Maryland Nonprofits Announces ‘Service with Distinction Award’ Winners

Service with Distinction Awardees
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July 13, 2022 / BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Nonprofits, a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity for three decades, announces the winners of its ‘Service with Distinction Awards’.

The Awards are at the heart of Maryland Nonprofits’ 30th-Anniversary year campaign, ‘This is the moment to care’, an initiative to address the urgent need for a shift towards an internal culture of care and equity within the nonprofit sector.

“Discussing workplace culture in the context of this moment is critical, especially as many nonprofit staff are women and people of color, and we know the COVID-19 pandemic has added stressors and exacerbated pre-existing class, gender, and racial inequities,” says Heather Iliff, Maryland Nonprofits’ President & CEO.

“Nonprofits depend first and foremost on our staff, volunteers, and boards, and we cannot care for our communities without first caring for the people working to deliver our missions. The ‘Service with Distinction Awards’ are an opportunity to celebrate the incredibly dedicated and compassionate individuals who make our work possible, day-in and day-out.”

The 50 award winners are nonprofit workers serving in positions that do not typically receive formal recognition, such as direct care, in an administrative or support role, working in operations, and/or in an entry-level position. Nominated by their colleagues, each individual is recognized for delivering significant commitment, integrity, compassion, and care for their organizations and their communities. The award winners hail from 43 statewide organizations serving in mission areas like social work, food insecurity, legal aid, environmental protection, and the arts.

The ‘Service with Distinction’ award recipients will be recognized on July 28 during the organization’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, ‘This is the moment to care…and CELEBRATE!’, from 6 PM – 9 PM at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD. The headline sponsors of the event are Goldin Group, LLC and Topline CPAs and Advisors.

The family-friendly event, open to the public, will feature music, dancing, food, drinks, and booths and activities from local nonprofits. Children are welcome to attend, and child-centered activities will be available. The museum will be open for guests to explore.

The evening is the keystone event in Maryland Nonprofits’ For more information and to register for the event, visit For ongoing updates, follow Maryland Nonprofits on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and visit their website at

Maryland Nonprofits proudly presents the ‘Service with Distinction’ Award winners:

Joyce Alexander 
Grants Administrator 
T. Rowe Price Foundation
Jasmine Atkins
Administrative Assistant
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
Abby Ayele 
Administrative Manager 
Repatriation Program, International Social Service, USA

Olivia Barrios 
Program Coordinator
International Social Service, USA

Jessica Basom
Operations and Volunteer Coordinator 
Mid Shore Community Mediation Center

Erica Batson
Executive Assistant & IT Specialist 
For All Seasons, Inc.
Katherine Burke
The Annapolis Collection Gallery
John Cannistra
Supports Planner II
The Coordinating Center
Megan Cannone
AYA Remote Navigator and Clinical Manager
Ulman Foundation
Kathy Carroll
Project Manager
DRUM Healthy Families
Sonya Chapple
Peer Support Advocate
Family Survivor Network
Ron-Shaye Clark
Community and Family Liaison
Creating Communities Corporation
Tracey Collins
Intake Manager
TurnAround, Inc
Todd Crosby
Community Health Worker
HealthCare Access Maryland
Rebecca Davis
Assistant Director
Social Work Community Outreach Service
Amanda Dayton
RN Care Coordinator
The Coordinating Center
Judy Ditto
Accounting Manager
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Gina Elleby
Legal Advocacy Manager
ACLU of Maryland
Linsey Erar
Program Manager
Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Janice Foreman
Administrative Coordinator
Maryland Nonprofits
Desmond Gayle
Manager, Therapeutic Recreation,
The League for People with Disabilities
Zoe Gensheimer
Community Engagement Manager
Blue Water Baltimore
Tony Gomez
Facilities Manager
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Beth Groves
Community Health Worker
The Coordinating Center
Erin Holloway
Office Manager
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Rashad Holloway
Educational Consultant
Rho Tau Lambda Foundation
Julie Howard
Residential Receptionist for Behavioral Health
Humanim, Inc. 
Delvin Johnson
Lead Warehouse Worker
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
Jason Kimmell
Director of Education/Theatre
Children’s Theater of Annapolis
Jermin Laviera
Client Services, Esperanza Center
Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Debbie Liesen
Career Coordinator
Caroline Center
Laura Mackey
Direct Support Professional
Janet Maldonado
ECLN Volunteer
Empowering Community Leaders Network
Alli Milner
Manager, Emergency Services
Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc.
Lorielle Moore
Executive Assistant
Power 52 Foundation
Michelle Morris
Executive Assistant
Let’s Play America
Angela Munro
Section Manager
Maryland State Bar Association
Sheryl Nickel
Clinical Care Coordinator
The Coordinating Center
Mary Ostrye
Administrative Manager
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park
Jacqueline Phillips
Office Assistant
Disability Rights Maryland
Amanda Reed
Administrative Support Coordinator
International Social Service, USA
Mary Robbins
Housing Coordinator
Community Housing Associates
Constance Sheppard
Environmental Support Associate
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
Zainab Sohail
Office Assistant
Pro Bono Counseling Project
William Steinwedel
Staff Attorney
Maryland Legal Aid
Garrett Stewart
Direct Support Professional
Colleen Swank
Program Coordinator
Frederick County Health Care Coalition
Maureen Tabor
Clinical Care Coordinator
The Coordinating Center
Rachel Thompson
Program Manager
Baltimore Community ToolBank
Devron Young
Welcome Team Leader
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland



































About Maryland Nonprofits:
For 30 years, Maryland Nonprofits has been the source of capacity-building services for its members, including consulting, training, an annual conference, and the national Standards for Excellence program. Founded in 1992 with 139 charter members, the organization currently has more than 1,350 members across the state.

Maryland Nonprofits has served as a clearinghouse for information during the COVID-19 crisis, advocating for and helping organizations to access relief funding, and working to address the disproportionately negative health and economic impacts the pandemic has had on Black and Latino communities.