Advisory Board

2016 WGC Advisory Board Members

Kim Agnor, Treasurer, is an accountant with Fisher Ring LLC where she specializes in tax preparation and accounting work for small businesses and non-profits. Kim has served in assistant Headshot B AK 424-200 pxcontroller positions at St. John Properties and Questar Builders. Kim earned a BA in Economics and an Accounting Certificate from UMBC. She became licensed in MD as a CPA in 1993 and is a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition to serving as treasurer of the Women’s Giving Circle, Kim is one of the current advisors to the Young Women’s Giving Circle. She has also served on the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Howard County and on the board of directors of the Clarksville Elementary School PTA where she held the position of Treasurer. She has also served as a volunteer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood, Maryland, and has worked on various projects for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Kim has lived in Howard County since 1978. She currently lives in Clarksville with her husband Jeff and her two children, Rachel and Michael. She enjoys golf, running, cooking and reading when she gets the chance.

Dee Athey, Grants Committee Chair, has over 20 years of experience in human services program development, management, evaluation and grant making.  She currently is the Director Dee Athey1of Development at The Arc of Howard County.  Dee is very passionate about working to improve the lives of women, children and families and believes in the power to make change through collective impact. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Howard County and  is an active volunteer across Howard County.  Her and her husband live in Howard County and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and other outdoor activities.



Diana Bailey: As a career educator, administrator and gender equity advocate, Diana has served WGC for many years as a member of the unnamed-1Grants Committee and as Treasurer. Upon retirement from the MD State Department of Education, she is working as a consultant doing technical assistance, career and workforce

development training and grants management. Additionally, she serves as the Executive Director of the MD Women’s Heritage Center.




Megan Bruno, Immediate Past Chair, has served on the WGC board for seven years as Chair, Vice Chair and CMegan Brunohair of the Donor Development Committee.  Megan is currently the Immediate Past Chair and serves on the Communications Committee.  Megan owns her own photography business, Starpoet Photography and is a Pilates instructor  She serves as Vice President on the Board of Girls on the Run of Central Maryland and as board member of the Glenelg Country School Parents and Friends Association. She lives in Howard County with her husband and three children.




Danelle Buchman, Secretary has just began her second year with the WGC.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, the Advisory Board funnamed-2or the Volunteer Center of Howard County, on the PTA Council of Howard County, and is a member of the 2016 class of Emerge Maryland. She has worked in the non-profit sector for many years and keeps busy with her active family!





Alison Canning, Chair is a Financial Advisor in downtown Baltimore. With more than 10 years of experience, Alison provides financial IMG_3124planning, asset allocation, and estate planning advice for high-net-worth families, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and corporate retirement plans. Involved with the Circle since 2011, Alison currently serves as Chair of the Donor Development Committee. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband Michael and their daughter, Lillian.




Colleen D’Agrosa, Communications Committee Chair, has been a donor of the Women’s Giving Circle since 2006 and served as WGC’s first administrator. Colleen believes that strategic philanthropy (pooling her resources Dagrosa Bio Picwith others who support women and girls) can make the most impact and is thrilled to serve on the Advisory Board of the WGC.  Working in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) Outreach, Colleen is focused on increasing STEM education and opportunities for women and girls.



Cindy Hankin is a retired principal with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS); she was a principal at both Deep Run Elementary School and Thunder Hillunnamed Elementary School. Currently she is on the board of several Howard County nonprofits and is a consultant for the HCPSS, working as a nationally certified Principal Mentor for several Title I principals, She continues to search for new ways to give back to the Howard County community.



Barbara Peart retired from state service in 2008 after 25 years. Her last position with the state was as the Assistant Director for Planning, IMG_2073Quality and Support Operations for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Barbara holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University. As top business class graduate, she was honored with the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award. She is also an accomplished pianist, actively involved in community activities, and has received numerous recognition throughout her career. Barbara was selected the first Chair of the Governor’s Quality Council, and has participated in many statewide committees throughout her state career. She also served on the Columbia Housing Corporation Board (Chair, 2 years) and served as a Howard County Housing Commissioner (Vice Chair, 2 years).

Caroline Riordan, Young Women’s Giving Circle Co-Chair, is currently a senior at Atholton High School. She has been a member of the Young Women’s Giving Circle (YWGC) for four years. She has served as the YWGC Co-Chair since 2014, and previously was the YWGC Vice Co-Chair from 2013 to 2014. In addition to, Caroline is very involved in Student Government and is the Executive Board President at Atholton. She is also passionate about government and politics, and intends to major in political science in college.

