Leadership and Staff

Founder & Executive Director: Catherine T. Murphy

Catherine (Cate) is the founder and visionary of TALMAR (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland). Educated at Virginia Commonwealth University and The Johns Hopkins University, she received advanced degrees in Social Work and Education. She also studied at Cornell University where she obtained an education in Horticulture. 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 Therapy Association  has honored Cate with the international service award in recognition of significant contribution to horticultural therapy in the area of program services provided for a community.


TALMAR welcomes one of our newest members on our  team, Nan McKay!  Nan brings 20 years of horticulture and teaching experience (including five years as a special educator in Horticulture at a  school in Baltimore, MD). Combined with her educational background in psychology, horticulture and special education, she far exceeds the credentials needed as TALMAR’s Farm Manager and Sustainable Agricultural Instructor.  She is also a Registered Horticultural Therapist.



Tanya, while working on our team at TALMAR,  is the owner of “Gorgeous Gardens” in Baltimore which provides gardening opportunities for the elderly and the disabled, and employment and volunteer opportunities for local youth.  She is the President of Biostorage Lab Services and is responsible for marketing and sales of services to academic/medical/commercial/government laboratories, where she writes grants and develops appropriate control and quality assurance procedures for the company. Tanya was the recipient of an award for outstanding marketing in 2014-2016.  She holds a masters degree in Management, Biotechnology and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

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.  She is  responsible for administrative and employee management.  She came to us from Goucher University. where she was an administrator for student admissions.