80 Calvert Street, Room 117 
Annapolis, Maryland 21401 
Phone: 410.260.7335 
Toll Free: 877.591.7320 



80 Calvert Street, Room 117, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

John T. Gontrum

John T. Gontrum, Esq.
Executive Secretary

Appointed by the Board of Public Works in November 2019, John Gontrum has served as Executive Secretary since January 1, 2020. Prior to appointment as Executive Secretary, Mr. Gontrum worked in the Office of the Comptroller for nine years serving in Assistant Comptroller and Legislative Affairs Director capacities. Mr. Gontrum graduated in 2007 from Gettysburg College and received his J.D. from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2011. Mr. Gontrum is a member of the Maryland Bar.​

William Morgante

William Morgante, PWS
Wetlands Administrator

Bill Morgante, the Maryland Wetlands Administrator since 2014, has been a wetland scientist for 22 years; before that, he spent a dozen years as a landscape architect. Prior to working for the State, Bill's work in the private sector focused on wetland delineation, permitting, mitigation, and monitoring. He earned his Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts in 2000, a Professional Wetland Scientist certification in 2007, and a Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1981. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Wetlands Scientists, where he co-chairs the Wetlands of Distinction Committee.

Gabriel Gnall
Procurement Advisor

​Prior to his career with the Board of Public Works, Gabriel Gnall served as the procurement chief with the Department of Budget & Management where he conducted large-scale service procurements and developed standardized practices for diverse agencies to use. He is familiar to State procurement practitioners as the leader of the Senior Procurement Advisors' Group.
Mr. Gnall first worked as a systems engineer upon graduating from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania. After a few years, he enrolled in the Widener University School of Law in Delaware from which he received his law degree. Mr. Gnall is a member of the Maryland Bar. He resides with his family in Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County. ​

David Bohannon
Assistant Attorney General

David Bohannon joined the Board of Public Works in 2017.  He was appointed Assistant Attorney General to the Board in 2023, having previously served the Board as General Counsel under the State's General Procurement Law. He brings to this position diverse experience from throughout State government, having served in procurement and contracting, legislative, operational, and litigation roles.  David is a member of the Maryland Bar and clerked for both Judge John M. Glynn and Judge John P. Miller, of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He graduated with his B.A. in 1999 from St. John’s College (Annapolis), his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Maryland - Baltimore, and his M.B.A. in 2013 from the University of Maryland - College Park. David resides with his family in Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel County.

Rachel Hershey
General Counsel

Rachel Hershey started as General Counsel to the Board of Public Works in 2024. Before joining the BPW staff, she worked in State procurement with the Department of General Services Office of State Procurement, Department of Health, and Department of Budget & Management. She has conducted various complex procurements, served as staff support for the 2016 Commission to Modernize State Procurement, and worked as part of the group tasked with writing the Maryland Procurement Manual. She graduated with a B.A. from Cedarville University and received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School.

Support Staff

BPW Office


Lisa Johnson - Operations Manager


​​Maria Heaton - Records Manager


​Lisa Grigsby - Recording Secretary


Kaylee BrousseauAssistant Recording Secretary


Rbiai Ouazene - Computer Operator Manager/Webmaster​

Audrey Smylie - Wetlands Administration Associate


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