Founder & Executive Director
Mark was born and raised in Rhode Island. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Economics from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from college, he returned to Providence and worked at Communities for People, Inc. (CFP) where he was introduced to the nonprofit world as a shelter manager for their at-risk boys' residential program. After 5 years of working in the shelter, Mark moved to Baltimore, Maryland bringing his family's business along with him. As President of Barmon Inc. he grew the company substantially and gained great insight and experience with online marketing and sales. In late 2008, Mark wanted to get back into the nonprofit community and joined Baltimore Reads Inc. as Director of the Book Bank program. His goal was to reorganize the program and revitalize the book bank's mission of distributing free children's books, along with starting an online social enterprise book-selling program to help offset programmatic costs. This opportunity was a perfect combination of his interests in nonprofit work, business development, and helping children in need. In March 2014, Mark formed the Maryland Book Bank and acquired the book bank program from Baltimore Reads. The program continues today as a stand-alone, self-funded NPO and has seen even more growth as the local community has gathered behind the new organization.
Kim was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Human Services from Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. While a Junior at Stevenson, Kim was selected to take part in the competitive Walter Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program through UMBC. As a Sondheim intern, she completed an intensive summer program at the Book Bank, which included work site experience and professional development. Kim has a passion for public service and experience with a number of diverse populations. In addition to The Maryland Book Bank, she was worked and interned for several nonprofit organizations such as the Howard County Department of Human Services, Our Daily Bread, and ShareBaby. As Program Coordinator at The Maryland Book Bank, Kim has held integral roles in developing and expanding the Maryland Book Bank Ravens Bookmobile, Book Bank Membership, and Home Library Project.