2016-2017 Board of Directors

President / Oana A. Brooks

Oana A. Brooks, Esq. joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2013 and hit the ground running.  She has served on the Community Impact Committee and Chaired the Flashback 5K Committee.  Oana is a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and also of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Professionally, Oana is an  attorney employed by the Johns Hopkins University’s Office of Institutional Equity to investigate discrimination, harassment and sexual offense complaints.  She conducts training throughout the University on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace and academic environment and ensures that JHU is in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.  Prior to joining JHU, Oana served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, where she prosecuted felony violent crimes before juries and was ultimately promoted to Division Chief.  Oana is originally from Lugoj, Romania but is very passionate about her adopted hometown of Baltimore.  She is active in several other organizations and is committed to a better and safer Baltimore.  Oana has been recognized for her commitment to inspiring change.  In May 2016, she was awarded the Philanthropic 5 Award by the United Way of Central Maryland.  In April 2016, she received recognition as a Daily Record Top 100 Woman.  In June 2015, she was honored with the Mary Goodwillie Award, an award named after the founder of the Junior League of Baltimore.  In December 2014, she was honored by The Daily Record as a Leading Woman. Oana and her husband are proud residents of Baltimore City’s Historic Original Northwood.

President-Elect / 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, and two rambunctious English Bulldogs.

Membership Vice President / Katelyn Burgess

Katelyn has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore since 2013, and holds the position of Membership Vice President. She has previously served on the Membership Committee as well as Chaired the Membership Outreach & Orientation committee for the 2015-2016 league year. Professionally, Katelyn is a Project Manager for MAXIMUS, a company that has partnered with state, federal, and local governments to provide critical health and human service programs to a diverse array of communities.  A native to the Baltimore area, Katelyn currently resides in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore City.

Communications Vice President / Lindsay Prokopetz

Lindsay Prokopetz has been a member of the Junior League since 2013. Since joining the Baltimore league she has serviced on the Public Relations and Marketing Committee as both a committee member and chair. This year she will serve as the Vice President of Communications. Professionally, Lindsay is a Digital Strategist at Groove Commerce. A non-native of Baltimore, Lindsay currently resides in Canton and has lived in the city for 5 years. 

Fundraising Vice President / Maria Johnson Darby

Maria J. 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 fundraiser with 25 years of fund development, management, communications and board development experience in the nonprofit community. Currently she is the Director of Development and External Relations at Keswick, managing Keswick's philanthropic efforts as well as its external relations activities and partnerships.

During her years as an advancement professional, she has raised millions of dollars for myriad organizations, led capital campaigns, developed a multitude of philanthropic partnerships, managed hundreds of grants and grant-reporting processes, led grassroots advocacy efforts and managed government relations efforts at the local and state level and has developed on-going media and community partnerships in Maryland.

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 having served on local community boards, including the Village Learning Place Board for six years, the Hampden Family Center Board on which she served for 13 years and of which she is a past president, and as President of the Govanstowne Business Association, a board on which she continues to sit. Maria is a LEADERSHIP Baltimore County graduate, Class of 2001, a Leadership Washington graduate, Class of 2005, and a 2009 Network 2000 Mentoring Program graduate.

In September 2006, the Baltimore Business Journal named Ms. Darby one of Baltimore's Top 40 Under 40 professionals, and in 2009 and in 2011 she was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. In 2012, Maria was named The Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2012 for outstanding spirit, service, dedication and commitment to excellence. Maria and her husband reside in Baltimore City.

Community Impact Vice President / Margaret Roth

Margaret is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of Yet Analytics, a Baltimore based company that is improving human capital through big data analytics. As CMO, Margaret oversees operational and administrative projects, client and partnership relations, team management and facilitation, marketing, and development strategy.

Through her many leadership roles Margaret has extensive experience with leadership development, team facilitation, group management, event organization, conflict resolution, brand development, and marketing strategy.

In addition to serving on the Junior League of Baltimore's Board of Directors, Margaret is the co-founder of EdTechWomen, an international networked community for women's leadership in education technology, a mentor for the ETC's AccelerateBaltimore entrepreneurs program, a member of the Edcamp Baltimore Executive Committee, and a volunteer American Canoe Association Whitewater Kayaking and swift-water rescue instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She is a die-hard Blue Jay Lacrosse fan, spends a lot of time cooking, writing, organizing, and exploring, and was named as an Inaugural Tech 10 Honoree by the Baltimore Business Journal.

Margaret graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with her Master of Arts in Teaching in May 2012 with certifications in Secondary English, Middle School English Language Arts, and Middle School Science. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees from JHU in English and Environmental Earth Science. 

Treasurer / Rachel Bauder

Rachel Bauder joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2012. Before becoming Treasurer, she served as Treasurer-Elect, chaired the Audit Committee and was a member of the Investment and Fund Development Committees. Professionally, Rachel is the Accounting Operations Manager for the American Urological Association. Prior to this position, Rachel spent five years working for a public accounting firm where she specialized in Non-Profit Organizations. Rachel is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Maryland Association of CPA’s Young Professional Council. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature. A native to the Baltimore area, Rachel currently resides in Lutherville with her husband.

Treasurer-Elect / 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. In the 2016-2017 League year Megan will serve as the Treasurer-Elect. 

Secretary / Carrie Barnhill

Carrie Barnhill joined the Junior League of Baltimore in 2010. She served on the 5K and Membership Committees prior to moving into the role of Secretary in 2015. Professionally, Carrie is the Manager of Corporate Governance at Under Armour, where she has worked for over nine years. She earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Originally from Syracuse, Carrie resides in Roland Park with her husband and two dogs. 

Nominating Chair / Brina Masi Eades

Brina lives in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2001 and from the Penn State University-Dickinson School of Law in 2005. She works as a Staff Attorney at Venable LLP. She serves on the Board of Directions for the Junior League of Baltimore and YWCA of Greater Baltimore. She is also a volunteer for Reading Partners in Baltimore and Corporation Board President of the Sigma Kappa Sorority at the University of Maryland. She loves spending her free time going to see live music and cooking.

Sustainer Council Vice President / Cara Kohler

Cara Shea Kohler lives in Roland Park with her husband and three children.  A graduate of Trinity College (B.A.) and Tulane University (M.B.A.), Cara is in her 16th year as a Realtor with Monument Sothebys International Realty.  In addition to currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Baltimore and Roland Park Civic League, she has also volunteered extensively at Bryn Mawr and Gilman Schools as well as the Enterprise Women's Network and  Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland.  Family, travel, entertaining and reading are amongst her varied interests.