Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Steve has more than twenty-five years of expertise in C-level positions for Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Executive Management in the video game industry.
Steve graduated from Calvert Hall College High School and Loyola College in Maryland where he majored in Accounting with a minor in Finance and earned his MBA. Steve also earned a commission in the US Army from the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps for which he remains on inactive reserve. After graduating from Loyola, Steve earned his CPA and gained his initial expertise in the business world through audit and tax work in the public sector at Wooden & Benson, CPAs. This was followed by private sector accounting, financial planning, and SEC reporting work as Controller at General Elevator and MicroProse Software.
Steve co-founded Absolute Quality, Inc., a video game testing and customer service company. His company grew from 10 employees to over 200 employees at its peak and was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Maryland. Steve also secured public financing and established international operations for this company in Glasgow, Scotland.
Success at Absolute Quality, led Steve to run Firaxis Games as CFO, COO and now as President of Firaxis as a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive.
Steve received the World Trade Center Institute’s Maryland International Leadership Award from Senator Barbara Mikulski and Governor Martin O’Malley for civic leadership and outstanding achievements in business in the great state of Maryland. In 2016, Steve was recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.
Steve is very active in the community. He served on the Board of Baltimore Medical Systems, Inc. and continues to serve as a member at large for their Finance Committee; currently serves as on the Board of the Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore; and served on the Board and as Finance Chairman of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. As well, Mr. Martin coaches soccer at Loyola High School Blakefield.
Immediate Past Chair
Harbor East Management Group, LLC
Mr. O’Donald serves as the President for Harbor East Management Group. Tim oversees all of the operating property functions including Development, Property Management, Maintenance Engineering, and Accounting for Harbor East. He brings almost 20 years of experience in the management of Class A commercial office and urban/mixed-use projects to the Harbor East Team.
Prior to joining Harbor East Management Group, Mr. O’Donald was General Manager and Director for Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse. Mr. O’Donald began his real estate career in Atlanta in 1990 with Childress Klein Properties.
Mr. O’Donald was also a commissioned officer in the United States Army and served two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal for his service.
Mr. O’Donald is an Executive Committee and Board Member for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in Baltimore and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Urban Land Institute Baltimore (ULI). He also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.
Mr. O’Donald earned the RPA designation from the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) and the CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.
Development Committee Chair
Bill Paterakis is President and CEO of Northeast Foods, Inc. (NEF), also known as Automatic Rolls. The Paterakis Family Bakeries were founded in 1943 under the original Flagship of H & S Bakery. NEF has been a supplier to McDonald’s since 1965, based on a handshake agreement with Ray Kroc. The Family ownership covers 14 Bakeries, including its partnerships, operating in seven states with distribution into twenty-three states. Today, Bill oversees more than 2,000 employees system-wide. Bill and his family have also acquired substantial real estate holdings in the Baltimore area, including the Harbor East Development-a world-class project that includes over 6 million square feet of mixed-use space. His Faith based approach in life has encouraged him to seek out those in need. Bill is deeply involved with local and international Charities. He also serves on the Board of two private schools and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.
Development Committee Chair
Stacey M. Ullrich is the head of Global Philanthropy at Under Armour and the Executive Director of the UA Foundation. Ullrich is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the company’s global investments and outreach programs, as well as oversight and management of the Under Armour Foundation. Prior to joining Under Armour, Ullrich held leadership positions with Constellation Energy, Feats, and the PGA TOUR, including stops on the Web.com Tour, previously known as the NIKE Tour and the Champions Tour.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, from Missouri State University. As a life-long learner, Ullrich is a graduate of Leadership Maryland, served as a
Transition Chair for the Pugh Administration, and is a Weinberg Foundation – Israel Mission Alumni.
As part of her commitment to the community, Stacey serves in a variety of leadership roles including the board of Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Center Club, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland, Inc., Business Volunteers Unlimited and St. Agnes Foundation. Additionally, she serves as an advisor for the National Afterschool Association and Two Ten Foundation Social Services and is the Chair of the Governor’s Commission of Service and Volunteerism.
