Board of Directors

The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Board of Directors is made up of the following Maryland business and civic leaders:


Betty Buck
Chair, Maryland Women's Heritage Center Development Committee

Betty Buck is President of Buck Distributing Co., Inc., one of the largest woman-owned and operated Miller Brewing Company distributors in the country. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and became the Chamber's first female Chair in 2007. Betty was also the first woman Chair of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, an association representing independent beer distributors. She is active on numerous boards, including the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Betty Buck was names one of the Baltimore Business Journal's 20 Most Powerful People in Maryland in 2009.


Shoshana S. Cardin
Honorary Chair, Maryland Women's Heritage Center Development Committee and
Former Chair, Maryland Commission for Women

Renowned nationally as the First Lady of Volunteers, Shoshana Shoubin Cardin has been involved in public service for most of her adult life. Mrs. Cardin founded the Shoshana S. Cardin School, the first and only independent Jewish school in Baltimore. She served as Chairwoman of the Maryland Commission for Women, and later went on to form and become the first Chair of the Maryland Volunteer Network.

Shoshana was the first woman to assume the Chair of the Board of Associated Jewish Community of Baltimore in 1983; the first female President of Council of Jewish Federations in 1984; the first female Chair of the National Council of Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) in 1988; the first female Chair of the Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in 1991; the first female President of The National Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) IN 1992; and the first woman to Chair the United Israel Appeal in 1994.




Rita R. Colwell
Professor, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD

Rita R. Colwell is a renowned scientist and educator, who was the first woman to serve as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is also an advocate for women, especially those in science. A pioneer in the emerging field of biotechnology, Colwell is a professor in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and founded the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) in 1985. Dr. Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor and was named Science Envoy by President Obama. Dr. Colwell has been inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Maria Johnson Darby

Maria J. Darby, a seasoned fundraiser with 22 years of fund development, management, communications and board development experience in the nonprofit community, is currently the Director of Development and External Relations at Keswick. She manages Keswick's philanthropic efforts as well as its external relations activities and partnerships. During her years as an advancement professional, she has developed, implemented and cultivated philanthropic partnerships, led grassroots advocacy efforts and managed local and state government relations activities as well as developed media and community partnerships in Maryland. Ms. Darby is active in the community and is a past president of the Junior League of Baltimore, the Govanstowne Business Association and the Hampden Family Center.

Ms. Darby is a LEADERSHIP Baltimore County graduate, a Leadership Washington graduate, and a Network 2000 Mentoring Program graduate. In September 2006, the Baltimore Business Journal named Ms. Darby one of Baltimore's Top 40 Under 40 professionals, and in 2009 and in 2011 she was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. In 2012, Ms. Darby was named The Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2012 for outstanding spirit, service, dedication and commitment to excellence. She is married and lives in Baltimore City.

Charlene M. Dukes

Dr. Charlene M. Dukes is the eighth and first female president of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). With more than 44,000 students at 6 locations, including the Largo Campus, PGCC offers 200 credit workforce development and continuing education programs. The college is home to the National Cyberwatch Center, an ATE site funded by the National Science Foundation, and was designated a 2014-2021 Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance at the two-year level. PGCC is also the location of the first middle college high school in Maryland, the Academy for Health Sciences, which is a partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The first graduating class received high school diplomas and associate degrees simultaneously on May 21, 2015.

Dr. Dukes holds membership in a variety of professional organizations, including the boards of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges; the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); the Community College Advisory Panel of the College Board; the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHELP); the President’s Round Table; and the National Council on Black American Affairs. Dr. Dukes is a member of the board of directors of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Business Round Table, Doctors’ Community Hospital, the Harlem Renaissance Foundation, College Summit, and Hillside-Works Scholarship Connection. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Catherine R. Gira

Dr. Catherine R. Gira is a highly regarded university administrator. She is the former president of Frostburg State University. Prior to that, she served as provost at the University of Baltimore. She has held leadership positions in numerous national and state professional associations, including President of the American Association of University Administrators, Vice-Chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, Chair of the Maryland Humanities Council, and the President of the Maryland Association of Higher Education. She was elected to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997. She is also an accomplished Shakespearean scholar and a respected teacher.

Joanne T. Goldsmith

Joanne T. Goldsmith is past president of Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, MD. She served on the Executive Committee of Women of Reform Judaism and as secretary of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland. She is a board member for Doctor’s Community Hospital in Lanham, Md., and a member of the Council on Legislative and Regulatory Policy of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA). She is also a member of the Workforce Investment Board in Prince George’s County where she is chair of the Business Industry Committee.  She was the first woman to chair the Maryland State Board of Education and the first woman to chair the National Association of State Boards of Education. In addition, she has served on the Boards of the Prince George’s Mental Health Association, hospice of Prince George’s County, and as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland. Goldsmith was the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Public Education and Religious Liberty, Vice President for John Hanson Savings Bank and Director of Community Relations for Doctors Community Hospital. She is included in the books, “Women of Achievement in Maryland History” and “Women of Achievement in Prince George’s County History.”


