"Giving back to the community has been a life-long passion; I try to inspire others through my service and leadership."
Giving back to the community has been a life-long passion; I try to inspire others through my service and leadership.
Theresa is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland. She graduated from Frostburg State University in western Maryland with a degree in sociology and has been an executive assistant at Oracle and Northrop Grumman. She currently works at Adventist HealthCare. Theresa's mentor, Cherie Krug, is the Executive Director of the Garrett College Foundation and also serves as a Commissioner with Theresa on the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism of Maryland. Cherie will join Theresa on the cruise.
Community service has been an integral part of Theresa's life starting in high school at Georgetown Visitation. There she was involved in school government, newspaper, and service and recycling clubs. During college she was a member of the College Center Board and the school newspaper.
At Oracle, Theresa pioneered the establishment of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Volunteer Program, and she served as the liaison for the Oracle and Special Olympics Incorporated partnership. She implemented a company airline mileage donation program and collected 1.5 million miles to provide flights for 85 athletes to attend Special Olympics competitions.
As a Commissioner, Theresa reviews grants for AmeriCorps funding for the state and recognizes volunteers for their contributions. She primarily promotes community engagement in Montgomery County throughout the year. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Community Service Day, she created an advisory committee of business and nonprofit organizations to coordinate a week of service projects for more than 25,000 Montgomery County citizens. Theresa is quick to say: "Most people don't volunteer simply because nobody asks them. I introduce people to volunteer opportunities and advocate for the nonprofits of Montgomery County."
Theresa is Vice President of Service for the CVC-MC and will be supporting the coordination of twelve Workforce for Good projects in 2014. In her work with the CVC-MC, she helps companies develop and enhance employee volunteer programs, and fosters partnerships with nonprofits. Theresa works tirelessly to build a growing base of volunteers. Says Theresa: "I thrive on connecting people, especially through my network of Leadership Montgomery, to help make a difference in our community."