Living Classrooms Rising Stars Program

Living Classrooms Rising Stars Presented by the Baltimore Business Journal in Baltimore and Politico in Washington, DC are a select group of young professionals, under the age of 40, who are recognized as young philanthropists.

Rising Stars is a program aimed at engaging up-and-coming young professionals in philanthropy. Rising Stars honorees are nominated and selected based on their professional achievements and philanthropic efforts. Honorees participate in networking and philanthropic activities throughout the year and are recognized in the media. The program culminates with an awards celebration. The Rising Stars Awards Celebrations will take place as part of Maritime Magic and Night at the Yards, the best annual events on the Baltimore and DC Waterfronts celebrating the important work of Living Classrooms Foundation.

Nominations are accepted year-round, and space is limited. We advise you to submit your nomination by 3/1 of the year for which you are nominating, though nominations will be considered after that date pending availability.

Nominate a Young Professional in Baltimore for our 2022 class of Rising Stars

Contact: Thara Taylor

Rising Stars: Where are they now?

Celebrating a decade of Living Classrooms Rising Stars in partnership with the Baltimore Business Journal

Kelly Ahmed, ARG, Inc, Senior Technology Consultant
Adam Aist, Drake Star Partners, Investment Banking Analyst
Rich Akwo, Generosity Global, Founder & CEO
Saad Alam, Hone, Founder & CEO
Admon Alexander, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Director, Family and Community Engagement
Laura Alima, The Charmery, Co-Owner
Kristin Allender, Brown Advisory, Senior Manager, Accounting & External Reporting
Emily Alt, Maryland Food Bank, Senior Director
Aris Argyros, Digital Marketing Specialist | Web Developer | Software Designer
William Ashford, Shiloh Baptist Church of Chester, Senior Pastor/CEO
Ashley Augustin, Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries LLC, Mid Atlantic Sales Executive
Nathaniel Badder, Gilman School, Director of Alumni Relations
James Bahr, CBRE, Associate
Antoine Banks, Comcast, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs – Central Richmond
Kendall Barnes, MedStar Health – Franklin Square, Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant
Melody Baron, Booz Allen Hamilton, Associate
Michael Bass, Primary Residential Mortgage, Mortgage Loan Office
Adrienne Bastinelli, Centric Business Systems, Inc., Marketing Manager
Justin Batoff, Batoff Associates, P.A., Attorney
Tracey Beale, The Real News Network, Marketing Director
J.C. Beese, Blue & Obrecht Realty, LLC, Leasing & Sales Associate
Courtney Belew, ACE Hardware, Senior Manager, Marketing & Community Engagement
Jason Bell, Northwestern Mutual, Wealth Management Advisor
Jessie Benson, FloYo Fit, LLC, Owner, B’More SUP & FloYo Fit
Paris Bienert, Licensed Master of Social Work & Chair, State Central Committee, District 46
Jason Bisciotti, Pointfield Partners
Tara Bisciotti, Baltimore County Public Schools, Kindergarten Teacher
Alexis Blair, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Director of Strategic Communications
Cole Blake, Freelance, Carpenter
Miles Blauvelt, Jiffy Lube, Franchisee
Jess Blumberg, Senior Editor, Baltimore Magazine
Stephanie Bradshaw, SB Creative, Inc., CEO/Founder
James Bragdon, Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, Partner
Sean Brescia, Mission, Principal
Topher Brewer, Alex. Brown Realty, Inc., Chief Marketing Officer
Mark Bridge, The Associated, Content & Social Media Specialist
Marc Broady, Weller Development, VP, Community Impact
Patrick Brown, Carr Properties, Senior Director, Legal
Jamar Brown, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP, Partner
Ray Bularz, Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company, Chief Brand Officer
Kirby Bumpus, sweetgreen, Head of Social Impact and Inclusion
Ryan Burch, PayPal, Head of Legal – Technology | Risk & Platforms | Security
Liana Burns, Anthem, Inc., Strategy Director
Dan Burns, Bird, Senior Manager, Global Expansion
Drew Burton, AIG, Financial Advisor
