Thomas E. Robinson
Tom is currently a Senior Adviser in the real-estate investment banking division of Stifel, a financial services firm. He served as managing director for Stifel Nicolaus & Co. and previously Legg Mason Wood Walker from June 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, he was president and chief financial officer of Storage USA, a real-estate investment trust headquartered at the time in Columbia, Maryland.
Tom also serves on the boards of directors of Essex Property Trust, First Potomac Realty Trust and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. He is a former governor and longstanding member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, from whom he received an Industry Achievement Award in 2009.
In addition to being the chair of the board of the National Aquarium, he is a member of the Aquarium’s Conservation Committee and currently serves on the McDonogh School’s Investment Committee.
Tom received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University and his master’s degree in taxation from Georgetown University. He resides with his wife, Betty, in Baltimore.
Robert E. Carter
Immediate Past Chair
Bob Carter has significant expertise in local, national and international fundraising counsel and board governance. He is chair of Carter, a firm seeking to advance philanthropy worldwide. Bob’s experience includes a 26-year career (including 15 years as president) with Ketchum—one of the largest firms in the fundraising industry at the time—and serving as senior adviser to Changing Our World and Omnicom Nonprofit Group.
Bob is chair-emeritus of the Board of the National Aquarium, the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Board of Directors, and the Mote Marine Laboratory. He has chaired and served on numerous other boards including Boys' Latin School.
Timothy J. Adams is President and CEO of Systems Application & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH), a company he founded in 1989. SA-TECH is a progressive and steadily growing professional services firm with origins in program management, operations and maintenance, logistics, high technology and technical support services to the Department of Defense.
Timothy holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Xavier University. He has also attended Dartmouth College’s Minority Business Executive Program and the Business Innovation Management Program at University of Maryland, College Park. Timothy is the recipient of Maryland’s Democratic Party Distinguished Leadership Award and has been recognized as one of the top 100 African-American leaders in America by the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce. He has generously given his time, talents and financial support to a variety of businesses and community organizations. He serves on several boards within the community. Timothy resides in Bowie, Maryland, with his wife, Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, and twins Timothy Jr. and Kayla. His daughter, Tiara Adams, is a senior at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.
John Bremer, a U.S. Air Force veteran and electrical engineer, has more than 20 years of experience in health-care business development, product design, manufacturing and sales for government and commercial markets. He currently serves as the president of CIMED International, a manufacturer of high quality medical equipment and facilities. John is also the founder and CEO of DIANAssociates, a telehealth service provider. Previously, he served as a senior military officer in the Air Force Medical Service Corp., with primary duties as a biomedical engineer. He is a long-term member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers and current county executive appointee to the Anne Arundel County Veteran’s Advisory Board. John holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Milwaukee School of Engineering, respectively.
Chair, Conservation Committee
Marc Bunting is CEO of the Blue Jar Family Council, a multigenerational family council that inspires and encourages future generations to understand and strengthen the Bunting/Kranzlin/Duffy family values and foster wealth.
In addition, Marc is the CFO and co-founder of Alpine Food Service Solutions. Alpine was incorporated in 1996, and within two years had established itself as a unique food service provider for host locations on college campuses and hospitals within the U.S. Alpine currently operates healthy food service concepts that have won numerous quality product and service awards since inception. Marc received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stevenson University. Other education includes earning a Wealth Management Certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. A native Baltimorean, Marc serves on the board of directors for a number of organizations, such as Civic Works, Stevenson University, Outward Bound and Catholic Charities. His philanthropic ventures include his role as director of the Bunting Family Foundation – Fund B. Marc resides in Monkton, Maryland, and has two daughters, Calli and Jessie.
Keith Campbell founded Campbell & Company in 1972 and currently serves as chairman of its board of directors. Campbell & Company is one of the largest derivative investment managers in the world, with a global client base comprised of institutions, corporations and individuals. Headquartered in Baltimore, it employs more than 130 skilled professionals and manages billions of dollars.
Following his success in the investment field, Keith founded the Campbell Foundation in 1998 to improve the conditions of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal bays. In 2003, the foundation expanded its reach to include Northern California under the leadership of Keith’s daughter and the foundation’s president, Samantha Campbell. Keith serves as chairman of the Campbell Foundation, which is the top private funder for Chesapeake Bay waterways. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and received the first Outdoors Maryland Award for Stewardship of the Environment from Maryland Public Television. Keith and his wife, Pat, live in Baltimore. When not engaged in business and environmental matters, Keith likes to fish, surf, golf, fly and travel.
