Board of Directors


Greg Jones

Board President

Greg Jones joined the Board in November 2009. He works for the Maryland Transportation Authority, Division of Strategic Development as the Manager of Enterprise and Innovative Programs Development. Greg lives in Parkville with his wife, Sherri, and their three children.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“My enthusiasm for the Foundation stems from our focus on programs that promote literacy. As a child, I experience difficulty learning to read, and I attribute the support and encouragement I received from educators and public library programs as primary conduits of success.”


Todd Carpenter

Board Vice President

Todd Carpenter, the executive director for the National Information Standards Organization, has been on the Board of Directors since May 2009. Todd, who holds a B.A. in German and Philosophy from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Marketing from The Johns Hopkins University, has worked for Johns Hopkins University Press and BioOne. Todd has also served as treasurer of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Todd and his wife Colette have two children who are “avid readers and love the Towson Branch of BCPL.” In his spare time he enjoys cooking, photography and technology.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“Libraries are among the last public indoor space and provide access to many who lack the same access and resources to information rescues. Libraries such as Baltimore County Public Library can provide a nurturing environment where children from all backgrounds can engage their intellects as well as foster a love of reading and understanding. Public cultural institutions like Baltimore County Public Library need our support and expertise to advance their mission to support our community.”


Ting Li

Board Treasurer

Ting Li joined the Board in June 2016. He works for CohnReznick LLP as an audit manager for the audit department. Ting has a degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA). Ting currently lives in Nottingham with his wife Sue and their two children.

During his free time, Ting enjoys playing basketball, spending quality time with his family and watching movies.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“I am passionate about discovering what Baltimore County Public Library system has to offer to the communities it serves. I enjoy helping support and enhance the various services the library offers  our communities.”


Christine Crawford

Board Member

Christine Crawford joined the Board of Directors in December 2013. She holds a B.A. in Science from St. Bonaventure University. She recently retired from the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, after serving 10 years as vice president. Prior to that, she spent 16 years in the hospitality industry. Christine also serves on the boards of directors for both the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore Pump Out for Clean Water, Inc. She has also served on the boards of directors for the Irish Railroad Workers Museum and the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

Christine and her husband Ed enjoy traveling, both stateside and overseas.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“I believe in the Foundation’s vision to support and enhance the services of Baltimore County Public Library and I strongly support the commitment to sustain a superior public library system in Baltimore County.”


Emily Devan

Board Member

Emily Devan is an attorney at the firm of Pessin Katz Law, P.A. in Towson.  She is a Baltimore County native who attended the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland School of Law. She lives with her husband and dog in Baltimore. In her free time she enjoys reading, walking her dog and cooking.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?

I have always been a bookworm and that love was encouraged by weekly trips to Baltimore County Public Library throughout my childhood. I loved being able to find almost any book and not having to worry about the cost. I want to continue to make books and education accessible.


Brent Howard

Board Member

Brent Alexander Howard is currently the president and CEO of Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. As president and CEO, Brent works with more than 450 member companies and a 23-member Board of Directors to promote, grow and sustain a diverse and healthy business community that will enrich the quality of life and enhance prosperity in the Baltimore region. Brent is also president of the Small Business Resource Center, where he works with its two business counselors to aid clients in establishing or growing their businesses in Baltimore County.

Before joining the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, Brent was employed with Toyota Financial Services, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Washington Redskins.

Brent attended Morgan State University and University of Baltimore, with a concentration in political science and digital theory.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“I joined the Foundation because I believe in the role the library plays in our community as a hub for learning, discovery and inspiration for Baltimore County residents of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and the Foundation’s mission to act as an advocate for services and projects that enhance the library’s goals and objectives.”


David Marks

Board Member

Councilman David Marks, who represents the Fifth District on the Baltimore County Council, has been a member of the Foundation Board of Directors since December 2010. He has a M.A. in Policy Studies from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to his council duties, David is a transportation consultant and an adjunct instructor at Loyola University Maryland. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maryland Department of Transportation. David serves on the board for the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a past president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

David enjoys spending time with his two children and exploring the outdoors, traveling and history.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“I have long been interested and supportive of libraries and worked for 10 years to build the Perry Hall Branch of Baltimore County Public Library. The Foundation helps government improve libraries by raising critical private sector support.”


Ian Parker

Board Member

Ian Parker is a property manager for Atapco Properties. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University and a MBA from University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ian also has a background in finance and accounting. He lives in Perry Hall with his wife and two children. Ian enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and watching or playing most sports.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?

