Leadership

Staff

Matthew P. Lawlor

Matthew P. Lawlor

Executive Chair

Matt is responsible for strategy, financing and other executive functions. 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.

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Lawlor built Online Resources from concept to successful public company (Nasdaq: ORCC; acquired 2013). The firm pioneered outsourced online banking and payments, ultimately serving 15 million end-users for several thousand banks and bill payment clients.

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

Nathan S. Hamme

President

Nate is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of Ceca, including marketing, operations, product development, implementations, human resources and other Ceca operating activities. He has worked in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, focusing on issues of strategy, business development, technology, data analysis, and relationship management.

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Nate came to Ceca after more than seven years at Mobile Posse, a mobile marketing and application developer in McLean, VA., where he managed business development and revenue acquisition on behalf of some of the country’s leading wireless carriers. He also worked as a press and marketing assistant at an issue advocacy organization in Washington, DC and a writer/journalist for several different publishers in both online and print media.

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.

Michael Sapp

Michael Sapp

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.

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At Doctors Community Hospital, he was responsible for onboarding, reporting HCAHPS and Employee Engagement survey results. As Program Manager, he was in charge of promoting and operating the Ceca Award Program for staff, patients, and family members. Michael partnered early on with the Ceca Foundation and brings a unique perspective and knowledge of the ins and outs of running a successful engagement and recognition program. Mr. Sapp has a BS from the University of Maryland and is currently working on his MBA.

Michael spends his days off performing in an active cover band and enjoying time on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two daughters.

Michelle Sims

Michelle Sims

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.

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Previously, Michelle worked at a nonprofit in D.C., as well as higher education and for-profit small business in a variety of marketing and operations roles. She comes to the nonprofit sector with over 13 years of experience in marketing, graphic design, and business management. Michelle holds a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a Master of Arts (MA) in Philanthropy from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, both at Indiana University. Michelle also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

She currently lives in Maryland, and enjoys hiking, reading, or gardening in the great outdoors in her spare time.

Lori S. Stewart

Lori S. Stewart

Senior Advisor

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.

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An award-winning author, Ms. Stewart runs Palmar Press, a publisher of multi-generational books. Prior to her writing and non-profit work, Ms. Stewart spent over fifteen years in the investment banking arena serving with Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney in New York, and then went to Washington DC to serve as founding group member and key leader in the funding, development, launch and management of Online Resources, an internet banking, payments and e-finance application services’ company. Ms. Stewart has broad experience in general management, business development, fundraising, product/project and relationship management, strategic planning, research, marketing, training and communications. Ms. Stewart has a BA in Economics from Santa Clara University.

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.

Gabriella Rudy

Gabriella Rudy

Project Manager

Gabriella assists with marketing and operations at Ceca Foundation. She contributes her digital marketing experience from working at other healthcare related start-ups. Gabriella is from London but has been living in the US for 15 years. Gabriella holds a bachelor of science in cell and molecular biology and is currently pursuing a master of science in bioinformatics and molecular biochemistry at The George Washington University.

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Gabriella enjoys living in Washington, D.C. and spends her free time painting and teaching art therapy to underprivileged children.

Advisory Board

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

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.

Mourine Evans

Mourine Evans

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.

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

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.

Mary Ann Yancey

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.

Thomas Fonseca

Thomas Fonseca

Mr. Fonseca is founder and CEO of Decision Strategies, with a track-record of prior entrepreneurial success in building information-based and educational services companies.   He is also founder and CEO of The Fenwick Foundation, an operating charity that provides cost-free “out of the house” outings and other services for the aging, Veterans, the disabled, and caregivers.   Recently, Fenwick extended into providing dental care to older adults.  He holds a BS from the University of Albany, and an MPA from Albany’s School of Public Affairs.

Foundation Board

Matthew P. Lawlor

Matthew P. Lawlor

Co-Founder, Board Chair, CEO

Mr. Lawlor also serves on the Foundation’s Leadership Team (see above).

Rosemary K. Lawlor

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

John D. Lawlor

Director

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

Paul F. Lawlor

Director

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.

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