The staff of the Local and Government Community Affairs represent Johns Hopkins University and Medicine and Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore City.

This page focuses on the staff of the Local Government and Community and Bayview Community Relations. For more information about the team leads of All Children's Hospital (St. Petersburg, Florida), Montgomery County Local Government Affairs, and Sibley Memorial Hospital Government and Community Affairs (Washington, DC) please visit the Office of the Vice President.

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Johns Hopkins Local Government and Community Affairs 

Jeanne Hitchcock

Jeanne D. Hitchcock Esq.

Special Advisor to the Vice President for Local Government, Community and Corporate Affairs

Jeanne Hitchcock has been a practicing attorney, small business owner, and has served in executive management positions in the private, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Hopkins, she held two cabinet level posts in the administration of Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, and she previously served as Deputy Mayor of Baltimore City. Jeanne also served for eight years as an assistant attorney general in the office of the Maryland Attorney General. For eight years she was national director of urban market development at The Southland Corporation, owner and operator of 7-Eleven stores. Her experience also includes a tenure as chief operating officer with the national office of the NAACP in Baltimore, Maryland, and as managing partner in her own law firm in Baltimore. She received a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Joseph Smith

Joseph L. Smith

Director of Local Government Affairs

Mr. Smith actively represents Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine in legislative and regulatory interactions with all levels of local government. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Mr. Smith spent 30 years in managerial roles with Verizon and its predecessor companies and most recently served as director of external affairs at Verizon Communications.  As director of external affairs, he was responsible for the firm's government and community relations throughout Maryland. Smith began his career as a community organizer/planner in the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Urban Renewal.  During the late 1960s, he was a special assistant to Mayor Thomas D’Alessandro III.  Mr. Smith has also been an active civic leader and community volunteer to go along with his more than four decades of experience in the government and community sectors. Smith holds a master's degree in social work with special emphasis in urban planning from Atlanta University and is also a graduate of Morehouse College.

Jennifer Mielke

Jennifer Mielke

Director of Local Government and Community Affairs

Prior to joining the Office of Government and Community Affairs in the fall of 2012, Jennifer worked in local government for fifteen years in various capacities.  From 2005-2012 she worked at Baltimore Housing focusing on neighborhood revitalization initiatives and affordable housing development.  Previous to her Baltimore Housing experience, Jennifer worked in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods for four years where she served as a liaison between communities and city government. Before moving to Baltimore in 2001, Jennifer was a planner for the Department of Community Development in South Bend, Indiana.  Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College and a master’s degree urban and regional planning from Ball State University.

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Nondie Hemphill J.D.

Associate Director of Local Government and Community Affairs

Prior to joining the GCA team, Nondie spent several years working in the Aerospace industry as a law clerk for a Space Law firm. She has worked with a wide array of regulatory and policy issues at both the local and international level. Additionally, Nondie worked in the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Government Relations as a Legislative Analyst and has over four years of local government experience. Nondie received a bachelors in East Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. She is also a member of the Maryland State Bar.

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Antonia Daniels

Community Outreach Program Advisor

Antonia joined GCA in February 2019. As Community Outreach Program Advisor, Antonia will support the Special Advisor to the Vice President for Local Government and Community Affairs. Before joining GCA, Antonia worked with the economic and community development team in the Office of the President at Johns Hopkins University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in natural resources from Cornell University, then recently returned to her hometown to earn a master of science degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Preston

Michael Preston

Director of East Baltimore Community Affairs

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in community affairs, government relations and communications and has consistently succeeded in forging partnerships between business and community leaders and building bridges in the community through thoughtful strategic messaging and open communications. Previously, Michael served in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the Empower Baltimore Management Corporation. Michael is a graduate of Towson University where he received a BA in Mass Communication.

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Chrystal Green

Program Development Coordinator for East Baltimore

Prior to joining GCA, Chrystal worked at Johns Hopkins Health System as a project coordinator and contract administrator. She previously worked with the University of Maryland Family Medicine, Rouse Community Center in Sandtown-Winchester, The Renaissance Center, and Black Entertainment Television (BET). Chrystal earned a BA in Psychology from Spelman College and a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Howard University. Chrystal has strong ties to the East Baltimore community, as a long-time resident.

