Meet our Experienced and Dedicated Executive and Senior Staff


Marc B. Terrill
President 
Marc has served as the professional leader of The Associated since 2003 and is one of only six individuals who have held this position over The Associated’s 100-year history. In this important leadership capacity, Marc has provided vision and practical strategies to enhance community-building, to deploy resource development and to foster alliances with a wide array of strategic partners.

Marc holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He has also received continuing education certificates from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina and Harvard University in areas of management and leadership theory as well as application and strategy development. In 2005, Marc received an Honorary Doctorate from Baltimore Hebrew University (now known as the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University).

He has served on several charitable boards including the Baltimore Community Foundation, LifeBridge Health Systems and JPro Network. Marc has received numerous awards and accolades including the presentation of the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Professional National Leadership (2014) from the JPro Network. 

Michelle Gordon
Chief of Staff

In this role, Michelle works with the President, senior staff and volunteer leadership on strategic direction, marketing strategy and organizational culture. In addition, Michelle manages the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors, as well as ensures that The Associated is in compliance with all by-laws. 

Ruth Miller
Chief, Community Planning & Allocations

Ruth directs The Associated’s annual allocations process, conducts research and analyzes trends to understand our communities complex needs and priorities, manages the ongoing relationship between The Associated and its beneficiary agencies and oversees The Associated’s planning agenda to strengthen the Jewish communities in Baltimore Israel, Ukraine and around the world.    

Leslie K. Pomerantz
Chief Development Officer

Leslie oversees all aspects of philanthropic engagement among key community stakeholders, donors and professional advisors. She is responsible for The Associated’s fundraising success, including major gifts, planned giving and endowments as well as both the Annual and Centennial Campaigns.

Mark Smolarz
Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Mark steers The Associated toward a sound, fiscally-responsible future, which includes the oversight and management of finance, human resources, technology, insurance and risk management, facilities and data management and more. 

Senior Staff

Allison R. Baumwald, Senior Vice President, Annual Campaign

Michael J. Dye, Esq., Vice President, Investments

Michael I. Friedman, J.D., CAP, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Planning and Services

Ben Gershowitz, Vice President, Facilities

Melinda Michel, Vice President, Women’s Philanthropy

Jennifer Noparstak, Vice President, General Campaign

Allison Rinker, MPS, PHR, Vice President, Human Resources

David Schimmel, Vice President, Campaign Affinities

Larisa Spirt, Vice President, Marketing

Connie Stern, Vice President, Finance

Carole Taylor, Vice President, Technology

Darlene Wolff, Vice President, Risk Management

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