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Lisa Maffezzoli

Finance, Entrepreneurship, Other

A leader with a passion for meeting and getting to know new people. I am a good listener, coach and building relationship come naturally to me.

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Amber Rash

Finance

Amber Rash is an energetic, results-oriented professional with high academic credentials and experience in financial lending and marketing, as well as leading non-profit organizations. Amber is currently employed as a loan officer with MidAtlantic Farm Credit in Denton, MD where she services a portfolio of over $35M in loan volume geared to farmers and rural land and home owners. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management with a minor in Resource Economics from the University of Delaware in 2012 and an MBA in Marketing Management at Wilmington University in 2019.

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Samantha Steele

Finance

I am a loan officer with MidAtlantic Farm Credit offering various financial services to local producers on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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Sara Gallagher

Social Entrepreneurship, Programming, Other

Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher is the Associate Director at the Do Good Institute (DGI).

Sara joined the Do Good Institute team in 2016. She was previously part of Calvert Impact Capital’s Strategic Initiatives team where she served as the Program Officer for IdEA (the International diaspora Engagement Alliance). Calvert Impact Capital is an impact investing nonprofit that raises capital from investors and uses that capital to finance community development organizations and social enterprises around the world. IdEA is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and USAID that harnesses the passion and energy of diasporas to contribute to the social and economic development of their countries of heritage. As the Program Officer for IdEA, Sara managed philanthropy, investment, and entrepreneurship initiatives that leveraged the unique strengths and resources of diasporas. She also developed resources for diaspora groups to build their capacity to serve their missions, including trainings and networking opportunities.

Sara is an alumna of the Do Good Institute and the School of Public Policy, where she received her Master of Public Policy specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. While a graduate student at the Institute, Sara served as a Philanthropy Fellow at Calvert Impact Capital and at The Greater Washington Community Foundation. During this period she was also the Chair of the Do Good Challenge, the Institute’s unique philanthropy and entrepreneurship competition that galvanizes UMD students to do good for causes they’re passionate about or to start or advance their own social enterprises. Sara also participated in a variety of other Do Good Institute initiatives including the Global Philanthropy program for which she studied philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors in Israel and Jordan.

Prior to her graduate studies, Sara was the Development Associate at the Arlington Arts Center, where she managed fundraising initiatives and foundation relationships. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and Middle Eastern Languages from McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

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Matthew Lowinger

Entrepreneurship, Other

Matthew Lowinger is a Lead Project Manager in the software development industry.

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Kaitlin Ahmad

Design, Other

Kaitlin is the Manager of Communications for the Do Good Institute (DGI). Over the course of her career, Kaitlin has positively impacted education institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, and those they serve through strategic communications, messaging, branding, and media relations. Prior to joining the Do Good Institute, Kaitlin worked at C.Fox Communications, a mission-driven communications agency focused on helping move missions forward for organizations that do good for the good of others. Her creative thinking and passion for telling stories about positive change, innovative ideas and social impact have enabled her to secure valuable media coverage across a range of local and national publications, including the Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.

Kaitlin previously served as the Public Information Officer for The Humane Society of the United States, where she led and executed media relations strategies for various animal welfare campaigns, the advancement of state and federal legislation and ballot initiatives, and large scale events. Prior to her time at The Humane Society, she worked at Susan Davis International, a boutique, woman-owned public relations agency, developing and implementing strategic public relations campaigns and events for corporate, nonprofit, foundation and government organizations, including the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Kaitlin graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland.

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Jolene Gurevich

Finance, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship

Jolene Gurevich is a Manager at Mtech Ventures and the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund. She is responsible for advising startups as well as managing programmatic operations for the Mtech Ventures Incubator. She is also responsible for sourcing and vetting companies for investment by the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund (CBSCF).

Prior to Mtech, Jolene was an early employee at an ed-tech startup where she held numerous roles integral to the growth of the company. She has experience in managing company financials and startup operations, building and scaling customer success teams, tracking and understanding user data analytics, developing product marketing, setting up and managing HR systems as well as building an inclusive team culture.

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Holly DeArmond

Entrepreneurship, Other

Holly DeArmond joined the Dingman Center in September 2012 as Assistant Director, Events and Marketing. In 2014, Holly was named Associate Director of the Center and in 2019 she was named Managing Director. Holly's primary focus is leading the Dingman Center in support of its mission to build a community that discovers, equips, connects and celebrates entrepreneurs. Key responsibilities include oversight of center operations; venture programs; brand positioning; and external relations. Holly also develops and maintains relationships with donors, board members, EIRs, the Smith School community and other campus and regional partners.

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Brooke Smith

Entrepreneurship, Other

Brooke Smith creates and facilitates experiences using design thinking and lean startup to empower learners to become creative problem solvers. In her role at the university’s Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Brooke develops classes, workshops, and programs for UMD students along with public and private sector partners including the Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, USDA, and local non-profits.

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Howard Pedolsky

Finance, Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing, Design

BS Chem Engr 61
MS Aerospace 65
NASA GSFC 16 yrs head satellite operations
President space consultant company - managed space missions for SDIO and several commercial satellite missions
Developed, marketed and sold globally cryogenic refrigeration for transport with Ukrainian partner
Obtained $20m investment from EBRD

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Drew Bewick

Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Design

Drew mentors on topics every entrepreneur faces, especially in the early stages of launching their venture.

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Mckeever Conwell

Entrepreneurship, Programming, Other

A software engineer with a top secret clearance turned 2X startup CEO turned Investor

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Andrew Rose

Entrepreneurship

An innovative strategy, marketing and business development authority, Andrew is frequently asked to speak to groups on a wide variety of topics ranging from the Future of Food and Agriculture to What Special Forces Can Teach Us about Business Development. As a small "f" futurist in the food and agricultural sector, he is also a sought-after author/speaker for his technical expertise on the subjects of blue ocean strategies, trend spotting, community building, white space initiatives, making markets and generally living beyond the horizon.

Andrew is deeply involved in the non-profit community, sitting on or advising many non-profit boards and social impact organizations. He has served as the Chief Strategy Officer in Residence at the Emerging Technologies Centers, the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Maryland Cybersecurity Association, and was an organizer for the TEDxBaltimore events. He is currently deeply immersed in F3Tech, an agriculture incubation system. Andrew also serves as the treasurer for the Keystone Development Center.

Andrew helped found the GIVE Program, a leadership program in Maryland for rising professionals.

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Mike Thielke

Entrepreneurship

Director of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center and its two initiatives, hotDesks - a network of coworking spaces on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and F³ Tech - an accelerator program in agritech, aquatech, and envirotech.

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Branden Denchfield

Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing

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