Maryland Humanities Accepts Nominations for 2016 Board of Directors

May 18, 2016

(Baltimore, MD) – Maryland Humanities is seeking nominations for new members to join its dynamic Board of Directors. Nominees should be able to make a significant commitment of time and resources to the governance of Maryland Humanities and our many public programs, including One Maryland One Book, History Day, and Humanities Connection, among others.

Maryland Humanities is specifically seeking candidates with deep community connections and a willingness to share those connections with us; capacity to “give and get” financial resources (private or public) and/or willingness to participate in some part of the fundraising process; a professional background in areas such as business, education, nonprofit administration, state or federal government, law, or media; and expertise in fundraising, entrepreneurship, business, technology, advocacy, veterans affairs, and/or financial management. We also seek to add members who reflect the demographic diversity of the state, as well as those who offer a broad geographical representation of the state.

Particularly Maryland Humanities seeks to add Board representation from Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, and Harford Counties, as well as the Upper Shore and Southern Maryland. Of course, all Board member prospects will have a passion for the humanities and the time and energy to devote to the organization’s efforts.

Board members’ primary responsibilities include approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services, ensuring effective fiscal management, fundraising, strategic planning, selecting and orienting new Board members, allocating grant funds, hiring and evaluating the Executive Director, and promoting Maryland Humanities activities. Nominees must be available to travel to quarterly Board meetings and periodic committee meetings and are expected to make Maryland Humanities a philanthropic priority. Members serve without pay and are eligible to serve up to three three-year terms.

The current Board includes attorneys, business professionals, nonprofit professionals, a judge, professors of classics, ethics, and history, a museum curator and a museum administrator, college and university administrators, a communications professional, and a financial advisor.

Currently, 25 members comprise the Maryland Humanities Board of Directors. They are: Stephen Sfekas, Baltimore City (Chair), Baltimore City; Diedre Badejo, Baltimore City; Elizabeth Cannon (Vice Chair), Garrett County; Barbara Clapp, Baltimore City; Elizabeth Cromwell, Frederick County; Rhonda Dallas*, Prince George’s County; Albert Feldstein, Allegany County;  Mary Kay Finan, Allegany County; Michael S. Glaser; St. Mary’s County; Silvia Golombek (Secretary), Baltimore County; Lisa Jablonover, Howard County; Ronald Lesher, Jr.* (Government Liasion), Talbot County; Tiffany McGhee, Baltimore City; Hilary Miller, Montgomery County; Sally Miller, Allegany County; Adrianne Noe, Montgomery County; Maarten L. Pereboom, Wicomico County; Matt Power, Anne Arundel County; Cynthia Raposo, Montgomery County; Thomas B. Riford, Washington County; Nancy Rogers (Treasurer), Montgomery County; Keith Stone, Baltimore City; Lindsay Thompson, Baltimore City; David Wise, Baltimore City; Joseph Wood, Baltimore City.

*Indicates a Gubernatorial appointee

You may nominate someone or nominate yourself. Please complete the Board Nomination Form to be considered. All nominations must be received by July 1, 2016, to be considered for election in October 2016. A copy of the nominee’s resume and a letter of support should be submitted to Phoebe Stein, Executive Director, either by email to or by mail to 108 W. Centre Street, Baltimore 21201.


 Maryland Humanities is a statewide 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. For more information, visit Maryland Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.




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