Sally T. Grant

Sally Grant was born in Maryland and for years has worked passionately in the field of women’s rights and civil liberties. She served as a role model for women and young girls by working in business and legal fields at a time when few women did.

In 1982, Governor Harry Hughes appointed Ms. Grant to the Maryland Commission for Women and he later elevated her to the Commission’s Chair – a position Ms. Grant held from 1984 to 1988. As Commission Chair, Ms. Grant encouraged other women to become actively involved in social issues by advocating for bills that established pay equity and flex time for State employees. She also had Commission meetings held throughout the state in order that women from across Maryland could participate and Commission members would become aware of geographically diverse issues. During her tenure, she led in the creation of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.

Ms. Grant continuously worked within many other service-oriented organizations, including both the Maryland and Baltimore divisions of the League of Women Voters, where she served as Vice-President of each. She was a founder of the Women’s Alliance of Maryland, and served as Vice President of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Girl Scouts of Maryland. Ms. Grant also worked as President of the House of Ruth and was involved in the Maryland New Directions, the Maryland Volunteer Network and the HIAS of the Associated Jewish Charities. In 1993, Ms. Grant became involved with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland by joining the Board of Governors’ Executive Committee. For ten years, Ms. Grant served as President of the Board, and continues to work as the Maryland representative to the ACLU’s National Board, where she is involved with the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee.

Jill Moss Greenberg
Founder and Executive Director, Emerita  
Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Jill Moss Greenberg has been the Executive Director of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center since its inception in 2004. She was named to the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 1995.

Jill represented Prince George's County on the Maryland State Commission for Women and led in the creation of the Prince George's County Commission for Women. She founded the Maryland Women's History Project and played a significant role in the passage of the Maryland Equal Rights Amendment, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Title IX. She served on the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and worked to create the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday.

Jill co-founded the Maryland and Prince George's County Women's Political Caucuses, served on the original Finance Committee of the National Women's Political Caucus, and was a "Founding Mother" of the Women's Center and Referral Service.

Jill worked as the Race Equity Specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, Director of Multicultural Education at the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, and was the first Executive Director at the Washington, D.C., national headquarters for the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). For a number of years, Jill coordinated Homeless Education in Baltimore County.




 Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan

A sought-after speaker and trainer, she has provided training for many organizations and companies, including the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Executive Business Women, National Black MBA Association, the National Bar Association, the National Medical Association, Junior League of Washington, the Urban League, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of State. 

After graduating with honors from Morris Brown College, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree at Temple University Law Center in Philadelphia. She is the President of the Community Foundation, Girls Inc., and the Girl Scouts. Her most recent awards include the “100 Most Powerful Women Award” by the Washingtonian Magazine (October 2009), the 2008 “Women Who Mean Business Award” by the Washington Business Journal and the “Power 150-People Who Make Things Happen” Award by the Washingtonian Magazine (2007). 

Helen L. Holton
Councilwoman, Baltimore City

Helen L. Holton has served as a member of the Baltimore City Council representing the 8th District since 1995. A certified public accountant, she is employed with Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams, P.A. Helen is also an ordained minister. Ms. Holton is the past chair of the Maryland Commission for Women and serves on the University of Baltimore Alumni Association Board of Governors. Ms. Holton is involved with the Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Links, Inc., as well is a member of The Great Blacks in Wax Board of Trustees and the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. 40th Anniversary Advisory Council.

Linda Mahoney

Linda Mahoney was a 3-term  President of Maryland NOW, which in 2011-12 successfully organized and led a coalition to pass Maryland legislation to install a Harriet Tubman statue in the U.S. Capitol. Her work with the National Organization for Women culminates almost four decades of participation and support of political organizations in Maryland and Arizona. Her political activist background has been in program development, organizing and training volunteers, leadership development, coalition building and organizing election campaigns.

During her tenure as a statewide NOW officer and leader, Mahoney has repeatedly sought opportunities to showcase the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, reflecting her belief that young and old need toknow that it is individuals working in coalitions who successfully work for change. "Too many people sit around waiting for the Movement to happen, not realizing that it is individuals stepping up who improve people's lives. We are the movement."

