Our Staff & Board

Meet the dynamic group of people responsible for championing the humanities throughout Maryland!

Maryland Humanities staff

Our Staff

Judy D. Dobbs
Program Officer
Chautauqua & Maryland History Day
(410) 685-4185
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Eden Etzel
Program Assistant
Maryland Center for the Book
(410) 685-3715
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Marilyn Hatza
Program Officer
Grants & Strategic Partnerships
(410) 685-4187
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Aaron Heinsman
Director of Development
(410) 685-4183
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Susie Hinz
Development & Communications Assistant
(410) 246-9415
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Anna Keneda
Program Assistant
Maryland History Day, Chautauqua, Veterans’ Programs
(410)685-0452
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Jim Kitterman
Fiscal Officer
(410) 685-4182
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Grace Leatherman
Maryland History Day Outreach Coordinator
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Andrea Lewis
Program Officer
Maryland Center for the Book
(410) 685-6161
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Susan Millard
Office Manager
(410) 685-4184
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Ann Morgan
Maryland History Day Outreach Assistant
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Phoebe Stein
Executive Director
(410) 685-0095
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Theresa Worden
Program Coordinator
Grants & Museum on Main Street
(410) 685-0303
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MHC Board Members

Our Board

The Honorable Stephen J. Sfekas, Chair
Retired, Circuit Court of Baltimore City
Baltimore

Elizabeth Cannon, Vice Chair
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Frederick

Dr. Silvia Golombek, Secretary
Sociologist and Independent Consultant
Lutherville

Cynthia Raposo, Treasurer
Silver Spring

The Honorable Ronald Lesher, Jr.*,
Government Liaison

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Easton

Allyson Black
BGE
Odenton

Barbara Clapp
Barb Clapp Communications
Baltimore

Jim Cornelsen
Old Line Bancshares, Inc. and Old Line Bank
La Plata

Elizabeth Cromwell
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
Frederick

Rhonda Dallas*
Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council
Oxon Hill

Albert Feldstein
Public Historian
LaVale

Dr. Mary Kay Finan
Cumberland

Dr. Michael S. Glaser
St. Mary’s City

Mary Hastler*
Harford County Public Library
Bel Air

Lisa Jablonover
Clarksville

Tiffany McGhee
Momentum Advisors
Owings Mills

Sally Miller
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, MD/DC
Cumberland

Dr. Adrianne Noe
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Silver Spring

Dr. Maarten L. Pereboom
Salisbury University
Salisbury

Thomas B. Riford
Homewood Retirement Centers
and Homewood Foundation
Williamsport

Dr. Nancy Rogers
Dickerson

Keith Stone
Brown Advisory
Baltimore

Dr. Lindsay Thompson
Johns Hopkins University
Carey Business School
Baltimore

David W. Wise
Pharos Biologicals, LLC
Baltimore

Dr. Joseph Wood
University of Baltimore
Baltimore

*Gubernatorial appointee
  • “I had never done anything like this before so it was a totally new experience to write a paper, be interviewed, and defend my positions. I now really know how to do research and it has improved my writing skills.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “Maryland History Day challenged my daughter to go deeper, deeper in research analysis and presentation. It took her to a whole new level academically.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • I’ve loved judging! It’s exciting to see the passion the middle schoolers have put in their projects. I hope that my critiques have helped strive for excellence throughout their lives.

    Dee Krasnansky, Maryland History Day Judge
  • “My students have been removed from their home schools. Right away, they made comments about the diction of the text, how it seemed realistic to them and they pointed out words they would have changed. We talked about word choice, slang, etc. I had 2 instances where students were excited to see me because they had events similar to the book happen to them and they needed to tell someone. They want to know how to change things. […] These kids typically failed English class or were chronic non-attenders or were removed before they came here. They are excited about reading a book! Teacher librarian win!”

    One Maryland One Book 2016 teacher
  • “[Humanities] are the gateway to our souls, and to understanding each other. They enable us to avoid repeating our mistakes, and are a tool for teaching compassion.”

    ​​Maryland Humanities survey participant
  • “We were very proud to have been chosen to partner with the Maryland Humanities on this exhibit project. Small museums, such as ours…are generally not able to field programs of this scope. Maryland Humanities has truly given us an opportunity to bring a nationally recognized program to the City of Bowie and Prince Georges County and have made it easy to reach and stretch and accomplish something that we’ve never done before on this level in our small museum system. The support of Maryland Humanities both financially and professionally is invaluable to us.”

    Pam Williams ~ Belair Manison, City of Bowie Museums, Bowie, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street​
  • “Lifelong learning is continuing to read, listen, learn, share ideas, discuss, and be enlightened by the great ideas and events of the human experience during the course of an entire life.”

    ​Maryland Humanities survey participant
  • “[My son] became a real expert in his topic and, he says, developed a life-long love of history, especially the history of music. I cannot thank you enough for this rare and incredible opportunity.”

    Andrea LeWinter, parent of Maryland History Day participant
  • I’m so glad I did the interview and would do it again. Now I realize just how much history affects people.

    Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, student participant
  • “It is difficult to properly express our gratitude to Maryland Humanities for the help and support that we received through the grant-making process and through the project. The grant was crucial to the success of the project, and instrumental in bringing the poet (and 2016 MacArthur Fellow) Claudia Rankine to our campus. As the author of “Citizen: An America Lyric,” Rankine’s powerful reading and discussion of her work provided the anchor for our programming about public education and the role it plays in shaping the political citizen… (Maryland Humanities staff) were a constant source of encouragement and support–and we are proud to have been one of the projects that it recognized this year.”

    Dr. Kimberly Coles ~ Chair, Education and Citizenship Project Committee, University of Maryland College Park
  • I thought it was a very good learning experience. We actually got to talk to someone who took place in the Vietnam War.

    Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, student participant
  • We were enabled to go into the community and get information from real people. Also, the assignment was pretty subjective so we were able to take it in any way we liked. We led the projects and each one is so different from the next.

    Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, student participant
  • “It was wonderful for us to be able to facilitate this occurrence for it demonstrated to key community stakeholders the power of our museum as an anchor in an old town that is working to draw people downtown and it demonstrated the value of working together on large initiatives.”

    ​Michael Dixon ~ The Historical Society of Cecil County, Elkton, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “[In Veterans Book Group,] I made connections with other vets.”

    Veterans Book Group participant
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Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
(410) 685-0795 fax
info@mdhumanities.org
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