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.
Corporate Advisory Board Members
Samuel B. Bayne Jr., Esq.
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 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 became co-chair in 2015.
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.
Jonathan Clark is president and founder of Ripple Branding, a creative marketing and promotional product firm in Baltimore. He has served on the board of a variety of nonprofit organizations, focusing on children with special needs. Jonathan is very active with Maryland Special Olympics and The Polar Bear Plunge and is an active alumnus of Elon University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and three children. His daughter, Sutton, has been a patient at Johns Hopkins Children Center since 2003.
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.
Tom Cook is director of music station programming for Entercom Baltimore, including stations MIX 106-5 and WLIF 101.9. Mix 106-5 is the longtime host and home of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Radiothon. Familiar with the “For the Kids” mission, Tom was part of the team that launched the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon for Via Christi Medical Center during his time at B98 Radio in Wichita, Kansas. In the summer, you’re likely to find Tom at The Sandlot in Harbor East, or at Cecil County Dragway either watching cars go fast or driving one himself down the quarter mile.
Dan D'Orazio, Vice Chair
Dan D’Orazio is the chief executive officer of Sage Growth Partners, a health care research, strategy and marketing firm. His career includes extensive experience in value-creation, strategic advisory, marketing and project launches for nonprofit/public sectors — working with firms ranging from startups to Fortune 10 companies. Dan previously served on the professional faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from Carey Business School.
Brandie D’Orazio is a registered nurse with experience in a variety of critical care settings, including clinical care, management, education and consulting at St. Agnes Hospital and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Brandie is actively involved in her children’s school, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, Girl Scouts and her church. She serves on the corporate advisory board in honor of her son Leo, who has special needs, and the amazing children cared for at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Brandie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Coppin State University.
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.
Katie Kaplan is a senior integrated media sales executive at WMAR 2 News, the Scripps-owned media outlet in Baltimore. Katie helps local businesses in Maryland and national corporations with their broadcast and digital marketing efforts. She has more than 15 years of experience in media sales, business development and client services. Katie graduated with honors from The College at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Originally from New York, Katie has made Maryland her home for the past 10 years, where she lives with her husband and two children.
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.
Jackie MacMannis works in a dual role as an ambassador for the TowerCares Foundation and as the marketing program manager–community relations and business development for Tower Federal Credit Union. She manages the daily operations of TowerCares, a regional 501(c)(3) that supports children in need as well as brave and heroic individuals and their families who have sacrificed while protecting our freedom. Jackie also handles marketing for Tower’s business development team. A lifelong Marylander with strong ties to Johns Hopkins, Jackie is an alumna of Towson University.
Andrew Roberts is the vice president of enterprise strategy and social impact agenda for AARP, a nonprofit with 38 million members fighting to improve life for today’s 50-plus population. He has a deep background in strategy and operations with a focus on mission-driven organizations. Andrew has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and bachelor’s degrees in both marketing and management information systems from Florida State University.
Rob Ruyak, Co-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.
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, Co-Chair
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.
Nicholas Umosella is a project manager for Bozzuto Construction Company, based in Greenbelt, Maryland. He specializes in new construction throughout the Baltimore area and recently completed the Liberty apartment building in Harbor East. Previously, Nick worked on sports, industrial and commercial projects throughout Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in real estate from The Johns Hopkins University, and is a registered professional engineer in Maryland.
Kevin Wille is an executive vice president at CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Kevin delivers integrated account management services, including strategic planning and real estate solutions, to tenants and landlords around the country. Over the past five years, Kevin and his team have managed more than 25 million square feet of real estate transactions valued at over $2.5 billion.
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