2017-2018 Board of Directors

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President / Ashley Chalmers

Ashley has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2012, and before becoming the President Elect, she served as the Vice President of Membership for two consecutive terms. She has also served on the Membership Committee and Co-Chaired Passport to Baltimore, a fundraising initiative she co-developed and executed. Professionally, Ashley is the Director of Operations for ConventionPlanit.com, a hospitality start up with a focus on corporate and association conference event  planning. A native to the Baltimore area, Ashley currently resides in the Otterbein neighborhood of Baltimore City with her husband, baby girl, baby boy, and two rambunctious English Bulldogs.

President-Elect / Rachel Dressel

Rachel Dressel has been passionate about the Junior League of Baltimore since becoming a member in 2012. Over the last five years, she has served on the fundraising and membership councils, and she has held leadership positions for three of those years. Rachel is a champion for women's causes, especially those that concern access to healthcare and family planning care. This personal commitment can also be seen in her career choice. Rachel studied Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, and she is an analyst working in the healthcare industry for the Federal government.

Outside of the Junior League, Rachel volunteers her time with dog rescues and adoption programs across Maryland. Rachel lives in southern Carroll County with her husband Tim and their two dogs, Maximus (a chocolate lab) and Tillie (a Cunucu rescue from Aruba).


Treasurer / Megan Jones-Steinbugl

Megan Jones-Steinbugl has established a career building distribution channels for technology startups, as well as other companies interested in moving to a channel sales model. She was recognized by CRN Magazine as a 2014 Women of the Channel recipient and under the special category "Up and Comers." Megan joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2014 as a member of the Wise Penny. In the 2015-2016 League year, she served as the Wise Penny Controller.

Secretary / Amanda Cokinos

Amanda Cokinos joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2011. She has co-chaired the Membership Committee, served on the Nominating committee, and most recently as a a Placement advisor. Professionally Amanda works at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Hospital, where she has worked for four years. She currently serves in the role of Dialysis Senior Social Worker where she manages and advocates for Veterans on dialysis or who need a kidney transplant. Prior to working at the VA, she worked for three years at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital on the medicine and neurosurgery inpatient units. She earned her Master’s of Social Work from Florida State University in 2007, and a Bachelor’s of Social Work in 2006. While at FSU, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Originally from Potomac, Maryland, she currently resides in Glen Burnie with her rescue dog Dakota. 


Communications Vice President / Dana Miller

Dana L. Miller is a litigation defense attorney with Franklin & Prokopik, P.C., located in Baltimore City. Dana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 2006 and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, School of Law, in 2009.  During law school, Dana represented clients as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City. Following law school graduation in 2009, Dana served as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.   Since that time, Dana has worked as a liability trial attorney in the civil domain, representing a myriad of clients.

Dana is barred in Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, and District of Columbia Bar Association. 

Dana has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2014.  She has served on several committees, and co-chaired the Membership & Outreach Committee in the 2016-2017 League Year.  She has volunteered and served in leadership roles with a variety of national and local community and women’s leadership organizations. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue dog in her free time.


Community Impact Vice President / Margaret Roth

Margaret is the Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder of Yet Analytics, a human capital analytics company that builds the world's most visual xAPI Learning Record Store.

Margaret is most interested in the development and design of connected learning environments. Her background is in experiential learning, literary study, and team development. In addition to her service in the Junior League of Baltimore, she is a member of the SXSWedu LAUNCHedu Advisory Board, a member of Baltimore's Innovation Village steering committee, a mentor for the ETC's Accelerate Baltimore program, and co-founder of EdTechWomen.
Margaret received her BA in English and Environmental Earth Science and her MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She is a die-hard Blue Jay Lacrosse fan, spends a lot of time cooking, writing, organizing, and exploring and her favorite science-fiction novel is Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Fundraising Vice President / Maria Johnson Darby

Maria Johnson Darby joined the Junior League of Baltimore 24 years ago, having held various leadership positions including serving as its President in 2001-02. She served as the volunteer co-chair for the Junior League's Building Opportunities capital campaign, raising over $1.25 million dollars. Professionally, Maria is a seasoned nonprofit professional with 25 years of fund development, management, communications and board development experience.  Currently she is the Director of Development and External Relations at Keswick, managing Keswick's philanthropic efforts as well as its community partnerships and external relations activities.

