The SMCM Foundation helps ensure that the College has the resources to foster the excellence that the National Public Honors College requires and to prepare the next generation of engaged, global leaders.
Our vision is to attract significant resources to foster excellence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland through leadership in fundraising, prudent investing and stewardship.
Our mission is to initiate, cultivate and maintain strong lifelong relationships with alumni, friends and partners by creating a culture of giving, volunteer leadership and exemplary fiduciary responsibility toward the goal of a bright future as a preferred public liberal arts honors institution.
1. Ensure the work of the Foundation is aligned with the strategic priorities of the College.
2. Increase the College’s capacity to fundraise.
3. Maintain the Foundation’s fiscal integrity and provide financial oversight to inspire confidence among donors and prospects.
Bonnie Green ’74
Bonnie Green has served the Board of Trustees or the College’s Foundation Board for more than 20 years. Bonnie completed her most recent Foundation Board term as vice president in September 2018. As executive director of the Patuxent Partnership, she provides a critical link between the College, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and its contracting community, in particular regarding the College’s efforts in the STEM fields. She is a 1974 alumna of the College, and since then has actively engaged students, including the creation of a summer internship program at the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation and American President Companies, Ltd. After St. Mary’s, Bonnie earned a M.B.A. from George Washington University. Reflecting decades of service to the institution, Bonnie is a recipient of the College’s prestigious Order of the Ark and Dove.
Paul Schultheis '98
Paul is the Golf Sales Manager/Corporate Sales Manager at Finch Services, a John Deere sales and service operation out of Westminster, MD. Paul brokers equipment sales and leasing arrangements to major professional sports franchises within the NFL and MLB. He is also a former Alumni Council president (2008-2012) and, as Alumni Council president, held a concurrent appointment to the Board of Trustees. Paul graduated St. Mary’s College in 1998 with a B.A. in Economics.
Chris is the Maryland Market President of Orrstown Bank and has more than 30 years of commercial banking experience. He joined Orrstown in July 2019 after the bank expanded its Maryland market through a merger in the Spring 2019. Prior to joining Orrstown, Chris was the Regional President of BB&T Bank, which came by way of the organization’s acquisition of Susquehanna Bank. Chris was with Susquehanna for 17+years in various leadership positions including Chief Credit officer, Regional President, and Leader of the Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Line of Business. He formerly served on the Alumni Council and co-chaired the Baltimore Business Initiative in 2013. Chris graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1986 with a B.A. in Economics, and went on to earn his Masters in Real Estate Finance from Johns Hopkins.
Susan is the Director and Proprietor of Creative Beginnings, an early childhood education center that has served the Southern Maryland community for over 30 years. With an entrepreneurial spirit and recognizing a need for high quality childcare and education, Susan founded Creative Beginnings in 1982 to attend to the area’s burgeoning population of young families. Susan has long been an active member of the College community along with her husband and Professor Emeritus of Biology, Dr. Robert “Bob” Paul. In addition to running her business, Susan enjoys kayaking, swimming, biking and spending time with her grandchildren. Susan earned her undergraduate degree at William Woods University and her M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT).
Thomasina “Tomi” Hiers ’97
Tomi is the Vice President for Civic Sites and Community Change at the Anne E. Casey Foundation. Before coming to the Casey Foundation, Tomi served as the Executive Director of Baltimore’s Promise, a multi-faceted program focused on Baltimore’s youth. Her work over the past 20 years in state and local government was always geared toward serving her community. As the Chief of Staff at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the Deputy Secretary for Programs at the Maryland Department of Human Services, Tomi continued making extraordinary changes in the community that she dearly loves. Tomi graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1997 with a BA in Economics and Sociology-Anthropology.
Don McDougall '83
Don is a retired business executive and entrepreneur. He began his career at VEDA Corporation, a forerunner to Wyle Labs, and then partnered with fellow alumnus Joe Szymanski ’84 to form their own company, NLX Corporation. Its primary product offering was flight simulation software for the Pentagon to train pilots in a variety of aircraft. In 2003, Rockwell Collins purchased NLX in 2003 and Don stayed with Rockwell Collins for two years before retiring in 2006. Don graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1983 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Natural Science.
Mike O'Brien '69
Mike is a longtime supporter of the College and a former member of the Board of Trustees. In February of 2010, his contributions were recognized with the naming of the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center. Mike is president and owner of O’Brien Realty, a top realty firm nationally. He is a past director of Southern Maryland Association of Realtors, First Federal Savings & Loan of Annapolis, Maryland Bankcorp, Inc., and one of the organizing “Plank Holder” members of the Patuxent chapter of the Navy League of the United States. Mike earned an A.A. from St. Mary’s College and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with degrees in economics and accounting.
