The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County

Advisory Board

2018 WGC Advisory Board Members

Alison Canning, Chair, is a Financial Advisor in downtown Baltimore. With more than 15 years of experience, Alison provides financial IMG_3124planning, asset allocation, and estate planning advice for high-net-worth families, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and corporate retirement plans. Involved with the Circle since 2011, Alison has served as the Chair of the Donor Development Committee, as well as Vice Chair. She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the WGC. Alison lives in Silver Spring with her husband Michael and their two children, Lillian and Thomas.

Barb Van Winkle, Vice Chair and Chair of Donor Development Committee, is President of Nancy Adams Personnel in Columbia, where her company has been for over 40 years. Her business specializes in providing top-notch candidates to all size companies for Administrative, Customer Service, Accounting and Office Support positions, both permanent and temporary. She has a BA degree in Sociology from Goucher College, is a triathlete and golfer, and has served on many nonprofit boards including HCCEF and Community Foundation of Howard County. She loves the Women’s Giving Circle and has been a strong supporter since its inception in 2002!

Kim Agnor, Treasurer and Chair of Youth Development Committee, is an accountant with Fisher Ring LLC where she specializes in tax preparation and accounting work for small businesses and non-profits. Kim has served in assistant Headshot B AK 424-200 pxcontroller positions at St. John Properties and Questar Builders. Kim earned a BA in Economics and an Accounting Certificate from UMBC. She became licensed in MD as a CPA in 1993 and is a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition to serving as treasurer of the Women’s Giving Circle, Kim is one of the current advisors to the Young Women’s Giving Circle. She has also served on the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Howard County and on the board of directors of the Clarksville Elementary School PTA where she held the position of Treasurer. She has also served as a volunteer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood, Maryland, and has worked on various projects for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Kim has lived in Howard County since 1978. She currently lives in Clarksville with her husband Jeff and her two children, Rachel and Michael. She enjoys golf, running, cooking and reading when she gets the chance.

Jillianne Crescenzi, Secretary, has previously worked for nonprofits with at-risk and special needs children. Since moving to Howard County four years ago, she works as a Children’s Instructor at Howard County Library System. There, she initiated the monthly Girl Power Club for tween girls where she plans classes that include both STEM activities and opportunities to give back to the community. She also teaches musical theatre classes in Columbia for preschoolers. Jillianne joined the Circle in 2016 and currently serves as the Secretary for the Advisory board.


Dee Athey, Grants Committee Chair, has over 20 years of experience in human services program Dee Athey1development, management, evaluation and grant making.  She currently is the Director of Development at The Arc of Howard County.  Dee is very passionate about working to improve the lives of women, children and families and believes in the power to make change through collective impact. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Howard County and  is an active volunteer across Howard County.  Her and her husband live in Howard County and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Colleen D’Agrosa, Communications Committee Chair, has been a donor of the Women’s Giving Circle Dagrosa Bio Picsince 2006 and served as WGC’s first administrator. Colleen believes that strategic philanthropy (pooling her resources with others who support women and girls) can make the most impact and is thrilled to serve on the Advisory Board of the WGC.  Working in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) Outreach, Colleen is focused on increasing STEM education and opportunities for women and girls.


Diana Bailey, Leadership Committee Chair, is a career educator, administrator and gender equity unnamed-1advocate. Diana has served the WGC for many years as a member of the Grants Committee and as Treasurer before becoming the current Chair of the Leadership Committee. Upon retirement from the MD State Department of Education, she is working as a consultant doing technical assistance, career and workforce development training and grants management. Additionally, she serves as the Executive Director of the MD Women’s Heritage Center.


Barbara Peart, retired from state service in 2008 after 25 years. Her last position with the state was as the Assistant Director for Planning, Quality and Support Operations for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Barbara holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University. As top business class graduate, she was honored with the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award. She is also an accomplished pianist, actively involved in community activities, and has received numerous recognition throughout her career. Barbara was selected the first Chair of the Governor’s Quality Council, and has participated in many statewide committees throughout her state career. She also served on the Columbia Housing Corporation Board (Chair, 2 years) and served as a Howard County Housing Commissioner (Vice Chair, 2 years).

Jennifer Bodensiek, is president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. By connecting education and business communities, Junior Achievement reaches more than 47,000 young people, annually, with hands-on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs. In 2014, with a significant multi-year investment from the Women’s Giving Circle, JA launched JA Rising Women. JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students in Howard County who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential while also building their business acumen and confidence as young women leaders.

Jennifer previously served Junior Achievement’s parent organization, JA Worldwide, as vice president of development. In this role she was responsible for building strategic relationships among major corporations in the northeastern part of the United States and managed the organization’s government relations efforts to fuel strategic growth abroad. Jennifer’s experience in the education and business sectors also includes previous roles as national director of capstone experiences for JA Worldwide, major gift officer for Johns Hopkins University, vice president of development for Junior Achievement’s Washington, D.C. chapter, and assistant vice president for Bank of America. She received her B.S. degree in marketing education from Virginia Tech and resides in Ellicott City with her husband Ed and their two sons.

April Force Pardoe, is an award-winning interior designer in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. She is the owner of April Force Pardoe Interiors which offers full-service interior design from concept to completion. The company is affiliated with some of the area’s most prestigious home improvement professionals and artists who work collaboratively to enhance every client project. April has won national recognition for her design work including a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence and the AKBD certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Her work has appeared in many magazines and she is the author of the design column “Her Décor” in Her Mind magazine. She also writes the blog, The Journey. April is on the WGC development committee, is a member of the Business Women’s Network of Howard County and has served on the board of directors for the Maryland SPCA. April lives in Elkridge with her husband and two daughters and happily shares her office with her chocolate lab, Roxy.

Megan Bruno, Immediate Past Chair, has served on the WGC board for seven years as Chair, Vice Chair and CMegan Brunohair of the Donor Development Committee.  Megan is currently the Immediate Past Chair and serves on the Communications Committee.  Megan owns her own photography business, Starpoet Photography and is a Pilates instructor  She serves as Vice President on the Board of Girls on the Run of Central Maryland and as board member of the Glenelg Country School Parents and Friends Association. She lives in Howard County with her husband and three children.