About

Board of Directors

Our Board brings a variety of viewpoints to the table reflecting the organiziation’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A team of highly experienced community leaders, these strategic thinkers are committed to the long-term growth and mission of ATMTC.

MARY SLIMP, Chair

After a lifelong love of performing arts, Mary joined the CIA as a political analyst. While posted in France and Belgium, she studied ballet at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and performed with the Brussels Light Opera Company. She serves on the Board of the Hillwood Museum, Estate and Garden and is member of the Board of Ambassadors of the Washington Ballet.

Andrew Plumley, Vice-Chair

Andrew Plumley is Director of Inclusion at the American Alliance of Museums where he oversees both AAM’s internal DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion) work, as well as the Ford, Walton, and Mellon foundation funded Facing Change Initiative – Advancing Museum Board Diversity and Inclusion. He started his career in education, where he advised higher education institutions on diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as provided access and success programming for Pell eligible students of color. A systems entrepreneur, Andrew focuses on creating lasting systems change for the communities he partners with and supports. He currently serves as a Young Black and Giving Back Institute board chair, Treasurer for the Committee to Elect Jeanne Lewis for DC City Council, an ATMTC diversity, equity, and inclusion task force member, an American Express NGen Fellow, as well as served as a city council appointed Police Commissioner in the state of Vermont. Andrew has a BA from Middlebury College, and received an MBA with a focus in social and environmental sustainability from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business.

CHRISTINA CHANG, Treasurer

Christina is a finance and real estate professional and currently is Vice President and Assistant Portfolio Manager at ASB Real Estate Investments. Previously, she was a VP, Residential and Retail Asset Management at JBG Smith, providing strategic direction and financial oversight over a portfolio of assets while also managing and overseeing major renovation construction and capital projects. She has been incredibly involved in the arts and arts education programs, supporting and volunteering at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, as well as previously joining the Board of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, PA.

JEANNE H. ELLINPORT, Treasurer

Jeanne has been a communication strategist for the government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors—including outreach, strategic planning, marketing, media relations, lobbying, and legislative review. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Jeanne worked on mission-focused clients, including Prevent Cancer Foundation, New Profit, Inc. for SolomonMcCown, a Boston based public relations firm. Jeanne previously served as a Special Assistant to President Clinton in the Office of Public Liaison, where she was responsible for Jewish Outreach.

Pablo Blank, Secretary

Seasoned bilingual (Spanish-English) program manager with successful experience leading teams in nonprofit, for-profit organizations, and public agencies. Solid working knowledge of nonprofit and grant management, community relations, publicprivate partnership building, team leadership, quality improvement programs, immigrant communities, diversity and inclusion, AmeriCorps grants, volunteer management, and financial education. Strong pro-bono experience in environmental awareness, diversity, events management, and fundraising. Academic preparation in business administration (BA), sustainability and corporate social responsibility (MA), nonprofit and project management.

NISREEN FARHAN, Immediate Past Chair

Nisreen is Chief of Internal Communications at the International Monetary Fund, fostering staff engagement and community; promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing; and ensuring consistency of messages for internal staff and external audience. Past posts at the IMF include Deputy Chief: Public Affairs; Senior Economist: Strategy, Policy, and Review Department; Economist: African Department (2007-2009) and Middle East Department (2003-2006); and Advisor to the Middle East Executive Director (2001-2003). Prior to coming to the United States, she was a lecturer at the University of Durham’s Department of Economics and Finance, UK.

MAYRA BAYONET

Mayra is a recognized force in multicultural and underserved environments with a career as a community development relationship manager. Currently she is Legislative Aide, Community Outreach, Scheduler in the office of Montgomery County Council Member Gabe Albornoz. Her career spans 34 years of experience in community planning, customer relations, community development, and community outreach, and has worked primarily in diverse, multi-cultural and often times disadvantaged neighborhoods.

 

Sherry Beamer

Sherry Beamer has worked to support people with disabilities to lead quality, empowered lives for over 30 years in a variety of direct service, case management and leadership positions throughout the country. Her professional competencies are in program and staff development and management, and organizational operations. Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Illinois Chicago. Sherry moved to Montgomery County Maryland in September 2019 to fill the role of Director of Services at SEEC, a growing $15 million nonprofit supporting 300 adults with disabilities to work, live and thrive in their communities. 

Sherry loves the theater and delights in introducing others to the art form. She has been involved with many theatrical groups as a volunteer in running ticket booths, doing outreach, working in production, raising funds and supporting public school education. These organizations include the Free Shakespeare Company in Chicago, the Burbank California school district, and most recently the Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington D.C.  

