Hermine Bernstein

Hermine Bernstein

Program Coordinator

In November 2013, after increased awareness about hunger among Frederick’s children, I partnered with the national Blessings in a Backpack organization to establish a Frederick Chapter. In Jan. 2014, BIAB began feeding 210 children in one local school. Thanks to amazing community support and a strong volunteer base, BIAB currently feeds 2,600 at-risk FCPS students in 18 local schools. This is a true labor of love. But thousands more students need our help. Watch my video presentation at the Impact Club, which provided support for Blessings in a Backpack Frederick in 2018.

Barbara Dillon

Barbara Dillon

Operations Coordinator

I’ve been involved with BIAB Frederick since 2015, when I started packing food bags at Orchard Grove ES. I now serve on the BIAB Steering Committee and am one of the founders of the Blessings in a Backpack Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick. Volunteering my time with BIAB is meaningful to me as a way to help our local children who may be growing up in circumstances which can make school more difficult. The earlier we provide needed support for these children the better their lives and our  community will be.

 

Melissa Frank

Melissa Frank

Executive Committee Member

I joined the BIAB team in 2014 as a way of making the community that I live in a little better. Education has been such an important part of my life and I love that the work we do through BIAB is helping children to thrive in school and be set up for success!

Vicki Moore

Vicki Moore

Food Purchasing Coordinator

There are two areas that inspire me that is the young and the old. When I heard about what Blessing In A Backpack does for children in my community I was called to help. This is a well run wonderful program. How can one not be touched by hungry children.

Karen Fishburn

Karen Fishburn

Food Donation Coordinator

I have been volunteering with Blessings in a Backpack for 3 years. I originally started volunteering to help my home schooled son acquire some volunteer hours. I have continued to volunteer in a variety of roles because I enjoy working with the amazing volunteers who are so committed to helping out needy children, and it is a great and necessary organization that truly affects the whole Frederick community.

Mary Ann Harris

Mary Ann Harris

Volunteer Coordinator

The holiday season of 2017 brought me to BIAB. While wrapping books with Karen Fishburn, I was introduced to packing at Waverley, which continues to be a terrific experience each week. My expanded role of volunteer coordinator came in Oct. 2018 as a way to help with the many emails that are received through the national and local website. It is an honor and a pleasure to volunteer with an organization that is helping to meet the basic needs of people in our community.

Roy Rahmati

Roy Rahmati

Community Outreach Coordinator

I was a School Coordinator with BIAB for 2 years. I started as the Co-Coordinator for Urbana Elementary School where my children attended and later became one of the Co-Coordinators for the Urbana/Monrovia Cluster of schools which includes Urbana, Centerville, and Green Valley Elementary schools. My dedication to this program is driven by the kids we serve every week. Hunger doesn’t take weekends off!

Melani Drummer

Melani Drummer

School Coordinator, Carroll Manor E.S.

I have been the coordinator of the CMES/MVM cluster for about a year. I am so grateful to be able to serve our students and be able to show love by ensuring nobody goes hungry.

Rebecca DeGioia

Rebecca DeGioia

School Coordinator, Centerville E.S.

Happy to be part of the BIAB Frederick team, Urbana Cluster!

Salimeh Khaleeli

Salimeh Khaleeli

School Coordinator, Frederick Classical Charter School

I joined BIAB back in 2014 when my son was at OGES. I was shocked at the amount of kids at the school who go hungry. This was my way of giving back to a community that my child and family are a part of.
Kim Raub

Kim Raub

School Coordinator, Glade E.S.

I have worked with Blessings for 4 years; started at Monocacy and now at Glade. I love volunteering in our community!

Denise Armentrout

Denise Armentrout

School Coordinator, Green Valley E.S.

Over 3 years ago, I was at the Buzz and read a BIAB info sheet that was on the table. I liked the fact that local kids were being helped and knew it was something I would enjoy doing.

Stacy Bokinsky

Stacy Bokinsky

School Coordinator, Lewistown E.S.

My name is Stacy Bokinsky. I am the school counselor at Lewistown Elementary School. Blessings in a Backpack is a wonderful program that is a tremendous help to our students. I am thrilled to be a part of helping others!

Sharon Brown

Sharon Brown

Inventory Control, Lincoln E.S.

Several years ago I watched a segment on the news about Blessings in a Backpack and thought “I want to do that when I retire.” I’m now retired, recently moved to Frederick and began helping the organization. I’m excited to serve the students and community.

Trisha Gaskill

Trisha Gaskill

School Coordinator, Lincoln E.S.

I was born and raised in Frederick, graduating from GTJHS. After college I moved out of state. After 20 years living in WA and PA, I moved back to Frederick with my husband and two sons. I have only been with BIAB for a short time. I started packing at two schools in January 2019. In March I was asked to be part of the team at Lincoln Elem. I am excited to work along side of all the wonderful volunteers that help each week to feed almost 400 children.

Jody Sullivan

Jody Sullivan

School Coordinator, Monocacy E.S.

I am a Mom of four with my youngest at MOES in third grade. I have been involved with BIAB since it first began at MOES as a volunteer. in 2019 I took on the position of the School Coordinator for MOES. I also work as a Legal Staff Coordinator in a Law Firm in DC where I have been for nearly 18 years. It has been amazing to see how much BIAB has grown.

Jackie Moore

Jackie Moore

School Coordinator at MOMS

 I am a retired Frederick County teacher. I live in New Market with my husband, Gary. We have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren! I love all forms of needlework…quilting, cross stitch and wool applique! You may see me in downtown Frederick…I am an avid walker and have a route I do almost every day! This is my first year volunteering with BIAB….I am currently at Monocacy Middle and have enjoyed meeting new people and being part of feeding the students there!

Angie Harpster

Angie Harpster

Co-coordinator, Monocacy M.S.

I have been volunteering with BIAB since February 2017. I pack at OGES and am the co-coordinator at MOMS cluster. I feel drawn to BIAB as we are able to provide a basic need to a child. No child should be hungry.

Jennifer Leader Anderson

Jennifer Leader Anderson

School Coordinator, Monocacy Valley Montessori

I am very honored to be a part of this wonderful program! I recently began as the coordinator for MVMPCS and I look forward to helping to feed the 2,600+ students that benefit from this program in Frederick County.

Lori Wilson

Lori Wilson

School Coordinator, Orchard Grove E.S.

I have been with Blessings for about three years. It breaks my heart to know the number of kids in my own town that are going hungry. Helping pack these bags and making sure they are getting nutritious food when they are not at school makes me feel good.

Diana Beall

Diana Beall

School Coordinator, North Frederick E.S.

My family has always supported the Frederick Food Bank, and I always thought there should be more of a safety net for feeding children.  When Blessings in a Backpack became established in our area, I thought it would be a perfect fit.  I am lucky enough to be working to set up BIAB at my neighborhood elementary school, and am grateful for all of the help I am getting to get things moving in that direction!

Erin Lawrence

Erin Lawrence

School Coordinator, Parkway E.S.

When I am not on the farm, volunteering with Civitan, or climbing aerial silks, I can be found enjoying time with my family. The Frederick community is amazing and I am very excited to be involved with Blessings in a Backpack.

Rachel Sessions

Rachel Sessions

SUCCESS Counselor, LCPC

I am the Counselor for the SUCCESS Program and have been working with Blessings since I started here four years ago. BIAB is meaningful to me because it helps to ensure that no student will go hungry on the weekends. I have had so many students and families tell me that they depend on BIAB and they are extremely grateful for this service. I feel proud to be part of something that helps so many in such a big way!

Jonathan Carothers

Jonathan Carothers

School Coordinator, Tuscarora E.S.

I’ve been the TUES School Coordinator since it started in 2017-2018. Currently we pack for 130 students every week. My wife Jeria also plays a key role in helping with BIAB at Tuscarora. My two amazing girls, Alexis and Zoe also help. I also head up the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program…Fathers and Father Figures spend a day in the school with all grade levels. Originally from Ohio, I have moved quite a bit but have called Maryland home for the last 18 years.

Angela Abrishami

Angela Abrishami

Co-coordinator, Urbana Cluster

I have been volunteering with Blessings in a Backpack since 2017. I find joy in volunteering my time to my community and hope to inspire others to do so as well. I enjoy sharing this time with my own children and teaching them to help others in their own community.

Angie Ivall

Angie Ivall

School Coordinator, Walkersville E.S.

I worked with BIAB for 2 years and then became the Coordinator at Walkersville Elementary where I have been serving for more than 2 years. I am passionate about taking care of kids!

Debbie Dunnigan

Debbie Dunnigan

Co-coordinator, Waverley E.S.

I started with BIAB in 2017 at Waverley which is our home school. I’m a retired Pre K-K teacher. Volunteering with BIAB enables me to stay in touch with the kids and to make sure that every child is fed while allowing me to give back to our community. It’s a joy and privilege to work with great volunteers and the whole BIAB team.

Pete Dunnigan

Pete Dunnigan

Co-coordinator, Waverley E.S.

I started with BIAB at Waverley in the Fall of 2017. I wanted to give back to our community & help feed the kids at the same time. Waverley is our “home” school, making it a perfect fit.

Natasha (Nattie) Cleveland

Natasha (Nattie) Cleveland

Co-coordinator, Whittier E.S.

I have been volunteering with the BIAB program in Frederick since March 2018. I was looking for a way to 1) help out at my kids’ school, 2) volunteer in the Frederick community, and 3) help children in need. BIAB has checked all of those boxes! I am also a mom of three and a full-time faculty member in the Science Department at Frederick Community College.

Candice Poska

Candice Poska

Co-coordinator, Whittier E.S.

I have been co-coordinator together with Natasha Cleveland at Whittier Elementary for about one year. Blessings in a Backpack blesses my own life and warms my heart weekly, as we work together with such wonderful volunteers to help feed hungry kids in our community.