Stacey is known for her ability to drive transformational change in communities and advocating for new approaches and solutions to solving some of our nation’s biggest challenges. Stacey is active in her church and children’s school. A resident of Howard County, Maryland, Stacey is married and has four children.
Dr. Vanessa Paterakis Smith
Vanessa Paterakis is a 1974 graduate of the Bryn Mawr School, a 1978 graduate of the University of Maryland and a 1981 graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School. She practiced dentistry in Fells Point/Harbor East for the past 37 years. She has 3 sons, Alex, Jason and Eric and is married to Frederick Smith. She has been a Board Member of RMH for the past 16 years. She is also on the board at Gerstell Academy, Freven Foundation and Yumi Cares. Vanessa got involved with the Ronald McDonald House because of her “family” commitment to the House, and her desire to give back to her community.
Christopher D. Mann is a 3rd generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator and Anne Arundel County native. After graduating from Loyola University Maryland, he became a McDonald’s Franchisee in 1997 and currently operates four restaurants. Chris has served as president, treasurer, and in various leadership roles within the McDonald’s Baltimore Marketing Cooperative. He currently sits on the McDonald’s National Marketing Council, and was recently elected chairman of its Media & Budget Committee. Chris is the son of one of the founding members of the Ronald McDonald House and has been actively engaged for more than two decades with many social and fundraising activities for the House. Chris is married to Jen, a founding member of the RMH Women’s Committee, and has two children who also love to actively support the House.
RBC Wealth Management
Beth started her career in 1989 and, over the years, has assembled a dedicated team of seasoned professionals with outstanding credentials and years of specialized, hands-on experience. Her primary focus is on building lasting relationships centered on thorough understanding of clients’ needs, wants and wishes—guiding them from being reactive and defensive to being proactive and visionary. She is passionate about helping individuals and families position their wealth more effectively and thoughtfully creating more time for their personal, professional and philanthropic goals.
Raised in Long Island, New York, Beth received a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Maryland and is the founding chair of Wings of United Way (Women’s Initiative Next Generation). She continues to serve our community as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council Tocqueville Society and as a board member of Women United of United Way of Central Maryland and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland. Beth is honored to have received numerous accolades, including The Daily Record Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, Forbes/SHOOK Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, and Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers.
Beth and her husband, Peter, live in Baltimore and enjoy weekend getaways to New York to visit their sons, Jake and Andy. Beth loves cooking for her family and friends, traveling and attending theater and art events.
At Large Executive Member
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Elisa Mintz Delia
Elisa Mintz Delia is the Assistant Administrator for Kennedy Krieger, an internationally recognized children’s hospital located in Baltimore, Maryland. Elisa is actively involved in operations, innovative projects, healthcare design, and strategic planning for the Institute. Elisa holds Masters’ Degrees in Social Work from the University of Maryland and in Leadership and Social Change from Tai Sophia Institute. Elisa’s commitment extends beyond her professional responsibilities. She developed the “Life Without Limits” Trike- A- Thon for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, partnered with Lotus Jewelry Studio to create a cause related jewelry line benefitting nonprofits, serves on the Advisory Committee for S.O.A.R. (Sibling Outdoor Adventure Retreat) a weekend retreat for patients and their siblings, and works with the ALS Association to raise awareness and funds for research. Elisa resides in Towson, Maryland with her husband, Michael, and two children.
At Large Executive Member
Mark has been a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in the Baltimore area since 2001. He was originally from Houston, Texas and moved his family to Maryland in 1999 to become a McDonald’s franchisee. Serving on the RMHC Grants Committee originally inspired him and his company employees to become more involved in this great mission. Mark graduated from Texas A&M University and enjoys outdoor activities.
At Large Executive Member
Baltimore Gas & Electric
Tamla A. Olivier
Tamla Olivier is senior vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer at Baltimore Gas & Electric. She is responsible for overseeing the processes, systems and planning that support internal and external customer interfaces, including BGE’s customer contact centers, billing, accounts receivable and related services, service quality investigations, field and meter services, customer compliance and claims, and energy assistance. She joined BGE in January 2020.
