Board of Directors

President – Laurie Taylor-Mitchell

Laurie Taylor-Mitchell founded the Loch Raven Network in December of 2015 with the help of over 100 volunteers; the Network became a registered non-profit in 2016 and grew to become the Student Support Network in April of 2018. Her local model for assisting students in poverty is being replicated in schools across Baltimore County.  She taught Art History at Hood College for ten years, and was active in the PTAs at Hampton Elementary and Ridgely Middle schools, and the PTSA at Loch Raven High School.

Vice President – Jan Bahner

Jan Bahner is a retired R.N. and health care executive. She brings 40 years of career experience in organizational development and performance improvement and as a consultant for non-profits, emphasizing culture and governance. Her Board role is focused on procedural development and partnerships for growth.

Secretary – Ron McDade

Ron McDade brings the Network leadership and strategic and operational development skills from a career of leading and improving not-for-profit organizations in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, focusing primarily in the health care industry. He has also led an organization that serves people with disabilities using therapy and assistance dogs, and has volunteered his leadership in other capacities for education and religious organizations. His role on the Board is to assist with Board development and strategic planning. Ron is a 25-year resident of Baltimore County whose sons benefitted greatly from their BCPS education.

Treasurer – Mike Weber

Mike Weber, CPA, is founder and co-owner of WeberMessick. Mike was instrumental in helping us incorporate as a tax-exempt non-profit organization. He is the Network Treasurer and also provided assistance for the design of the Network website through SocialRedDog, a company he founded that specializes in social media and publicity.

At Large Board Member – Brackie Mitchell

Brackie Mitchell is a scientist and researcher at the University of Maryland (and in the interests of full disclosure, Laurie’s spouse) and has provided excellent advice on our By-laws, Conflict of Interest document (required for all non-profits) and many other details associated with the incorporation of the Network as a non-profit.

At Large Board Member – Gwen Betts

Gwen Betts has taught in Baltimore City and Baltimore County Schools and received the Specialist of the Year award for her work on Visual Arts curriculum from Baltimore City Public Schools. She was the coordinator of the AVID program at Randallstown High School and was also a mentor for the Fine Arts Department there. Gwen is a Founding member of The Baltimore County Highlanders: Professional Black Women in Baltimore County who are committed to work on education issues and other advocacy.

At Large Board Member – Spencer Pollock

Spencer Pollock, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPM, is an attorney at Niles, Barton & Wilmer. His primary focus is representing and counseling clients with aspects of their data security and cybersecurity. Spencer also works with the Maryland Volunteer Legal Services to provide legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford legal representation. He served as the Assistant Director for Bridges, a non-profit organization founded to support opportunities for higher education for inner-city students.

At Large Board Member – Vicki Almond

Vicki Almond has been a volunteer for over 30 years, mostly in Baltimore County Schools and in her community of Reisterstown.   In 2010, she was elected to the Baltimore County Council where she served two terms.   While a Council member, she started a pilot program to feed hungry kids in County public schools.  From her service through the PTA and other organizations to her work on the Council, helping children has always been her passion. 

Executive Director – Jessica Wodarczyk

Jessica Wodarczyk has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, formerly managing a national program of the American Red Cross, where she gained experience in running day to day operations, volunteer management, community outreach, and fundraising. For the past six years, she has been an active volunteer with Carroll Manor Elementary, through which she facilitated fundraising events to benefit those in need, served on the PTA board, as well as co-chaired her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.  Jessica holds a master’s degree in non-profit management from the College of Notre Dame and lives in Baltimore County.  

Student Support Network
1740 E. Joppa Road
Suite 200
Baltimore MD 21234

The Student Support Network is a registered non-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.