Pictured; 2018-2019 The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. Board of Directors and Staff (Left to Right) Cindy Whitcomb, Paul Hume, William Caltrider, Laura Lemon, Tricia Thomas, Alvin Katz, Olivia Jacobson, Karen Grannas, Pat Isaac, Joe Harsel, Timmy Ruppersberger, Tim Bojanowski, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Debbie Phelps, Paula Miller, Doug Eder, Cindy Jones, Jamie Bakert, Gary Berger.   Not pictured; Tony Baysmore, Scott Dorsey, Patrick Fannon, David Garbarino, Lisa Hathaway, John Hayden III, Esq., Kevin Healey, Kristen Huber, Brandon McMann, Shayla Myers, Jason Plotkin, Mick Rayburn, Keith Riddle, Thomas Smyth.


“Expressing appreciation and gratitude by saying thank you, congratulations, or job well done, is one of the simplest messages, BUT the most uplifting and rewarding message an individual or organization can say,” are the words of gratitude expressed by Ms. Deborah S. Phelps, the Executive Director of The Education Foundation of BCPS at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony held at Padonia Park Club on June 6, 2019.  It was a day filled with messages of appreciation and gratitude expressed to several of our business partners and Education Champions.

Recipients of the following awards were recognized for their dedication and contributions to the foundation’s initiatives over the course of 2018 and 2019 school years.

Service as Board Member

Mr. William Caltrider, President, Center for Alcohol & Drug Research & Education

Ms. Lisa Hathaway, Account General Manager, DC/MD, Pearson, East Region

Mr. Kevin Healy, President & General Manager, Baltimore Blast Corporation

Ms. Shayla Myers, Account Executive, Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls


Foundation Internships

Ms. Britney Amaya, Overlea High School

Ms. Allison Coletta, Franklin High School & University of South Carolina


Meritorious Service Award

Ms. Mary Davidson, BCPS Office of Transportation – 2018 Recipient

Mr. Brian Hiles, Office of Communication, Design and Media Specialist – 2019 Recipient


Leadership Award

Mr. Tim Bojanowski, President, Zest Social Media Solutions – 2018 Recipient

Mr. Mick Rayburn, Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting, Co., Inc. – 2019 Recipient


Innovation in Education Award 

American Design Associates – 2018 Recipient

Merritt Companies – 2019 Recipient


Outstanding Board of Director of the Year Award

Tricia Thomas, Partner, Gross Mendelsohn & Associates – 2018 Recipient

Karen Grannas, COO, Open Door Before & After School Care – 2019 Recipient


The Exchangeree Honor Society

Olivia Jacobson, Lewis Contracting

Nancy Hofmann, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors


A Day at the Hub

Jamie Bakert, Microsoft


Apprenticeship Program

Kristin Huber, Advance Business Systems

The foundation thanks all who have dedicated their time, talent and treasure in support of Baltimore County Public Schools.  Through grants, scholarships, programs, apprenticeships and projects, the foundation continues to explore ways to elevate education for the future.

“The spirit of service is the heart of humanity.”  ~ Laila Gifty Akita