Advisory Board 2000-Present

Diana Bailey, 2009-Present
Kathy Barnett, 2011-Present
Lauren Barr, 2006-2007, Youth on Board
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, 2002-2010, Past Chair 
Elizabeth Bobo, 2003-2007
Kathryn Brod, 2011
Maggie Brown, 2002-2004
Megan Bruno, 2009-Present
Yolanda Bruno, 2002-2008, Past Chair
Sue Buswell, 2008-2010
Alison Curry, 2011-Present, Young Women’s Giving Circle
Jackie Dawson, 2009-2011, Youth on Board
Bita Dayhoff, 2011-2012
Maura Dunnigan, 2008-2010
Julie Factor, 2011-2013
Kim Flyr, 2008-2010
Beverley Francis, 2009-2010
Penny Friedberg, 2008-2013
Lori Fuchs, 2005-2010
Mickey Gomez 2013 – Present
Pamela Gruver, 2013 to Present
Cindy Hankin, 2011-Present
Beth Sandbower Harbinson, 2002-2007
Dorothy V. Harris, 2002-2007, Past Chair
Norma Hill, 2009-Present
Elizabeth Horowitz, 2002-2004
Kirsten Jacobson, 2007-2008, Youth on Board
Trent Kittleman, 2008-2012
Beverly Koren, 2006-2010
Rae Lapine, 2003-2007
Barbara K. Lawson, 2002-2007
Jean West Lewis, 2008-2010
Cathy Lickteig, 2002-2004
Cindy Lifson, 2013 – Present
Carole MacPhee, 2009-2013
Malynda Madzel, 2003-2005
Missy Mattey, 2005-2010
Jane Vance McCauley, 2002-2004
Darlene Miller, 2002-2003
Jean F. Moon, 2002-2008, Past Chair
Pam Sorota Mowery, 2006-2009
Shelly Mulitz, 2002-2003
Lynne Nemeth, 2003-2006
Barbara Nicklas, 2008-2013
Linda Odum, 2002-2008, Past Chair
Courtney Odum-Duncan, 2009-2011
Mary Patton, 2003-2006
Barbara Peart, 2011-Present
Laurie Remer, 2005-2007
Migsie Richlin, 2002-2006
Susan Rosenbaum, 2008-2009
Joanne Saltzberg, 2002-2004, 2006-2008
Mary Ann Scully, 2004-2008
Joan Webb Scornaienchi, 2011-2013
Kathleen Sheedy, 2013 – Present
Arlene Sheff, 2002-2007
Caroline Sherman, 2008-Present, Immediate Past Chair
Mary Kay Sigaty, 2003-2007
Beth Singleton, 2009-2011
Robin Steele, 2003-2007
Cynthia Taliano, 2006-Present, Past Chair
Betty Thacker, 2003-2005
Liz Watson, 2008-2010, Youth on Board
Barb Van Winkle, 2011-Present
Alexis Wales, 2013 – Present, YWGC
Kira Westbrook, Youth on Board

WGC Founding Donors

In 2001, the following 16 founding members of the WGC began a year-long journey – from conceptualization to implementation – to develop, launch and now maintain and nurture the Women’s Giving Circle.

Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
Maggie J. Brown
Yolanda Bruno

Beth Sandbower Harbinson
Dorothy V. Harris
H. Elizabeth Horowitz
Barbara K. Lawson
Cathy Lickteig
Jane Vance Mccauley
Darlene Miller
Jean F. Moon
Shelley Mulitz
Linda Odum
Migsie Richlin
Joanne Maria Saltzberg
Arlene Sheff


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…