Dave Burton, Under Armour, Account Manager
Taren Butcher, Allegis Group, Inc., Assistant General Counsel
Anthony Butler, AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc., President & CEO
John Cabell, Conrex, Acquisition Analyst
Chezia Cager, US HHS, Senior Advisor
Jasmine Campbell, Good Projects
Cate Cannavino, Artsy Couture, Director of Growth and Marketing
Allison Cannavino, GlobalWebIndex, VP, Partners
Nicole Canning, FMC Corporation, Manager, Corporate Communications
Lauren Cannon Lindsay, Merritt Properties, LLC, Leasing Associate
Keion Carpenter, The Carpenter House, CEO & Founder
Brandon Carrera, KPMG LLP, Manager, Technology Risk
Merlynn Carson, Myriddian, LLC, CEO
Andre Cawley, Agora Financial, Graphic Designer
Jason Chamberlain, Morgan Stanley, Executive Director
Jim Chivers, Gold and Company, Vice President / Sales and Leasing
Jae Chon, Brown Advisory, Partner, Director of Operations
Nicholas Christ, TradeSmith, LLC, Director of Member Services
Sharayna Christmas-Rose, MICA, Program Manager
Alan Clark, WholsomeCo Cannabis, VP, Product
Kenneth Coe, Brown Advisory, Equity Research Analyst
Reco Collins, PNC, Credit Products Specialist – Group Manager
Angel Connolly, Fulton Bank, Commercial Market Executive
Brendan Cook, Process Protection Technologies, Owner
Luke Cooper, Preface Ventures, Venture Partner
Patrick Cotherman, CAM Wealth Management, Associate Vice President
Richard Craft, Craft Advisory Group, CEO
Alec Cronin, Leveling the Playing Field, Operations Associate
Philip Cronin, McDonald’s, Manager, U.S. Government Relations
Jeffrey Crosley, Northwestern Mutual, District Director
Sarah Crutchfield, Graceland Park Elementary, Teacher
Ryan Curley, T. Rowe Price, AVP, Lead Manager – USI Business Management
Teddy Davidson, Get Peak Today, Director of Fulfillment
Carl Davis, New England Patriots, Defensive Tackle
Rob Dawson, 360 Your Business, CEO
Ashley Day, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, College and Career Counselor
Sonjie DeCaires, Sonjie Productions, CEO
Steven Delany, Morgan Stanley, Vice President
Claire Derbyshire, Under Armour, Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing
Mario Dewar Barrett, American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model
Nicholas Dewey, Mayson-Dixon Companies, Senior Vice President
Emily Doratt, Harbor Investment Advisory, LLC, Client Relationship Manager
Alexandra Dreisch, Sandlot, Event & Social Media Manager
Chris Driessen, Millennium, Portfolio Manager
Kelly Drnec, Hotel Revival, Corporate Sales Manager
Bryan Ebert, OneMain Financial, Associate General Counsel
Sara Ensey, ClearView Health, President & COO
Sean Erb, T. Rowe Price, Senior Equity Portfolio Analyst
Judah Estreicher, JBD Clothiers, Founder & CEO
Rebecca Everhart
Jenifer Fedeli, Mama’s Restaurant Group, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer
Torin Federico, Ocean Atlantic International Sotheby’s, Realtor Sales Associate
Marissa Fegeley, IMN, Business Development and Sales Account Manager
Teresa Fenby, Melo Wellness, Owner/Operator
Carey Fetting-Smith, Education Consulting, Educator, Coach
Michael Fithian, LoanVerify, CEO & Loan Office
Michael Ford, Stransberry Research, Senior Copywriter
Scott Foreman, Baltimore Fabrication, President Co-owner
James Foster, ZeroFOX, CEO
Bradley Fowler, The Law Office of Bradley F. Fowler, LLC, Owner
Seth Franz, Hone Health/Volunteering Untapped, Co-Founder & Director / Founder
Kara Frazier, Constellation, Senior Analyst Market Risk
Andrew Freedman, SHIFT, Business Transformation Expert | Managing Partner
Kelvin Fu, Gunung Capital, Managing Partner
Reginald Fugett, SimplyAJ10, Business Manager
Greg Furshman, Kelly Benefits Strategies, Account Executive
Laurie Furshman, Duane Morris, LLP, Attorney
Ryan Galloway, National Association of Black Accountants Inc., Senior VP
Elizabeth Gamper, Chase Brexton Health Care, Certified Nurse Midwife
Zachary Garber, Alex. Brown, a division of Raymond James, Client Advisor
George Gavrila, ProMD Health, Founder & CEO
Brooks Gearhart, Alliance Technology Group, Account Executive
Gina Geppi
Bruce Gibbons, City of Baltimore, Director of Information Technology
