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The Outpouring of Community Support for Columbia Association President/CEO Lakey Boyd

There has been an outpouring of community support for Columbia Association President and CEO Lakey Boyd following reports that as many as 7 (out of the 10) members of the Columbia Association Board of Directors are actively plotting to remove Lakey Boyd as CA's President and CEO. Many community organizations, businesses, village boards, residents, and even Columbia Association employees and senior leadership have sent letters or provided oral testimony during resident speak out at CA meetings in support of Lakey Boyd, most notably during the standing room only CA Board Meeting held on Thursday November 10, 2022. Common themes amongst those testifying in support of Lakey Boyd are her organizational leadership; financial stewardship of the Columbia Association, creation of new community partnerships; commitment to diversity, inclusive, and equity; and as changemaker with modern vision for the future of CA.


The following table lists the organizations and individuals who have testified in in support of Lakey Boyd to date. The "speak-out" link directs to the exact point of the YouTube meeting recording in which that speak-out occurred.

Organization / Individual

Reference / Link

Columbia Association Senior Leadership Team


Dan Burns - VP Community Programs & Services

Susan Krabbe, Sr VP Admin Services

Dennis Mattey, VP Community Operations

Michael Aniton, General Counsel

Lynn Schwartz, Director of Finance

Tim Pinel, Director of Communications

Armsby Carbon, Director of IT


Speakout from Dan Burns, VP of CA Community Programs & Services at 11/10/22 CA Meeting on behalf of the CA Senior Leadership Team.

Columbia Association Team Members (Petition signed by 156 CA Employees)

Speakout by Marty Oltmanns, Director of Aquatics, Columbia Association at 11/10/22 CA Meeting on behalf of 156 CA team members.


Petition from CA Team Members.


Team Member Support of Lakey Boyd - Google Docs
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Resident Petition on Change.org

Over 750 individuals and counting have signed a change.org petition in support of Lakey Boyd as Columbia Association President and CEO.


If you haven't already done so, add your name to the petition at the link above!

Harper's Choice Community Association




Note: Harper Choice CA rep Alan Klein is one of the CA Boardmembers who appears to be supportive of effort to remove Lakey Boyd.


Letter from HCCA.


Speakout from Rebecca Beall, Village Board Chair, on behalf of Harper's Choice Community Association at 11/10/22 CA Board Meeting

Owen Brown Community Association



Note: Owen Brown CA rep Andy Stack is one of the CA Boardmembers who appears to be opposed to efforts to remove Lakey Boyd.

Letter sent on behalf of OBCA


Speakout by Michael Golibersuch, Village Board Chair, on behalf of Owen Brown Community Association at 11/10/22 CA Board Meeting

Wilde Lake Community Assocation


Note: Wilde Lake CA rep Bill Santos is one of the CA Boardmembers who appears to be opposed to efforts to remove Lakey Boyd.

Speakout from Kevin McAliley, Village Board Chair, on behalf of Wilde Lake Community Association at 11/10/22 CA Board Meeting

N.A.A.C.P. of Howard County

Speakout from Willie Flowers at 11/10/22 CA Meeting.


Speakout from Willie Flowers at 11/10 CA Meeting.

Howard County Library System

Speakout from Tonya Aikens, President & CEO of HCLS at 6/23/22 CA Meeting.


Letter from HCLS and Horizon Foundation published in Columbia Flyer on 11/24/22 (image below).

Horizon Foundation

Letter from HCLS and Horizon Foundation published in Columbia Flyer on 11/24/22.



Columbia Community Care

Speakout from Erika Chavarria, founder of CCC and Wilde Lake HS Educator at 6/9/22 CA Meeting

Columbia Festival of the Arts

Letter from CFA Staff and Board to Columbia Association Board of Directors in support of President/CEO Lakey Boyd


Speakout from Allison Hickman, Chair of Columbia Festival of the Arts chair during 11/10/22 CA Meeting

The 3rd


Speakout from Laura Bacon, founder of the 3rd at 6/9/22 CA Meeting.


Letter of Support from Downtown Columbia Partnership, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Commission, and the 3rd


Speakout from Philip Dodge, Executive Director of Downtown Columbia Partnership speaking on behalf of DCP, Merriweather Post Pavilion, DCACC, and the 3rd during 11/10/22 CA Meeting.

Downtown Columbia Partnership

Letter of Support from Downtown Columbia Partnership, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Commission, and the 3rd


Speakout from Philip Dodge, Executive Director of Downtown Columbia Partnership speaking on behalf of DCP, Merriweather Post Pavilion, DCACC, and the 3rd during 11/10/22 CA Meeting.


Speakout from Philip Dodge at 6/9/22 CA Meeting.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Letter of Support from Downtown Columbia Partnership, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Commission, and the 3rd


Speakout from Philip Dodge, Executive Director of Downtown Columbia Partnership speaking on behalf of DCP, Merriweather Post Pavilion, DCACC, and the 3rd during 11/10/22 CA Meeting.

Downtown Columbia Arts & Culture Commission

Letter of Support from Downtown Columbia Partnership, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Commission, and the 3rd


Speakout from Philip Dodge, Executive Director of Downtown Columbia Partnership speaking on behalf of DCP, Merriweather Post Pavilion, DCACC, and the 3rd during 11/10/22 CA Meeting.

Marcy Leonard, Principal of Wilde Lake High School

Speakout at 6/9/22 CA Meeting

Mae Beale, Prominent Civic and Community Activist

Speakout during 6/23/22 CA Board Meeting.

Amy Brooks, Educator at Oakland Mills HS, Oakland Mills Online co-founder, and MD Delegate candidate.

Speakout during 11/10/22 CA Board Meeting

Christie Lassen, Resident Harper's Choice

Speakout during 11/10/22 CA Board Meeting

This table will be updated as other organizations or individuals offer public support of Lakey Boyd. Please contact me via e-mail at themerriweatherpost@gmail.com if you are aware of any additional entities or individuals that should be added to this list.


For more on the CA controversary surrounding the CA Board and CEO/President Lakey Boyd, see How Poor Judgement, Ego, and Miscommunication Have Led the CA Board to Consider Firing CA President, The Merriweather Post, October 31, 2022, A coup in Columbia? A dynamic leader faces a disgruntled board in Maryland’s second-largest city, Baltimore Fishbowl, November 10,2022, or The Choices Tell You, Village Green/Town2, November 11, 2022.

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Tara Marshall Capino
Tara Marshall Capino
2022年11月21日

How could these people stand in support of Lakey when the dont know the details ? If there is no pulbic information as to what the board is considering or why / how could these people defend Lakeys position when they dont have the specefic information as to if her removal is being considered or why. I would think that is an important fact- otherwise this huge defense when no details are known is curious on its face. Seems like they should ask or have more information.. if someone wanted to fire someone i personally liked- i would still want to understand why / what was going on / what the allegations specefically were before presenting a massive organized defense.…


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Michael Golibersuch
Michael Golibersuch
2022年11月23日
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I want a President who effectively and effeciently manages the HOA and membership fees I pay, an annual budget of $70M, hundreds of employees, acres of land, and dozens on behalf of all of Columbia's residents. We currently have that President. I also want a Board that knows not to micromanage and instead focuses on long-term strategic issues. We don't currently have that board.

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Michael Golibersuch
Michael Golibersuch
2022年11月14日

That’s a very diverse set of groups and individuals with different and sometimes competing priorities and interests. It really speaks to Lakey’s leadership to get support from all those different corners of the community.

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