Leadership

Demaune A. Millard

President & CEO
dmillard@familyleague.org / 410-662-5500 x275
Executive Assistant: Serefina Mesa

smesa@familyleague.org / 410-735-1775

In April 2018, Family League's Board of Directors announced its appointment of Demaune A. Millard as the 5th President & CEO of the 27-year-old nonprofit. Demaune leads and manage all aspects of Family League’s $26 million operations. Demaune served for over two years as Family League’s Chief Operating Officer before assuming the role of Interim CEO in July 2017.

In addition to his core responsibilities of directing Maryland's largest Local Management Board, Demaune also serves on the Greater Baltimore Committee's Presidential Advisory Council as well as on the United Way of Central Maryland's Community Partnership Board.

Demaune' s professional career spans over 15 years influencing policy and operations management at the local, state and federal levels. These tenures include service as the Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff, managing day-to-day operations and leading municipal government wide initiatives. Demaune also served as the city’s chief lobbyist overseeing legislative operations responsible in securing critical federal and state funding.

Demaune started his career in the mailroom of former U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski’s Capitol Hill office and worked his way onto her legislative staff upon graduation from Howard University with a business degree in Finance.

As a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Demaune chaired the annual scholarship gala and started a male mentorship program at Matthew Henson Elementary School. Omega Psi Phi's Pi Omega Chapter recognized him with the National Superior Service (2007) and Citizen of the Year (2008) awards, respectively. In March 2016, Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine featured Demaune in their Executive Management Awards edition as a Leadership All Star for his work at Family League.

A proud Baltimore native, Demaune and his wife Terrylynn reside in the city with their daughter Asa.

Jeff Walley

Chief Financial Officer
jwalley@familyleague.org / 410.662.5500 x 214

Jeff Walley joined Family League in 2010 and performed budgeting, accounting and contract compliance duties within the Finance department prior to his promotion to Chief Financial Officer in March 2013. Prior to coming to Family League, Jeff worked at the Pittsburgh Presbytery, a judicatory affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. where he was responsible for all Finance and Administrative functions.

Jeff oversees the organizational support areas of Family League including Finance, Funded Partnerships, Compliance and IT Systems using his 30 years of experience in accounting and finance, primarily with non-profit organizations. Jeff has been instrumental in the expansion of the food access program and development of grant reporting systems.

When not performing the duties of CFO, Jeff enjoys biking, running, reading, and attending wine festivals. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. He also is married to Cathy. They have three adult children and a dog named Pooh Bear whom they rescued 7 years ago.

Khalilah Slater Harrington

Senior Director of Youth Initiatives
kharrington@familyleague.org / 410.662.5500 x 269

Khalilah Slater Harrington joined Family League’s leadership team as Senior Director of Youth Initiatives in January 2017. Khalilah brings over 15 years of experience in education and the nonprofit sector to this role and will drive the overall education strategy of our organization using her deep knowledge of community schools, program administration, initiative operations, and business/resource development.

Before joining Family League, Khalilah was Program Manager for the Bainum Family Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland where she developed comprehensive strategies to establish outcomes that support educational programs and projects that assist children from early childhood through post-secondary school.

Prior to that, she worked with a variety of organizations in Cincinnati, Ohio, including Cincinnati Public Schools, The KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, managing and directing youth-serving programs, developing community partnerships, and enhancing summer learning opportunities for students at low-performing schools. Khalilah’s hands-on experience in Community Schools is an asset to Family League as our commitment to the Community School strategy here in Baltimore continues to grow.

Khalilah holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati. She is quite enamored with Pickett, her husband of 15 years, her 7-year-old daughter Addison, and her 2-year-old son Alexander.

Shanda C. Crowder, Ed.D.

Senior Director of Collaboration
scrowder@familyleague.org / 410.662.5500 x 221

Shanda C. Crowder, Ed.D. joined Family League’s leadership team as Senior Director of Collaboration in March 2017. Shanda brings over a decade of experience in education and human services and is an accomplished professional with a passion for serving children and families. As the Senior Director of Collaboration, Shanda will focus on the Climate Collaborative, School Health Workgroup, Grade Level Reading and cross-organization/city-wide collaboratives.

Shanda comes to Family League from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she served as the Director of the Center for Positive School Climate and Supportive Discipline for the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS). In this role, Shanda managed a multi-year project to bring together administrators and staff in all 24 Maryland school districts for the purpose of improving school climate and reducing out-of-school suspensions and expulsions from Maryland public schools of students of color and students with disabilities.

As the former Chief of Staff for the Social Services Administration at the Department of Human Resources in Baltimore, she was responsible for oversight and support of the Administration’s interagency and intra-departmental initiatives, and legislative processes.

Shanda holds a Doctorate in Education from Morgan State University, a Masters of Education in School Psychology from Howard University, and a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University.

Tywanna Taylor

Senior Director of Grants and Contracts
ttaylor@familyleague.org / 410.662.5500 x 209

Tywanna Taylor joined Family League as Senior Director of Grants and Contracts in January 2018. Tywanna has over 10 years of experience in Human Services, the majority of which were spent managing grants and contracts. In her capacity at Family League, Tywanna provides oversight for the Funded Partnerships Team as well as for funded partnership activities, including contracts, RFPs and compliance.

Prior to joining Family League, Tywanna worked as a public servant for Baltimore City and State of Maryland. As such, Tywanna managed grants and contracts for various programs ranging from youth violence prevention to workforce development for unemployed and underemployed parents with child support obligations.

Tywanna obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Delaware in 2003. She feels strongly that life has been her greatest teacher and considers herself an interminable student. Outside of professional pursuits, Tywanna enjoys Latin and Afro-Caribbean dancing, foodie road trips, and travel to lesser known parts of the globe.

Senior Management

Bridget Blount

Director of Data & Evaluation
bblount@familyleague.org

Bridget Blount supports cross-functional data work. In partnership with our Strategy Division, Bridget works to define Family League’s Data and Evaluation portfolio.

Bekah Carmichael

Manager of People & Culture
bcarmichael@familyleague.org

Bekah Carmichael is responsible for managing employee and volunteer recruitment, relations, and enhancement of the general workplace environment in addition to the implementation of innovative practices to maintain a happy and effective workforce.

Jonathan Carter

Director of Strategy & Projects
jcarter@familyleague.org

Jonathan Carter leads and manages cross-functional efforts out of the Executive Office, collaborating with Family League’s leadership to plan and execute projects focused on achieving Family League’s strategic goals.

Laura Latta

Director of Early Childhood Initiatives
LLatta@familyleague.org

Laura Latta oversees all Family League initiatives and programs in the prenatal to age 4 range as well as serving on the Leadership Team for B’more for Healthy Babies.

Keianna Thompson

Director of Finance
kthompson@familyleague.org

Keianna Thompson oversees accounting staff, provides financial reports to our Initiatives, and offers technical assistance for budgets to our Funded Partners.