Van Eperen & Co., a woman-owned business based in Bethesda that specializes in customized communications, has been selected by Community Ministries of Rockville as the nonprofit organization’s Business Partner of the Year. From late 2009 into early 2010, Van Eperen & Co. partnered with Community Ministries to launch the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic, assisting with sponsorship outreach, event planning and media/public awareness outreach and promotions services.
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling, based in Silver Spring, recently elected its board of trustees for the coming year: chair, Catherine A. Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of The Santa Fe Group; vice chair, Dawn Lockhart, president, Family Foundations; secretary, Jane McNamara, president and CEO, GreenPath; treasurer, Kevin Rhein, executive vice president, card services and consumer lending, Wells Fargo Bank; Charles P. Blahous III, public trustee, board of trustees of the Social Security Trust Funds and former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; Jean Chatzky, personal finance expert; Michael Cherry, president and CEO, Consumer Credit Counseling of Springfield, Mo.; Robert L. Clarke, senior partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, and former Comptroller of the Currency; Brady J. Deaton, chancellor, University of Missouri; Nelson A. Diaz, of counsel, Cozen O’Connor, and former General Counsel, U.S. Department of HUD; Christopher Honenberger, president and CEO, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions; Susan C. Keating, president and CEO, National Foundation for Credit Counseling; James Kroening, director, Family Means Consumer Credit Counseling Service; Donald Leu, president and CEO, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska; Richard S. Levick, president and CEO, Levick Strategic Communications; and Michael Robards, president and executive director, Credit Counseling of Arkansas.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded $450,000 in flexible funding and leadership training to local Baltimore nonprofits through its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Two nonprofit organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, and Baltimore-based Marian House, a holistic community for women and their families who are in need of housing and support services, have been named the initiative’s 2010 Baltimore Neighborhood Builders. Each will receive $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding.
The initiative also honors two other categories of community leaders: Local Heroes contribute to the health of their neighborhood through volunteer service and civic engagement. With this recognition, each directs a $5,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to a nonprofit of his or her choice. 2010 Baltimore Local Heroes are: Stanley Butler, of Baltimore, will direct his grant to Griot’s Circle Literacy Learning Program; June Carr, of Baltimore, will direct her grant to Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County; LaUanah King-Cassell, of Baltimore, will direct her grant to Partners in Excellence; Patricia Thomson, of Baltimore, will direct her grant to GEDCO, for its CARES food pantry; and Glenn Ross, of McElderry Park, will direct his grant to Charm City Clinic.
The other category, Student Leaders, consists of teens who participated in paid, eight-week internships at Baltimore nonprofits this summer: Katy Bullard, of Parkton, a senior at Bryn Mawr School; Kayanna Johnson, of Baltimore, a recent graduate of Western High School and a freshman at Towson University; Marissa Robinson, of Columbia, a graduate of Atholton High School and a senior at Spelman College; Liz Welliver, of Westminster, a former student at Winters Mill High School who now studies at Lester B. Pierson United World College of the Pacific; and Taylor Yarbrough, of Baltimore, a senior at the Institute of Notre Dame.