Our Staff

CFHoCo has long been recognized for the expertise of its staff. In speeches, panel discussions, task forces and other forms of communication, our in-house authorities regularly explore the community’s most critical issues through the lens of their deep knowledge, diverse experiences and innovative ideas.

BWS_WEB-smallBeverly White-Seals

President & CEO

Beverly manages the Foundation, its programs and projects including community relations, staffing, fundraising, grant-making, overseeing investment portfolios and donor relations. Beverly served as an attorney in the legal division of the Rouse Company for 20 years, followed by positions as of counsel with Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, as assistant general counsel for General Growth Properties and as the director of workforce diversity for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Her community service includes co-chairing Howard County General Hospital’s capital campaign, which raised $30 million toward the hospital’s expansion and renovation, as well as chairing the Johns Hopkins Health System Community Needs Assessment Council. Beverly is a past trustee and past board chair for Howard County General Hospital, founder and co-chair of the hospital’s community relations council. She also served as a trustee on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine. She currently is a trustee with the boards of Heifetz International Music Institute, the Inner Arbor Trust and the Columbia 50th birthday celebration.

Among her honors, Beverly was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame and received a citation from Sen. Barbara Mikulski for her efforts on behalf of the state of Maryland. She also received the Governor’s Award for her efforts on behalf of residents of Howard County and was recognized as a “Healthcare Hero” by the Daily Record.

Beverly earned her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in New York City and received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. She and her husband Jerry have lived in Columbia since 1979.

Dee Athey

Director of Grants and Community Engagement

Dee facilitates and administers the foundation’s donor-recommended and discretionary grants. She has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit work and program development, management and evaluation. She has led community service initiatives, developed funding proposals, managed grant programs, directed fundraising efforts, worked with donors and built strategic partnerships benefiting nonprofit organizations in Maryland.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation of Howard County, Athey was the resource development director at The Arc of Howard County, where she established philanthropy programs, increased community and corporate engagement and managed initiatives and special events. She also held positions with the United Way of Central Maryland, including associate vice president for grant development, associate vice president for impact strategies and director of family safety and basic needs.

Athey co-chaired Leadership Howard County’s Premier class steering committee and graduated from the Premier program in 2012. She graduated from the Leadership Institute with The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at The University of Delaware in 2018. In addition, Athey served on the Howard County Women’s Giving Circle advisory board.

She holds a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Austin College in Texas. Athey lives in Jessup, Maryland.