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Staff & Board

Kayla Bettenhauser
Manager of Programs and New Initiatives

As a former Teach for America teacher, Kayla has a deep understanding of the value of education and the adversity students often need to overcome to achieve their educational goals. She holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and education policy from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Hamilton College.

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Abby Case
Stewardship and Annual Fund Manager

Abby joined Central Scholarship in 2018 and brought more than 15 years of fundraising experience to the team. She received her bachelor's degree from Shenandoah University and a master's from the University of Baltimore. She strongly believes in the enduring value of education and is looking forward to working with our many partners to help students go higher.

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Nancy Fenton
Director of Development

Nancy has more than 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector serving in various leadership positions in the fields of social service and education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Towson University and a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies.

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Roberta Goldman
Special Program Advisor

Roberta has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Counseling. She began her professional career in rehabilitation and then an employment counselor before joining the Central Scholarship team. She has more than two decades of experience in scholarship management, is a member of the National Scholarship Providers Association, and has served as a scholarship application reader for the Association of Universities and College of Canada.

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Kim Haley
Operations Assistant

Kim Haley has served as Central Scholarship’s Operations Assistant for nearly a decade. She enjoys being the first contact for students and donors on the phone and the first face they see when they walk into Central Scholarship. Kim also manages the receipt of student payments and checks from donors. As someone working to complete her own higher education and saving for her son’s future, Kim understands the challenges that students and parents face in today’s education market and is passionate about helping everyone access the education they need to succeed.

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Angela Harrison
Senior Program Manager

Angela Harrison began her Central Scholarship career in 2006 as an Operations Assistant, where she helped to design our email outreach program and online application. As the Senior Program Manager, she administers our scholarships for career and technology training. Angela holds a B.A. in English from Washington College, where she received the Sophie Kerr Prize for her poetry.

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Jan Wagner
President

Jan spent 14 years at Johns Hopkins University as a senior director before joining Central Scholarship in 2001. She earned an M.B.A. at the University of Baltimore and a B.S. in Business from Towson University. Jan’s father passed away when she was 17 years old and she had to figure out how to pay for higher education. She understands the challenge of persisting through college and the rewards that await students who finish.

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Michele Waxman Johnson
Vice President

Michele Waxman Johnson, our Vice President since 2011, leads our Program team in scholarship program administration, and also leads our advocacy program and our College Cash financial education programming. Michele is Past Board Chair of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program, serves on the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) Advocacy Committee, and is an NSPA mentor. Michele earned a Master's in Planning from the University of Virginia, a B.A. from the University of Maryland, and a certificate in non-profit governance from SUNY Albany, and was a first-generation college graduate who paid her own way for a Master's degree while working full-time.

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Board of Directors

Officers

  • Russ Causey
    Board Chair
  • David Rothschild
    First Vice Chair
  • Tim Redmond
    Treasurer
  • Margot Heller
    Secretary
  • Jerry Focas
    Immediate Past Board Chair
  • Ira Wagner
    Past Board Chair
  • Larry Kamanitz
    Past Board Chair
  • Mary (Molly) Shock
    Past Board Chair
  • Mike Ward
    Past Board Chair
  • Jean Wyman
    Executive Committee Member

Board Members

  • Liz Block
  • Michael Davenport
  • David Fishman
  • Arnold Fruman
  • Kevin Fudge
  • Barbara Kornblatt
  • Ray McCree
  • Bruce Rosenberg
  • Leland Shelton
  • Susan Silberman
  • Ernestine Whiting

Board Leadership

  • Moses Rothschild
    1924-1927
  • Lillie Straus
    1927-1936
  • Laura Guttmacher
    1936-1938
  • Lillie Straus
    1939-1947
  • Julia Strauss
    1947-1948
  • Eleanor Levy
    1948-1951
  • Amalie Katz
    1951-1954
  • Clarence Barnett
    1954-1956
  • Phyllis Schreter
    1956-1958
  • Annette Lieberman
    1958-1960
  • Betty Davidson
    1960-1962
  • Lee Fink
    1962-1964
  • Jessica Friedman
    1964-1966
  • M. Richard Wyman
    1966-1968
  • Catharine Hecht
    1968-1970
  • Willard Hackerman
    1970-1972
  • Sandra Dalsheimer
    1972-1974
  • Margy Robbins
    1974-1976
  • William Kress
    1976-1977
  • Jill Myers
    1977-1979
  • Laurence Katz
    1979-1981
  • Leona Morris
    1981-1983
  • Cyrile Grant
    1983-1985
  • Irving Cohn
    1985-1987
  • Betty Hornstein
    1987-1989
  • Louis Glick
    1989-1991
  • James Rothschild
    1991-1993
  • Ann Libov
    1993-1995
  • Steven Himmelrich
    1995-1997
  • Manuele Wasserman, PhD
    1997-1999
  • Betty Waghelstein
    1999-2001
  • Henry Abrams
    2001-2003
  • Charles Klein
    2003-2005
  • Howard Sugarman
    2005-2007
  • Larry Kamanitz
    2007-2009
  • Molly Shock
    2009-2011
  • Michael Ward
    2011-2014
  • Ira Wagner
    2015-2017
  • Jerry Focas
    2018-2020
  • Jane Abraham
    Lifetime Board Member
  • Margie Warres
    Executive Director Emeritus