Community Foundation of Harford County elects new board officers

Community Foundation of Harford County has elected new board officers: Jayne Klein, president; Ken Ferrara, vice president; Kathleen Beck, secretary; and Ed Kouneski, CPA, treasurer. They will serve two-year terms.

Klein, the new president, is a registered dietitian with a private practice in Bel Air. She is a member of the family that owns Klein's ShopRite, a chain of retail grocery stores in Harford and Baltimore counties. She is active as a community volunteer for many local organizations and serves as president of the Women's Giving Circle of Harford County and is a member of the advisory board of Family and Children's Services and the Harford County Commission for Women. Klein is also a national board member of the Jewish National Fund.

Ferrara, the new vice president, is vice president and executive director of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. He leads the foundation in its efforts to secure philanthropic support for Upper Chesapeake Health's Hope and Healing Close to Home: The Campaign for the Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health, patient services, including Cancer LifeNet and cardiovascular programs, community health improvement and capital projects. Ferrara has more than 20 years of fundraising experience in various roles, including director of individual capital giving and annual giving programs at Loyola University, Maryland. He is an active volunteer with the Forest Hill Rec Council.

Beck, the new secretary, has been vice president of wealth management for PNC Financial Services Inc., division of Wealth Management, for the past six years. She is responsible for overseeing wealth-managed accounts and cultivating new relationships in the Baltimore area. Prior to PNC Financial Services Inc., Beck worked at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in Washington, D.C., and at T. Rowe Price Associates in Owings Mills. She is a graduate of Harford Leadership Academy and serves on the boards of Advocates for Children and Youth and Family and Children's Services – Harford County. In addition, Beck is treasurer of the Women's Giving Circle of Harford County.

Kouneski, treasurer, is chief financial officer for Manekin LLC, where he directs accounting operations and financial management. A Harford County native, Kouneski is active in youth hockey, serving as treasurer of Baltimore Area Special Hockey Inc. Additionally, he served on the board of the Baltimore Youth Hockey Association.

"The expertise that our officers bring to the table helps the Community Foundation of Harford County continue to support local philanthropy at its best," Tamara W. Zavislan, the foundation's executive director, said in a news release. "The Community Foundation's first five years have been a time of continuous growth, and our new leadership is poised to help us build and manage even more permanent endowments and gifts to help meet the present and emerging needs of Harford County and our area's nonprofit community."

Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) is a nonprofit organization supported by the community through donations, enabling individuals, families and businesses to leave a legacy to benefit the causes about which they care. Charitable gifts are used to make Harford County stronger through grant-making to local nonprofits and through scholarships. In 2011, the foundation distributed nearly $70,000 to nonprofits in Harford County. CFHC is one of 14 community foundations in Maryland and one of 700 across the country.

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