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Board

Sharing A Passion

CSFB Board of Trustees consists of diverse group of individuals across Baltimore City, providing a wealth of experience and passion for our mission. Many of our trustees have supported CSFB for over ten years.

The Board meets quarterly, and works tirelessly to aid our strategic and fundraising objectives.

I support Children’s Scholarship Fund-Baltimore because it helps level the playing field for underprivileged schoolchildren. My children are fortunate to attend the school of their choice; all children in Baltimore should have that same opportunity. CSFB gets us there, one child at a time. ”           — Kate Rawson Powell, Board of Trustees

Board Of Trustees

Kate Rawson Powell is a senior editor at Prevision Policy LLC, based on Washington, D.C. She has 17 years of experience covering Food & Drug Administration-regulated health care industries, most recently pharmaceutical and biotechnology. She is a senior editor for Elsevier Business Intelligence’s The RPM Report and writes frequently about health care policy, FDA regulation and reimbursement coverage. Kate also co-founded the FDA/CMS Summit for Biopharmaceutical Executives, an annual conference in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was a senior editor for “The Pink Sheet,” published by FDC Reports.

Kate is a member of both the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and serves on the Governance and Development Committees. In 2004, she co-founded the Pratt Contemporaries, the young donors group at the Pratt Library, and continues to serve as Chair of both the group and of the Pratt Contemporaries’ annual Black & White Party.

Kate also is a Trustee of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore, and serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary. She has been a Trustee of the Lockhart-Vaughan Foundation since 2005.

She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and their two daughters.

 

Matt grew-up in Baltimore graduating from Calvert School (’81) and Gilman School (’87). He then graduated from Williams College (’91) with a BA in Mathematics & Economics. After Williams, he went directly to New York City where he worked in accounting and then on a Wall Street trading floor while getting his MBA in Finance & Accounting at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 1996, Matt decided to move back to Baltimore, and he took a job as a member of the Institutional Fixed Income team in the Trust Department (later renamed the Investment & Wealth Management Division) of Mercantile Bank, which became PNC Bank about a decade later.

Matt worked for 11 years at Mercantile/PNC where he managed taxable fixed income portfolios for mostly-local institutional clients and specialized in mortgage-back-securities, asset-backed securities, and treasury inflation protected securities. Matt left PNC in 2007 in order to start-up his own investment management firm, Skill Capital Management, and also to have more time to dedicate to local non-profit organizations and other interests. Matt and Skill Capital Management have been doing well for clients since that time, and Matt is enjoying working on meaningful projects at work and outside of work. Matt is also happily married to his wife Christy, and they are the proud parents of a daughter and a son.

 

Rick Corcoran is a Founder and Partner of Slate Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Baltimore, MD. Rick currently serves as CEO of two Slate portfolio companies: CoastTec, the leader in refurbishment of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and Let’s Dish!, a retail chain of meal-assembly stores. Previously, Rick worked for Boston Consulting Group (BCG). There, his casework spanned retail, consumer goods, distribution, health care, media and financial services. He also did extensive pro-bono work on inner-city economic development. His entrepreneurial start was a landscaping/house painting business that he grew throughout high school and college.

Rick is also a Board Member of the Maryland Zoological Society and the Pratt Contemporaries. He was a founding member of the Baltimore City Chapter of Girls on the Run of Greater Chesapeake, bringing the program to Roland Park Country School. He has served as volunteer coach / mentor and judge for the Baltimore chapter of NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship).

Rick is a 1995 graduate of Princeton University (AB History & American Studies) where he played basketball. He received his MBA from Stanford University in 2000. He enjoys adventure racing, trail running and ultra-hiking expeditions. He still plays basketball as his knees allow.

Rick grew up in western Connecticut and is a graduate of New Milford High School. Rick and his wife, Alexa, moved to Baltimore in 2001 after stints in Boston, New York and San Francisco. They live in Roland Park with their two lovely daughters.

Rabbi Chaim Amster is the Director of Development for Bnos Yisroel School for Girls in Baltimore, MD.  His leadership has positioned the school for continued growth, with a rapidly growing number of supporters and a large base of driven lay-leaders.  In addition to his professional leadership role at Bnos Yisroel, Rabbi Amster volunteers his time to mentor development professionals of numerous organizations and he is an active lay-leader for his synagogue and the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.  Rabbi Amster enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children, kayaking and playing ice hockey and tennis.

Carville Collins is a partner in the Baltimore and Annapolis offices of the law firm of DLA Piper. His practice is devoted to representing energy and other regulated businesses before the Public Service Commission of Maryland, and to representing a variety of businesses before the legislative and executive branches of state government in Maryland. He previously practiced law in Philadelphia, and during the 1980s worked for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.

Carville was a Board Chair and Trustee of the Calvert School in Baltimore during 2005-2015. He currently serves on boards of two charitable foundations devoted to historic preservation and health care initiatives, and a business association, Maryland Business for Responsive Government. In 2015 he was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Maryland Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, and served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Hogan’s Transition in 2014-15.