Chair, Finance Committee
David manages Brown Advisory’s national and international growth as its chief financial officer. With a focus on building world-class teams and a strong organizational culture, David’s leadership extends into the community where he serves on several nonprofit boards. Serving in various financial and operations leadership roles throughout his career, David thrives in growing entrepreneurial enterprises. The intersection of finance, management and operations comes together at Brown Advisory, where David oversees all non-investment areas. He joined Brown Advisory in 1997 and co-led the management buyout transaction of Brown Advisory from Bankers Trust.
Colleen Dilenschneider is the chief market engagement officer for IMPACTS, a global leader in predictive market intelligence. Widely regarded as a leader of the next generation of nonprofit management, Colleen is an authority on the evolution and deployment of innovative community engagement practices. Using IMPACTS’s proprietary data that both identifies and predicts trends in market behavior, her work helps nonprofit organizations maintain their relevance and build affinity with audiences essential to their long-term success. Colleen has published numerous articles in both the nonprofit and general market media, and is a frequent speaker and contributor to prominent webinars and conferences. She’s a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a Master’s degree in public administration specializing in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California. When Colleen’s not traveling—her job takes her around the world to visit clients, do speaking engagements and work with renowned zoos, aquariums and museums all over the globe—she’s spending time with family in one of her two home bases: Chicago and London.
Jane W. I. Droppa
Chair, Animal Policy Committee
After graduating from Kirkland College with a bachelor's in English literature, Jane pursued a career as an audio engineer. She mixed audio and set up sound systems in clubs, theaters and outdoor venues, including a stint at the famed Folk City in Greenwich Village, NYC. Some notable clients include Chris Smither, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, and the Rhode Island symphony. Jane joined Maryland Sound Industries in 1985 as part of a talented sound crew, working such events as the 1986 re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. This role landed her on Stevie Wonder's "In Square Circle Tour," a 4.5-month tour through the US. and Canada. In 1988, Jane and her husband, Larry, started ATI, a company that specialized in live-sound mixing consoles. Now known as Automated Processes Inc., it manufactures everything from microphone preamps to large-frame studio mixing consoles used to produce much of today's music.
Jane, a devoted Aquarium supporter, was elected to the Aquarium's Advisory Council in 1992, and in 1997 started her first board term. She also serves on the board of directors for both Center Stage in Baltimore and Friends of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. where she chairs the Events Committee.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick
Nancy served as state superintendent of Maryland Public Schools for 20 years, serving 24 districts, 1,424 schools and 869,113 students. She began her career as a teacher at the William S. Baer School for the Deaf in Baltimore before serving as principal and associate superintendent in Baltimore County. Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University; her Master’s degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University; and her doctorate in communicative sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Nancy has fought to establish high standards in every Maryland classroom. As a result, performance and expectations significantly improved. As one of her final acts as state superintendent, Nancy secured a $250 million Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2012, she was appointed as the Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation at Towson University. Nancy is also a faculty member at the Kennedy-Kreiger Institute, co-directing an innovative fellowship program to prepare administrators as leaders in special education. Recent additions to Nancy’s lengthy list of awards are the Daily Record’s 2014 Innovator of the Year for her “All SySTEMs Go” initiative and the National Association for Gifted Children 2014 Presidents Awards.
Frank A. Gunther, Jr.
Frank has long been considered a father figure to the Aquarium. Baltimore City Mayor William Schaefer selected him as founding chairman of the Board of Directors—a role he held from 1977 to 1983, supervising the Aquarium’s construction phase and its first years of operation. In 1983, Frank was elected the first chairman of the National Aquarium Foundation, Inc., ensuring the stewardship of the endowment program and the organization’s financial stability. He served on the Advisory Board between 1986 and 1989, and served two terms on the Board of Governors between 1989 and 1995. Frank chaired the Board between 1991 and 1994, and was named Director Emeritus in 2000. Frank has been a valuable member of the Building Committee, Corporate Gifts Committee, the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Development Committee. He has also served on the boards of the Walters Art Gallery, Enoch Pratt Free Library, College of Notre Dame of Maryland and United Way of Central Maryland. Frank currently resides in Ocean City, Maryland, with his wife, Mary Ellen. He’s the proud father of eight children, one of which has worked for the Aquarium since 1981 and is currently a Senior Aviculturist.
