Leadership and Staff

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.



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.

GRANT WRITER:  Brittney Vrzak.

Following an editorial internship and a year of service with AmeriCorp as a literary tutor, Brittney worked a year for United Community Ministries as a grant writer/researcher.  She will continue to follow her passion in Development with TALMAR September 1, 2017 as a permanent member of out staff.