Judith Welles is a writer who has authored local history books about the area in which she lives. A former journalist, Judy was a reporter for newspapers in Poughkeepsie, New York, and in Arlington, Virginia and a work life editor for online media in Washington, D.C. She was a columnist and blogger for a technology magazine. She was also a media relations manager and speechwriter for U.S. Cabinet members and several federal agencies before returning to manage communications at Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM. Judy has volunteered at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and served on the board of the C&O Canal Trust. She is a speaker on local history for the Montgomery County historical society in Maryland. Her first book, Cabin John: Legends and Life of an Uncommon Place, was published in 2008 and her most recent book, Potomac, was published in 2019.
Julie Martin is an Economic Development Specialist with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, a public-private corporation funded by Montgomery County, She concentrates her work in the life sciences industry, helping companies move to and grow in Montgomery County, with a particular focus on international business development. Julie brings 20 years of commercial facing experience across government, private industry and the not-for-profit the U.S., she is adept at forging market entry opportunities, promoting entrepreneurship and developing strategy. Julie helped to coordinate a partnership with the Maryland Tech Council’s Bio Innovation Conference to recruit 70 international company participants. She was a board member for a South African not-for-profit focused on elementary school education for disadvantaged girls. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development.
Dr. Onukwugha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
Since 2019, Dr. Onukwugha has served on the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board, a first-in-the-nation effort to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Maryland residents. The board – an independent body comprised of doctors, public health experts and medical researchers – will investigate expensive prescription drugs and make recommendations to lower costs, including by setting price caps.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Onukwugha has conducted cutting-edge pharmaceutical health services research to address health disparities, examine medical decision making and analyze ways to reduce costs across America’s health care system,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Every single day, she’s on the front lines working to help improve treatment decision making, lower health care costs, reduce prescription drug prices and enhance health outcomes for Americans in every community.