Staff & Board

Board of Directors

Sonja Ewing (Planning Supervisor, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Garrick Good (Northeast Housing Initiative)

Jennifer Horton (Policy and Planning Manager, Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development)

Lauren Wilson (Director of Community Engagement, National Building Museum)


Katryna Carter

Program Manager
Baltimore Office
(410) 777-5644 

Katryna heads the Baltimore office’s Community Design Works program, connecting passionate designers with dedicated neighborhood groups to advance community-based design solutions. She is an experienced project manager with a background in and passion for using design and creative placemaking in service of social change. Katryna has more than a decade of design experience, working across non-profit, commercial and government sectors. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Howard University and Masters in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Outside of the office, you can find Katryna dancing her heart out to 90s hip-hop and soulful house music.

Jennifer GooldJennifer_Goold Director Neighborhood Design Center

Executive Director
Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Offices
(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.

Briony_Hynson Deputy Director Neighborhood Design CenterBriony Hynson

Deputy Director
Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Offices
(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.

Maura Dwyer

VISTA volunteer
Baltimore City Office

Maura Dwyer is a northeast Baltimore native, and a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. For the past several years, she has worked with mural collective, Spectrum Murals, to transform education spaces into interactive learning environments through visual design. In addition, she has taught mural workshops across Maryland through Young Audiences, and participated in Baltimore City’s annual arts festivals, including Artscape and Light City. Over the next year, she’ll support NDC’s Place Matters program, which partners with community leaders to build neighborhood capacity. In her free time, you can find her volunteering, visiting art shows, lectures, and learning more about the history of Baltimore.

Taryn Myers

HR Specialist
Baltimore Office
(410) 233-9686

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Taryn puts the charm in charm city. She received her B.A. and M.S. at Towson University, and is currently working on earning her Ph.D. at Howard University in their Department of Communication, Culture, and Media Studies. She is excited to join the NDC team to manage their HR and administrative processes. She brings ten years of experience working in Development for nonprofit organizations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Her pie-in-the-sky dream is to be able to use her work to amplify the voices of the most marginalized populations, whether in the classroom or in the community, by centering their stories and experiences. In her free time, Taryn spends an inordinate number of hours watching Bob’s Burger.

Yasha Magarik

Program Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
(301) 850-1462

Yasha is the Program Coordinator for Prince George’s County’s Right Tree, Right Place Program.  He has a Master’s of Forestry from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he planted trees with the New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, researched urban forestry mensuration with the US Forest Service Philadelphia Urban Field Station, and created an urban forest management plan for the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. Previously, he worked in California for the Woolman Semester School, the Leichtag Foundation / Community Health Improvement Partners, and Coastal Roots Farm on a variety of food system, farming, and agroforestry-related projects. When not at work, he loves biking, bonsai, and bread-baking, and can sometimes be caught rendering landscapes and buildings into incoherent drawings in a little black sketchbook. His favorite tree is Ginkgo biloba.

Nick Maletta

Forestry Technician
Prince George’s County Office

Nick Maletta is the Forestry Technician for the Prince George’s County Right Tree Right Place program. Besides his urban forestry work at NDC, Nick is pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, University College. He was recently awarded a fellowship with the Maryland Forestry Foundation to assist in the creation of an Urban Forestry Careers Camp for mid-Atlantic high school students.

Rachel McNamara NDC Program Manager

Rachel McNamara

Program Manager
Prince George’s County Office
(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.

Sophie Morley

Project Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office

Sophie is an architect with a background in inclusive design and international development. She came to NDC from her home city of London where she was working on affordable housing projects for charities, social landlords and Councils. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with the architecture organization Architecture sans Frontieres leading projects in Ghana, South Africa and Sierra Leone. She has taught architecture at several UK universities and her teaching focuses on equitable practice and social justice in the built environment. When not in the office Sophie likes to travel and ride her bike.

Laura Robinson

Project Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
(301) 850-6697

Laura is a landscape designer with a background in field biology and graphic communication. Her work at the Prince George’s County office focuses on the Arbor Day Every Day program and landscape design and community engagement projects that help increase tree canopy and green spaces in the county. Before NDC, Laura worked in residential design, environmental education, and information technology. She received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University, and more recently received her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys walking her two senior dogs, attempting woven art, and hiking in Shenandoah.

Marita Roos, PLA, AICP

Programs Director
Prince George’s County Office

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

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
(301) 850-1724

Dana is responsible for securing and managing the grants and contracts at the Neighborhood Design Center for both the Prince Georges County and Baltimore offices. Ms. Puzey began her post graduate career in Baltimore City in 2009, working with residents and communities to identify stormwater problems and site stormwater BMPs. In 2015, Dana joined NDC to oversee the organization’s urban forestry work in Prince George’s County. Her work evolved to include grant and contract management for both offices. Throughout her career, she has focused on program development and financial management. Dana received a Bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Urban and Regional Planning. When she’s not at the office, Dana keeps busy by exploring parks and museums with her young children and husband.