The Community Foundation of Howard County (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.
President & CEO
Beverly joined CFHoCo as President and CEO in May 2012, bringing broad experience in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. She positioned the organization as a hub for connecting philanthropic residents with local nonprofits to improve the lives of those living in Howard County, while also building a new leadership team and investing in better processes and systems.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Beverly earned a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Beverly also donated her time and talent to serve on over 30 nonprofit boards while pursuing a career as a practicing attorney. Beverly enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson as well as with her large and exceedingly close extended family.
Beverly’s favorite thing about Howard County is that there is no one great thing: “Over the past 40 years I raised children here in Howard County and had 2 significant career opportunities within minutes of my home — all while living in a diverse, highly educated and tolerant community with an intentionally green environment.”
Director of Grants and Community Engagement
Dee Athey is the Director of Grants and Community Engagement at the Community Foundation of Howard County. Dee directs CFHoCo’s donor-recommended and discretionary grants.
She has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit work and program development, management and evaluation. She led community service initiatives, developed funding proposals, managed grant programs, directed fundraising efforts, worked with donors and built strategic partnerships benefiting nonprofit organizations.
Dee lives in Jessup with her husband and loves summer weather, reading, cooking and spending time in nature. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a Master of Science from The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. As a Texas native, Dee loves football and is always on the quest for good Tex-Mex food.
Dee’s favorite things about Howard County are the county’s diverse population, Patapsco Valley State Park and being able to enjoy a true Fall Season every year.
Director of Development, Marketing and Communications
As Director of Development, Marketing and Communications, Dan Flynn is responsible for developing and implementing a communication strategy to bring in resources to the Community Foundation of Howard County in support of its mission. The position blends the communications strategy with developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with volunteers, community and business leaders and leveraging those partnerships to increase operating revenue for the foundation.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation of Howard County, Dan served as Director of Business Development and Events for Inside Lacrosse, a media and events company, where he led brand development and new business and
Dan previously served as Assistant Director of Athletics for corporate sales, marketing and promotions for Towson University and Director of Marketing, Promotions and Community Relations for the University of Pennsylvania. He also directed Blue Jays Unlimited, the athletics annual fund for Johns Hopkins University.
Dan earned both his MBA in management and bachelor’s degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University. He also has taught as an adjunct professor of sport marketing at Towson University.
Dan and his wife, Amy, live in Columbia with their two children. Dan loves to spend time with family and friends, and his hobbies include music, cooking, reading and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
Dan’s favorite things about Howard County are the diversity of people and places, along with the wonderful community of families in his neighborhood.
Director of Operations, Compliance and Human Resources
Jay A. Vidyarthi manages the daily operations of the Community Foundation of Howard County and takes on other duties as assigned. He is slowly learning, with mounting horror, how much can be crammed into “other duties as assigned.”
He began working at the foundation in 2018 in the role of Operations Manager. In November of 2020, Jay was promoted to Director of Operations, Compliance and Human Resources.
Jay lives in Columbia with his partner and their clumsy bird named Randolph Scott. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Jay earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Temple University.
Jay’s favorite thing about Howard County is the diversity of people.
Philanthropic Services Assistant
Diane Zanko is the Community Foundation of Howard County’s Philanthropic Services Assistant. Diane is responsible for data management, book-keeping and helps process grants. She is often tapped to help with special projects like community initiatives.
Diane comes from a computer programming and data management background and has been with CFHoCo since 2015. Diane has a daughter, a son, six grandsons and lives in Laurel with her sister and their tiny lapdog Nina, a 130 pound Rottweiler.
Diane’s favorite thing about Howard County is working with the team at CFHoCo.