Jeanette Middleton-Sudano accepted the position of Executive Director in May of 2015. Jeanette has been a volunteer with GBLL since the late 1990's, has served as an advisory-board member, a transition-team member and leader of the charity’s bingo fundraisers, toiletry drives and shelter luncheons. Jeanette is actively involved in St. John’s the Evangelist Church in Severna Park with Pastoral Council and Youth Ministry activities. She is a past leader of St. Martin’s in the Field’s Boy Scout Troop and Venture Crew Advisor and still helps out when needed. Jeanette is married, has three children and is a long term resident of Severna Park. Jeanette’s generous and giving spirit, along with her keen organizational and people skills, are exactly the ingredients that combine to make a successful leader of an organization such as GBLL.
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Sandi Dlugonski is in her 24th year as a Catholic School elementary teacher. It is through this vocation that she began her involvement in GBLL almost 10 years ago. As a 4th grade teacher at School of the Incarnation, Sandi coordinates the efforts for the students to make donations, pack 1000 backpacks and most importantly, make deliveries to the homeless on Christmas Eve. Sandi became an advisory board member 8 years ago and has now become an Executive board member in the hopes of helping other schools to participate as Incarnation does. She is very proud to know that when you ask an Incarnation student about Christmas, the first thing they will talk about is the backpack program and spending Christmas Eve meeting new friends at the shelters.
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Rob Miller is a Computer Security Engineer for the MITRE Corporation. He and his family have been volunteering with GBLL since 2007. They started by sponsoring backpacks through the School of the Incarnation and have been getting more involved every year. The Miller family's Christmas Eve tradition is to jump into a U-Haul to deliver items and cheer to those in Baltimore. They enjoy connecting with others in need. Rob started as a sorter and truck captain, then became a shelter coordinator, and is now on the Executive Board as the Farmers Market Collections Coordinator.
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Melissa has over a decade of experience in non-profit association management. She has been employed by and consulted for national non-profit organizations in the healthcare and first responder industries. Melissa is also a parent of a current and alum student of the School of the Incarnation where she found her passion for GBLL by supporting both her daughters’ passion for the organization. Melissa has steadily increased her participation in GBLL over the last six years. Melissa has been appointed to the GBLL Executive Board (Fall 2016) and will serve as the Shelter Coordinator.
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Angie Cunningham joins us with an extensive history of serving the community and knowledge of accounting practices. She is a very active member and volunteer of the St John the Evangelist Parish community, including serving as a core leader for the middle school Edge program and on the Hospitality committee for Walking with Purpose. She is a tutor for the St John Paul II Tutorial in Severna Park after homeschooling her own children through high-school. She has tutored within various local homeschool communities for the past several years. She was a unit leader and Treasurer for the American Heritage Girls Troop in Laurel, MD for the last 5 years. Her financial background comes from her Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University and subsequent California CPA licensing. Angie is responsible for tracking donations and expenditures, issuing donation acknowledgements and reporting on the financial status of the organization. Angie is proud to be a retired Navy wife. She and her family are excited to be part of the GBLL family and look forward to another year helping out and promoting efforts towards this wonderful program.
GBLL also has an Advisory Board made up of our key volunteers who oversee specific operations associated with the Holiday Drive. These members are as follows:
Nearly everyone involved in homeless services knew the late Linda Greenberg, the petite energetic woman and philanthropist who founded the Holiday Drive for the Homeless and ran Thanksgiving Dinners at Camp Letts for years in Anne Arundel County, Md.
Born in Pittsburgh, Linda described an “ideal” childhood. “My father always taught me, if you have more than you need, give it away,” she explained. On a winter trip to Washington, D.C., with her mother, Greenberg remembered seeing a homeless man trying to stay warm. Her mother asked her to give the man her coat. “For the first time I was cold,” she said. “It made a profound impression.”
Greenberg moved with her mother and sister to New York, and then to Baltimore when she was 22. She attended the University of Miami and American University, and finally studied in Mexico City. She and David were married in 1972 and then moved to a small farm in Crownsville, Md. They lived there 36 years, relocating to Delray Beach, Fl., in 2008. David ran Greenberg Jewelers in Brooklyn Park, Md., and Linda raised their two sons, Marc and Cory, along with countless domestic and exotic animals.
Over the years Linda took significant leadership roles with the American Heart Association, The National Society of Jewish Women, and the Kidney Foundation. Her recognitions included awards such as Maryland Governor's Volunteer of the Year, Annapolis Junior League's Women Who Make a Difference, and "Maryland Y's Woman of the Year.
Her homeless ministry began when her sons were five and six years old. She remembered watching a program about a child who had his own ministry, and thought about everything she had. “I was filled with guilt. I said, ‘It's not fair that I have this.’ That day my life changed drastically,” she admitted.
At first, Giving Back consisted of the Greenberg family collecting blankets or bag lunches, and spending a day handing them out to the homeless in Baltimore.
As the boys grew older, they took their hockey teammates along, and the word spread. Marc Greenberg describes his mother as a “sort of Santa Claus,” stating, “She really cared about people. Ever since we were little, she instilled that in us.”
Cory Greenberg remembers watching his mother give her own hat, gloves and coat to a homeless person. Meeting the homeless men, women and children motivated him to give back as well. “It's very fulfilling,” he said. “It made me want to give back even more.”
That was one of Linda's primary goals… “That's the whole idea, to get the children inspired; what I want to leave with this whole thing is that you have got to communicate with your children,” she said.
Greenberg passed along the leadership of the homeless organization when she moved to Florida, but continued to faithfully fly back to Maryland year for the annual Holiday Homeless Drive in December. Subsequently the charity was renamed Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy in her honor.
Linda’s most recent effort is a mission called 4 Uganda. “Of course we have tremendous needs here, and we need to help,” she said referring to the disadvantaged in the Baltimore, D.C., and Anne Arundel County area, “But the children in Uganda are the poorest of the poor,” she said. 4 Uganda started in 2007 after she survived a traumatic car accident in Florida. “It was a miracle,” she said.
Philanthropy is a gift that her parents gave her, David Greenberg explained. The Greenberg farmhouse was filled with mementos from their travels, from Africa to Russia, and summer vacations in Jamaica. But Linda did not talk about her travels. “They're not important,” she said, “The only way to really have happiness is to give back. It's a legacy to be proud of. It goes back to the idea that in God's eyes we’re all the same… there but for the grace of God go I.”
Linda S. Greenberg, passed away suddenly on October 23, 2015, in Delray Beach Fl., at the age of 72. Linda was the beloved wife of David for 43 years; the devoted mother of Cory (Nicole) Greenberg and Marc (Nicole) Greenberg; the cherished grandmother of Sabrina, Jayde, and Gwenyth; and the dear sister of Ellen Reiner. In keeping with her spirit of giving, Linda’s family requested that memorial contributions be sent to Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy.