Donna Hill Staton Joins Howard Bank Board

Donna Hill Staton
Former Howard County Circuit Court Associate Judge Donna Hill Staton has been elected to the boards of Howard Bank and Howard Bancorp.

Staton grew up in Howard County and served as an Associate Judge on the Circuit Court from 1995-1996, becoming the county’s first African-American trial judge and just the second African-American woman to serve on any Circuit Court in the state.

She later became the first African-American female Deputy Attorney General for the state of Maryland. She is a graduate of Wilde Lake High School, Princeton University and George Washington University Law School.

Last April, Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed her to the State Board of Education. She’s also a trustee for the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland  (Court of Appeals Appointment) and the Bar Foundation of Howard County. She is a former director of Leadership Howard County and past trustee of McDonogh School. She is also very active in the Columbia chapter of Jack and Jill of America, receiving its “Distinguished Mother Award” in 2009. She has also been recognized by The Daily Record’ as one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women.”

“We are honored that Donna has agreed to serve with us,” said Howard Bank President and CEO Mary Ann Scully. “Her knowledge of the community and dedication to the people who live and work in Howard and Anne Arundel Counties will be a real asset to us as we move forward.”

Howard Bank opened in August of 2004 and has branches in the Village of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, on Snowden River Parkway in Ellicott City, on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn and at the intersection of Route 40 and Centennial Lane in Ellicott City, and a new commercial branch office opening on Jennifer Road in Annapolis.

For information about the bank, call 410-750-0020 or visit