

“As we continue to establish and develop Luminis Health as our new parent organization, we also are ensuring that we have the right leadership in place for AAMC,” said Victoria Bayless, CEO of Luminis Health and former president of AAMC. “The role of AAMC president is vital and all the more significant given AAMC’s history in this community and its unique culture. Not only does Dr. Perkins bring a great depth and breadth of experience as a leader, we are fortunate to have a former senior executive who understands our culture and our place in the community.”

“We know the health care landscape is changing and strong and experienced leadership is paramount,” said John Belcher, chair of AAMC’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Perkin’s 30-year career in health care has been marked by excellence and positive results. She is a proven leader who is also driven with care and compassion. All of these attributes make her poised for this very important role. As we advance our care delivery to meet the growing needs of this community, she is the right leader for AAMC.”

“I’m thrilled and honored to return to AAMC,” said Perkins. “As we grow and evolve with new services and programs, we also want to sustain that local approach in how we focus on patients and their families. It is what AAMC is known for, and it is what AAMC employees and caregivers do so well. I look forward to leading the organization as president and working with the highly regarded team that makes AAMC such a special and unique place for our patients and our community.”

As president of AAMC, Perkins will serve as a member of the Luminis Health executive team. She will participate in the development and execution of the strategic goals and initiatives for the system, while overseeing operational activities at AAMC and working with the hospital’s leadership team to ensure high-quality, high-efficiency delivery of care.

Perkins is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Patient Safety Center. She is a national advisor to the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care and the GetWellNetwork O’Neil Center Clinical Advisory Board and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

As a frequent writer and presenter, Perkins has contributed to nearly 120 publications. She has been honored with the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award as well as the Maryland Nurses Association’s Outstanding Leadership Award. Most recently, Perkins was named an Influential Marylander by the Daily Record.

Perkins holds a BSN from Baylor University, MS from Texas Woman’s University and a PhD from the University of Kansas. She is also a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania fellows program in management.

What Your Pain Is Telling You And Three Things To Do About It

— Is that pain you feel in your back, neck or shoulders just a momentary twinge from strain you are putting on your body, perhaps with a new exercise regimen? Or is there something deeper and more serious at work? Either way, you ignore it at your peril.

“Pain is an alert system; it tells us that something is wrong,” says Bradford Butler, a chiropractor and author of The Blueprint for Back Pain Relief: The Essential Guide to Nonsurgical Solutions (www.drbradfordbutler.com). “Chronic pain goes a step further. It is telling you that a whole system in your body isn’t working right.”

For many people and their physicians, the first option for pain, and sometimes the second and third options as well, is to munch on some pain pills— over-the-counter or prescribed— and go on your way.

“That’s fine, except it doesn’t address the fundamental problem,” Butler says. “Too often, with back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain or other chronic pain, many doctors focus on reducing the pain rather than addressing the cause.”

He likens it to waking up with an excruciating toothache, and then visiting a dentist who discovers a huge cavity but, instead of repairing the cavity, just gives you a powerful drug for the pain and sends you home.

“Left untreated, the pain would get more debilitating and the damage to the tooth would worsen, leading to bigger and more invasive and expensive procedures,” Butler says. “But that’s what happens when it comes to the American healthcare system and treatment for chronic pain.”

Butler offers these words of advice for those whose bodies are trying to warn them that something is amiss:

•Choose your doctor wisely. Blind faith in any doctor is not the answer, Butler says. Instead, ask yourself what the particular doctor you plan to visit is trained to do. In the primary care world, for example, doctors are trained to analyze and to treat symptoms, so they are more likely address the pain rather than its cause. Surgeons often will recommend surgery, because that’s their specialty. Yet, he says, medicine just masks symptoms and surgery isn’t always successful. “It’s your pain, so ultimately it’s up to you to do the research and find out what works, avoid what doesn’t, and find someone who will really help you with your problem,” Butler says.

•Don’t let your body resetting its pain level fool you. What happens when you let the pain go? Your body adapts. “It can’t sound the alarm constantly, so it resets,” Butler says. “Where once the threshold for pain was X amount of damage, that threshold gets raised. What that means for you is that the pain goes away. You think the problem must be gone, when in reality, your body’s pain setting has been raised. Eventually, the only time you’re feeling pain is when you’re already in dire straits.”

