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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 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 degree 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 Brown retired from Ellin & Tucker  In 2016, a Baltimore certified public accounting firm. Mr. Brown’s career in public accounting began in 1968, upon graduation from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Mr. Brown joined the firm of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and was with PW for 13 years. In 1981, Mr. Brown joined the firm of Ellin & Tucker as a Director in the Tax Department. Volunteer service has been an important part of Mr. Brown’s life.  In 1982, he joined the Board of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and served as Chair of the Board during his last term.  He subsequently served on the Board of the Bon Secours Health System, which is the parent organization of Bon Secours facilities in the U.S.  During his last term, he also served as Chair of the Health System Board.  Mr. Brown served on various committees of both of the Bon Secours Boards.  He served as a member of the Board of Bon Secours Ministries, which is the canonical sponsor of the Bon Secours Health System.  In addition, Mr. Brown has served on various committees of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.   In 2009, Mr. Brown joined the Charlestown Board and serves on several Board committees.

Rev. David S. Cooney, Ph.D.

Rev. David S. Cooney, Ph.D. serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Board and chairs the Strategic Planning and Capital Oversight Committee. He is a retired United Methodist clergyperson with 41 years of pastoral experience. He has served on numerous United Methodist and ecumenical boards and agencies. Rev. Cooney has taught in the University of Denver, the Iliff School of Theology, and Wesley Theological Seminary. He resides with his wife Robin in New Market, Maryland.

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

Laura Ellison is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Atlantic Region of Bon Secours Mercy Health System. Ms. Ellison has over 28 years of health care experience at the corporate level and local system level serving in various financial leadership positions. She has oversight currently for the financial operations for the acute and non-acute operations of the Atlantic Region which are approximately $3 billion in annual net revenue. Ms. Ellison is engaged in the local market strategy and works collectively with operations and clinical leadership to ensure that the financial operations are successfully meeting the metrics of high quality care and financial targets. Extensive experience with financial turn arounds. Other areas of responsibility have included system financial audit, budgeting, tax, general accounting, disbursements, payroll, treasury, self-insured insurance programs and employee benefits. Ms. Ellison serves on several boards for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. Ms. Ellison has a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland College Park.

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 Chairman of the Charlestown Board of Directors. Mr. Grove spent the majority of his career in the construction and building materials industry as a partner of a distribution and subcontracting business that eventually sold and vertically integrated in the nation’s leading provider of fireplace products.  He subsequently formed Grove Growth Consulting, LLC which advises small to middle market businesses on strategic planning and business process improvement which led him to the mobile office and storage industry where he continues to work part-time with WillScot the Baltimore based leader in that industry. Mr. Grove lives in Ellicott City and is a retired Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Delaware.

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

Father John Kemper, PSS, 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

Joanne Martin is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) practice lead with Hartman Executive Advisors. Joanne joined Hartman in 2015, bringing with her more than 30 years of progressively responsible technical and business experience at IBM, which culminated in her role as their global CISO and vice president for IT risk. During her time with IBM, she was instrumental in the development of the company’s IT risk program and IT security architecture. Throughout her career, Dr. Martin has been sought for her ability to understand the business benefits of emerging technology and to communicate them effectively to diverse audiences. Dr. Martin is on the National Advisory Board of the CISO Coalition and is a speaker on the topic of cybersecurity. She received a PhD in Mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University, and was elected to the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012.

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 Mercy Health, Inc. Ms. Ostroff is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources Designation (SHRM) with Human Resources experience in profit and non-profit, union and non-union environments in manufacturing, health care, research and insurance industries; single site and multi-facility employer, multi-state systems; corporate and local system leadership experience. She is a senior leader in the strategic development and implementation of HR programs and plans that improve employee satisfaction, reduce turnover, improve health and wellbeing, and employee engagement. She received her BBA from the Adelphi University, Garden City, NY and MA 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 a Senior Consultant with Yaffe & Company.  She previously served as Senior Vice President, Group Operating Executive with Ascension Health in St. Louis and as President and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, a member of Ascension Health.  Prior to joining Saint Agnes in January 2006, she served as President and CEO of Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Ms. Phipps holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Georgia State University and a masters 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 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.

Michael Stafford is a Managing Director of ASB Capital Management. He has 30 years of experience in the investment management industry, including serving as the Chief Investment Officer of The St. Paul’s (now Travelers) life insurance subsidiary.   Mr. Stafford is a CFA charterholder, a past president and director of the Baltimore CFA Society, and a trustee of the Maryland State Retirement System.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Loyola Maryland University.

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.