2019 Project Change Board of Directors

The Project Change Board of Directors is a working board where 100% of its Board members  contributes to the Organization 

  • Aaron Boker - Board Treasurer

    • Aaron joined the Project Change Board of Directors in 2015. Aaron brings 9 years of public accounting experience to Project Change.  As Treasurer, Aaron oversees the accounting, budgeting, and financial management for the organization.  Growing up in the Olney area and currently residing in Germantown with a young family,  Aaron hopes his accounting and financial expertise can help Project Change grow and prosper for many more years to come in providing Montgomery County’s youth with a safe and healthy community. Aaron is currently a Senior Manager with Aronson LLC’s tax department. ​

    • Expertise: Accounting, Finance, Strategic Planning


Project Change Board Members & Staff

  • Adina Brenner - Sherwood High School Student Member

    • Adina has been involved with Project Change for over 5 years, starting as an active member in her middle school Project Change Service Initiative (PCSI). Now as a junior in high school, along with sitting on the Project Change Board of Directors, she also serves as the PCSI President at Sherwood.  Project Change is especially important to Adina as it has taught her that anyone can be empowered to help and serve those in their community. Through the many service projects and activities Project Change has organized, Adina has been inspired to encourage youth empowerment and she hopes to continue to be a positive leader for future generations.

    • Expertise: Student Leader

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  • Anthony DeCicco - Chairman of the Board

    • Anthony is one of the original founding members of Project Change and was enthusiastic to reconnect with the organization, joining the Board of Directors in 2015.  He is amazed at the impact and success of Project Change over the last two decades and is proud to once again work with today's youth to promote positive change within our community.  With a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Anthony has over 20 years of architectural design and project management knowledge and is a Project Manager with Natelli/Main Street Homes based on Gaithersburg, MD.  Anthony also represents Project Change serving as a member on the Olney Town Center Advisory Committee. ​

    • Expertise: Founding member of Project Change in 1998. Communications / Public Relations; Community Outreach, Fundraising, Information Technology, Special Events


Johnna Benson

  • Johnna joined Project Change because she strongly believes in empowering our youth with real-time service opportunities.  She owned and operated a retail establishment for 10 years and now is the communications manager for African Palms, USA.  A local non-profit funding grants for clean water and women's education in Tanzania.  Johnna has three children in elementary school and wants to set a good example and be a positive voice for our rising leaders.  

  • Expertise:  communications, marketing, programming, public relations, fundraising


  • Ricardo LaGrange, Ph.D., M.P.H. 

    • Dr. LaGrange is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, researcher, and public health specialist.  He currently owns a private mental health practice in the Washington, D.C. area that provides comprehensive psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults, along with a host of other community-based services that drive social progress.  Dr. LaGrange is also currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at Howard University.  He is dedicated to advancing Project Change’s commitment to promoting the same youth development and health initiatives that have guided his career for over 25 years. 

    • Expertise: Communications, Community Outreach/Public Relations; Finance, Fundraising; Organizational Development, Youth Development, Grant Writing, Strategic Planning, Program Planning/Evaluation, Mental Health/Youth Development, Special Events


  • Thomas McCarthy

    • ​Tom has been an Investment and Financial Advisor for 31 years. Prior to that he was a co-founder and Program Director of the National Youth Work Alliance which advocated for and provided technical assistance and training to youth service programs across the country. As part of its work, Tom testified before Congress and consulted with Federal agencies. He has served on several non-profit Boards and is a graduate of Trinitarian Seminary College.

    • Expertise: Community Outreach/Public Relations; Finance, Fundraising; OrganizationalDevelopment, Youth Development, Strategic Planning


  • Helene Rosenheim

    • Helene has been associated with Project Change since its inception.  Having been a civic activist in the Olney community for over 40 years, she welcomed the opportunity to help Olney’s youth develop leadership skills and learn that they did not have to wait till adulthood to have an impact of their community and the world around them.  She brings her 31 years of experience in the Federal government at the US Office of Personnel Management where she initially processed Federal employee retirement applications, but spent most of her years writing position classification standards used by Federal agencies to determine the grade levels of their positions, and 10 years with Montgomery County’s Mid-County Regional Services Center helping residents, businesses, and civic organizations address concerns. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

    • Expertise: Community Organization, Community Outreach, Communications/Public Relations, Fundraising, Special Events


  • Shayna Smith - Good Counsel High School Student Member

    • Along with being a member of the Board of Directors, Shayna is an active member of the Project Change Service Initiative at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland.  She is proud to be an up stander and a positive voice for change while being social responsible and helping others within our community. 

    • Expertise: Student Leader

  • Margie Shalgian - Clarksburg High School Student Member

    • Margie has been an enthusiastic participant with Project Change for the past five years. At Clarksburg High School, Margie has served as freshman and sophomore class president, is football manager for both the Varsity and JV football teams and a member of the Varsity Winter Cheer team.  Margie has participated in the child development pathway program at CHS for the last two years, teaching preschool children with her classmates.  She plans to be an elementary teacher one day.  Margie has earned 1500 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours to date.  

    • Expertise: Student Leader 

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  • Kim Williams, Ed.D. - Board Secretary

    • Dr. Williams joined the Project Change Board of Directors in 2016.  She is a veteran educator and Principal at Stone Mill Elementary School who is passionate about helping children become successful and confident adults.  Kim has a Bachelor's degree in psychology, a Master's degree in elementary education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  Through Project Change Kim is able to tap into her passions and further her goals for developing local youth into leaders.  

    • Expertise: Communications/Public Relations, Public Advocacy; Strategic Planning, Program Planning/Evaluation, Human Resources Development

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Executive A​​dvisor

  • Robyn Holstein-Glass

    • Robyn served as Executive Director of Project Change from 2006-20. Her graduate studies were in Educational Psychology and she taught children with special needs in grade K - 12. She is the adult advisor for Project Change’s You Have The Power! Bullying Prevention Peer Education Project, and served on the MCPS Bullying Policy Workgroup, which drafted Policy JHF, Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation that was unanimously approved by the MCPS Board of Education on March 9, 2010.​

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Interim Executive Director

  • Nancy Blum, M.P.H., M.A.

    • Nancy is an international health specialist and has spent over twenty years combating infectious diseases in Africa, Asia and Latin America while working with the U.S. Pharmacopeia, CARE, and other organizations. She lived in Bangladesh for three years while working on poverty reduction and disaster preparedness.  She has a master’s degree in theatre performance and directs and acts in theatre productions in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,​​​