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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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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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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Jessica Wichmann
Communications Officer
(410) 685-4186
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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 want to thank you for opening the door to writing about reading… By providing students with the opportunity to write about a genre and a book that is of interest, they are more willing to open up, get personal, and write to their full potential. It is amazing what children are able to produce when they enjoy the task at hand.”

    ​Letters About Literature teacher
  • “Left on my own, I would choose the same kind of books over and over again. Now, [participating in One Maryland One Book,] my reading experience is broader and richer and all the more enjoyable.”

    One Maryland One Book 2016 participant
  • “[One Maryland One Book] taught me how much we need to talk and listen to one another.”

    One Maryland One Book 2016 participant
  • “[My favorite part of the tour was] learning about the literary giants who lived and visited Baltimore!”

    Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour Participant
  • “Over the past few years, I have noticed a decline in the number of students who read for pleasure. This type of contest certainly fosters that love of reading.”

    ​Letters About Literature teacher
  • 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 had a great experience working with Maryland Humanities. Your team was very hands on, provided clear guidelines and seemed glad to assist us throughout our process. Thank you so much for the support we received to carry out our event and do much needed social justice work in our city.”

    New Lens, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee
  • “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​
  • “This oral history experience was amazing. I learned so much and will never forget this. I LOVED IT, I was super skeptical at first. I felt like we had a lack of planning but I think everything went so great.”

    ​Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, student participant
  • “Without support from Maryland Humanities, we never could have put together an exhibit and programming at this scale. This support allowed us to cover many more writers, artists and musicians in the exhibit than we otherwise could have done. It enabled us to offer at lease 50 percent more programming than we could have done on our own. The funds also enabled us to promote the exhibit and programs to a wider market. Furthermore, knowing there was a chance for this grant to be awarded, we felt able to apply for (even more) support from the local cultural arts board… We are enormously grateful.”

    Carol Allen, Director for the Library & Hays-Heighe House, Harford Community College, Major Grant recipient
  • “Lifelong learning is a philosophy, practice, and lifestyle that I’ve long advocated for in both my professional and personal lives. In the rapid pace, constantly changing, technological, social, and cultural environments we find ourselves in, a continuous adjustment to change is necessary. Lifelong learning is essential to understanding where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go, both as individuals and as a society.”

    ​Maryland Humanities survey participant
  • “We have truly enjoyed every funding experience with Maryland Humanities – mostly because it feels like a collaborative relationship. The staff at (Maryland Humanities) is very helpful when preparing grant proposals and reports, and we love seeing (Maryland Humanities) administrators attending our performances and other programming.”

    Center Stage, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee, Baltimore City
  • “[The humanities] are what allow us to see the beauty of the world. I often think that humans are the only species that can reflect on how beautiful the world is, can step back and take intense delight in the sounds and colors of it all, can record not only the world but our reactions to it. The humanities matter because beauty matters.”

    ​Maryland Humanities survey participant
  • “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
  • “Funding from the Maryland Humanities to distribute our first publication allowed Wide Angle Youth Media to expand our reach and share youth voice in a way we have never done before. With your support, this project has not only been successful in programmatic outcomes, but has inspired and empowered young people, giving them the platform to become published artists and share their voices in our city and beyond.”

    Wide Angle Youth Media, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee, Baltimore City
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Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
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