Myra Phillips

Myra L. Phillips

Administrative Coordinator for the Special Advisor to the Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, and for Local Government and Community Affairs

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Myra held administrative assistant positions for over 20 years in various industries and locations, such as the Visiting Nurse|Hospice Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Post-Treatment Resource Program in New York, NY.  Myra earned her associate's degree in Healthcare Administration from New York University in 2005.

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Community Relations

Selwyn Ray

Selwyn Ray

Director, Johns Hopkins Health System Community Relation

Selwyn’s primary responsibilities are at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Selwyn also has an additional broader role for community health outreach for the Academic Division of the Johns Hopkins Health System. At Johns Hopkins Bayview, Selwyn oversees programs to educate and support our neighbors; leads the Medical Center’s Community Advisory Board; leads our community health needs assessment and action planning; and participates as a member of our Executive Council. Within the larger Academic Division, he helps develop and strengthen inter-campus and inter-departmental programs to improve the health of our neighbors and neighborhoods. Mr. Ray holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and has pursued studies at St. Mary’s Seminary, Ecumenical Institute of Theology. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he served as executive director and senior vice president of community engagement for the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center. He also was the interim president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake from 2012 to 2013. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Associate Director for Community Relations

Sharon serves on various boards as a representative of Johns Hopkins Bayview. She serves on hospital and community committees, and in addition to her departmental administrative responsibilities, takes primary responsibility for the Medical Center’s blood drives. She has been employed at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center since 1979, and prior to her Community Relations role, served as Executive Office Manager, responsible for the daily operation of the Office of the President. Sharon currently works half-time. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

Patricia Carroll

Patricia A. Carroll

Community Relations Manager

Pat’s role includes managing programs to educate the community (youth and seniors) and employees about wellness and health promotion, including exercise, nutrition and injury prevention education. Pat has a high school diploma and over 37 years of experience as an employee of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was first employed as a clerk for the administrative offices, and over the years, she advanced in position with the offices of administration, community relations and nursing administration. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

Tom McLhinney

Tom McLhinney

Community Programs Manage

Tom manages and conducts the Kiwanis Burn Prevention Education Program and has been a member of the Community Relations team since 2001. In this role he teaches burn prevention in schools, works with the Juvenile Fire Starters program, and handles our Safe Babies Program and Burn Prevention outreach efforts. A member of the Baltimore City Fire Department for 32 years, Tom has worked closely with the Johns Hopkins Burn Center since 1981. In 2007, he received the Moncrief Award from the American Burn Association for his work in Burn Prevention and Education. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs

Kelli Barbato

Kelli Barbato

Community Relations Coordinator

Kelli is responsible for teaching FRESH (Food Re-Education for Elementary School Health) to 3rd and 4th graders as well as HEARTS (Healthy Eating, Activity and Recreations for Today’s Scouts) in the area. She represents the Medical Center to several community associations, participates in health fairs, and offers blood pressure screenings to community members. Prior to this position, Kelli worked in many child-related facilities and classrooms. She has a bachelor’s degree in family studies from Towson University. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

Roberta Eyring

Roberta Eyring, CAP

Executive Assistant to the Director of Community Relations

Roberta provides administrative support to the department, including interacting with all levels of executive and support staff and with community leaders. She is involved in a variety of hospital activities including the American Red Cross Blood drives and assisting the director with outreach projects. Roberta brings over 20 years of experience in the executive administrative field to the team. She is a graduate of Consolidated School of Business in York, PA with an associate in specialized business degree. She received her certified administrative professional (CAP) certification in March of 2016. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

April Meise

April Meise

Community Relations Coordinator

April has been part of the Community Relations team for 16 years. Her responsibilities include teaching a heart-healthy lifestyle program called FRESH (Food Re-education for Elementary School Health) to students in the Bayview catchment area, offering blood pressure screenings at senior centers and representing the hospital at health fairs and community events. For over eight years she was employed at St. Vincent’s Center, a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children. April has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

Elaine Welkie

Elaine Welkie

Community Relations Coordinator

Elaine represents the hospital in the community and provides blood pressure screenings to a number of senior organizations in our service area. She serves on the hospital’s Community Advisory Board and assists with several other hospital projects including the Southeast Emergency Needs Network.  Elaine owns a small business and is a leader in her community as well.  She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence. Visit the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Services Community Relations website to learn more about their programs.

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