The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Advisory Board: Melissa Curtin, Judy Smith and Mary Thompson.
“I am thrilled to welcome these three talented women, each of whom bring diverse experience and unique backgrounds to the Women’s Giving Circle” said Women’s Giving Circle Advisory Board Chair, Barb Van Winkle. “Each of them have deep community knowledge and a passion for philanthropy, and we are fortunate to have them by our side as we work to shape the future for women and girls in Howard County through the power of collective giving.”
The Women’s Giving Circle would also like to express deep appreciation to two distinguished outgoing Advisory Board members, Diana Bailey and Karen Titus, who are leaving the Advisory Board following years of voluntary service. “We are so grateful to Diana and Karen, both of whom made great contributions to the WGC in a variety of ways for many years,” said Van Winkle. “We will miss their vision and leadership, but look forward to continuing to have their support for years to come.”
NEW WGC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Melissa Curtin is the owner of Melissa Curtin Coaching + Consulting, and is a talented and accomplished professional with over 25 years of corporate and nonprofit leadership experience, including personal leadership and organizational development with nonprofit and philanthropy professionals and organizations through individual and team coaching, strategic planning, and nonprofit management consulting. Previously, Melissa served as the President & CEO the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County where she led the revitalization of the foundation, the largest institutional nonprofit funder in the county with a mission to promote, increase, and distribute philanthropy. She also served as the President & CEO of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. Melissa has a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Wyoming and University of Denver.
"I am excited to join the WGC Advisory Board because I believe in the transformative power of collective giving - for those who give, and for those who receive the gifts. I hope to contribute my experience in philanthropy to positively impact women and girls in Howard County." - Melissa Curtin
Judy Smith is the Managing Partner of On Point Consulting, where she partners with businesses and nonprofit organizations to prepare them for the impact of digital transformation on their business strategy, operations, and development. She is a dynamic, results-driven leader who is able to create and actualize a vision using sound strategy development and execution, and strong program execution skills. She is an inspirational leader who actively practices principled leadership while at the same time focusing on the financial levers of the business. Judy holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, MS in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. She completed the Wharton School of Business Executive Leadership Program.
"WGC provides an opportunity for me to serve my community, support a cause that I am passionate about, network with wonderful people, and contribute to making the world a better place." - Judy Smith
Mary Thompson is the founder of ReFrame Financial Planning, a fee-only Financial Planning and Advisory firm in Howard County, where she helps individuals build financial and purpose-driven transition plans for retirement. Mary specializes in guiding clients through the next chapter of their lives by balancing their financial and personal goals in a way that’s aligned with their values, passions and purpose. Mary also worked for 10 years for FAI Wealth Management in Columbia, MD where she was a Senior Advisor and Partner working with clients to develop and implement investment and financial planning strategies. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with minors in Business and Computer Science from the University at Albany, SUNY. She holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM certification.
"I've always admired the amazing work the organization has done throughout the community to support and promote the girls and women of Howard County. I am excited to join the WGC Advisory Board to help continue the wonderful work of the organization, to have the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of women, and to take a more active role in promoting the mission of the WGC." - Mary Thompson
WGC 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Advisory Board Members:
Members of the WGC Advisory Board are reading "Waking Up White" as we begin our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work.
The reading and discussion of this book is a first step in our overall DEI efforts, which is part of WGC's Impact 2024.
Impact 2024 is WGC’s five-year, $500,000 fundraising effort and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for women in Howard County.
We are fundraising to build on our past and enhance our future by increasing our grantmaking to programs that benefit women and girls, as well as strengthening our infrastructure to grow the circle. And, we are enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all of our work.
We will be enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens throughout every aspect of the work WGC does under the leadership of WGC DEI Committee Co-Chairs Hina Naseem and Judy Smith.
This will be a meaningful and important journey for the WGC, and we look forward to many WGC donors joining us!