Our Staff

CFHoCo has long been recognized for the expertise of its staff. In speeches, panel discussions, task forces and other forms of communication, our in-house authorities regularly explore the community’s most critical issues through the lens of their deep knowledge, diverse experiences and innovative ideas.


BWS_WEB-smallBeverly White-Seals

President & CEO

Beverly manages the Foundation, its programs and projects including community relations, staffing, fundraising, grant-making, overseeing investment portfolios and donor relations. Beverly served as an attorney in the legal division of the Rouse Company for 20 years, followed by positions as of counsel with Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, as assistant general counsel for General Growth Properties and as the director of workforce diversity for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Her community service includes co-chairing Howard County General Hospital’s capital campaign, which raised $30 million toward the hospital’s expansion and renovation, as well as chairing the Johns Hopkins Health System Community Needs Assessment Council. Beverly is a past trustee and past board chair for Howard County General Hospital, founder and co-chair of the hospital’s community relations council. She also served as a trustee on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine. She currently is a trustee with the boards of Heifetz International Music Institute, the Inner Arbor Trust and the Columbia 50th birthday celebration.

Among her honors, Beverly was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame and received a citation from Sen. Barbara Mikulski for her efforts on behalf of the state of Maryland. She also received the Governor’s Award for her efforts on behalf of residents of Howard County and was recognized as a “Healthcare Hero” by the Daily Record.

Beverly earned her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in New York City and received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. She and her husband Jerry have lived in Columbia since 1979.



alestner headshotAllyson Lestner

Vice President and Director of Development

Allyson works on developing relationships and resources in the community and connect philanthropic passions with the community’s needs.

She brings nearly 10 years of experience in relationship building, fundraising, stewardship and networking. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Allyson directed major gifts for the College of Health Professions at Towson University. In her position, she developed a three-year strategic fundraising plan, strengthened relationships and worked with donors to provide scholarships and funding for projects with little or no state funding.

Previously, Allyson was assistant vice president for leadership giving for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She managed $22 million of the organization’s $30-million annual giving campaign. She also held other positions at The Associated including director of leadership giving and associate with the annual campaign.

Allyson earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication at Towson University. She lives in Finksburg.



TLK_WEB-smallTracy Locke-Kitt

Program Officer

Tracy is responsible for the Foundation’s scholarship and grant-making programs; developing relationships with grantees, partners and donors and anticipating and responding to community needs and outreach programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tracy worked for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, managing the digital distribution fund that provides funding assistance for the federally mandated transition from analog to digital broadcasting. She also has worked for the Council on Foundations, where she implemented the National Standards for Community Foundations program. A graduate of California State University-Long Beach, Tracy lives in Columbia.



Irene Charalambous

Office Administrator

Irene is responsible for working with the president and staff to accomplish the Foundation’s mission by ensuring the accurate and efficient management of internal operations. Duties include computer and records management, correspondence, marketing support and general office management. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Irene worked at Oracle Corporation, and was also a freelance web designer. She currently lives in Columbia, Maryland with her husband and two children.