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Easterseals Announces New Business Leader Board Members

Gino Antonelli with COBATEK, Julie Smith with Amazon Web Services and Julie Statland with Statland & Katz LTD

SILVER SPRING, MD – Easterseals DC MD VA is thrilled to announce the election of the newest members to our Board of Directors. The newly elected board members are Gino Antonelli, Founder, President and CEO, COBATEK LLC; Julie Smith, Senior Technical Business Operations Leader, Amazon Web Services; and Julie Statland, former Managing Partner of Statland & Katz, Ltd., now a Joseph W. McCartin Insurance Company.

“We are excited to welcome Gino Antonelli, Julie Smith and Julie Statland to our Board of Directors,” said Jon Horowitch, President and CEO of Easterseals DC MD VA. “The experience and passion of these leaders will help us enhance Easterseals services to ensure even more children, adults, veterans and military families become part of our hopeful, inclusive community where all individuals realize their potential and live meaningful lives.”

Gino Antonelli HeadshotGino Antonelli is the Founder, President and CEO of COBATEK LLC, which provides consulting services to businesses within the public sector IT markets. Gino has over 35 years of experience in business building, organizational development and executive management.

Prior to establishing COBATEK, Gino was the Co-founder, President and COO of Spear Incorporated, an IT firm focused on providing data analytics, cyber security and engineering services to public sector- focused companies and clients. In 2018, Spear Incorporated was acquired by CALIBRE Systems Inc.

Gino was also Executive Vice President of Intelligent Decisions prior to establishing Spear Incorporated. His responsibilities included oversight of sales, business development, product contract management, operations and partner alliances. Throughout his career, he has held other executive and board positions with a variety of organizations.

Gino is committed to giving back to our community. He is passionate about supporting veterans as well as families and children needing assistance.

Julie Smith HeadshotJulie Smith has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience involving business creation and transformation, international expansion, restructuring and organic growth. She leads business operations for Worldwide Public Sector Technical Teams for Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Amazon Web Services, she was Vice President of International Operations with Booz Allen Hamilton where she provided strategic and financial leadership for multi-dimensional globalization initiatives. 

Julie is extremely passionate about mental health care for veterans and military families and believes in serving people with disabilities through an inter-generational approach. She serves on the Finance Committees of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative. Julie holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in accounting from the University of Florida, as well as a Leadership and Management Certificate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Julie Statland HeadshotJulie Statland is the former Managing Partner of Statland & Katz, Ltd., now a Joseph W. McCartin Insurance Company. Julie has been providing clients with quality insurance products and exceptional service for over 25 years. 

Julie serves on the board of The Committee for Montgomery and is an active member of Leadership Greater Washington (Class of 2016 graduate). She also previously served as the Past Chair of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board and The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce.

Julie has a real passion for community outreach. She personally enjoys supporting Community Bridges a local nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women and girls through her profession, especially helping those who wish to provide for their loved ones or protect their business. Julie is the Founder and regular contributor for www.Rivetingwomen.com, a blog devoted to shining a spotlight on women in business, politics, arts and education.


Easterseals DC MD VA – For 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for children, adults, families and veterans living – and thriving – with disabilities and special needs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Through the innovative, inclusive and person-centered work we do, we are strengthening our community and changing the way the world defines and views disability. We are committed to making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. www.eseal.org

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