Board of Directors 2023-2024

Leslie Bishop relocated with her husband, to Cambridge, MD from the Washington, DC area in 2015 where for more than 25 years she worked in residential interior design.

In 2017 Leslie started a backpack program to provide supplemental, weekend food for students attending Dorchester County Public Schools. She is the director of MidShore Meals til Monday and is active in her community. She serves on the board of the Cambridge Empowerment Center where she also volunteers in their summer program. Leslie is the mother of two grown sons and the very proud grandmother of two grandsons.

Kathy Bosin is a nonprofit consultant, grant writer, and small business owner.  She has a Masters in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and is a licensed Consultant with Standards for Excellence – a national nonprofit accreditation body.

Kathy started her career as a psychiatric social worker and later was the first Program Director hired to build Gateway Greening in St. Louis, a community and school gardening nonprofit that today is known as one of the nation’s leading urban gardening organizations.  In 1999, Kathy joined her husband, Kevin Garber, to help develop and run a commercial sculpture studio.  Together, they purchased and renovated a 12,000 square foot historic Marble Works in South St. Louis – an industrial complex that now houses commercial tenants.

Kathy and Kevin moved to Talbot County in 2008 to be closer to their parents in Delaware and Lancaster, PA.  As a writer, Kathy helped with the start-up of the Talbot Spy and won an award from the Baltimore Sun for A Chesapeake Journal, named “best Maryland lifestyle blog” in 2013.  In 2015, she was hired to support the philanthropy of Dock Street Foundation, a local family foundation that supports children’s programs, education, the arts, mental health and presents special projects in Talbot County such as the Ruth Starr Rose exhibit in 2016.  As a grant writer, Kathy has turned words into millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations.  She can be found at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center working with Dock Street Foundation and talented others to support local community needs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Beth Brewster has worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years.  In 2005, she founded the Chesapeake Culinary Center, which offers culinary-related programming focused on job training, youth education, and economic development in Caroline County.  Since 2011, she has held the position of Supervisor of Food Services for the Caroline County Public Schools.  A Baltimore native and Washington College graduate, she and her husband live in Denton.

Mia Cranford is a graduate of the University of Maryland, she has vast experience in marketing, advertising, planning, and networking having previously worked for What’s Up Media and Haven Ministries.  She lives in Grasonville with her husband and three sons.

Jo Anne Crowder a native of the Eastern Shore, is a retired CPA.  Her career was with CBIZ in Easton (originally Beatty, Satchell & Co.) where she served as a director of the firm and the director in charge of the firm’s audit practice.  Jo Anne is currently treasurer and board member of the Patricia H. Hopkins Scholarship Fund, which awards college scholarships to graduating seniors of North Dorchester High School.  She is an active volunteer with the Tred Avon Yacht Club, and a former treasurer, junior sailing committee member, and board member of the club.  Jo Anne resides near Easton with her husband, Glenn, a Talbot County native.  They have one adult daughter.

Paige Evans is a native of Centreville and a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where she received a B.S. in political science and business administration.  After completing her education, she worked for the Maryland House of Delegates and had a successful career in sales.  Paige was on the Women & Girls Fund Board from 2010-16 and served as president from 2014-16.  Currently, she and her husband, John own and operate Draper Brothers Liquors in Centreville and Graul’s Market in St. Michaels.  They live in Centreville where they are raising their family. 

Robbin Hill moved to Talbot County from her native South Carolina in 1998.  After a long career in the legal world, she was the first support person hired by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in 2001.  Currently the Senior Program and Scholarship Officer,  she works daily with MSCF’s donor-advised funds, Grants Committee, the Caroline Foundation, and Dorchester County’s George B. Todd Fund.  She and her husband, John, live in Easton.  They have two adult sons and two grandchildren.

Karen M. Kaludis is a partner at Ewing, Dietz, Fountain and Kaludis, a law firm in Easton, Maryland. Karen has been with the firm for over 30 years. She is also a family law mediator.

Karen has been a volunteer with For All Seasons since it was created. She is also a long-time volunteer with the Festival of Trees and the Waterfowl Festival. ‘Karen‘s newest volunteer posts are with Building African American Minds as a mediation coach for first and second graders and as a volunteer at Talbot Hospice and Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.

Martha Wentz Kendall has an established career in development fundraising, institutional advancement, and enrollment management working in higher education, K-12 independent schools and non-profit organizations.
She currently is the Director of Endowment – Major Gifts for Sisters Academy of Baltimore, an independent tuition-free middle school for girls from Baltimore city.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Martha attended Catholic independent school, received a BA in Communication Arts from Spring Hill College, and a M.S. in Public Service – Non Profit Management from DePaul University. She began her career in enrollment management at Spring Hill College and St. Mary’s Notre Dame, and then moved onto development fundraising at DePaul University. After moving from Chicago to the Eastern Shore, Martha continued working in fundraising development with independent schools in the Annapolis/Baltimore region. She successfully established programs that broadened and increased financial support through appeals, events, donor cultivation and capital campaigns. In 2010 she initiated MWK & Associates, providing fundraising services for non-profit organizations such as the Mid Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium, Annapolis, MD and Waterfowl Chesapeake – Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD.

Martha also worked with the Archdiocese of Baltimore – Catholic Community Foundation developing endowment funds for schools and parishes. In 2006 Martha and her friend, Susan Ponchock co-founded Bosom Buddies Charities, Inc. a Queens Anne’s County non-profit breast cancer awareness organization.

Over the last 15 years, she has served on the Advisory Council for Sts. Peter & Paul High School, the Leadership Council for the Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium and as a member of the Easton Rotary Club. Martha is a resident of Queen Anne’s County, living in Queenstown for the past 27 years.

Allison Prell is an Easton native and a graduate of McDaniel College.  She is chair of the Marketing and PR Committee and co-chair of the Grants Committee.  In addition, Allie has been volunteered with Talbot Mentors and For All Seasons, and is currently on the Young Collectors Committee of the Academy Arts Museum.  Along with her mother, Alice Ryan, she is the co-owner of Trade Whims, a gift and clothing shop in Downtown Easton.  She and her husband, Ryan, live in Easton and have two young sons.

Casey Roche moved to Dorchester County from Atlanta in 2017 where she spent several years leading young women as they navigated college. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Western Carolina University. A stand-out NCAA Division I Soccer player for WCU, a named soccer scholarship was established in her honor. Casey has traveled on mission trips with two organizations: Love Does, a human rights and education foundation, to visit their school in Uganda; and, 410 Bridge, a non-profit pursuing healthy community development in poverty-stricken nations, to help with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. She currently works remotely in Sales for a technology company based in Hoboken, NJ.  Casey is a volunteer soccer coach with Dorchester Parks & Recreation and served as a WGF grant application reader in previous years.  She and her husband reside in the Historic West End District in Cambridge.

Alice Ryan is a Talbot County native who graduated from the Gunston School prior to earning a BS in Business Administration and Economics from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. After completing her education, she worked as a registered representative for E. F. Hutton in Washington DC. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and The Gunston School. The founder of the Women & Girls Fund, Alice is a perpetual member of the board and serves as chair of the development committee. She is the mother of three children, Matthew, Stephanie, and Allison.

Fund Administrator
Meg van den Berg is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Hollins College (now University) and a master’s degree in Organization Development from The American University. As a young professional, she worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, products liability and antitrust paralegal for a large law firm in Richmond, and as the first mate on a large motor yacht. Since coming to Talbot County in 1981, she has volunteered for numerous of organizations, including Memorial Hospital at Easton (now UMM Shore Regional Health), Talbot Historical Society, and the Waterfowl Festival. She was a founding member of the Women & Girls Fund in 2002, serving on its inaugural board, and since 2004 has held the position of Fund Administrator. She is a member of Talbot County Garden Club and serves as a zone co-chair for Zone VI of The Garden Club of America. She has three grown sons, three grandchildren, and one beloved Border Terrier.


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