Our Staff & Board

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

Maryland Humanities Staff as of March 2021
Our staff as of March 2021 (not pictured: Lia Atanat, Adrienne Cassara)

Our Staff

Isabella Altherr
Program Assistant
Maryland History Day & Maryland Voices
(410) 685-0452
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Lia Atanat
Maryland History Day Outreach & Professional Development Coordinator
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Lindsey Baker
Executive Director
(410) 685-0095
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Stephanie Boyle
Program Officer
Maryland History Day & Maryland Voices
(410) 685-4185
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Dennett Edwards
Director of Administration
(410) 685-4182
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Eden Etzel
Program Assistant
Maryland Center for the Book
(410) 685-3715
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Marilyn Hatza
Director of Grants & Community Engagement
(410) 685-4187
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Aaron Heinsman
Director of Advancement
(410) 685-4183
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Kelly King
Grants Specialist
(410) 685-1653
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Andrea Lewis
Director of Programs
(410) 685-6161
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Susan Millard
Office Manager
(410) 685-4184
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Maya Moretta
Program Assistant, Grants & Community Engagement
(410) 685-4187
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Sarah Weissman
Communications Specialist
(410) 685-4186
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Grace Woodward
Maryland History Day Outreach & Professional Development Assistant
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Theresa Worden
Program Officer
Traveling Exhibitions & Program Evaluation
(410) 685-0303
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Our Board

Mary Hastler*
Chair

Harford County

Keith Stone
Vice Chair

Baltimore City

Mark Irwin
Secretary

Montgomery County

James (Jim) Cornelsen
Treasurer

Charles County

Julia (Julie) Madden*
Government Liaison
Howard County

Cynthia Raposo
Immediate Past Chair

Montgomery County

Mary Callis*
Garrett County

Chanel Compton
Baltimore City

Mary Kay Finan
Allegany County

Ronald (Pete) Lesher, Jr.*
Talbot County

Tiffany McGhee
Baltimore County

Alicia Jones McLeod
Baltimore County

Heather Mitchell
Howard County

Ronald (Ron) H. Nowaczyk
Allegany County

Randy Ontiveros
Prince Georges County

Soo Park
Baltimore County

Maarten L. Pereboom
Wicomico County

Jeanne Pirtle
St. Mary’s County

Thomas (Tom) B. Riford
Washington County

Nancy Rogers
Montgomery County

Carmel Roques
Howard County

Jennifer Shea
Montgomery County

Saima Sitwat
Baltimore City

Guffrie M. Smith, Jr.
Calvert County

Sharon Whitney
Anne Arundel County

Jayson Williams
Baltimore City

Allyson Black Woodson
Anne Arundel County

*Gubernatorial appointee

Are you or is someone you know passionate about the humanities and lifelong learning and have an interest in volunteer service? Consider nominating yourself or them to our Board of Directors.

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  • “[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
  • “[My favorite part of the tour was] visiting the Peabody Library and getting a few minutes with the librarian there who showed us a few interesting books from their collection.”

    Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour Participant
  • “Being a part of the group provided me with a safe area to revisit my thoughts and feelings on my experience during the war.”

    Veterans Book Group participant
  • “Very interesting program. I had not heard of or read any of the stories; I would like to read them now.”

    Pulitzer Panel attendee
  • “[I enjoyed the] thoughtful discussion about complex social issues that gave me hope for our future.”

    Pulitzer 100 event attendee
  • “[I enjoyed] the selection of icons: Taylor [Branch], Isabel [Wilkerson], and Sherrilyn [Ifill] as a team!!! I died and am in heaven.”

    Pulitzer 100 event attendee
  • I just wanted to tell you, I really enjoyed the visit…Your students were wonderful and the questions were fair and good. I enjoyed the experience and hope it will helpful to your classroom experience…I like it when students ask questions on things they may have wondered about. Again it was a wonderful experience with your students and a great project for them. To see and talk to real Vietnam vets is important to get real stories…it is a really worthwhile experience for the students “as well” as us Vietnam vets.

    Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, veteran participant
  • It was more than just a research project, it was more personal than that.

    Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, student participant
  • “The discussion of the [2015 One Maryland One] book could not have been better. Everyone had a particular part of the story that touched them. One of the newcomers was an experienced rower and gave us wonderful insight into the physical and spiritual aspects of the sport. It is the first time in my ten years with this group that everyone loved the book.”

    One Maryland One Book 2015 participant
  • “This was the first time I felt comfortable admitting that I was a female Viet Nam vet!”

    Veterans Book Group participant
  • “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
  • “The Smithsonian exhibit, Key Ingredients: America By Food, has left the building but not the community. We got a glimpse of what we can do and how we can bring the community together around a common goal. From this day forward, the sky is now the limit for DCHS.”

    ​Carol Lacy ~ Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge, MD, Host Site, Museum on Main Street
  • “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​
  • “Last year was the first time our school participated in the program and one of our students was selected! She was thrilled to be recognized and has been an inspiration to other students. I am so thankful for all the support provided by Maryland Humanities. They reach out and are incredibly helpful and willing to provide resources and opportunities. We appreciate the genuine interest they have in our students!”

    Letters About Literature teacher
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108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
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