Our Board

David R. Blumberg (President)

A lifelong resident of Baltimore, David graduated from Friends School, received his BA from Loyola College and his Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland. He worked for the Enoch Pratt Free Library from 1974 until 2003, when he became a member of the Maryland Parole Commission, becoming Chairman in 2004. He has resided in Roland Park since 1990. In addition to serving as President of both the Roland Park Civic League and the Roland Park Library Initiative, David has also volunteered for many other community and charitable organizations, including North Baltimore Neighborhood Coalition, Northern District Police Community Council, Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce and Santa Claus Anonymous.

Catherine Gearhart (Director)

Catherine is a lifelong educator, having taught various grade levels K-8 in private and public schools in New England and Baltimore. Catherine graduated from Middlebury College and earned her MAT from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has lived in Roland Park since 1998 and has been active in education issues in the community. She was Baltimore City's Teacher of the Year in 2004. She became interested in Village at Home for the community building potential in linking students and adults through community service learning activities. Her role on the board is to develop and organize opportunities for student volunteers.

Robert W. Hearn (Vice-President)

Robert has lived in Roland Park for 30 years. After receiving his BA from Virginia State University, he received his Bachelor of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and his MA and PhD in Political Science from Yale University. He was an Associate Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies and an Associate Provost at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as an Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies. From 1988 – 1999, he was the Commissioner of Housing and Community Development in Baltimore City and a Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor. He has served on the boards of the Housing and Development Reporter, National Housing Conference, and, locally, Baltimore Neighbors, the Roland Park Civic League and Roland Park Roads and Maintenance Corporation. He also has served as a consultant to the Rand Corporation and the Ford Foundation.

Ann L. Irvine (Director)

Ann is a resident of Tuscany-Canterbury.  She has extensive background in organizational development, working with volunteer and non-profit groups.  She is graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a Masters Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professionally, she served has as liaison to seniors in the Office of the Governor of Maryland, and is now a retired Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. For the Foreign Service, she served in posts in such diverse locations as Nigeria, Egypt and Switzerland.  She is interested in developing new models for how society builds intergenerational communities, and how we learn from and care for the elderly.

Melissa Spevak, M.D. (Secretary)

Melissa was born in Chestertown and has lived in Roland Park the last 15 years. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia, PA in 1976. Residency and fellowship training followed in Chicago and Boston; in between, she served 3 1/2 years in the USAF. She has practiced pediatric radiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital since moving to Baltimore in 1995. Community volunteering in the past has included the Special Olympics in Boston and various activities at her children's school. She is married to Philip Spevak, a pediatric cardiologist; they have 2 children, both in high school. Her interest in the Village at Home is based on her personal experiences with aging parents, aunts and uncles and wanting to help develop new and innovative means of looking after our families and neighbors. Her role on the board is to help organize the volunteer corps.

Legal Counsel for Village At Home

David B. Rudow (Principal of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf, and Hendler, LLC)

David graduated from University of Maryland with B.S. and J.D. degrees. Before practicing law, David served as a field agent for the Internal Revenue Service and became a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland. The range of his legal practice includes the areas of federal and state taxation and business transactions, real estate and estate planning. He has served as a member of various citizens' advisory groups for Baltimore City, including the Blue Ribbon Committee on Taxes and Fees, the Land Bank Authority Task Force, and the Outcome Budgeting Results Team. He is a lifelong Baltimore resident and has lived in Roland Park since 1977. He served several terms on the Roland Park Civic League and was instrumental in the formation of various community foundations, including Baltimore Efficiency & Economy Foundation (Founder and past President), Roland Park Community Foundation (Founder and past President), the Roland Park Library Initiative, and Village At Home.

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