Steve Keener became Jubilee’s Executive Director in 2019. Keener, a former Jubilee Board member, comes to Jubilee from Special Olympics International where he currently serves as Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. and before that as an international trade attorney at King & Spalding’s Washington office. Keener is originally from Goshen, Indiana, and first became involved in disability services at Mennonite Disabilities Committee (now Goldenrod) in Goshen where he volunteered as a live-in caregiver. He holds a law degree from Notre Dame (Ind.) and Bachelor’s degree from Eastern University (St. Davids, Penn.)
Sakiru Salami, Director of Program Services, received his education both in Nigeria and United States. He is a graduate of Education specializing in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and later pursued interests in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. His professional career started in the public service sector in his native country, Nigeria working tirelessly as an administrator and was elected as a member of the State House of Assembly. He transitioned smoothly into the human service sector where he was able to effectively apply the skills and knowledge garnered in the public sector. Salami’s career in human services spans over 12 years working in different capacities such as residential counselor, house team leader, program manager and most recently as the director of program services at Jubilee Association of Maryland. As a change agent, he has been able to promote the culture and values of Jubilee amongst his colleagues as well as deploying best-fit motivational tools to make employees enthusiastic in being creative towards achieving set goals
Tigest Alemu, Director of Program Support Services, has worked for Jubilee for six years, three of those years as a Program Manager. Tigest has an MBA in health care management and a second in finance. She has been working in the field of developmental disability for over 10 years. For most of her career she has been working with the autism populations. Tigest is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Kennedy Krieger Institutions. She oversees Jubilee’s Reaching Out program.
Rolando Santiago joined as Jubilee’s new Director of Development in May, 2018. Rolando has a Ph.D in Educational Psychology & Statistics, he worked for seven years as Deputy Branch Chief and Evaluation Director of a children’s mental health program at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. During these seven years Rolando and his family lived in Silver Spring, attended Hyattsville Mennonite Church and he served on the Jubilee Association Board for five years. Rolando left this area to become the Executive Director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) where he worked for six years, coordinating fund raising efforts was a significant part of his responsibilities there. For the past seven years Rolando served as the Executive Director of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, where 25% of his time was spent on fund raising.
Eileen Foster has 30 years professional accounting and finance experience in a multitude of industries including: government contracting, manufacturing, audio visual services, transportation, legal and finally, her favorite… serving adults with developmental disabilities. Eileen has served as the Director of Accounting and Finance at Jubilee Association of Maryland, Inc. since 2010. In this capacity, Eileen manages the bookkeepers and all accounting functions including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and banking relationships. She is responsible for the federal and state required reporting such as Form 990, DDA cost reports, and personal property tax returns. She also prepares, analyzes, and monitors the annual operating budget, capital budget, and audit. Eileen produces and presents the monthly financial reports for the Board of Directors and serves on the Finance Committee, Directors Team, and Management Team. Eileen enjoys cooking and eating interesting cuisine, and decorating her new row house in Washington, D.C. Eileen’s talents include playing the ukulele, singing, springboard diving, and gymnastics.
Krista Ogburn, our Director of Human Resources since 2000, manages recruitment, retention, employee relations, staff development, employee wellness, and employee benefits. She started her career on the program side of our business before transitioning to HR in 1996. Krista is certified by the Society of Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She chairs the Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) Human Resources Network. She has contributed to several HR blogs including Women of HR and Toolbox for HR. Krista is passionate about working out, cooking healthy food, inflicting pictures of her dishes on her social media friends, growing her own organic produce, hiking, writing, traveling and spending time with her young adult son.
Barbara Schmidt, our Director of Administration since 2007, handles QA, maintenance, technology, purchasing, office management, and insurance. She has a B.S. in business management with a minor in information management systems from the University of Maryland and has held administrative/management positions as a government contractor, corporate staff director, and as a college staff administrator. She is married to Steve Schmidt, our Transportation Coordinator and they have a daughter who graduated from Villanova and now lives and works in Boston. Their son now attends Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She enjoys reading, traveling, and needlework. She and her son continue to root for the Steelers, as Pittsburgh is her hometown and his college town.
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