MARYLAND BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE FOR EDUCATION EXPANDS ALLEGANY COUNTY TEAM
Carrie Pannone becomes state program manager and Leonard Webb joins as Next Generation Scholars coordinator
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT), a coalition of corporations, government agencies, and community partners dedicated to mobilizing employers to play an active role in supporting educational excellence, announced today the expansion of its Allegany County team. Long-time Cumberland resident Carrie Pannone is named as the nonprofit organization’s new state program manager and Mount Savage resident Leonard Webb will be filling Pannone’s vacant position as Next Generation Scholars program coordinator.
“We are thrilled to grow our team of education professionals dedicated to improving student achievement in Allegany County and throughout Maryland,” said Brian Dulay, executive director of MBRT. “Carrie and Leonard have long been committed contributors to the organization’s mission and have advocated for students to be prepared for the 21st-century workforce. We look forward to building a brighter future for Maryland with their support.”
As MBRT state program manager, Pannone is responsible for the implementation, daily operation, and growth of MBRT programs throughout the state. Pannone will be the primary liaison with school administrations, teachers, and volunteers and is responsible for assuring program quality, increasing public awareness of all programs, leading volunteer recruitment efforts, and maintaining and expanding relationships with educators and partners.
Having previously volunteered as a member of MBRT’s Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau, Pannone joined MBRT full-time in 2017 as Allegany County’s first Next Generation Scholars program coordinator helping nearly 150 students at Fort Hill High School and the Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE) explore college and career options. Before then, Pannone worked for the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and was also employed with Allegany County Public Schools as a substitute teacher. She earned an associate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the Allegany College of Maryland. Pannone has previously served her community volunteering with REACT Robotics, K-LOVE Radio, Cumberland Area United Church Outreach and Cumberland National Day of Prayer, among others.
As Allegany County’s new Next Generation Scholars program coordinator, Webb will work directly with Fort Hill High school leadership to help prepare students to be ready for college and a career, and to raise awareness about the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.
Prior to joining MBRT fulltime, Webb served as a volunteer speaker for the organization’s Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and was also a substitute teacher in Allegany County Public Schools. Webb began his career in 1991 as a drug treatment specialist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and later became an adjunct professor at Potomac State College teaching criminal justice. In 2019, he founded Webbolutionary Motivation, LLC, which provides professional development to educators by enhancing their awareness of implicit biases through cultural relevance workshops. Webb earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of South Florida and is currently working toward his Master of Education with a specialization in Education Leadership at Frostburg State University.
For 30 years, MBRT has been connecting the business community with local schools through its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and STEM Specialists in the Classroom programs. In 2017, MBRT added the Next Generation Scholars program, through which it currently serves nearly 1,900 students in six high schools across five counties. The organization is one of several that partner with leadership and school counselors at select schools throughout the state to provide grade-specific services to ensure that students who are part of Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life. MBRT coordinators help students and parents understand that college is an option for everyone while bridging the knowledge gap that exists for many families about college and their chosen career paths.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a nonprofit coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT is the catalyst for business, government and education to drive high student achievement that ensures a competitive future workforce for a world-class economy. For more information, please visit www.mbrt.org.