410-427-6430 gccfmd@gmail.com

About The GCF

The Greater Chesapeake Foundation is a non-profit composed of insurance and finance industry professionals dedicated to improving the communities where they live and work.

Our Mission

The Greater Chesapeake Foundation is dedicated to empowering the future of our region by focusing on the well-being, growth, and potential of children and their families. Our mission is to create a nurturing and supportive environment where every child has the opportunity to thrive and succeed through our donations of time, talent, and treasure.

GCF’s signature event is the annual Stuff the Train Toy Drive, supporting hospitals, schools, and nonprofits across Maryland with gifts for children. The toys and games that we collect and donate are used throughout the year to celebrate birthdays, acknowledge milestones, support and encourage rehab and recovery, and spread joy and hope during challenging times.

GCF represents the following Insurance and Finance Industry Associations:

  • CPCU
  • FPA
  • SFSP
  • WIFS

Our History

We have deep roots that trace back to 1939, but we have only been known by our current name since 2012. Originally known as the Baltimore Life Underwriters Charitable Foundation, the focus was on providing orphans with gifts for the holidays.

With a vision of creating an endowment so that future generations could continue their dedication to community service, the Board expanded their reach and participation. Rather than continuing to exist as the Charitable Foundation of the Baltimore Life Underwriters, other associations representing the insurance and financial services industry were invited to have a seat at the table and form The Greater Chesapeake Charitable Foundation, now known as the Greater Chesapeake Foundation.

Today, the Board represents the Maryland Chapters of the CPCU Society, Financial Planning Association, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Society of Financial Services Professionals, Women in Insurance and Financial Services, and the National
Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals. We plan to continue our expansion to meet the growing needs of the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Our Goals

  • Give our time and/or money to various non-profit organizations whose efforts are in alignment with our mission.
  • Encourage greater community involvement by the members of our associations
  • Ensure the continuity of the charitable programs of the Greater Chesapeake Foundation.
  • Instill the spirit of volunteerism in the insurance and financial services communities.
  • Reinforce the integrity of the insurance and financial services industry.

Our Board Members

Executive Director and Past President

Katie Caple, CPCU
Association Membership: CPCU


Alex Supplee
Association Membership: SFSP

Vice President

Monique Spagnola
Association Membership: NABIP-MD


Sandra S. Patterson, CLTC, ACBC
Association Membership: NAIFA, NABIP-MD

Board Member

Board Member

David Bobbitt
Association Membership: NABIP-MD

Board Member

Christie Tinio
Association Membership: NABIP-MD

Board Member

Lori Houser, CPCU
Association Membership: CPCU

Board Member

Board Member

Marla Knight

Board Member

Jessica Cartwright

Board Member

Mark Sucoloski
Association Membership: NAIFA, NABIP-MD

Board Member

Tynai White-Barrett
Association Membership: NAIFA, NABIP-MD

Board Member

Melissa Coles
Association Membership: NABIP-MD

Board Member

Jasmine Keating
Association Membership: NABIP-MD

Board Member

Board Member

Past Executive Director and President

Immediate Past President

Past President