Olivier was previously a key member of the Constellation and BGE Home leadership teams for nearly 10 years. As president & CEO, BGE HOME, and senior vice president, Constellation, Olivier was a nationally recognized leader responsible for guiding and growing one of the largest home energy service operations in the nation. Providing consumers in multiple markets with energy related solutions ranging from HVAC to home improvements, her organization was key to Constellation’s strategic plan to differentiate its deregulated gas and electricity offerings — deepening customer relationships and driving earnings for the business. She joined Constellation in 2010 as executive director of human resources and was promoted to vice president in 2013 overseeing all human resources efforts for Constellation's commercial retail and wholesale businesses, as well as enterprise risk management for Exelon.
Prior to joining Constellation, Olivier was a vice president at T. Rowe Price where she worked for 11 years supporting the retail, information technology, and global investment operations organizations. There, she introduced a supervisor program that successfully prepared high potential diverse talent for broader people management roles across the organization.
She has also held leadership roles with United Defense, where she led the implementation of the People Capability Maturity Model, facilitating an organizational shift from a manufacturing environment to a system integration and software development powerhouse; and Wells Fargo, where she was the strategic human resources partner to the default servicing and affordable housing divisions, leading a team responsible for developing leadership competencies that drove new behaviors in leaders to act as change agents as the organization embraced and transitioned to a customer-centric strategy.
Olivier is an executive committee member for Ronald McDonald House of Maryland and an executive committee member for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where she also leads the human resources committee. She is co-chair of the women’s leadership council for My Sister’s Place Women’s Center and she serves on the Archdiocese of Baltimore School Board. She is a member of the Center Club board of governors and formerly served on the board for Partners In Excellence, a program that provides young people with partial, need-based scholarships for Baltimore City Catholic Schools.
Olivier is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Baltimore City Police
Martin has served with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) since 1997 in a wide range of operational and administrative roles through the rank of major. He previously commanded the Special Investigations Section, where he worked to rebuild fractured relationships into productive partnerships between the BPD and community to claim justice for survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. He also led the BPD in developing a comprehensive behavioral crisis response program by fostering collaboration with such organizations as Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Baltimore Child & Adolescent Response System. Martin currently serves as the commander of the Education & Training Division, where he is responsible for the development and delivery of all recruit training and continuing education.
With 3,000 employees and an operating budget of $500 million, the Baltimore Police Department is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States.
Women’s Committee Chair
Tina and her husband Tom are McDonald’s Owner Operators along with their daughter on the Delmarva Peninsula. She has been a board member since 2002 and served on the grants committee as both a member and the chair. Previously she served on the grants committee at the Washington DC Ronald McDonald House. Giving back to the community has always been very important to both Tina and her husband. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve RMHC. She has also had several leadership positions with her church. She and her husband also have two sons and three beautiful grandchildren. She likes to travel, read and is a passionate quilter and loves living on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Murthy Law Firm
MCB Real Estate, LLC
P. David Bramble, is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Baltimore based MCB Real Estate. MCB is a privately held, institutionally capitalized real estate investment and development company which invests primarily in industrial, retail, office and mixed-use assets, deploying capital across core/core +, value added and opportunities strategies. MCB manages capital for some of the largest institutional investors in the United States and is one of the largest minority owned and led real estate asset managers in the United States.
At MCB, Mr. Bramble dedicates his time to sourcing transactions, raising capital and overseeing MCB’s senior management team. A corporate and real estate attorney by training, David brings a deep knowledge of all aspects of the real estate investment cycle.
Prior to MCB, Mr. Bramble practiced law in the transactions group of a D.C.-based international law firm, where he provided corporate and real estate advisory services His practice focused on complex workouts, primarily in the real estate and financial products space.
Mr. Bramble is heavily involved in various charitable boards and endeavors and is excited to begin work with the Ronald McDonald House Board. He is the Chairman of the Board of Lendistry, and recently joined the board of Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital. He also serves on the board of UpSurge, the board of University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Urban Research, the advisory board for Baltimore Community Lending, and the board of the Baltimore Tree Trust.
