Board of Trustees

Board Members

Todd Yeary
The Rev. S. Todd Yeary, Ph.D. (Chair) is senior pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore. A third-generation preacher and church leader, Dr. Yeary is the fifth pastor in Douglas Memorial’s 88-year history. He is a sought-after speaker on a variety of public policy and leadership topics. Dr. Yeary holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Religion in Society and Personality from Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Dr. Yeary is an involved mentor of youth and young adults as well as a community activist. He serves on the boards of the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc. He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs. Dr. Yeary is in the process of writing two books, “The Black Church and HIV/AIDS,” and “Protecting Blackness: Faith, Pilgrimage and the Resilience of the African American Self.” He is married to the Rev. Rhonda S. Boozer-Yeary and is the father of three children.

Dr. Rosemary Gillett-Karam
Rosemary Gillett-Karam, Ph.D. (Vice Chairis professor and program director of the School of Education and Urban Studies for the Department of Advanced Studies at Morgan State University. She previously served as President of Louisburg College in North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Donald Gabriel
Dr. Donald A. Gabriel is a Senior Real Estate Analyst with Ivy League Financial Services of Baltimore. He had over 35 years experience in real estate analysis, mortgage banking, business management and education. He is a native of Baltimore City and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mosaic Community Services/Shephard Pratt and the Franciscan Center. In addition, he is a member of the Baltimore County Commission on Aging. He is currently the Treasurer and a Board Member of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Gabriel is a BCCC Alumni Association and Foundation Board Member. He was a former Adjunct Professor at the College and was honored as a BCCC Distinguished Alumnus in 2001. He has received various degrees and certificates from the Community College of Baltimore County, University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, Towson University, California Coast University, Goucher College and Johns Hopkins University. He specialized in business, law and nonprofit management.

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Owens Southall  
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Owens Southall  has a 20-year career with Coppin State University and is currently Dean of the Graduate Division of Coppin State University. She has also served as a professor of biology, assistant dean of Arts and Sciences and associate dean of Arts and Sciences. She received her B.S. in Biology from Coppin State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Owens Southall has earned multiple research achievements and is active in several committees and student activities including the commencement and recruitment committees, advisor to the Science Club and coordinator and faculty mentor to the NASA Scholars at Coppin State University. She is a resident of Baltimore.

Jay Hutchins
Jay Hutchins is Senior Advisor and Director of Government Affairs for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Prior to joining DLLR, Mr. Hutchins was vice president of policy development and government relations for the Greater Baltimore Committee. He was a presidential appointee to the United States Peace Corps during the Clinton Administration. Mr. Hutchins received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Winston-Salem State University and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

 Pamela Paulk  

 Pamela Paulk is senior vice president of Johns Hopkins International. Prior to her current position, she was the senior vice president for Human Resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is also an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches master’s level courses in Human Resources. Ms. Paulk earned a B.S. in Biology and Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Florida State University, and an MBA Johns Hopkins University.

Maria Harris Tildon
Maria Harris Tildon is senior vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) where she has also served as vice president of corporate communications and senior vice-president of external affairs. Prior to joining BCBS, Ms. Tildon served as deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs and other executive positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and her J.D. from American University, Washington School of Law.