DBFA UPDATE: Jan. 29, 2019 DBFA Announces New Board Officers
BALTIMORE — The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA) is excited to announce its new slate of board officers, following its annual retreat. The new officers will lead DBFA into its second decade of work connecting communities and empowering families to advocate on critical issues impacting families across Baltimore.
Scott Kashnow takes the helm as DBFA’s new Board President. Mr. Kashnow has served on DBFA’s Board of Directors for over six years, most recently as the Board’s Vice- President. Mr. Kashnow is an application programmer for the Maryland Department of Health and actively involved in community and neighborhood development associations throughout Southwest Baltimore. He lives with his wife and two young sons in the Franklin Square neighborhood. “It’s an honor to lead such a dynamic group of passionate parents and advocates for families in Baltimore,” said Kashnow.
“My career started over 20 years ago as a union carpenter apprentice here in town, and I look forward to working together with so many outstanding families and community leaders committed to building a strong future for our children. We are strongest together."
Christie Getman takes on the role of DBFA’s new Vice President. Ms. Getman served previously as DBFA’s Chair of the Governance Committee. Ms. Getman is Senior Director of Program Performance and Quality for Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian aid and development nonprofit. She resides in Riverside with her husband and young son.
Maria Brown will serve as DBFA’s new secretary. Ms. Brown is active throughout South Baltimore advocating for our schools and safe streets. A realtor for Cummings & Co., she has spent the past seven years helping families plant their roots in her hometown. Ms. Brown lives in South Baltimore with her husband and 3-year old son.
Robert Leming moves into the role of DBFA’s Treasurer. Mr. Leming manages asset investments for Exelon/BGE. He has undergone extensive training in leadership and fiscal stewardship for nonprofit boards. He resides in Locust Point with his wife and 1-year old daughter.
Former DBFA Board President Jon Kucskar will remain on the leadership team as the board’s immediate past-president. Mr. Kucskar is Advisor to the President for the University of Maryland-Baltimore. He lives in Bolton Hill with his wife and two daughters.
Over the coming year, DBFA’s new officers and board will work to actualize the DBFA strategic plan developed last year. The plan focuses on four critical areas of growth and engagement in both the downtown epicenter of the city as well as across Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods.
DBFA is an independent, non-profit alliance of parents, educators, and community leaders devoted to supporting Baltimore families. Recognizing the critical role families play in the economic stability and growth of the city, DBFA dedicates itself to making Baltimore a city that all families love to call home through its work connecting, empowering and advocating for families and children throughout Charm City. Learn more at www.baltimorefamilies.org. View the entire list of DBFA Board Officers and Directors at http://www.baltimorefamilies.org/staff--board.html