•Think in terms of prevention. This is something dentistry definitely gets right, Butler says. Dental patients are encouraged to have regular checkups, whether they’re in pain or not, so the dentist can head off potential problems. “That’s the way it needs to be for neck and back pain,” he says. “Being free of symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have major problems brewing. It just means that you don’t know they’re developing.”

“We need to listen to our pain and fix whatever is wrong as soon as possible,” Butler says. “You won’t get better— permanently better— until you find the cause of the problem.”

Bradford Butler, a chiropractor and author of The Blueprint for Back Pain Relief: The Essential Guide to Nonsurgical Solutions is owner and director of Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy, which has three locations in northern New Jersey. For more information, visit: www.drbradfordbutler.com.

How To Choose Smart Video Games For Your Kids This Holiday Season

When it comes to putting a smile on kids’ faces during the holiday season, video games are a pretty safe bet.

So, how do you make buying decisions that make both kids and parents happy? And how do you choose video games that are fun for kids, but also safe and educational too? Here is what to look for:

Portability and Durability

When it comes to hand-held gaming devices, they should be designed for little hands, while offering features that will help kids take good care of their gift, like wrist straps that prevent fumbles and protective bumpers when the inevitable occurs. Devices that don’t require Wi-Fi means kids can play on-the-go — and offer parents the peace of mind of knowing exactly what their kids have access to.

Fun and Unique

The best kind of games are those that are so fun, kids don’t even realize they’re learning while playing. For example, the new RockIt Twist from LeapFrog, a rotatable game system for ages 4-8, offers a unique gaming experience. Games help kids build literacy, math, problem-solving, science, creativity and social-emotional skills through three levels of age-appropriate curriculum. With four sides of colorful, light-up controls that include buttons, dials, a spinner, slider, switch and D-pad, the device comes with 12 preloaded games. Additional game packs, sold separately, are easy to download and offer more fun learning opportunities. To learn more, visit leapfrog.com.

Curriculum-Based

Look for games that can supplement classroom learning. Not only will this type of content help kids excel academically, it may help them discover that school is fun.

This holiday season, make sure gaming gifts for kids are fun, entertaining, educational and secure.

Worst Holiday Food Mistakes Are Usually Avoidable

The holidays are upon us, which means dinner with family and friends and a strong desire to put together a memorable meal.

There are downsides when considering what to prepare, and foodies are warning professional and amateur chefs not to get too creative.

“The worst food mistake you can make for the holidays is to try a new recipe when entertaining family and friends,” said Nathan Grieve, founder of Project Hatch, a community website that features case studies from entrepreneurs who’ve created successful businesses and nonprofits so aspiring founders can learn from them. “There is a saying in the athletics community that needs to be applied more often on to cooking. It goes, ‘Nothing new on race day.’”

The entrepreneur spoke from experience.

“When I was younger, I would make macaroni and cheese every year. One year, I wanted the dish to look more festive, and so I added a gold-yellow food coloring,” Grieve said. “After mixing it in, the sauce went completely fluorescent yellow and looked radioactive. Just looking at it put my family off.”

Among the worst food mistakes is making sure not to undercook meat and other items, said Melissa Morris, a writer for EffortlessInsurance.com, who has degrees in exercise science and educational leadership.

“Two that come to mind are eating raw cookie dough and not using a food thermometer for cooking meats,” Morris said. “Raw cookie dough can cause foodborne illnesses like salmonella, because of the raw eggs and raw flour. Salmonella can cause vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration.

“A food thermometer ensures that the food is cooked to a proper temperature and is safe to consume. Undercooked or raw meat can cause foodborne illness like E Coli and salmonella.”

Katie Heil, certified food safety professional with experience in the food mistakes people can make during the holidays, said five common mistakes are easily avoidable.

She lists them as thawing meat incorrectly; not cooking meat long enough; not taking steps to prevent cross-contamination; not washing hands often enough, and leaving food out too long.

“Never thaw frozen meat on the counter. Room temperature is generally within the temperature danger zone— 41°F – 135°F— when bacteria grow the fastest,” Heil said.