Serving for several years on the Board of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women [MLAW], a statewide coalition advocating for legislation on women and family issues, and the Steering Committee of the Women’s Legislative Briefing (Maryland), Mahoney also serves as political action liaison of the Prince George’s County Lesbian ZIP Code Group (an area-wide – MD, DC, VA - social group). In 2013, the Governor appointed her to the Harriet Tubman Statue Fundraising Commission.

Carol Nash
 Founder and CEO of Bernadette’s House, Inc. 

Carol Nash is a native New Yorker. Carol’s professional background includes nearly 35 years in healthcare and education, which includes international consulting. She holds a degree in nursing as well as Healthcare Administration and a Master of Arts in Religion.

Carol is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband, the Honorable Eli Nash Jr. in Maryland where she has spent many enjoyable years pursuing her passion for entertaining and travel.

Carol has worked in corporate education where she has developed and trained such topics as customer service, team building, coaching and mentoring and many more. As a Registered Nurse, Carol recognized that it is not only physical pain that causes problems in our society, but also emotional pain, which sometimes goes much deeper, causing anger, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and apathy among our children. Carol is dedicated to making a difference in the world of children.


Jo-Ann Mayer Orlinsky

Jo-Ann Mayer Orlinsky served in various positions during her 23 years with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, including Chief Administrator of the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) program and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Labor. She is the current Chair of the MOSH Advisory Board.

Active politically, she has worked as a staff member of the Democratic National Committee and as Special Assistant to then U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings. A former Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rape and Sexual Offenses, she has also served on the National Boards of WEAL (Women’s Equity Action League) and the American Jewish Congress.

Jo-Ann is currently the Chair of Voices of Jewish Women, an email network of more than 150 progressive Jewish women, and is on the boards of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, the Baltimore Jewish Council, and the Greater Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah.

Deborah R. Rivkin

Deborah R. Rivkin of North Laurel, Maryland, has been with CareFirst since December 2010. She is responsible for state legislative and regulatory activities in Maryland.

Deborah is very familiar with CareFirst’s legislative and regulatory issues, serving as Executive Director and chief lobbyist for the League of Life and Health Insurers of Maryland, Inc., the state trade association for commercial life and health insurers who operate in Maryland, for the past 21 years.
She also has served as retained counsel in Maryland for America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage (including CareFirst). Among her clients was the AMERIGROUP Corporation, a managed care organization specializing in the delivery of service to Medicaid recipients and the Children's Health Insurance program.

Deborah is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S., cum laude, 1984) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1987).
Deborah came to CareFirst after serving as Of Counsel to the Baltimore law firm of Funk & Bolton P.A. since 1993, where she concentrated in the firm's Government Relations Practice Area, with particular emphasis on the regulation of the life and health insurance industry. From 1987 to 1989, she was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury. From 1989 until joining Funk & Bolton, Deborah was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Shapiro & Olander.

Deborah has been active in the community, serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, the only regional chamber in Maryland. She also served on the board of HC Drug-Free, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower the community to raise drug-free teens.

Deborah has been nominated to serve on the Howard county Community College Foundation Board starting this fall. She will also be serving as Chair of Health Care Committee for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce next year.


Director, Parental Information Resource Center, and
Deputy Director, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium

Susan is nationally recognized for her work in the development of comprehensive technical assistance and training programs on education equity and multicultural gender-related issues.

She has authored or co-authored several publications related to gender equity, mathematics and science education, women's history, multicultural education, and disability. Susan has managed a number of grants from the U.S. Department of Education and has spent more than 30 years teaching and working in public schools. Shaffer holds an undergraduate degree in history and a graduate degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Linda Shevitz
Program Chair, Emerita
Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Linda has recently retired as Senior Associate in Education Equity for the Maryland State Department of Education. She also serves as the Coordinator of the Maryland Women's History Project. Linda Coordinates the statewide multicultural education network, composed of representatives of every Maryland school system, and serves on the Board of COVE (Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism). Linda is the past national chair of the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education and works with the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education.


Mark L. Shaffer, Esq.
Counsel, Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Mark L. Shaffer is the firm principal at The Shaffer Law Firm where he successfully prosecutes and defends civil and criminal actions before trial and appellate courts in all District of Columbia metropolitan area jurisdictions, and other states around the country.

Mr. Shaffer's areas of expertise include government contracts, real property disputes, intellectual property, and employment law. He also teaches Trial Practice for the George Washington University Law School as an Adjunct Faculty Member. He previously has lectured on the rights and obligations of government contractors, protecting intellectual property and trade secret rights, minimizing liability exposure in real estate acquisition and development transactions, and legal ethics.

 In addition to the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Mark is involved with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the National Capital Area and Harmony Through Education. He also serves on the Town of Martins Additions Land Use Task Force.


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