Terri is running to represent District 12 in the Maryland House of Delegates because she believes that with her experience, education and deep roots in this District, she can speak powerfully and personally on behalf of its residents, adding depth and breadth to the important conversations that must take place to keep our State moving forward.
Her quest makes absolute sense when you know her life story. This is, after all, the place she has called home since moving with her family to the “new town” of Columbia in 1969. She grew up with the community. It is also where she chose to spend her entire professional life.
A product of Howard County’s public schools, Terri was elected junior and senior class president of Wilde Lake High School (’77). She earned a degree in bioelectric engineering from Harvard University in 1981 and a medical degree from New York’s Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1985. Terri completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Soon after she became board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Terri returned to central Maryland in 1991 to establish her solo medical practice, developing affiliations with most Baltimore area hospitals. She will soon celebrate 22 years of providing high quality medical care to patients in her greater Baltimore-Washington area based practice.
Terri is known as a modern day physician, with an “old school” touch—personable, compassionate, thoughtful, resourceful and patient. She even makes house calls! Her commitment to healing the whole person has won patients’ confidence, affection and appreciation. She also generously gives her time to family, friends and acquaintances who, though not in her care, enlist her as their medical interpreter, counselor and advocate, when faced with a difficult and sometimes dire diagnoses.
In her daily and professional life, Terri embraces the tenet: to whom much has been given, much is expected. She was a director of the regional American Red Cross board, a volunteer surgeon on Operation Smile missions to Venezuela, China and Baltimore and served two terms on the board of her homeowners association. Terri’s office is a learning lab for high school and college interns considering careers in science or business, and she helped facilitate a middle school girls’ leadership program.
In recognition of her leadership and service, Terri is the recipient of various awards, including the 2012 Mother Mary Lange Leadership Award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Towson University’s Distinguished Black Marylander Award and the 2003 Outstanding Professional Achievement Spirit Award from the Columbia, Maryland chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Although she has never run for public office, Terri’s interest in the political system is not new. A college summer internship in the Capitol Hill office of retired United States Senator Paul S. Sarbanes provided her an up close view of the legislative process. A strong believer in the power of the ballot, she has volunteered in the campaigns of candidates for local, state and federal office. Most recently, she conceived and led a series of voter education and empowerment workshops.
Having encouraged others to get off the sideline and into the game, Terri is excited about increasing her own involvement in the political process. She would bring to the job a fresh perspective, diverse experience and collaborative and creative problem solving skills.
As Terri has said, “although our community is comprised of people from different backgrounds and interests, we are united in wanting the things that speak to our quality of life. Whatever the challenge — healthcare; housing; the challenges faced by small businesses in a sluggish economy; closing the achievement gap and graduating students who are college and career ready; protecting the environment; sustainable communities; security for our aging population; or investing in the human and material infrastructure that supports our quality of life– the issues are often complex and demand thoughtful and informed debate. I know our community’s history. I share its vision for the future. I would be honored to serve as its representative. ”
For Our Future, Our Maryland, Our District 12!