Jen graduated from Salisbury University with her Bachelors of Science in Health Education. Jen went on to earn her Masters of Education in School Improvement Leadership from Goucher College in 2008. Since then, Jen has completed 36 additional credits to earn various certifications in her field.
Jen began her teaching career at Kenwood High School in Essex, Md. in the Fall of 2005. She won Kenwood High School’s Teacher of the Year award in 2009, was a 2010 Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator, and was up for Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2016. She spent her first eleven years in the school system serving the students of Kenwood High School. She began in the classroom, teaching juniors and seniors Health, which consists of Mental Health, Nutrition, Tobacco/Alcohol/Other Drugs, and Human Sexuality.
In 2008, she began her career as the Sports Science Academy magnet program coordinator. The Sports Science Academy is a magnet program at Kenwood High School that serves students who have a passion for sports/health/fitness/wellness related careers. In this role, she mentors students in grades 9-12 by working with them in and out of the classroom, to help build well-rounded students who are college and career ready. She has also had the opportunity to build tremendous relationships with members of the Baltimore community, in an effort to provide her students with unique opportunities to enrich their lives. She has been blessed with the opportunity to get these students involved in various community outreach projects over her years, raising close to $100,000.00 for various organizations, such as JDRF, MDA, Susan G. Komen, and the Susie Cohen Foundation. She gets the most enjoyment from her job when she sees these so-called ‘troubled’ students working passionately and proudly for various causes.
In 2016, she accepted a position as a Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) with BCPS. In this role she works with the most troubled students in her assigned community to help provide them and their families with the resources needed to be successful. She works to reduce drop-out rates and increase student achievement.
Fred Almond joined Empower410 in October 2015, as the VP of Fundraising. Fred also is the VP of Marketing for Migun Life. Prior to that, he was the VP Marketing for Bill Me Later until PayPal acquired them in 2008. Before joining BML he was the Director of Marketing at ToysRUs.com. For 20 years he held various roles with Toys”R”Us in their advertising, purchasing, marketing and international businesses.
Fred spent his life focused on engaging, educating, entertaining and amusing children through his work and his charitable efforts. His exposure to a variety of roles with Toys”R”Us has given him a unique perspective on children. As a board member he believes working with homeless children can provide the education and life skills to help them lead successful lives.
Fred and his family currently live in Maryland, but have also lived in Michigan, New Jersey and Dubai, UAE. Fred holds a BBA in Marketing from Adrian College.
Pat is currently retired, but previously worked for a non-profit that provided assistance to people with developmental disabilities for 22 years. Her experience there was primarily in the Accounting Department. She was responsible for the creation and oversight of budgets for over 20 departments. She joined Empower 410 because she has known Jen Cox since Jen was eight years old and became Pat’s daughter’s best friend. She saw the work that Jen was able to accomplish with very few resources, and wanted to provide any assistance that she could.
Delke graduated from CCBC with his Associate Arts and from Towson University with his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and Masters in Kinesiology. He is a current member of the Maryland Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) and the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).
Delke was selected as a TABCO Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2008. He has also been nominated for several teacher of the year awards which include the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the year in 2009, Catonsville Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year in 2013, Baltimore County Teacher of the Year in 2015, and MAHPERD Teacher of the Year in 2016. Delke was also selected as a MAHPERD “Aspiring Leader” in 2011 and was selected as a MAHPERD “Simon McNeely” award recipient in 2016.
Delke loves teaching through movement. He is absolutely in his element when he is teaching in the gymnasium with the music blasting while enhancing everyone’s brain power through physical activity. Annually he coordinates events at his school which include a Fall Fun Run, Ballroom Dancing programs, NFL Play 60 challenges, and Field Days
Delke works with children through Empower 410’s “Fitness for a Future” program. He develops and implements physical activity lessons that focus on building cooperative and team work skills.
Outside of work Delke loves spending time in the great outdoors with his wife, two daughters, their dog, and chickens. Delke also enjoys rooting on our local sports teams.
