Special to The Daily Record//May 15, 2018
By Special to The Daily Record
//May 15, 2018
Executive in Residence
Loyola University, Sellinger School of Business
About 15 years ago, Kimberly Wagner’s best friend asked her to go to lunch. She agreed thinking they would be meeting at a restaurant. Instead, she told her to go to Wal-Mart, pick up chicken to serve 30 people and meet her at an Edgewood homeless day shelter.
After serving those who showed up, Wagner sat down to eat and recognized a person she had grown up with and was familiar to her family. “I realized these people are my neighbors,” she said. “…I was raised here and I didn’t know (about homelessness).”
Her mission, since that fateful day, has been and continues to be to end homelessness in Harford County. She serves on the board for the Harford County Community Action Agency and quarterly organizes members of her church to prepare and provide food at the overnight homeless shelter. “I like to serve with my hands as well as on boards,” she said.
The University of Baltimore School of Law graduate helped to run her family’s business Tritronics Inc. for more than 25 years, rising to become president/CEO before helping to negotiate the terms of a merger in 2010.
She always practiced law over the years taking on family law cases and advising businesses and nonprofits. In 2012, Wagner became a contract public defender for parents in Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases. “My job is to help them walk through that process,” she said.
Many of her clients are facing the worst moments of their lives and Wagner aims to be a calming force for them and help them with their cases. “Whenever you can do that for another human, it’s just an amazing gift,” she said.
Wagner’s efforts are supported through her full time employer, Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business, where she is an Executive in Residence.