Board of Directors

LaTara Harris Board Chair | Chief Visionary Officer

Ms. Harris is AT&T’s Regional Director for External and Legislative Affairs in the Mid-Atlantic. Ms. Harris joined AT&T after more than ten years with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, where she held a variety of senior roles, including director of partnerships and outreach. Earlier in her career, she was finance manager for a major management-consulting firm and an accountant for a local nonprofit organization. Ms. Harris is active in her local community serving on the board of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council, the DC Chamber of Commerce, and the Living Legacy Foundation. In 2017, she was awarded the Minority Business Leader Award from the Washington Business Journal and in 2015 received the Maryland Top 100 Women Award by the Maryland Daily Record. Ms. Harris is serving her first term as Crittenton’s board chair.


Peter Kovar Treasurer | Vice Chair of Operations

Mr. Kovar was elected as the Takoma Park City Councilmember representing Ward 1 in November 2015. Before retiring from a thirty-year career in government service, he served as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as the chief of staff for Congressman Barney Frank. He has worked on an array of legislative issues including immigration policy, Medicare reform, environmental protection, government ethics, and economic development. Mr. Kovar is devoted to community involvement, and is active with many local organizations and activities, including a number of youth and adult sports programs as well as community public safety initiatives. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester. He is serving his second term as a Crittenton board member and the treasurer.


Aaron Myers Secretary | Vice Chair of Governance

Mr. Myers is a life-long social activist and musician who uses entertainment to increase awareness of social issues. While a full-time college student, Mr. Myers ran unsuccessfully for the office of Mayor in Corsicana, Texas. In 2008, he served as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Florida. Mr. Myers is also a skilled volunteer coordinator, event manager, and public speaker, an experienced music teacher, and an army veteran. He has also served as National Director of the nonprofit Global Family Program. A jazz and soul musician, Mr. Myers is currently the Resident Artist at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington, DC and Minister of Music at Covenant Baptist Church of Christ. This is Aaron’s second term as a Crittenton board member, board secretary, and member of the annual event task force.


Carol Rognrud Vice Chair of Endowment | Investments

Ms. Rognrud is the Executive Director of the Montgomery College Foundation. She has also served as the Director of Transformational Giving for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), as a Development Officer for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and as a Development Associate for the Johns Hopkins University’s Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. She entered the development sector as the Renovation Development Director for the Gunnison Council for the Arts in Colorado. Ms. Rognrud has a bachelor’s degree from Western State University of Colorado and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Rognrud is serving her second term on the Crittenton board and serves as the vice chair of endowments and investments, a fundraising ambassador, and a member of the annual event task force.


A.J. Dhali

Mr. Dhali is the Principal of Dhali PLLC, a law firm concentrating in civil rights and preventing discriminatory practices at the workplace. Prior to founding his firm, he was Associate General Counsel for Change to Win, defending union rights at the workplace on behalf of the Teamsters, SEIU, and other affiliate unions. He was also the Executive Director of the Fresno office of ACORN, working with low-income neighborhoods and families on social justice and voter registration issues. He was employed as a defense employment law attorney immediately after law school at Laughlin, Falbo, Levy, and Moresi LLP. He attended New York Law School on a full scholarship from Arthur Anderson LLP where he also worked while in law school. Mr. Dhali is serving his second term on Crittenton’s Board.


Charlotte M. Farmer 

Ms. Farmer serves as MITRE'a Managing Director for the Center of Programs and Technology Operations. MITRE is a nonprofit national technology resource that applies systems engineering, research and development, and information technology to address the country’s critical needs. Prior to joining MITRE, she was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she provided services in organizational restructuring, strategic planning, business process redesign, change management, implementation, and project management. Ms. Farmer earned a bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Tech University as a recipient of the Kodak Fellow Engineering Scholarship. She received a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a master’s in business administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently authoring her dissertation toward a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering. Charlotte has been on the Board of Directors for the past 15 years and has served as the board chair for the last five years. 