Carville is a product of private schools in Baltimore City. He is a graduate of Duke University, where he played lacrosse, and of the University of Maryland School of Law. A resident of Baltimore, he and his wife, Mary Lou, have three children who attended Baltimore private schools. Their daughter is a teacher in a charter middle school in East Baltimore, following two years with Teach for America in a West Baltimore public school during 2014-2016.

Valerie, a native of Baltimore City, is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar Community High School. She then went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte with a BA in Biology and a second major in African American and African Studies.  While at UNC Charlotte, Valerie was very active as a student leader.  She was a member of the Student Government Association, a Residential Life Staff and an officer in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Valerie has over 20 years of experience in higher education, specifically in the area of Student Affairs. She has worked at Johnson C. Smith University, Bowie State University, The University of Maryland Baltimore County and presently works at Baltimore City Community College.  At Baltimore City Community College, she serves as the Student Life Advisor in the Office of Student Life. This position is especially rewarding to Valerie because of the daily interaction she is able to have with students on so many different levels.  She says “If I can make a difference in the life of at least one student, then I have done my job”.

Valerie is very active in her church and community.  She is a former Home School Association (HSA) President and former board member of Cardinal Shehan School.  She has also served as the Class Parent at both the Waldorf School of Baltimore and Cardinal Shehan School. Presently, she actively participates with the Poly Parent Faculty Association (PPFA) at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where her youngest son is a graduating senior.

Valerie is a creative person who loves doing crafts and special projects for her family and friends. She is also a big sports fan and you can often find her cheering on her home teams (the Orioles and Ravens). She resides in Baltimore City and is the proud mom of Michael, Justin, Jaaron, Varia and stepson Ron Jr.

Elizabeth A. Green is a Partner at the Baltimore law firm of Pessin Katz.  Elizabeth’s practice focuses on wealth preservation and she advises individuals and business owners with estate planning and business succession planning.  Elizabeth also assists families and individual beneficiaries with estate administration.  Elizabeth also represents several local charities, serving as their general counsel.  Elizabeth is personally active with the Associated: Federation of Baltimore, Baltimore Jewish Council and the Bnos Yisroel School of Baltimore.

A lifelong Baltimore County resident, Elizabeth graduated from The Bryn Mawr School for Girls.  Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her juris doctorate from George Washington School of Law. She and her husband live in Baltimore County with their four children.

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Renée grew up in Baltimore County, graduating from Hereford High School in 1990.  From there, she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Washington College (’94) where she was a leader on both the Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Teams, earning the Senior Athletic Award and Eldridge Eliason Award (presented to the male and female student who, with scholastic standing in the upper half of the class, had accomplished the most in the field of athletics). Renée continued her education earning a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Maryland since 1999. 

Renée is an attorney and entrepreneur, maintaining a solo law practice since 2000, concentrating primarily in the area of family law including separation, divorce, child custody disputes.  She is highly regarded by her clients and colleagues as a compassionate yet uncompromising advocate and was selected to the 2015 and 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers List.  Renée expanded her service to the community in 2012 when she started her second business with Arbonne, International, a global, network marketing companying specializing in Pure, Safe & Beneficial health and wellness products where she coaches other entrepreneur-minded individuals to create businesses of their own. 

Renée was the President & Chairperson of the Mad Hatter’s Charity Foundation, Inc. from 2005-2007 and has engaged in additional charitable and fundraising efforts for such organizations as My Sister’s Circle, The Women’s Law Center, & Believe in Tomorrow.

Sophia Marquez is the Program Manager for the Venable Foundation, Inc. She oversees all aspects of the grant making process, conducts site visits and makes recommendations to the Foundation Board. The Venable Foundation makes grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the communities in which Venable has offices therefore; Sophia pays close attention to the philanthropic landscape in Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sophia graduated from Stevenson University (B.S., 2011) and is currently seeking her MA in Nonprofit Management at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She lives in Baltimore with her fiancé, son and two labradoodles.

Elizabeth grew up in Baltimore, graduating from Roland Park Country School in 1993.  She then graduated Washington College (‘97)with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.   She continued her education acquiring her MS in applied/Industrial Organizational Psychology from The University of Baltimore (‘99) where she presented her thesis titled, “The Media’s Effect on Eating Disorders,” to the National Women’s Conference.  She also was a member of elpha epsilon lambda, and psi chi honor societies during this time.

Elizabeth is currently the Director of Human Resources for Agora Publishing.  She has been at Agora for 14 years where she consults over 700 employees on successful interviewing, conflict management, avoiding litigation, performance reviews, employee relations, recruitment and policies.  Elizabeth is a current Roland Park Country School board member where she is actively involved in being an ambassador for the school.  She is also a Board of Governor with the Mt. Vernon Club and a member on the Entertainment Committee.  Elizabeth is certified in teaching etiquette to adults and business professionals by the International School of Protocol.  She recently started working closely with James Bond of Living Classrooms on volunteer opportunities, but in the past, she has chaired a fundraiser for the The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, located in rural southwestern Nicaragua.  She continues to support non-profits such as Roberto Clemente, Kennedy Krieger, School for the Arts, Daily Bread and Living Classrooms.

