Community Action Council of Howard County Adds Damilola Obembe, Marybeth Stacharowski, and Shawna Frazier to Board

The Community Action Council of Howard County today announced the addition of Damilola Obembe, Marybeth Stacharowski, and Shawna Frazier to their Board of Directors. The three will join a distinguished group of board members leading CAC toward its mission of diminishing poverty and enabling self-sufficiency for all Howard County individuals, families, and children in need.

“For the Community Action Council to remain effective, our governing board must represent the diversity of perspective, experience, and thought that we see in Howard County. Ms. Obembe, Ms. Stacharowski, and Ms. Frazier each bring a unique set of experiences, both personal and professional, which will contribute to the strong leadership of our Board of Directors and support CAC’s mission to enable economic self-sufficiency for all our neighbors in Howard County.” said Tracy Broccolino, president of the Community Action Council of Howard County.

Damilola Obembe’s strong commitment to promoting sustainable economic growth, full employment, and decent work for all has been the driving force behind her dedication to community, leading her to join CAC’s Board of Directors.

Her impact reaches far beyond international boundaries. Through the Shelton Integrating African Immigrant Youth in Diaspora Forum, she has worked with welfare groups across different countries, forming strategic partnerships to enhance the reach and impact of essential services.Additionally, Damilola founded the “A Call to Action to the President” initiative, a remarkable endeavor that addresses the urgent need for mental health education for minority and immigrant parents and children in the United States.

With an impressive academic background, Damilola holds a Master of Science Degree in International Business Management with Marketing from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Second Master of Science in Strategic Project Management from Heriot Watt University in Dubai, UAE. Damilola’s life mantra encapsulates the essence of her character – living with empathy and compassion. 

Marybeth Stacharowski has lived and worked in Howard County since 1987. Having worked in the banking industry for over 30 years, she currently holds the title of Vice President/Sr. Branch Manager at M&T Bank’s Bethany Lane location.

Marybeth has spent time working in the Howard County School System as a substitute teacher and volunteer, and was the Treasurer of the Business Women’s Network of Howard County.

Upon her establishment as a member of CAC’s Board, Marybeth shared, “I’m very excited to be part of the CAC and to work in helping others in the community to improve their quality of life in the Howard County.”

Shawna Frazier has spent over 25 years working in financial services and currently works at Fidelity Investments where she manages a team supporting high net worth clients. Shawna previously worked for 10 years in New York City in institutional equity sales for Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer.

As a native of Columbia, MD, Shawna is committed to helping the local community which has had an immensely positive impact on her life. She believes in the vision of inclusivity held by James Rouse, Columbia’s founder, and promotes equity and inclusion in every aspect of her life. Shawna’s favorite moto is “Each One, Teach One” and she believes that supporting self-sufficiency leads to positive multi-generational impact.

In addition to the Community Action Council, Shawna’s other board affiliations include being a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Weingarten Center, and a Financial Review committee member at the MD Department of Aging. Shawna earned her B.S. from Hampton University and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. She now lives in Clarksville, MD with her husband and two sons.

About the Community Action Council of Howard County:

Founded in 1965, Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) is Howard County’s designated anti-poverty nonprofit agency.

By layering five critical services- housing assistance, food assistance, energy assistance, weatherization, and early childhood education- CAC works to guide local families seeking assistance from crisis to stability, remaining a reliable helping hand all along the way.

Mission: to diminish poverty and enable self-sufficiency for all Howard County individuals, families, and children in need.

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