Bernard Gagnon, Chief Executive Officer
Bernard Gagnon brings a wealth of professional experience to the Lithuanian Trade Council. He is the sole founder of the Lithuanian Trade Council, as well as Board Member and Trustee of the Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1990’s, Mr. Gagnon owned Paramount Broker’s in Annapolis, Maryland. The company represented several brands including J.A. Henckles Cutlery, Thermohauser GmbH, Wilton Industries (Rowoco) and Norpro in all fifty states to the Food Service industry. In 1997, Mr. Gagnon developed a relationship with Walmart Stores, Inc. (“Walmart”) to place more than 20,000 products from numerous suppliers onto Walmart.com. Mr. Gagnon also held executive positions with Kmart.com and AmericasDoctor.com.
From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Gagnon transitioned into the field of warehousing, shipping and logistics. Employed by Kuehne-Nagel, a $65 Billion Swiss logistics provider. He later worked at Expeditors International, an $8 Billion freight forwarding company with 260 offices worldwide, where he developed Expeditors aerospace vertical as Corporate Manager, Global Aviation and Aerospace. Mr. Gagnon’s illustrious achievements are the driving force behind the growing success of the council. He welcomes you and your company to connect with him on LinkedIn
Peter Melcavage, Chief Legal Counsel
Mr. Melcavage’s profession as an appeals and regulatory attorney and political science college lecturer began in 1997 in the State of Maryland. He spent the first nine years of his career working in the regulatory environment handling enforcement cases for the Maryland Insurance Administration. He also taught classes at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (“UMD”/”UMBC”) where he was voted Teacher of the Year twice by the students majoring in Political Science.
In 2006, he was hired as the first Director of the Political Science Program at the Universities at Shady Grove (UMD) where he was responsible for all aspects of the program. After teaching full time for three years, he returned to the practice of law in 2009 and in December 2009, he was selected to judge cases for the Lower Appeals Division of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. In addition to adjudicating cases, Mr. Melcavage has a private practice where he handles all types of cases and even took a case to Maryland’s highest Court in 2016 where the Court changed Maryland law due to Pete’s efforts. Mr. Melcavage and the team of lawyers he works with stand ready to assist all merchants working with the Lithuanian Marketplace with any legal issues they face in the United States.
Lori V. Gagnon, Chief Operations Officer and Board Member
Ms. Gagnon is an accomplished and articulate executive with demonstrated ability to deliver mission critical results. She has over 25 years of experience maximizing productivity and directly managing highly complex programs. Ms. Gagnon is a proven, polished executive with superior knowledge of all aspects of a multi-channel retail and customer service operation. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Gagnon worked with Paramount Brokers in Annapolis, MD. As co-owner, she was instrumental in partnering over twenty drop ship suppliers with Walmart.com to increase the company’s revenues. In 2000, she joined Kmart.com, as the leader and Executive Director of Customer Service. Within two years, she directed and managed over 8,000 customer care associates in multiple call centers all over the world. In 2002, Lori was promoted to Vice President of Customer Care and Operations for the Kmart Corporation, nationally and internationally.
Ms. Gagnon was hired by W.C. Redmon Company (a major vendor-supplier to Walmart, Kmart, J.C. Penney, QVC, HSN, Costco, Boscovs and many other major retailers in the United States) to direct their corporate Sales and Marketing efforts as their new Vice President and company officer. She stayed in this role for over nine years. Currently, Ms. Gagnon holds the position of Vice President of Customer Care for Colonial Parking in Washington, DC. Colonial Parking operates upward of 300 parking garages and services millions of unique customers annually. She is a corporate officer with multiple successful project launches and has been published in numerous national trade magazines. Lori is committed to the Lithuanian Trade Council as a volunteer and is fulfilling the role of Chief Operations Officer and Board Member. To read more about her impressive professional history, connect with her on LinkedIn.
Charles Jewett – Board Member
Charles Jewett is a business executive and expert in leadership with experience in technology, consulting, and associations. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at the American Society of Interior Designers, a national association of 25,000 members. He serves the ASID community at the intersection of people, processes, and financials.
A graduate of Loyola and Georgetown universities, Charles’ early career in engineering laid the groundwork for his systemic approach to working on projects and in organizations. He further enhanced his skillset by working on change management and team culture initiatives for the CFO of a global research company. Relocating to Washington, D.C. in 2001, Charles directed operations for the Global Services division of Blackboard, helping to grow the startup into a multinational firm.
Having spent a number of years living and working in Oman, India, and Singapore as a business consultant and leadership coach, Charles brings his natural passion, curiosity, and sense of adventure to the Lithuanian Trade Council.
Donna (Danute) Hoffman – Board Member
Donna has been an active member of the Baltimore Lithuanian community since the late 1980’s having moved to the area from Worcester, Massachusetts. As a child of Lithuanian immigrants, Donna grew up in a strong and active Lithuanian community, making a seamless transition to the D.C. and Baltimore Lithuanian communities while attending college.
Donna has been engaged in many aspects of community life ranging from leadership positions with the Lithuanian Scouts organization, dancing with and supporting the Malunas folk dance group, to teaching Lithuanian language classes, organizing Lithuanian cooking and Christmas ornament classes, or stepping in as needed to support the Lithuanian Hall activities and events. She is currently on the Lithuanian Hall’s Board of Directors. Donna recently retired from the United States Federal Government after 34 years of service in systems engineering, technology and project management of information technology and infrastructure systems. She is committed to the Lithuanian Trade Council as a volunteer while fulfilling the role of Project Manager and Board Member for the Lithuanian Trade Council.
Egle Baublyte Noeth – Public Relations Manager
Egle was born and raised in Lithuania. A graduate of the Agricultural University of Lithuania, Egle spent her early career in the agricultural field working at the National Land Service under the Ministry of Agriculture located in Vilnius. In 1991, Lithuania passed a national law requiring all property disputes from land seized during the Russian occupation be resolved and lands returned to their rightful owners. Egle’s was instrumental in land remediation by fielding property claims and disputes, performing archival reviews with land management, investigative research and policy development. During her ten years in the field, she travelled to every corner of the country assisting land owners, lawmakers and government agencies to ensure accurate property reclamation.
After arriving in Baltimore, she became deeply involved in the local Lithuanian American Community events and activities. Egle was hired to manage the day to day operations of the Baltimore Lithuanian Hall since 2015. She currently serves in this position as well as on the Lithuanian Hall Board. Egle is also the creative force behind many cultural programs that highlight Lithuanian heritage.