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.
FARM MANAGER /HORTICULTURAL INSTRUCTOR: Nan McKay
TALMAR welcomes one of our newest members on our team, Nan McKay! She transitioned to TALMAR from the Milton Hershey School, where she had been the manager at their Horticultural Center for the last twelve years. 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 to 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.
ASSISTANT MANAGER: Bianca Zaransky
Bianca Zaransky recently come to the Parkville area from Westminster, Vermont, where she owned and operated a sustainable farm. She has worked extensively growing food and caring for animals while working specifically with young adults living in difficult circumstances. Bianca has an education in resource management and social work and moved to the area for graduate school majoring in Clinical Social Work. Bianca is passionate about creating a viable and productive environment for children in the foster care system.
HORTICULTURE ACTIVITIES PROGRAMMER: Tanya Ray
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.
VOLUNTEER OFFICE MANAGEMENT: Chris Oughton
FARM STAFF: Will Rhodes; Paul Newill-Champs; Joseph Willey