2024 Judges

Hosni Ali is the Head Coach & Founder of HA Level Up. Coach Ali has a background in teaching, coaching, and providing therapeutic recreation for youth with behavioral health conditions and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Coach Ali has conducted basketball skills training for over a decade. He also played professionally overseas for several years in China, Italy, India, and Egypt. Coach Ali is known for being a versatile player with remarkable ball-handling skills, impeccable defensive footwork, excellent rebounding techniques, and hardworking hustle plays.

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Dr. Pamela Gurley is a content strategy expert, global professional speaker, and world-renowned children’s book author. The CEO of Clark and Hill Enterprise and Founder of the Brown Girl and Brown Boy Literacy Foundation, her 27-year career also includes working as a United States Federal Government civil servant for 14 years across the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Department of the Army, Department of Defense, Department of State, and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Dr. Gurley’s budget, management, and leadership experience extend domestically and internationally across several continents and countries. She is a retired United States Army Veteran with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master’s in Health Service Administration, and a Doctorate in Management.

Erin Kryukova is a primary patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Intellectual Property (IP) Champion as part of the USPTO’s the Council for Inclusive Innovation – Community Outreach Campaign.  Erin graduated from American University with a B.S. in physics, and from the University of Toledo with a PhD in physics with focused research on star formation.  After graduate school, Erin began working at the USPTO, where she examines patent applications, keeps up to date with the state of the art, and takes pride working with inventors and applicants who seek patents.  More recently, Erin has been thrilled to engage her local community as an IP Champion and has hosted workshops, performed book readings, and can be found at booths supporting local innovators and entrepreneurs.

Robert Lynch, Owner | Summit Imprints

Adam Kocher | Summit Imprints

Lauren Stoll | Summit Imprints

Summit Imprints offers awards, promotional products, branded merchandise, custom apparel, and creative services. State-of-the-art engraving and customization services unite in-house production with a diverse network of suppliers and vendors. The in-house production team specializes in laser engraving, rotary engraving, heat transfer printing, full-color sublimation printing, embroidery, sandblasting, and more. The design team also provides layout, design, and artwork services upon request. From the showroom and workshop in the historic neighborhood of Mount Vernon (Baltimore, MD) Summit Imprints inspires customer and team loyalty through custom-designed products for recognition programs, annual events, conference giveaways, and brand awareness.

2023 Judges
2023 Judges: (Left to Right) Chris Costello | Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Safania Romas | Collectively Social, Hosni Ali | H.A. Level Up
2023 HoCo CBF Leadership, Volunteers, and Judges

Previous Judges

Safania Romas founded Collectively Social, a boutique PR, and Marketing Agency based in Howard County, Maryland. With years of experience, knowledge, and professionalism, Safania has helped many small to mid-businesses grow. 


Shamika Godley

Shamika M. Godley is the Principal & CEO of S. Godley Architects. Shamika hails from Howard University where she graduated with honors and on full scholarship from the American Institute of Architects in 1997. Her passions include teaching young aspiring Architects and educating her interns, clients, and staff on how to ensure successful projects for the last 14 years with her business. Her love of learning keeps her engaged and looking with new eyes at every opportunity. Shamika supports teams large and small, traditional design bid build or design-build in all areas of the building industry. S. Godley Architects aims for personal connection to client project completion – start to finish.

Nahom Tekle is the Co-Founder and President of The Business Academy, an education, business, and career development nonprofit for college students. Nahom graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Finance. He worked in Finance for several years and then transitioned into nonprofit leadership as Executive Director of youth development nonprofit. Nahom currently serves as Director of Community Outreach for a Montgomery County In his spare time, Nahom likes to play tennis, go hikes with his dog Saint, and explore new restaurants.

Loretta Johnson

Loretta Johnson is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina. She’s a graduate of Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, and holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, Hartford, Ct. She began her career with The Hartford Insurance Company, Hartford, Ct., and have also held positions with MetLife Auto & Home, the St. Paul Companies, and Nationwide Insurance throughout her career. Loretta opened her Baltimore County State Farm Insurance Agency in May 2009 and is recognized as an Honor Club Agent. Having served the Baltimore community for over 10 years, she enjoys giving back to the community. She’s an active member of the Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, and is a Lifetime Member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Columbia, Maryland Chapter.

Max Pedemonte

Max Pedemonte is a well-seasoned customer service first professional with a background in big retail chains, non profit organizations, and small start-ups. Having worked and studied in all sorts of areas from Addiction counseling to Escape Rooms and landscaping to Conflict Resolution. I love to hear about new businesses and am always excited to see if I can help.

2022 HoCo CBF Judges and Volunteers with County Executive Ball