About the NMF


Advertising Committee

The Advertising Committee sells Festival Guide advertising each season.

  • Bob Emling, Chair 

Corporate Sponsorship Committee

The Corporate Sponsorship Committee seeks financial support from corporations and businesses.

  • W. Dorsey Hammond, Co-Chair
  • Laura Wade, Co-Chair
  • Joan Buffone
  • Bob Emling
  • Caitlin Patton
  • Sandy Ryon

Development Committee

The Development Committee handles all fundraising except business and corporate support. The Development Committee plans the annual gala, annual appeal letter, and all other development activities.

  • Mary Anne Shea Reynolds, Co-Chair
  • Laura Wade, Co-Chair
  • Diane Kalter
  • Caitlin Patton
  • Sandy Ryon

Grants Sub-Committee

This is a sub-committee of the Development Committee, and handles grant research and writing for all OuterArts Maryland programs.

  • Joan Buffone, Chair
  • Caitlin Patton
  • Michael Sawzin
  • Pamela White

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee helps the Board of Directors oversee the financial health of the organization.

  • Elizabeth Gross, Chair
  • J. Kirk Wade

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee provides snacks for musicians as well as food, flowers and decorations for Festival parties and receptions.

  • Bruce Hartwig, Co-Chair
  • Bonnie Keating, Co-Chair
  • Maryceleste Alexander
  • Barbara Brown
  • Bruce Brown
  • Frank Creegan
  • Pat Diedrichs
  • Suzanne Fisher
  • Bob Fox
  • Holly Geddes
  • Connie Hartwig
  • Suzanne Kastendike
  • Margo Long
  • Ralph Morgan
  • Vida Morley
  • Debbie Nevins
  • Beth Ostrander
  • John Ostrander
  • Rita Premo
  • Alice Ritchie
  • Phyllis Roberts
  • Kurt Smith
  • Stephanie Spangler
  • Linda Verbeck

Housing Committee

The Housing Committee recruits local families to host musicians.

  • Debbie Nevins, Chair
  • Sandra Bjork
  • Sally Borghardt
  • Margie Elsberg
  • Robin Emling
  • Elizabeth Gross
  • Laura Wade

Marketing Committee

All marketing and publicity activities are the domain of the Marketing Committee, including printed materials such as brochures and posters, press releases, advertising and more.

  • Robert Johnson, Chair
  • Margie Elsberg
  • Bob Emling
  • Caitlin Patton
  • Sandy Ryon
  • Lolli Sherry
  • Barbara Vann

Youth Programming Committee

The Youth Programming Committee supports the Fiddlesticks! Youth Strings Program and other youth and community programming.

  • Caitlin Patton, Co-Chair
  • Michael Sawzin, Co-Chair
  • Joan Buffone
  • Jane Jewell
  • Sue Matthews