Mayor Sidney A. Katz
Education: University of Maryland, Bachelor’s in Public Administration
Occupation: Owner, Wolfson’s Department Store
Civic Experience: City of Gaithersburg: Mayor 1998 - present, Council Member 1978 - 1998, Planning Commission 1976 - 1978; Maryland Municipal League: President 2008, First Vice President 2007, Montgomery County Chapter President 2005 - 2007, Inducted into Hall of Fame 1998; National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee 2007; Graduate and Fellow of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.
Family: Married to Sally Katz; two children
Council Vice President Michael A. Sesma
Education: University of California, San Diego - Revelle College, Bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology; University of California, Riverside, PhD in Psychology
Occupation: Neuroscientist, Educator. Currently Chief, Research Scientist Development Program, Office for Special Populations, National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health.
Civic Experience: City of Gaithersburg: Council Member 2005 - present, Council Vice President 2013 & 2009; National League of Cities Board of Directors 2013, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee 2007 - present; Alderman, City of Pasadena Hills, MO 1986 - 1988, 1990 - 1992; Trustees of Pasadena Hills, Trustee and Treasurer 1992 - 1994; Diamond Elementary School: PTA 1995 - 2000, Quince Orchard Cluster Representative 1997 - 2000; Quince Orchard High School PTSA, 1995 - 1999; Kingsview Middle School: PTSA President 2001 - 2003, Quince Orchard and Northwest Cluster Representative 2000 - 2001; Gaithersburg Citizens for Smarter Growth, founding member 2001.
Gaithersburg Committee Liaison: Art in Public Places, Communication, Education
Family: Married to Joan Adams Sesma; three children
Council Member Jud Ashman
Education: University of Miami - B.A. Communications/Political Science
Occupation: President - The Elegant Envelope
Civic Experience: City of Gaithersburg: Council Member 2007 - present, Council Vice President 2011; Founder and Chair, Gaithersburg Book Festival 2009 - present; Board of Directors, Orchard Place Homeowners Association 2007 - present; Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Election Participation 2007; Coordinator, Quince Orchard Cluster of PTA’s 2005 - 2007; Board of Directors, MCCPTA 2005 - 2007; President, Brown Station Elementary School PTA 2002 - 2003; Gaithersburg Citizens for Smarter Growth, Founding Member 2001.
Gaithersburg Committee Liaison: Gaithersburg Book Festival Committee (Chair), Cultural Arts Advisory Committee, Police Advisory Committee, Gaithersburg Police Foundation
Family: Married to Lee Ashman; two children
Council Member Cathy C. Drzyzgula
Education: Yale University - B.A. Economics, George Washington University Graduate School
Civic Experience: City of Gaithersburg: Council Member 2007 - present, Council Vice President 2010; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corporation Board: President 2013, Vice President 2012, Chesapeake Bay Water Resources Committee Chair 2009 - present; Gaithersburg Historic Preservation Advisory Committee 1997 - 2007; Greater Historic District Committee 2000 - 2007; Gaithersburg Day Labor Task Force 2006; Gaithersburg Ad Hoc Election Participation Committee 2007; Girl Scout Leader 1988 - 2005.
Gaithersburg Committee Liaison: Environmental Affairs, Multicultural Affairs
Family: Married to Robert Drzyzgula; one child
Council Member Henry F. Marraffa, Jr.
Education: Southeastern University, BBA in Business Management, Univ. of Maryland, Engineering
Occupation: Retired. Various consulting jobs.
Civic Experience: City of Gaithersburg: Council Member 1995 -1999 and 2000 - present, Council Vice President 2008 & 2003, Planning Commission 1999 - 2000, Board of Appeals 1993 - 1995; National League of Cities: Board of Directors 2006 - 2008, Community & Economic Development Steering Committee 1998 - present, Chairman 2006, Vice Chair 2005, Appointed to Task Force on Immigration 2005; Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors 2006 - 2008; Gubernatorial Appointment to Maryland Task Force on Eminent Domain 2004; Gubernatorial Appointment to the Maryland Physical Fitness Commission 1985; Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Junior Olympic Track and Field Program, 1980; Past President of West Riding Homeowners Civic Association.
Gaithersburg Committee Liaison: Economic Development, Gaithersburg Senior Council, Olde Towne Advisory
Family: Married to Donna Jean Marraffa; 5 children, 6 grandchildren
Council Member Ryan Spiegel
Education: University of Maryland Honors Program - B.A. Journalism, Stanford Law School - J.D.
Occupation: Partner - Potomac Law Group PLLC, Washington D.C.
Civic Experience: City of Gaithersburg: Council Member 2007 - present, Council Vice President 2012; National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy and Advocacy Committee 2009 - present; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Climate, Energy & Environment Policy Committee 2010 - present, Metropolitan Development Policy Committee Alternate 2008 - present; Maryland Municipal League: Montgomery County Chapter Vice President 2012 - present, Executive Board 2010 - 2011; National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Alternate 2008 - present; Gaithersburg Education Committee 2006 - 2007; Victim Services Advisory Board of Montgomery County: Chairman 2005 - 2006, Vice Chair 2004 - 2005; Board of Directors of University of Maryland Hillel 2007 - 2009; Board of Directors of Youth Achieve, Inc. 2007- present; Board of Directors of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society 2000 - 2002; Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity 1999 - 2000; Graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.
Gaithersburg Committee Liaison: Community Advisory
Family: Married to Rachael Spiegel; two children.