Maryland Humanities Accepts Nominations for 2017 Board of Directors

May 9, 2017

(Baltimore, MD) – Maryland Humanities is seeking nominations for new members to join its dynamic Board of Directors. Nominees should have a deep commitment to our mission of engaging Marylanders in lifelong learning in the humanities and a passion for the humanities.

Established in 1973, Maryland Humanities is an educational nonprofit organization, directly serving more than 50,000 people—from youth to seniors—through hundreds of free events in 170 communities across the state each year.  The role of Maryland Humanities is to inspire lifelong learning and promote dialogue about our heritage, culture, and future as Marylanders. Our programs, like One Maryland One Book, Maryland History Day, and Chautauqua, use the humanities to foster understanding among people with diverse perspectives and to strengthen our ability to interact meaningfully.

Maryland Humanities is specifically seeking candidates who have professional experience and expertise in areas such as federal advocacy, digital presence, accounting/financial management, veterans’ affairs, fundraising, and business. 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. Maryland Humanities has a particular need this year to find candidates from Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s and/or Calvert Counties, Anne Arundel County, and the upper Eastern Shore. Of course, all Board member prospects should have 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 financial advisors.

Currently, 25 members comprise the Maryland Humanities Board of Directors. They are: Stephen Sfekas, Baltimore City (Chair); Allyson Black, Anne Arundel County; Elizabeth Cannon (Vice Chair), Frederick County; Barbara Clapp, Baltimore City; Jim Cornelsen, Charles County; 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; Mary Hastler*, Harford County; Silvia Golombek (Secretary), Baltimore County; Lisa Jablonover, Howard County; Ronald Lesher, Jr.* (Government Liasion), Talbot County; Tiffany McGhee, Baltimore County; Sally Miller, Allegany County; Adrianne Noe, Montgomery County; Maarten L. Pereboom, Wicomico County; Cynthia Raposo (Treasurer), Montgomery County; Thomas B. Riford, Washington County; Nancy Rogers, 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 June 2, 2017 to be considered for election in October 2017. 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 generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.





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