Board of Education
Roberta S. Wise, Chairman
Roberta S. Wise is a retired Charles County Public Schools teacher with 34 years of experience. A former Charles County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, she also received the Washington Post Agnes Meyer award for outstanding teachers in 1991. For most of her career, she served as a mathematics teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School. She was a coordinator of the Educational Partnership Team and a math resource teacher before retiring in 1999. Mrs. Wise is a former member of the Charles County Planning Commission. She resides in Marbury with her husband and has one child, who is a graduate of Lackey High School. She was elected in November 2006 for her first term.
Maura H. Cook, Vice Chairman
Mrs. Cook is a nurse and a former award-winning Destination Imagination coach, parent-teacher association officer and parent volunteer. She is a co-founder of the Women’s Exercise Research Center of the George Washington University and a past presenter at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual conference. Mrs. Cook works as a registered nurse local care coordinator. She works with primary care physicians assisting with care coordination, education and health promotion. She is active with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Mrs. Cook has a bachelor’s degree in science and nursing from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University. She lives in Newburg with her husband and two children. She is entering her second term and was first elected to the Board in 2006.
Jennifer S. Abell, Member
Jennifer S. Abell is the Director of the March of Dimes for Southern Maryland and a long-term resident of Charles County. She is a member of the New Life Wesleyan Church, Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Partnerships For A Healthier Charles County and the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board. In addition, she volunteers as an Outreach Counselor for the Center for Abused Persons. Ms. Abell lives in La Plata with her four children. She was first appointed in 2004, and elected in November 2006.
Patricia Bowie, Member
Patricia Bowie is a children's outreach librarian for the Charles County Library. Mrs. Bowie has more than 25 years experience in administrative and personnel management in both public and private industry and she is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she also volunteers with a number of community organizations including Christmas in April, the Red Cross, USO, Operation Welcome Home and the Charles County Right to Life. She has a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership and management from Regent University. She has been a Waldorf resident for 15 years and resides with her husband and son, a Westlake High School graduate. Mrs. Bowie is one of two new members elected in November 2010.
Michael K. Lukas, Member
Michael Lukas is an engineer and program manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. He is an active community volunteer and serves as a youth sports coach and an assistant Boy Scoutmaster. He is a member of and volunteers with several community organizations, including the Greater Waldorf Jaycees, Christmas in April and Relay for Life. He earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has completed graduate studies in systems engineering at George Mason University and the Naval Post Graduate School. Mr. Lukas lives in La Plata with his wife and son. He is one of two new members elected in November 2010.
Pamela A. Pedersen, Member
Pamela A. Pedersen has more than 25 years of experience in management, instruction and support activities in work, school and volunteer settings. She has served as a long-term ESOL substitute teacher and as a parent volunteer. A member of the North Point High School Athletic Boosters, Mrs. Pedersen also works as a lobbyist and local public relations associate for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. She is an adult forum coordinator and youth parent coordinator at Peace Lutheran Church in Waldorf. Mrs. Pedersen has a bachelor’s degree in consumer and family sciences from Purdue University in Indiana. She lives in Waldorf with her husband and has two daughters. She was first elected in November 2006.
Donald M. Wade, Member
Donald M. Wade, first elected in 1998, is a four-term Board member and a native of Charles County. He has served as Thomas Stone High School SAC president and helped bring the JROTC programs to Charles County. Col. Wade spent 30 years on active duty and was a Professor of Aerospace Studies at three universities. He was a teacher, a department chairperson and a faculty advisor to 21 JROTC units in Prince George's County before retiring in 2006. He was a member of the Charles County Board of Zoning Appeals, and is a distinguished graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park ROTC program and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
Amit Patel, Student Member
Amit Patel is the Student Member to the Board of Education. He is a senior at Maurice J. McDonough High School and serves as the President of McDonough's Environmental Club. He is also the vice-president of McDonough's National Honor Society and a member of the student government association, key club and Mock Trial. His favorite subjects are economics and geography. He aspires to study finance and work on Wall Street. He lives in Pomfret with his family.
Kimberly A. Hill, Superintendent of Schools
Kimberly Hill is the Superintendent of Schools. She serves as the Board of Education's secretary-treasurer and manages the day-to-day operation of the school system. Hill is a lifelong educator with 27 years of experience as a teacher, vice principal and principal. She is a product of Charles County Public Schools, having graduated from Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret where she also began her career as a social studies teacher in 1986. In 1993, Hill was named as a vice principal at McDonough and became the coordinator of the Charles County Career and Technology Center in 1998. Hill was named as a vice principal at North Point High School when the school opened in 2005. She was later named principal at North Point in 2007. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from High Point University in North Carolina and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This is Hill’s first term as superintendent. Her term expires in July 2017.