David received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
SCOTT CANUEL is an Executive Director, Client Advisor and the Market Team Lead at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. In this role, he and his team provide individuals, families, public and private foundations, and endowments in the region with comprehensive wealth management strategies, ongoing guidance, and customized plans to address their balance sheet needs, which by doing so helps those clients achieve their meaningful goals.
Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Canuel served as the National Managing Director, Practice Executive for Client Strategy as part of the Wealth Management division of PNC. In this role, he focused on creating the strategy, process and tools used by wealth managers. He led a team of over 250 wealth directors and relationship strategists with responsibility for more than $85 billion in assets under management. Prior to this role, Mr. Canuel was one of the firm’s Wealth Management Directors, where he supervised a team of 30 employees managing more than $1 billion in assets. From 2014 to 2016, he was the firm’s Business Development Director. In this role, he developed and implemented the team’s business plan, strategies and tactics.
Mr. Canuel received his B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University and an M.S. in Finance from the Sellinger School of Business & Management at Loyola College. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®). Mr. Canuel is also active in his community, serving as Chairman of the Board for Mount Saint Joseph High School, serving on the Ronald McDonald Leadership Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Maryland Baltimore, previously serving as Chairman of the Board of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He also served on the boards of Associated Black Charities and My Brother’s Keeper, and as Treasurer for the U.S. Lacrosse U-19 World Championships and Women’s World Cup Events.
Judy DeRuvo Cohen is now enjoying retirement after a career in nonprofit management and administration. Throughout the early 2000s, Judy served as Managing Director with Historic Hampton, Inc., the nonprofit entity that supports Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, MD, through fundraising, education, and advocacy. More recently, she was the Founding Director of the Sage Academy of Lifelong Learning – a program that aimed to engage active adult learners in multigenerational educational experiences at Goucher College. When the program was sunsetted due to Covid, Judy then served as Assistant Registrar. She retired from Goucher in June of this year. Judy is an active community volunteer, and has served such organizations as the National Park Service, Pets on Wheels of MD, and Reading Partners. At RMHC Maryland, she is a House Warmer and a member of the Women’s Committee, and is now excited to join the Board of Directors. Judy’s prior board appointments have been with the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County, and the Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College. Judy has a BA in English and Management from SUNY College at Cortland, and an MA in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College. She resides in Towson with her husband Neil, therapy dog Chica, and new puppy, Carmella. They enjoy long walks, puppy playdates, and romps on the beach.
Dr. Steven Czinn
University of Maryland Pediatrics
Dr. Steven Czinn
Dr. Czinn is a nationally known pediatric gastroenterologist recognized for innovative treatments for children with chronic gastric and intestinal disorders. His areas of interest include mucosal immunology, Helicobacter pylori infections and the gut microbiome.
In 2010, Dr. Czinn helped developed guidelines to diagnose and manage food allergies for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He also has lectured on the unique differences between children and adults with irritable bowel disease. Most recently, he was asked to update the Children’s Digestive Health Foundation’s educational slide set on Pediatric GERD.
From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Czinn was a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the area of gastrointestinal mucosal pathobiology studies. He is the lead author or co-author on more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology since 2003. He currently serves as an associate editor of both the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Research.
Melissa Delaney is Senior Technical Account Manager at Adobe where she is responsible for providing technical support and guidance to global enterprise clients to help them maintain high-performing Adobe products and platforms. Prior to Adobe, Melissa served as Vice President, Digital Experience at Legg Mason, Inc., where she helped to drive the execution of integrated digital marketing projects from conception to launch in support of sales. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University as well as a Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Marketing from Notre Dame. Melissa previously served as the President of Ronald McDonald House of Maryland’s Red Shoe Crew and is also a founding member. She resides in Baltimore with her dog Charlie and enjoys spending as much time with the families and children of the RMH as she can!
