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 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 Marketing
Michelle Stewart 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. 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 15 years of experience in marketing, graphic design, and business management.
She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three kids and enjoys most outdoor activities, cooking, reading, and being creative in her spare time.
Michele Y. Shapiro
Senior Advisor For Development
Ms. Shapiro assists with Ceca’s major donor initiative. Michele has 20+ years’ 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 founding Good Giving Advisors. She holds a BA from Brandeis and a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
After co-founding Ceca and serving as chief executive, Matt now focuses on Ceca’s Board leadership, strategy and financial sustainability as a nonprofit. In recognition of the Foundation’s innovative services, 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, Lawlor built Online Resources from concept to successful public company (Nasdaq: ORCC; acquired 2013). The firm pioneered outsourced web-based banking and processed over $50 billion per year on its patented bill payments platform. Matt holds a BSME from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard.
Matt got his start in 1970 with RCA Corporation. He served as project engineer of recording systems for NASA’s Earth Resources Technology Satellite, a precursor of modern weather, navigation and intelligence satellites. After completing graduate business school, he joined Chemical Bank – then the nation’s 6th largest bank, where he last headed its international equity investment firm.
Matt moved to Washington DC in 1980 to serve in the White House under Presidents Carter and Reagan as a Presidential Exchange Executive (non-political appointee). He played a key role in the 1981 Presidential Transition and with OMB. After his public service, Mr. Lawlor formed US Multitrade, noted for early-stage venture capital financing of RSA Security Dynamics and other technology firms.
In 1989, he founded Online Resources Corporation, which he led for 20 years. The firm served several thousand banks and commercial billers, with 15 million consumer end-users. Under Matt’s leadership, the firm was widely recognized for its innovative services, and consistently named as one of the fastest growing publicly-held technology companies in the nation.
After retiring from Online Resources, Matt and his spouse Rosemary focused on their family’s caregiving needs and a variety of volunteer activities supporting those who are disadvantaged. This led to their founding of Ceca in 2013. Some of Ceca’s operating methods and recognition techniques were modeled after Online Resources, and later substantially improved and customized for health caregivers by Ceca. Matt denies retirement, plays lousy golf, but loves devoting his full-time with Ceca as a volunteer.
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.
Michael 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. Mr. Gordon is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and serves on a variety of non-profit boards.
Rosemary K. Lawlor
Co-Founder and Director
Rosemary is co-founder of Ceca Foundation. She is active community and support programs, and was primary caregiver for an Alzheimer patient. Rosemary was named Volunteer of the Year for her work with Head Start. She was teacher and a principal for 10 years, and worked with Xerox Corporation. She holds a BA from Dumbarton College of the Holy Cross and a MS in Education from George Mason.
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 System and has served in a variety of clinical leadership positions with Children’s National, Hospital for Sick Children, Howard University and DC General hospitals. Ms. 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 completed doctoral course work in education leadership at 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.