Board of Barbers Minutes December 12, 2011
A meeting of the State Board of Barbers was held on Monday, December 12, 2011 in the
2nd floor conference room, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Building,
500 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The following individuals were in
Mr. Lawrence Avara, Sr., Industry Member, President
Mr. Marvin T. Lee, Industry Member, Treasurer
Mr. Derick Ausby, Sr., Industry Member, Secretary
Mr. Guy Flynn, Consumer Member
Not in attendance:
Ms. Alberta Fisher, Industry Member
Mr. Harry S. White, Industry Member
Also in attendance:
Mr. Robert Wood, Executive Director
Mr. Brian Logan, Assistant Executive Director
Mr. Bruce Spizler, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Meeting Called to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Avara at 10:04 AM
Approval of Agenda
A motion was made by Mr. Lee to approve the agenda; Mr. Flynn seconded the motion;
and the Board voted unanimously to approve the agenda.
A motion was made by Mr. Lee to approve the minutes of the October 31, 2011 meeting.
Mr. Ausby seconded the motion; and the Board voted unanimously to approve.
Informal Conference – Dion Dunkins – Conviction
An informal conference was scheduled to be held with Mr. Dion Dunkins, who is
applying for an apprentice barber registration. Mr. Dunkins failed to appear at today’s
conference which had been postponed from the September 12, 2012 Board meeting to
provide Mr. Dunkins with time to secure a sponsor. The Board directed that it would not
consider the approval of Mr. Dunkins’ apprentice barber application until such time that
he appears before the Board, together with a licensed Master Barber who will sponsor
Ms. Roxanne Poole, Program Coordinator, presented a request from Mr. Santo Trapani, a
cosmetologist from the State of Delaware, for a Maryland barber license via endorsement
(with a waiver of the Board’s examination) Ms. Poole advised the Board that Mr. Trapani
also was desirous of teaching in a Barbering school in Maryland. Ms. Poole noted that the
State of Delaware has a combined cosmetology and barbering curriculum and a combined
cosmetologist and barber license. The Board concluded that it could not waive the
training requirements to become a barber in Maryland. The Board did note that, in light
of Mr. Trapani’s training as a cosmetologist, he would have to complete only half of the
required training for licensure as a Barber in Maryland (600 hours) after which he would
have to pass the Barber Board examination. Finally, the Board noted that, after Mr.
Trapani has competed 15 months of work experience as a licensed barber in Maryland, he
would be eligible to take the Master Barbers exam and would then be qualified to teach in
a Maryland school (per the requirements of the Maryland Higher Education
Informal Conference- Giodanio Brown
An informal conference was held for Mr. Giodanio Brown, who is applying for a third re-
start as an apprentice barber. Mr. Brown appeared at today’s conference, but the Board
noted he was in attendance absent the Master Barber who would be training him (serving
as his sponsor). Although Mr. Brown explained to the Board’s satisfaction why he was
unable to complete the apprentice program on 2 previous occasions, the Board had
considerable concerns as to his sponsor and the sponsor willingness to participate in
today’s meeting. Therefore, the Board directed that, prior to approving Mr. Brown’s
application, he and his sponsor are appear at the Board’s Office on Tuesday, December
20, 2012 to meet with the Board’s President; and, after the sponsor satisfactorily
convinces the Board’s President that he is serious in sponsoring the apprentice, then Mr.
Brown’s application will be approved.
Assistant Executive Director Logan advised that the first Settlement Conferences were
held on November 28, 2011 for the Board of Cosmetologists. As a result, there were 37
disciplinary actions taken and $14,000.00 in fines levied.
Mr. Logan advised that he is in the process of scheduling Settlement Conferences for the
Barber Board to be held on January 30, 2012 and requested a volunteer from the Barber
Board to preside over the conferences. Mr. Lee agreed to serve in this capacity.
There being no further business, at 12:30 p.m., a motion to adjourn the meeting was made
by Mr. Ausby; seconded by Mr. Lee; and the motion passed unanimously.
Approved by: ________________________________________