Our Team

ABC Staff

Leadership & Administration

Chrissy M. Thornton

President & CEO

Cynthia Todd

Director of Operations

Development & Marketing

Shevelle Montgomery

Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships

Deborah Best

Development & Marketing Associate


Volunteer Initiatives

Bernard Sims

Program Director

Workforce Initiatives

Jon Law

Program Manager


Charnell Covert

Program Manager

Board of Directors

Tawana Bhagwat

Chair, Board of Directors
Managing Director
Organization At Its Best, Inc

Chrissy M. Thornton

CEO & President

Associated Black Charities

Laurie Benner

Associate View President of Housing & Community Development

NFHA (National Fair Housing Alliance)

Michelle M. Brown, MBA

VP, Sr. Treasury Management Sales Officer

Fulton Bank

Byron T. Deese

Chair, Development Committee
Relationship Development Manager
Glass Jacobson Financial Group

Kenneth Grant

Treasurer, Board of Directors Chair
Finance Committee

Retired Healthcare Executive

Cheo Hurley

President and CEO
THG Companies LLC

Brandon Lockett

CEO/Chief Solutions Architect
Neutron Engineering LLC

Cylia Lowe-Smith, Esquire

Assistant Supervisory Regional Counsel
Federal Government

Thibault Manekin


Seawall Development

Jason Murphy

Chief Executive Officer

Murphy Enterprises

Damien Myers, M.D. 

Chief Operating Officer

Project Pneuma

Christopher “Chris” R. Rockey

Market Manager, Greater Maryland
Community Development Banking
PNC Bank

Zed Smith

Secretary, Board of Directors

Chief Operating Officer
The Cordish Companies

Granville Templeton III, Esq

Founding Partner

Templeton Law

Tony Torain, II Esq.

1st Vice Chair, Board of Directors