Nathan S. Hamme
Nate is President of Ceca Foundation, with chief executive responsibilities for the Foundation. He has extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-for-profit sectors, focusing on business strategy, development, relationship management, partnerships, operating scale and data analysis. In addition to his experience in mobile products and technology, Nate has been a consistent voice for the power of employee recognition to drive engagement and retention in the healthcare industry.
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 is the Director of Marketing for Ceca Foundation. In her role, she oversees the marketing and communications activities for the organization, at both high-level strategic and in-depth program levels. She is a core part of the team that manages the Ceca Award programs for healthcare partners, providing marketing expertise and guidance to encourage program growth and community engagement. She comes to the nonprofit sector with over 15 years of experience in marketing, graphic design, business management, and operations.
She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids and loveable pup, and enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, reading, and being creative 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 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.
Molly Dworken Herman
Senior Advisor, Mission Development
Molly has been a senior service professional for over 20 years. Her career began in nursing homes while in college at the George Washington University. She continues to grow her skills in business development, marketing, sales, and public/private partnerships for a variety of organizations ranging from senior housing entities, national nonprofits, and software companies that have a focus in senior living.
Lori S. Stewart
Senior Advisor and Board Secretary
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.
Michele Y. Shapiro
Senior Operating Advisor, Development
Michele assists with project management and research for Ceca’s major donor initiative. Michele has 20+ years of experience in development. She started her career with The Commonwealth Fund evaluating grant proposals. Michele later oversaw project development at Greater New York Hospital Foundation, which led to her founding of Good Giving Advisors. She holds a BA from Brandeis and Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.
Senior Marketing Advisor, Development
Tricia assists with marketing strategy and implementation of Ceca’s capital campaign. Over her 20-year career, Tricia has advised national, cultural, religious and community-oriented programs on improving their institutional advancement. Favorite positions include the Miss America Organization (DC), the largest provider of scholarships for women, and Pontifical North American College in Rome. She holds a bachelors in financial management from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Senior Advisor, Program Development
Lou is a professional healthcare executive with over 35 years of industry experience. During his corporate career, he served in a number of senior management positions and ended his career as a corporate officer with a Fortune 500 device company. Among his significant accomplishments was helping to develop and launch the first to market group of instruments to perform laparoscopic surgery.
Board of Directors
Ceca benefits from an independent Board of Directors. As a best practice, the Board reviews all key strategy, product, financing, risk management, marketing and policy decisions.
Matthew P. Lawlor
Co-Founder and Executive Chair
Mr. Lawlor focuses on our Board leadership, strategy, and Ceca’s financial sustainability initiative. He was recently honored as a “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH). For 20 years prior to Ceca, he built Online Resources from concept to a successful public company (Nasdaq: ORCC; acquired 2013). The firm pioneered outsourced web-based banking and processed $100 billion per year on its patented real-time payments platform. Matt holds a BSME from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard.
Rosemary K. Lawlor
Co-Founder and Director
Aside from her board duties, Mrs. Lawlor is an active volunteer in selecting Ceca Award honorees, benefited by her experience as primary caregiver for an Alzheimer patient. She is active in community education programs and named Northern Virginia Volunteer of the Year for her work with Head Start. She was a schoolteacher and principal for 10 years. She ended her professional career as a senior marketing executive with Xerox. Rosemary holds a BA from Dumbarton College of the Holy Cross and a MS in Education from George Mason University.
Ms. Evans is the Program Director for Conway Nursing Pathway Program at Children’s National Hospital helping aspiring nurses establish rewarding careers in pediatric nursing. She was previously Chief Nursing Officer of Providence Health and served in a variety of clinical leadership positions with Children’s National, Hospital for Sick Children, Howard University, and DC General hospitals. She holds a Nursing degree from the University of West Indies, a BSN from the University of the District of Columbia, a MS from the University of Maryland, and has completed her doctoral course work.
Mr. Erwin is a healthcare system executive with 40 years of multi-disciplinary leadership experience. Duane recently served as EVP Operations at the 11,000-employee Baptist Health System of Arkansas. After starting his career as an attorney, his interest turned to hospital marketing, then to strategy. He later served as a CEO or COO for five hospitals. Duane holds a BA from Kent State, a JD from Duquesne School of Law, and was a Fellow at American College of Healthcare Executives.
Thomas P. Ferry
Dr. Ferry is the former CEO of Nemours-Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, DE). Over his 31 years of leadership, he transformed the hospital into a nationally-recognized full-service pediatric teaching hospital. He is a long-time advocate of caregiver recognition and ran a formal recognition program during his years at Nemours. He continues to be active in telemedicine. He is Ceca’s longest standing independent Board member. Dr. Ferry holds a BS from the University of Maryland, and a masters and a doctorate from George Washington University.
Mr. Grenaldo has 35 years of experience in healthcare executive leadership. He recently served as President of Doctors Community Hospital (Lanham, MD), which was The Joint Commission’s top performer on key quality core measures for three consecutive years. Previously, Paul served as Chief Operating Officer of Providence Hospital (Washington, DC), a 400-bed hospital with a nationally recognized prenatal care program. He holds a BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Miami.
Mr. Gordon is Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors (non-voting). He is Co-Founder and CEO of CC Pace, a leading information technology and software development firm based in Fairfax, VA. CC Pace is contractor to Ceca advising on product design and the development the Ceca Award platform, the CecaTV network, and underlying systems infrastructure. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, serves on a host of nonprofit boards, and is active with George Mason University’s entrepreneurial program.