Board of Directors

Honorable Stephanie A. Gallagher serves as a United States Magistrate Judge in Baltimore. Prior to joining the bench, she worked as a federal prosecutor and as an attorney in private practice, representing criminal defendants and civil litigants. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She currently is engaged in other community and bar association activities. For several years, she has fostered a relationship between Sisters Circle and the Cathedral Food Program at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
Candace Handy is the Program Manager at Rebuilding Together Baltimore, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners at no cost. She joined Sisters Circle as a mentee in 2002 and has remained active and close with her mentor, Hunter Haines, since the sixth grade. Through Sisters Circle, she also received a full scholarship to Roland Park Country School. Candace holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Towson University. She was featured on the cover of the Baltimore Times and speaks within the community about the importance of mentorship and how it has greatly impacted her life.
Douglas Holthaus is an Executive Director and Client Advisor at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Baltimore, MD. In this role, he provides individuals, families, foundations, endowments and associations with comprehensive wealth management strategies, ongoing guidance, and customized plans to address their financial needs. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Holthaus was a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Baltimore. Employing a tailored approach when working with his clients, Mr. Holthaus helped business owners, entrepreneurs, senior executives and affluent families streamline their financial lives and prioritize the family, businesses and philanthropic concerns, allowing them to deploy and pass on their wealth more effectively. Mr. Holthaus holds a B.A. in political science from Salisbury University.
Theresa Macheski is the Events Specialist at Kennedy Krieger Institute where she helps to run two of the Institute’s largest fundraisers, ROAR for Kids and Festival of Trees. She specializes in peer-to-peer fundraising and building donor support through events. Theresa is a graduate of Towson University where she received her Bachelor of Science with a focus was on women and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. She is currently enrolled at the University of Baltimore to receive her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. In 2017, Theresa was inducted into the National Society of Leadership & Success.
Michelle (Shelly) Malis is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Shelly currently serves on the Boards of The Associated, The Women of the Associated (2015 annual campaign chair), Chizuk Amuno Congregation (immediate past president) and Art With A Heart. Her past board service also includes: Jewish Volunteer Connection, the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership, the Center for Jewish Eduction, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the Maryland Teen Initiative and the Krieger Schechter Day School. Shelly is a founding member and past chair of the Women’s Giving Foundation and a member of the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership Committee and the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Committee. Shelly has been a mentor through Sisters Circle for 10 years.
Katrina Bell McDonald, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The Johns Hopkins University and accomplished author. Previously, she served as Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs. Teaching both domestically and in China, she became the second black female ever to be awarded tenure in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering. Dr. McDonald serves on the board of the Center for Africana Studies and is a past member of the Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council and the Maryland Humanities Council. Dr. McDonald earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Written Communication from Mills College; a Master of Arts degree in Applied Communication Research from Stanford University; and Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.
Cheryl L. Steinbacher is Senior Vice President of Human Resources with MidAtlantic Farm Credit. She has 30 years of human resources experience in financial services, payment processing, manufacturing, and high technology industries. Cheryl earned a B.S. in Organization Development from the University of Tennessee and an M.Ed. in Organization Development from Vanderbilt University. Cheryl is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds the professional certification of SHRM-SCP, SPHR. She is also a current board member of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement.
As one of the founding mentors of Sisters Circle, Michele Welsh is a nearly two-decade supporter of our program. She is currently Marketing Director at Verdence Capital Advisors, an independent financial advisory in Hunt Valley, Maryland, where she focuses on improving client experiences across their complex range of interactions and provides marketing and communication strategies for the entire business. Prior to her present role, Michele was an entrepreneur and patent holder, serving as CEO and Founder of SafetyTat Child ID Solutions, where she was also the firm’s spokesperson and innovation leader. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Design from Ohio State University and resides in Baltimore with her husband and three children.

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