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Patience Pays in Long-Term Projects
April 2016
An admitted die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and a native of Wisconsin, Dean Kaster’s demeanor reflects both the friendliness and the modesty of the Midwest. Retired from his position as senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health in February of this year, Kaster was instrumental in […]

Destigmatizing Mental Health
April 2015
According to Mental Health First Aid-USA, one in four people will experience a major depressive episode over the course of their lifetime, disrupting their ability to work, carry out daily activities and have satisfying relationships. The Campaign to Change Direction says more Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents. […]

Empowering Women of All Ages
April 2014
On March 7, powerful and influential women gathered for the Women’s Leadership Breakfast and 13th Annual ATHENA Award presentation hosted by Harford Community College’s Continuing Education & Training Division. You would have to search to find a local charitable organization or foundation that has not benefited from the work and generosity …

Achieving Balance
December 2013
Howard McComas IV Builds Relationships at Work and in the Community

A Singular Mission with Mutual Benefit
August 2013
If you’ve attended the Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser to benefit SARC the past two years or seen the pictures, you already know Steve Linkous even if you don’t know his name. He was the top fundraiser both years, raising over $8,000 in 2012 and just over $12,000 this year. As a top fundraiser, he […]

Jayne Klein – ATHENA Award Recipient 2013
April 2013
Born and raised in Baltimore City, Klein moved to Baltimore County when she was about 10 years old. She attended Randallstown High School and graduated with a degree in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, completing her internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Klein married into the local namesake family and started her own. “My mother-in-law […]

Deborah Williams: “Integrity is doing the right thing … even if no one is watching”
February 2013
Bankers have had to suffer through quite an image problem in recent years. The bail out of big banks with taxpayer money and the subsequent scrutiny of all things financial has many whispering their occupation in public and keeping a low profile. Not so for Harford County resident and Vice President of Business and Professional […]

Growing to Give
August 2012
Growth is coming to the Klein’s ShopRite supermarket chain, but not the growth you might expect when the great-grandkids get their turn to lead. “I could think that if my father built us to seven stores, for me to be successful I need to grow us to 20,” says Marshall Klein, chief operating officer. “As […]

Always Better to Give Back
August 2012
“Philanthropy is something we always want to do,” says Chuck Boyle, and one company that truly believes in doing good and giving back to its community is Boyle Buick GMC Truck, located in Abingdon. A part of the Harford County business landscape for over 40 years since Clarence Boyle, Sr. started it in 1968, Boyle […]

Mentor. Leader. Steward.
June 2012
Denise Carnaggio is considered one of Harford County’s greatest assets. As a volunteer steward, she’s actively mentoring youth while leading crucial economic development transitions in her position as deputy director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development. As the newest recipient of the Athena Award 2012, an award presented to a woman living and/or […]

The Vision for Better Homes, Stronger Communities…Joann Blewett, Habitat for Humanity
March 2012
Joann Blewett has a clear vision for improving the community. Her handiwork as executive director of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Inc. is made manifest by the strong partnerships developed and the outreach programs pioneered. As the leader and executive director of Habitat for Humanity, Blewett is extremely organized and “not handy” but wears a pink […]

Forging a Positive Future
February 2012
“I never saw the kids with three heads,” Deb Merlock says with sarcasm. From the day she and her husband moved to their Abingdon neighborhood more than 20 years ago, Merlock has listened – and ignored – the whispered and sometimes shouted warnings about sending her four children to the Edgewood area schools. “I was […]

Don Mathis: The Natural Giver
December 2011
As the leader of a nationwide organization fighting poverty on a local level, Don Mathis follows his passion in life … helping people. In 1973, Mathis worked at a Head Start center during graduate school at the University of Delaware. But not knowing exactly what he wanted to do after school, Mathis followed his heart […]

Phillip E. Logan
October 2011
Breakfast at the Slavie-sponsored Route 40 Business Association 9/11 Prayer Breakfast. A Saturday afternoon video shoot making a commercial to promote the Harford County Library Foundation’s annual fundraising gala. A Maryland Bankers Association board meeting. Working for donation tips at Half Pints bar to bolster his bid in the “Dancing for the Arts” competition that […]

APG Military Ball Benefits Fisher House
August 2011
The Support Our Heroes Military Ball reached Aberdeen Proving Ground with high expectations of financial support for severely wounded soldiers and their families. The mission was considered a tremendous success with approximately $300,000 raised for the charity, Fisher House Foundation, Inc. An evening in the courtyard under the tents at the C4SIR Campus, Support Our […]