Matthew P. Lawlor
Matt is Founder, former CEO and currently Executive Chair of Ceca Foundation, a full-time voluntary position focusing on Ceca’s scale-up and sustainability. He built his career around new ideas, and the development of organizations to scale and achieve innovation’s promise.
Mr. Lawlor has long served the disabled, ranging from hands-on patient volunteer to board financial adviser. He modeled Ceca’s peer-to-peer recognition program after that of Online Resources Corporation, a firm he co-founded in 1989 and led as Chair and CEO for 20 years.
Lawlor previously served as an executive with Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase), US Multitrade (founder, venture capital) and RCA Corp. (project engineer, NASA’s Earth Resources Technology Satellite).
He served in the White House (1980-81) as a Presidential Exchange Executive, and remains active in public policy matters with American Business Conference (ABC) and Business Executives for National Security (BENS).
Mr. Lawlor holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nathan S. Hamme
Nate is President of Ceca Foundation, responsible for executive and operating management of the Foundation. He has extensive experience in mobile products and technology. Nate has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit it sectors, focusing on business development, technology, relationship management, operating scale and data analysis.
In his free time, Nate loves to travel, spend time with friends and family, or just reminisce about his glory days as Captain of his high school varsity basketball team.
Director of Marketing
Michelle Sims is the Director of Marketing for Ceca Foundation. In her role, she oversees the marketing and communications activities in the organization relating to programs, initiatives, and events. She is a core part of the team that runs the Ceca Award program, providing marketing expertise and guidance to the program to encourage program growth and community engagement. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Michelle relocated to the D.C.-area in 2014 to pursue a career in nonprofits.
She currently lives in Maryland, and enjoys hiking, reading, or gardening in the great outdoors in her spare time.
Director of Operations
Michael is responsible for Ceca’s operations, on-boarding new healthcare partners, and its proprietary CecaTV network. He started his career with Marriott International in 1994. As a hotel manager, he found his passion for employee engagement and recognition. He believes engaged employees are the key to customer/patient satisfaction. Although Michael enjoyed creating more than a decade of positive experiences for both staff and customers of the hotel industry, in 2009, his passion for caregiving lead him to Doctors Community Hospital.
Michael spends his days off performing in an active cover band and enjoying time on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two daughters.
Director of Relationships
Hanna manages Ceca’s healthcare partner engagement and training for new skilled nursing facility and senior living partnerships. She previously served as the Director of Partnerships for the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. Hanna holds a BA from University of Wisconsin and a MA from King’s College (London).
Director of Accounts
Erin is responsible for managing Ceca’s ongoing relationships and training new hospital and corporate partners. She previously served as a Corporate Account Manager at the National 4-H Council. Erin holds a BA from University of Maryland and MA in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Johns Hopkins.
Lori S. Stewart
Lori serves in an advisor to Ceca’s on a range of issues including marketing, fundraising and other outreach. She has extensive experience in both business and managing non-other profit organizations. She served in senior marketing positions with Lehman, Smith Barney and Online Resources. In 2001, she founded AFTA Associates, a wildlife conservation organization to promote conservation through community enterprise.
In her free time, she serves on the Advisory Boards of the Read To Me Project, and The Ocean Candidates’ Forum, and enjoys skiing, tennis, yoga, hiking the Big Sur coast with her famous rescue dogs, reading, writing and travel.
Ceca benefits from an independent Board of Advisors which has guided the Foundation through its development and expansion phases. As a best practice, the Advisory Board reviews all key strategy, product, financing, risk management, marketing and policy decisions.
Thomas P. Ferry
Mr. Ferry is the former CEO of Nemours-Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, DE). Over his 31 years of leadership, Dr. Ferry transformed the hospital into a nationally-recognized full-service pediatric teaching hospital. He is a long-time advocate of caregiver recognition. Dr. Ferry holds a BS from the University of Maryland, and a masters and a doctorate from George Washington University.
Ms. Evans is Chief Nursing Officer of Providence Health System, a leading acute healthcare provider affiliated with Ascension Health. She has also served in a variety of clinical leadership positions with Children’s National, Hospital for Sick Children, Howard University and DC General hospitals. She is well recognized for leadership and innovation. Dr. Evans holds a Nursing degree from the University of West Indies, a BSN from the University of the District of Columbia, an MS from the University of Maryland, and an EdD from the University of Phoenix.
Mary Ann Yancey
Ms. Yancey is a Clinical and Research Nurse with 20 years’ experience. She has served with the National Cancer Institute as Senior Nurse Specialist. Mrs. Yancey also practiced clinically at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and the National Naval Medical Center. She also served with the FDA and with the Peace Corps in Africa. She holds a BS from Boston College and an MS in Nursing from George Mason.
Michael Gordon is co-founder and CEO of CC Pace, a leading information technology and software development firm based in Fairfax, VA. CC Pace serves as an outside contractor for Ceca (Mr. Gordon is an ex-officio member of Ceca’s Advisory Board). He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and serves on a variety of non-profit boards.
Matthew P. Lawlor
Co-Founder, Board Chair, CEO
Mr. Lawlor also serves on the Foundation’s Leadership Team (see above).
Rosemary K. Lawlor
Co-Founder, Director and Board Secretary
Mrs. Lawlor has been primary caregiver for an elderly family Alzheimer patient. She is active in several family support programs. In 2012, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Northern Virginia Family Services for her work with Head Start. She was a teacher and a principal for 10 years, and worked with Xerox Corporation.
John D. Lawlor
Mr. Lawlor works with Google, Inc. specializing on information technology recruiting. He previously served with Aspen Heights (an Austin, TX real estate firm), Apex Systems (a large recruiting firm operating nationally), and was founder of Stone Street Staffing, a New York-based recruiter focusing on information technology and corporate services.
Paul F. Lawlor
Mr. Lawlor is founder and owner of Voomx, LLC (Roanoke, VA), a specialty lacrosse retail sales and merchandise provider. The company provides VooMesh, a proprietary mesh used in lacrosse sticks, which is sold nationally. He specializes in the application of new technology and digital communications techniques.