The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support nonprofit organizations in Howard County, named Kimberly Prescott chair of the board of trustees. Prescott is the founder and president of Prescott HR, a full-service human resources firm in Columbia that helps organizations hire and manage employees.
“As the foundation enters its 50th year, we will celebrate our successes, our new home at The Apple Ford Center at Athol Manor and our renewed strategic focus,” Prescott said. “With an eye to diversity, equity and inclusion, we will continue to fulfill Jim Rouse’s vision of making this the best and most inclusive place to live in the country. It is my hope that through our various programs, we will grow the next generation of philanthropists in Howard County.”
After two years as vice chair, Prescott replaces Peter Panepento, past chair of the foundation and co-founder and principal of Turn Two Communications. Steven Sass, an attorney in private practice, will serve as vice chair and secretary, and Marc Levin, president and CEO of Maryland University of Integrative Health, will serve as treasurer.
In addition, joining Prescott are four new board members:
- Sarah Cupertino is vice president at AdvanSix, which manufactures nylon and related chemicals. Previously, she was a global business director at W.R. Grace & Co. where she directed technology services and strategic initiatives. She joined W.R. Grace in 2007 and held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, sales, marketing, strategy and business management.
- Chimaobi “Chima” Chijioke is vice president of customer operations at BGE, where he directs strategy, resources and activities with customer care, claims and field and meter services. He has held leadership positions at BGE and Exelon over the last decade. Prior to joining Exelon, he was associate director for customer care at Verizon Wireless, and he held other leadership positions in quality assurance and the hospitality industries.
- Chip Doetsch has been president and CEO of Apple Ford Lincoln since 2002 after holding positions in all divisions of the car dealership. He joined Apple Ford Lincoln as a finance and insurance manager in 1993 and began his automotive career as a sales consultant at Lane Hyundai in College Park in 1985.
- Lisa Edwards is a financial advisor at WMS Partners with more than 15 years of experience in investments, capital markets and corporate finance. Prior to joining WMS, she was the manager of financial analysis at the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp.
The Community Foundation of Howard County serves as a knowledgeable, trusted partner that forges connections between donors and nonprofit organizations to provide impactful investments in Howard County. The foundation awarded more than $3.6 million through 457 grants to organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs in 2020. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation’s endowment supported by more than 300 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information, visit CFHoCo.org or call 410-730-7840.