Board of Directors

Interested in joining the Foundation Board?

The Foundation is currently seeking candidates for open Board positions. If you're interested in joining the Board, please read the Board Expectations and then fill out an Board Application. Applications should be returned to info@foundationforbcpl.org.

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Ellen York

Board President

Ellen joined the Foundation Board in July 2016, and became the first woman president of the Board in 2019. 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 Cockeysville with her husband and son. 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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Nicholas C. Richardson

Board Vice President

Nick Richardson became a member of the Foundation Board in September 2017, and became the Board Vice President in 2019. He is a senior commercial lender and senior vice president at Fulton Bank. He has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Other former employers include M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, 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.”

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Stephen Shutz

Board Treasurer

Stephen Shutz joined the Board in June 2016, and became the Board Treasurer in 2019. He is a portfolio manager - partner 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 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.”

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Marisa Conner

Board Member

Marisa Conner joined the Foundation Board in October 2019. She is a retiree of Baltimore County Public Library, where she served as the Youth and Family Engagement manager for 14 years. Marisa previously worked as an educator and specialist in Baltimore County Public Schools and as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. She is the current co-chair of the Baltimore County Early Childhood Advisory Council. Marisa is an early literacy consultant for Too Small to Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation. She has a Masters of Education from Loyola College, an advanced certificate in early childhood education and school administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Towson University.

Marisa lives in Middle River with her husband Ron. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sailing and kayaking.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?

"As a child, an educator, an employee and a customer, the library has always been a place of joy and discovery for me. I have experienced the profound impact the library has on the community by providing equal access to an outstanding collection of books and materials, programs, information and opportunities that support and enrich the lives of so many."

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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. Emily joined the Board in November of 2018.

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."

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Brynn Devereaux

Board Member

Brynn Devereaux is the director of Operations and Marketing for Coyle Studios, a commercial photography, photo restoration, and custom framing studio in Towson. Brynn is also president of the American Marketing Association Baltimore chapter and has volunteered for a number of organizations, including the MedStar Franklin Square Auxiliary and Boy Scouts of America Baltimore Area Council. In her free time, Brynn enjoys reading, sewing and swimming.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?

"Libraries are essential to our community in so many ways. From providing personal and professional resources to creating interesting community programming to supplying a safe space to learn and explore, libraries help communities grow and thrive. My father was an avid reader, and my mother is a librarian. They instilled a love and appreciation of libraries into me, and I think that it is important to not only support libraries, but help the community in which they support."

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Joan Drebing

Board Member

Joan Drebing joined the board of directors in January of 2020. She currently works for Jewish Community Services, an agency of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore as manager of Resource Development. She has worked in fundraising and development since 1996. Prior to joining the Associated, Joan served as development director for Mother Seton Academy, an independent middle school in Baltimore. Joan has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She currently lives in Lutherville with her husband Dave and their twins, Ryan and Emma.

In her free time, Joan enjoys reading, baking, watching the Ravens play and spending time with family and friends.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?

"My love for reading and the Baltimore County Public Library system can be traced back to the late 1970s, when I served as a circulation assistant at the Towson Branch. I have such fond memories of working at the library. It was a treat to see the new books as soon as they came out. Joining the Board provides a wonderful way for me to give back to an organization I truly love."

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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. Brent joined the Foundation Board in March of 2018.

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.”

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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.”

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Ian Parker

Board Member

Ian Parker is a property manager for Atapco Properties and joined the Board in 2018. 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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Regina Z. Sanderoff

Board Member

Regina Z. Sanderoff joined the board of directors in May of 2019.  She currently works for Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) as a New Business Manager and has a background in finance and accounting. Prior to joining BGE, Regina worked for Global Payments, an International Credit Card Processing Company. Regina has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Towson University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland, University College. She currently lives in Owings Mills with her husband Mike and their two daughters, Ayla and Maya. 

In her free time, Regina enjoys reading, yoga, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Why join Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library?

“Libraries hold books, and books hold worlds of wonder. As an avid reader, I have traveled all over the world, to imaginary lands, back in time and through space. Now, as a parent, my children love the magic of books as much as I do. I joined the Foundation to spread that love in support of our libraries.”

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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."

Board Members Emeritus

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Todd Carpenter

Board Member Emeritus

Todd Carpenter, the executive director for the National Information Standards Organization, served on the Board of Directors from May 2009-June 2019. While on the Board, Todd served as Board Vice President. Upon the end of his term of service on the Board, Todd became the first Board Member Emeritus, continuing his support of the Foundation and its mission.

Todd holds a B.A. in German and Philosophy from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Marketing from The Johns Hopkins University, and 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.”

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