Our board consists of mostly people from different stages in Zachary’s life. Our founder and Board President, his mom – Brooke Hagerty – has been formulating this project in her head since 2020 and has just recently pulled the trigger to make it all happen.
President – Brooke Hagerty
Brooke joins us as Zachary’s mom (very rarely did she call him Zach) and our founder. An active entrepreneur in and around Carroll County, her background in hospitality as a chef, restaurant owner, health coach, and farmers market manager places her in front of a lot of people and she is never at a loss for words when it comes to promoting organizations that really speak to her. As a volunteer with Catherine’s Cause Brooke is an advocate to end drunk driving. She is also on the board of Moonlit Acres Retreat Farm, a group that provides respite to families with special needs. When she is not working, Brooke enjoys yoga, working out, hiking, biking, and traveling with her husband Ken and dog, Lily & cooking!
Vice President – George Perkins
George Perkins – Vice President -George is currently on the Boards of Target Community and Educational Service and the JeannieBird Scholarship Fund. He has additionally served on the Boards of the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Common Ground on the Hill, Carroll County Food Sunday, Carroll Arts Council and Carroll Hospital Med Services.
He retired from Northrop Grumman in February, 2006 after ten years as the Vice President and General Manager of the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Naval Systems Division which comprised 4,000 employees located at facilities in California, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Norway and the United Kingdom. Prior to that assignment he was the Vice-President of Space Systems and the Director of Air Traffic Management.
He joined Northrop Grumman after a 21 year career in the US Navy where he served as the Director of Contracts at the Naval Supply Depot in Subic Bay Phillipines with contracting responsibility throughout Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. Prior to that assignment, he was the Administrative Contracting Officer at the Office of the Supervisor of Shipbuilding located at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Preceding that assignment, he served as the Director of Business Operations for the Aircraft Carrier Program Office located at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Crystal City, Virginia and the Director of Consolidated Support Services for the Naval Center for Space Technology located at the Naval Research Lab in Wsahington DC. Mr. Perkins received his Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Naval Academy and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Secretary – Gavin Loney
Gavin has been a Loan Officer in Maryland since 2014 and enjoys assisting people nationwide with their financial and mortgage needs. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Goucher College accompanied with a Minor in Art. A well-balanced individual who has a passion for improving his communities. With a love of travel, adventure and everything that they bring, he is honored to be joining the board of Zach’s Sacks, even more so being a long time and childhood friend. When he is not working he enjoys skateboarding, soccer, gardening and trips to the beach.
Treasurer – Shannon Ayres
Shannon is an active licensed CPA in the State of Maryland. Her career began in late 2014 in public accounting and had transitioned in early 2021 to corporate accounting, as a FP&A manager.
Shannon received her B.S. in Accounting from Towson University where she was a part of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting & finance honors society. She continues to mentor young students whom are considering a degree in accounting when given the opportunity.
Zach’s Sacks is a non-profit near to Shannon’s heart as it is in honor of her cousin and embodies his kind spirit.
Board Members :
Mara Balodis Householder holds this cause near and dear to her heart because other than his parents she was the first person to meet Zachary. Aunt Mara, as Zach knew her, is honored to be selected as a board member for this great organization.
Mara is a Rockville, Maryland native and moved to Baltimore 35 years ago where she met Brooke when she was trained by her at a local restaurant. The two of them went on to start a prepared meal business, Dinner at your Door, which was ahead of it’s time and would thrive now. Currently she is the co-owner of Captain Larry’s Bar and Grill in Baltimore which she bought in 2006 with her brother, Ivars.
Deb is a Massachusetts transplant to Carroll County 30 yrs to marry a local boy. Have been a creative entrepreneur all my life. Currently making eco friendly products and playing with fibers and rope to make one of a kind wearables and home decor. Music is also a passion and I was able to blend that into a career as CFO for a chain of record stores for 15 yrs. Helped form the Carroll County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in 1998. Past advocate for the seriously mentally ill and dual diagnosis population. I never got the opportunity to meet Zachary. I bonded with his lovely mom Brooke in 2021, when I signed up for a vendor spot at the Downtown Farmers Market. We bonded over both of us having lost our only children. My son Jeremy lost his battle with a serious mental illness coupled with addiction issues in 2018. He struggled with chronic homelessness and was the recipient of many gifts of kindness, assistance and help – and was always very touched that anyone would care enough to provide a care package, meal or unexpected kindness. When Brooke spoke of forming this foundation it spoke to me and I’m honored to be here to help provide the care and goodwill to others in times of need.
Candy Colonna is a retired tax specialist with the state of Maryland. Although numbers have always been her thing she discovered her true passion when she retired quite by accident. Always an animal lover she has turned that into a passion by volunteering at area shelters. Soon after, she began adopting senior dogs to give them a final home. Currently she is getting involved with Neighbor to Neighbor , a local resource for the elderly to get meals, visits, and phone calls.
To relax she enjoys gardening, both on the gardening committee at her church and in her own yard. Pulling weeds is good therapy! Candy is also Zachary’s aunt and is excited to honor his life.