HPCA Officers and Board of Directors


Muhammad Abdul-Aziz (President)

Muhammad Abdul-Aziz has been a Howard Park resident since 2005 and a faithful member of HPCA for nearly as long. Muhammad is no stranger to community work. For a number of years, he has served on boards that focused on the betterment of community, ethics, and youth empowerment. As a business owner, organizer, community leader, and youth activist, Muhammad brings a well-rounded outlook on community issues to his role as President of HPCA. His leadership approach is holistic, and his vision is a safe, productive, and progressive community.

Catherine Thomas (Vice President)

Catherine (Cathy) Thomas has lived in Howard Park for 40+ years and has been a member of HPCA for the past five years. She brings skills in leadership development and communications to her new position as vice president of HPCA, as well as a deep concern for and caring attitude toward the problems of others. Cathy holds two Master’s degrees and has amassed numerous advanced certifications during her career as an educator. She has served as a curriculum and test writer for the Baltimore City Public Schools as well as the Maryland State Department of Education and has successfully secured grants in the thousands of dollars.

In addition to her new leadership role as Vice President of HPCA, Cathy also serves on the boards of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa and the Association of Baltimore City Public School Retirees. Her particular interest is in further developing HPCA’s registry of neighbors, their concerns and interests focused on the Howard Park community.

Joyce Smith (Executive Secretary)

Joyce Smith is a 40+-year resident of Howard Park and was born, raised, and educated in Baltimore City. In addition to her continuing work as Executive Secretary of HPCA, of which she has been a member for the past 10 years, Joyce also sits on the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee where she serves as 1st Vice Chair of the 41st District. She also serves as a member of the local Executive Committee, a member of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, a member of the Rules Committee for the Maryland State Democratic Party, and a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).

Joyce has been involved in real estate in various capacities since 1985. As an agent with her own company she managed some 20 staff members. Later, as a residential loan officer, she helped more than 4000 buyers and sellers purchase and sell homes. Joyce is a Certified Home Buyer Counselor and has developed workshops where potential buyers received help with working out credit problems, writing credit explanations, budgeting, and accessing programs that provided financial assistance for the process.

For over 20 years, Joyce has been a member and officer of Woman Power, Inc.  This is a grass roots organization of mostly women who have worked to empower the community especially women and children. In her association with Woman Power, Inc., Joyce has worked very closely with elected officials, many of whom are members, to bring workshops, conferences, voter registrations, and speakers to educate the community. 

Joyce has served as a leader in her church, where she has spent considerable effort coordinating and working on a variety of projects.  She spent 10 years in Toastmasters International and, at one time, became Toastmaster of the Year for her District. Joyce communicates well with people at all levels and has a recognized ability to lead with integrity and common sense. Her personal mantra is “Let Everything You Do Reflect the Love of Truth.”

Manon Maitland Schladen (Treasurer)

Manon Maitland Schladen grew up in Baltimore (Northwood) and, after many years living and working in the Washington, DC area, returned in 2005 to Howard Park. A full-time resident since 2011, Manon has been a member of HPCA for the past seven years and has served on the Board since 2012. She is the immediate past Vice President and worked with other association members to develop HPCA’s online community engagement platform.

Manon serves as the Chair of HPCA’s Committee on Parks and the Environment and has worked with such groups as Blue Water Baltimore and the Baltimore Energy Challenge to bring programs into the community, particularly thorough HPCA’s partnership with our Community School, Calvin Rodwell Elementary. She hold, and continues to amass, numerous citizen leader certifications from organizations such as Tree Baltimore, Blue Water Baltimore, MD Department of Natural Resources, and the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy. Manon is a graduate of BUILD University.

In her professional life, Manon has worked as a researcher, project manager, and program director on numerous federally and privately funded grants in health and social sciences for nearly 20 years. She is a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds advanced, educational specialist certification as well as a doctorate in computing technology in education (educational technology). Manon has led the design and development of both face-to-face and online resources focused on the dynamic engagement of target audiences for projects sponsored by the US Department of Education, the VA, DoD and private foundations.

William T. Lyles, Jr.  (Assistant Treasurer)

William (Bill) Lyles has been a part of the Howard Park community for 45 years and a member of the Howard Park Civic Association for the past 24 years. Bill has served as Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer of HPCA since 2001 with a flawless track record. He is an alumnus of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) and a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

Bill has experience in managing a wide variety of enterprises from direct sales to retail sales to general contracting. He developed a contracting business that he sold to a partnership after “growing” it for nine years. During his career, Bill was particularly noted for his talent in increasing profitability of a business while maintaining quality and integrity of brand. At one point, while working for a national chain, he was sent in to “rescue” a failing retail store and, over a three-year period, more than doubled weekly receipts while holding costs level.

During his 40-year career, Bill developed expertise in all areas of business management including payroll, accounting and taxation. In addition to his work with HPCA, Bill serves as a trustee for Concord Baptist Church and he is a past-treasurer of the Gwynn’s Falls Watershed Association. His vision for Howard Park is continued betterment of the community.


