Leadership

Jonathon Rondeau

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

smesa@familyleague.org / 410-735-1775

Jonathon Rondeau joined Family League of Baltimore as President & CEO in February 2013. Under Rondeau’s leadership, Family League of Baltimore has served as an architect of change in Baltimore by promoting data-driven, collaborative initiatives and aligning resources to create lasting outcomes for children, families and communities.

Family League has grown significantly during Jonathon's tenure as President & CEO. He has led the effort to increase diversity within the organization and those it serves. The number of Family League funded partners has doubled and the organization’s revenue has increased by more than 25 percent in the past three years. Jonathon led the development of Family League’s bold strategic plan to increase the organization’s impact and reach more families in Baltimore.

Previously, Jonathon served as Chief Program Officer at Melwood for more than five years. Jonathon restructured Melwood’s programs and services to strengthen organizational finances and program quality. Prior to joining Melwood, Jonathon worked at The League for People with Disabilities where he oversaw recreational and support programs.

Jonathon is a resident of Baltimore, and was selected by the Daily Record as a VIP: Success by 40 honoree in 2014. Jonathon also is a member of the United Way of Central Maryland, Baltimore City Partnership Board, the Baltimore Education Research Collaborative Executive Committee and The John Hopkins University Urban Health Institute Community-University Advisory Board. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Maryland and 2011 graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland.

Jonathon’s past community involvement includes Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County, Vice Chair Board of Directors, Arc of Maryland Board of Directors, Past-President of the American Camp Association Chesapeake Section.

Jonathon holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and disability studies from Springfield College.

Demaune A. Millard

Chief Operating Officer
dmillard@familyleague.org / 410-662-5500 x275
Executive Assistant: Serefina Mesa

smesa@familyleague.org / 410-735-1775

As our Chief Operating Officer Demaune Millard provides direct management and oversight over our core initiatives from prenatal through the high school life course. His portfolio includes Community Schools, Early Childhood, Equity & Opportunity, External Relations and Food Access initiatives.

Demaune was the driving force in completing Family League’s first citywide Community Needs Assessment highlighting “the state of the child” in Baltimore. He also laid the groundwork for securing published media about Family League’s work in the community.

As Family League embraced intentional processes to impact change in the lives of children and families, Demaune instituted the mechanism for review and analysis of public policy that affects children growing up in families that thrive. He is also the catalyst for an intentional focus on closing the achievement gap created by systemic racial disparities through establishing our Equity & Opportunity initiative.

Demaune joined Family League with over 15 years of experience influencing policy and operations management at the local, state and federal levels. He served as the Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff, managing day-to-day operations and was centrally involved in the execution of municipal led initiatives. Demaune also served as the city’s chief lobbyist and oversaw legislative operations responsible for securing critical federal and state funding.

Prior to City Hall, Demaune organized and executed advocacy strategies for the American Public Transportation Association, and at the state level he was a legislative liaison for the Maryland Department of Transportation with the Maryland General Assembly. During his time in state government, he received a promotional assignment to the Governor’s Office.

Demaune started his professional career in the mailroom of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski 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 served as chairman of their annual scholarship gala and started a male mentorship program at Matthew Henson Elementary School. He also was recognized with the National Superior Service and Citizen of the Year Awards, respectively, in addition to a 2016 Baltimore Executive Management Award from SmartCEO in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments through collaboration, and support Family League's mission.

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.

Michele Speaks

Vice President of Advancement
mspeaks@familyleague.org / 410-662-5500 x313
Advancement Associate: Grace Carmichael

gcarmichael@familyleague.org / 410-662-5500 x 322

Michele Speaks joined Family League in July of 2016 as Vice President of Advancement and serves as a senior advisor and an active leadership team member in making strategic decisions affecting the Family League. In partnership with the President & CEO, she is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. Her charge is to forge new relationships to build Family League’s visibility, impact and financial resources as well as leverage existing relationships to maximize support across the agency.

Before joining the Family League, Michele was the Major Gifts Officer for the Maryland Food Bank. In her role at the food bank, she built support for operational and programmatic initiatives for food distribution activities across the State of Maryland. Prior to the food bank, she developed and operated Apples and Oranges Fresh Market located in East Baltimore to address the issues of access to fresh affordable foods, neighborhood revitalization and job creation.

Michele brings years of professional development experience to Family League. She served as Senior Development and Communications Officer for the Baltimore City Department of Recreations. As the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Irvine Nature Center where she led the effort to construct a new17,200 square foot nature center building, gardens, roads, trails in Baltimore County. As Major Gifts and Planned Giving Manager for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peopled, she executed national giving programs to include major and planned gifts as well as the national direct marketing campaign. She began her career in development in the annual giving office of the University of Baltimore.

Michele holds a bachelor degree in English from the University of Baltimore. She lives in Baltimore and is most proud of her role as mother of her brilliant daughter Rheeqrheeq. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Irvine Nature Center, Board of Advisors for the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute Community Advisory Board.

Karen Janssen

Senior Director of Funded Partnerships
kjanssen@familyleague.org / 410.662.5500 x 209

Karen’s history with Family League of Baltimore began in 1995 when we were The Family Preservation Initiative of Baltimore City Inc. Since then, Karen has filled several roles within the organization and currently serves as Family League’s Senior Director of Funded Partnerships.

In this capacity, Karen facilitates and manages all of Family League's funded partnership activities, including contracting, RFPs, and compliance. Karen and her team use a customer-centric approach with funded partners to ensure they are successful in meeting the goals of their awards.

Prior to joining Family League, Karen worked with Kennedy Krieger Institute where she had the opportunity to provide family support services to youth as they returned from out of state placements.

Much of her work involved coordinating educational supports within the public school system. During her tenure with Kennedy Krieger, Family League was at the forefront of providing wraparound educational services within a public school setting. She considers herself fortunate to have joined Family League as we began implementing these strategies with Baltimore City Public Schools.

Karen cites Family League’s continual efforts to seek creative ways to make services and resources more responsive to the needs of youth and families as one of the many reasons she has enjoyed working with our organization. In addition to her duties at Family League, Karen is a peer reviewer for Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards of Excellence Program and developed a comprehensive proposal-writing workshop for novice grant writers.

Karen earned a bachelor's degree in social work and psychology from UMBC and an master's degree in special education from The Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor recreation, whether it is working in the garden, taking a hike with my dog, biking, or kayaking down a calm waterway. She is an avid Baltimore sports fan, and enjoys attending/watching Orioles and Ravens games. Just like Family league, Karen strives to make family a number one priority.

Khalilah Slater Harrington

Senior Director of Youth Initiatives
kharrington@familyleague.org / 410.662.5500 x 269
Program Assistant: Rashad D. Staton

rstaton@familyleague.org / 410-662-5500 x 281

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.

Senior Management

Amy L. Bernstein

Director of External Relations
abernstein@familyleague.org

Amy L. Bernstein directs communications strategies that highlight Family League’s strategic and legislative priorities, goals, and achievements, while supporting and celebrating the important work of community-based partners.

Bridget Blount

Acting 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.

Bruce Nelson

Director of High School Initiatives
bnelson@familyleague.org

Bruce Nelson manages all Family League’s high school initiatives; with a focus on career and college readiness.

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.

Yasmin Viera

Director of Partnership Management
yviera@familyleague.org

Yasmin Viera manages all administrative functions related to funds awarded to Family League and its funded partners.