Morgan Gilligan, Stewart Title, Vice President, Sr. Business Development Officer
Jennifer Glass, Pandora Jewelry, Director – Digital Marketing
Stacy Gold
David Goldman, Seawall Development Corp., Leasing and Marketing Associate
Laura Green, iMentor, Founding Executive Director
Joanna Guy, Modzy, Associate
Betsy Haley, St. Mary’s Ryken, Director, Marketing and Communications
Matt Hancock, Regent Property Services LLC, Partner/VP of Finance
Amy Hardesty, KPMG, Manager
Nathaniel Hardy, CCTTARTS, Creative Director
Jessica Hargest, Hillmont Creative, Founder Creative Director
Rian Hargrave, Mahogany Inc., Operations Manager
Gerard Harrison, Franklin Financial Group, Principal
Michele Hayes, Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP, Partner
Keith Hinder, Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP, Partner
Jason Hisley, Cake by Jason, Owner
Allie Hoffberg, The Health Mason, Wellness & Lifestyle Blogger
Michael Hoffman, Verdence Capital Advisors, Director
Matthew Hook, Vagabond
Hayward Howard, National Trust Insurance Services, LLC, National Sales Leader
Patrick Hudson, True Chesapeake Oyster Co., Owner
Cheo Hurley, THG Companies LLC, President & CEO
Ted Jabara, Harbor Magic Hotels, Managing Director
Peter Jackson, JLL, Vice President
Dean Jagusch, Wagner Roofing Company, Owner/President
Brian Jarosinski, NFP, Senior Advisor
Jennifer Jarrell, Anthem, Inc, Staff Vice President, Strategy and Planning
Seon Jeon, JHU- Carey Business School, Assistant Director of Admissions
John Jiloty, The Martin Group, Vice President, Martin Sport
Audie Jones, Axeus Luxury Travel, Founder
Jermaine Jones, Baltimore / D.C. Building and Construction Trades, Director
Kelsey Jones
Dionne Joyner-Weems, Audacity Group LLC., President & CEO
Tim Kaiser, FINRA, Compliance Analyst
Paul Kang, Granite Canyon Partners, Managing Partner
Jessica Kartalija, CBS Philadelphia, News Anchor
Thomas Keilty, Peter Angelos Law, Attorney
Pam Kelly, Ernst & Young, Associate Director, Business Development
Leo Khin, StartupGrind, Startup Maven, Growth Hacker & Accelerator, Advisor & Strategist
Peter Kimmel, EONE Benefit Solutions, Vice President, Business Development
Lashana Kinsey, Allegis Global Solutions, Global Program Executive
Danielle Kirschner, Mark B. Kirschner & Associates, Vice President – Financial & Insurance Strategies
Jacob Klein, Kleins Shoprite, Director, Non-Perishable Departments / Senior Management Committee
Heidi Klotzman, HeidnSeek Entertainment, LLC, CEO
Courtney Kobal
Pete Kohlasch, Operating Excellence, Certified High-Performance Coach
Robin Korte, Selvin Wraith Halman
Mary Kuypers, Accenture, Managing Director
Mike LaRoque, Aston Carter, Recruiter
Donald Lawson, Donald Lawson Racing, Inc, Skipper
Anna Leming, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Program Coordinator
Ashley Lemon, Kaiser Permanente, Client Service Analyst
Eric Levitas, Edwards Performance Solutions, Director, Business Development
Jayme Levy, Silverman Thompson Slutkin White, Attorney
Josie Lewis, FS24/7, Director
Teddy Lewis, Snowflake, Data Cloud Strategy
Alexandria Liu, Fabpro Technologies, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Kevin Loeb, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Program Director
Nick Loiselle, CBRE, Senior Associate
Edward Lough, JLL, Senior Vice President
Kevin Lowe, LINQ Services Inc., Owner
Tammira Lucas, The Cube Cowork, CEO
Ayana Lugo, Acme Paper and Supply Company, Business Development and Sales Account Manager
Jennifer Lynas, Hopkins Healthcare, Supervisor of Reg. Compliance, Accreditation, & Quality Improvement
Elsa M., WMAR-2 News, ABC, TV Host
Robert Maddux, JLL, Industrial Real Estate Advisor
Clint Maguire, Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc., Marine Superintendent
Patrick Mahoney, Brown Advisory, Equity Research Analyst
Samuel Manelski, Loyola Blakefield High School, History Teacher
Craig Martin, Brown Advisory, Chief Operating Officer – Private Client
Craig Martin, Harbor Investment Advisory, Director – Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth Massing, 14 West, HR Director
Aaron Maybin