Christopher Ervin

Chris heeded the call of his community and accepted a mid-term appointment  to fill a vacancy on the HPCA Board. He has been a Howard Park resident since 2003 and has experience as a small business owner and in managing both for-profit and non-profit concerns. Chris is a passionate advocate for community reintegration of former felons through education and facilitation of employment. He applies the same dedication in his work guiding and molding youth to promote positive attitudes and productive work ethics to enhance outcomes for the rising generation of Baltimoreans.  Chris also brings experience in public policy and law to his work on the HPCA Board through his involvement with the Maryland State Legislature. 

Florine Robinson-Amin

Florine (Flo) Robinson-Amin has been a resident of Howard Park for 49 years and a member of the Howard Park Civic Association (HPCA) for approximately the same period. She has served on the Board of HPCA for a number of years and previously held a variety of offices in the HPCA, including President, Executive Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. She has also served on other philanthropic and business Boards. Flo is interested in helping to build a stronger, more cohesive and united community where everyone is not only respected as a contributor to that community but where the vision that unlimited social empowerment lies in embracing the concept of unity in diversity thrives.

Flo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from Morgan State University, a Master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and is a doctoral candidate at Newburgh Theological Seminary. She also studied corporate law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is currently a Realtor and Licensed Title Insurance Producer as well as a Notary Public. Ms. Robinson-Amin serves as an Assistant Pastor.

In previous careers, Flo worked as a Computer Systems Account Manager and a Systems Analyst and Programmer. She is the Past President and Co-Founder of Abcom, Inc., a computer company. Flo has taught in Baltimore City Public Schools. As a freelance writer, Flo has been published in various media including the The Saturday Evening Post and Jack and Jill.  She was also a Columnist for the former Philadelphia Independent Newspaper and Assistant Managing Editor of the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. Flo has been the subject of past editions of Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women and Marquis’ Who’s Who in Finance and Business.  

Glenda R. Whitehurst

Glenda Whitehurst has lived in Howard Park since 1996 and has been a member of HPCA for 14 years. A continuing Board Member, Glenda has a background in human services, primarily dealing with the homeless population and with substance abuse issues, which goes back nearly 18 years. She is presently employed with Catholic Charities as a Case Manager helping to provide safe and affordable housing and supportive services for families, as well as providing goal coaching. Glenda is Certified Supervised Counselor of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, certified by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors Therapists.

Glenda was educated in the Baltimore City Public School system and is a graduate of Morgan State University, Glenda is uniquely qualified as an instructor of G.L.A.D.D. Institute of Nouthetic Counseling. In 1998, she entered the G.L. A.D.D. Institute where she matriculated for nine months to earn her Bachelor’s degree. She later earned both a Master's degree and a Doctorate at the G.L.A. D.D. Institute. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Glenda became an instructor at G.L.A.D.D. where she continues to service as instructor of a nine-month course to prepare individuals to minister to those who are struggling with substance abuse. 

John Williams, Jr.+

John Williams, Jr. has lived in Howard Park for 24 years and has been a member of HPCA for 17 years.  John is a native of Virginia where he attended Virginia State University before entering the U.S. Army and serving during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, John followed his love of culinary arts and pursued a career in Food Service. Over the course of his career, John gained experience in a wide variety of service venues. He worked in management at a nationally-known ice cream business and in fast food. He has served as head chef in hotel, military, and correctional institution kitchens. For ten years prior to his retirement, John was an Assistant Chef at the Prime Rib, Inc., Baltimore’s prestigious five-star restaurant.

In addition to his continuing service on HPCA’s Board, Mr. Williams chairs the association’s Membership Committee and Ambassador Theater Committee. He also sits on the organization’s Master Plan Committee. John is a Life Member of the American Legion Northeastern Post #285 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #16. He has twice served as the 1ST Vice Commander of Post #285.

John is currently pursuing studies in Business Administration at Baltimore City Community College where he is plays an active role in campus life and mentoring younger students. John is a Founder and Charter Member of the college’s TRiO Program/Ascenders Club as well as Founder and Charter Member of the Positive Men Group. He is Vice President of Student Association of American Veterans and two-time Vice President of the Student Governance Association. John has been designated a National Student Leader (MACA).

Preston Greene (Immediate Past President)

Preston Greene has lived in Howard Park for over 30 years and has been an HPCA member for the past 17 years. Preston served as the immediate past president of HPCA. In addition to his continuing advisory role to HPCA board, Preston also serves as President of the Howard Park Civic Economic Development Corporation, Inc, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GO Northwest Housing Resource Center.

Preston’s professional background is in Information Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, has completed Master’s level training, and possesses numerous professional and technical certifications. Preston has significant skill sets related to business processes, critical thinking, information systems, management reporting, personnel management, and online technologies. He has also been involved in real estate as an investor, builder and property manager for more than four decades. He has experience with real estate in Maryland, as well as other states. This professional experience has provided him with in-depth knowledge of real estate development and property management of both residential and commercial properties.

Preston is passionate about family, home and community and is dedicated to making a difference. He has been featured in numerous print and online media articles as the result of his leadership in working to bring a supermarket to Howard Park which had been a food desert for the prior 14 years.

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