Candace is the Executive Vice President, Global Chief People and Diversity Officer for Catholic Relief Services. She leads Human Resource teams at CRS' global headquarters located in Baltimore and, with more than 7,000 staff globally, spearheads strategic initiatives to support Human Resource teams in mission-driven programs around the world. Prior to this position, Candace was the SVP, Chief Administrative Officer of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. In addition, Candace has strong ties to Baltimore’s philanthropic community, including experience on the board of the Building Steps program, a board member and gala chair with Associated Black Charities, and a board member with the R.W. Coleman Elementary School. Candace brings the perspective of a parent to the Foundation Board; her daughter Kezia-Alean Osunsade is a 2018 graduate of St. Mary’s College. Candace earned a B.A. in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1987.
Scott Raspa '86
Scott is a retired Technology Business Executive. He has 30 years of progressive experience in direct sales, marketing, channel sales, business development, and consulting in a highly competitive IT industry serving the US Federal Public Sector. He began his career working for the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD at the Computer Sciences Directorate as a Mathematician and Computer Scientist. He went on to become a Federal Account Marketing Manager for International Business Machines (IBM) for nine years managing many US Federal Government Agencies' accounts positioning various computing technology solutions. He then went on to work for Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI), a leading high performance computing and graphics manufacturer, as a Federal Account Manager where he consulted with various Federal Government Agencies with supper computing capabilities such as high performance computing and high end networks to databases solutions. He then worked as a Branch Manager managing a team supporting US Federal Government Civilian Agencies accounts. After eight years with SGI, he moved to Senior Account Executive positions with leading software companies such as Primavera, a project portfolio management software company, then to Rightnow Technologies, a customer relationship management software company. After six years with these companies, he joined Oracle Corporation as a Senior Executive managing one of the US Air Force accounts positioning Customer Relation Management (CRM) software to the US Air Force Personnel Center. Scott stayed with Oracle for five years before retiring in 2015. Scott graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1986 with a B.S. in Natural Science.
Edward “Ed” Sirianno ’82
Ed is the Executive Director of the Buffalo Audubon Society after a career in higher education marketing and communications. Ed served as president of Creative Communication Associates (CCA) from 2001 to 2019, a higher education and communications consultancy specializing in print and digital media. Prior to coming to CCA, Ed served as a Senior Vice President for the Wolf Group Integrated Communications firm from 1998 to 2001. He managed clients such as Kodak, Ray Ban, Haagen-Dazs, HSBC, and others. Ed graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1982 with a BA in English and went on to receive a MA in Integrated Marketing and Communications from St. Bonaventure University in New York.
Nicole Lewis West
Nicole is President of West Advisory, an executive advisory and specialized consulting firm working with early stage, middle market, and larger firms to grow impactful global businesses. Nicole’s career is diverse and includes cofounding the Luminous Group, a global professional services company, and heading both Global Student Financial Services and Digital Products at Laureate International Universities. Additionally, she enjoyed a distinguished career in the finance industry including former managing director in the Office of the Chairman and CEO at Legg Mason, former chief of staff for Global Financial Services and COO of Capital One Federal Savings Bank, and former managing director of Freddie Mac. Nicole earned a Bachelors degree in Computer Science at University of South Carolina and holds executive certificates in finance and leadership from the Wharton School and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
To effectively manage its investment responsibilities, the Foundation Board of Directors created the Joint Investment Advisory Committee (JIAC) as an advisory committee to the Foundation Board. The JIAC coordinates the activities of the investment manager(s) and other independent firms or people engaged to provide investment services; coordinates investment activity with the College Board; facilitates communication between the Foundation Board and College Board regarding anticipated needs and available funding; and reports and makes recommendations to the Foundation Board as necessary. The JIAC includes five voting members: the President of the College, two members of the College Board of Trustees, and two members of the Foundation Board of Directors.
*As of August 2020
Michael O'Brien, Foundation director and chair
President Tuajuanda Jordan
Nicole West, Foundation director
Nick Abrams, Board of Trustees
Sven Holmes, Board of Trustees
The SMCM Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization that supports the College through sound fiscal management of a growing endowment portfolio. It is governed by a Board of Directors that gives its expertise and time in service to the College without compensation.
Jamie L. Roberts Stadium
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