B.E.S.T. Staff

Jessica Suriano
Executive Director
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In 2010, Jessica joined B.E.S.T. as Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives.  In addition, she led the Program division of the organization prior to her appointment as Executive Director in 2014. Jessica began her career in professional service to nonprofits at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, followed by the Alzheimer’s Association.  Jessica has also served as a development and strategic planning consultant for several nonprofits in Baltimore. She currently serves on the Art With a Heart “Art of Leadership” Advisory Board and the Gilman School “Community and Diversity” Board Committee (as a non-Trustee member). In 2017, she completed The LEADERship, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee. Born and raised in Baltimore City, Jessica attended The Bryn Mawr School before earning a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland.

Admissions Staff:

Alecia Pridgen
Director of Enrollment Management

Toni Stokes
Admissions and Database Manager


Development and Program Staff:

Peggy Bittner
Director of Programs & Alumni Relations

Crystal Lee
Director of Advancement

Rachel Minnis
Development and Program Associate


Operations Staff:

Jill Wood
Director of Finance and Operations