When thawing meat in the refrigerator, cooks should plan on one day for every five pounds of meat. When thawing in water, fill a container with enough water to submerge the entire cut of meat and drop in the unopened package, according to Heil.

The water should be as close to 40°F as possible. The water should be changed every 30 minutes, and cooks should plan on 2.5 hours for every five pounds of meat.

“Raw meat can carry bacteria such as E. coli. To kill all the bacteria living on your meat, you must cook it to the FDA’s recommended temperature. Don’t guess at the temperature— use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the food.

The temperatures recommended for three common holiday types of meat are Turkey – 165°F; Stuffing that includes meat – 165°F; and Ham – 145°F.

Heil notes that many people use the same utensils for preparing raw meat as they do for cooking it. This can cross-contaminate your food, even if you cook it to recommended temperatures. Keep your food safe by switching to clean plates and utensils for cooking.

“You should also clean and sanitize your food thermometer between uses. You should also clean and sanitize your utensils, including knives and cutting boards, after using them on raw meat,” she said.

Washing hands with soap and water before and after handling raw meat is essential.

“Don’t use hand sanitizer if you can help it; it’s not as effective as scrubbing with soap. Rewash your hands anytime you think they may have become contaminated,” Heil continued.

Finally, never leave food (cooked or uncooked) out longer than two hours because its temperature can quickly fall into the temperature danger zone when bacteria grow the fastest.

“After two hours, you should put meat and other perishable foods into the fridge or freezer. If any food is left out for four hours or more, throw it away,” she said.

5 Tips for A Merry Holiday Home

A merry holiday season starts at home. Here are some nice ways to add cheer to the rooms and spaces where people gather.

• Light a Fire: It may be the most primitive technology in existence but lighting a fire is still one of the best ways to create a rich holiday atmosphere. Bonus: use aromatic firewood such as pine, fir or cedar.

• Project a Movie: Decorating for the holiday season can be as easy as setting up a projector and playing seasonal movies on a loop. From classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” to contemporary favorites like “Elf,” these films provide the perfect backdrop to the holiday season. With the ability to run all day, the LampFree Projectors in Casio’s Slim Series are ideal for this purpose.

• Bake Cookies: Make the whole house smell amazing (and become everyone’s favorite person) by popping cookies and other desserts in the oven that include spices evocative of the season, like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. For a lighter option, you can get the same effect by brewing tea with these same ingredients.

• Host a Sing-a-Long: Securing yourself a digital piano with an authentic concert grand sound may just be the best gift you give your family this holiday season. The Casio GP-500 reproduces the three-dimensional sound field generated by an acoustic grand to fill a room with rich, complex sound, making it a great place to gather for holiday sing-a-longs. The piano itself can also be a decoration destination — think garlands and candles. Be sure to set out sheet music and other instruments like tambourines or bells so that guests can join in the fun.

• Add Flora: Spruce up your living spaces – literally. Holly, Christmas cactus, poinsettias and spruce add color and vibrancy to mantels, staircases, coffee tables and other nooks and crannies. What’s more, many of these plants will continue to thrive long after the lights and tinsel come down.

The holidays come but once a year. Make the most of the season by turning your home into a winter wonderland.

Golden Rules For Holiday Shopping

It could cost a whopping $38,993.59 for your “True Love” this holiday season. If you bought the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it would cost a record $38,993.59, according to the 36th annual PNC Christmas Price Index.

Few have a budget for all those birds and performers, but ‘tis the season to get carried away. Here are a few spending tips so you don’t overstuff the stockings— or your budget!

Holiday Spending Tips:

  1. Be choosy— Identify your special partridge and pare down your list to those you’re actually close to. Don’t guilt-buy for those far-away relatives who will re-gift your tacky present anyways. If you can’t resist, create a funny e-card for free.
  2. Create a budget— Don’t be one of the geese that lays a spending egg. Once you know who you’re buying for, decide how much you will spend per person. If $15 is all you can afford per person, then spend $15 – not $17 or $20. If that seems a bit Scrooge-like, tell your friends/family to set the same limits for you. Take advantage of online budgeting tools to set limits with text or email alerts to warn you.
  3. Find the bargains— Be surfing while the swans are a swimming. Look for coupons and Groupons. When it comes to online shopping, there’s a cost for convenience. PNC calculates the online cost of the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” gifts is $42,258.91, which is seven percent over the in-person approach. But you can save by watching for free shipping offers and no-hassle returns plus free shipping.
  4. Get crafty— Handy drummers are drumming up their own gifts. Whip up a few dozen batches of your special cookies, cake pops or brownies, package in pretty baskets with a bow and call it a day. Who on your list wouldn’t love a homemade treat over a store-bought gift?
  5. Pay smartly— Like the maids, milk the most out of your money. Pre-paid cards mean you only spend a set amount and are perfect for kids to learn how to buy for others and stay on budget. Cash in on your credit card reward points to buy gifts. When using credit, make sure you have a plan to pay off your balance. For online payments, look for security or privacy seals first before submitting information. The payment page should have a lock icon and the address should start with “https.”

Community Reinvestment Act Changes Expected To Benefit Low- And Moderate-Income Communities

Proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) could lead to greatly enhanced investment in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities around the country, according to Grovetta N. Gardineer, senior deputy comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

The OCC is soliciting comments on a proposal to modernize the CRA by clarifying what counts, updating where activity counts, measuring performance more objectively, and making reporting more timely and transparent.

“The CRA has a very noble goal of making sure banks meet their responsibility for lending, investing in and servicing communities where they do business, with a focus on low- and moderate-income individuals and areas,” Gardineer said. “The statute remains a noble goal, but the implementation is outdated and in many ways ineffective.”

The CRA was enacted in 1977 as a direct response to redlining, an unethical practice whereby banks and other lending institutions made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for residents of poor, inner-city communities to borrow money, get a mortgage, take out insurance or access other financial services. Redlining did not take into consideration an individual’s qualifications or creditworthiness.

Gardineer explains that a primary reason the CRA needs updating is because the banking industry has changed fundamentally in the more than 40 years since it was implemented.

“Among other things,” Gardineer adds, “we did not have the Internet in 1977, and interstate branching was not available.

“Banks were limited to where they had branches or where their home office was located, so they had a completely geographical approach,” she continued. “With all of the tremendous technological advancements in recent years, banks now offer products and services across the country regardless of geography.”

The OCC hopes stakeholders will carefully review the proposed changes and submit comments so that a final rule can be issued in the first half of 2020.

Noting that the new CRA rules would fight displacement and harmful gentrification— a high priority in many minority communities— Gardineer points out that the OCC is making a concerted effort to work closely with such organizations as the NAACP and the National Urban League.

To that end, OCC has invested the time to meet with thousands of concerned individuals “discussing the issues that need to be addressed.” Meetings are currently scheduled with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. Another recent outreach effort to solicit public input included an Atlanta bus tour with Ambassador Andrew Young.

There are still too many underserved communities in the U.S. that are “CRA desserts,” Gardiner notes. “No matter what their geographical footprint, we want banks to be able to offer a broad array of services to communities and individuals throughout the nation.

“Given the wide spectrum of individuals who we know will benefit from this rule making process,” Gardiner said, “it is particularly important to the Comptroller to make sure that we spread a wide net, that we make ourselves available and that we share our vision.

“We have really worked hard over the past two years,” she concluded, “closing a loophole that allowed wealthy people to get CRA credit for investing in LMI areas. That is not what CRA was ever intended to do. And that is being directly responsive to some of the feedback we have been receiving.”

Energy Is Currency

In physics, energy can be described as the capacity to do work and currency, as we know is a medium of exchange for goods and services. So how do the two relate?

Think of your personal energy as value. This is the amount of effort you are capable of giving and the power you have within your mind and body to fulfill your priorities. Every second of your day is valuable and every moment you have should be distributed into anything that helps the greater good and most importantly helps you fulfill your purpose and your destiny. Be cognizant of the physical and mental strength you have to do what your mind and body wants you to do. When you are aware of your personal energy and view it as currency you are able to do more work, earn more and ultimately reach your goals and fulfill your purpose.

How many times do you get home after a long day of work and say, “I just don’t have the energy to do XYZ.” Pay attention to those feelings. Be aware of what ignites and depletes your personal energy. Remember that your time is valuable and the time you spend feeding into things that do not serve you is a waste of your energy.

