Wednesday, 10 October 2012 11:37

Amy Menzer (left) was named one of The Daily Record’s 50 “leading women” in Maryland. file photo  Ryan Imbriale (right)  credits his staff at Patapsco with helping him be recognized as an emerging leader.

DRC’s Menzer gets Daily Record honor

by Ben Boehl

Amy Menzer has been recognized for her work as executive director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. (DRC), but now she is receiving attention outside of Dundalk, as she was named as one of The Daily Record’s “leading women” who are 40 and under and have had “tremendous accomplishments” in their careers.
    “I haven’t received too many awards so it is great to be honored,” Menzer said. “It was a pleasant surprise to win the (2010) President’s Award from the  Dundalk Chamber (of Commerce), but this is great because it’s from outside the community.”
    The Daily Record is the leading business and legal news publication in the state.
    Menzer has been executive director at the DRC since 2006 where she has helped the non-profit, community-based membership organization promote housing, greening and the overall well-being of the community. As she looks to the future of the DRC, Menzer wants to more aggressively promote the Dundalk community, a plan that was recently jump-started with the addition of Diane Lesman as the DRC’s Marketing and Development Coordinator.
    “I’m happy we are going to invest into more marketing in the Dundalk community,” Menzer explained. “I wanted to do it in the beginning (of her tenure), but it was difficult with the day-to-day operations of running a non-profit organization.”  
    Liz Glenn, Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Improvement  for the Baltimore County Department of Planning, nominated Menzer for the honor. Glenn has known and worked with Menzer on different projects for the past 12 years and has seen her grow and mature over that time.
    “Amy is a young, ambitious and thoughtful woman who has stepped into the challenge of a community leadership role,” Glenn said. “She has a passion for community building.”
    Glenn explained that Menzer doesn’t just contribute in the community, but lives in Dundalk. Glenn also added that the DRC is very fortunate to have her talents in Dundalk.
    “It’s important to recognize someone like Amy because she has developed great skills and is a smart woman who could have worked in the private sector. Instead, she is helping her community.”     
    Menzer was also nominated by Del. John Olszewski, Jr. He has also worked with many projects that have been orchestrated by Menzer and agrees with Glenn that what makes Menzer’s story special is that she is serving the community in which she lives.
    “I was pleased to nominate Amy Menzer for The Daily Record’s ‘Leading Woman’ designation because of her tireless efforts in the revitalization of greater Dundalk and eastern Baltimore County,” said the 6th District delegate. 
    “I have had the chance to work with her first hand, and know she not only cares a great deal about the community as a citizen, but has led important efforts in housing, greening, and community development in her leadership capacity at the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation.”    
According to a press release from The Daily Record, Menzer was one of 50 Maryland women to be named as one of the “leading women” after more than 140 nominations were sent to the publication.
    “Since 1996, The Daily Record has recognized more than 1,000 high-achieving women who are making an impact in the state with its annual list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women,” Daily Record Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner said.
    “We are committed to growing women leaders, which is why we introduced the Leading Women event in 2010. Leading Women shines the spotlight on the next generation of this state’s outstanding women who represent Maryland’s future. It is our honor to recognize both their accomplishments to date and the promise they hold for the future.” 
    Menzer and the other winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Baltimore.
    Menzer is proud to receive the award for herself, but she is also happy to be a Dundalk resident who is named among many elite women.
    “It’s an honor being on a list with other great women, and this is an opportunity to show that Dundalk doesn’t always fit that [negative] stereotype.” Menzer added.
    The winners also will be profiled in a special magazine to be included in the Dec. 7 edition of The Daily Record.


Imbriale named as emerging school leader

by Bill Gates

Since Ryan Imbriale became the principal of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in 2009, the school has earned a number of honors.
    That has led to Imbriale himself being honored: last month he was recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK (Phi Delta Kappa) International, the Professional Association in Education.
    And, like a good leader, Imbriale is quick to credit others who helped achieve that success.
    “It’s nice that the recognition is tied to my name, but it’s much bigger than that,” he said. “I wouldn’t have received this recognition without the amazing people I work with.
    “There are many people [at Patapsco] who have helped with my recognition as an emerging leader, and they all need to be thanked. That recognition doesn’t come without good people around me.”
    The PDK Emerging Leader program brings attention to educators under the age of 40 for their leadership.  A committee made up of past PDK Emerging Leaders selects the 22 honorees from a field of applicants.
    “It’s very exciting to be acknowledged as someone who has potential and is currently demonstrating success,” Imbriale said on Monday.
    Patapsco High was named one of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ National Schools of Distinction in 2009.
    It has also been recognized by the College Board as the Middle State’s winner for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts and was named one of the top high schools in America by the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.
    Imbriale and the other emerging leaders will be honored during a two-day event next month in Washington, D.C.
    The honorees will also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants and participate in PDK initiatives.
    For Imbriale, the event in D.C. will offer other opportunities.
    “I’ll get to network with folks ranging from university professors to classroom teachers to education researchers,” he said. “It really spans the gamut.
    “The way it’s structured, I’ll have the opportunity to make contact with people who can benefit our school and help the students at Patapsco.”
    Most of the other emerging leaders come from other areas of the country, “so I’ll be the local boy,” Imbriale said.
    In a statement, Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools Dr. S. Dallas Dance said principals play a key role for student development.
    “Mr. Imbriale, however, goes beyond this and promotes student development in such a way that prepares the students for leadership opportunities later in life.”
    Imbriale came to Patapsco in 2009. Before that, he was an assistant principal at Perry Hall High for three years, after working in the Baltimore County Office of Instructional Technology.
    He was named one of the “20 to Watch” educators by the National School Boards Association in 2008, and Tech & Learning magazine put Imbriale on its “100@30” list in 2010.
    A graduate of the University of Maryland, Imbriale received his master’s in instructional technology and post-master’s in curriculum leadership from Johns Hopkins University.
    “We have a collaborative, team approach at Patapsco,” Imbriale said. “We really put a focus on getting our kids college- and career-ready. We have an atmosphere of success at Patapsco, and everyone understands the message.”