Mohannad F. Jishi
Mo is the Head of Business Line Finance for M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust. He is an active member of the Bank’s leadership team, chairing or serving as a member of several subsidiary boards and corporate steering committees. Mo joined M&T Bank in September 1995, and spent his first 8 years with the Bank in the Finance Division. In August 2003, he moved to Baltimore to head the Bank’s Commercial Equipment Finance business. He later led the Treasury Management, Merchant Services and Commercial Card sales teams, the Commercial Deposit and Treasury Management Businesses and the Bank’s Commercial Banking activities in Greater Baltimore. Immediately prior to assuming his current role, he served as business line CFO for the Wealth and Institutional Services Division.
Today Mo leads a team of business line CFOs who provide comprehensive financial and strategic planning, incentive plan administration and sales reporting for the organization’s core profit and support businesses. The team partners with business leadership to foster operational, financial and cultural integration, shape business direction, support profitable growth and ongoing performance improvement. This is facilitated in part through the transparent and well controlled design and execution of incentive plans that align rewards with performance.
Since moving to Baltimore, Mo immersed himself in the community. In addition to serving on the National Aquarium Board, Finance, Audit, Compensation and Philanthropy committees, he serves on the Y of Central Maryland Board and Executive Committee where he chairs the Governance and Board Development Committee, the St. Agnes Hospital Board and the Baltimore Curriculum Project Board. He is also actively engaged in the Pencil Program where he partners with a Baltimore city school principal to assist in setting and measuring enrichment strategy for the school’s students and parents.
Donna M. Morrison, ex officio
Donna Morrison holds a Master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania; a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University; and an Associate’s degree from Stevenson University. Donna has been employed by the Baltimore County Government since 1976. Prior to her current role as deputy Baltimore County administrative officer, she served as the assistant to the director of the Baltimore County Department of Community Development. Donna currently serves on the board of directors for Stevenson University and the National Aquarium. She was a member of the 1987 Class of Leadership-Baltimore County. Donna was named among “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” in 2007 by the Daily Record and “2010 Coordinator of the Year” by United Way of Central Maryland. She served as past president of the Fuel Fund of Maryland Inc. and the Stevenson University Alumni Board.
As CEO of Constellation and executive vice president of Exelon, Joseph is responsible for the marketing of electricity, natural gas and other energy-related products and services to Constellation customers, as well as ensuring the optimization of Exelon’s generation portfolio while managing risk for the company and its shareholders. Joseph previously served as senior vice president of portfolio strategy for Constellation. He joined PECO Power Team in 1996 and held a number of roles of increasing responsibility for the trading and marketing organization throughout his tenure. Joseph also serves on the board of trustees for Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation.
Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He also completed the Exelon Leadership Institute Program in 2008 and the University of Chicago Executive Development Program in 2004. Joseph and his wife, Melissa, reside in Baltimore.
Charles A. Phillips
Chair, Capital Improvement Planning Committee
Charles serves as the discipline manager of KCI’s site and facilities division, which serves both public and private sector clients on a variety of project types, including municipal and institutional facilities, military and federal installations, airports and related structures, commercial buildings and residential land development.
He also has significant experience in site/civil engineering and is a recognized expert in land development, land use and zoning issues in the Mid-Atlantic. The land development practice within his group in the state of Maryland has been very active, providing analysis of properties subject to Maryland’s stormwater and impervious surface tax. In addition to serving on KCI’s board of trustees, he also serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and Project PLASE, an advocacy group that serves Baltimore’s homeless population. Chuck is currently serving as the legislative chair for the American Council of Engineering Companies. He has been a resident of Howard County, Maryland, for more than 25 years and currently resides in Woodbine, Maryland, with Kimberly, his wife of 32 years.