 

Andrew Bittan

Andrew is the most recognized non-Chinese person in the Washington, DC area and in China to be a leader and scholar of Chinese history, culture, and traditions. He can speak 5 languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai. Served as Vice Chairman for NELDC, a youth education program, in conjunction with Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington creating a dynamic vision focusing on tier grade level progression projects developing next generation leaders. At Johns Hopkins he is an Epic Credentialed Trainer for ADT & Access. 

Jennifer Dickens

Jennifer is a Federal cybersecurity manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); heading agency-wide efforts for comprehensive internal threats, risk management strategies, and cyber communications. She contributes to the Leadership Montgomery Governance and Ethics Committee and is an ATMTC diversity, equity, and inclusion task force member. Jennifer is a Prince George’s County, MD member and held several positions on nationally appointed committees for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW). NCBW is a nonprofit advocacy organization that favorably influences policy, promoting gender equity in: education, health, and economic empowerment. Jennifer previously served on the Community Bridges Inc. and the Montgomery County Delta Alumnae Foundation, Inc. board, and volunteered several years for the Montgomery County, MD, Executive Ball.

Kymberly Escobar

Kymberly is the Communications Director at the Pew Charitable Trusts. For more than two decades, she has specialized in strategic communications on environmental issues, including efforts at the National Environmental Trust and the Greenpeace USA media team. She served as Deputy Communications Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, helping the Clinton Administration roll out its landmark protection for 60 million acres of roadless forests and numerous new national monuments. Kymberly holds a master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University and earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

TERESA GIRAL

Teresa Giral is the Managing Director of Bethesda/Chevy Chase Counseling and Assessment and has been in private practice in Maryland since 2010. Before beginning her studies in psychology, Teresa worked as a litigator for 6 years in Washington, DC. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the DC Bar, and the National Association of Trial Consultants.

MITCHELL HERMAN

With a professional background in both business and the food industry, Mitchell is President of Dana Creative Concepts Corp., a finance and management consulting company with a diversified client base. Prior to founding Dana Creative Concepts Corp., Mitchell Herman was Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Shoppers Food Warehouse. Mitchell currently serves on the Foundation Board of the Washington Hospital Center and is its Treasurer. Mitchell is a past Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association. Mitchell also has served on the Board of Consultants of Riggs Bank, the Advisory Board of Eagle Bank, and the Board of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Carmen Ortiz Larsen

A Physics graduate of Georgetown University, in 1990 Ms. Larsen founded and now operates an information technology and management consulting firm called AQUAS Inc., in Montgomery County. The company serves public and private sector customers primarily in healthcare, transportation, environmental water quality and agricultural inspections. She has been honored with recognitions from the Baltimore Girl Scouts, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Add-Us-In US Department of Labor program for Work Transitions for People with Disabilities, SmartCEO, and the Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Award. She was inducted to the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame. For the last 15 years, as president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County, and its 501c3 community outreach organization, the Hispanic Business Foundation of Maryland, Ms. Larsen has advocated for improved opportunities for underserved populations, by promoting programs, initiatives, policies and legislation that provide more equitable opportunities for minority entrepreneurs and youth entering the workforce. 

Joshua Mindlin

Joshua Mindlin is a skilled problem solver with a passion for disruptive innovation. For the past 4.5 years, Joshua has been a key difference maker at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He is currently supporting the payment and practice transformation team as a senior population health strategy consultant and medical market lead for Montgomery County, MD. In this role, Joshua wears many hats, but his primary responsibility includes working closely with physicians and health systems enrolled in CareFirst’s value-based programs to understand patterns in their population’s health data and effectuate practice transformation strategies that improve quality and reduce global healthcare costs.  

Prior to his arrival at CareFirst, Joshua studied Neuroscience and Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a certificate in conceptual foundations of medicine. During his time in Pittsburgh, Joshua worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) as a neurosurgery research assistant, focusing mainly on stereotactic radiosurgery outcomes for patients with trigeminal neuralgia and acoustic neuroma. After his undergraduate studies, he went on to earn his MS degree in Healthcare Management at Johns Hopkins University.  

Joshua is passionate about athletics, volunteer work, and cooking. At the University of Pittsburgh, he participated in Division I Track and Field where he broke two school records, set an American collegiate record, and was nominated for ACC scholar-athlete of the year. After college, Joshua traded in his track spikes for a pickleball paddle. Most days you can find him on the court practicing his dink after work. 

Thomas Squire

Thomas Squire currently works for TV One and is the Executive Assistant of the Minority Business Economic Council. He is an experienced mass media professional with more than 10 years of experience in the television and radio industries, including work with the branding solutions department with the during the 2018 BET Awards. He has worked on Democratic campaigns as a staffer, most recently with Tom Hucker’s successful County Council bid in 2014 and with the Honorable Herman Taylor in 2007 and 2008. Thomas is Interim President for the African American Democrats of Montgomery County, a 2017 fellow and the Co-Director for NLC Maryland and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he mentors young men of color.