Catherine Strawley, Young Women’s Giving Circle Co-Chair

Barb Van Winkle is the owner of Nancy Adams Personnel and has been in the Howard County community for more than three decades. She is a triathlete and golfer!  Barb is active on several nonprofit boards including HCCEF and Community Foundation of Howard County.  She has been a strong supporter of WGC since it’s inception more than 10 years ago.

Courtney Workman, Youth Development Committee Chair, is the President of Empower Consulting Group, LLC.  She is a Nonprofit Coach/Consultant who specializes in helping non-profits raise, manage and steward funds more effectively, enhance board governance practices, and implement quick program start-ups.  She has an extensive background in the Federal grant process, and experience with clients marginalized in public programs including:  women & girls, at-risk youth, and incarcerated (or formerly incarcerated) individuals. Courtney was on the Howard County Commission for Women, and volunteers with  Leadership Howard County 2009 and the Community Foundation of Howard County.


The Changemaker Challenge

The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland are looking for innovative and fresh ideas to help address some of Howard County’s most pressing social issues. The challenge: Individuals, teams and nonprofit organizations will deliver an idea that could impact local health, the environment, social justice, children, teens, older adults or any other issues….

JA Rising, who’s funding is provided by a WGC grant, participants receive a bid to nationals!

Howard County High School Students to Compete at 2017 Junior Achievement National Student Leader Summit Local group of teen entrepreneurs will go head-to-head against 14 other teams in Washington, D.C., next month Owings Mills, MD, June 1, 2017 – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Inc. (JA), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people to…

Women’s Giving Circle receives $20,000 donation for Junior Achievement

COLUMBIA, Md.—The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, which raises and distributes funds supporting women and girls, received a $20,000 donation from husband-and-wife Columbia-residents Bob and Bach Jeffrey to support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Rising Women program, which connects high school girls with mentors who help them with entrepreneurship projects. “Years ago, Bach had…

Deadline Extended: Journey Applications Open for Summer 2017

Maryland Leadership Workshop has extended the registration deadline for the 2017 Journey Camp until June 5, 2017. — Applications are now being accepted for the Journey summer camp program for rising 8th and 9th grade girls in Howard County.  Visit the Journey page to find out more information on how to apply.  Journey is partially funded by…

The Business Monthly Spotlights JA Rising Program

The Junior Achievement Rising Program funded by a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle was featured in The Business Monthly on December 15, 2016.  In 2015, the WGC announced a multi-year grant to JA totaling $80,000. The year-long, out-of-school leadership initiative takes a cohort of young women, in grades eight through twelve, through the hands-on…

Journey Tea Honorees 2016

As they have in past years, delegates who attended Journey 2016, the summer camp for middle school girls founded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, will host a tea to honor five local female leaders in Howard County. This year’s honorees include Courtney Watson, Mamie Perkins, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Judge Lenore Gelfman, and Mae Beale. The…

Journey 2016

Journey 2016

This July, twenty-seven young women went on an amazing journey of self discovery at the Journey Camp for middle school girls. The girls attended workshops with topics such as leadership development, empowerment, decision making and more. The program is held at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. We’d like to congratulate each and every participant for taking part in…

Journey is Back!

Journey is Back!

This July, twenty-seven young women will go on an amazing journey of self discovery at the Journey Camp for middle school girls.  The girls will attend workshops with topics such as leadership development, empowerment, decision making and more. Journey is run by the Maryland Leadership Workshops and is supported by a grant from the Women’s…

Women in Wine Raises $950 for Women and Girls

Women in Wine Raises $950 for Women and Girls

In April, The Iron Bridge Wine Company hosted a very special evening to benefit the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.  The event featured special speaker, Katie Cavanagh, owner of Cavanagh Family Imports and a special tasting for guests.  The Iron Bridge Wine Company donated a portion of ticket sales, wine sales and food an…

WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

WGC Grants Junior Achievement $80,000

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County, is thrilled to announce that we have awarded Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc. (JA) with a three-year Special Grant worth $80,000! Jennifer Bodensiek, JA President (left) Megan Bruno, WGC Board Chair (right); Allison Canning, WGC Donor Development…