Staff & Board

Board of Directors

 


Staff

Nicole Aranda

Development and Administrative Associate
Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Offices
naranda@ndc-md.org
(410) 233-9686

Nicole is NDC’s resident west-coaster and “jill-of-all-trades”; in charge of smoothing out office procedures, human resources and fundraising development. Having studied Human Development and Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services at the University of California, Davis and having received a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Washington; Nicole’s schooling and career focus has been elevating the physical and mental health of disadvantaged women and children, anti-racist community-centered practice and radical transformative change work. As a design and architecture fan, she is delighted to be able to combine her interests and experience in supporting NDC’s design equity work with local communities. Her most appreciated honed skills are being able to use ragtag leftovers to make something delicious and having long imaginative talks with children.

Ben Derlan

AmeriCorps VISTA
Baltimore City
bderlan@ndc-md.org
(410) 514-6258

Ben is working on the Place-Based Capacity Building program with the Baltimore City office. A 2017 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Ben has a B.A. in both Studio Art and Environmental Studies. Working with the SMCM Office of Sustainability he gained hands-on experience with project implementation and developed a passion for improving the built environment.  As a volunteer with the year-long AmeriCorps VISTA program, Ben is excited to collaborate on creating sustainable tools with with communities in Baltimore and help support the city’s socially-equitable development. When Ben isn’t in the office you can find him hiking (he just hiked the Pacific Crest Trail!), painting, or making music.

Jennifer GooldJennifer_Goold Director Neighborhood Design Center

Executive Director
Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Offices
jgoold@ndc-md.org
(410) 384-4999

Jennifer Goold joined the Neighborhood Design Center in 2012 after more than a decade of work in cultural resources management, historic preservation, development and planning. At NDC, she directs all aspects of the center’s operations including staff, programs, outreach, and fundraising. A Baltimore resident since 1993, she has been involved in many of the city’s largest historic building rehabilitations, including the American Can Company, Silo Point and Tide Point. She received a BS in Interior Design from Indiana University and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Hailing from Boone County Indiana, Jen’s early years included 10-year 4H membership including winning the title of master showman.


María Isabel García Díaz

Project Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
mgarciadiaz@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-8251

María has always enjoyed design, culture, and politics, a combination that stems from her experience as an immigrant from Colombia.  After completing her BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Maria ran a grant program to provide funding for community-led projects in neighborhoods of Central Baltimore in her role at Central Baltimore Partnership. While working in community development, Maria wanted to reintegrate design in her life by pursuing a MA in Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art. There, she became passionate in using design to approach public health, education, and immigration issues with young people. She’s excited to join NDC as Project Coordinator for Community Design Works and be immersed in her cross-disciplinary interests through placed-based design. Maria is an avid athlete, loves to cook feasts for friends and family (and herself), and is attempting to become a plant-mom.

Briony_Hynson Deputy Director Neighborhood Design CenterBriony Hynson

Deputy Director
Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Offices
bhynson@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-5219

Briony undertakes Design Leadership initiatives at NDC’s Baltimore and Prince Georges offices. Previously, as the founding creative director of Honfleur Gallery, Briony employed varied approaches to build creative capacity via revitalization efforts in Washington DC’s Ward 8. Her recent work in Baltimore City, investigating public spaces that promote access to play within underserved areas, culminated in the Robert W Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellowship in 2012-2013. Hynson has a BFA in Sculpture from Alfred University and an MA in Social Design from MICA. The lynchpin of her work is understanding community and the shared built environment to leverage positive social change. Briony enjoys building things.

Kendra Hyson

Project Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
khyson@ndc-md.org
(301) 850-6697

Kendra’s passion for community engagement and enthusiasm for social equity and sustainability applied through culturally sensitive design is what brought her to the NDC team. As a Project Coordinator in the Prince George’s NDC office, Kendra works with our Community Design Works and Arbor Day Every Day programs. A DC native, she returned to the metro area after receiving a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors in Studio Art from Spelman College. Her time working in the public sector for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the private realm of commercial landscape architecture has helped shaped her creative and collaborative approach to urban design challenges. She is a 2015 University Olmsted Scholar and an accomplished swim instructor and coach.

Laura Kendrick, MLA

Project Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
lkendrick@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-6517

As a Project Coordinator, Laura works on all programs at the Prince George’s NDC office, and has spearheaded the creation of a new series of Action Guides for community groups and grassroots projects. Laura is a 2013 graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program from the University of Maryland. She’s also a certified arborist and loves nerding out about all things plants and nature. In addition, Laura’s martial arts skills shouldn’t be underestimated; she’s NDC’s own (and only!) Kung Fu master.

Hunsik (Jay) Kim,

Korea WEST
Baltimore City
hkim@ndc-md.org
(410) 514-6258

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Hunsik is joining us as part of the Cultural Vistas’ Korea WEST program which is a joint initiative of the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Department of State. A recent graduate from Gangneung-Wunju National University, he studied Urban Planning & Real Estate and received a Bachelor’s of Social Science.  While here, he is working with the Community Design Works program in the Baltimore City office.

