We Help Marylanders Afford Home Energy

Vision & Mission

The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides resources to vulnerable Maryland families for heat and home utility needs. Our donors, board and staff support and advocate collaborative funding and services that ensure affordable energy to families that must overcome hardship caused by poverty and assist these families to meet their human needs.

A couple in need


The Fuel Fund was incorporated in 1981 as the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland, following the nation's first energy crisis during the late 1970s when an oil embargo squeezed supply, and energy prices soared. Hardest hit were those people least able to pay dramatic cost increases. Victorine Q. Adams, a Baltimore City councilwoman and noted civil rights activist, intervened and the earliest version of the Fuel Fund was born. She was moved to do so when a couple in her council district froze to death in their home. Adams vowed that this would never happen again under her watch. Today an integrated network of fuel funds across the nation carries on Mrs. Adam's vision.

With the onset of the deregulation of the electric utility industry, the Fuel Fund changed its name to Fuel Fund of Maryland, Inc. At every stage of the life of the Fuel Fund, its focus has been solely on the essential energy needs of individuals and families for whom energy is unaffordable. Families who receive help always pay as much of their bills as they are able. The portion that is unaffordable is usually divided among the customer, the Fuel Fund donations and bill credits allowed by the utility. In this way, the Fuel Fund supplements the resources of each family. Likewise, in order to use all of the resources that are available for families, the Fuel Fund refers applicants to the government-funded programs that operate out of the state Office of Home Energy Programs. Often a family receives adequate assistance from these programs. If they are still in need, the Fuel Fund helps.

Board of Directors



James B. Smith 
Coppin State University

1st Vice President

Jack Ramey 
Regional Vice President
Fidelity Investments

2nd Vice President

Michael Erdek 
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Michael Schmeckpeper 
Vice President- Private Wealth Management


Manette Frese 
Director of Executive MBA Programs
Loyola University



Ben Ballard 
RFP Editor, Vice President
T. Rowe Price Investment Services

Jennifer Busse 
Whiteford Taylor Preston

David Carrera 
Vice President
The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine

David Conn 
Energy Assistance Program Director

Bob Frazee 
President & CEO
MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Lindsay McCrory 
Venable LLP

David Saunders 
Senior Research Analyst
Credo Capital Management

David Plasse 
Vice President, Commercial Lending
Capital Bank, NA

Terry Slade Young 
Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Bill Stone 
Mobern Lighting

James K. Wilhelm, Jr., CPA  
SC&H Tax & Advisory Services, LLC A Member of SC&H Group, LLC



Mary Ellen Vanni 
Executive Director

Richard Doran 
Program Director

Diana Eagan 
Executive Assistant

Irina Fedorova 
Data Analyst

Bill Freeman 
Director of Development

Erica Lambert 
Stewardship Coordinator

Mary Kay Page 
Corporate Relations Manager

Danielle Phelps 
Volunteer Coordinator

Sam Impink 
Program Associate

Sharon Loving 
Program Specialist

Maria Pulido 
Watt Watchers Assistant

Myriam Tourneux 
Watt Watchers Coordinator




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