I am an accomplished financial and operations manager, fundraiser, organizer, and planner with over 30 years experience as a manager / executive for health care and higher education nonprofit organizations. My education includes a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University of America with a concentration in Community Planning and Administration.
I was a long-time Peer Reviewer for the Standards for Excellence Program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, served as President of the Howard County (Maryland) Association of Community Services, and was a candidate for election to the Columbia (MD) Council.
I lead by being an attentive listener and an effective communicator, a skillful writer/editor, and a proficient public speaker. I am passionate about what I do and I always pursue partnership.
I’m a native Marylander who moved to Columbia in 2001. My wife, CJ Schwarz, is a Columbia acupuncturist and artist at AcupunctureArts.net. She has a Master of Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health, and a Master of Social Work from University of Maryland. Our family, including two adult children, enjoys music, art, and nature together.
At Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health), we used to have a ritual, declaring who we intended to be for others, how we committed to showing up. The ritual is a practice of being centered and acknowledging the tao, our oneness. My promise is that wherever I am, no matter what, life will show up as fiercely precious service. It is how I approach every endeavor in my life.