Six thousand seven hundred scholarships and counting...

Carson Scholars Fund Staff

Amy Warner
Executive Director

Amy Warner grew up surrounded by educators who reinforced the importance of a solid education.  After a 20 year career in radio, Amy joined the Carson Scholars Fund as Executive Director in 2005 to support her heroes, Dr. Ben and Candy Carson in their efforts to identify high achieving student role models in schools and counteract illiteracy.

Ben and Candy’s inspirational leadership and the dedicated board of directors are magnets for this country’s most exceptional donors, stakeholders and chapter volunteers.  Amy draws daily inspiration from interacting with teachers, administrators and the amazing student network. Watching the young, bright leaders emerge is enormously satisfying to Amy.

Tammy Blazenyak
Reading Room Coordinator

Tammy Blazenyak is a self-proclaimed bookworm.  Reading is her passion and her position at the Carson Scholars Fund allows her to share her passion with others. Since 2007, Tammy has served as the Reading Room Coordinator for the Ben Carson Reading Project and has been instrumental in the creation of nearly 30 Ben Carson Reading Rooms in schools across the country.  Tammy feels giving children the gift of reading is the greatest gift anyone can give.  Reading is entertaining, informative, and important.  It increases self-esteem and gives one a sense of knowledge and experience, and she is delighted to help bring these benefits to our reading room schools.

Jo Weisgal
Events Coordinator

In 2005, Jo was instrumental in creating the Ben Carson Reading Room at Villa Cresta Elementary School, a Baltimore County Public School. Jo was very excited to build this room as she attended this school as a child and both of her daughters have since attended it. Jo feels education is highly important and has dedicated many hours working with the PTA and her children’s teachers. Jo feels passionate about the Ben Carson Reading Project and enjoys interacting with the students, scholars and CSF supporters.

Sabrina Body
Executive Assistant

Sabrina Body is the Executive Assistant for the Carson Scholars Fund. She performs a wide variety of executive secretarial and administrative services required for daily operation of  the Carson Scholars Fund Office. She also facilitates our merchandise sales for events and online orders. Sabrina joined the Carson Scholars Fund in November of 2010. She feels it is an honor to work for such a promising organization and enjoys being a part of Dr. Carson’s dream of giving young children a great start and encouraging them to “Think Big”.

Katie Damaroda
Scholarship Director

Katie Damaroda joined the Carson Scholars Fund in September 2012 as the Scholarship and Communications Coordinator and has since moved into the role of Scholarship Director. As Scholarship Director, she manages the scholarship program – developing the application, communicating with schools and funders, coordinating volunteer judges and the application scoring process, assisting with annual awards banquets, and ensuring scholars receive their payouts when it’s time for college. She is excited to be a part of a program that motivates and rewards students for their excellence.

Kaylee Dougherty
Scholarship and Communications Coordinator

Kaylee graduated from Colgate University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in history. She believes that Colgate was instrumental in creating an environment that emphasized the importance of education and giving back. She has volunteered for numerous organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Brain Tumor Society, among others. She joined the Carson Scholars Fund in September 2014 as the Scholarship and Communications Coordinator. In this role, Kaylee is responsible for maintaining the organizations website and social media platforms, supporting scholarship activities, designing marketing collateral and establishing strong scholar and alumni networks. 

Sadé Diggs
Scholarship Development Associate

In 2005, Sadé Diggs was nominated by Winston Middle School to be a Carson Scholar and she won the scholarship. After graduating from Western High School in Baltimore, MD she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park. Sadé graduated on August 14, 2013 with a BA in Family Science and has joined Carson Scholars Fund in October 1, 2013. She is the 1st Carson Scholar Alumni to be a part of the CSF Staff and serves in the position of Scholarship Development Associate. As the Scholarship Development Associate she will be researching information pertaining to the chapters, preparing chapter proposals, assisting with scholarship fulfillment, and organizing information in the scholarship database. As a Carson Scholar Alumni, Sadé is extremely pleased to be a part of such a great program that is dedicated to recognizing academic achievers and is thrilled to give back to an organization that gave to her.

Jessie Monteleone
Southeast Expansion Coordinator

Jessie Monteleone currently resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. However, she will always call Baltimore, Maryland her "home".  Jessie attended Johns Hopkins University and has long been an admirer of Dr. Carson. She was one of the many volunteers essential to the success of the 2013 Carson Scholars and Paley Foundation Fundraiser. Jessie has been a member of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Junior League. She has extensive experience in event planning and charity fundraising. Jessie not only brings first-hand knowledge and a plethora of local contacts to the table, but also has a passion for making the world a better place by supporting and educating the next generation. She wears many hats, but her favorite one is the married and Mother of two delightful children.

Lew Munzer

Lew Munzer is the Accountant for the Carson Scholars Fund. He joined the organization in July 2014. Lew was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and is a product of the Baltimore City school system.  Most of his working career has been spent in either in Baltimore or nearby areas. He spent over 20 years in radio. He has worked in varied accounting positions.

Lew is very appreciative of his early instructors, as well as his parents, who stressed the benefits of getting a good education. Growing up, the Enoch Free Library branch was within walking distance which made it very easy to feed his thirst for reading.

Consequently, Lew is very excited to be able to join an organization that is providing additional resources to the schools to assist them in encouraging and recognizing the future leaders of our country. 

Mary C. Wright
Development Director

Mary, a native of Denver, was greatly influenced by her mother.  Her mother worked for 50 years encouraging her students to excel beyond their dreams.  This intrinsic touch inspired Mary to excel, to be motivated, and to strive for excellence.

For the past 10 years, Mary has made Maryland her home where she has honed her skills in hospitality sales, event production, and managing corporate & community relationships.   She takes this wealth of experience to the Carson Scholars Fund to share with the talented staff, board, volunteers and students.   In her role as Development Director, Mary looks forward to meeting the generous donors and inspiring individuals who are positively impacting the future of education in this nation.

Traci Taylor
Development and Reading Room Associate

Traci Taylor joined the Carson Scholars Fund in November of 2013 as the Development and Reading Room Associate.  She has a passion to devote her skills, ideas and abilities to build the youth of this generation.  She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years in finance, donor management and youth ministry. Traci was elated to join the Carson Scholars Fund after seeing first-hand the voracious appetite for reading that the Ben Carson Reading Project had awakened in the life of her very own daughter while she attended Wellwood International School.   Carson Scholars Fund has provided her the joy and knowing that each daily task completed is done to ensure brilliant children will be recognized and encouraged for their diligence and that the great key of reading is being shared to children who will use it to unlock great success in their lives.