Mission Moment: Education Foundation recognizes partners for their support

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  —  John Quincy Adams

The Education Foundation of BCPS truly appreciates the people who serve on the foundation’s board volunteering their time, talent, and treasure with guidance and counsel. Several special recipients were recognized this year at the May 10 Celebrating Excellence Breakfast at Padonia Park Club.

Mr. Tim Bojanowski, Principal of Zest Social Media Solutions, LLC: Leadership Award Recipient 


Through Bojanowski’s continuous ambassadorship providing connections throughout the community, time volunteered towards major projects and sustaining new initiatives, Tim has fulfilled a wide range of endeavors. A true leader!

Gary Berger: President/CEO of HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.: Board Member of the Year


Mr. Phillip Martien, President/CEO of Phillips Way: Board Member of the Year


Another prestigious award was co-presented to two foundation board members: Mr. Gary Berger, President/CEO of HMS Insurance Associates, Inc. and Mr. Phillip Martien, President/CEO of Phillips Way. They both received the Board Member of the Year Award, recognizing their dedication and management over one of the primary annual events for the foundation, which brought both monetary benefits and elevated a community presence with business partners, both current and new.

Additional recognition was given to board members who have served their term, in acknowledgement and gratitude for their service and dedication. We thanked the following: Ms. Joy Howard, Chesapeake South Direct of Operations for UPS; Mr. Jimmy Lien, General Manager of Cintas Baltimore; Ms. Jennifer Miller, Office Depot’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Education Division, Instructional Lead Consultant; Mr. Steve Navarro, Managing Director & VP of Client Strategy of Right Source Marketing; Mr. Steve Prumo, 1st Vice President, Wealth Management Financial Adviser of the Prumo Group; Mr. Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., Partner of Whiteford Taylor and Preston/Associate Judge Baltimore Circuit Court, and Mr. Chris Ruby, Associate Adviser, Maller Wealth Advisors.

Bonnie Derda, administrative assistant for the Education Foundation: Honorary Life Member


On a final note, someone near and dear to the foundation’s heart was presented with a certificate, recognizing her as an Honorary Life Member.  Mrs. Bonnie Derda was recognized for her devoted and distinguished service to the students of Baltimore County Public Schools.  Bonnie is the Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for The Education Foundation of BCPS.  She is retiring (again) at the end of June.  We will miss her very much and wish her much happiness in the next adventure of her life.

A special shout-out goes to Mr. Matt Musgrove, Chief Operating Officer and his team at Padonia Park Club, whose venue provided a bright and welcoming environment to celebrate the many people the foundation is thankful for.


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