Board of Directors

Anne Carroll Harrington, Chair of the Board

Anne is a native Marylander, having grown up on the eastern shore, and has lived in Annapolis for more than twenty years. She is one of the founders of the Box of Rain Foundation. Anne was a personal friend of Lee Griffin, a victim of a homicide in downtown Annapolis in 2002. A few of Lee’s friends came up with the idea of a living legacy in memory of Lee. Thus Box of Rain was officially launched in June 2003 with the first seven-week summer program, now in its ninth year of operation.

Anne worked in the hospitality industry in sales and marketing for several hotels in Washington, DC. She was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel and prior to that a District Sales Manager for Norwegian Cruise Line. She has been an active realtor for the past six years and is affiliated with Coldwell Banker, Church Circle office.

Anne has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged youth and the elderly. Anne has also helped to organize several sailing regattas in Annapolis, and served as co-chair for the Leukemia Cup Regatta and the Rolex Women’s International Keelboat Championship.

Community service:

  • Box of Rain Foundation—Chairman of the Board, Development and Fundraising, Volunteer
  • Eastport Girls Club—Mentor
  • Partners in Care—Volunteer
  • Annapolis Community Boating—Board of Directors

Anne Hooper-Bowen

Owner of Hooper & Associates, Anne is a property manager and commercial real estate agent specializing in medical/office buildings, retail centers, multifamily buildings, mixed use projects, and residential investment properties. Anne also specializes in
sales and lease representation and land development and project revitalization consulting.

Patrice Johnson

Patrice was a Police Officer with the Anne Arundel County Police Department for more than 14 years. Patrice was responsible for many aspects of law enforcement operations. She served as a school resource officer and with the bicycle patrol and special investigation units. She retired from the County in October 2005 and became a real estate agent with Long and Foster Real Estate in Annapolis, Maryland. She is currently a real estate specialist with Cook Real Estate Inc. in Arnold, Maryland.

Patrice is a lifelong resident of the Annapolis community and has been involved in many aspects of youth development, including mentoring youth in her church, community, and schools. She has met regularly with youth to help them develop strategies for change and development. In addition, she has held workshops instructing young people in life skills and anger management, and has run self-esteem building initiatives. Patrice is family oriented and enjoys helping others and spending time with her Labradoodle, Max.

Community service:

  • Box of Rain—Board Member
  • Mount Olive A.M.E. Church—Diamonds
  • Annapolis middle School—School Resource Officer
  • Severna Park Assistance Program (SPAN)
  • Revolution Annapolis

John F. “Jack” Morkan III

Jack Morkan has more than twenty-five years of civil litigation experience and is currently co-chair of the Construction Group for a Baltimore-based law firm, Ober|Kaler, and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Jack has litigated matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has participated in arbitration proceedings and dispute resolution involving application of U.S., international and foreign law in the United States, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan and Ireland. Jack also represents health care providers, telecommunications companies, banks, leasing companies, manufacturers, insurers and other businesses and individuals, and has litigated complex disputes concerning rights arising from complex wills and trusts. Jack is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in the international arbitration category, for 2011 and has been recognized as a Maryland Super Lawyer in construction litigation each year since 2007. Prior to joining Ober|Kaler, he served as the Staff Attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Jack is a strong supporter of the Chesapeake Bay and the sailing community. 

Community service:

  • Eastport Yacht Club —Board Member and Commodore (2004 and 2005)
  • Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians—Board Member and Treasurer
  • Maryland Public Justice Center—Board Member

Hannah Powers

Hannah is a government relations consultant with Alexander & Cleaver specializing in Senate and House government relations. 

Ann Marshall Schweitzer

Ann has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and advertising primarily in the telecommunications industry. She worked for MCI, Sprint, Global One and Cable and Wireless. Ann now has her own marketing consulting business, Marshall Marketing. As a consultant, she provides marketing and advertising services to advertising agencies and companies in support of product launches, advertising campaigns, direct marketing programs, collateral materials, trade shows, and events.

Ann and her husband Mark lived in London for three years before settling in  Annapolis. Ann has supported Box of Rain since 2003.

Community service:

  • IONA Senior Service—President of the Board
  • LUPUS Foundation—Board member
  • American Women’s Club London—Board Member/Development Director

William Robinson 

Will is a New Jersey Native who grew up in a military family on Army posts in Europe and the United States. He has been an Annapolis resident for 14 years, where he has worked as a professional merchant mariner on assignments throughout the country’s coastwise waters, currently for the Association of Maryland Pilots. A member of the Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association and the Eastport Yacht Club, Will is also a licensed private airplane pilot, a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and former member of the Navy Annapolis Flying Club. He pursues his love of music with the Annapolis band, A Hoodoo Few, playing local venues and events.