Orlando Mayo, Trye | Butler | Mayo | Griffith, Managing Partner
Molly McCurdy, Google, Nest Global Consumer Marketing Lead
Jessica McDonald, McDonogh School, Director of Outreach/Associate Director of Admissions
Lindsay McGettigan, imre, MBA, Senior Vice President & Activation Group Director
Joe Mechlinski, SHIFT, Founder & CEO
Maria Mendoza, MOI, Senior Project Manager
Huff Millard, Greenspring Associates, Vice President
Ryan Miller, Savills, Corporate Managing Director
Allison Mills, Common Securization Solutions, Senior Director
Bridget Moore, K&B Bridals, Founder
Lindsay Moran, MITAGS & Maritime Conference Center, Director of Marketing
Tysheba Morgan, Bank of America, SVP Financial Controls and Governance
Rob Morton, Photography by Tre’ Lynn, Professional Photographer
Nick Mosby, City of Baltimore, Maryland State Delegate
Alicia Mozina, The Empowered Woman Network, Founder
Ariel Nathan, Constellation, Community Engagement Manager
Nicole Natoli, American Physical Society, Campaign & Donor Relations Manager
Kimberly Neal, The Children’s Guild, Chief Legal Officer
Matthew Nelson, Harborside Group, General Counsel
Christopher Nixon, Cerebro Capital, Director of Capital Markets
Jordan Nocar, 14 West, Creative Production Coordinator
Jessica Nyce, WMS Partners, Associate Advisor
Owen O’Donnell, Owen Michael Cosmetics, Founder
Marques Ogden, Former NFL Athlete, Keynote Speaker, Business Coach & Consultant
Lily Oliver, American Bird Conservancy, Whooping Crane Projects Intern
Taylor Paff, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Mortgage Advisor
John Pastalow III, Shuck and Associates | Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, Financial Advisor | Managing Partner
Antonia Paterakis, Barre., MEGAbarre. Instructor
Annie Payne, Baltimore Business Journal, Advertising Director
Jacqueline Pearlstone, The Agora Companies – The Oxford Club, Product Manager
Bharat Peddu, Washington Area Railway Engineering Society (W.A.R.E.S.), President Emeritus
George Petrocheilos, Catalio Capital Management, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Benjamin Polakoff, GPS Law Group, Partner
Spencer Pollock, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, Partner
Christina Pratt, Constellation, Principal, Innovation and Commercialization
Lindsay Prokopetz, Walden University, Senior Marketing Manager
Jessica Raba, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Assistant General Counsel
Joseph Rector, Pelican Property Mgt., CEO
Zachary Reichenbach, Vallit Advisors, LLC, Director
Laura Renaud, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Senior Major Gifts Officer
Nicole Richards, iHeartMedia, Senior Account Executive
William Rienhoff, FROATS, Founder
Greg Roberts, ActionStreamer, Chief Growth Officer
Dustin Rogers-Little
Christopher Rondo, Live Nation Entertainment, Assistant Production Manager
Amanda Ross, Montgomery County Public Schools, Professional School Counselor
Nick Rossi, Kelly Benefits Payroll, Director, Sales & Marketing
Christina Ruff, Infusion Sciences, Creative Director
Brian Rumbaugh
Julie Ruppersberger, 14 West, Asset Manager, Family Office
Jillian Ruskey, EY, Assurance Senior Manager
Josh Russakis, Savannah College of Art & Design, Incoming Graduate Student
Heather Rustici, Jeffrey Brown Contracting, LLC, Senior Vice President
Lacy Ryan, Accenture, Senior Manager
Samantha Sankovich, NFL Agent & Vice President
Jay Sapperstein, Walker Development, Development Manager
Christopher Schafer, Christopher Schafer Clothier, President
Lisa Schatz, Zeffert and Gold Catering, Event Designer
Matthew Scheffenacker, Baltimore County Public Schools, High School Counselor
Robert Scrafford, Gannett Fleming, Area Manager and Senior Environmental Engineer
Sara Seay, Premier Rides, Inc., Director of Marketing & Sales
Erin Shaffer, Director of Residential Operations, Eagle Title, LLC
Sam Shank, Odd Brain Creative, Owner & Creative Director
Sidarth Sharma, Mobtown Fermentation, Co-Founder
Blake Sheehan, Brown Advisory, Partner & Portfolio Manager
Melanie Shimano, Harvard University, Research Fellow
Bill Siems, CLG, Senior Team Lead
