We help those who help others

Audrey Scott, Board Chair, has been a Maryland resident for the past forty years, during which time she has worked tirelessly on the local, state and federal level to improve her community and the state of Maryland.  She is also a past Executive Director of the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and a General Manager of Chaney Enterprises. Audrey’s commitment to improving the State of Maryland earned her an induction into the highly prestigious Maryland Women Hall of Fame as well as a Maryland Woman of Achievement award.

Elaine Curl, of Queenstown, Board Vice Chair.  Founder and former CEO of The Convention Store,  Elaine has 30 years of experience in the U.S. transportation industry. In addition to her pioneering efforts in the mass shuttle system design and management field, Elaine is also the founder of the Rose House Foundation, dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy and other special needs.

Dr. Jodie Monger Gray has served as the President and CEO of Customer Relationship Metrics since 1993.  Jodie served on the Celebration of Charity committee for Chesapeake Charities’ inaugural event in November 2016, and joined the Chesapeake Charities board of directors in March 2017. She also serves on the Juniata College Board of Trustees, the Juniata Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and was a past Chair of the Lighthouse Christian Academy Board. Jodie is a member of the Chesapeake Women’s Network and the Queen Anne’s Chamber of Commerce.


Kate Goodall Gray, of Chestertown, President of KRM Development Corporation. Kate is a Character Counts! coach and serves on the Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Commission. Currently, Kate serves on the board of directors for Horizons Kent and Queen Anne’s County and previously was on the board of directors for the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce.

Elaine Harrison, of Grasonville,  is the owner of a small accounting and consulting firm in Queen Anne’s County. Elaine enjoys working in the community and has served as member on several boards and committees, including the Advisory Council to the State of Maryland Child Care Advisory Council, Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency services Public Health Committee, the Children’s Memorial Playground at Old Love Point Park and Adopt-a-Bear. Elaine previously served as Board Treasurer.

Mary Ruth Meredith of Wye Mills, Emeritus Board Member, served as Secretary for Chesapeake Charities Board of Directors for six years. Mary Ruth is a career educator and 50 Year Retiree from the Queen Anne’s County Public School System. She has been a devoted Coach and advocate for the Queen Anne’s County Character Counts! Program for many years and served on their Advisory Council Board. Mary Ruth is a member of the 4H Club, the State Retired Teachers Association and is a graduate of Salisbury State University.

Pat Mager is President of WHBG, Inc., a full service certified public accounting firm. Her professional memberships include the Board of Directors of the Maryland Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation as well as member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), the National Association of Tax Professionals, and the National Association of Female Executives. Pat is the fund advisor for the Alice Perry Liptak Scholarship Fund, established in memory of her sister.

Royden Powell has served the public for 25 years in state, local and municipal government, in addition 20+ years as a grain farmer in Queen Anne’s County. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Royden served as a supervisor for the Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District for 11 years before joining the Maryland Department of Agriculture to work in soil conservation and water quality programs. Entering municipal government in 2004, Royden became Town Manager for the Town of Centreville.  In December, 2007 he was reappointed Assistant Secretary for the Office of Resource Conservation,  developing policy for Maryland’s agricultural conservation programs. Royden retired from State service in 2015 and remains active in several community-based organizations.

Mark D. Stemen, of Queenstown, a homebuilding executive and attorney with more than 30 years experience as a builder/developer in the Washington, D.C. region. Stemen served as the Virginia Division president for Lennar Homes and as Mid-Atlantic Division president for K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons Communities.

Mark Thorn, Board Treasurer, worked as a civilian for the U.S. Navy for over 30 years, retiring as a Senior Professional in 2011.  He was the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Director of Resources and Comptroller, concurrently serving as ONI’s Chief Financial Executive, and Head of Human Resources. Currently in practice as an Executive and Leadership Coach, Mark is Director of the Eric and Cara Thorn Memorial Scholarship Fund, Chairman of the Calvert Community Foundation Board, and a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Non-Profit Consultant.

Paula Warner, of Chester, Board Secretary, owner of Paula’s Fine Jewelry, and consummate volunteer. Warner has supported numerous civic and charitable groups. She is past president of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, member of the gala committee for Compass Regional Hospice, and has served as a member of Bosom Buddies Ball Committee of Bosom Buddies Charities Inc.