Ayesha B. Holmes is New Executive Director

Holmes, AyeshaGrassroots Board President Mary Lasky has announced the selection of Ellicott City resident Ayesha B. Holmes as the new Executive Director. She will replace Andrea Ingram who is retiring. Holmes is the founding partner of STRATIGIX Consulting of Columbia.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years and has been a frequent trainer and presenter at national conferences on Systems of Care.

Holmes served on Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman’s Transition Team. She took Maryland Choices, working with children with special needs and their families, from one county to a state-wide program in eight years. Holmes has a Master of Science Education degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

“This has been a thoughtful search process, and it was worth the effort,” Lasky said.  “Ayesha Holmes has valuable and extensive leadership experience in serving those in need, as well as knowledge of Howard County. We are looking forward to working with her.”

Ingram is retiring after 27 years leading Howard County’s only 24-hour crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and service to the community, including the Leadership Howard County Distinguished Alumni Award and the Association of Community Services’ Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award.  She was also inducted in the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

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