Board of Advisors
The mission of the Loyola School of Education Board of Advisors is to assist the dean and the leadership of the School to enact the vision, values, and plans of Loyola University Maryland in the lives of the undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, administrators, and staff of Loyola University Maryland.
Martin Knott, ’01, Chair
B.A. in History and Philosophy, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
Martin Knott is the managing director of professional services at Moodlerooms, an enterprise education service software provider. Previously, he established The Shepherd Group, a retained executive search firm, after serving as a managing director of three global search firms. Knott was also owner/CEO of an engineering and construction mechanical contracting company serving the mid-Atlantic region, and chairman and CEO of a major real estate holding company. He is a trustee of The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation.
He resides in Easton, MD.
William L. Ashton
Parent of Adrienne, Elementary Education major/Special Education minor '14
B.S. in Education, California University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Education, University of Pittsburgh
Mr. Ashton is a Fortune 100 senior executive with over 28 years in biotechnology management. He currently is a principal with Harrison Consulting Group, a privately-held biopharmaceutical consulting firm in Pennsylvania. From 1989 to 2005 Bill worked at Amgen Inc., holding a number of executive positions. He was founding dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy from 2005-2008. Following this he served as the senior VP of external affairs at University of the Sciences of Philadelphia from 2010-2013.
Mr. Ashton serves on the Board of Directors for Galena Biopharma, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, and Recro Pharma. He also serves on the board of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FLNM), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Ashton and his wife, Lise, reside in Newtown Square, PA.
Erin Bennett, '07
B.A. in History and Certificate in Elementary Education, Muhlenberg College
M.Ed. in Reading Specialist, Loyola University Maryland
Erin is currently teaching third grade at Calvert School in Baltimore, MD. This is her seventh year at the school. Prior to teaching at Calvert, she taught at the School of Cathedral.
Erin and her husband live in Towson, MD.
Mary Beth Brady
B.A. in English/Pre-Med, Georgetown University M.D., Georgetown University
Residency and fellowship in anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University
Mary Beth Brady is an assistant professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, the medical director of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and director of The Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Program.
Brady resides in Cockeysville, MD.
Parent of Elizabeth,’08
B.A. in Education, The College of St. Elizabeth
M.A. in Administration and Supervision in Education, The College of St. Elizabeth
Elaine Grillo is a former elementary school teacher. She is currently a trustee for the Kemmerer Library in Harding Township, NJ.
Grillo and her husband, Anthony, reside in New Vernon, NJ.
Jean C. Halle, ’80
B.A. in Accounting from Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland)
Parent of Danielle, '10
Jean C. Halle is currently president and COO of Curiosityville. Prior to this she worked as the chief executive officer of Calvert Education Services from 2002 to 2010. From 1983–2001 Ms. Halle held ever increasing roles of responsibility with the Baltimore Sun, eventually becoming the chief financial officer and vice president of new business development for Times Mirror Interactive. Halle is currently a member of the board of directors for American Public Education, Inc., a provider of online higher education.
Her current business and civic responsibilities include:
Advisory Board Member for Stevenson University
Advisory Board Member for Citybizlist, Baltimore
Member, Women’s Education Alliance, Archdiocese of Baltimore
Board of Directors Member, American Public University System
Board Member for St. Joseph School, Cockeysville, MD
Senior Advisor, Dinnertime, Inc.
Board Member and Treasurer for Catholic Distance University
Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors
Architectural Chair, Pebblecreek Community Association
Halle resides in Lutherville, MD.
Parent of Jessica,’14
B.S./M.C.S. in Mathematics and Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S.I.A. in Finance and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University
Larry Jennings is the senior managing director and co-founder of ValStone Partners, LLC, a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a private equity investment firm. Prior to helping establish ValStone Partners, Jennings was a principal with Carnegie Morgan Partners, a financial advisory firm that he founded in 1994. He has also served in several roles of increasing responsibility, including managing director, with Legg Mason Wood Walker, and as a senior financial analyst with Maryland National Bank.
Jennings and his family reside in Baltimore, MD.
Audrey Rose McGonigle, '12
B.A. in Elementary Education, Loyola University Maryland
Audrey McGonigle is an Early Learning Center teacher at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, D.C. During her time at Loyola, Audrey student taught in a Baltimore City first grade class and a Baltimore County third grade class. Audrey also taught in a Danish Vuggestue, or nursery, while studying abroad in Copenhagen. McGonigle resides in Washington, DC.
Deborah Phelps, '97
B.A. in Education, Fairmont State University
M.Ed. in Educational Management and Supervision, Loyola University Maryland
Deborah Phelps is the newly appointed director for The Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation which provides resources for students and teachers and funds for innovative programs. Widely regarded as an innovative, talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience, Ms. Phelps began her career as a teacher in Harford County Public Schools in 1974. Over the course of her distinguished career, she evolved her experiences from teacher to team leader to department chair to middle school principal in Baltimore County. She has been a BCPS Teacher of the Year Finalist, twice named Maryland Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year, and was named Baltimore County’s “Baby Boomer of the Year, 2004.” She co-chaired the “One Campaign” for the Harford County Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Maryland Character Education, The Children’s Guild, Northwest Hospital and The Michael Phelps Foundation. She serves on the national advisory board for The American Students’ Fund and Rachel’s Challenge and is an education presenter for many organizations throughout the United States. Ms. Phelps has also written a book titled "A Mother for All Seasons," released in April 2009.
Phelps resides in Baltimore, MD.
D. James Prey III (Jim), '11
B. A. in Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University
M.A.T. in Elementary Education, Loyola University Maryland ‘11
Jim is currently teaching middle school math at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, MD. The prior two years he held various teaching positions in the Baltimore County Public School System. Before his second career in teaching, he worked the prior 27 years in the investment arena. The last 13 years he was employed as a senior equity trader at T. Rowe Price. Jim is a member of the Advisory Board of the Paul Reed Smith / Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Annual Concert and Golf Outing. Additionally, Jim is on the Executive Board of The Summer Solstice Foundation which raises money for children’s health and education charities through annual golf outings.
Jim and his wife Kim live in the neighborhood next door to Loyola in Baltimore.
Vincent W. Talbert
B.S. in Economics, Towson University
M.B.A., Darden School of University of Virginia
Mr. Talbert has 24 years of marketing, Internet and credit card experience. Vince was most recently a vice president at PayPal. He joined PayPal through the $1 billion acquisition of Bill Me Later, Inc. in which he was a founder and led marketing. Prior to Bill Me Later, he led Internet Marketing for First USA where he was named IAB's 1999 "Marketer of the Year". He started his career at Citibank. Vince is a life-long Baltimore area resident and is active as an investor, advisor and educator in the Baltimore education community supporting efforts to transform public education.
Currently, Vince is chairman of the board at GiveCorps.com (a funding platform for nonprofits, using technology, storytelling, and social marketing to redefine what it means to be a philanthropist), and an advisor for Common Curriculum.
Vince's current philanthropic interests include memberships on Towson University's Board of Visitors, board member at the Digital Harbor Foundation, board member at Urban Teacher Center, and Board of Advisors to Towson Global. Vince also serves as an advisor and investor to several Education Technology startups in the region.