Meet the Board
County Executive Ike Leggett joins board members (from left) Bruce Adams, Yasin Yamin, Mumin Barre, Nancy Goldberg, Nicolas Arrindell, Bill Nance, Lorna Forde, Tracey-Alexis Dixon and Clemmie Solomon. Not pictured: Nan Qiao, Darwin Romero and Ramon Santillan
Dr. Nicholas Arrindell holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland in the area of comparative and international education. He has been in the field of international education for over twenty five years and has gained a thorough understanding of the major issues and trends facing our world today. As the former Special Assistant to the Provost, at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Arrindell has been in the forefront of international education and has sat on panels and review boards for many years. His most recent review experience has been as a review panelist for the Fulbright Scholar program. He has also been the recipient of two Fulbright awards, one to Germany and, a second to India. The Fulbright award and experience has played an extremely important and memorable role in his life. Dr. ArrindelI has been an active member of AIEA, EAIE and NAFSA, the three leading International professional organizations, whose missions are designed to encourage global learning through scholarship and experience, explore global boundaries and exposure while gaining a greater grasp of a world we all share.
Chairman Mumin Barre
Mumin Barre, a technical specialist with Travelers Insurance Company, is devoted to volunteerism and civic involvement. He served on the Maryland Governor’s Commission on African Affairs (2009-2013) and was the first co-chair of County Executive Ike Leggett’s African Affairs Advisory Group (2008-2009). From 2008 to 2010 he was a board member of the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation and vice-chair of the Montgomery County Muslim Council board from 2010 to 2012. Mumin’s other past positions include member and treasurer of the Montgomery County Muslim Council (2006-2008) and Montgomery County Committee for Ethnic Affairs (2005-2008).
Tracey-Alexis Dixon, a project manager, has worked in public health and taught autistic and disabled children. Tracey, who identifies as biracial (African American/Hispanic), studied Spanish in Spain during her undergraduate years at Florida State University and assisted with two medical trips to Haiti while studying for a master’s degree in public health. Working in the town of Hinche and surrounding villages, she conducted a needs assessment for food, water, shelter, and money. On a return mission to Haiti, she conducted a 200-hour research study with local inhabitants and the orphanage to increase the awareness and importance of protein in their diets. Tracey is an active volunteer with the African American Health Program in Montgomery County and with the Montgomery Sister Cities- Gondar, Ethiopia, committee. As a volunteer with Sister Cities, she has taught English to immigrants, hosted a domestic violence seminar for women, and raised funds for Gondar. A dedicated volunteer, Tracey is committed to working with minority communities.
Lorna Forde is a financial and contract management professional with more than 20 years senior-level private and public sector experience. As a small business owner, she currently consults for local organizations and government agencies. Lorna holds an MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a certification in contracts management from Florida Institute of Technology. Through her various affiliations, she has a long history of community service. In addition to membership on the Montgomery County Sister Cities Board, she currently serves several organizations: Montgomery County Commission for Women, commissioner; Menare Foundation Inc., executive board (chair of community partnerships); The People’s Community Baptist Church Foundation, executive board (treasurer); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, executive board (immediate past president); Montgomery County African American Advisory Group, member; Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, volunteer coordinator; Jewish Council for the Aging, Interages Bridges, mentor. Lorna is a member of the 2011 class of Leadership Montgomery. She previously served as vice-chair of The People’s Community Baptist Church Trustee Board and co-chair of Measurements for the Deputy Superintendent’s Minority Achievement Advisory Council. Lorna was recognized by Aunt Hattie’s Place and the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for her volunteer spirit. During her tenure as president, she accepted the 2013 Montgomery Serves Community Group Award for the organization’s outstanding service in the county. Lorna lives in Germantown and has adult twin daughters, Aleisha and Mariah.
Alicia Lynn Hannon
Alicia Hannon, a Financial Analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is a philanthropist dedicated to cross-cultural relationships enrichment, community organizing and youth mentoring. She has an MBA in Global Emerging Markets from American University, a BBA in International Business from Howard University, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Alicia studied international business within the European Union at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany and studied corporate and governmental international relations within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Germany and Brazil. Alicia joined the Montgomery County delegation, led by Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, in Gondar, Ethiopia in 2019. She serves as a Commissioner on the Cultural Arts Commission for City of Rockville and as a Board Member for Make Smart Cool (a non-profit organization in Capitol Heights, Maryland), whose mission is to revolutionize how young people think about education, in addition to showing them ways to avoid dangerous pitfalls caused by a lack of education. Alicia was formally recognized by the Town of Capitol Heights for teaching essential financial management skills to middle-school and high-school children. She is an Organizing for Action Fellow and serves as
Treasurer for Business and Professional Women (BPW) in Montgomery County, and as Audit Chair for BPW Maryland.
Alicia’s philanthropic achievements were inspired by an Alternative Spring Break volunteer experience where she performed construction work and community outreach during the aftermath of a natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina.
Nan Qiao, a senior software engineer, has served the Montgomery County community for several years, mainly through his work with the Northwestern Chinese American Association of Greater Washington (NCAAGW), a Maryland-based nonprofit organization for Chinese Americans and immigrants with roots in the northwestern provinces of China. It is the largest hometown-based Chinese American association in the Greater Washington area. As vice president and chief financial officer of NCAAGW and chairman of its Sister City committee, Nan, along with other NCAAGW leaders, has worked in numerous capacities to coordinate government and local communities. In 2012, he was one of five key members of a Montgomery County delegation to China for the first official meeting in Xi’an aimed at establishing a Sister City relationship and advancing an exchange of jobs and investments between the county and Xi’an, a city of eight million people and home to the famous Terracotta Army. In 2013 Nan went to China with Montgomery County officials for the signing of a letter of intent to become a Sister City with Xi’an. He also accompanied County Executive Ike Leggett to several Chinese cities to meet with government officials. Nan received an associate degree in finance from Tianjin Normal University in China in 2000, a bachelor of science from Southeastern University (SEU) in Washington, D.C. in 2002, and a master’s degree in computer science from SEU in 2005. In December 2014, the NCAAGW board recognized Nan with the Excellent Performance Reward of the year.
Roman Santillan writes about film, theater, music, opera, and visual arts for Hola Cultura, a nonprofit Latino arts organization. He studied archaeology at the University of Yucatán, Mexico, before receiving a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Ohio. He also earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Rutgers University and did doctoral studies at City University of New York. His career as a librarian in public and academic libraries has taken him to New York City, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Over the years, he has taught college-level Spanish and Latin American literature in Ohio, New York City, and Washington D.C. His published works in English and Spanish include essays, short stories, and diverse articles that focus on academic librarianship and the history and literature of Latin America.
Clemmie Solomon is a dean for student engagement and student affairs at Montgomery College. He has a Ph.D. in education policy and social foundations from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s degree from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s from Central State University (Ohio). His work history includes executive positions at the University of the District of Columbia and Bowie State University. He is a former president of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development and board chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation. Past leadership positions include serving as a member of the Prince George’s County personnel board, the University of Maryland alumni board, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area board (chair), and Leadership Philadelphia; he is currently a member of Leadership Greater Washington. Clemmie was a Fulbright Scholar to Togo and Sierra Leone and developed several study abroad programs to Senegal, Gambia, and Ethiopia.
Yasin Yimam born in Ethiopia and moved to Maryland at the age of 14. Entering high school as a 9th
grader, Yasin graduated in in two years. He went on to earn an Associate's degree with a concentration in general study from Montgomery College in 2012. Yasin plans to pursue a degree in International Business and minor Political Science at the University of Maryland at Shady Grove.
Currently Yasin is the president for Montgomery-Gondar Ethiopia Sister City committee and serves as vice president for the Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory Group. Yasin also pursues his passion for developing business, education, and cultural networks for the Ethiopian community in Montgomery County.
Yasin is a resident of Silver Spring and owner of Yasin Limo Service which provides transportation throughout the DMV area.