Monica Butler Mitchell, Board President, has over 17 years’ experience in banking and community development. She serves as Vice President, leading Community Relations for Maryland and Community Development for the Greater Washington DC region of Wells Fargo Bank. Ms. Mitchell leads the Maryland Wells Fargo Foundation which is dedicated to improving the community through corporate philanthropy combined with volunteer service. She also proudly serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, the Eddie and Sylvia C. Brown Family Foundation, and was recently named to the boards of Associated Black Charities and Baltimore Community Lending. She was a founding member of the United Way Emerging Leaders United Program to promote the professional development and community involvement of our next generation of leaders.
Jean Waller Brune, served as Head of Roland Park Country School from 1991-2016. She has extensive experience in innovative school design and sound board governance and is a nationally recognized leader in the independent school world. She is currently the President of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools Board of Trustees.
Ann Daniels, Secretary has extensive experience in non-profits and in board governance, including work with Middle Grades Partnership, Baltimore Community Foundation and Planned Parenthood of NYC. Most recently, she served as Board Chair of the Middle Grades Partnership.
Kelly Dettman is a professional CFO with deep functional knowledge and wide-ranging industry experience. Kelly has provided financial, strategic, merger, operating, HR and administrative guidance to financial services, energy and consulting firms. Kelly began her career as a management consultant, providing strategic, operating, organization and restructuring services to clients in a number of industries. She has also held senior positions with and provided significant leadership to The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet, Healthy Schools Campaign and the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls Club. Kelly graduated from Mount Holyoke College and from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Kathy Fried is the managing partner of LFg Partners, a Baltimore-based marketing communications firm founded in 1994. She helps clients identify strategic marketing opportunities and then leads her team through project and program development specifically designed to meet each client’s business goals. Kathy has served on numerous boards, including the Children’s Guild, Baltimore Jewish Council and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She most recently chaired the marketing committee for The Associated where she oversaw the organization’s rebranding process. This fall, she will join the UM St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation board. In addition she frequently volunteers at her children’s schools and provides pro bono services to local nonprofit organizations.
Raquel Gilmer is the Executive Director of OrchKids, a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Raquel is an attorney, seasoned campaign manager, founder of a non-profit for girls and author of Crumbs Are Not Enough.
Lisa Haywood, is a current seminary student and an experienced community engagement professional. She builds platforms that enable volunteers and members of nonprofit organizations to build meaningful relationships. Lisa is a seasoned facilitator, and relationship manager. Earlier in her career, she held a series of positions in the financial services, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals industries.
Jeanette Karpay, partner at Karpay Diem, LLC, has worked as an advocate for children, students and families as a public interest lawyer, program director and consultant. For the past ten years she has focused on advocacy for improving public schools in Baltimore, serving as a consultant to community development and education nonprofit organizations. She has served as an attorney at the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, Program Attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Tampa, Florida, assistant professor at the University of Baltimore Family Law Clinic, and Managing Attorney for Family Law Programs at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Clay Oliver is a civil engineer and president of Project and Construction Services Corporation who has served as project manager for large commercial projects in the U.S. and other countries, including an IT project for the public schools in Washington, D.C.
Carla Spawn-van Berkum, Vice President, Assistant Head of School for Academics at Roland Park Country School, has over 20 years’ experience teaching and leading at the middle school level and is responsible for bringing innovative programs to the middle school and K – 12 school. She is a facilitator with the All Kinds of Minds program.
Kumasi Vines, Treasurer is the senior director of finance and real estate at DC Preparatory Academy in Washington, D.C. and is responsible for supporting the chief financial officer as the organization continues to grow. He is a member of Broad Residency program, leadership development program that matches qualified participants to full-time managerial positions in urban school districts Prior to joining The Broad Residency, Kumasi led the City of Baltimore's municipal water utility which provides water services for 1.8 million consumers. He transitioned into that role after serving as the chief of the Office of Boards and Commissions, where he oversaw the prequalification of construction contractors and design consultants seeking to do business on City contracts. His professional background also includes managing a portfolio of European real estate financial assets as an assistant vice president for Credit Suisse Securities in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University, where he was a Robert F. Toigo Foundation fellow.
Matthew Wernsdorfer, as Sr. Director for Strategic Initiatives and Regional Impact at City Year, helps lead the work of Americorps members in public schools across 28 cities. He has over 20 years of experience in public school teaching, administration, and reform, including having worked as a principal and teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a school reform coach for Johns Hopkins University. He is also a proud graduate of the Baltimore Public School system.