Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships
As director of strategic partnerships, Barbara Ives reports directly to CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried, with input from CSM's three county advisory councils and CSM leadership to help strengthen, coordinate and promote strong community partnerships that will result in new programs, services and business opportunities for the college. Additionally, Ives provides leadership to the CSM Nonprofit Institute with a mission to assist nonprofit organizations throughout the region to enhance their effectiveness and achieve success in fulfilling their missions.
"I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the CSM team and have the opportunity to help the college build valued community relationships that foster strong partnerships which will enrich our Southern Maryland region," Ives said.
Ives brings 27 years of service in the military, both active duty and in the Naval Reserve, with a parallel career as an educator and leader in academia.
Most recently, Ives served as the dean of academics for St. Mary's Ryken (SMR) High School in Leonardtown. During her seven years at SMR, Ives developed and implemented a number of innovative and highly effective academic and leadership programs related to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Prior to becoming dean of academics Ives was a teacher and chair of the math department. While at SMR, she was selected as 2007 Veteran Teacher of the Year for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and earned recognition as a National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher.
Ives began her teaching career as a certified instructor in the California Community College system while still on active duty in the Navy. Due to numerous military transfers, Ives taught in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Maryland. Following her active duty career with a meteorology and oceanography specialty, Ives transitioned to the Naval Reserve.
Ives is founder and former director of the Individual Augmentee Spouse Support Group (IASSG), an organization designed to support the spouses and families of service members serving overseas fighting the global war on terror. Her work in this organization served as the model for all Navy IASSG programs throughout the country and for her work in supporting more than 450 spouses and their families she was awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award.
Ives is a 2009 Leadership Southern Maryland graduate. She serves on the board of directors for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the Southern Maryland Business Education Community Alliance (BECA). She is the education vice president for the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), chairperson for the charity committee of the Lexington Park Rotary Club, and a member of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Arts Alliance Steering Committee, St. John Francis Regis Parish Council and a number of veteran support groups.
Ives earned a Bachelor of Science in geophysics/oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science in leadership in education and an advanced certificate in supervision and administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Program Coordinator, St. Mary’s County
Harriet Yaffe has been involved in the non-profit community for over 40 years. She was the Assistant Director of Alternative House, a shelter for runaway youth in Northern Virginia and later founded ICON Community Services, an organization dedicated to creating employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Most recently, she was as the Executive Director of The Arc of Southern MD from 1998-2014. Harriet is currently affiliated with Sprout, an organization in New York that is focused on breaking boundaries for people with I/DD and “making the invisible visible”. In all of her various roles, she has initiated programs that promote the inclusion of people who have been marginalized.
Harriet has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from the University of Maryland, from which she graduated cum laude in 1975. She has served on the boards of directors of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Calvert Hospice, Calvert United Way, the Southern MD Workforce Investment Board, the Southern MD Higher Education Center, and Leadership Southern Maryland. She is Past President of the Maryland Association of Community Services and the Arts Council of Calvert County. In her spare time, Harriet is a pianist and vocalist, and wishes that she were a scratch golfer.
Coordinator, Charles County
Cara Fogarty joins the Nonprofit Institute team after nearly a decade working for the Greenwell Foundation in St. Mary’s County where she managed the web site, social media and overall promotion of programs and events. In this capacity, she served on the Nonprofit Institute Advisory Council for St. Mary’s County and the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Committee.
Prior to working in the nonprofit arena, Cara was a journalist in both commercial and public radio. After working as a news reporter in Columbus, Ohio and upstate New York, she joined the now-defunct Mutual Broadcasting System/NBC Radio Network in Arlington, Va., where she produced national newscasts. She later joined NPR in Washington, DC, where she was the supervising online editor for NPR.org in the early days of the web.
Cara is an adjunct faculty member at CSM where she teaches writing and communication courses. She also has a freelance writing, editing and web content management business. In her spare time, she manages the web site and social media for the Maryland Writers’ Association/Charles County Chapter and serves as the Secretary/Registrar for the Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club in Waldorf.
Cara holds an MA in journalism from Ohio State University and a BS in general studies from SUNY/Oneonta.
NPI Specialist, Charles County
Michelle Sullivan joins the Nonprofit Institute team as an NPI Specialist. She will engage in outreach in Charles County and serve as a resource as these nonprofits navigate the ever-increasingly complex landscape of the nonprofit sector.
Michelle is currently the Executive Director of All Ages Read Together (AART), a non-profit dedicated to educating children in need with free preschool programs in their communities in Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia. As the new school year begins, AART has more than 100 children enrolled in 12 programs, including an expansion of two new programs in Alexandria, Va.
AART prepares these vulnerable learners for a positive and successful entry into elementary school and engages volunteers of all ages in the lively and inspiring process of educating and mentoring young minds. The teachers spend time nurturing children’s strengths and encouraging them to reach new heights.
Michelle's previous experience included Executive Director for Access Hope as well as director in the department of public policy at the United Cerebral Palsy’s national office, and she also served in the Office of Public Liaison in the White House.
Michelle lives in southern Maryland with her husband and three children. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her law degree from Syracuse University where she was part of the first class to operate a Children’s Rights Clinic in a U.S. law school.