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
  • “By using a variety of sources, I was able to get angles on my topic that I wasn’t able to before. Also, I learned so much about a topic near and dear to my heart that will enrich my learning later in life.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “I distributed copies of the book and we engaged in an afterschool discussion which included students and staff. Everyone who participated was so engaged that our 45 minute planned discussion ended up stretching into an hour and a half!”

    One Maryland One Book 2016 teacher
  • “The school I am reporting on is designed as an alternative center for students who are not successful in the “regular” classrooms in our district. These students are challenged by a number of factors, including emotional problems, discipline issues, etc. This particular book was one that a number of students were able to relate to and engage with. As a consequence, students who do not normally read became active participants in both reading and discussing!”

    One Maryland One Book 2015 teacher
  • “I enjoyed that this program directly related to key issues within our community […] I think this lecture could go on for hours; it’s fabulous!”

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

    Pulitzer 100 event attendee
  • “The thing that had the most impact were the skills that I got from this project. I developed better hunting skills in terms of looking for reliable sources and I also learned to work hard and not procrastinate to achieve something great.”

    Maryland History Day student participant
  • We were really moved by the testimony of the veterans and impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the students.

    Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, parent
  • “[One Maryland One Book] is wonderful; enlightening, explorative, innovative, [and] educational.”

    One Maryland One Book 2016 participant
  • “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 student
  • “It was an amazing experience to meet and talk to a veteran.”

    ​Standing Together: Veterans Oral History Project, student participant
  • “I completed the book club with 22 students, all of them on the JV football team – so not your stereotypical group of book club attendees. On the last day of our book club experience I asked students for some feedback and also asked if they would be interested in participating in another book club. Nearly all of them said that this was the first time they had ever participated in a book club, and a few said it was the first time they had actually read an entire book. I keep hearing back from them, too, [asking] ‘When is the next book club starting up?’. The discussions we had were powerful and meaningful–this was truly one of the most moving experiences I have had as an educator.”

    One Maryland One Book 2016 teacher
  • “[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
  • “[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
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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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