Harford County Community Foundation elects new board members

Sept. 22 – The Harford County Community Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the changing needs and interests of Harford County residents and their quality of life, recently selected Jayne Z. Klein, Eric E. McLauchlin, Cheryl Brown and James E. Welch join its board.

They join 14 current board members and a professional staff led by Executive Director Jennifer Farrell.

“These leaders have demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropy in Harford County,” Farrell said. “We hope their expertise will help us make a greater impact on the communities we all love.”

The newly-elected board members come from a diverse array of businesses and bring deep commitments to non-profit success to the foundation, Farrell said.

Klein, co-owner of ShopRite in Klein, Maryland, is a community leader and philanthropist in Harford County. She was one of the foundation’s early board members, joining in 2008, and previously served as board chair.

“I am honored to serve on the Community Foundation Board of Directors for over 10 years,” said Klein. “My commitment to the growth and success of this organization has never wavered. It will be an honor to once again support its efforts to enrich and serve the Harford County community.”

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McLauchlin is an attorney with the Pennsylvania law firm of Pessin Katz Law (PK Law) with offices in Bel Air, Towson and Columbia. He specializes in corporate and real estate law and has practiced in Harford County for over 25 years.

McLauchlin is involved with many area nonprofits, including Harford Community College, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, Addiction Connections Resource, Inc., and Army Coalition.

Brown is a retired state employee who has worked for the Maryland Department of Youth Services as a program manager for over 27 years. She specializes in working with individuals of diverse economic and social backgrounds and successfully managed over $1 million in departmental budgets before retiring in 2013.

Brown also oversaw the licensing division that oversees residential and non-residential projects in and out of state to ensure compliance with the law. Brown brings policy analysis, strategic planning and business analysis skills to the foundation.

Welch works in commercial real estate in Harford County. He previously served as Director of Public Relations for the Bel-Air Economic Development Department, where he managed the creation of the Bel-Air Street View project.

Welch is the current commissioner of the Harford County Liquor Control Board, served as president of the Harford Community College Foundation, served on the board of the Harford County Public Library Foundation, and was involved in a number of community organizations, including Bel Air Rotary Club and Greater Harford Council.

“Joining the Harford County Community Foundation is a great opportunity to give back to the community,” said Welch.

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