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Meet the Board – Emily's Gift Scholarship
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Meet the Board

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RYAN GEIGER

In his spare time, Ryan has spent over 25 years performing in theater and vocal performance at various college, community, and professional venues, 10+ in the Baltimore metropolitan area. He has participated in over 100 shows, concerts, and cabarets in his career. However, Ryan’s day job is as a Senior Designer at Brown, Craig, and Turner Architects, where he is a design leader in the Multi-Family Studio. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture in 1999 and his Master’s degree in Architecture in 2001 from the University of Maryland, College Park, even though he contemplated attending the Peabody Conservatory for Vocal Performance and the Carnegie-Mellon College of Fine Arts. It was through his performance life that he met and befriended Emily in their first show together, Anything Goes. Through the years, he performed with Emily on numerous occasions, and while he loved working with her on stage, he will never forget their friendship as theater and Star Wars nerds.

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JONATHAN HELFMAN

Born and raised in Metuchen, NJ, Jonathan attended the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating with degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology. He decided to skip law school to pursue a career in Advertising. Starting as a Creative Department Intern and advancing to Junior Copywriter, Jonathan worked on many high-profile advertising campaigns (Nissan, Infiniti, Apple, PlayStation, Taco Bell, Absolut Vodka, YMCA of America). From 1999 to 2006, he worked at several advertising firms (Abramson Labus Van De Velde, Arnold, Doner, Eisner Communications, and Eisner Underground) on brands including GEICO, The Washington Capitals, WHUR Radio, Red Hot & Blue, Progressive Auto Insurance, Mazda, ADT, Blockbuster Video, US Airways, The Maryland Lottery, AMF Bowling, and General Motors. In 2006, Jonathan, along with three partners, launched Exit10 Advertising. Clients include CSX Transportation, American Portfolios, Abbott Laboratories, Harbor East, Berkley Insurance, AutoBahn Indoor Speedway, Bozzuto, Camps Airy & Louise, Toyota Racing Development, Furniture Row Racing, Gaunt Brothers Racing, Erik Jones Racing, Kurt Busch Inc., and INDYCAR. With his business partner, Jonathan currently owns and operates Exit10 Advertising from offices in the Camden Yards Warehouse. He resides in Ellicott City, MD with his wife Angela and their two daughters, Andrea and Emma.

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JAY HERZOG

Jay is a professor of Lighting and Sound Design in the Department of Theater Arts at Towson University. Although he didn’t know Emily Biondi personally, many of his friends and students in the community did. In 2015, Jay had a liver transplant from a living donor. Since then, he has served as a Donate Life Ambassador and as a member of TRIO Maryland as well as on its Board of Directors.

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LATRICE PRICE

Latrice is the Community Outreach Coordinator at The Living Legacy Foundation Maryland. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, she educates the community about the importance of being an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Since 2004, she has served as Manager of Team Maryland, a group of transplant recipients who compete in Olympic-style games every two years. She is a past president of the Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services and currently serves on a number of national committees for organ, eye, and tissue donation.

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LISA SHARPE

Lisa is a versatile professional writer and editor with senior-level experience in technical writing, research, and creative nonfiction. At the age of five, Lisa perched herself on the windowsill of her childhood bedroom and began belting “Maybe” from Annie to her unsuspecting neighbors over the hum of their lawnmowers. Later, she started performing musical theater in a more-official capacity, which is how her path first crossed with Emily Biondi’s in 2012. While in Fiddler on the Roof together the following summer, Emily and Lisa bonded over having fathers named Norman, LaDuca dance boots, hideous dancer feet, a shared love of proper grammar, and the Jodi Arias trial.

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KATHERINE SHELDON

During the day, Katie works at Johns Hopkins Bayview as a Senior Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Outside of work, she can be found performing onstage at various local community theaters or choreographing musicals at local high schools.