Home of the Maryland Marriage Initiative

Meet the Team

Amy Gilford

Executive Director

Lois Szymanski

Executive Assistant

Gail Cook


Kaycee Wright

Community Relations Coordinator

Rebecca Kristene mottie

Copywriter & Social Media Manager

Karen Allaman

Prayer Team Coordinator


Program & Resource Coordinator

Tim HarrisON

Church Liaison

Rick Valway

Maryland Marriage Initiative

The rest of the team

David Roche – IT Specialist
Dean Cook
– Office Support
Misty Charles – Donor Nurture

Robin Greenwell – Office and event volunteer  
Sylvia Nunnelee – Garden Party Coordinator
Marriage Educators – Ken & Sue Emerick, Christopher & Wanda Sloop

Many, many other dedicated individuals assist us on our committees and with special events throughout the year including                           college and high school interns.  

Board of Directors

2023 Officers:

Chair – Michael Zimmer, Attorney
Vice Chair – Patrick Bassler, Bailiff, Circuit Court of Carroll County
Secretary – Bret Merson, Team Leader, Keller Williams Realty
– Coleen Kramer Beal, Velnoskey Wealth Management Group
Janai Bassler – Practice Manager, Maryland Pain and Spine Center, LLC, Westminster and Fulton

Dean Cook  Department of Defense, Program Manager, Retired  

Anne McKenna – Co-Founder
Bill McKenna – Co-Founder

Proud Members of

Our Executive Director

Amy M. Gilford – our executive director since 2015 – has worked diligently since 2004 to elevate the importance of healthy marriages and families in our community.


She has focused on expanding programs, events, and community partnerships and is certified in numerous relationship education curricula. She graduated from Carroll County Public Schools and is an alumni of James Madison University. She is a graduate of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Carroll Class of 2018, and a member of several community organizations. A dedicated coffee drinker, Amy has completed her Master Gardener exam. She is ESL instructor at her church and loves history and reading suspense novels. 


Married to her husband Jim since 1984, the couple has four adult children, three of whom are married, and several grandchildren.