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Charlestown Board of Directors

An independent board of directors governs Charlestown on behalf of the best interests of the residents. Meet the current members:


Charles Gamble, Chair

Charles Gamble is chairman of the Charlestown Board of Directors. He is the former president of Halkey-Roberts Corp., a major manufacturer of medical components. Mr. Gamble previously led operations for United Medical, Concept Inc., and Baxter International—each a manufacturer of medical products. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he served in the U.S. Navy with the Civil Engineering Corps (Seabees). Mr. Gamble holds a master's from Harvard Business School.

Richard M. Barnes

Richard M. Barnes is a partner at the Baltimore law firm of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP. His practice includes the representation of clients in complex commercial and products liability litigation with an emphasis on medical legal issues. Mr. Barnes is a magna cum laude graduate of McDaniel College and received his law degree, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. He is active in various civic and charitable organizations.

Charles H. Brown III

Charles H. Brown III has been a Tax Director with the Baltimore accounting firm of Ellin & Tucker Chartered since 1981. He currently serves as Consultant for the firm. After graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1968, Mr. Brown was with PriceWaterhouse for 13 years. Mr. Brown has served on various committees of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In addition, he has served on the Boards of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health Corporation and the Bon Secours Health System. He presently serves on the Audit Committee of the Bon Secours Health System and is a member of the Board of Bon Secours Ministries.

Rev. David S. Cooney, Ph.D.

Rev. David S. Cooney, Ph.D., serves as the Senior Pastor of the Damascus United Methodist Church. He previously held the position of Assistant to the Bishop of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has over 30 years of pastoral experience in local churches and has served on numerous United Methodist Conference and ecumenical boards and agencies. Rev. Cooney has taught at the University of Denver, the Iliff School of Theology, and in the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary. He holds a B.A. from McDaniel College, an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the Iliff School of Theology.

Charles I. Denton

Charles I. Denton joined the Board as a Resident Director in 2013. He and his wife Carolyn have resided at Charlestown since 2007. His activities at Charlestown include serving four years as a member of the Residents' Council (one year as President). He retired as Programs Manager from the Westinghouse Defense and Space Center after 42 years in technical and management positions. Prior to his time at Westinghouse, Mr. Denton served for two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in both Japan and Korea. He graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from West Virginia University and the University of Maryland. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and an Associate Fellow member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Glenelg Country School and Advisory Board for the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, following several years as a Scout leader.

Laura Ellison

Healthcare financial professional with over 28 years of experience currently serving as SVP of Operations Finance within Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Providing CFO oversight to local acute care health systems as well as serving in financial leadership at the corporate level. Extensive background includes:

• Financial Reporting

• Budgeting and Financial Planning

• Audits/Tax/Pensions

• Financial Reporting Systems

• Debt Financing and Management

• Quarterly and Annual Disclosures

• Policy Development and Education

• Development and Mentoring of Staff

• Corporate Financial Oversight

• Third Party Payment Systems/Reimbursement

• Capital Planning and Allocation

• Strategic Planning

• Medical Malpractice Captive

• Cost Management / Cost Reduction

• Self-Insurance benefit programs

Stanley Elwell

Mr. Elwell is the former President, Chief Executive Officer, and Trustee of Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia. He served on the staff of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC., where he earned his master's degree in hospital administration. He also received a bachelor of science from Iowa State University where he earned a commission in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of National Senior Campuses, Inc. (NSC), the nonprofit partner of Erickson Living, and the Boards of the four Erickson Living communities in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey region. Mr. Elwell now serves as an honorary member of the Charlestown Board.

Richard A. Grove, Jr.

Richard A. Grove, Jr., is vice chairman of the Charlestown Board of Directors. He is Vice President of Acton Mobile, a national provider of mobile office facilities and temporary storage solutions. He was previously Senior Vice President of Health and Home Technologies, who had acquired American Fireplace Company, of which Mr. Grove was part-owner. Mr. Grove is a member of the Leadership Team for Glen Mar United Methodist Church. He resides in Ellicott City and is a C.P.A. and a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Lenwood Ivey, Ph.D.

Lenwood Ivey, Ph.D., is executive director of the Baltimore City Foundation. Dr. Ivey has served in executive capacities at the Urban Services Agency, the Community Action/Model Cities Agency, and the Department of Public Welfare. He holds degrees from Hampton Institute, Howard University, and the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of several boards including the Lyric Theatre Corporation, American Red Cross, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Bon Secours Health Corporation.

Father John C. Kemper, P.S.S.

John is currently serving as Provincial (or CEO) for the Sulpicians in the U.S., Zambia & Malawi. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he served as Vice President of Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. He arrived in Baltimore over twelve years ago to renovate and rejuvenate the Sulpician Historic Site at 600 North Paca Street; the site is home to two national historic landmarks, the Historic Chapel (1808) and the Mother Seton House (1808). Three years ago, during a Provincial Assembly he was elected Provincial Superior. He is currently in the middle of his 6 year term. Fr. Kemper holds two graduate degrees, an M.A. and M.Div. from Mt St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD. He likewise holds a terminal degree from Pacific School of Religion, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, CA. He is delighted to serve on the Board at Charlestown and sees this service as another way of strengthening the bonds between the Sulpicians and Charlestown.

