Leadership

Jennifer Bodensiek

Jennifer Bodensiek – President & CEOLeadership

Jennifer's commitment to inspire young people to work hard and succeed dates back to her days in the classroom as a high school career and technology education teacher. Her nearly 20-year career with Junior Achievement includes executive roles in fundraising and program development with JA's Greater Washington affiliate and JA USA, as well as its parent organization, JA Worldwide. Jennifer has served as JA of Central Maryland's president and CEO since 2009. In this role, she works hand-in-hand with the organization's board of directors, management team, and the business and education community to fuel the economic and workforce pipelines in Maryland—starting with our youth. Jennifer has twice been nationally nominated by her peers for the JA Hook Award, the organization's highest honor for market-area presidents and teams.

Beyond Junior Achievement, Jennifer has held roles at The Johns Hopkins University as a major gift officer and Bank of America, rising to assistant vice president. She earned her B.S. in marketing education from Virginia Tech. Jennifer serves on a number of national and local education and business advisory boards. She has also been named a Maryland's Top 100 Women honoree from The Daily Record, as well as a Brava award winner from SmartCEO. In 2015, Jennifer was inducted into the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

 

Jonayé Ford

Jonayé Ford – SVP/Chief Academic OfficerLeadership

Jonayé 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, Jonayé 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. Jonayé 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.

 

Kim Denis

Kim Denis – SVP/ Chief Operating OfficerLeadership

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.

 

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