Governing Body

The ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore Governing Body is comprised of volunteer executives and entrepreneurs from the business community. Member representatives are experienced in various business disciplines, such as banking, accounting, finance, law, human resources and marketing. Governing Body members also come from organizations which provide resources to entrepreneurs throughout the Greater Baltimore Metro area.


  • Laura L. Gamble, Past Chairperson
    PNC Financial Services Group
  • William Backstrom
    PNC Greater Maryland
  • Angie Barnett
    Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland, Inc.
  • Michele L. Cohen, Esq.
    Miles & Stockbridge
  • Janet Delaney
    Plano Coudon Construction
  • Swata Gandhi,Esq
    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Alvin B. Katz, CPA
    Katz Abosch
  • Lauren Kronthal
    SPS Marketing
  • Eileen M. Levitt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    The HR Team
  • Darlene Brannigan Smith, Ph.D.
    University of Baltimore
  • Karen M. Singer, Esq.
    KMS Partners, LLC
  • Stephen M. Thaler, MBA, CLU®, AEP®
    Willis Towers Watson

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.”

—Oprah Winfrey