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HSP Executive Leadership Team

Scott Yard, Executive Director

Email: syard@hspinc.org

Scott Yard directs and oversees the overall success of HSP. Scott joined the HSP team in 2016 as a Program Director. In July 2018, after two years with growing responsibilities, Scott was asked to serve as the Acting Executive Director. In December 2020, the Board of Directors selected Scott to serve as the Executive Director. Scott began his non-profit career in Westminster at Target Education and Community Services. Scott has also worked at the Keystone Human Services agency, as well as CHANGE Inc., prior to joining HSP.

Originally from Baltimore, Scott joined the Carroll County community in 2000 when he began his college career at Western Maryland College – now known as McDaniel College.

Scott actively participates in the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Scott is a 20-year veteran to the sport of powerlifting. He donates his time and talent to helping and mentoring young, upcoming powerlifters.

Ruth E. Carski, CPA, Deputy Executive Director

Email: rcarski@hspinc.org

Ruth Carski has more than 36 years of financial experience in the non-profit sector. She has expertise in financial policy, budgeting, forecasting, regulation and legal compliance requirements for non-profits. In addition, she has professional knowledge of other functions such as risk management, record retention, technology, human resources and facilities management.

Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland’s School of Business. In 1985, she began her career at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington where she served as Accountant then Assistant Comptroller for four years. Between 1989 and 2007, Ruth served as CFO for The Foundation Fighting Blindness; she then returned to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington as its CFO.

Ruth retired in 2016 and accepted a part-time accounting position at HSP, and in 2018, HSP asked Ruth to serve as its Deputy Executive Director.

Joyce Tierney, Director of Family Support Program

Email: jtierney@hspinc.org

Joyce Tierney oversees HSP’s Family Support Program and has served as the Family Center Director since 1998. Prior to her time at HSP, Joyce was the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Carroll County and worked for Junction, Inc. It was this experience, combined with her educational background, that led her to HSP and her role in the Family Center. The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families was very enticing to Joyce.

Joyce holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College.

In addition to her work at HSP, Joyce is active in her church community. For more than 30 years, Joyce has helped facilitate marriage preparation sessions.

Jennifer Graybill, Director of Shelter & Housing Program

Email: jgraybill@hspinc.org

Jennifer “Jenny” Graybill oversees the homeless entry point for Carroll County, including: three emergency shelters, various housing programs, as well as Opportunity WORKS, financial education services and a tax preparation site. For more than 15 years, Jenny has created and implemented life-changing programs to help provide opportunity for those at-risk in our community. Her previous work experience includes local and state correctional institutions and the direction of Carroll County’s work program for Temporary Cash and Food Stamp recipients.

Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Certificate in Law & Public Service from Dickinson College. In addition, she is certified as a National Results Oriented Management and Accountability Trainer, as well as a Chamber of Commerce Leadership Carroll Graduate.

Jenny currently serves as the Chair of Transportation Advisory Committee, and she is a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Always dedicated to helping people help themselves and advocating for those in need, Jenny is a board member of the Carroll County Landlord Association and Habitat for Humanity.

Robyn Bridges, Director of Home Energy Program

Email: rbridges@hspinc.org

Robyn Bridges oversees the Home Energy Program at HSP, working with Maryland’s Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) to assist Carroll County residents with electric and fuel costs, as well as bill assistance. Managing a team of six, Robyn is responsible for all OHEP outreach and certification of all applications. Prior to moving into OHEP, Robyn worked part time at HSP in three different shelters, while working full time in the school system. For more than seven years, Robyn has been helping move HSP’s mission forward. 

Robyn holds a high school diploma from Fort Hill high School. In addition, she is a Certified Dental Assistant and was a licensed home daycare provider for 10 years. 

Robyn has also worked in public schools as an instructional assistant for Special Education.

Courtney Kingan, Director of Development

Email: ckingan@hspinc.org

Courtney Kingan oversees HSP’s fundraising and marketing efforts, providing strategic direction and long-term planning for the organization’s Development Department. Courtney has worked in the non-profit industry for more than 10 years. Prior to joining the HSP team, Courtney worked at the Arthritis Foundation as its Development Director. She also has experience working in hospital foundation and higher education fundraising.

Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology from Towson University. In addition, she obtained her certificate in Broadcast Journalism during her undergraduate years.

Through HSP, Courtney is a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. She also participates in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Maryland Chapter.

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