Brian grew up in Delaware where he attended Saint Edmond’s Academy and Salesianum School. He earned a Communication Arts Degree from Neumann University. Brian first got involved with supporting the homeless community while attending Neumann and is forever grateful to the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for the opportunity to serve those in need. He also gives thanks to the Brothers of the Holy Cross and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Brian has done community outreach in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Darlene Renae Sewell
Renae has worked with the homeless and mental health population since 1989. She currently works as a house manager for individuals with disabilities and autism. Renae’s passion is service and helping those in need. She is a mom, grandmother, and great grandmother! Family is everything to Renae and being connected means even more.
Gina lives in Baltimore County. She is the mother of a teenage son and has been a registered nurse for the past 21 years. Currently, Gina works as a registered nurse at a Federally Qualified Health Care Center. Gina has been volunteering with B & Dee’s for 3 years. She first started with B & Dee’s at the annual Thanksgiving event under the bridge. She has been involved with the organization ever since because of its warm and welcoming people. Gina feels that B & Dee’s is a family. In addition to volunteering, Gina enjoys watching her son play soccer.
Michele lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband of 28 years. She has three grown children. Michele works as a Salesforce administrator at the University of Delaware. She enjoys hiking and kayaking in her free time. In the past, Michele volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and as a soccer tournament director.
For over 15 years, Erika has been an advocate for children, youth and families. Her children’s transportation company, Lexi’s Lil Bug, provides Maryland families with on-demand pickup and drop off services. Erika has gained repute participating in accelerator and pitch competitions. In 2018, she was the 1st Round Nominee for Seed Spot DC Accelerator, 2nd Round Nominee for Accelerate Baltimore, and 2nd Place Winner for So You Want To Pitch Conference. She also received the 2018 Women Entrepreneur Award and the Women’s History Month Trailblazer Award.
Anthony, a native of Baltimore, currently serves as the Executive Director for Druid Heights Community Development Corporation. He has been part of the organization for the past 20 years. Anthony is also the founder of the Baltimore Poet’s Society, and the author of “Chronicles of a Momma’s Boy,” a collection of poetry and short stories. He visits schools and community centers to match aspiring writers with published authors to promote literacy in youth.
Meg has been working with B & Dee’s since 2017 as part of a promise made by the Corasaniti family to support a volunteer group that was doing positive things in Baltimore City for its most vulnerable citizens. Born and raised in the City, she graduated from Seton High School. For nearly 20 years, Meg has worked for the University of Maryland Baltimore. In her off time, she supports animal rescues, loves to take long hikes, hang at the beach and explore new foods. She feels that being part of the Board is an honor and hopes to help grow the mission of B & Dee’s Baltimore LOVE!
Charlita “CJ” Watlington
CJ is a property manager at Fairfax Station Enterprises. She discovered B & Dee’s in 2016 when she helped at the organization’s annual Thanksgiving celebration where turkey dinners typically are served to over 1,200 people. She loves working in the community and being part of the B & Dee family.
Kathy was born and raised in Baltimore City where she graduated from Seton High School and received a Bachelor’s degree and MBA from University of Phoenix. She currently works as an infrastructure engineer for Cigna Health Care. Kathy is a wife with 3 sons and 10 grandchildren. Kathy has a strong passion for service. She volunteers with a variety of organizations including Fort Worthington Recreation Center, Destiny Christian Church, and Baltimore City Master Gardeners.
Mr. Thompson was raised in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1991. He earned a Hospitality degree from Baltimore International Culinary College, a paralegal certificate from CCBC, and then attended Villa Julie College. He went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Thompson’s best demonstrated practice has always been providing excellent service, treating others with the utmost respect, and going above and beyond to ensure the success of his clients. Mr. Thompson currently assists the vulnerable and those facing difficulties when filing for bankruptcy. His passion to help others led him to criminal defense work. Mr. Thompson’s driving core belief is that everyone deserves a second chance. In 2019, Mr. Thompson joined B & Dees organization to expand his service in helping people during the economic downturn.