Judge Lisa Hall Johnson, District Court of Maryland
Lisa Hall Johnson was appointed to the District Court of Maryland by Governor Martin O’Malley on July 2, 2013 and has served as the District Administrative Judge for Prince George’s County District Court since January 2017. Judge Hall Johnson began her career handling energy regulatory and complex civil defense matters. She then served as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. After gaining valuable experience, she returned to private practice and focused on policyholder-side insurance coverage matters involving long-tail environmental claims, and civil defense matters including complex multi-district federal litigation. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Hall Johnson was the Director of Litigation for Washington Gas Light Company.
Judge Hall Johnson was educated in Prince George’s County Public Schools, and received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, with a double major in Economics and Sociology. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she received the Duke Law Advocacy Award, was the first African-American woman to serve as the Chairperson of the Moot Court Board, and served as a staff editor of the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum.
Judge Hall Johnson has received numerous awards, including the National Bar Association’s Nation’s Best Advocate Award in 2012; the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund Forty Under 40 Award in 2012; the Maryland Legal Aid, Equal Justice Associate’s Award in 2011; the Maryland Daily Record Top 100 Women award in 2013, 2016, and 2018; and the VIP Award in 2016.
Kirk Mensah is a graduate of Virginia State University with a degree in Economics and Finance. He was also a student athlete and a conference champion hurdler and sprinter. Kirk currently utilizes his skills and knowledge in mediation, arbitration, and contract negotiations as a Chief Steward within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, Kirk assists employees in all issues regarding workplace rights. Prior to working as a steward, Kirk applied his analytical and financial skills within the Office of Housing's Mortgagee Review Board Division and OCFO’s Funds Control Assurance Division. Prior to federal service, Kirk worked as a contractor performing post claim insurance reviews for the Office of Single Family Housing. In that capacity, he traveled across the country reviewing and analyzing post claim insurance and loss mitigation files for compliance with HUD guidelines. In addition to his duties at HUD, Kirk tutors and mentors young superstars across the metro DC area. Kirk is also a successful personal trainer and prides himself with assisting his clients achieve their personal fitness goals. As an Executive Coach in HUD’s Executive Coaching Program, Kirk partners with his clients to accelerate their progress on specific areas of professional and personal development so that they can have an impactful, satisfying, and fulfilling life.
Tami Mullen, Principal & Senior Consultant
Passionate about arming small businesses with accessible business resources, Tami Mullen serves not only as Principal and Sr. Consultant for the Intuitive Group, a woman-owned government consulting firm based in Prince George's County, MD, but she also serves as the Founder of Clout Workspace, a collaborative shared workspace for business owners and local entrepreneurs. With over 20 years of business development expertise, Ms. Mullen has spent her career assisting large and small businesses to expand their presence and footprint with desired clients for both the public and private sector.
At Intuitive Group, she has led her team's niche expertise in securing over $850 million in government contracts for their customers and the lead collaborator of Clout Workspace, she has continued to push the innovative vision of collective mindshare, leveraged networks, and supportive local ecosystems. She is a proud graduate of Hampton University and holds a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Project Management.
Gregory Parham, Senior Executive, Retired
Dr. Gregory Parham retired from the U.S. government in 2017 after being appointed by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Administration in June 2013. His responsibilities included leadership and oversight for facilities, information technology, procurement, property, homeland security, human resources, outreach, and executive correspondence. Prior to this appointment he served as the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. While Administrator, he was also Commissioner of animal disease control programs in Mexico and Panama.
Trained as a veterinarian, he began his Federal service career in 1980 as a U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officer at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. After joining USDA in 1982 he worked for several agencies and was a member of the Senior Executive Service. Dr. Parham is board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and holds a masters degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University, as well as, a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and bachelors degree in microbiology from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Parham was twice a recipient of Presidential Rank Awards and is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Since retirement, Dr. Parham has completed the Advanced Leadership initiative Fellowship at Harvard University.
Tamara Wellons, Music Creator
Vocal Recording and Performing Artist, Tamara Wellons, has 15 years in the music industry and executive produced three full length albums (Life Is 2008; Songs for Janie 2012; Pretty 2016). Tamara recently established Media, Arts and Entertainment company, Her Dreams Productions and is a curator of music experiences and theatrical concerts for her audiences throughout Prince George’s County and the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Tamara’s voice flows flawlessly from Hymns to Soulful Dance music. Her songwriting across genres has shaped her profoundly diverse career, which has led to performances on prestigious national and international stages, from London’s Jazz Café to DC’s Blues Alley. Tamara has been a resident artist with the Arts and Humanities Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, regularly supporting the healing process through integrative health delivery of music services to patients, hospital staff and family. In 2014, Tamara received Placemaking Grant from Art Lives Here, a collaborative initiative in the Gateway Arts District to increase visibility for working artists, spur economic development, and affirm the community’s funky and diverse local cultures.
In 2018, Tamara was elected to serve as Governor on the Board of the Washington DC Chapter of the Recording Academy and is a Founding Member of Eaton Workshop DC, a creative lab at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness and progressive social change.
Tamara is a former Prince George’s County Public School teacher and received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bowie State University, where she was crowned Miss Bowie State University.