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Kirsten (Kristy) Eriksson is a management-side employment lawyer with Miles & Stockbridge P.C., a regional firm headquartered in Baltimore. She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law throughout the country. Her clients range from local businesses and non-profits to large national companies in various industries such as education, manufacturing and financial services. While much of her practice is devoted to litigation (including mediation and arbitration), Kristy regularly advises clients on employment law compliance and training to avoid litigation. She also assists employers in compliance audits and investigations by government agencies, and conducts internal investigations of employee complaints. Kristy also works with many federal contractors on affirmative action compliance and audits. Kristy first became involved with the Ronald McDonald House in 2003, and was overwhelmed by the palpable feelings of hope and caring the very first time she visited the House. Not long thereafter, she joined the Board and has been an active member ever since. Her colleagues in the Labor & Employment Group are also big supporters of the House, volunteering to serve dinner at the House and running in the Red Shoe Shuffle.
Lt. Colonel John Herzog
Baltimore City Police Department
Lieutenant Colonel Jack Herzog
Deputy Chief of Patrol - COP
Lieutenant Colonel John Herzog joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2007. John (aka, Jack) is now assigned as the Deputy Chief of Patrol, overseeing patrol operations for the entire western half of the City. Jack has thrived in his career having spent time in investigative and operational assignments focused on combating violent crime. His time in leadership has been focused on finding unique and innovative ways to improve investigations, improve public safety, and building relationships with the citizens of Baltimore.
In October of 2016 he was appointed as the Executive Officer of the Southwestern Patrol District. In August of 2017, he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the Homicide Section, a year which ended with one of the highest clearance rates in recent years. In February 2018, Jack was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned to command the Anti-Crime Section. As the commander of the Anti-Crime Section, he oversaw seventeen units that are responsible for a variety of investigations ranging from fugitive apprehension to drug and gun investigations.
In April of 2019, Jack was promoted from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel and was named the Deputy Chief of Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. As the Deputy Chief of Detectives, Lieutenant Colonel Herzog oversaw the Robbery-Homicide Section, the Anti-Crime Section, the Homeland Security & Intelligence Section, and the Special Investigation Section. He also served as a liaison for the Baltimore Police Department’s Federal Partners and was instrumental in developing and overseeing enforcement strategies adopted by all of the federal partners.
Lieutenant Colonel Herzog began his career after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2006. He also played football and was his team’s defensive MVP in 2006. Jack also earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Management from Boston University in 2022. He attended Archbishop Curley Highschool in northeast Baltimore and is a proud member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. Jack spends his spare time coaching youth sports and spending time with his family and is excited to be a member of the RMHC Board of Directors
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Kasey Jenkins is McCormick’s Vice President, Investor Relations. In her role, she is responsible for the company’s investor relations and shareholder services.
Ms. Jenkins began her career with McCormick in 1993. Prior to her current role, she served as CFO, North America and has held financial positions of increasing responsibility in Corporate Finance and in both the Consumer and Flavor Solutions segments, including Vice President – Supply Chain Finance and Financial Planning & Analysis.
Prior to joining McCormick, Ms. Jenkins served in several public accounting roles with Arthur Anderson LLP.
Ms. Jenkins earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Loyola University Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of McCormick’s Global Flavor Solutions Council and the Purpose-led Performance Governing Council.
A.J. is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and is in sales leadership for the investment management business. He is responsible for the high net worth sales team in the U.S. supporting investment solutions from Eaton Vance and Parametric under the umbrella of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. His passions at work revolve around coaching, mentoring, and motivating others to perform at their best. A.J.’s nearly 20 year career in asset management has been in many areas of sales, marketing and distribution.
A.J. lives in Ellicott City, MD with his wife (Meghan) and their two sons (Drew & Matt). A.J. and Meghan began volunteering at the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House in 2009 and were founding members of the Red Shoe Crew, which is still thriving and full of young professionals giving back to the House. The Ronald McDonald House and its mission are at the center of A.J.’s heart. He is honored to be joining the Board of Directors in 2022.
