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Family involvement and philanthropy are cherished traditions at Maryland and a positive way to partner with UMD. Your investment in UMD makes a difference in our students’ lives and helps create excellence for our Terp community.  
The office of Parent and Family Philanthropy encourages you to explore the many ways you can engage with UMD and support our students with your annual gift, a multi-year or planned gift for scholarships and programs or support through membership in the Parents Philanthropy Board. 

Parents Philanthropy Board

The Parents Philanthropy Board (PPB) offers parents and families of UMD undergraduates a unique opportunity to fully engage in the life of the university and play a vital role in enhancing the Terp student experience. 
PPB members gain a deeper understanding of UMD through their advisory partnership with the Vice President for Student Affairs and interaction with university leadership and faculty, amazing students and other engaged families.  
In addition, PPB members: 
  • Participate with an annual gift of $5,000 or more to the Terp Family Fund
  • Welcome new UMD families and promote parent involvement and support
  • Host or attend regional or on-campus events 
  • Enjoy recognition benefits of special programs and events, including reserved section Commencement seating
  • Attend two PPB meetings during Family Weekend (October) and Maryland Day (April)
Joining the PPB is an excellent way to be involved, informed and connected! Please contact Carol Lorton, Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy at or 301-405-1694.

PPB Chair Message

A message from the Chairs of the UMD Parents Philanthropy Board:

Sarah and Denny '98 Goforth P'25 Chairs, Parents Philanthrophy BoardParents and families are highly valued and important members of the University of Maryland community—without your involvement and engagement, there would be no community.

Through our involvement with the Parents Philanthropy Board (PPB), our family has experienced a multitude of informative and meaningful experiences with university leadership, faculty and staff, and other engaged parents like you. Our Terrapin pride has grown exponentially and has deepened our appreciation for the tremendous opportunities UMD offers our children. We are grateful to be part of a community whose work impacts the student experience now and sets the course for future generations.

PPB members share in our enthusiasm and generously give their time, talent and resources to benefit all Terps—past, present and future. We deeply appreciate our current members and are excited to welcome new families as we lead the efforts of this esteemed parent group over the course of the next year.

Partner with us! Please accept our invitation to join the PPB and enrich your family's Terp experience.

Go Terps!

Sarah and Denny '98 Goforth P'25
Chairs, Parents Philanthropy Board


“We have always been active in our children's education. So when our oldest child went to college, the Parent Philanthropy Board was a great way to become involved with UMD in a way that supports all students, not just our own. Go Terps!”

—Amanda LaForge and Mark Denbo P’24

Current members

Sarah and Denny ’98 Goforth P’25
Sandy Spring, MD
Vidya ’89 and Chris Ballenger P’25 
Potomac, MD
Tania and Robert Bassan P’25
Bal Harbour, FL
Kristen James and Don ’72 Berman P’25
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Lori Zeltser and Leonard Berman P’24
New York, NY
Lanee and Kerlin Blaise P'27
Northville, MI
Tonia ’89 and Marlon Bottoms P’27
West Hempstead, NY
Katherine Bruck P’27
New York, NY
Diana and Howard Bujtor P’24
San Carlos, CA
Emily and Stephen Cahnmann P’27
New York, NY
Amanda La Forge and Mark Denbo P’24 
Bethesda, MD
Lori ’88 and David Eisner P’24, P’25
Narberth, PA
Jackie and Arthur Fletcher P’25
San Francisco, CA
Susan Delaney Frank ’92 and Lawrence Frank P’24 
Demarest, NJ
Courtney ’92 and Tom ’91 Gardner P’24, P’26
Fulton, MD
Melissa ’94 and Michael ’92 Gibson P’26
Shrewsbury, NJ
Susan and Jeffrey Goldenberg P’24
Scarsdale, NY
Aimee ’94 and Doug ’93 Greenberg P’27
Atlanta, GA
Seth and Orit Gribetz P’27
Englewood, NJ
Amy Grossman P’25 and Brian McInerney P’25
Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Nana and Michael ’89 Haney P’24, P’26 
Austin, TX
Jill and Gregg ’92 Jaclin P’23, P’27
Princeton Junction, NJ
Tina and Kevin Jacobsen P’27
Danville, CA
Colleen and Ted Kelly P’26
Chevy Chase, MD
Julie and Jeff ’93 Kinney P’25 
Plainville, MA
Melanie and Barry ’77 Landsberg P’27
Santa Monica, CA
Margaret and Justin Lefevre P’27
Woodstock, MD
Jen and Adam Levin P’26
Chicago, IL
Shannon and Kevin Miller P’26
Menlo Park, CA
Courtney and Carter Nowell P’25
Bethesda, MD
Michele and Jack Riley P’26
Silver Spring, MD
Atrayee Mullick and Bratin Saha P’26
Cupertino, CA 
Monica and Sharif Salehi P’26
Jupiter, FL
Michele and Jason Sartori P’26
Bethesda, MD 
Elizabeth Ashforth and Terry Schaack P’25
Beverly Hills, CA
Teresa and Scott Scherer P'26
Danville, CA
Jayme ’98 and Gabe ’98 Schneider P’27
Rye Brook, NY
Ronna and Benjamin Schneider P’24, P’27
Cincinnati, OH
Rachel ’93 and Daniel Schreiber P’25, P’27
Rockville, MD
Alison and David Speiser P’25
Englewood, NJ
Holly ’94 and Larry Stone P’24
Villanova, PA
Geeta and Scott Tholan P'27, P'27
Potomac, MD
Taarinya Polepeddi and Chandu Thota P’27
Saratoga, CA
Tracy ’91 and William Washington P’26
Bethesda, MD
Giuliana Centty and Alan Wolcott P’24
Silver Spring, MD
Beth Janoff and Peter Wolk P’19, P’23
Silver Spring, MD


Family Weekend

Family Weekend is an independent and self-supported annual event for University of Maryland families, provided by the Office of Family Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs.


Supporting Maryland 

The active engagement of parents and families is one of the great strengths of our Maryland community.
Terp Family Fund
All Terp parents and family members are encouraged to join in the UMD tradition of giving by making an annual gift to the Terp Family Fund, which provides critical funding for special projects, initiatives and programs benefitting all undergraduate students. The Terp Family Fund allows the Vice President for Student Affairs the flexibility to direct support new priorities and unexpected needs during the academic year.

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Parent and Family Philanthropy
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Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, Room 4137
7801 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Carol Lorton, Director



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