John C. Racanelli, ex officio
As CEO of the National Aquarium, John leads a team of 600 full- and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. The Aquarium welcomes 1.3 million guests annually at its campus on Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, while touching millions more through its conservation education and engagement programs, social media platforms and conservation action initiatives. A passionate advocate for the ocean, John and his team manage one of the world’s leading aquariums and pursue local, regional and global efforts aimed at changing the way humanity views the ocean that gives us life. John joined the National Aquarium in July 2011 after 10 years as president of a San Francisco-based consulting firm that he founded to provide expert counsel to nonprofit leaders nationally and globally. During that time, his firm worked with over 30 leading cultural and conservation organizations—among them the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Surfrider Foundation—as well as technology giant Google, where he assisted author and oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle in bringing the ocean into Google Earth, the most popular Earth visualization tool in existence. Prior to this, John spent 16 years in leadership positions at U.S. aquariums. He was the first CEO of the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, where he built the facility, team and vision for Tampa Bay’s leading cultural attraction. He also served for nine years on the leadership team of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium as its vice president of marketing and development, joining the aquarium a year before its opening. While in college, John began his career as a diver and aquarist, an experience that he credits with giving him great appreciation for the work of everyone on the Aquarium team. Fluent in Spanish, John holds a degree in strategic management from Dominican University of California. He is a scuba diver, open-water swimmer, sailor and surfer. His weekly radio show and podcast on WYPR public radio, “A Blue View,” explores important issues related to the aquatic world. John and his spouse, Susan, are proud residents of Canton, Baltimore’s historic waterfront district.
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Diana Ramsay served as the president and CEO of Woods—a large human services and behavioral health sys-tem in Philadelphia—from July 2011 to 2015. During this time, she nearly doubled the size of the organization, expanding its programs into New Jersey and in Pennsylvania.
Previously, Diana served as head of the Department of Operations Integration for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Before joining Johns Hopkins, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, where she established overall strategic directives and policies to optimize the health system’s service quality, resource allocation and program efficiency. Prior to that, she served as president and CEO of Way Station, a community rehabilitation program in Maryland. Diana serves on the board of the Philadelphia Zoo and serves as the president of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation board.
She holds a Master’s degree in public policy in both social policy and international security policy from the University of Maryland, where she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Academic Achievement, as well as a fellowship for her academic performance. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy.
The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Baltimore’s 49th mayor on February 4, 2010. In November 2011, she was elected to her first full term, and focused her administration on growing Baltimore’s population by 10,000 families over the next decade by improving public safety and public education and by strengthening city neighborhoods. Following the re-election of President Barack Obama, Stephanie was elected as secretary of the Democratic National Committee. She also served in key leadership positions in the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was elected to the USCM Board of Trustees in 2010. The Daily Record named Stephanie one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” in 2007 and 2011, and the National Congress of Black Women named her a Shirley Chisholm Memorial Award Trailblazer. Stephanie graduated from Oberlin College and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. A member of the Federal Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association, she lives in Baltimore’s Coldspring neighborhood with her husband, Kent Blake, and their young daughter, Sophia.
Jennifer W. Reynolds
Chair, Philanthropy Committee
Currently a partner and director of commercial real estate firm Ward Properties, Jennifer has spent more than 28 years in the asset management business, most recently serving as vice chair and chief investment officer of Legg Mason Trust. Jennifer served as chair of the board of governors of the National Aquarium from 2011 to 2013, is past chair of the National Aquarium Foundation, Inc. and has been a board member since 1994. Jennifer currently serves as chair of the board of trustees of Dickinson College, for which she has been a trustee since 2000, and co-chaired the First in America capital campaign between 2006 and 2011.
In addition, she is a board member of First Mariner Bank and serves on the investment committees of the Walters Art Museum, Sheppard Pratt Investment Corp. and President’s Advisory Council of Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has twice been named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by the Daily Record and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Women Award from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, a Master’s of finance from Loyola College and is a chartered financial analyst.
Dr. Enric Sala
Enric is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence dedicated to restoring the health and productivity of the ocean. His more than 120 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Enric is currently working to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He founded and leads National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 13 marine reserves—some of which are the largest on the planet—covering an area of over 4.5 million square km.
Enric has received many awards, including 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2013 Research Award from the Spanish Geographical Society, 2013 Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club, 2013 Hero Award from the Environmental Media Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Enric’s experience and scientific expertise contributes to his service on advisory boards of international organizations and governments.
Enric obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille, France, in 1996.