Will assisted board chairman Anne Harrington in the 2003 founding of Box of Rain, serving as interim executive director and volunteering in program activities. He is a long-time U.S. Naval Academy midshipman sponsor and Naval Academy Athletic Association booster.

 Community service:

  • Box of Rain—Board member, volunteer, former interim executive director
  • National Organization for Women—Former chapter newsletter writer and editor
  • U.S. Naval Academy Sponsor Program—Midshipman sponsor and mentor
  • First Presbyterian Church of AnnapolisYouth programs volunteer fundraiser

Thomas A. Spiegel

Tom is a Certified Property Manager with the National Association of Realtor’s Institute of Real Estate Management and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Maryland and the District of Columbia. His professional career has been focused on commercial property management in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Tom began sailing at the age of eight and continues to sail some 40+ years later. He spent six years instructing junior sailing. This experience gave him an understanding of the many ways that youth can gain from learning the skills needed to enjoy the water, and how these skills can contribute to the development of self esteem and self confidence.

A resident of Eastport since 1997, Tom is an active member of the Eastport Yacht Club (EYC). Through his membership in EYC, Tom developed a close friendship with Lee Griffin, and has been involved with the Box of Rain since its inception. He is firmly committed to the Box of Rain mission and to furthering its goals, expanding its impact, and preserving the memory of Lee.

Community service:

  • Box of Rain—Board Member
  • University of Virginia Club of Annapolis—President

Nan Leute Walker, Treasurer

Nan aka ‘the Big Kid’ has more than 30 years of experience in the maritime industry including teaching sailing to children and adults, and administration with commercial and community Sailing Centers nationwide. She recently worked for Severn Sailing Association as the Office Manager. Nan has been involved with the Box of Rain since its inception, serving early on as the Program Director and as one of the founding Board members. Her extensive background in community sailing started with the creation of Kid Ship Sailing School in 1994, which is now part of the Annapolis Sailing School. As the Executive Director of the U.S. Sailing Center in Stuart, Florida for six years, Nan built a youth and adult community sailing program. Nan moved back to Annapolis in 2000 with her husband Jason, and worked as the Club Manager for the J/Port Sailing Club, managing their fleet of J/Boats and their cruising and racing club membership. Nan has a Physical Education and Athletic Training degree from the University of Delaware and is a U.S. Sailing Level One Small Boat Instructor and Instructor Trainer. Her son, Hadlee, has been a mascot of the Box of Rain program since he was born in 2002, and considers the participants to be family. When not promoting the sport of sailing or active in the Pines on the Severn Community, Nan can be spotted racing on a Farr 30, SSA one-design boat or running the SSA safety boat/Race Committee for TESOD.

Community service:

  • Box of Rain—Board Member, Finance & Summer Program Committee, Volunteer Coordinator, Rock & Roast Committee, Book Keeper, and Volunteer in Summer, SPLASH, Christmas ‘Angel’, Revolution Kids, and Boat Building by the Bay
  • Brendan Sail Training Program 501(c)3—Program Director, Volunteer
  • Annapolis Community Boating 501(c)3—Committee, Team Tsunami Youth Program volunteer
  • Women’s Rolex Junior Next Step Program—Committee
  • US Sailing National Sail Training Symposium—Coordinator
  • US Sailing Camp Counselor, Small Boat and Powerboat Instructor
  • US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Trainer
  • Maryland Safe Boating Instructor

Frieda K. Wildey

Originally from Texas, Frieda has more than 15 years of experience in international sailboat racing event planning, management, public relations, marketing, and coordination with expertise in world-class sailing events as a competitor and an organizer. She has global experience in marketing and public relations, logistical support, hospitality, race management, volunteer coordination, and communications for professional sailing, working with the Volvo Ocean Race and the Ericsson Racing Team Syndicate, Farr International, Whitbread Round the World Race, the International Sailing Federation for the Olympics, U.S. Sailing, Operation Sail 2000 and more. She has served as an event and legislative liaison with local, state, and federal government agencies including the Annapolis Office of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Frieda has also published in international sailing magazines and newsletters. She is currently USNA Varsity Offshore Sailing Team Fleet Captain/ Offshore Racing Coach and high performance sailboat racing crew with a local Annapolis team. 

Frieda has been a volunteer with the Box of Rain since its inception in 2002.

Community service:

  • Box of Rain—Board Member, Summer Program, Rock & Roast Committee, Christmas Party
  • U.S. Naval Academy—Sailing Squadron Race Committee
  • Save the Coconuts’ Coconut Ball & Coco Blanco—Sponsorship and Public Relations
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society—Wine Tasting, Event Co-chair
  • Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championships at Annapolis Yacht Club—Media Relations Committee Chair
  • Severn Sailing Association—Junior Committee