Meet Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director

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Joan Webb Scornaienchi has served as HC DrugFree's executive director since August 2009. With more than 25 years in education, her background includes extensive experience in higher education and then as a grants and education program specialist with the Maryland Department of Education. In 2012, Ms. Scornaienchi became a Certified Grants Management Specialist. Having also served as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist for a county-funded hospital program, she brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the executive position. She holds a BS in business administration and a MA in student personnel services as well as completed all but the dissertation for a doctorate in education administration.

In March 2018, Ms. Scornaienchi was 1 of 3 women inducted into the Howard County Womens Hall of Fame. In April 2018, she received the Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award for Employee of the Year from the Association of Community Services and the Baltimore Sun featured her in an article titled 10 People Who Make Baltimore Better.

In November 2017, Ms. Scornaienchi was elected to an 8th consecutive term as the chair of the Howard County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board. She served as chair of ADAAB until the board merged with another County board in 2018. She serves on the Howard County Opioid Crisis Community Council. As the former coordinator of the Howard County Opioid Misuse Prevention Program on behalf of the Howard County Health Department, she is the founding coordinator of the Howard County Opioid Coalition and founding co-coordinator of the County's Overdose Fatality Review Team. She continues to serve on numerous committees and workgroups at the Howard County Health Department including the Local Health Improvement Coalition as well as remains the Howard County substance misuse prevention coordinator. 

Ms. Scornaienchi is in her fifth year as vice chair of the Howard County Public School's Health Council and continues to serve on the school's Mental Health Task Force. 

She is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizens Academy and member of their Alumni Association.

 MD Governor Larry Hogan and Joan 

MD Governor Larry Hogan and Joan 

In October 2017, Ms. Scornaienchi received a Leadership Maryland Gold Award presented in conjunction with the Leadership Maryland 25th anniversary celebration. Gold award recipients were recognized for their leadership experience, strength and dedication to building a better Maryland. Ms. Scornaienchi is a graduate of Leadership Maryland (Class of 2015) and Leadership Howard County (Class of 2011) and resides in Columbia with her husband.

In November, 2017, she was inducted into The Daily Record's Circle of Leadership for being named one of Maryland's Most Admired CEOs in the category "with revenue under $10 million" for the 3rd time. The Daily Record also honored Ms. Scornaienchi in 2015 and 2012 as one of Maryland's Most Admired CEOs. The award winners were selected based on their demonstration of strong leadership, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, financial performance, mentoring, and ongoing commitment to their communities and diversity.

Ms. Scornaienchi served as 2016-17 chair of the Howard County Commission for Women after serving as vice chair and recording secretary and remains on numerous advisory boards and committees throughout the County. 

In August 2017, The Daily Record featured Ms. Scornaienchi in their Path to Excellence Magazine. In February 2017, Howard Magazine and the Baltimore Sun Media Group highlighted Ms. Scornaienchi as one of seven Howard County women making a difference.

In April 2017, Ms. Scornaienchi was renamed one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for the 3rd and final selection. At that time, she was inducted into the Circle of Excellence for sustained achievement, outstanding community service and a continued commitment to mentoring. She was previously named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2014 and 2012. In April, Ms. Scornaienchi also received the 2017 Jack Epstein Award from the Maryland Multicultural Coalition, the state chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, for exemplary contributions and commitment to multicultural education in Maryland. 

As a Friends of Education award nominee, the Howard County Public School System presented Ms. Scornaienchi with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to the school system in April 2017, and the Howard County Police Department presented Ms. Scornaienchi with a Certificate of Appreciation in March 2017 for her dedication and participation with HC DrugFree's annual Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City program. 

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In October 2016, Ms. Scornaienchi was presented with The Daily Record's 2016 Innovator of the Year award for her vision, leadership and commitment to Howard County's opioid misuse education and developing a campaign in four languages. 

In August 2016, Ms. Scornaienchi was honored as a 2016 Journey Honoree and received the Leadership in Youth Engagement Award presented by 7th, 8th and 9th grade girls participating in The Howard County Women's Giving Circle's summer leadership camp. At that time, she was presented with a citation from the Howard County Delegation signed by Senate Chair Guy Guzzone and House Chair Vanessa Atterbeary congratulating her on the award. 

In spring 2016, she was recognized by Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congressman Elijah Cummings for her work on behalf of Howard County youth and families. 

In 2015, the Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission selected Ms. Scornaienchi as the Individual Honoree for the Living the Dream Award for her many personal and professional contributions to the community.

Also in 2015, Soroptimist International of Howard County awarded her with the Ruby Award for Women Helping Women. In 2014, The National Grants Management Association awarded her the Impact Award in the Private Sector.

In 2012, she received the Howard County Office of Children’s Services’ Celebrating Successes for Children Award in the High School Category for her work on behalf of high school students.

Ms. Scornaienchi and her husband, John, reside in Columbia.