Fort Meade Alliance Foundation Appoints Two Board Members

Rosemary Budd of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Catherine (Kay) Hill, formerly of the National Security Agency have been appointed to the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation Board.

Budd, former FMA President and former FMA Foundation President, currently serves on the FMA Executive Committee and the FMA Board of Directors. As past president of the Foundation, she served as an ex-officio member of the board for the last year.

Hill is recently retired from the NSA and is continuing her community involvement through the Foundation.

In September, the FMA Foundation Board voted to increase the size of the board from seven members to nine, each serving two-year terms. The current board includes President Deon Viergutz of Lockheed Martin Corp., Secretary N. Gordon Knox of Miles & Stockbridge, Treasurer Jay Baldwin of TD Bank and four at-large members: Rosemary Budd of Lockheed Martin Corp., Penny Cantwell of Sandy Spring Bank, Kay Hill formerly of the NSA, Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman of LG-TEK and FMA General Manager Tim O’Ferrall (ex-officio). The Vice President role and one at-large member position remain vacant.

“We are honored to have Rosemary and Kay as part of our leadership team,” said Viergutz.  “Their commitment to this community and the Fort Meade region is a valuable asset for the Foundation.”

The FMA Foundation, incorporated in 2011, seeks to promote, encourage and meet the charitable giving needs in the region. The Foundation accepts, invests and distributes interests from corporate and personal gifts as well as conducts fundraising efforts. The Foundation hosts education-oriented programs, initiatives and scholarships for high school and college students pursing studies and careers in the key fields of science, technology, engineering, math, language and information technology.

In addition to its signature scholarship program, the FMA Foundation has embarked on the most ambitious initiative to date to support the people of Fort George G. Meade. The Foundation has forged a partnership with the U.S. Army and the FGGM Garrison Command to plan and develop a Resiliency Campus at Fort Meade. Intended to assist the entire Fort Meade community, the campus will offer resiliency programs focusing on the five dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, family and physical.

An official fundraising campaign has not kicked off yet, however the Foundation has already raised more than $75,000 for the Resiliency effort, including nearly $40,000 from the Baltimore Orioles’ online auctions for the last two years.

On an annual basis, the FMA Foundation Board meets to review ongoing and proposed projects to establish the specific Foundation project list and funding commitments. Other projects from the past have included outfitting the FGGM Soldier and Family Assistance Center; building playgrounds on the Fort Meade Installation; building batting cages at the Youth Sports Complex on the Installation and providing monthly snacks to the Wounded Warriors Transition Unit.