Corporate Advisory Board
The mission of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) is to act in an advisory capacity to different areas of the Children’s Center and its development team, sharing CAB members’ experience and strategic input to raise awareness of and foster engagement for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and its many initiatives.
The CAB’s goal is to help the Children’s Center maintain its innovative and research-driven patient care and related programs and services for patients and families. CAB members focus on four areas of fundraising: increasing initiatives to raise funds for unrestricted and programmatic initiatives; recruiting new CAB members; initiating and cultivating in-kind partnerships and donations; and increasing awareness of the Children’s Center and its needs in our corporate, local, regional and national communities.
To learn more, please review the Corporate Advisory Board charter and bylaws. For more information on the Corporate Advisory Board, please contact Cynthia Palacz at 410-361-6490.
2017–2018 Corporate Advisory Board Members
Samuel B. Bayne Jr., Esq., Co-Chair
Sam Bayne is an executive director for JP Morgan Chase in the bank’s Mid-Atlantic Commercial Banking Group. Sam is a member of the Maryland and New Jersey bar associations and has a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, an M.B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Towson University. Sam joined the CAB in 2011 and became co-chair in 2015.
Melissa Bissen, Co-Chair
Melissa Bissen is the comptroller for Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC, overseeing the firm’s finance and accounting operations. A licensed CPA for over 20 years, Melissa is an alumni of the University of Maryland at College Park and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She has been a member of the CAB since 2012 and co-chair since 2015.
Rob Ruyak, Vice Chair
Rob Ruyak leads business and partnership development efforts with venture capital, commercialization firms and startups for Amazon Web Services in the global public sector group. He specializes in topics related to smart/digital cities, cybersecurity, AR/VR, blockchain and AI. Rob has an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University.
Courtney Belew is marketing manager of A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a group of 12 locally owned Ace Hardware locations in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Virginia. Since 2012 Courtney has served on the Retailer Input Team of the Ace Foundation, working to improve retailer engagement with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals around the country, including Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Courtney has a B.A. in environmental issues from New College of Florida.
Ryan Burrows is a vice president with the JLL Mid-Atlantic Industrial Advisory & Transaction Services Group, based in the firm’s Baltimore office. He recently received two distinguished awards, NAIOP Developing Leader Award and Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award. Ryan is a graduate of Roanoke College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ryan also earned his master of science in real estate degree from The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School.
James S. Campbell
As a leasing representative for Merritt, Jamie Campbell assists with commercial leasing of warehouse, office and retail space within the 16-million-square-foot Merritt portfolio in the Baltimore/Washington market. Jamie is a graduate of Roanoke College with a degree in business administration, and he received a master’s in business from Loyola University in Baltimore.
Michael Collischan is a business consultant and owner of his company, Envisicore, LLC, which specializes in business development, operations improvements, products and services, cost management and workforce development. Michael is an experienced executive who is leveraging his operations expertise to engage with his customer’s needs, conduct in-depth business analysis and provide comprehensive, goal-oriented solutions to all types of businesses.
R. Daniel Gartrell, CPA, Esq.
Dan Gartrell specializes in federal and state tax compliance, advising businesses and high net worth individuals across many industries in the greater Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to being a Maryland certified public accountant, Dan is also licensed to practice law in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Dan’s experience advising clients on contracts, leases, succession and estate planning matters is an invaluable compliment to his work as a certified public accountant.
Ken Gent is the vice president of Sunrise Solutions, with a concentration on sales and marketing. Since joining as a partner in 2005, Ken has guided the sales and marketing team to continued sales and profitability year after year. Ken is a graduate and active alumni of Towson State University. He is also an outdoors enthusiast, serving on the board of Anne Arundel Fish and Game Association.
Andrew Kinkead is the director of sales at ABC2 and abc2news.com. Andrew heads the sales department of the Scripps-owned media outlet in Baltimore, which helps local businesses and national corporations with their broadcast and digital marketing efforts in Maryland. Prior to his current position, Andrew held sales management roles at CBS in Boston and the Meredith Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut.
Brian Siatkowski is a managing partner for Tebo & Associates. He specializes in brand integration and activation through public-private sector partnerships. In the public sector, he has developed marketing and sponsorship programs for large-scale school districts to help create nontraditional revenue streams and promote public school programs. Brian has been featured on NBC Nightly News, advised the Florida Senate on advertising in schools and regularly speaks at national conferences for his work in raising nontraditional funds.
Elizabeth Tarran-Jones specializes in leasing for Merritt Properties, a full-service commercial real estate firm. In addition to CAB, Elizabeth serves on the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Maryland Gala Committee and was recently recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Maryland’s Finest. Elizabeth graduated with distinction from Amherst College with a B.A. in economics and cum laude from the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore.
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