FOUNDER AND 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: Nan McKay

TALMAR welcomes one of our newest members on our  team, Nan McKay!  Nan brings 20 years of horticulture and teaching experience. 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.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE INSTRUCTOR: Kate Long

Kate Long joined us in 2019 as the Sustainable Agriculture Instructor of our new training program for veterans with mental illness. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied Organic Farming with an emphasis on vegetable production. Kate then spent nine years managing small-scale farms which sold locally to restaurants, grocery stores, through farmers markets, and through Community Supported Agriculture. Her experience includes urban agriculture in Detroit, where she developed a non-profit program to grow fresh produce for soup kitchens and food pantries. She also managed an agricultural tourism farm which provided educational and recreational experiences based on sustainable agriculture. Kate has designed multiple demonstration and children’s gardens, as well as managed an aquaponics operation. In addition to her work with TALMAR, currently teaches Plant Propagation at the Community College of Baltimore County. She is also a certification inspector on organic livestock farms. Kate is passionate about providing local, nutritious, organic produce to her community, and looks forward to her first growing season in Maryland.

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.