Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County Newsletter

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A letter from the President

Dear CBN-MC Community,

It is my pleasure to be sharing our first newsletter of 2021. While the past 12 months have been unlike anything we have ever faced, the CBN-MC, thanks to generous supporters throughout our community, has worked hard to fulfill its mission of supporting the gift of Catholic education

As we all know, the CBN-MC is an organization of people who seek to live out the values of our faith in the marketplace. It is both a premier networking organization and a mission-based not-for-profit. Our goal is to give back to our community by funding need-and merit-based scholarships as well as direct grants to over 30 schools serving the Archdiocese of Washington. 


We have also worked hard to maintain our schedule of events despite the remote environment. We have been pleased to virtually welcome Rob Clark (The Resilient Worker), Lance Ford (Palm Facility Services), and Claire Hannan (Association of Immunization Managers) as speakers at our monthly meetings and we are very much looking forward to Allie Amoroso of the ROSE Women’s Foundation who will join us virtually on Friday, April 9th at 8:30 a.m.  Allie is a social impact entrepreneur who founded the ROSE Women’s Foundation. ROSE is a thriving 501c3 non-profit serving women in extreme poverty in Kenya and was featured in Forbes last year. Allie is passionate about sustainably alleviating poverty for future generations by economically and spiritually empowering women as entrepreneurs.  For more information please visit

As vaccines reach people’s arms and restrictions are lifted, we look forward to resuming in-person events. Like you, I miss the friendship, fellowship and camaraderie that are the hallmark of our activities.

Also, thanks to those who have renewed their membership in the CBN-MC for 2021. For everyone else, I ask you to visit our website and consider renewing or joining. It’s a small but impactful investment. Together, we can make a difference.

Finally, as we work to meet the challenges of our time, I ask everyone to remember the importance of values such as Respect Others. It is a simple concept, but despite its simplicity, when done, it is powerful and impactful.  It is not always easy, but try and remember that what unites us is stronger that what divides us.

As we celebrate the Lenten season, let us work each and every day to keep the faith by helping ourselves, each other and our families.  Stay safe and healthy.

God Bless,

Geoff J. Gonella

President, CBN-MC

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Meet your new Board member-

J.B. Gerald


As a Jesuit educator service is extremely important and goes hand in hand with the CBN-MC's mission. A mission to provide resources and opportunities for students in the Catholic School Network. Children are the future, and a quality education is paramount. I am extremely excited about being a part of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County and contributing to its’ mission “Education changes lives, be part of the future.” 


A Rhodes Scholar candidate, J.B. graduated from Colgate University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and a minor in Special Education. He earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Penn State University in 2006. Two years later, J.B. finished his Ph.D. coursework and lacks only the completion of his dissertation to receive his doctorate in Educational Leadership, also from Penn State University. 

Catholic Education Experience: 

Washington Jesuit Academy  

2010 – 2015 ~ 6th, 7th, & 8th Science Teacher & Coach (Football, Basketball, & Track) 

2018 – Present ~ Director of the Office of Student & Alumni Success 

Check out your full 2020 CBN Board.

Sponsor Spotlight


Capital Golf Promotions


Capital Golf Promotions located in Chevy Chase MD is a local company which has been in business for 12 years. 

They are a one stop shop for all your promotional needs as they can deliver any product with you logo on it.

If you need branded or generic products, they have all the options to fit your budget as they deliver high quality items for a great value. 


Brian Golden


Capital Promotions

(Office) 301-637-9153

Sponsor Spotlight

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Founders Bank


Founders Bank was founded by local community bankers and built by local investors. We serve businesses, organizations, and the professionals who run them in the Greater Washington area with personalized loan, deposit, and treasury management solutions. We are committed to being accessible to our customers through our people and our technology-forward approach. We strive to build stronger communities in our market area, including those of our employees, investors, customers, partners, and neighborhoods. Consolidation in the banking industry over the last decade has created a void in the local community banking market. Founders Bank is filling that void and providing a level of service and commitment that community banks are known for. Experience it for yourself – reach out to us today!



Martin McCarthy

President and CEO



New Member Spotlight

Farewell Partners (Tim Covell)

Farewell Partners. Celebrating Lives - Supporting Loved Ones.


Farewell Partners is brought to you by Maria and Tim Covell, founders of Capital City Events, Washington, DC's premier destination management and special events company. Backed by 25 years of experience connecting people through shared experiences for clients as varied as Pfizer, Prudential, Bank of America, Marriott International, and more, the Capital City Events team was poised to react when COVID-19 disrupted the world and the traditional mourning process. 


Farewell Partners provides friends and family the opportunity to grieve together in a distanced world, to celebrate a loved one by gathering virtually and one days soon, event planning services for in-person celebration of life gatherings. Professional live streaming of funerals, burials and memorials expands the opportunity for more friends and community to attend and support the family. Virtual receptions offer everyone, near and far, the ability to come together in real-time to share stories and photos, comfort one another, and pay their respects—much like a memorial or wake. Farewell Partners looks forward to continuing to offer technology and virtual event planning expertise to families while the pandemic continues. As a Covid-free future opens a path to resuming gathering together, Farewell Partners will offer both virtual and in-person opportunities for friends and family to support each other and celebrate their loved ones during their final farewell.


Farewell Partners was honored to have NBC4 share our story recently and can be viewed here: Virtual Gatherings Bring Peace to Families in Mourning

Please feel free to visit the Farewell Partners website at or contact them at  

Upcoming Events

Please join us for a virtual tour of Suburban Hospital on March 25th at 6:00pm. Register Here