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College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County

Harriet YaffeHarriet Yaffe
Coordinator, St. Mary’s County

Harriet Yaffe has been involved in the nonprofit 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). She was the executive director of The Arc Southern Maryland from 1998-2014. Yaffe is currently the president of the board of directors of the Arts Council of Calvert County. She is also 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.

Yaffe 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.

Cara Fogarty
Coordinator, Charles County

Cara Fogarty joined the Nonprofit Institute in the fall of 2016. Prior to this, she spent 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, Fogarty 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 in the early days of the web.

Fogarty is an adjunct faculty member at CSM where she teaches writing and communication courses. She also serves on the board of directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium. Fogarty has a freelance writing, editing, and web content management business. In her spare time, she co-manages a vintage shop and serves as the registrar for the Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club in Waldorf.

Fogarty holds an MA in journalism from Ohio State University and a BS in general studies from SUNY/Oneonta. 

Michelle SullivanMichelle Sullivan
NPI Specialist, Charles County

Michelle Sullivan engages in outreach in Charles County and serves as a resource as these nonprofits navigate the ever-increasingly complex landscape of the nonprofit sector.

Sullivan is the executive director of All Ages Read Together (AART), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children in need with free preschool programs in their communities in Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia. 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.

Sullivan'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.

Sullivan 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.