Robert Meza


Originally from Los Angeles, California, Robert has extensive work experience in the accounting & finance field. He worked ten years in the corporate office of Associated Hosts, Inc. (a restaurant operator) and fourteen years at Paramount Pictures where he held various positions in the Corporate Finance and Motion Picture Group divisions. Read More

Executive Council

The HOPE Center of Maryland, Inc. is overseen by the Executive Council whose responsibility includes establishing organizational identity, provide necessary resources, and impart insight and oversight. The Executive Council collaborates with the Advisory Council and the Executive Director in ensuring transparency, effectiveness, and excellence for the operations of the organization. 

Advisory Council

The role of the Advisory Council is to advise and support the leadership of The HOPE Center of Maryland, Inc. This includes community ambassadors, fundraising, and organizational/strategic planning. Each member brings their unique expertise and talents in order to more effectively guide the organization. 

Current Advisory Members:

Debbie Fala - Debbie is retired and worked 41 years in the field of cytology, where her specialty was preparing and reading medical specimens to find cancer. In addition, she was a member and past Vice President of the Maryland Association of Cytotechnologists. Debbie served on several committees... Read More 

Alicia Hamilton - Alicia is a founding member and the interim Executive Director of Found in Faith Ministries, a Harford County-based nonprofit that provides furniture and home goods at no cost to families in need. She is employed with the Office of Problem Solving Courts and provides... Read More 

Jim Hoopes - Jim is a retired Account Executive with HMS Home Warranty for 30 plus years. He has a desire to help people know that God loves them and that God has "plans to give them hope and a future" (Jer.29:11). With that in mind, Jim has worked with various homeless ministries in Harford County for eighteen years... Read More 

Judy Mason - Judy is a consultant providing grant writing and other management services to Maryland nonprofits, including several in Harford County. Judy spent more than 30 years as a part of the Community Action Network, the nationwide system of agencies created by Lyndon Johnson in 1965 to... Read More 

Theresa Manke - Theresa, recently retired, has spent over 40 years supporting senior management in various corporate settings. Her most recent position was as executive assistant to a well-known philanthropist and grant administrator for his foundation. Theresa has volunteered over the years... Read More 

Tom Knapp - Advisory Chairperson - Tom is a long time member of St Margaret Parish in Bel Air where he volunteers as a Eucharistic Minister and in the church’s Prison Ministry at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air. Tom retired in 2105 from M&T Bank, where he enjoyed a 34-year career in the commercial... Read More