The Community Foundation of Harford County, the nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the changing needs and interests of Harford County residents and their quality of life, recently elected Jayne Z. Klein, Eric E. McLauchlin, Cheryl Brown and James E. Welch to its board of directors.
They join 14 current board members and a professional staff led by Executive Director Jennifer Farrell.
“These leaders have shown a deep commitment to philanthropy in Harford County,” Farrell said, “and we expect that their expertise will help us make a greater impact on the community we all love”
The newly-elected board members come from a diverse array of businesses and bring deep commitments to non-profit success to the foundation, Farrell said.
Klein, one of the owners of Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland, is a community leader and philanthropist in Harford County. She was one of the early board members of the foundation, joining in 2008 and previously served as board chairman.
“I was honored and privileged to serve on the Community Foundation Board for over 10 years,” Klein said. “My commitment to the growth and success of this organization has never wavered. It will be a privilege to once again to support its efforts to enrich and serve the Harford County community.”
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McLauchlin is an attorney in the law firm of Pessin Katz Law, P.A. (PK Law), which has offices in Bel Air, Towson and Columbia. He concentrates in corporate and real estate law, and has been practicing in Harford County for over 25 years.
McLauchlin has been involved in many area nonprofit institutions, including Harford Community College, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, Addiction Connections Resource, Inc., and the Army Alliance.
Brown is a retired state employee, with over 27 years of experience as a program manager with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Adept at working with individuals with diverse economic and social backgrounds, she successfully managed departmental budgets of over $1 million before her retirement in 2013.
Brown also supervised the licensing unit that monitored in-state and out-of-state residential and non-residential programs to ensure compliance with the law. Brown brings policy analysis, strategic planning and business analysis skills to the foundation.
Welch works in commercial real estate in Harford County. He formerly served as public relations director for the Town of Bel Air’s economic development department, where he managed the creation of the Town of Bel Air’s streetscape project.
A current commissioner of the Harford County Liquor Control Board, Welch served as chairman of the Harford Community College Foundation, a member of the Harford County Public Library Foundation board, and is involved in a few community organizations including the Bel Air Rotary Club and the Greater Harford Committee.
“Joining the Community Foundation of Harford County is simply a great opportunity to give back to the community,” said Welch.