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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 and 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 Price Waterhouse (Now PricewaterhouseCoopers) 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, Inc. (BSHSI). He is presently the Chair of the Board of Directors of BSHSI, serves on all committees of the BSHSI Board, and is a member of the Board of Bon Secours Ministries.

Janice Burnett

Janice Burnett is the Chief Financial Officer for the Bon Secours Health System, a role she has held since March 2012. As CFO, Ms. Burnett functions as a strategic partner to the CEO, managing the financial operations of the organization and leading managed care operations and the supply chain. She has over 20 years’ experience in health care finance, most recently with Ascension Health, a national not-for-profit health care system with 67 acute care hospitals in 20 states. Prior to her hospital finance career, Ms. Burnett worked for Ernst & Young and served in the United States Air Force. Ms. Burnett has a master of business administration degree from Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri, and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. In addition, she holds a C.P.A. from Ohio.

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.

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.

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. 

Daniel F. Moore

Daniel F. Moore, Sulpician Father, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He is an alumnus of St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore (1984) and a priest of the Diocese of Memphis. Fr. Moore entered the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice on July 1, 2000, after serving 16 years as a diocesan priest—notably as a president/principal of a diocesan high school and middle school, a pastor, secretary to presbyteral council, and member of the college of diocesan consultors. He is also an alumnus of the Pontifical University Gregorian (Rome), earning his doctorate in sacred theology at the university in 2006. His dissertation, "Jesus, An Emerging Jewish Mosaic, Jewish Perspectives, Post-Holocaust" was published by T & T Clark (Continuum International) in 2008 as Volume 2 in their series, Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies. Fr. Moore has served as the Director of Discernment and Admissions for the Sulpicians in the United States since 2009. He is also the Provincial Secretary of the U.S. Province (since 2011, working and residing in Baltimore). Fr. Moore is in his second term as the First Consultor on the Suplician Provincial Council, United States.

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.

Sara Janet Shaw

Sara Janet Shaw retired from the U.S. Civil Service after working 28 years in various positions for the Department of Defense, Housing and Home Finance Agency, War Claims Commission, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Previously she taught high school. She has been active at Charlestown serving on the Resident Advisory Council for seven and a half years, twice as its president. She has a B.A. degree from New York State College for Teachers and an M.A. in education from the University of Kansas. Mrs. Shaw now serves as an honorary resident member of the Charlestown Board.

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.

Mark Weigman

Mark Weigman is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. He is the head of the Investment Counsel Group and a portfolio manager in the U.S. Equity Division. Mr. Weigman is also a vice president and Investment Advisory Committee member of the Tax-Efficient Equity Fund. He joined the firm in 1984 after earning both a bachelor's of business administration and a master's degree in finance from Loyola University, Maryland. Mr. Weigman has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Investment Counselor designations. He is a past president of the Baltimore Security Analysts Society, serves on the Board of Sponsors for Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger Business School, and is a member of the investment committee for the university. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the investment committee of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, serves as a Corporator for The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen parish in Baltimore, and is a member of the Leadership Advisory Council for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore.