Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN:  Charles “Clay” McNally graduated from the University of Maryland, University College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He joined Synergy Financial Group in 2011 as a Financial Consultant specializing in the areas of Disability and Long-Term Care Insurance. He has had a 20-year career in business and estate planning, retirement planning, wealth-distribution, and charitable giving strategies. He is a supporter of local businesses in Baltimore and was the founding member and past president of the Downtown Towson Rotary Club.

Michael Anft is an award-winning journalist, script writer, and educator. He has been a professional writer for 35 years and in that time has become an accomplished journalist. He has handled a variety beats ranging from City Hall affairs to research science, sports, and theater that have earned him national renown as a magazine writer.

Anft is a freelance writer and contributing editor for several publications and websites including AARP’s The Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Esquire, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Kaiser Health News,, Style, PressBox, and the Urbanite.

Lynne Hall is the Strategic Development Managing Partner of Management Counsel, LLC & LTD, a professional services farm headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to founding Management Counsel, Lynne served as a senior executive with Fortune Top Ten domestic and international corporations. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship, authored a number of books, and peer reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics, including corporate social responsibility, strategic management, and ethical dispute resolution.

Andrew Mangle, Ph.D. is supporting the global demand for Information Technology (IT) professionals by providing professional advice to the military, public industry, private industry, and the community on cyber security and IT challenges. Dr. Mangle has been part of the higher education community since 2007. He has taught and developed courses for face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction. He has created Quality Matters Approved Courses and serves as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for online courses. He is a 2014 graduate of the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management (SBM) Information Science and Systems.

Rev. William O’Brien retired from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in January 2016. He has served as associate pastor at St. Joseph, Fullerton, St. Anthony, Gardenville, St. Lawrence, Woodlawn, and as Pastor of Saint Patrick, Havre de Grace, where he was responsible for the design and construction of the parish hall. He served as the Catholic chaplain at the University of Maryland hospital from 1985 until 1998, then briefly at Good Samaritan Hospital and Franklin Sqauare Hospital. He is currently serving as chaplain. Notre Dame of Maryland University. Using his background in ethics from Georgetown University in Washington DC and Catholic University of Nejmegen, Netherlands, Rev. O’Brien served for many years on the Chesapeake Research Review Board as an Ethicist.

Charles Walker is Senior Vice President and Certified Financial Planner with SunTrust Bank in the Private Wealth Management Group. Charles has over 20-years experience in banking and is a current Advisory Board Member for the DeVito Family Trust. He has extensive experience developing financial plans with companies and individuals to fulfill philanthropic interests. He is a former volunteer coach for Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey Club.