Meet Our Board

Alex Young

Alex Young
Board Chair
Convention Data Services

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Jamie Boden
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Hermine Bernstein

Hermine Bernstein
Emeritus Board Member

Marie Greenbank Board Member

Marie Greenbank
Greenbank Business Services East Coast Real Estate Group LLC

Meredith Roark

Meredith Roark
Matan Companies

Renee Thomas-Spencer, M.D.

Renee Thomas-Spencer, M.D.
Capitol Women’s Care

Shannon Wallace Board Member

Shannon Wallace
Charis Realty Group; Mad Fitness

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Roy R. Rahmati, CAP

Angela Abrishami

Angela Abrishami
Program Director

Meet Our School Coordinators

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Jennifer Leader Anderson
Operations Coordinator
Monocacy Valley Montessori & North Frederick

Stephanie Holder

Stephanie Holder
Food Purchasing Coordinator

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Denise Armentrout
Green Valley Elementary

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Nina Blackner
YMCA of Frederick County Head Start

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Stacy Bokinsky
Lewistown Elementary

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Laura Boston
Glade Elementary

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Sharon Brown
Lincoln Elementary

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Jonathan Carothers
Tuscarora Elementary

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Rebecca DeGioia
Urbana Cluster

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Debbie Dunnigan
Waverley Elementary

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Pete Dunnigan
Waverley Elementary

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Lori Gardner
Twin Ridge Elementary

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Trisha Gaskill
Lincoln E.S. and Spring Ridge E.S.

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Randi Gibson
Media Coordinator

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Angie Harpster
Monocacy Middle

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Mary Ann Harris

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Shannon Kelly
Walkersville Elementary

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Salimeh Khaleeli
Frederick Classical

Kim Kile

Kimberly Kile
Urbana Cluster

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Lauren King
Carroll Manor Elementary

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Erin Lawrence
Parkway Elementary

Melissa Medwid

Melissa Medwid
Centerville Elementary

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Becky Miller
Carroll Manor Elementary

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Candice Poska
Whittier Elementary

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Ed Ramsey
Whittier Elementary

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Rachel Sessions

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Jody Sullivan
Monocacy Elementary

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Amy Vanderryn
Butterfly Ridge Elementary

Missy Vierling

Missy Vierling
Orchard Grove Elementary

Our Founder

Hermine Bernstein

Hermine Bernstein

In November 2013, after increased awareness about hunger among Frederick’s children, I partnered with the national Blessings in a Backpack organization to establish a Frederick Chapter. In Jan. 2014, we began feeding 210 children in one local school. Thanks to amazing community support and a strong volunteer base, our chapter grew to feeding over 3,000 low-income children by March 2020.  The Frederick Chapter is currently feeding 3,100 low-income children in 21 local schools. This has been a true labor of love.  After 7 wonderful years, I retired in October 2020, handing over leadership to Angela Abrishami, the new Program Director.