Nonprofit Conference Panel

Panel Theme: "Fostering Relationships 'Ted-instead' Talk"

The Nonprofit Institute is honored to have a distinguished “Ted-instead” Talk panel comprised of nonprofit Executive Directors and their organization’s Chairman of the Board.  The panel will share how they have built and fostered relationships, including their successes, their challenges, and how they overcame them.

Meet the Panelists

Sandy Washington

sandy washingtonSandy Washington has worked and lived in the Southern Maryland community for over 35 years addressing its needs. In 1998 she co-founded LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to empower people and assist in providing a better quality of life through social awareness and community development. Although the organization is located in La Plata, MD, assistance is provided to residents throughout Southern Maryland. Washington and the organization have been recognized throughout the state of Maryland for their dedication to serving those who are homeless, from street outreach to more permanent housing initiatives.

She is the Vice President of the Maples Foundation and the Maples Limited Liability Corp., which provides affordable senior housing for over 93 senior citizens in Charles County. Her knowledge of organizational development allowed her to develop the regional Alzheimer’s Association office in Southern Maryland prior to establishing LifeStyles. All of these organizations collectively work together to provide the necessary services and programs that residents need to improve their quality of life and well-being.

Washington has received a number of gubernatorial appointments that includes the Judicial Nominating Committee and Medical Cannabis Commission. She also has received several awards: 2007 nominee for the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Working Woman of the Year; 2016 Charles County Commission for Women Trailblazer Award; also, in 2016, she received Congressional Recognition as an exceptional business. Washington is a Paul Harris Fellow; and, a former member of the Charles County Commissioners’ Nonprofits Grants Advisory Panel. She recently was inducted into the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland’s Philanthropy Hall of Fame. She works closely with the local and state government agencies and community organizations.

During her local, state, and federal committee appointments, Washington has stayed close to the community and brings to the forefront the needs of the community with a special place in her heart for the elderly and children.

Earle Knapp

Earle KnappEarle Knapp has a long-standing commitment to the residents of Charles County. His life’s philosophy is giving back, both as demonstrated in his career as well as his public service. 

Retiring in 1999 from the federal government, U.S. State Department is where he worked for 10 years. Knapp’s skill set is in administration and finance. His last post was in Saudi Arabia where as a result of working with the Saudi government, he and his wife were able to visit 84 countries.

Knapp moved to Charles County to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. His love for people is evident as he has and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards, including the United Way of Charles County, the Charles County Children’s Aid Society, the Nonprofit Institute at CSM Charles County Advisory Committee, the Charles County Department of Social Services, and LifeStyles of Maryland. He has also been part of various county boards and commissions, including former Chair for the Charles County Grants Advisory Panel under the Charles County Board of Commissioners, former member of the Vision 2020 Steering Committee, the Charles County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Charles County Homeless and Emergency Shelter Committee; and the Charles County Advisory Council for Children, Youth, and Families (formerly known as the Local Management Board). He has served as the Chair for LifeStyles Board of Directors for five years. He volunteers tirelessly providing support for overall board operations and assists with strategic planning and implementation.

His passion for making a difference is why he is one of the most sought-after members of the community.

Bonnie Green

Bonnie Green

Bonnie Green is the Executive Director of The Patuxent Partnership, an organization that works with government, industry and academia on initiatives related to science and technology, to include educational programs and workforce development in support of the Navy and broader DoD community.

Prior to joining the Patuxent Partnership, she worked as a Senior Advisor for Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore and traveled extensively in support of their programs. Green served as the Deputy Maritime Administrator at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1999-2001 after a career in international trade and transportation.
A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Green received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from The George Washington University. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Maryland.

Green served on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees from 1993-2006, and currently serves as vice president of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation. She serves on the boards of Leadership Maryland and the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation. She served on the board of Historic Sotterley, Inc. Green is a member of CSM’s Nonprofit Institute Advisory Council (St. Mary's County) and the CSM Campus Advisory Council for its St. Mary’s campus. She is active in St. Mary’s Episcopal Parish, St. Mary’s City, Maryland. Other professional memberships include the National Defense Transportation Association and the Navy League of the United States.

Gene Townsend

Gene TownsendGene Townsend is the President of the Board of Directors of The Patuxent Partnership. He a Certified Financial Planner™ and the owner and president of GT Financial Services, Inc. His business clients include defense companies and the Department of Defense.

Townsend was Chief Financial Officer for three defense companies and one start-up information technology company. He retired from the federal government as the NAWCAD Comptroller/Deputy Commander for Business Operations. Townsend’s experience includes a tour as the Public Works Officer. He also has experience as a contract negotiator, cost/price analyst and earned value analyst. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at several universities, teaching corporate finance, investments, cost/pricing, managerial accounting and CFP® courses.

Townsend is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Maryland. His professional affiliations include past and present positions on the boards of the Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, the Lexington Park Rotary Club, the American Society of Military Comptrollers, the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Navy Alliance, the Academy of Finance at Chopticon High School and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. He has been recognized as Navy Comptroller of the Year by the American Society of Military Comptrollers and as Manager of the Year by the Naval Air Test Center.

Townsend dedicates his time and effort to provide financial literacy/wellness to organizations and individuals in need of financial education.

Theresa Johnson

Theresa Johnson

Theresa Johnson is the Associate Vice President for Corporate Communication and Philanthropy for CalvertHealth. She took the helm of the CalvertHealth Foundation in August of 2015. In 2019, CalvertHealth Medical Center will celebrate its 100th year anniversary and the Foundation will celebrate its 30th year. Since Johnson’s arrival, the health system has rebranded and launched the largest expansion project in its history.

Johnson has a strong record of leadership success spanning a 30-year career in marketing, branding and fundraising, having served in leadership roles at the College of Southern Maryland, SIMON Property Group, SMECO and others. She has served on the boards for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, Leadership Southern Maryland, and is currently serving on the board for the Calvert Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s in marketing management and is currently completing her master’s in business administration at the University of Maryland University College. She is married and has five children living in Leonardtown.

Lynette Entzian

Lynette Entzian

Lynette Entzian, Executive Vice President of LLF, Inc. has been in business with her best friend and husband for over 20 years and they are proud to be one of the leading excavators in Southern Maryland.

Entzian has been promoting philanthropy at the CalvertHealth Foundation for over five years and is most excited about raising funds for the Medical Center’s current expansion.  She has served as President and now Chairwoman for the Board of Trustees.

This past January, Entzian was accepted by Leadership Maryland to join their 2018 class. She is looking forward to beginning this intense, issues-oriented, educational program designed for senior-level executives who are committed to positive change in Maryland.

Entzian is honored to have been named Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2017 by the Daily Record for leadership and mentoring.  She was also named as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Southern Anne Arundel County where she was presented with the Service Above Self Award in 2015 for her contributions to her community.

Volunteering as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor is a passion for Entzian.  She serves at the Chesapeake Church Care Center where enjoys teaching people about their God-given temperament.  She received a bachelor's degree in Christian Counseling and Education from Cornerstone University and is currently finishing a master's degree from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.  She holds advanced certifications in Counseling Youth and Grief Counseling.