Meet our Board of Directors
ASHLEIGH J.F. LYNN
Commercial Litigation Associate, Venable, LLP
"Education is one of the most critical factors in personal and professional success."
DR. REGINA ROMERO
Independent Consultant - Executive Coaching, Leadership Training and Organizational Development
"Nourish the mind. Treasure the spirit. Have faith in the long view. These three messages are the underpinnings of my personal philosophy in navigating life. Generation Hope was founded in many ways on these same principles."
C. MARIE TAYLOR
President & CEO, Leadership Montgomery
"I believe in the power of education and exposure to communities outside of your local community. I also know that many times, we all need a person in our corner to push and support us."
Founder and Designer of HopeRocks Jewelry
"I truly believe that by digging deep, and making a meaningful difference in one person’s life creates an incredibly ripple effect that touches the entire community, the state, our country."
Chief of Staff to the CEO, Pepco Holdings
"My personal philosophy has always been to dream big, plan well, work hard and good things will happen. I believe the Generation Hope mission is similar."
Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Center
"I have dedicated the entirety of my (18 year) career to lifting untapped communities into their full potential by connecting them to information and tools (including financing) that THEY can then leverage to succeed. This model is similar to Generation Hope's."
DR. MONICA BROWN
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Montgomery College
"Generation Hope's mission to empower teen parents to complete their college education resonates with me as I firmly believe in the power of education to level the playing field and, potentially, change the trajectory of the student's life and that of their family."
Senior Consultant, Michael J. Worth & Associates
"We have a unique opportunity through Generation Hope to have a profound impact on two generations through the gift of education. With our support, our Scholars can reach their full potential and set an outstanding example for their children."
Owner, Alida Consulting
"To improve health, efforts must be focused on economic and educational attainment for youth and their families. Generation Hope mission and programming directly ties to the mission of Kaiser Permanente and my personal beliefs."
Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications, Nexus Health
"Generation Hope has touched my soul because it not only provides support to students in difficult situations, but it helps to change lives. It provides hope to people when they need it the most."
Group Leader, CEB
"It is rare to find a combination of a real and urgent issue and a unique service and operating model. I am inspired by novel solutions to enduring problems. Generation Hope is a wonderful example of just that."
Founder and CEO, Linder
"I believe deeply in giving people a chance to excel. A 'chance' doesn't mean doing it for them - a chance means exposing them to an opportunity, teaching them how to leverage it, and being there to support them as they work through their challenges."
Vice President and Co-owner of Promesa Consulting Group, Inc.
"I believe that hard work, perseverance, determination and effort will always win, and I believe that everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves."
CEO, Ripple Communications
"The scholars of Generation Hope face significant obstacles in achieving their dreams for themselves and their children. I am truly inspired by this organization and its ability to remove those obstacles and help these young people achieve success for their families."
Vice President, Private Client Associate, Bank of America/U.S. Trust
"I believe everyone should have access to the relationships, knowledge and tools to achieve their goals."
Senior Executive, Accenture
"Education (self or formal) is the foundation of a productive, satisfying life."
Founder of Project Opportunity, Bryant Alternative High School
In loving memory of Elizabeth Link, a champion for young parents and for Generation Hope since our very beginning.
DR. DERIONNE POLLARD
President, Montgomery College
"There is no purer form of empowerment than access to an excellent education. Education is the surest way to break the cycle of poverty and to uplift a person, a family, and a community."
CEO, Seamon Corporation
"My goal is to serve as a bridge to individuals who are most vulnerable and most at risk in our communities."
RICHEE SMITH ANDREWS
Chief Advancement Officer, The Universities at Shady Grove
"Generation Hope will allow me to make an impact on those in our community who are often overlooked and who may have a disproportionate number of 'negatives' in their path that can be 'moved' with the help of Generation Hope."
Senior Marketing Associate, American Chemical Society
"Education is one component of success. I believe when education is combined with hopefulness, dedication, and resiliency, then one's ability to be successful is enhanced."