Maria is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, MD Chapter and a former member of its Board of Directors. She is active in the community, currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Board and as the Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Govanstowne Business Association, a board of which she was the President for six years. Past community board service includes the Village Learning Place Board for six years and the Hampden Family Center Board for 13 years, of which she is also a past president.

In 2017, Maria was inducted into The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence, having been honored previously in 2009 and 2011. She also received the Junior League of Baltimore’s 2017 President’s Award and the 2016 Sustainer Spirit Award. In 2012, Maria was named The Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2012 for outstanding spirit, service, dedication and commitment to excellence and in 2006, the Baltimore Business Journal named Ms. Darby one of Baltimore's Top 40 Under 40 professionals. Maria and her husband reside in Baltimore City.

Membership Vice President / Mona Rock

Mona M. Rock is a Baltimore native with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast television and public relations. Since 2000, Ms. Rock has acted as public relations and media relations manager/coordinator for a variety of non-profit and higher education institutions in Maryland including the Enoch Pratt Free Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore and the Walters Art Museum. She earned a bachelors of arts degree from Hampton University and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Junior League of Baltimore. Ms. Rock is a volunteer mentor with the Enterprise Women’s Network at William Pinderhughes Elementary School and the Our Daily Bread Hot Meal Program.


Sustainer Vice President / Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan has been a member of the Junior League for 22 years. She served her provisional years in the Junior League of Montclair-Newark and joined the Junior League of Baltimore when she and her family moved here from Denver in 2004. Kate has served on almost every committee within the Junior League and held various leadership positions within the Junior League of Baltimore including serving as President in 2011-2012. Both the Women's Mentoring Internship Program and the Kids in the Kitchen initiative were begun under her leadership while she was serving as Community VP.

First, and foremost, Kate is a stay-at-home mother of four active children, ages 15-8. Time with her family is her first priority however, she has always felt working in the community makes her a better mother. Currently, Kate splits her volunteer time between serving as chair of St. Joseph School's Casino Night, writing grants for various organizations in the community, serving on the steering committee of Epiphany Episcopal Church and serving as a mentor for the Baltimore Cash Campaign.  Kate also sits on the board of CaringOn, a Maryland-based 501(C)3 organization which provides advanced cancer patients the means to say thank you to their caregivers as well as positively impact the way we take care of each other in society when life-threatening illness happens

Kate graduated from Bucknell University in 1994 and was accepted in the Merrill Lynch Professional Development program where she studied for and passed her series 6, 7, 63, and 65 licensing exams and began work as a Financial Consultant in New York, NY. She worked as a Financial Consultant for Merrill for 7 years and managed a book of $80 million built entirely through cold-calling.

Kate lives with her husband Sean of 18 years and her four children, Nan (15), Jack (13), Sto (11), and Luke (8) in Glen Arm, MD. 


Nominating Chair / Carrie Barnhill

Carrie has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2010.  Prior to serving as Nominating Chair, she served as Secretary from November 2015 to May 2017.  Prior thereto, she served on the 5K and Membership Committees. Professionally, Carrie is the Senior Manager of Corporate Governance and Legal Operations at Under Armour, where she has worked for over ten years. She earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 and her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Originally from Syracuse, Carrie resides in Roland Park with her husband, baby boy and two dogs. 


Community Impact Vice President-Elect / Joanna Freeman

Joanna joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2014 as a member of the Fund Development committee. Most recently she served as the Chair of the Scholarship committee from 2016-2017. Professionally Joanna is an Environmental Specialist at Maryland Environmental Service, a Maryland based state agency that provides operational and technical services to protect and enhance the environment for the benefit of the people of Maryland.  She graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy in August 2014. She also earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University in Environmental Science and has a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University. Originally from New York, she now lives in Baltimore with her Fiance.


Treasurer-Elect / Jordan Higgins

Jordan has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2013 when her mother, who was at the time serving as President of the Junior League of South Bend, encouraged her to join. She has served on the Passport of Baltimore committee, Membership Outreach, Fund Development and the Investment Committees. Professionally, Jordan is a Relationship Manager at Fidelity Investments. In her role, she supports 2,100 high net worth clients. Originally from Granger, Indiana, Jordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame before moving to Maryland. She now lives in Lutherville with her husband.