Sunflower Bakery is governed by an experienced and dedicated Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors is actively involved in our work. An Acceptance, Review and Dismissal Committee, comprised of disability and food industry professionals, reviews applicants for the employment-track programs. And, our Advisory Committee members provide guidance and advice in their particular areas of expertise. Café Sunflower & Bakery LLC has its own caring and knowledgeable Board that is responsible to the Sunflower Bakery Board of Directors.

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Sunflower Bakery Officers and Board of Directors FY2018


Laurie WexlerLaurie Wexler
Sunflower Bakery Co-founder, Advisor, past Executive Director



Jill MyersJill D. Myers, CPA
Certified Public Accountant



Ginny McDonaldGinny McDonald
CPA, Master Tutor



Janet ZuckermanJanet Zuckerman
Counsel, Clear Connection, Inc.



Board of Directors

Dottie BennettDottie Bennett
Co-Chair, Café Sunflower & Bakery
Vice Chair/Secretary, Signature Theater



Tatiana HarrisTatiana Harris
Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts 2017 Graduate
Bakery Manager/Head Baker, The Baked Bear



Sam KaplanSamuel Kaplan
Business Executive
Vice President- Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes



Dina Leener
Past President, Sunflower Bakery
Community Advocate

Phil MantuaPhilip Mantua
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Sandy Spring Bancorp




Sara Portman MilnerSara Portman Milner*
Sunflower Bakery Co-founder & Co-director, Program and Training




Toni PaulToni Paul
Volunteer, Café Sunflower
Executive Committee, Board Head of Education, The Phillips Collection
Founder, JSSA Café Europa for Holocaust Survivors



Sari RaskinSari Raskin
Director of Grants and Community Leadership, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia




Scott ReiterScott Reiter
Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Berman Hebrew Academy, Trustee
Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue, Executive Committee Member



Sarah ShickSarah Shick
Executive Assistant, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation




Amy SchwalbAmy Schwalb
Volunteer, Café Sunflower





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Acceptance, Review and Dismissal Committee

Eva Cowen
Café Sunflower Training Consultant, Disability Mentor/Consultant for Foundation for Jewish Camp, and facilitator for Anti-Defamation League

Deborah Fisher, Psy.D.
former Deputy Director of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

Meredith Gramlich
Senior Research Associate, TransCen, Inc.

Michele Landa
retired teacher from Montgomery County Public Schools and the parent of a graduate of Sunflower’s Pastry Arts Training Program

Gayle Miller
retired special education teacher from Montgomery County Public Schools and owner of tutoring practice, Insights Ed.

Nicole Shahraky, social worker who interned at Sunflower Bakery and is now the Campus Ministry Coordinator at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD

Heather Strauss
Behavior Support Teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools

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Sunflower Bakery Advisory Committee

Rabbi Nissan Antine, Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah, Potomac, MD
Stella Cawley Kouros, Stella’s Bakery, Rockville, MD and Sunflower Employer Partner
Neil Neufeld, Vice President of Operations, Revolution Foods
Jason Salamon, Vice President of Human Resources, Edgewood and Vantage Management