Founder & Executive Director—Catherine T. Murphy, M.S, HTR
Cate is the founding visionary of TALMAR (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland). Educated at Johns Hopkins University and dedicated to the principle of inclusion, Cate is widely recognized for her innovations. Her expertise in horticulture is immensely valuable to educating, training, employing, and engaging people of all abilities.
Cate is the recipient of numerous citations honoring her achievements as a Registered Horticultural Therapist. The American Horticultural Association recently honored Cate with an international service award in recognition of significant contribution to horticultural therapy in the area of program services provided for a community.
PROGRAM AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR / MARKETING DIRECTOR: Tracy Hauser, MFA
For 13 years, Tracy has advocated for programs that benefit Baltimore’s underserved communities. Prior to working at TALMAR she taught English Language Arts in Baltimore City to students in grades six through twelve. Inspired by creative writings’ ability to rehabilitate students, she gained her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts. Tracy developed a LLC, The WriPen Organization, which uses sense memory exercises as a means of alternative therapy. It’s mission is to capture aging adults’ legacies by recording their life histories and composing, designing, and publishing them into books for individuals’ family and friends. She serves as TALMAR’s Program and Volunteer Coordinator and oversees marketing to create public awareness.
OFFICE MANAGER: Lori Wolinski
Lori has been with TALMAR for the past 5 years. She is our front person that greets everyone with a wonderful smile and manages to keep our administrative office running smoothly. She came to us from Goucher University where she was an administrator for student admissions.
HORTICULTURIST/CERTIFIED SPECIAL EDUCATOR: Martha Straus
Martha has over forty years of experience in educating and treating children and adults with disabilities. As a horticultural therapist she he worked with children and adults with a variety of disabilities including psychiatric, seniors, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injuries. As a Special Education Teacher, Martha taught in non-public and public schools teaching a variety of classes. She recently retired from Harford County Public Schools. Her Professional Experiences includes holding numerous offices and on the Board of the Directors of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). She wrote and edited the textbook Horticulture Therapy: the Principals and Practice. She has published numerous articles as well. Martha’s education include s and M.Ed from Goucher College; BA Sociology, Beaver College; and a BS Horticulture, Virginia Tech
ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR & FLORAL MANAGER: Courtney Cohen