Junior Achievement of Central Maryland LEADERSHIP
Jennifer Bodensiek – President & CEO
Kim Denis – Vice President of Operations
Kim's career at Junior Achievement spans 16 years and three offices. She began as an intern and part-time staff member at JA of Delaware before spending six years as a member of the JA of Greater Washington team, where among her many responsibilities, she ran all aspects of the Greater Washington Business Hall of Fame, an event that raises more than $1.5 million annually. Kim joined JA of Central Maryland in 2009. In this role, she oversees facility operations, IT management, and finances for the organization. She earned her B.S. in Communications from the University of Delaware and a Master's of Tourism Administration from George Washington University.
Jonaye Ford – Vice President of Education & Outreach
Jonaye has more than 20 years of senior management experience across a range of industries. Prior to joining JA in 2013, she served as director of operations and business development for the Y of Central Maryland, where she managed 41 before- and after-school programs. She previously worked at Educate Inc. (formerly a Sylvan Learning Systems Company), starting as executive director of in-school programs and ultimately becoming area manager of adult programs. In these roles, she provided oversight for initiatives related to No Child Left Behind, Welfare-to-Work, and At-Risk Youth Programs. At JA, Jonaye leads a staff of six and oversees the strategic direction for K-12 program implementation and volunteer engagement that annually impacts the lives of over 46,000 students in Central Maryland. Jonaye earned a B.A. in Public Administration from Virginia State University and currently serves on the Maryland State Department of Education Business Management Finance Advisory Council and the JA USA Diversity Council.
Aimee Adashek – Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Aimee Adashek brings over 25 years of experience strategically engaging the community in the work of non-profit organizations – as board members, funders, volunteers, advisors and ambassadors. In 2016 alone, she worked with volunteer leadership to achieve an aggressive financial target $3.4M from 61 corporate, foundation and government donors to support Light City, a festival of light and ideas. The event attracted over 400,000 attendees to Baltimore City, creating an economic impact of over $30M. In the weeks following Baltimore's civil unrest in 2015, Aimee raised $250K to create Art @ Work, a job training program for 75 city youth.
Aimee has served in volunteer leadership positions and as executive staff support to a total of 14 nonprofit boards representing education, the arts and urban planning. She has held prior executive positions at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Parks & People, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture. Aimee holds a Master's in Flute Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Bowling Green State University. Her commitment to youth and economic development has been recognized by The Daily Record in being named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."