A.J. earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in Finance and Management. His spare time is occupied by coaching youth sports, traveling, playing golf and spending as much time as possible with his family.
Melissa is a retired finance and marketing executive who has held positions in the banking, investment and industrial sectors. Former employees include The Toronto Dominion Bank, Vanguard, Hamilton Lane, Airgas and Unisource Worldwide.
She currently volunteers her time as the Immediate Past Board Chair of The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland. In addition, Melissa serves on the Investment Committee of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences.
Melissa received a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University and completed the Wharton School executive education program in marketing. She and her husband Joe reside in Lutherville-Timonium, MD and Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
“I knew Billy Ehrmann when he attended Fork Union Military Academy with my two sons. I gave him a few rides to Baltimore. When I learned of his serious illness from his brother, Joe, I had one of the first major fundraisers for him. Joe called me and asked that I join the First Board of Directors at RMH. The Board was formed in 1980 and here I remain.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland
Sandy Pagnotti joined the Ronald McDonald House Charities as President & CEO in 2010 with a 25 year background in marketing, public relations, non-profits, small business management, sponsorship development, volunteer recruitment, and community activation and engagement.
Pagnotti just completed a $35M effort to build a new Ronald McDonald House in Maryland. This will allow RMH to serve more families of sick children today, and be well prepared for the dramatic rise in demand as Maryland hospitals carry out planned expansions of pediatric programs and services. The new 60,000 square foot house opened in May 2019.
Pagnotti is a graduate of James Madison University.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Frank Palmer, IV, is an Executive Vice President at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company with over 40 years in healthcare construction. Over this time, his vision, commitment, and expertise has led Whiting-Turner’s growth into one of the nation’s top healthcare contractors. Frank is also a member of the American Society for Health Care Engineering and holds a Master of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Palmer works tirelessly for the community as a member of many organizations.
Keith D. Persinger is the Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer of Provider Partners Health Plan (PPHP). PPHP owns and operates several Medicare value-based programs focused on seniors in the long-term care setting. Prior to joining PPHP, he spent over 26 years with the University of Maryland Medical System most recently as the SVP and Chief Performance Improvement Officer of the System. Prior to that he was the EVP, Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His responsibilities have included system wide performance improvement, strategy, operations, finance, debt financing and investment activity. Prior to UMMS, Keith was a consultant in the firm of KPMG LLP, in KPMG’s Healthcare Financial Strategies Consulting Group. Keith earned his MBA in Finance and Bachelor’s in Finance from Loyola University of Maryland. Keith is a current Board member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland and was a former Treasurer and Chair of the Board.
Baltimore Business Journal
Rhonda Pringle is the Market President and Publisher for the Baltimore Business Journal. In this role she oversees the coordinated efforts of editorial, advertising, events and audience development to promote strategic growth in all areas and adherence to the mission of The Business Journals.
In addition to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rhonda currently serves on the boards of the Center Club’s Board of Governors and Live Baltimore. She sits on the GBC Women’s Advisory Council and in an advisory capacity for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. Rhonda is a graduate of the 2021 class of Leadership Baltimore County.
Rhonda has over 25 years of leadership, media, and marketing experience. She received a BS in both Journalism and Marketing from the University of Florida. She is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and currently resides in Baltimore City.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Deborah R. Rivkin
Deborah R. Rivkin serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for Maryland at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and has been with CareFirst since December 2010. She is responsible for state legislative and regulatory activities in Maryland. Since joining CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Rivkin has successfully positioned the company to be seen as the respected go-to source of information and expertise that Maryland policymakers have put to good use as the state continues to implement federal health care reform.
Prior to CareFirst, Rivkin spent 20 years as the Executive Director of the League of Life and Health Insurers of Maryland. As an attorney with Piper & Marbury LLP, Shapiro & Olander, and Funk and Bolton, she represented life and health insurers before regulators and legislators in Maryland. In addition to her work with CareFirst, Rivkin engages with several causes, currently acting as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and the Howard County Board of Health. She also serves as Legal Advisor to the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as a board member of the Howard Community College Education Foundation and the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S., cum laude, 1984) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1987).
