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News Release - May 18, 2016
Kathleen Murphy
| President and CEO | 443.837.1601 |
Cindy Gentilcore | Senior Vice President, COO | 443.837.1602 |


MBA Announces Largest Maryland Food Bank Drive of 2016 at the 
Fourth Annual Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance Conference

With the support of bankers across the state, the “Embrace Life, Nurture Success” food drive
was the largest of the year for the Maryland Food Bank.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 18, 2016)—At its annual conference held May 5 at Martin’s West in Baltimore, Maryland Bankers Association’s (MBA) Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance announced the results of its 2016 philanthropic initiative, the “Embrace Life, Nurture Success” food drive. According to Beth Wedekind, events manager for the Maryland Food Bank, the total volume of food collected to date by 30 banks and organizations across the state is the largest food drive this year to date for the organization.

“We are inspired by this outpouring of support from the Maryland Bankers Association,” said Beth Martino, president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. “As a result of this statewide food drive, the Maryland Food Bank will be able to distribute an additional 41,500 meals to individuals and families struggling with hunger.”

The full-day conference brought together more than 300 professionals from across the mid-Atlantic region for presentations related to the “Your Life, Your Success” theme. Speakers included Doreen Dove, an image consultant who shared ideas for getting “your ask in gear;” Joanne L. Smikle, Ph.D. who offered insights on connectivity; and keynote speaker and broadcaster Gerry Sandusky, who talked about remeasuring success, with the rallying cry to “Live Now!”

 At the conference, MBA also announced the following awards:

  • 2016 Achievement Award: Barbara Mulitz, Trust Officer, Sandy Spring Bank
  • 2016 Champion for Women Award: Michael L. Middleton, Executive Chairman, Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: Carissa L. Rodeheaver, Chairman, CEO & President, First United Bank & Trust
  • 2016 Achievement Honors: Debbie Abbott, Senior Vice President at The Bank of Delmarva; Ellen Fish, Executive Vice President at Hamilton Bank; Mary Pat Fleming, Senior Vice President/Senior Operations Officer at Revere Bank; Melissa Quirk, President & Chief Operating Officer at Provident State Bank; Lisa Rhodes, Vice President of Retail Support at The Columbia Bank; and Kathy Stevens, Vice President & Client Relationship Officer at Middletown Valley Bank

“We could not be prouder of our members who received these prestigious awards, in addition to the many dozens of Maryland’s banks who came together to make the food drive such a resounding success,” said MBA President and CEO Kathleen Murphy. “We applaud their commitment to their personal and professional goals while maintaining a focus on giving back to the communities in which they serve.”

Murphy says the event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors including

  • Bank of America
  • Capital One Bank
  • Chesapeake Bank of Maryland
  • CNB
  • Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • Damascus Community Bank
  • DBSI
  • Frederick County Bank
  • FHLBank Atlanta
  • First United Bank & Trust
  • M&T Bank
  • Queenstown Bank of Maryland
  • Sandy Spring Bank
  • The Columbia Bank
  • The Harbor Bank of Maryland
  • Thomas Compliance Associates, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank

For questions or additional information on the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance 2016 Annual Conference, visit, or contact Cindy Gentilcore at 443-837-1602 or by email at Please direct all media inquiries and requests to Kathy Walsh at 410-420-2001 or by email at

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