Toby Thompson, ex officio
Chair, National Aquarium Foundation
Toby Thompson serves as the vice president of equity and asset allocation at T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the investment firm in 2010, he served as director of investments of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) National Pension Fund. Before joining the IAM, Thompson was a principal with Brown Investment Advisory, an independent investment management firm with several locations along the East Coast and throughout the United Kingdom. In addition to supporting the National Aquarium’s Board of Directors, Thompson also serves as the chair of the National Aquarium Foundation, Inc. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s of science in business economics from Towson University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland.
Chuck is currently the vice president of strategic partnerships and government relations for the United Way of Central Maryland. Prior to that, he was treasurer for Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s campaign and has maintained close ties to the mayor and City Hall. Chuck is a longtime friend to the Aquarium, serving in the past as a valuable member of the Governance and Nominating Subcommittee. He also serves on the board for the CollegeBound Foundation and chairs the Multicultural Marketing Committee for the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors’ Association Board of Directors.
Tamika Langley Tremaglio
Chair, Audit Committee
Tamika is a Deloitte Advisory Principal and serves as Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP’s Greater Washington market leader and the local market liaison to the Regional Managing Partner. Tamika’s litigation consulting experience, which spans 20 years, includes participating in matters such as breach of contract, franchise disputes, lost profits, business interruption, intellectual property disputes, professional malpractice, health care and government contract compliance matters, personal injury, wrongful death, wrongful termination and bankruptcies, including claims relating to fraudulent conveyances and insolvency.
In addition, Tamika has significant experience in forensic accounting investigations and corporate governance matters in a broad spectrum of industries including SEC investigations where issues surrounding executive conduct and whistleblower allegations have been called into question. In addition, she has spent considerable time investigating executive conduct, vendor relationships and similar issues. Specifically, she has led internal and external investigations of suspected improper and fraudulent behavior by employees, vendors, contractors, executive directors and trustees of not-for-profit organizations, institutions, foundations and estates.
Having served as an expert witness and as a monitor, Tamika has also assisted clients in the development of trial strategy as it pertains to damage, lost profits and forensic matters. Tamika has been a frequent lecturer on corporate governance and Sarbanes Oxley matters.
Tamika received a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration degree, from Mt. St. Mary’s College. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland. She is a recipient of the National Bar Association’s Cora T. Walker Legacy Award and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Black Law Student Association’s 2014 Alumna of the Year Award. Tamika has also been recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 by both the National Bar Association and Business Forward. Most recently, Tamika was featured in Essence magazine’s Power List 2014 in which she was recognized as a “Game Changer” with the likes of Queen Latifah.
Jaki is a native Baltimorean and University of Maryland, College Park graduate. She holds a Master’s in public administration from Syracuse University’s prestigious Maxwell School and has been employed by IBM for nearly two decades in their public sector consulting division. Jaki’s clients have included the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For the past five years, she has served as the subcontracts manager for a Transportation Security Administration project. Jaki has been an active supporter in a number of other charitable causes in the community, including the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Grassroots and the Maryland Food Bank. In her spare time, Jaki enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
C. Elizabeth Wagner
Elizabeth serves as the senior adviser to the commissioner of the Large Business and International Division of the Internal Revenue Service. She is a principal adviser responsible for providing policy-level legal and technical analysis and advice, proactively identifying emerging trends that impact tax administration and developing key stakeholder relationships outside the IRS. Prior to returning to public service in 2008, Elizabeth was the director of governmental affairs at the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She also served as a director in the Washington National Tax Offices of KPMG LLP and PwC LLP and was an associate at Latham & Watkins. Elizabeth received a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law; a Master’s degree in accountancy/taxation from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Texas. Her professional memberships include the Texas State and District of Columbia Bar Associations, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Bar Association. Elizabeth serves on the boards of directors for the Coral Reef Alliance. She is also a volunteer diver at the National Aquarium.
Ted is head of the Fixed Income Division for T. Rowe Price, overseeing fixed income investment management. He joined the firm in 1984, and currently is the chairman of the Fixed Income Steering Committee and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is also a member of the firm's Finance and Counterparty Risk Committees, as well as a member of the Diversity Advisory Council.
Ted earned a B.A. in geology from Yale University, an M.S. in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. in finance from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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