Dr. Wendy Osefo is a professor and social justice advocate with expertise in public policy and urban education. Wendy is a highly sought after speaker and consultant on issues of race and access in the K-16 education landscape. As a researcher, Dr. Osefo examines how race and class influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of African American and other non-dominant students in schools and community settings.

Currently, Dr. Osefo is a Professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. At Johns Hopkins Wendy teaches Disciplinary Approaches to Education; Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning; Power, Politics, and Policy Education; and Contemporary Approaches to Educational Problems.  Dr. Osefo is an expert in creating innovate strategies to address our nation’s most pressing social needs and educational disparities.

Wendy has written extensively on both local and international education policy issues and her work has been featured in TED Education, ABC’s Armstrong Williams Show, Public Administration Review, The Washington Post, EBONY, Nonprofit Quarterly, Young Nonprofits Professional Network’s Equity, Diversity and inclusion Series, and Face2Face Africa online and print magazine.

Dr. Osefo has over a decade of experience being an advocate for low-income children and families. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Wendy served as the Director of the Master of Arts in Management program at Goucher College and as the Director of Family and Community Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education awarded D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI). DCPNI is the Obama Administration’s antipoverty initiative and the signature program for The White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

Dr. Osefo holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, a MS.c. in Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development from Rutgers University. Dr. Osefo is a board member for The Education Foundation for Baltimore County Public Schools, The Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, and The Obama Green Charter School.  Dr. Osefo is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and The National Urban League.

Dr. Osefo lives in Scaggesville, Maryland with her husband and two sons.

“Get out and Go to Ms. Sams!” That phrase was heard several times on a daily basis, during the course of Jamila Sams’ career as a school administrator in Baltimore City. The phrase was used for removing (insert convenient label here) students who allegedly “did not want to learn”. When we fail to make positive and meaningful connections with young people, we essentially tell them to “get out”, resulting in a myriad of consequences for our young people and our society.

As an educator with over 15 years of experience working with youth of all ages and backgrounds, Ms. Sams has heard every label: troubled, disadvantaged, challenged, at-risk, high-risk – the list goes on and on. Labels are used when adults do not want to take the time to go deeper to uncover what makes a young person thrive.

Jamila Sams has experience in making the impossible, possible with a “No Excuses” approach to change. She started her career as an elementary teacher at Baltimore City’s only year-round school at the age of 21. She then went on to direct the Malcolm X Youth Center, an alternative school for 250 youth who were in need of educational, health and employment services in Park Heights, Baltimore. Later, she created an optimal learning environment for The Crossroads School, which led to it becoming one of the top charter schools in Maryland. Her final position in Baltimore was Assistant Principal of one of Maryland’s once severely neglected K-8 schools; Commodore John Rodgers, where she alongside the “Dream Team” managed to turn-around the school and carved its’ path for success.

Ms. Sams understood the importance of creating connections with the business community. In 2011, she decided to pursue an opportunity that would allow for her to leverage additional resources to schools through corporate mentoring programs. As the Director of Programs for Mentor Foundation USA, an affiliate of Mentor Foundation International, Jamila created customized mentoring and career exposure programs that have connected hundreds of high school students with companies such as ENDO, H&M, Skanska ID, M&T Bank, HOK, Atlantic Media and Qlik Technologies to name a few.

In addition to providing youth with early career exposure, Jamila also created programs that were designed to promote substance abuse prevention and healthy living. In 2011, she created the Shattering the Myths Youth Rally, (an interactive event that shatters the myths youth have about substance abuse) which has led her to have several opportunities to speak at the White House on panels that addressed issues pertaining to substance abuse prevention and its’ connection to youth and education.

Ms. Sams is a proud native of Philadelphia and first generation college graduate of Lincoln University, PA. She obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Administration & Supervision from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She has over 15 years of experience in education leadership, youth development, nonprofit management and strategic partnership development.

Jamila recently founded, Ms. Sams Consulting, which was created in response to the need for adults from schools, nonprofits and the business community to establish positive, meaningful connections with the young people they interact with and provide opportunities to close the achievement gap; especially within lower-income communities of color.

Mark Terranova is the Managing Director, Client Relationships at Feats, an August Jackson Company. He works with colleges and universities across the country to engage their key audiences and inspire them to act. He works closely with clients to discover and share their core character and values in their own voices, and develops strong relationships to help them maintain a successful and sustaining program. His client work includes projects for MIT, Duke, William & Mary, and Wake Forest, and a number of nonprofit clients, including the Smithsonian Institution.

Mark has also served as Chief Development Officer for KIPP Baltimore, overseeing successful growth and capital campaigns, and providing training and professional development for advancement professionals throughout the national KIPP network of charter schools. Prior to that, he served as Assistant to the President and part of the advancement team at UMBC. Mark has served as an advisor to the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service on issues related to education access and closing the achievement gap. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters.