Catonsville A&E Advisory Board
Thomas Moore, Director of Arts & Culture UMBC, Pianist
Thomas Moore, director of arts and culture at UMBC, oversees a broad portfolio of marketing, media relations, public relations, advertising, development, brand development and implementation, audience development, special cultivational events and outreach. His work advances the arts, humanities and social sciences, working most closely with the Departments of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts; the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture; the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery; the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts; the Imaging Research Center; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; and other units. He served on the planning team for UMBC's new Performing Arts and Humanities Building (a $170 million facility opened in 2014). As a pianist, Thomas Moore has received acclaim throughout the United States and Europe for his performances, lectures and recordings. His performances can be heard on Neuma Records, Chen Li Music, 10 West Records, O.O. Discs, and Spectrum Records. He has been featured on the Interpretations Series (New York), at the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Center for New Music, Judson Church (New York), Experimental Intermedia (New York), Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Clark University, Florida International University, New England Conservatory, Stanford University, the University at Buffalo, the University of Maryland, Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin, and numerous other colleges, universities and venues.
Stephen Antonelli, SongBuilder Studios
Stephen is a music producer, composer, arranger, musician, engineer with 20+ years of experience in the music business. He has worked with countless bands and artists through the years in Nashville, New York and Baltimore, MD along others. He's seen national and commercial success with his production and songwriting including film and TV placements with Discovery, TLC and MTV among others. Steve sits on the board of advisors for Studio Unknown, a post audio studio in Baltimore, Beyond The Natural Foundation, a nonprofit helping kids in Baltimore discover music and is a member of the Grammy Producers and Engineer Wing (DC Chapter).
Freyja Bernard/Mariah Duffy, Principals, Its Neighbormade
As local artists, teachers, and Catonsville natives, Freya and Mariah see not only an interest, but a demand for locally sourced, handmade & refurbished goods. They believe that shopping consciously is on the rise, and their goal is to connect customers to their creative neighbors without the environmental cost that comes from shipping. They’ve designed their space to be about community and they work with local artists to create a “one stop lifestyle shop” where customers can come in and shop local handmade goods and upcycled, redefined furnishings.
Brittany Burton Branch Manager, M&T Bank, Catonsville
A graduate of Bowie State College with a degree in Business Management, Brittany began working in Catonsville in February of 2020, just ahead of the first Covid shutdowns. In her position as the branch manager for M&T Bank on Frederick Road in Catonsville, Brittany has assisted many customers including businesses negotiate the changing economic landscape. Brittany has a passion for community service and for art and looks forward to working with the newly formed Catonsville Arts & Entertainment District.
Andy & Becky Funk, Principals, Monsters of Hip Hop
Thirty years, three businesses and three kids later, Becky and Andy Funk's uncommon story is one of perseverance, vision, inspiration and love. In 2003, combining Andy’s entrepreneurial spirit and Becky’s love of hip hop dance, this driven couple created a visionary platform called Monsters of HipHop that would transform the commercial dance industry. After operating B.Funk Dance Company for nearly 15 years in Howard County, MD, The Funks assembled an A-List faculty that took the industry by storm attracting dancers from all over the globe, fulfilling dreams and launching thousands of dance careers. Having their headquarters completely destroyed in both Ellicott City floods, Monsters settled on historic Winters Lane in Catonsville and look forward to contributing to the vibrant Arts & Entertainment District. Becky and Andy’s commitment to family values, community service and philanthropy has helped create a reputation that goes far beyond just the dance world.
Kevin Hill, Studio Unknown/Sound Department
Engineer, producer, songwriter, sound artist -- For over 25 years, Kevin has worked his way through live theatre, the music industry, A/V installation and composing, ultimately transitioning into post production sound. In 2001, realizing his passion for film and cinema, Kevin founded Studio Unknown, built a Dolby® approved dub stage and began working with filmmakers across the country. By 2019, after many years of working/partnering with sound professionals on the east and west coast, Sound Department (a full-service post sound company) was formed. Kevin is a Re-recording Mixer, dialogue editor and supervising sound editor. His sound work has been heard at film festivals across the world including SXSW, Toronto, Tribeca, Berlin, Cannes, and more. Broadcast credits include sound design and mix for programs for ABC, Lifetime, Discovery and National Geographic. Kevin is an active member of the Cinema Audio Society and has served as an adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College teaching Audio Production.
Jaime Horrigan joins the Catonsville A&E Board as both a musician, and as managing partner of the audio post companies Studio Unknown and Sound Department. Located in Catonsville, MD and Los Angeles, CA, Studio Unknown/Sound Department provides audio post services such as sound editing, VO/ADR, design, Foley, score, and mix/re-recording from Stereo to Atmos. As managing partner, Jaime’s responsibilities include all areas of business, with a focus on client and team relations, and keeping the proverbial ducks in a row. Jaime serves as a Board member with the MD Film Industry Coalition, an advocacy group for film and television production in Maryland. Jaime also co-manages and performs in the regional band Sweet Leda with wife and vocalist, Julie Cymek. Based in MD, Sweet Leda plays a wide range of shows in the Mid-Atlantic, from favorite local bars to medium/large venues to festivals such as ArtScape, Hot August, and Summerfest.
Laura Hodges, Principal, Domain by Laura Hodges Studio
A boutique design firm located in the Baltimore / Washington DC area, Laura Hodges Studio focuses on creating the ultimate in beautiful, tailored spaces while fully expressing every client’s individual style and taste. Principal Laura Hodges is known for an international aesthetic along with a love for unique and dynamic environments. Laura’s childhood home was located in a small, picturesque town in northern England and her love of design began in early childhood. Influenced by a Norwegian grandmother, British mother and Jamaican father, Laura developed an early appreciation for travel and diverse cultures, having traveled extensively to over thirty countries -- from Greece and Morocco to Thailand and Peru. After moving to New York to pursue her studies, Laura earned a bachelors degree in business, an interior design degree from the New York School of Interior Design and LEED accreditation for practicing sustainable design, with additional studies in music and culinary arts. Following graduation, Laura was mentored by and worked with distinguished New York based interior designers Jamie Drake and Thomas Jayne. In 2018, Home & Design featured Laura as one of their ‘Designers to Watch.’ And 2019 brought more accolades when Laura was featured in Traditional Home as a New Trad and in House Beautiful’s Next Wave. Most recently, Laura was named one of the top 20 Designers for 2020 by Sotheby’s Home. Located in Catonsville, Maryland, DOMAIN by Laura Hodges Studio is both a brick-and-mortar and online boutique home decor shop, featuring a curated collection of local and globally sourced fair trade and sustainable home decor, original art and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Steve Iampieri, owner Iamps at Jennings Café, VP Catonsville Restaurant Association
Steve Iampieri has had a passion for the restaurant business since he was 14 years old when he held his first job as a dishwasher at Mr. Steak. Steve says that the business is in his blood and that was confirmed when, upon graduating from York College, he spent a decade after managing and transitioning his family’s bar, Westway Liquors/Iampieri’s Bar. An acknowledged leader in the hospitality industry, Steve is the founder and President of his own restaurant consulting company and in that role he has successfully assisted in the opening of more than 12 local restaurants. Steve has held the position of Secretary and Board Member of the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation and has served on the Culinary Program Board for Maryland Job Corps. Currently, Steve serves as an advisor for Lincoln Technical Culinary Institute, is a Board Member on the Anne Arundel Community College Culinary Board, and serves as Vice President of the Catonsville Restaurant Association. You can usually find Steve entertaining guests and motivating his dedicated staff at Iamps at Jennings Cafe on Frederick Road in Catonsville, where he is the proud owner and operator of the A&E District business. When Steve isn’t behind the bar or in the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family or playing golf at the Rolling Road Country Club.
Phyllis King, Museum Collections, Samuel and Ida Torsell Mini-Museum, Winters Lane
Phyllis King operates the Samuel and Ida Torsell mini-museum of Winters Lane. The site collects stories, and preserves artifacts and photographs depicting the life and experiences of the African American Winters Lane Community- a National Register Historic District in Catonsville.
Joe Loverde, Principal, Realty Concept and the Loverde Family Foundation
Realty Concepts principal Joe Loverde is a leader in Maryland real estate, with a total of more than 50 years’ experience in financing, negotiations, construction, land development, and property appraisals. He is considered to be an expert in his field. Joe consistently ranks as a top salesman and is a lifetime member of the Greater Baltimore Million Dollar Club. He is a past president of the Howard County Million Dollar Association. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Maryland and a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, CRB. His other professional credentials include Graduate of the Realtor’s Institute, GRI; Certified Residential Appraiser, and Certified Residential Specialist, CRS. He is a member of the Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors, and was recently awarded Realtor Emeritus Member status in the National Association of Realtors.
Kim Marshall, Large Scale Event Coordinator
Kim Marshall has been working in large scale event management and production over 8 years. She is currently Event Director for the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, an international equestrian sporting event. Prior to that, Kim managed signature events for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. and coordinated the Star-Spangled Spectacular festival on behalf of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Kim holds a Master of Tourism Administration, with a concentration in Event Management, from The George Washington University. Kim is active in the local community as a member-owner of the Catonsville CO-OP Market, social event coordinator for the Old Catonsville Neighborhood Association, and past volunteer with both the Catonsville Historical Society and Catonsville 4th of July Committee. Kim has lived in Catonsville for 7 ½ years and enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter (and sometimes her dog), eating good food, and sipping good drinks (especially champagne).
Will Story, AICP, LEED AP, Ayers Saint Gross
Will Story is a licensed, senior planner at the design firm Ayers Saint Gross. With 15 years of experience in urban design and architecture, he has worked on projects ranging from small community-oriented mixed-use projects to larger-scale institutional master plans, including many projects in the Baltimore area. He has previous involvement with local professional organizations including Neighborhood Design Center, Urban Land Institute Baltimore, and the Maryland Chapter of American Planning Association. Will, his wife Lindsay, and their two children have lived in Catonsville for the past 6 years and actively engage in both youth sports, and arts and music events.
Mary Catherine Cochran, Director Catonsville A&E District
An experienced communications and policy practitioner with a demonstrated history in community building, and organizational development, Mary Catherine was hired by the Baltimore County Arts Guild in February of 2020 to lead the Guild through its next development phase. In July, she also assumed the role as Director of the Catonsville A&E District. Mary Catherine has served for more than a decade in leadership positions with a focus on policy development, community outreach, nonprofit management, media relations, digital communications, grant writing and grant making. She most recently served as the Director of the Patapsco Heritage Area and as a Legislative Director for the Maryland General Assembly for District 12. Previous to that she was a Director and Senior Projects Manager in Communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine.