NPI Staff

Robin FinnacomRobin Finnacom
Coordinator, St. Mary's County

Robin Finnacom brings 40 years of experience in the fields of community and economic development to the Nonprofit Institute’s coordinator’s position for St. Mary’s County. She’s worked statewide directing nonprofit organizations and most recently retired from St. Mary’s County Government where she held various positions including director of the Lexington Park Plan, president and CEO of the St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation, acting director and deputy director for the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, and Hurricane Isabel Recovery Coordinator.

Throughout her 17 years with St. Mary’s County Government, Finnacom led the initial efforts to implement the Lexington Park Plan and worked with state and federal elected officials to bring about the reconstruction of the upper end of Great Mills Road. She facilitated the county’s acquisition of the 84-acre Lexington Manor property and the demolition of other blighted and abandoned properties along Great Mills Road. These efforts culminating in the establishment of a property maintenance ordinance targeting the improvement of derelict properties county-wide.

She was instrumental in facilitating the donation and acquisition of private property leading to the demolition of the famed Roses II and triggering the County’s construction of FDR Blvd. connecting Great Mills Road to South Shangri-La Dr. to achieve a proper entrance to the newly constructed Lexington Park Library and create a more walkable community. Working with local business leaders, she brought about the county’s acquisition of the former Lexington Park Rescue Squad building on Great Mills Road with the goal of establishing the Sheriff’s District 4 Office which will open this spring. Furthermore, she worked with county officials to bring about the adaptive reuse of the former Lexington Park Library creating a permanent home for the Newtowne Players in what is now known as the Three Notch Theater. She’s also been known to perform there.

Finnacom rebuilt the Jobs Connection Program, co-founded the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology Initiative (now known as Southern Maryland Innovates), helped launch the annual CrabPot Pitch Contest, and led the development St. Mary’s County’s Strategic Plan to Build an Innovation Driven Economy which is currently being implemented.

Prior to working for St. Mary’s County Government, she was employed by the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland where she helped to organize regional support for the transfer of 6,000+ Department of Defense positions mandated by the federal defense Base Realignment and Closure decisions of 1991, 1993, and 1995 to naval installations in Southern Maryland.

Finnacom is a proud native daughter of St. Mary’s County. She grew up in Tall Timbers on none other than Finnacom Road, attended Little Flower School and St. Mary’s Academy, and achieved her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She’s a founding sponsor of Leadership Southern Maryland, an active Rotarian, a fledgling bowler, and thespian. She’s a past president of both the Lexington Park and Leonardtown Rotary Clubs and, in 2013, was recognized as the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Servant of the Year. She’s a mother of four children, one of whom, her youngest Austin Schultz, lives locally and is a detective for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

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. 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 serves on the Charles County COVID-19 Recovery Task Force and also served on the Maryland Governor’s Nonprofit Working Group which made recommendations to Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 response plan, "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery."

Fogarty also has a freelance writing, editing, web content, and social media management business. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree from SUNY/Oneonta. 

Michelle SullivanMichelle Sullivan
Program Specialist, Charles County

Michelle Sullivan engages in outreach in Southern Maryland and serves as a resource for nonprofits as they 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 a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a 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.