Hunsik is very interested in sustainable urban planning and has experience with GIS and CAD. He has a strong social conscience and has undertaken a number of volunteering assignments (e.g. UNESCO in Russia and Better World in Korea). Having lived in New York City for four months prior to Baltimore, Hunsik has a willingness to embrace new challenges and learn from them.  One of his great adventures thus far, was when he lived and worked in Irkutsk, Russia by himself for 1 year.

Johnny Macon, MLA

Project Coordinator
Baltimore City Office
jmacon@ndc-md.org
(410) 472-5122

As a Project Coordinator, Johnny works in the Baltimore City office on the Community Design Works program. A 2008 graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program from Morgan State University, Johnny has worked in community planning, GIS, land planning, and residential design. Most recently, he had an extended experience with student and professional development for undergraduates in the School of Architecture + Planning; helping to shape the next generation of design professionals. Johnny is from west Baltimore and brings his eyes and ears from living in the city to inform his efforts as a professional.
Rachel McNamara NDC Program Manager

Rachel McNamara

Program Manager
Prince George’s County Office
rmcnamara@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-8519

Rachel’s deep knowledge of and love for plants lead her from a young age to pursue Landscape Architecture. She studied at Penn State, graduating with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture, and is a certified arborist as well as a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional. As Program Manager of Stormwater Savvy at thePrince George’s office, Rachel leads communities in landscape master planning with a stormwater and community-enhancement focus, and designs public amenities such as stormwater pond landscapes and rain gardens. Rachel spends her free time reading, doing yoga, running/swimming/biking with her dog Kona, and enjoying Baltimore’s food scene.

Marita Roos, RLA, AICP

Senior Programs Manager & Lead Designer
Prince George’s County Office
mroos@ndc-md.org

Marita is a landscape architect and planner who writes, designs, plans, builds and teaches with the aim of enlarging our participation in the urban/natural environment. Marita directs program activities at NDC’s Prince George’s County office and brings a perspective from over twenty years of private and public practice. She holds degrees in biodiversity management from the University of London Wye College and in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia. Outside of NDC, Marita loves to kayak wherever blue herons hang out.

Allie O’Neill

Program Manager
Prince George’s County Office
aoneill@ndc-md.org

Allie leads the Prince George’s office’s Community Design Works program, connecting interested professionals and motivated community members to complete a wide range of projects. With a background in architecture, Allie has more than a decade of residential design experience, often working in historically landmarked neighborhoods. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America and certificate in Sustainable Urban Design from Archeworks. A belief in the power of design to improve lives and create independent, resilient communities is an underlying force in all of Allie’s work. Outside of the office, you can find Allie exploring the DC area on her bike.


Dana Puzey

Program Manager
Enterprise Development Director
Prince George’s County Office
dpuzey@ndc-md.org
(301) 850-1724

As a Program Manager, Dana oversees the community forestry programs: Arbor Day Every Day, Tree ReLEAF, and Right Tree, Right Place. As the Enterprise Development Director, she is responsible for managing NDC’s contracts with public agencies and partner organizations. Dana holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Elon University in Environmental Studies and Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech in Urban and Regional Planning. Her work at NDC embodies her desire to make all communities healthy and prosperous through good design, access to resources, and access to the natural environment.

Avenn Scrivner

Summer Intern
Prince George’s County Office

Avenn is a 2018 Charles Herbert Flowers High School graduate in Springdale,MD. While at Flowers, Avenn was an exemplary student in the “Project Lead the Way” program, which provides transformative engineering-based learning experiences through the creation and engagement of hands on activities for students. Avenn plans to attend Morgan State University in the fall, where she will be majoring in Architectural Environmental Design. After obtaining her degree she plans to become a Building Environmental Consultant. Outside of NDC, Avenn loves to bake and go on family outings.

Laura Wheaton, AIA, LEED AP bd+c

Program Manager
Baltimore Office
lwheaton@ndc-md.org
(410) 777-5644

Laura runs the Community Design Works Program in NDC’s Baltimore Office, facilitating a wide variety of projects with teams of pro bono design professionals. Trained as an architect, Laura has experience with both commercial and residential firms, and was previously co-Director of the Chicago Chapter of Architecture for Humanity. She studied at Virginia Tech, receiving her Bachelor of Architecture, summa cum laude, and is licensed in the State of Maryland. Laura is a Midwesterner originally from Columbus, Ohio.

Ossana Wolff

Program Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
owolff@ndc-md.org

(301) 850-1462

Ossana is the Program Coordinator for the Prince George’s County Right Tree Right Place Program. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources Conservation from Virginia Tech and Master’s of Forestry from Northern Arizona University. Previously she has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and as a Park Naturalist for Kentucky State Parks. Her passion for the learning and teaching about the natural world guides her professionally and personally.