The library was always a magical place in my childhood, where I could explore different worlds through reading and use the computers to play games or browse the internet. As an adult, I love the ability to have a (free!) never ending supply of books to enjoy. I joined the Foundation to ensure the community can continue to enjoy these and other services the library has to offer for many years to come.

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Nicholas C. Richardson

Board Member

Nick Richardson became a member of the Foundation board in September 2017. He is a vice president of commercial banking for M&T Bank. He has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, and has been with M&T since 2011, when his then-employer Wilmington Trust was acquired by M&T. Other former employers include Chevy Chase Bank and Mercantile Safe-Deposit & Trust Bank. A graduate of the University of Richmond, he lives in Towson with his wife Anita. They have two grown sons. Hobbies include reading, golfing, sailing, hiking and gardening.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“Being a part of the Foundation allows me to help ensure the library reaches the communities it serves as it continues to be vibrant and evolving. My interest is in seeing the library make the most of technological changes as it remains focused on fostering a love of reading in young people and, hopefully, a love for libraries.”


Stephen Shutz

Board Member

Stephen Shutz joined the Board in June 2016. He is a Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory, Inc. Steve, who has a B.S. in Finance from Frostburg State University, is also on the Board of KIPP Baltimore, is a member and former president of the Municipal Bond Club of Baltimore and is a member of the Baltimore CFA Society.

In his spare time, Steve is coaches his daughter’s under-11 lacrosse team and is involved with the local PTA. He and his wife live in Catonsville with their three daughters.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
“Today’s public libraries face an environment of rapidly changing consumer demands. Baltimore County Public Library system is a national leader, and Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library provides critical support toward the library system’s future goals. I am part of a family of avid readers and have three young daughters who love visiting the Catonsville Branch. I am happy to serve the Foundation and support the continued growth of the entire system.”


Susan Waxter

Board Member

Susan Waxter retired from Baltimore County Public Library in 2013 after 10 years in Planning & Projects in the Administration and joined the Foundation board of directors in January 2017. She grew up in Baltimore and holds a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and an M.B.A from the University of Virginia. After 30 years working in the banking industry in several eastern cities, she returned to Baltimore in 2001, where she enrolled in the University of Maryland and earned her Masters of Library Science. Her work at Baltimore County Public Library mirrored her banking career, and included strategic planning, project management and data analysis. The years at Baltimore County Public Library were very rewarding, both professionally and personally, as she has many friends from the library world.  She also supports the library efforts of her college and the Smithsonian.

Since retirement, Susan volunteers at the Maryland Zoo and as treasurer for her homeowners' association. She travels all over the country and the world. As of August 2015, she had visited all 50 US states. Other interests include hiking and attending concerts and movies with friends.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
"Very simply, I want to give back to this library for making the last ten years of my professional life so wonderful. I believe very strongly in libraries as a gathering place and a positive influence in each branch's community."

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Anne Winter West

Anne Winter West is a native of Baltimore and holds degrees in Drama and Political Science from Brown University and a MAS for Johns Hopkins University. She has worked for Mayor William Donald Schaefer, T. Rowe Price and Kennedy Krieger Institute. Currently a councilor on the Maryland State Arts Council, Anne has served for many years on the Board of Enoch Pratt Free Library. She has chaired the boards of Baltimore Outreach Services as well as The Learning Bank. She is married to State Senator Chris West, and they have one son, a student at Towson University.

Why serve on Foundation Board?

Libraries today are much more than just books. For many, they are the means to apply online for jobs, get free legal advice and learn valuable skills, and they contribute to early childhood learning and development. One of my continuing missions is to further literacy in Maryland, which aligns with the mission of the Foundation.


Ellen York

Board Member

Ellen joined the Foundation Board in July 2016. She has worked in the legal department at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., since 2011, and since 2014 has been legal counsel, vice president. She manages a team that facilitates opening sponsored products in global markets, and prepares and submits documents to state, federal and international regulatory bodies. She has a J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Baltimore School of Law and B.A. (magna cum laude) from McDaniel College.

Ellen lives in Timonium with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting and competing on a trivia team.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?
"I recognize the importance of the library in the Baltimore County community. It is certainly not just about physical books. The library provides key programming for a variety of ages and topics, whether it’s related to literacy, technology, education or job hunting."


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