Joanne L. Martin, PhD

Visionary leader unifying diverse demographic and cultural stakeholders around IT transformation, application of technology, and organizational structuring to fulfill corporate mission. Persuasive communicator, with both deep technical and business skills, has repeatedly demonstrated creative ability to shape technology to provide important business value as it matures, while leveraging strong communication skills to prepare the business environment. Recognized across IBM and in the marketplace for work and leadership in high performance computing, the technical e- business transformation of IBM, technical community leadership, development innovation and transformation, and risk management and cybersecurity.

James Mauser

James Mauser is a Senior Vice President in RCM&D's health care practice group. Since joining RCM&D in 1999, Mr. Mauser has worked with a variety of health care organizations, including senior living communities, hospitals, and physician groups. In his role, Mr. Mauser manages the development of property and casualty, risk management, and employee benefit solutions for the health care industry. Mr. Mauser is a graduate of James Madison University where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore. He is a licensed insurance broker and advisor. He has attended several senior living management sessions provided by the Erickson School of Aging at UMBC, including Operations Management and Financial Underwriting. Mr. Mauser is a board member of the Beacon Institute, the Maryland leader in education for senior care and service providers.

Naomi McAfee

Naomi McAfee retired as Director, Enterprise Integration from Westinghouse Defense and Electronic Systems Center after 38 years in various engineering and management positions. She then joined International Management and Engineering Consultants as a Senior Partner for six years. She has served on the Advisory Boards to the Colleges of Engineering at Princeton, Penn State, and Clarkson Universities, and the University of California at Davis. She is a Past President and Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and is active with the Baltimore-Washington Section. Ms. McAfee received the American Society for Quality's Edwards Medal for outstanding leadership in 1980. She was appointed to the Army Science Board and served three consecutive two-year terms. She received a B.S. in Physics from Western Kentucky University. She was inducted into the Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2015. Ms. McAfee is a 12-year resident of Charlestown and previously served on the Residents' Council as both President and Vice President. Ms. McAfee serves as a resident director. 

Laura Ostroff

Laura Ostroff is currently the Vice President of Benefits and HRIS for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Ms. Ostroff is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources Designation (SHRM) with human resources experience in profit and nonprofit, union and non-union environments in manufacturing, health care, research and insurance industries; single site and multi-facility employers, multi-state systems; and corporate and local system leadership. She is a senior leader in the strategic development and implementation of HR programs and plans that improve employee satisfaction, reduce turnover, and improve health and well-being and employee engagement. She received her bachelor of business administration degree from the Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, and her master's degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Ostroff is also a published writer and speaker.

Bonnie Phipps

Bonnie Phipps is currently Senior Vice President, Group Operating Executive with Ascension Health in St. Louis. She has responsibility for multiple markets including Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Bridgeport; Amsterdam, New York; Binghamton, New York; Lewiston, Ohio; and Pasco, Washington. Previously she served as President and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, a member of Ascension Health. Ms. Phipps is also an Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for the Mid-Atlantic area. Prior to joining Saint Agnes in January 2006, she served as President and CEO of Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Ms. Phipps also served as President and CEO of PROMINA Health System and as Chief Financial Officer at DeKalb Medical Center and Egleston Children's Hospital, also in Atlanta. Ms. Phipps holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Georgia State University and a master's in Professional Accountancy also from Georgia State University. She is a certified public accountant, certified managed care professional, and a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She served as National Chairman of HFMA in 1992 and 1993 and received the Morgan Award, the highest award given by HFMA, for individual contributions to the industry in 1996. She was inducted into the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame in 2005. Ms. Phipps was named as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2008 and 2010 and the Circle of Excellence in 2013.

Joanne Pollak, Esq.

Joanne Pollak, Esq., is senior vice president and general counsel for The Johns Hopkins Health System. At Hopkins she is a member of the senior leadership team for Johns Hopkins Medicine, a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ms. Pollak lectures and writes in the health care field and serves on the board of advisors for the University of Maryland School of Law. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College and with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Michael J. Stafford, Jr.

Mr. Stafford is Managing Director and Director of Fixed Income Investments for ASB Investment Management and is a member of the ASB Fixed Income Council. He has 30 years of experience in the institutional fixed income business, and previously served as Chief Investment Officer of The St. Paul’s (now Travelers) life insurance subsidiary, and Portfolio Manager with Bank of America, Legg Mason, and First National Bank of Maryland. Mr. Stafford is a CFA charterholder, a past president and director of The Baltimore Security Analysts Society, and has taught investment analysis in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Loyola College of Baltimore. Mr. Stafford is a CFA charter holder.

Karline K. Tierney

Karline K. Tierney retired as manager of environmental protection from CIBA-Geigy Corporation after 20 years' work in hazardous waste management. Currently she serves on the board of Southern Mutual Help Association in Louisiana, which works with the rural poor. Mrs. Tierney has served on the national board of the American Association of University Women and currently serves with the Baltimore branch. She has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and holds a B.S. degree from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Mrs. Tierney now serves as an honorary resident member of the Charlestown Board.