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Top 100 Women 2015

The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women is an annual selection process and award ceremony, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year on June 1.  Along with many familiar names and faces, including influential State legislators, a number of friends and trusted colleagues were selected for the 2015 honor. 

Here they are in reverse alphabetical order.

Sherry Welch, Executive Director of NAMI-Metro Baltimore.  Before she took that job, Sherry had almost two decades of experience in consulting, especially to nonprofits. Most recently, Sherry helped MFN with our search for a Development Director.

Mary Ellen Vanni, Executive Director, Fuel Fund of Maryland. I met Mary Ellen through our work together at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, now known as Maryland Nonprofits. The Fuel Fund ensures that Maryland families are safe and healthy with power at home – a basic necessity.

Sandi Timmins, Executive Director, House of Ruth Maryland.  While I’ve long been familiar with the House of Ruth, I came to know Sandi during a Weinberg Fellowship trip to Israel in 2013.  She leads that organization with skill and determination.

Rebecca Teaff, Owner and Chief Creative Officer, Redstart Creative.  Rebecca volunteers on MFN’s Strategic Communications Committee and has produced some wonderful material for our organization.

Cassie Motz, Executive Director, CollegeBound Foundation.  Another fellow traveler to Israel, I first “met” Cassie by phone when she was working as deputy chief of staff to Governor O’Malley.  I am in love her new baby, Matthew Gribbon!  And I marvel at Cassie’s instinct for motherhood.

Tina Hike-Hubbard, National Director of Education, Enterprise Community Partners.  The University of Maryland School of Social Work took the two of us plus a small busload of others to see the Harlem Children’s Zone almost a decade ago.  I met her on that trip and have admired her work on the Baltimore City Public School Board since. She recently helped MFN in our effort to raise $450,000 to renovate space in Cherry Hill for an Early Head Start program.

Sarah Hemminger, Co-founder and CEO of Thread (formerly known as Incentive Mentoring Program), was my “mentee” when she went through the GBC Leadership program several years ago, and I have followed her work with awe.  I love the way her well-trained scientific mind is put to use to solve vexing social problems.

Terri Harrington, Senior Vice President at JLL, a commercial real estate firm.  I met Terri when each of us represented our classes on the GBC Leadership alumni board.  I have appreciate her competitive spirit, energy, and enthusiasm.