Lauren Shipley

Acting Executive Director/Director of Marketing

Jessica Papaleonti
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Josh Fretz
Public Information Officer
Phone: 443.769.10223

College Savings Plans of Maryland Board


Nancy K. Kopp, Board Chair, has been the Treasurer of the State of Maryland since February 2002. Prior to that she served in the Maryland House of Delegates for over 27 years. She has served as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development for the past seven years and served as Assistant Majority Leader and Speaker Pro Tem in the House of Delegates.

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Helene Grady, Board Vice-Chair, is currently the Vice President for Planning and Budget at The Johns Hopkins University. Grady joined Johns Hopkins in March 2010, as associate dean for finance and administration in the School of Nursing. Among her previous positions, Grady served as deputy director of finance for the City of Baltimore for nearly five years and as Philadelphia's assistant and then deputy budget director for almost four years. In addition, she has been a commissioner of the Maryland Health Care Commission. She graduated maxima cum laude from La Salle University in 1993 and earned a Master in Public Policy degree in 1996 from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Robert Caret

Robert L. Caret, joined the University System of Maryland as its fourth Chancellor on July 1, 2015.


Peter Franchot was elected Maryland's 33rd Comptroller on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Prior to his election to statewide office, Comptroller Franchot served 20 years in the Maryland General Assembly, in the House of Delegates, representing the residents of Silver Spring and Takoma Park. During his time in the House of Delegates, Peter was a member of the Appropriations Committee and served as Chairman of the Transportation & the Environment Subcommittee. Through his career, he has been a strong advocate for education, health care, transportation and environmental protection initiatives.

John Kenney

John D. Kenney was appointed the Director of the General Accounting Division for the Comptroller of Maryland by Louis L. Goldstein in 1994. John served in that position until his retirement in June 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as an audit manager with the Office of Legislative Audits and he started his career at KPMG Peat Marwick, a large public accounting firm. John has served on SECU Credit Union’s Board of Directors since 1996. He has been a member of all standing Board committees and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. John is a past president of the Maryland Government Finance Officers Association and holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Mount Saint Mary's College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Russell V. Kelley, Ph.D., has spent 42 years in Maryland higher education as both a faculty member and administrator, and retired in 2009 from Morgan State University as Associate Professor of Biology. He is a recipient of fellowships from the General Electric Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He remains active with numerous community boards and organizations, including as Chair of the Morgan State University Science Fair Steering Committee, the Delta Lambda Foundation Board of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Chair of the Cyber Center Mentoring Club of Union Baptist Church, the Maryland Board of Water Works and Waste Management Operators, and the Minority Advisory Board of Baltimore County Public Schools.

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Jack R. Smith, Ph. D., Interim State Superintendent of Schools

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Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera, Acting Secretary of Higher Education

SPM Board's Mission, Vision, Goals

To provide a simple, convenient ways for Maryland families to save in advance for college and reduce future reliance on loans.

That Maryland will become a state where all families who have college dreams for their children are motivated to save in advance for future college costs.

1. Create and maintain statewide awareness of the College Savings Plans of Maryland by communicating the benefits of plans and results in significant participation among:

a. Parents of Newborns through 12th graders
b. Grandparents
c. Those who are interested in providing for the higher education of a child who may not be a family member

2. Ensure excellence in customer service, records administration and transaction processing for current participants.

Gov. Larry Hogan

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Governor Larry Hogan

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

CSPM Board and Board Committee Meeting Schedules

All Board meetings are held on a Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 217 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 with the specific conference rooms to be provided with the meeting agenda.

Please be aware that the Board and Board Committee meetings are scheduled in advance and are subject to change. To confirm dates, time and location, you can call the College Savings Plans of Maryland at 443.769.1023.

Portions of the meetings may be held in closed session and meetings may be held to vote to recess into closed session.

2015 (posted 11/3/2014)

Friday, March 20th
Thursday, May 28th - conference call.  See call information below.
Wednesday, June 24th
Thursday, August 27th
Thursday, September 24th
Thursday, October 29th
Thursday, December 10th

Conference call information:

Number: 1-866-247-6034
Code: 34 37 50 33 59 #

Special Board Meetings:

Upcoming Committee Meetings:


Audit and Finance Committee:

Administration & Personnel Committee: