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Mission Possible Alumni Recognitions Logo 2023

The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation's  FIFTH ANNUAL “Mission Possible – Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers.”

The purpose of the event is to recognize distinguished alumni, celebrate Talbot County Public Education, and raise funds, awareness, and support for the Education Foundation. 

Congratulations to our 2023 Distinguished Alumni!

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Graphic Image of 2023 Mission Possible Honorees


The Mission of the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation is to support public education in Talbot County by raising and distributing funds to fulfill needs and opportunities inspired by TCPS educators and students.


The Education Foundation was formed in October of 2016 in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Its mission is to engage the community in supporting excellence in public education and provide resources to enhance the teaching and learning experience for all.

Talbot County Education Foundation Board Photo
(front row left to right) Lindsey Higginbottom; Vickie Wilson; David Short, Chair; Dale Rauch; Annie Decker. (back row left to right) Michael Garman; Jeremy Hillyard; Mariana Lesher, Treasurer; Pamela Clay, Secretary; Jessica Bellis; Ruth Ann Jones; Betsy Griffin. Not Pictured: Jo Ann Asparagus Murray, Vice Chair; Michael Fisher; Juanita Hopkins; F. Graham Lee; Berenice Orellana; Vanella Sullivan.

Board Members

David Short, CPA - Chair 
Managing Partner, Weaver Mavity Short Associates, LLC,  Former TCPS Board Member and PTO President, TCPS Parent

JoAnn Asparagus Murray - Vice Chair
Magistrate, Caroline County Circuit Court (Retired), Former Talbot County Board of Education Member, Former TCPS Parent

Pamela Clay -  Secretary
TCPS Curriculum Supervisor (Retired), TCPS Alum and Former TCPS Parent

Mariana Albert Lesher - Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Sultana Education Foundation
TCPS Parent

Jessica Bellis - Chief Operating and Finance Officer, Avalon Foundation, Inc., TCPS Parent

Annie Decker Director of Utilization Management and Compliance (Retired), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Former TCPS Parent

Michael Fisher, MD - Gastroenterology Specialist, University of Maryland Community Medical Group (Retired), Former TCPS Parent

Betsy Griffin -  Executive Director of Advertising, APG Media of Chesapeake, TCPS Parent

Jeremy Hillyard - TCPS Spanish Teacher, Easton High School

Lindsey Higginbottom - Assistant Principal, Easton Elementary School, TCPS Alum

Juanita Hopkins - Attorney, Former Talbot County Board of Education Member, TCPS Alum and Former Parent 

Ruth Ann Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, NEA- BC - Senior Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, UMMS Shore Regional Health (Retired) Former TCPS Parent

F. Graham Lee - Vice President for Philanthropy, Shore Regional Health (Retired), Former TCPS Parent

Jaelon Moaney - Manager, Federal Advocacy & Relationships, The American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C., TCPS Alum

Berenice Orellana - Interpreter, Easton High School,  TCPS Parent

Dale Rauch - TCPS Teacher (Retired), Former TCPS Parent

Vanessa Sullivan - TCPS Gifted and Talented Teacher

Vickie Wilson TCPS School Counselor and Student Services Worker(Retired)


Patrick Fitzgerald - Founding Chair
Attorney, TCPS Alum

Laura P. Heikes - Past Chair and Founding Member, TCPS Alum

Richard Marks - Founding Member, CEO, Paris Securities Corp.