Dara Schapiro Schnee
Dara Schapiro Schnee
Dara Schnee is the Vice President of Philanthropy for the Baltimore Community Foundation leading a team whose focus is to expand the foundation’s relationships with current and prospective donor and professional advisors while keeping in mind the needs of Baltimore and educating donors as needed. She has 25 years of fundraising experience including her most recent role as The Director of Major Gifts at Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized hospital dedicated to improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, and the Leadership Program of the Greater Baltimore Committee. Presently, Dara sits on the Board of Trustees at The Gilman School, Middle Grades Partnership, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and is involved with The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle and Maryland Philanthropy Network. Dara earned a B.A. from Rollins College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Poole and Kent Corporation
Adam E. Snavely is President and CEO of The Poole and Kent Corporation, a Mid-Atlantic mechanical construction and engineering firm headquartered in Baltimore since 1947. Adam’s leadership in the A/E/C industry spans two decades having managed Poole and Kent’s operations in Alaska, South Carolina, and Georgia prior to relocating to the Company’s Baltimore office. Adam was promoted from Executive Vice President to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005 and has since driven the Company’s acceleration in innovative construction practices including lean construction, collaborative project delivery, and turnkey mission critical infrastructure. An advocate for bridging industry with community, Adam is a current Board Member of the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation and current Board Member and Past President of the ACE Mentor Program of Baltimore dedicated to mentoring over 100 local high school students annually in the A/E/C disciplines.
Rochester General Hospital
Tammy Snyder is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine.
In this role, she is responsible for managing the administrative and business activities within the department, including finance, accounting, research administration, clinical operations, capital planning, academic appointments, and education. Tammy has oversight for 1,500 FTEs and 500 Attending Physicians who work within 14 subspecialities at 4 hospitals throughout the New York Boroughs.
Prior to re-locating to New York in the summer of 2021, Tammy held various Administrative roles within Johns Hopkins Medicine including Assistant Administrator for the Department of Radiation Oncology and Administrator for Cardiology, as well as the Chief of Staff for the Chief Operating Office and Vice President of Medical Affairs. From 2015-2021, Tammy served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Tammy first joined Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2008 to complete a two-year Administrative Fellowship Program.
Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from Yale University’s School of Public Health.
Tammy has been actively involved in community service over the last 10 years, serving on the board of My Sister’s Circle from 2011-2015 and the Board of the Ronald McDonald House since 2021. Additionally, from 2018-2021, Tammy was a mentor in the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program, an early college high school program that places predominantly low-income, first-generation minority students on a pathway to a career in the Healthcare field.
Williamson is responsible for all aspects of the company’s customer-focused strategy, initiatives, and operations, including PECO’s Customer Care Center and Advanced Metering Infrastructure organization. Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. The company employs roughly 2,700 people and generates approximately $2.8 billion in local economic impact. A subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest competitive energy provider, PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 525,000 natural gas customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “EXC.”
Previously, Williamson was senior vice president and chief commercial risk officer for Exelon Corporation. In that role, she was responsible for the identification, assessment, and monitoring of strategic, financial and operational risks for all the commercial businesses, and the communication of those risks to the Finance and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors.
She also held several roles in Constellation’s commercial risk organization and on the company’s proprietary trading team. Prior to joining Exelon Corporation, Williamson was a member of the Assurance and Business Advisory team at Arthur Andersen.
Civic Involvement, Industry Affiliations & Recognitions
Williamson is on the boards of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, an organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character; Pennsylvania Conference for Women, an organization whose mission is to promote, communicate and amplify the influence of women in the workplace and beyond; and a member of the Paradigm Award Committee of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of Executive Leadership Council (The ELC), the preeminent member organization for the development of global black leaders. Williamson is an active member of the African American Leadership Council in Exelon.
Williamson was nationally recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Corporate America”. She was honored by the Philadelphia Tribune with the “Women of Achievement” award and Philadelphia Region’s “Movers & Shakers” award.
Williamson holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.