Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of expertise, experience, and dedication to this mission. They work hard to ensure that Sunshine Projects continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve, furthering our vision of a more inclusive and empowered community.
Chair of the Board and Secretary
For many years, Elma dedicated herself to understanding the special needs community. She discovered that children with intellectual disabilities, given the opportunity, can inspire personal growth, fostering greater empathy and love without boundaries among individuals. After years of active engagement with various organizations and their programs, Elma made the significant decision to establish her own initiative. Sunshine Projects was explicitly designed to cater to the increasing number of young adults needing more engaging and purposeful day activities. Elma has carefully selected educators who share her vision and are known to the community. She aspires to build a community of compassionate individuals dedicated to serving those who need it the most: children with special needs. Elma extends her heartfelt thanks to the Lovegrove family for entrusting her with the care of their precious daughter and, in turn, connecting her with the broader community, one filled with kind, loving, pure, sweet, innocent, and highly talented children.
Vice-Chair and Treasurer (Emeritus)
Jon, born in Seoul, South Korea, worked for many years in finance, both domestically and internationally, and may have been the brightest soul in any room he stepped into, but made others feel they shined brighter.
Before passing, Jon used his expertise in business and technology to provide enriching programs to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sunshine Projects was born in December 2019 alongside his business partner, Elma Galimba. Although COVID hit shortly after, Jon successfully created an advanced virtual platform offering theater, dance, art, and social programs to keep The Sunshines engaged and connected. Members logged in from across the country, from Boston to Hawaii. Jon (54) of Bethesda, Md., precipitously passed away on October 8, 2023.
Alyssa Lovegrove is a professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetown University and the academic director of the Georgetown Pivot Program, a business and entrepreneurship certificate program for individuals with prior criminal convictions. Prior to this, she was the founder and CEO of New Venture Mentors. Previously, Lovegrove was executive director and strategic advisor of the London Children’s Museum and, before that, co-founder of Great Little Trading Company. Earlier in her career, she was senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company and assistant vice president at Bankers Trust Company in New York. Lovegrove is an advisor to BroadFutures, which provides internship opportunities to learning-disabled young adults, and Dog Tag Bakery, an entrepreneurship-based transition program for disabled veterans.
John Finbarr Fleming
John retired from the CIA in March 2020 as Assistant Director for Korea after 31 years of service. He is currently Senior Vice President for Strategic Affairs at Acuity International. John has been a passionate supporter of Sunshine Projects since its inception. His daughter Gabrielle has been an avid Sunshine participant for the same period of time. John hopes to help grow SP to realize its full potential.
Genevieve “Ginger” Houston-Ludlam, Ph.D.
Ginger received her doctorate in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. Prior to entering academia, Ginger started and owned a small Software Engineering company, Frontier Technologies, Inc., which she owned for 30 years. Ginger has a daughter with Down Syndrome and is active in advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the State and National levels. In addition to Sunshine Projects, she is a Board member of the Self-Directed Advocacy Network of Maryland and is a working member of the Maryland Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition of Maryland.
Stephanie Nikitas Renzi
Stephanie received her J.D. from The American University Washington College of Law, where she served as a Dean’s Fellow and the Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, she joined Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where she practiced Government Contracts Litigation for her entire career. She and her husband, Tony are the proud parents of three sons, one of whom has participated in Sunshine Projects from its inception. For over 20 years, she actively supported her children’s schools by chairing many committees and events and serving on the Executive Committee of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School Parent Board. Stephanie and her family have been actively involved as participants, volunteers, and unified partners in BCC Baseball, Special Olympics Maryland, and Best Buddies Maryland. She is honored to join the Board of Sunshine Projects as it builds upon its mission of enriching the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities.