Board of Directors and Staff
President – Laurie Taylor-Mitchell
Vice President – Ron McDade
Ron McDade brings the Network leadership and strategic and operational development skills from a career of leading and improving not-for-profit organizations in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, focusing primarily in the health care industry. He has also led an organization that serves people with disabilities using therapy and assistance dogs, and has volunteered his leadership in other capacities for education and religious organizations. His role on the Board is to assist with Board development and strategic planning. Ron is a 25-year resident of Baltimore County whose sons benefitted greatly from their BCPS education.
Secretary – Tam Lynne Kelley
Tam Lynne Kelley is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who is passionate about advancing social justice and public health. She currently works as a Senior Manager with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to reduce food insecurity by increasing access to the school meal programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She has experience advocating for policy change including successful campaigns to advance legislation that removes the reduced-price school meal co-pays for Maryland families (The Maryland Cares for Kids Act); a new program, Summer SNAP for Children, that provides $30 a month in food support for children during the summer months; and expanding access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a universal school meal program that creates Hunger-Free Schools.
Treasurer – Mike Weber
At Large Board Member – Vicki Almond
At Large Board Member – Gwen Betts
Gwen Betts has taught in Baltimore City and Baltimore County Schools and received the Specialist of the Year award for her work on Visual Arts curriculum from Baltimore City Public Schools. She was the coordinator of the AVID program at Randallstown High School and was also a mentor for the Fine Arts Department there. Gwen is a Founding member of The Baltimore County Highlanders: Professional Black Women in Baltimore County who are committed to work on education issues and other advocacy.
At Large Board Member – Dennis Logan
Dennis Logan is an Insurance Broker for Zeguro Insurance Services. He began his insurance career with Chubb as a non-profit management liability underwriter specializing in churches, foundations, and youth organizations. He went on to the wholesale brokerage side where he specialized in unique products including Cyber, Management, and Professional Liability. Today, he focuses on collaborating with underwriters to create the most robust policies in the market. Dennis volunteers with the Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce.
At Large Board Member – Brackie Mitchell
At Large Board Member – Spencer Pollock
Spencer Pollock, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPM, is an attorney at Niles, Barton & Wilmer. His primary focus is representing and counseling clients with aspects of their data security and cybersecurity. Spencer also works with the Maryland Volunteer Legal Services to provide legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford legal representation. He served as the Assistant Director for Bridges, a non-profit organization founded to support opportunities for higher education for inner-city students.
Executive Director – Rina Vaishnav Rhyne
Administrative Coordinator – Helen Dyer
Helen Dyer has most recently worked at a local preschool, and has always volunteered her time and energy, with children and their well-being as a primary focus of her efforts. She brings broad experience in bookkeeping and administrative duties. Helen holds a bachelors degree in Fitness Management from the University of Delaware and lives in Baltimore County with her husband and two children.