Janaye Eaddy is a para educator at Owings Mills High School. She works with kids with autism and other developmental delays. She has been with BCPS for 3 years, since graduating from Kenwood High school in 2013. Janaye is a former basketball player and currently coaches girls’ basketball at Owings Mills High. She is also a GSA advisor, working to bridge the gap between LGBT students and their counterparts. She aspires to go back to school to receive a degree in social work. Janaye has participated in numerous projects in and around her community for the last seven years and understands the need of giving back. Janaye joined the board due to a sentimental closeness she holds to Empower’s initiatives. She has been on the side of troubling circumstances growing up and was able to rise above them, however; she recognizes that everyone is not able to do this at a young age. Janaye wants to be the catalyst in helping all kids to realize they are MORE than their circumstances.
Allison attended Albright College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in fashion merchandising and communications in 2015. She currently holds an account manager position at Skye Associates LLC. in Rockville, MD. After moving to Maryland in the summer of 2015, Allison quickly became involved with Empower410. She began volunteering at the educational programs held in the Eastside Family Emergency Shelter and knew this was a special opportunity. Interacting with the various children and being able to learn just as much from them as they learned from her attracted her to join the board of Empower410. She truly enjoys connecting with the homeless youth that this organization services, and looks forward to what the future holds.
Jacqueline graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with her Bachelors of Art in English, Elementary Education, and Special Education. Jacqueline started teaching full time at Kenwood High School in Essex, MD in the Fall of 2008. As a special educator, Jacqueline taught freshman and sophomore English for three years. In her fourth year, she taught students with significant cognitive disabilities and developed strong relationships with staff, students, and families.
Throughout her time at Kenwood High School, she coached girls basketball as a Junior Varsity Head Coach, the Varsity Assistant Coach, and the Varsity Head Coach. Her experience as a teacher and coach allowed her to work with students from all walks of life. She made it a priority to seek out students in need of encouragement and became a mentor for multiple students. It is her passion to help others and take the time to understand what someone else is going through at home.
In November 2014, Jacqueline accepted a position in Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Special Education as a Resource Teacher. In this role, she supports students and staff in high schools with compliance and teaching and learning. She has the opportunity to work with a variety of students and families that come from varying circumstances. This position has allowed her to increase her leadership skills and create valuable connections within Baltimore County.
Bernard Hennigan has been working as a Pupil Personnel Worker for Baltimore County Public Schools since 2005. He currently serves as the Homeless Liaison/Title I Coordinator for BCPS. He is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a nationally Certified Counselor who provides therapeutic services at the Human Development Center, as well as his own private practice, in Bel Air, Md. Bernard graduated from Towson University in 1998 with a BS in English/Secondary Education and began his work in education as a middle school English teacher. He spent seven years in the classroom teaching both high school and middle school students. In 2004, Bernard graduated from Loyola College with his M.Ed. in School Counseling. Additionally, he received his Administrator Certificate and served as an Assistant Principal at a Baltimore County alternative high school, dealing primarily with behavior modification for students at-risk.
As a board member of Empower 410, Bernard gets great satisfaction from providing much needed resources to our most vulnerable population. He has contributed his time to help with a coat drive as well as other fundraisers that allowed the organization to assist homeless families throughout the area. He looks forward to the growth of the organization as well as the anticipated positive impact on the community
Bob is one of six children and grew up in Lutherville, where he enjoyed playing all types of games, baseball especially, with his five siblings and many neighborhood friends.
Bob attended a local parochial elementary and middle school, and went on to matriculate at Towson Catholic High School, where he took college prep classes, played baseball, and participated on the student council. Bob graduated in 1973 with honors.
Bob attended Towson State College, which became Towson State University during his time there. He majored in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. He graduated Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
During his early work career, Bob managed small businesses and learned the importance of being a supportive and informative supervisor.
Bob went to work with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks as a Community Supervisor in 1982, and over a career that spanned nearly 30 years he worked with volunteers and staff in six different County communities. He was a hands on supervisor who forged strong ties with the citizens he served. Over the years, he started and operated numerous and varied recreation programs that provided leisure activity for many thousands of participants. Bob still has many friends made during his Rec and Parks tenure and he values greatly the many wonderful memories of his service to the public. Bob retired in March of 2012.
Since his retirement, Bob has stayed active as a volunteer with the Towsontowne Recreation Council, acting as Council Treasurer and as Program Director for the Ridge Camp for individuals with special needs.
Bob has two grown daughters, Sydney and Isabel, with whom he is very close. He also has one granddaughter, Meadow Rose, with whom he shares many hours bountiful with fun and joy.