The JLNVB is excited to welcome community partners to the September GMM. Partners will share information about their organization, relationship with the JLNVB and upcoming events for the year. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to learn and acknowledge the growing partnerships that we are building through service to each other and to our community.
St. Mary’s Home
Martha Price Stewart has been Director of Development at St. Mary’s Home since 2005. Before that she served as Director of Annual Giving at The Mariners’ Museum where she was on staff for 16 years. She taught English for several years after completing her MA in English from ODU, then decided to move into a career in non-profits where she has remained.
Martha received her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in English. She is a native of NC, near Wilmington where she returns as often as possible. She and her husband John are about to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary.
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
Kevin D. Otey, Jr. is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia. Kevin is married to Carinne Otey who is a Site Coordinator with the Office of Human Affairs Head Start Division. He has one step son, Jalen Garrett.
His education background includes a current Ph.D. candidate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella University, Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management from Strayer University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Business Administration from Virginia Wesleyan College.
Kevin has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. His passion for early care and education, healthcare, and solving hunger has led him to working at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. He is the Community Partnership Coordinator and is responsible for engaging donors and collaborating partnerships with organizations and businesses that will enhance the programs that service all clients of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Prior to joining Virginia Cooperative Extension in June of 2014, Greg Costanza taught in Norfolk Public Schools for 14 years. He worked as a middle school science and social studies for nine years at Madison Career Center, and subsequently, transitioned to elementary education, teaching 4th Grade at Chesterfield Academy. Additionally, Greg filled his summer vacations for over a decade working as a teen travel camp director for the local JCC.
In 2012, Greg participated in VISTA (Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement) through William and Mary’s School of Education. The experience instilled in him a profound interest and connection with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education ideals vital to his role as a 4-H Youth Development Agent.
A Virginia native, Greg grew up on the Eastern Shore, where he graduated from Northampton High School. He has fond memories of attending 4-H camp at Airfield in the mid 1980’s. In his spare time, Greg enjoys gardening, exploring local restaurants with his wife, watching baseball, walking his dog, and travelling to see live music. He is an avid sports fan, loyally attending as many Old Dominion Monarch basketball and football games as he can.
The King’s Daughters Milk Bank
Ever since the age of 13, when she was a volunteer at The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD), Ashlynn Baker knew she wanted to be a nurse that worked with babies. In 2006, she graduated from Old Dominion University with her BSN and began working as a registered nurse in the NICU CHKD. In 2011, Baker took on a quality improvement project to increase the amount of human milk provided to medically fragile babies in the NICU. “I collaborated with a multidisciplinary team and started focusing on collecting data, reviewing literature and preparing initiatives aimed at decreasing the rates of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating and sometimes-fatal bowel disease that primarily affects premature infants,” she says. “We found that the best way to prevent NEC was to provide premature babies with human milk diets, preferably mother’s own milk.” With Baker’s leadership, in October 2012 CHKD started offering pasteurized donor human milk treatments to at-risk babies (e.g., pre-term, low birth weight, or critically ill) whose mother’s own milk was unavailable. “I have two children under the age of five and I, myself, have struggled with low milk supply,” she says. “My goal is to help mothers of critically ill infants struggling with their own milk supply to obtain the nutrition and treatment that their babies desperately need, while also improving outcomes and decreasing mortality.”
Girls on the Run!
Ellen Carver holds a MA in Education Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University, a BA in French and Business from Sweet Briar College, and numerous certifications in youth leadership, team building, and school reform. She has worked with students for 30 years. Her scope of professional interests ranges from non-profit organizational advancement to youth empowerment. Of the many professional hats she has worn, her most inspirational experiences have been in leading students on domestic and international service-based learning projects. Ellen has co-authored a youth leadership curriculum for at risk high school students, and served on multiple non-profit boards. Ellen is balancing her administrative role by serving as Head GOTR Coach at her daughter’s Norfolk school. She is committed to work and play that promotes access to education, healthcare, nutrition and housing for all peoples, and is humbled by the power of young girls who are voices for for social change.
Yazmin McZorn-Hines was first introduced to GOTR after her sister became a volunteer coach, and recommended she sign up as a Running Buddy. Her enthusiasm for health education, wellness, and community outreach started when Yazmin was a young, happy, hyperactive Navy brat running around her neighborhood in California. She earned her B.S. in Community Health, from the State University of New York. Her undergraduate internship with the Navy brought her to Virginia Beach, where she has worked in health education and prevention. Yazmin is a dedicated volunteer with Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps and an active runner with Hampton Roads Runners. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Health Education and Promotion. She is excited to promote the same positive messaging to GOTR girls as she does to her younger sister (9.) Her passion is empowering people to improve their lives, through overall health behavior awareness. In her free time, you can find her road or beach running, working out in the bay area of Chick’s Beach, volunteering, singing, teaching herself to play guitar, and supporting local eateries.
Park Place Child Life Center
A native of Norfolk, Carolyn M. Park comes to Park Place Child Life Center with a diverse technical-business background. After a successful career implementing Enterprise Resource Planning software for the Advertising and Manufacturing industries, Carolyn brings her project management and strategic planning skills to PPCLC. She is married to her wonderful husband, Perry, who often lends a hand at PPCLC.
Carolyn is also a member of Second Presbyterian Church where she is an active volunteer and member of the Session.
When she is not coordinating fun activities and events for the students of PPCLC, she can be found relaxing on a nearby beach.