By GUY FLETCHER
Former Maryland Sen. Patricia K. Cushwa was named the first woman to chair the state Parole Commission Friday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
"This gives me the opportunity to go ahead and really make a difference," said Cushwa, a Williamsport resident and member of the Parole Commission since 1992.
Glendening said he appointed Cushwa because of her experience - both on and off the panel.
"She will play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to make our communities safer," he said.
Cushwa has served in various state and local offices, including Williamsport Town Council, the state Board of Education and the Human Relations Commission. She co-founded Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused and is a part-time instructor at Hagerstown Junior College.