• Monica Lapenta

    Monica Lapenta wears many hats. A native of Italy, now dedicated Baltimorean, she is executive director of the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland, an award-winning children’s book author, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an activist, a mom, and a passionate, self-taught chef. Lapenta is also the founder of the Be a Chef for a Day Program, […]

  • Wanye Paige

    When Wayne Paige chats with the kids in his East Baltimore neighborhood, he is reminded of his own experience growing up in Baltimore—and the power of a community to overcome challenges. “No matter what crazy stuff is going on in our neighborhood, there is a lot of love and a lot of closeness,” Paige says. […]