Staff Directory

Alphabetical Listing

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the District 8 team are all working remotely and can be contacted directly via email or phone.

*General Email:  |  Main Phone: (301) 952-3860

*For the quickest response, please directly email the respective team member.

Gina Anderson-FordPublic Relations C: (240) 435-0467
Gina supports the Council Member with public appearances, speaking engagements, media-related requests and is the primary team lead on event logistics planning, social media management, and special media/communications projects. She also supports the roll-out and communications of the Council Member's program initiatives and manages the District 8 "Orange Alerts" newsletter. Gina also supported the Council Member with shaping the "Moving Forward Series", a platform that focuses on a variety of topics that include (but is not limited to) social justice, holistic wellness, financial literacy, and mental health.
Marise Awai-Bourne (Gibbs)Legislative C: (240) 261-8931
Marise supports the Council Member with her legislative priorities, policy research, drafting, and related functions. She is also the Scheduler and the office manager for the District 8 team and works with the Council Member on a variety of operational matters including (but not limited to) grant review, Finance Department liaison, sponsorship management, Proclamation requests, visual communications projects, community development inquiries, and staffing procedures. Marise is the primary point of contact and liaison for matters that require the Council Member's participation and/or attention.
Hugo E. CantuPolicy (301 952-3860
Hugo supports the Council Member and Legislative Aide with legislative and policy research, drafting, and related functions. He is currently applying his experience gained from his time with the Maryland General Assembly where he conducted extensive policy research in preparation for Delegate testimony on sponsored Bills at the State level. Hugo is also the primary liaison and program lead for one of our newest initiatives and outreach focused on the District 8 Latinx community.
Carla Y. CashConstituent Services C: (240) 435-0317
Carla supports and collaborates with the Council Member on all aspects of community services and outreach. She is the primary team lead and liaison on various community-facing programs and initiatives and the point of contact for service complaints that may need to be escalated to agency leadership or County Community Relations teams. She has established close partnerships and collaborations with various County agencies, as well as District 8-based HOA, Civic Association leadership, and their membership, and has built a far-reaching network of non-profit organizations and corporations who have all generously supported the Council Member's initiatives and program goals. Carla is a responsive advocate who has led our Food Distribution efforts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Demetrius B. KellerConstituent Services Program (301) 952-3860
Demetrius supports the Constituent Services Director with all aspects of community services and outreach. He also collaborates with the Council Member and the District 8 team on various community-facing programs and initiatives. Demetrius' background includes youth-focused work in the areas of mentorship, self-care, college/career-readiness, and their overall development.