Laura has been with The Blue Ribbon Project since December 2014. Her story with the Project begins with giving 2 foster children a tour of her firehouse and meeting our founder, Taylor, for the first time around
Christmas and they all made a permanent impression! She's been an EMT for 15 years, works in a pediatric doctors office full time and an urgent care center part time. Laura is also a part time caretaker of a wonderful young man with cerebral palsy. She takes pride in spending her "free time" volunteering with The Blue Ribbon Project and the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Edgewater, MD.
Pat grew up in Baltimore, moved to Charlottesville, VA for 26 years and returned to the Annapolis area in 2006. She has her BS degree in Art Education from Towson University and taught high school visual art in
Charlottesville. She worked in educational travel and various other careers before moving back to Maryland. Pat trained and became a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Anne Arundel County in 2006. A CASA becomes the eyes and ears for the judge when a child has been removed from home due to neglect and/or abuse. She remains active with the program and helps with many of the fundraising activities. She enjoys painting and spending time with her family & friends.
Hi! I am a G-ma (Gee-ma aka grandma) recently retired from Lockheed Martin where we developed Air Traffic Control software. I've been married for 41 years and we have been blessed with 3 children and 3 grands. In retirement, I have wanted to give back. I was excited about Backpacks of Love from the moment I first saw the FB post from my daughter's friend who is a social worker. I am very impressed with what Taylor has done with this grass roots movement and I am delighted to contribute in any way I can.
My husband, Jason and I have been Foster Parents since March 2014. We do not have any biological children, but we finally were able to adopt our two foster children in April 2016. Currently I am a stay at home Mom. Prior I worked for SRMA managering ore school care and the Maryland Watermans Association, a non-profit, as the Office Manager/Executive Director for over 5 years. I am also the treasurer for the Anne Arundel County Foster Parent Association. With the Blue Ribbon Project, I facilitate many of the Volunteer Days and work with various community organizations in donation drives. I am also on the Board of Directors with The Blue Ribbon Project and serve as Board Secretary.
Carly joined The Blue Ribbon Project's Leadership Team in December of 2016. Carly gained interest in The Blue Ribbon Project through hosting a donation day during her final semester of nursing school in May of 2016. Currently here at The Blue Ribbon Project Carly is one of the leaders on the Volunteer Day Committee, and she also is a practicing RN at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Phone: ext 820
I have a diverse background; I have worked in retail, was part owner of a café/bookstore, a wife and mom. I currently work as a substitute teacher, with special needs children, now that I am living in Maryland. But what I am truly devoted to and passionate about is making a difference in other people’s lives. I am currently getting my degree in psychology to help other victims. As a survivor myself, it is my prayer that I will be able to help and support others through the difficult process of restoration and healing. There is life after abuse!
I love to travel and have gone overseas a few times for various mission trips. I have been very active in church, teacher of the bible and taught many bible studies. I have been a part of different music ministries and worship teams. My ministries have been to encourage and support women, young women, youth, children and special needs ministries, as well as, volunteering in various capacities in the communities where I live. I love to read, write, sing, and play the guitar and piano. I have a wonderful doggie. I’m an artist – oil is my medium, I enjoy walking, running, motorcycles, and trying new things. I’m loving life, even with all of its ups and downs. My desire is to contribute any way I can to The Blue Ribbon Project. I envision a society where there will be no more abuse. We must STOP abuse against children and care for the most vulnerable!
Shalom n Yeshua
Ronda is a Certified Wellness Coach with a focus on Nutrition. She and her soulmate recently purchased their home in Southern Anne Arundel County where they raise their 4 children, 2 boys and a set of twin girls. Prior to starting a family, Ronda was pursuing her degree in Criminal Justice and worked for both Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland State Police. Ronda has dedicated her time and effort to ensure the success of The Blue Ribbon Project and to support the youth of Foster Care by enrichment and empowerment.
Laura Anderson has a Masters Degree from The University of Maryland School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is married and is a stay at home mom to three sons. Laura's previous Social Work experience includes Johns Hopkins Community Psychiatry where she provided psychotherapy for children and adolescents, The Patuxent Institution where she provided treatment for violent offenders and colead the survivors of sexual abuse psychotherapy group. She also completed internships at Child Protective Services and Kennedy Krieger Therapeutic Foster care. Laura received the Anne Arundel County 2014 Mentor of the Year award and is on the Advisory Panel for Box of Rain's Charting Careers program.
Paige is an elementary school Music teacher (grades K-5) in Anne Arundel County. She lives on the Eastern Shore, but she lived in and around Annapolis for 11 years before moving over the bridge. In Paige's previous life, she worked in computer consulting, tech/marketing writing, property management, and child care, and she currently writes item descriptions for a retail website. Paige completed her master's degree in reading in 2014. She has been happily married for 23 years and has a beautiful 20-year-old daughter. In contrast to her own "charmed" life, Paige sees children whose home lives are anything but charmed. She is excited to be part of Blue Ribbon Project's Advisory Board, working to make a difference for abused and foster children.
Taylor Pyles grew up in Anne Arundel County Maryland. As a child, Taylor’s mother fell victim to several mental health issues, leading to physical abuse within the home. In the early 1980’s, Taylor was removed from this abusive environment and entered the system under Department of Social Services.
Taylor has been a member of the Annapolis since June of 2004 and is a sworn officer within the department. In March of 2010, Taylor was transferred to the Annapolis Police Department Criminal Investigations
Kristin grew up in Charles County where she attended community college for 2 years before transferring to George Mason University where she graduated with a BS in Accounting. She practiced as an accountant and CPA for 19 years, during the end of which she graduated law school and began practicing in business/corporate and tax law in 2008. Kristin practiced family law from 2011 to 2014 before returning to practicing business/corporate and tax. She is a Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution Certified Mediator, and mediates family and civil law cases. She has also trained to mediate CINA and TPR cases. Kristin served as volunteer treasurer of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northern Virginia for 11 years. She trained and became a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Anne Arundel County in 2006. She is passionate about assisting children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
As a member of the Blue Ribbon Project Hospitality Committee, Mary joined the Leadership Commitee in 2016. Ms. LeDoux was introduced to the foundation through her involvement as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Anne Arundel County and previous experience as a foster parent. As a CASA, Mary advocates for the child who is placed in foster care determined by the court to be a child in the need of assistance, by reporting to the court on all aspects of the child's needs relating to their physical, emotional, psychological and educational needs while in the care of DSS. The CASA follows the case and reports back to the court and makes recommendations to the court as to the best interest of the child until he/she is placed in a permanant home and the foster care case is closed.
Ms. LeDoux has resided in Anne Arundel County for 50 years. Mary's professional career has been spent over the past 30 years as a project administrator within the commercial construction and environmental engineering industry.