Education Foundation Announces Advisory Board


The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural Advisory Board. The Foundation was formed in October of 2016 in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community FoundationIts mission is to engage and utilize community resources to provide Talbot County Public Schools students and teachers with otherwise unavailable enrichment opportunities that will enhance the TCPS educational experience and produce exceptional graduates. The Advisory Board includes the following distinguished members of our community, who share a commitment to supporting quality public education in Talbot County.

The TCPS Education Foundation Announces its first Advisory Board. L-R: F. Graham Lee; Rebecca Firth, Ph.D.; JoAnn Asparagus Murray; Juanita Hopkins; Richard Marks; Victoria Gomez Lozano; Patrick Fitzgerald, Chair; David Short; Laura P.Heikes, Vice Chair.

Rebecca Firth, Ph.D.
Former TCPS Parent
Retired Teacher and Learning Specialist

Patrick Fitzgerald, Chair
TCPS Alumnus
Partner, Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.

Laura P. Heikes, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President
Government and Community Relations Officer
Shore United Bank

Juanita Hopkins
TCPS alumnus and former parent
Talbot County Board of Education Member

Susan Langfitt
TCPS Parent
Community Volunteer
Non-Profit Development Professional

F. Graham Lee
Former TCPS Parent
Vice President for Philanthropy, Shore Regional Health

Victoria Gomez Lozano
TCPS Parent
Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center

Richard Marks
Chief Executive Officer, Arbre Group Holding Corp.

JoAnn Asparagus Murray
Former TCPS Parent
Former Talbot County Board of Education Member
Magistrate, Caroline County Circuit Court

David Short, CPA
TCPS Parent
Former TCPS Board Member and PTO President
Managing Partner, Weaver Mavity Short Associates, LLC

Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald, Chair of the Advisory Board, addressed TCPS Employees at their Opening Day Celebration in August.   “I’m a product of Talbot County Public Schools, and I know the impact the school system had in shaping my future,” said Fitzgerald.  “I also know that providing high quality public education is vital to the sustainability and prosperity of our community, both now and in the future.”

Mr. Fitzgerald also outlined the accomplishments made by the Education Foundation since it was formed last fall.  This includes establishing the partnership with Mid-Shore Community Foundation, conducting a first “Year-End Appeal,” forming committees, launching the Honor A Teacher program, conducting a staff survey, and developing a grant application process.  To date, the Foundation has raised a total of $88,000, of which $77,000 are endowed funds, which will provide long term stability for the foundation and TCPS.

To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at or feel free to reach out to a member of the Advisory Board.

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