Meet the advisory board and staff that are inspiring Baltimore's young people to find their paths to success!

NFTE Baltimore Advisory Board

Eric Abel (Advisory Board Chair)
Managing Director, CFO
ValStone Partners, LLC

Steven Canaras
Partner, Assurance Services

Dean DiMattia
Principal- Business Advisor
The CFO Advisory 

Joseph Farrell
Director of Marketing

Keenan Geter (Alumnus)
Founder & CEO
Young Men With POWER

R. Todd Lazenby
Managing Partner
Victory Partners, LLC
Royal Ascot Partners, LLC

Brian S. Meritt

Joy Thomas Moore
JWS Media

William H.(Hassan) Murphy, III
Managing Partner
Muphy, Falcon & Murphy

Christopher Nixon
Assistant Vice President
PNC Bank

Roland Shelley
Retired BCPSS Principal

Michael Thomas
Executive Director, Office of Learning to Work
Baltimore City Public Schools

Frank R. van Vliet
Executive in Residence
University of Baltimore

Christina D. Weigand
Director, AoE Services

NFTE Baltimore Staff

Tricia Granata-Eisner, Executive Director
Patricia Granata Eisner has been the Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, NFTE Baltimore for nine years. Tricia started with the NFTE DC office in 2002 to serve schools in what was then the Baltimore "expansion region." She excelled in that role and took on leadership becoming the Executive Director of Baltimore as it became a stand-alone program office. In July 2012, Tricia took over as Executive Director of NFTE DC Region. Tricia came to NFTE after eight years as the Program Director for the Erickson Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose focus is education and the care of senior citizens. Patricia was a first grade teacher for four years in Baltimore City and graduated from Loyola College with a degree in English and Writing. She has a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Curriculum and Instruction and completed a second Masters at the University of Baltimore in Publications and Design. Her concentration was Creative Writing. In addition to her work at NFTE she has been a freelance writer with articles that have appeared locally and nationally.

Dawn Edwards, Development Director
Dawn Edwards joined the staff of the NFTE Baltimore office, as Director of Development in March 2013. In her position, Dawn is responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for the program office. She has more than 13 year of development and communications experience in the nonprofit sector. Previously, she served as Managing Director, Development for Maryland Nonprofits. As such, she worked with the CEO and board to grow revenue and to develop long-term relationships with foundation and corporate funders. Dawn also held development positions at BoardSource, where she had increasing responsibility for the development and oversight of a diversified fund development program, and she served the Director of Communications for AIDS Delaware, where she coordinated marketing and communications efforts. Dawn earned a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and a M.P.A. from the University of Delaware.

Darlene Ajayi, Senior Program Director
Darlene Ajayi has a deep personal commitment to education and economic empowerment, and is a well-respected education and small business development specialist. She is a firm believer in preparing students to “make a job” instead of “preparing them to get a job.” Prior to joining NFTE Baltimore, Darlene was employed by the United Stat es Information Service and the Institute for International Education, and served as the educational adviser to the US Consulate in Kaduna, Nigeria, promoting higher education opportunities in the United States. She has been recognized by NFTE as an Employee of the Year (2008) , and Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year (2003); and has received recognition from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Department of Education, National Council on Economic Education and a host of other educational and civic organization for her dedication and commitment to youth empowerment. Darlene holds an undergraduate degree in business and public administration from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Johns Hopkins University.