Yes, everybody has bad days but we also have a choice to rise above, stay positive and not wallow in negativity. When you spend ample time directing your feelings and emotions to an undesirable space you end up using up energy that you can’t afford to lose.

Energy is also contagious, surround yourself with people who focus on radiating positive energy and always allow your energy to inspire others. Personal energy levels are magnetic and can have an effect on the rooms that you enter and the spaces you are in.

Recognize whom you are with at the moments when you feel your best and the environments you are in when you feel drained. When you find people who match your energy trust that connection and guard it. You will virtually attract what you think about the most. Consistently, consciously and repetitiously see yourself living in abundant happiness, and you will attract it.

Always be aware that a simple shift can redirect your energy. If you feel yourself utilizing more negative energy than usual take a second to reevaluate. Clean up your thoughts and beliefs. You will be amazed by what you attract once you start believing in what you deserve. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what fuels you.

Our atom logo for Positively Caviar is extremely intentional as it is a direct representation of life. We are all made up of atoms: protons, electrons and neutrons. They are everywhere, virtually representing every facet of life. We as humans have our own electromagnetic fields and our energy flows out among everything and everyone that we come in contact with.

The foundation of everything that we are begins with an atom and a thought. Protons represent positive energy and electrons represent negative energy. Both are essential to the balance of life. Become the architect of your own life and take control by using the frequency and vibrations of your own thoughts.

Positively Caviar, Inc. (PCI) is a grassroots nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on instilling mental resilience by way of positive thinking and optimism. Each month, a member of the Nucleus Team will feature a column focused on mental and physical health tips, scientific studies, nutrition facts and stories positive in nature to support a positive and healthy lifestyle. To learn more about how you can support, volunteer or donate to Positively Caviar, Inc. visit: staybasedandpositive.com.

The National Museum Of African American Music Seeking Submissions Of Creative Artwork From Visual Artists

— When the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) opens its doors to the public in the summer of 2020, the first-of-its-kind institution located in the heart of downtown Nashville will be home to more than 1,500 historical artifacts that reflects the development, influence, and impact of African Americans on more than 50 genres and sub-genres including country, jazz, blues, gospel, R&B and hip hop. With construction of the museum currently underway and the layouts of the five primary galleries completed, the NMAAM curatorial team is now looking at ways to fill some of the additional open spaces in the museum with relevant and engaging original public artwork.

NMAAM has issued a call for submissions to all visual artists to submit original artwork for consideration as permanent installations within the museum. The goal of this request is to include artwork within the 56,000 square-foot, facility that will enhance the appearance of three distinct areas within the building that are not occupied by other artifacts. The addition of original artwork will create a visual experience that aligns with the museum’s content and blends well with the overall aesthetic of the accompanying galleries. Submitted artwork will be juried by an internal art selection committee with three selected artists being awarded between $50,000 – $70,000 for the creation and installation of their work.

“The [NMAAM] curatorial team is very excited about the opportunity to review art submissions from all around the world and we encourage artists to send us their best music-inspired work for consideration,” said Dr. Dina Bennett, Curatorial Director at NMAAM. “As much as musical artists have their place in celebrating the contributions of African American music to the world, visual artists also play a pivotal role in preserving the legacy and informing the culture. Our hope is that by opening space in the museum to visual artists, we can add some original pieces to our public spaces that will enhance the stories tell as well as share something visually dynamic for our guests to enjoy.”

The NMAAM call for artwork is open to all emerging artists (18 and older) regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or race. No student art will be accepted and work should be professional in nature. Artwork submissions should be connected to the African American experience and musical in context aligning with the museum’s mission and vision to provide a transformative, inspirational and educational experience for an international audience of museum guests. Artwork should also be durable, able to sustain various climate conditions, resistant to UV damage and safe for public interaction. Projected spaces within the museum where artwork will live include; the Grand Foyer which is the main entry point for the museum, the Lower Lobby which is a gathering space for ticket sales and large-scale public events and the Multipurpose Rooms which will be used for a variety of educational classes and community programs.

