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Our Team

In building our team, it was crucial that we assemble a group that shared a passion, vision, and energy.

This team is dedicated to helping our clients - entrepreneurs and business owners of both new and existing businees - to achieve their goals of starting and growing businesses. And because we collaborate with and leverage synergies amongst the rest of the HCEDA team, we are able to help businesses in our communities accomplish incredible things.

Meet the MCE Team. 

Tracy Lee Turner Director, Howard Tech Council Email Tracy Read Tracy's Full Bio

Tracy joined the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship as Program Manager in December of 2013. Formerly the Director of the Carroll Technology Council in Westminster, Tracy brings a wide skill-set to the MCE team including program development and management, event coordination, nonprofit administration and community outreach.  Tracy will be responsible for conceiving, coordinating and executing programs for MCE clients including the Innovation Catalyst program, Howard Tech Council and various partner and pipeline programs. 

Tracy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the Université de Montpellier, France, with degrees in Mass Communications and Languages. She lives in Westminster with her two children, Edie and George.

Jill A. Joubert Operations Manager, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Email Jill Read Jill 's Full Bio

Since March 2002, Jill has been the support behind many departments at the HCEDA. In 2011, she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator where she produced many of the marketing materials to which HCEDA stakeholders have come to rely on and look forward to receiving. She was also in charge of registration at all events and kept them running smoothly. Jill is currently serving as Office Manager for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. In this capacity, Jill is responsible for managing leases, addressing facility issues, overseeing communications for events, Tech Council memberships and supervising the front desk.

Before joining the HCEDA, Jill was an Agency Office Administrator for two insurance companies, Account Executive for a financial institution and Branch Secretary for several banks in Boston and the D.C.-metropolitan area.

Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education From Eastern Nazarene College.

Deborah R. Leake Operations Coordinator, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Email Deborah Read Deborah 's Full Bio

Deborah has worked at the HCEDA for the past 12 years as Office Coordinator. In this position, she is the initial point of contact for people seeking information about doing business in Howard County. Prior to joining the HCEDA, Deborah worked for 20 years as a Message Network, Telephone Operator/Supervisor/Training Coordinator, where she supervised more than 20 employees.

Rita C. Anderson Administrative Assistant, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Email Rita Read Rita's Full Bio

Rita Anderson is the Administrative Assistant/”Director of First Impressions”. As the first person you contact at the MCE. Prior to joining the Economic Development Authority (EDA), Rita accumulated over 25 years of experience providing exceptional administrative support in high paced law firms in Washington D.C. and San Francisco/Oakland California.

Rita has a daughter Tiffany and a grandson Sean who lives in Howard County Maryland

Christa Peay Program Manager, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Email Christa Read Christa's Full Bio

Ms. Peay graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she attained her Bachelors of the Arts Degree in Professional Writing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. During her time at UMBC, Ms. Peay entered the information technology and healthcare government contracting industry as an intern for the Technical Writing and Human Resource Department at Dynanet Corporation. At Dynanet, Ms. Peay was tasked with product management of proposal drafts, technical writing/editing, and company outreach. Additionally, Ms. Peay was a vivacious writing tutor at the UMBC Writing Center. Here she coached, primarily, bilingual students and students with studies in the STEM related field to help improve their written and oral communication skills, grammar, and project quality.

Shortly after graduation, Ms. Peay began working for another IT and Healthcare government contracting company called VersaTech, where she provided program and transition support to contracts under the Department of Defense. Additionally, Ms. Peay successfully lead VersaTech’s Web Development Team, as Social Media Manager, by implementing unique rebranding and marketing strategies in addition to coordination and marketing of company events. In a two-month timespan, Ms. Peay boosted VersaTech’s user engagement over 30% with her ability to produce and post compelling content.

Ms. Peay is a true social media enthusiast and enjoys consulting with start-ups in regards to their digital marketing campaign. For the past three years, Ms. Peay has supported several entrepreneurial ventures, both in and outside of Howard County. Eager to continue pursuing her passions for mentorship, entrepreneurship, and digital marketing, Ms. Peay began working at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) as their new Program Manager. Ms. Peay takes great joy in supporting our in-house startups with their digital marketing campaign, promotions, and programs in addition to being an avid mentor of the Junior Achievement Program for Rising Women and MCE internship program.