Dr. Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill is the Executive Director of the Women’s Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to improving public policy that affects women’s lives and increasing the number of women elected and appointed to public office in Maryland. Catherine is the former vice president for research at AAUW and is an author of many publications, including Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, Solving the Equation: Solving the Equation: The Status of Women in Engineering and Computing, and Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Previously, Catherine was a study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in public policy from Rutgers University. Dr. Hill is serving her first term on the Crittenton Board.


Celeste James

Ms. James is Director of Community Health for the Mid-Atlantic States region of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s leading integrated health care delivery system. Ms. James oversees Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit initiatives, grant-making, and policy advocacy to create conditions for health and wellbeing in under-resourced communities. Her career spans 20 years in the media industry, as media relations manager for USA TODAY/Gannett Co., Inc., Communications Director for U.S. News & World Report magazine, and Vice President of Communications for National Public Radio. She served as a health communications consultant prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2007. Ms. James co-leads the Prince George’s County Collaborative for Health Equity and the Washington Regional Food Funders and is on the Board of Future Harvest CASA, a nonprofit organization that represents farmers, consumers, chefs, and food advocates throughout the Chesapeake region. Ms. James is serving her first term on the Crittenton Board.


Kymber Lovett-Menkiti

Ms. Lovett-Menkiti is the Regional Manager of the Maryland and District of Columbia Region for Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise in the world. She has been a driving force behind the nationally recognized Menkiti Group Real Estate Team since 2006, leading her team to close over $200 million in sales. In addition to her commitment to Crittenton, she helped found and continues to lead DC WISE., Inc. (DC Women in Solidarity for Empowerment), a nonprofit investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to enhance organizations that positively impact the lives of women and children in the District of Columbia. She is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University and also holds master’s degrees in social work and in law and social policy from Bryn Mawr College. She is serving her first term on the Crittenton Board.


Ruth Swanson

Ms. Swanson is Chief Development Officer for The SEED Foundation, a private foundation established to provide boarding school college-preparatory educational opportunities to underserved students. Before joining SEED, she served as Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. A development professional with more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of fundraising, she has also held leadership positions with the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and American University’s Washington College of Law. In the nonprofit sector, she worked with the Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, American Farmland Trust, and Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Ruth served on the Board of Directors of Men Can Stop Rape from 2002 to 2012 and has lived in Washington, DC since 1996. She is serving her first term on the Crittenton Board.


Antonio Tijerino

Mr. Tijerino is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, an organization that identifies, inspires, prepares, and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce. He has also served as the director of public relations in the communications department for the Fannie Mae Foundation, a manager for corporate communications and spokesperson for Nike, and an account supervisor for the Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolf public relations firms in Washington. Mr. Tijerino earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Mr. Tijerino is serving his third term on the Crittenton Board and serves on the Board’s communications task force and the governance committee.


Pamela R. Jones  President and CEO, Ex Officio

Ms. Jones has served as President and CEO of Crittenton Services of Greater Washington since 2006. Ms. Jones brings over twenty years of non-profit management experience with particular expertise in evaluation planning, advocacy, and campaign strategies.  During her tenure, Ms. Jones has continued the legacy of Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, co-founder of Crittenton, by significantly strengthening programs; tripling revenue; engaging state, county, and district partners; and quadrupling the number of young women served. Prior to joining Crittenton, Ms. Jones led the Maryland Communications Center, where she launched a national campaign to create jobs in Maryland by engaging more than 100 Fortune 500 corporations and their CEO’s.  Ms. Jones has served as a board and committee member and advisor to many organizations including the Maryland Business Round Table for Education and received commendations for her work in the both the nonprofit and economic development sector.  

 

Executive Advisors

Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Mr. Lyndon Boozer

Ms. Catherine Leggett

Mr. Jeffrey Slavin

Ms. Kalisha Dessources