Artists interested in submitting artwork will need to submit a completed application by Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. CST to the NMAAM Art Selection Committee via the NMAAM submission page at http://NMAAM.org/ArtCall For full details on the materials that should be included in the application packet, as well as complete competition rules, download the Request for Proposal for Public Art on the NMAAM website at www.NMAAM.org. Additional questions can also be sent to artcall@nmaam.org.

A Story That Began 50 Years Ago: BCCC Virgie Williams

After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1968, Virgie Williams knew she wanted to go to college. She recalled the factors that helped determine where she would further her education.

“I was nervous about going to a four-year college,” recalled Williams. “I also wanted to attend a school that wasn’t too far from where I lived. I decided to attend Baltimore Junior College. It was close to where I lived. The school was excellent and felt like home to me. I majored in Computer Science and was blessed to get a Work Study position working in the school’s library.

I graduated in 1970. The exemplary education, mixed with all the fun times, blossomed into a job opportunity. I was hired as a full time Library Assistant.”

“A Family Affair.” Williams touches a brick on the BCCC Brick Wall of Recognition, which includes her name, along with the names of her husband and daughter. The three are all graduates of the school

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“A Family Affair.” Williams touches a brick on the BCCC Brick Wall of Recognition, which includes her name, along with the names of her husband and daughter. The three are all graduates of the school

She added, “At the time, they were transferring from manually checking out books to computers. We used punch cards.”

Nearly 50 years later, Williams is still working at the college which is known as Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). She has seen the school change its name, new presidents take the helm, and much more. She even met her husband, Arnold Williams at the school. He is now a managing partner with the accounting firm Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams.

“It just so happened that my girlfriend and I were in the cafeteria,” recalled Williams. “I pointed Arnold out to my girlfriend, and said, ‘that’s the guy I’m going to marry. That was 47 years ago.”

Williams will retire on January 1, 2020. June of next year would have marked 50 years at BCCC, which is located at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. BCCC is the city’s only community college, and Maryland’s only state-sponsored community college.

“BCCC is a great institution,” said Williams. “It’s a diamond in the rough that specializes in workforce development. All students have to do is take advantage of the opportunities and resources that the school offers. You can’t help but succeed. Some people downplay two-year colleges. But it’s a good road to travel to be successful.”

Williams is the Assistant Director and Head of Circulation of the BCCC Library.

“When I came to the campus, I was helped,” said Williams recalling her college days. “Now I am helping students. I thank the Lord for the opportunity. This is the first place people stop on campus. It’s important for us at the front desk to set the example for the college. If someone comes to the desk and asks where a building is, I take them there, or get them as close to it as I can. I also tell them to call or come back to let me know they got what they needed.”

Monet’ Jones, Administrative Assistant II and Virgie Williams.

Monet’ Jones, Administrative Assistant II and Virgie Williams.

She added, “We don’t want anyone leaving and not getting what they need. If they get bad service, they will tell other people and it doesn’t look good for the college. Good communication skills and follow-through go a long way. We are here to help students reach their goals.”

Williams, her husband, and their daughter Stacey are all graduates of BCCC, which she calls “A Family Affair.” As a way of giving back to the college, the couple established the Arnold &Virgie Williams Endowed Scholarship.

Williams has served on numerous committees over her “storied” career at BCCC. She is a recipient of the BCCC Excellence Award for quality performance and outstanding contributions to the College. As Chair of the Bard Library/Bookstore Author’s Series, Williams was instrumental in bringing several noted authors including Zane, Wes Moore, Omar Tyree, and Sonia Sanchez to the school.

She served 10 years as chairperson of the BCCC Faculty Affairs Committee, and currently serves as treasurer of the BCCC alumni board. She is a member of Southern Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. Donte’ Hickman. Williams coordinated and co-wrote a grant for the partnership between BCCC and Southern Baptist Church to offer GED and Adult Basic Education at the church.

According to Williams, over 300 students were registered and nearly 70% of those enrollees successfully completed all course requirements and received their GED. Williams, who is also a graduate of the University of Baltimore (UB), is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW).

Williams also owns a home-based baking business. With her retirement, she said she plans to spend more time baking. But retirement won’t close the book on her service at BCCC.

“I would like to come back and volunteer,” she said with a smile.