Matthew P. Lawlor
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.
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
Chief Operating Officer
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 scalability, business development, technology, data analysis, and third party relationship management.
Mike 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, his passion for caregiving lead him to Doctors Community Hospital where he served as a Service Excellence Coordinator.
Volunteers and Admin
Torey Torey is responsible for management, recruitment and scheduling of volunteers, who serve on Ceca Award selection panels and attend Ceca Award ceremonies. Her professional career includes extensive experience in digital marketing, community partnerships, and donor and volunteer development.
Chris is responsible for the Foundation’s marketing programs, CecaTV content and its digital marketing initiative. He came to Ceca from 1105 Media, where he served as Senior Marketing Manager responsible for brand management in both digital and traditional marketing campaigns.
Lori S. Stewart
Lori is responsible for Ceca’s communications, including press coverage, market positioning and other outreach. She has extensive experience in both business and managing non-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 that engages in conservation through community enterprise.
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.
Mr. Edwards heads Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center (Arlington, VA), a 250-bed facility specializing in patients recovering from hip and knee replacement surgery, stroke, major injuries and illnesses. Mr. Edwards was instrumental in the founding of Ceca. Mr. Edwards holds a BS and MBA from Virginia Tech, and is an author.
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.