The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County

Advisory Board

2019 WGC Advisory Board Members

Barb Van Winkle, Chair, is President of Nancy Adams Personnel in Columbia, where her companyhas been for over 40 years. Her business specializes in providing top-notch candidates to all size companies for Administrative, Customer Service, Accounting and Office Support positions, both permanent and temporary. She has a BA degree in Sociology from Goucher College, is a triathlete and golfer, and has served on many nonprofit boards including HCCEF and Community Foundation of Howard County. She loves the Women’s Giving Circle and has been a strong supporter since its inception in 2002!


Alison Canning, Immediate Past Chair, has worked in financial services for more than 15 years. Alison has lived in Howard County most of her life, and is a graduate of Howard High School. Involved with the Circle since 2011, Alison has served as the Chair of the Donor Development Committee, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Advisory Board from 2016-2018. Alison lives in Silver Spring with her husband Michael and their two children, Lillian and Thomas.


Kim Agnor, Treasurer and Chair of Youth Development Committee, is an accountant with Fisher Ring LLC where she specializes in tax preparation and accounting work for small businesses and non-profits. Kim has served in assistant Headshot B AK 424-200 pxcontroller positions at St. John Properties and Questar Builders. Kim earned a BA in Economics and an Accounting Certificate from UMBC. She became licensed in MD as a CPA in 1993 and is a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition to serving as treasurer of the Women’s Giving Circle, Kim is one of the current advisors to the Young Women’s Giving Circle. She has also served on the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Howard County and on the board of directors of the Clarksville Elementary School PTA where she held the position of Treasurer. She has also served as a volunteer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood, Maryland, and has worked on various projects for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Kim has lived in Howard County since 1978. She currently lives in Clarksville with her husband Jeff and her two children, Rachel and Michael. She enjoys golf, running, cooking and reading when she gets the chance.

Jillianne Crescenzi, Secretary, has previously worked for nonprofits with at-risk and special needs children. Since moving to Howard County four years ago, she works as a Children’s Instructor at Howard County Library System. There, she initiated the monthly Girl Power Club for tween girls where she plans classes that include both STEM activities and opportunities to give back to the community. She also teaches musical theatre classes in Columbia for preschoolers. Jillianne joined the Circle in 2016 and currently serves as the Secretary for the Advisory board.


Diana Bailey, Leadership Committee Chair, is a career educator, administrator and gender equity unnamed-1advocate. Diana has served the WGC for many years as a member of the Grants Committee and as Treasurer before becoming the current Chair of the Leadership Committee. Upon retirement from the MD State Department of Education, she is working as a consultant doing technical assistance, career and workforce development training and grants management. Additionally, she serves as the Executive Director of the MD Women’s Heritage Center.


Barbara Peart, retired from state service in 2008 after 25 years. Her last position with the state was as the Assistant Director for Planning, Quality and Support Operations for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Barbara holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University. As top business class graduate, she was honored with the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award. She is also an accomplished pianist, actively involved in community activities, and has received numerous recognition throughout her career. Barbara was selected the first Chair of the Governor’s Quality Council, and has participated in many statewide committees throughout her state career. She also served on the Columbia Housing Corporation Board (Chair, 2 years) and served as a Howard County Housing Commissioner (Vice Chair, 2 years).

Jennifer Bodensiek, is president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. By connecting education and business communities, Junior Achievement reaches more than 47,000 young people, annually, with hands-on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs. In 2014, with a significant multi-year investment from the Women’s Giving Circle, JA launched JA Rising Women. JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students in Howard County who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential while also building their business acumen and confidence as young women leaders.

Jennifer previously served Junior Achievement’s parent organization, JA Worldwide, as vice president of development. In this role she was responsible for building strategic relationships among major corporations in the northeastern part of the United States and managed the organization’s government relations efforts to fuel strategic growth abroad. Jennifer’s experience in the education and business sectors also includes previous roles as national director of capstone experiences for JA Worldwide, major gift officer for Johns Hopkins University, vice president of development for Junior Achievement’s Washington, D.C. chapter, and assistant vice president for Bank of America. She received her B.S. degree in marketing education from Virginia Tech and resides in Ellicott City with her husband Ed and their two sons.

April Force Pardoe, is an award-winning interior designer in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. She is the owner of April Force Pardoe Interiors which offers full-service interior design from concept to completion. The company is affiliated with some of the area’s most prestigious home improvement professionals and artists who work collaboratively to enhance every client project. April has won national recognition for her design work including a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence and the AKBD certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Her work has appeared in many magazines and she is the author of the design column “Her Décor” in Her Mind magazine. She also writes the blog, The Journey. April is on the WGC development committee, is a member of the Business Women’s Network of Howard County and has served on the board of directors for the Maryland SPCA. April lives in Elkridge with her husband and two daughters and happily shares her office with her chocolate lab, Roxy.

Christine E. Meket  has worked in the Environmental Industry for 28 years and with Republic Services for the last 16 years.  She is currently the Sales Manager for the Baltimore/DC Metropolitan Area, managing 23 sales professionals, representing more than 12,000 commercial customers.  Prior to working for Republic Services, Christine was the Mid-Atlantic Community and Government Affairs Manager for Waste Management and Wheelabrator, working with multiple non-profit, environmental and community organizations and serving on the Boards of Directors for the Bucks County, Pa Chamber of Commerce, the Peekskill, NY  Chamber of Commerce, South Baltimore Learning Center, Save Our Streams and on multiple committees and projects supporting specific community initiatives. Christine graduated from John Carrol University with a B.S. in Business Administration and  a Masters in Marketing and Public Relations from Villanova University.  Christine has lived in Columbia since 2005 and became involved with the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County in 2016, serving on the Donor Development Committee and in 2017, she joined the Advisory Board.

Dr. Maxine Clark began her career almost 30 years ago, specializing in the correction of spaced and crowded teeth, and also jaw malformations and dysfunctions. She credits her success to her parents: Her father, a railroad engineer, and her mother, a construction pioneer, always stressed the importance of higher education. A U.S. Army veteran and recipient of several awards, Dr. Clark mentors young adults in dentistry and serves on the advisory boards for Maryland State Medicaid and Women’s Giving Circle in Howard County.


Karen Titus manages membership sales at the Center for Watershed Protection, a national non profit that restores and protects water bodies throughout the country. Prior to her position with the CWPA, Karen led membership sales and events at Haven on the Lake, with the Columbia Association. Karen is a graduate of Leadership Howard County and currently serves on the Recruitment and Learning Enhancement committees. Karen practices yoga regularly, and in her free time likes to hike, cook and spend time with her family and adorable puppy Zoey. Karen has two children, Kristina and Michael, and she has been a Howard County resident for 19 years, she currently serves on the WGC Donor Development Committee.

Lee Draminski was raised in Howard County, MD and graduated from Mt. Hebron High School. She began her career as an intern at The Rouse Company, and then went on to work at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce in several different capacities. For the past 27 years, she has actively worked in the local, regional and national association world, working for Homebuilders Association of Maryland (now MBIA), Howard County Dental Association, Retail Packaging Association, and more. Lee currently serves as the Executive Director for the Maryland Mortgage Bankers and Brokers Association. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University where she was a four-year swimmer. She lives in Howard County with her husband and three children.


Alice Giles is in the business of information as a Technical Specialist at the Howard County Public School system. In her professional career she curates the limitless supply of information available online to help customers find the accurate information they need, provides instruction on existing technological tools, and designs new means for accessing and sharing information. In her volunteer career, she works to increase access to local government and share information and increase dialogue with the community.