Chris Skandalis, Fulton Bank Equipment Finance, Vice President
Stephen Skeen, Baltimore City Public Schools, Principal
Daisy Smith, 14 West, Assistant Director of Communications
Patrick Smith, Blue & Obrecht Realty, President/Principal
Francis Smith, Carnegie Mellon, Tepper MBA Candidate
Kerri Smith, Silverman Thompson, Attorney
Courtney Smith, Tyler Technologies, Director of Client Success
Megan Smith
Charlotte Smith
Michael Stanley, Wright, Constable & Skeen, Managing Partner
Pia Sterling, AARP, Medicare Supplement – Account Development Manager
James Stierhoff, Brown Advisory, Partner | Portfolio Manager
Robbie Stokes, Jr, I Talk to Strangers Foundation, Founder
Keith Stone, Brown Advisory, Private Equity Analyst
Avery Strachan, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC, Partner
Lindsay Sturman, King Arthur Baking Company, VP, Direct to Consumer
Tracy Sutton, Insurance Inc, Owners/ agent
Brendan Sweeney, Maryland Capital Management, Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst
Arman Taghizadeh, Valley Integrative Psych, Child, Adolescent, Adult, & Sports Psychiatrist
Jason Tagler, Camden Partners, Growth Equity Investor
Paul Taylor II, PwC, Senior Associate
Britt Tegeler, Tegeler Construction & Supply, President
Paige Tester, True Market Insiders, Director of Brand Marketing
Dea Thomas, H-CAP, Inc, Senior Program Coordinator
Danna Thomas, Happy Teacher Revolution, Founder
Prince Thomas, Morgan Stanley, Senior Vice President, Associate Complex Manager
Kimberly Thomas, The District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County, Associate Judge
James Thompson, EY, Senior Manager, Assurance Services
Daniel Thurston, Smithfield Foods, Senior Director of Sales
Kendrick Tilghman, 5Starr Enterprise, Founder
Stan Tinter, Shumaker Williams, P.C., Attorney
Danielle Torain, Open Society Institute-Baltimore Foundations, Director
Austin Tremblay, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Instructional Technologist
Roxy Trudeau, American Red Cross, Disaster Workforce Mobilization & Support Manager
Meredith Upton, University of Maryland Baltimore, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Amber Valero, Planit, Public Relations Account Supervisor
Ashley Valis, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Executive Director of Community Engagement
Christian Ventimiglia, Brown Advisory, Portfolio Manager (Multi-Strategy)
Kavita Verma, Maryland Dept. of Commerce, Director
Thomas Vielandi, State Farm, Agent
Jose Vilchez-Azcona
Kumasi Vines, Able Construction Company, LLC / Vines Engineering, President
Laura Vogel, Bunnik, LLC, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
John Waire, The WaireHouse, Owner & Photographer
Lindsay Walker, SIG, Vice President
Devin Walsh, StatonWalsh, Managing Partner
Meg Ward, Living Classrooms Foundation, VP of Strategic Growth & Community Partnerships
Bryan Wasserman, Kelly Benefits, Financial Advisors, and Risk Management, Financial Advisor
Morgan Wenzl, Seawall, Accountant
Hasdai Westbrook, ChangingMedia, Founder
Drew Westervelt, HEX Performance, Founder & CEO
Nicole Whitecar, Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Associate
Heather Williams, American Retirement Association, Digital Marketing Director
Sarah Williams, Deloitte, Senior Consultant
Jayson Williams, Mayson-Dixon Companies, President &CEO
Nicholas Williams, Morgan Stanley, Portfolio Manager, Financial Advisor
Jason Williams, Charm City PT, Well-being Coach
Angela Wilson, ESG Equity Research Analyst
Melinda Wise, RBC Wealth Management, Investment Associate
Lydia Woolever, Baltimore Magazine, Senior Editor
Yinga Xia, Halo Incubator, Pre-MBA Associate
Maya Yacoub, The Law Offices of Spence | Brierley, P.C., Contract Attorney
Dae Yoon, Northwestern Mutual, Financial Advisor
Caryn York, Job Opportunities Task Force, CEO
Karlo Young, 2U, Vice President & General Manager
Gina Rose Zanghi, Gina Rose, CPT, Proprietor, Personal/Group Trainer & Nutrition Specialist
Adam Zarren, Zarren Law Group, LLC, Managing Partner
Samantha Zipp-Dowd, Insight Wellness Maryland, Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Joe Zumbo, Managing Partner at bioRemedies MD CBD