About Our Chapter

CARE Maryland is supported by volunteers committed to helping schools, community organizations, and others provide meaningful financial literacy training to young people and their families.  Care Maryland brings preventative education about the abuse of credit to high schools and youth groups throughout Maryland.  Its volunteer presenters are current bankruptcy judges sitting in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland and some of the nation’s premier bankruptcy and commercial attorneys as well as financial restructuring professionals.  They offer students and other young adults the opportunity to benefit from their knowledge, experience and professionalism.

CARE's Maryland Chapter in Action

Excerpt from Blog Post by Tammy Hettinger on recent presentation

by the CARE Maryland volunteers

How CARE Makes An Impact

 

From New York to Virginia to Kentucky to Illinois to Arizona and California, CARE chapters are reaching out in their communities and making connections that transform lives. Thousands of CARE volunteers give their time and share their expertise to support our nation’s schools and help educate our youth so they can make smart financial decisions.  Moreover, CARE makes an impact through the voices and perspectives of local community leaders sharing real-world examples about personal finances.

I recently joined Mr. John Yoho’s class at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maryland with volunteers from CARE’s Maryland’s Chapter. We arrived for an early 7:30 am class and CARE volunteers Jeanne Crouse and Terri Lowery were ready to share our presentation on The Road to Financial Independence. This course is the third and final one in a series that covers everything from budgeting to the truth about credit. Over the past three weeks, students discussed the difference between a need and a want, how to responsibly use credit cards and how to pay for college.

CARE volunteers Terri and Jeanne used the basics of managing money to share personal experiences managing their own money as well as lessons learned from their work in the bankruptcy field. Terri shared with the class how easy it is to get off track. She mentioned that she works with an individual who makes $36,000 a year but has over $80,000 in credit card debt.  And this individual is not alone. Terri and Jeanne told the class that every day they meet people in crisis because they did not have a plan or roadmap to help them guide the way.

With these real-life examples, CARE volunteers bring the lessons to life to help reach kids like those in Mr. Yoho’s class. In the months ahead, I look forward to sharing more about how CARE makes an impact and how you can get involved.

 

Advisory Members & Active Volunteers

* Designates an active volunteer who has recently done a CARE Maryland presentation or worked a CARE Maryland event

Hon. Nancy Alquist

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, Maryland

 

Jeanne Crouse*

Office of the U.S. Trustee

Greenbelt, MD

 

Anthony Davis*

Maryland Legal Aid

Baltimore, MD

 

Marguerite Devoll

Watt Teider Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

Washington, DC

 

Kristin Eustis Siracusa

Miles & Stockbridge

Baltimore, MD

 

Kim Goodwin-Maigetter*

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD

 

Robert Grossbart

Grossbart Law

Baltimore, MD

 

Hon. Michelle Harner*

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD

 

Amy Hennen*

Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services

Baltimore, MD

 

Patricia Jefferson

Miles & Stockbridge

Baltimore, MD

 

Thomas Kearns

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD

 

Emily Lamasa*

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD

Hon. Wendelin Lipp

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Greenbelt, MD

 

Richard London

Richard D. London & Associates

Silver Spring, MD

 

Terri Lowery*

Trozzo Lowery Weston

Cumberland, MD

Mark Neal*

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD

Craig Palik

McNamee Hosea

Greenbelt, MD

Hon. Lori Simpson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Greenbelt, MD

Bill Steinwedel

Maryland Legal Aid

Baltimore, MD

 

Lisa Stevens*

Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC

Annapolis, MD

 

Kim Stoker

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD

 

Richard Stolker

Upton Law, LLC

Rockville, MD

 

Richard Wills

Open Mortgage

Bethesda, MD

 

Abby Zalis*

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Baltimore, MD