Board of Directors

Pam Kasemeyer Pam Kasemeyer, a partner of the law firm, Schwartz, Metz and Wise, P.A., has represented a variety of interests before the Maryland General Assembly and regulatory agencies for more than 30 years. An acknowledged authority on Maryland’s environmental and health care laws, her clients include dominant trade organizations and corporate interests in the solid waste, energy and health care sectors. Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, a Masters degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University, and received her law degree from the University of Maryland Law School. Pam is active in a number of community and professional organizations and has the pleasure of serving as a mentor for two Sisters Circle mentees.
Stephanie 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.
Tracey Gersh Tracey Gersh, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President for the Casey Health Institute, a community-based health and wellness center that provides a new model of integrative health care that transforms the patient’s experience and relationship with their care team. Dr. Gersh has 30 years in the health care field, including many years as a clinical provider and as a senior leader in health care administration. Dr. Gersh received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed her internship at the Durham Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and completed the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her professional interests include reducing health disparities and integrated models of care.
Jeffrey Hargrave Jeffrey Hargrave has been named by Baltimore’s Smart CEO Circle of Excellence as one of the city’s top ten CEOs. He is celebrating over 20 years of successful business, having founded Mahogany, Inc., a high-end commercial millwork company, in 1991. Mahogany, Inc. currently supports over 100 employees, with sales grossing $13 million a year.
Douglas Holthaus Douglas Holthaus is a Senior Vice President with U.S. Trust in Baltimore. Doug works with business owners, entrepreneurs, senior executives and affluent families to help them manage, deploy and pass on their wealth more effectively. Doug has extensive experience working with both private clients and institutions. Doug’s experience also includes tenures with PNC advising high net worth individuals, Deutsche Asset Management, where he was a Relationship Manager to institutional clients; Friedman, Billings, & Ramsey Group, where he designed employee stock plans and other executive services; and Legg Mason, where he began his career in 1996. Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Salisbury University. He is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Baltimore County.
Jeff Jenkins Jeff Jenkins is a Vice-President with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and has been managing construction projects in the Life Sciences industry for over 18 years. Jeff has been with Whiting-Turner since graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1994. Originally from Baltimore, Jeff is committed to investing his time and resources to help improve the local community.
Mark Knobloch Mark Knobloch is a Vice President and Team Leader at CW Capital Asset Management where he manages a portfolio of office and industrial properties throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. He has worked in various capacities within commercial real estate finance, investment and development in the Baltimore metropolitan area since 1987, including positions with Bank of America, RSMK, LLC and Preston Partners. Mark earned a BS in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and an MS in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University. Mark currently serves on the board at Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation, and previously held board positions with The Nextgen Foundation Charitable Trust, The Roland Run Club and The West Towson Neighborhood Association.
Shelly Malis 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. 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.
Antoinella Peterkin Antoinella Peterkin is a proud alumna of the inaugural class of Sisters Circle. She is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a minor in Business. After college, she served with Public Allies through AmeriCorps and then as a Student Support Liaison at the Mount Washington School. Here, she launched her non-profit, F.A.M.E. Design Program, where she teaches students life lessons through the arts. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School for Girls.
Robyn Ringgold As principal of NLR Consulting Group, Robyn Ringgold serves as an IT Project Management Consultant for Federal and private clients. Additionally, she is president of Solar Publishing, a children’s multimedia company dedicated to introducing holistic living and environmental awareness to families, where she has also authored three beloved children’s books. Robyn remains an active mentor and volunteer for Sisters Circle since she started as a weekly leader in 2004. After graduating from Maryvale Preparatory School for Girls, she earned a BS degree from Florida A&M University.
Cheryl Steinbacher 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.
Peggy Wolf Peggy Wolf is a native Baltimorean who has worked in the independent school community for over thirty five years as a teacher and school administrator. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Education from the George Washington University. Peggy’s community involvement includes Central Scholarship Bureau, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore, The Baltimore Jewish Council, and the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
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