Calvert Family Advocates Announces Change in Leadership

Calvert Family Advocates (CFA) is pleased to announce Karen Lane has been named as chairman, replacing Lori Barbee.  Karen is a former Senior Executive with the U.S. Navy and has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience.  She joined the board of Calvert Family Advocates in April 2014 and has been serving as the Director of Programs.   Lori will remain active with the Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus.

“Lori has been a great asset to the department,” said Amye Scrivener, Director, Calvert County Department of Social Services.  “Her support and efforts to chair the Department's Advisory Board and develop and chair Calvert Family Advocates have been appreciated.  CFA went from an idea to an organization that helps those in the community with financial hardships under her watch.  It has been a pleasure to work with Lori and the Department and community are reaping the benefits.  Many thanks to her for her time and efforts.” 

"It's been wonderful to watch this organization come to fruition from just an idea,” said Lori Barbee.   Since we now have a strong board in place I feel it's a good time for me to step out of the chairman's position so I can spend more time with my family and pursue business related opportunities.  I look forward to continuing to play an active role with Calvert Family Advocates."

"It's been a pleasure having Lori lead Calvert Family Advocates, and I wish her well in her new adventures and future leadership positions," said Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt.

“Lori is our founding chairman, forming Calvert Creations in 2011 and leading the transition to Calvert Family Advocates in 2013,” said Karen Lane.  “She led the organization through its formative years into a fully functioning nonprofit serving the needs of Calvert County families.  I am grateful that she will remain active with our Board sharing her knowledge and experience.” 

Calvert Family Advocates works with the Department of Social Services and nonprofit partners to sponsor programs aimed at preventing homelessness and creating opportunities for individuals to become self-sufficient.   “We are prepared to provide financial assistance to keep people safe and sheltered, especially the elderly and other vulnerable citizens,” said Lane.   But we also want to act to prevent these crises in the first place.   That’s why we created a childcare grant for students at the College of Southern Maryland.  The grant provides financial assistance to improve the retention rate of students with children.    We want to help vulnerable citizens gain the tools they need to support themselves and their families.“ 

Calvert Family Advocates is seeking new members for its Board of Directors.   For a very modest time commitment you can make a significant impact on the lives of others.   To learn more about this fulfilling opportunity please contact Karen Lane at

Calvert Family Advocates is a component fund of the MASSB Foundation, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization.   Donations may be made by visiting or through the Combined Federal Campaign #62319.

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