Executive Staff

Lisa M. Clark, Executive Director
Lisa was born & raised in Baltimore, MD and has over 20 years experience in healthcare marketing, business development, strategic planning, corporate governance, and project management.  She is currently the vice president of operations and asset management for SFP Enterprises, LLC a private investment & asset management firm and parent company to SFP Capital, LLC.   Lisa spent the prior decade of her career with XLHealth Corporation in Baltimore, where she served as an executive administrator and assistant secretary to the board of directors.  She played an integral role in XL's $2.4 billion acquisition by UnitedHealth Group, and continued to serve as project manager of government relations & health policy for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement division until leaving in 2013 to join the HJS Foundation.  Lisa is a former board member of Challengers Independent Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides life skills services & training to Maryland teens who are living in foster care.  She continues to serve the organization in an advisory capacity.   Lisa resides in Reisterstown with her family, five species of independently-tanked piranhas, and her two favorite mammals -- a French bulldog and a Boston terrier.

Kerry A. McHugh,VP, Program Officer
Kerry was born & raised in Maryland, land of crabs and Old Bay. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked in advertising and communications with government and non-profit clients, with a specific focus on behavior change and community-based marketing campaigns. Kerry also serves on the board of Exponent Philanthropy, a national association for philanthropies who operate with few or no staff, and as a trustee of the Ausherman Family Foundation, which works to strengthen community in Frederick County. She speaks regularly about engaging the next generation of non-profit and philanthropic leaders in the sector, including facilitating Exponent Philanthropy’s annual Next Gen Fellows program and co-leading the Rising Leaders Affinity Group at the Maryland Philanthropy Network. An avid trail runner, she serves as the Membership Chair for the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, and when not running, spends her time reading and writing about books. Kerry attended New York University and currently lives in Frederick with her husband, a blind rescued pit bull, and a temperamental cat.


Board of Directors

Paul A. Serini, Esq., Chairman
Paul is a 1980 honors graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.  He received his juris doctor (JD) degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in 1983, where he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member, lecturer and principal member of the Board of Visitors. Paul has over 35 years of healthcare, corporate governance, finance, securities regulation and legal experience.  He is a prior partner of Venable Law Firm in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD and founder and senior executive of multiple healthcare operating companies as well as a Washington, DC-based health policy consulting firm.  He co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of XLHealth Corporation, a $2.7 billion dollar Baltimore-based Medicare Advantage insurance plan, for more than a decade.  After XLHealth was acquired by UnitedHealth Group, he served as Chief of Government Relations & Health Policy for UnitedHealthcare's Medicare & Retirement division until retiring in 2013 to pursue blue water sailing, private investing (SFP Capital LLC) and asset management (SFP Enterprises), and philanthropy.  Paul is married with three wonderful grown children.  He and his wife, Susan, currently divide their time between Annapolis and the British Virgin Islands.

Kerry A. McHugh, Board Secretary (also Program Officer)
Kerry was born & raised in Maryland, land of crabs and Old Bay. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked in advertising and communications with government and non-profit clients, with a specific focus on behavior change and community-based marketing campaigns. Kerry also serves on the board of Exponent Philanthropy, a national association for philanthropies who operate with few or no staff, and as a trustee of the Ausherman Family Foundation, which works to strengthen community in Frederick County. She speaks regularly about engaging the next generation of non-profit and philanthropic leaders in the sector, including facilitating Exponent Philanthropy’s annual Next Gen Fellows program and co-leading the Rising Leaders Affinity Group at the Maryland Philanthropy Network. An avid trail runner, she serves as the Membership Chair for the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, and when not running, spends her time reading and writing about books. Kerry attended New York University and currently lives in Frederick with her husband, a blind rescued pit bull, and a temperamental cat.

Kevin McHugh, Treasurer
Kevin is an experienced healthcare consultant working in the privatized Medicare arena. A New Englander at heart (Go Pats!), Kevin lives in Frederick, Maryland, with his wife, Kerry, their blind rescue pup, Indiana Jones (who is named after the Dr. Henry Jones, Jr.), and their cat, Po (who is not named after Edgar Allan). He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and Policy from American University, and serves on the board of the Maryland Philanthropy Network, where he Co-Chairs the Policy Committee.

Susan M. Serini, Assistant Treasurer
Sue began her career in the legal field and worked as a legal secretary until retiring in 2003.  After developing a passion for the mental, spiritual, health and fitness benefits of yoga, she attended the Bikram Yoga School to become a certified yoga instructor and is currently teaching yoga in the Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland area.  Susan actively volunteers through the Caring Canines organization with her certified therapy dog, Tobin, a French Bulldog who mistakenly thinks he's a person. She divides her time between Annapolis and the British Virgin Islands.

P. Alex Serini, Board Member
Alex was born & raised in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from Severna Park High School in 2007.  He attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and Denver, Colorado to pursue his passions for cooking, hospitality and business. He is the current owner/operator of A Tavola, a private chef services & catering company, and is studying farming and organic and sustainable agricultural practices. He previously worked his culinary magic in the kitchens of Vin 909 in Annapolis and Brewhouse 32 in Baltimore. Combining his love of food with a desire to advance organic and sustainable agricultural practices, Alex currently works at Open Book Farm in Frederick County. In addition, he and his fiancée own and operate Sun Dreams Farm, where they focus on locally grown mushrooms and flowers. When not farming (which is basically only during cold winter months), Alex can be found hiking, scouting for local mushrooms, or reading up on tiny houses.

James Serini, Board Member
James Serini was born & raised in Maryland and graduated from Towson State University with an undergraduate degree in Family Studies. A proud advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, James supported programming through his undergraduate career at the Towson University Center for Student Diversity. As of 2019, James is a Masters Candidate in Applied Sociology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he plans to continue his studies of LGBTQIA-specific issues. He works as the UMBC Campus Life’s Mosaic Diversity and Inclusion Peer, where he assists with the needs of Diversity and Inclusion professional staff and Campus Life’s Interfaith Center and Queer Student Lounge. An avid reader and lover of gaming, pop culture and Star Trek, James is the family's go-to dog sitter, dog walker, dog petter, dog snuggler, and dog Instagram-er.

Robert H. Geis, Jr., Esq., Board Member
Bob was born & raised in Baltimore, Maryland and is a certified public accountant and former counsel with Miles & Stockbridge P.C., where he provided tax, business and estate planning advice to individuals, businesses and business-owners for over 20 years.  Geis graduated cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland receiving his B.A. in 1981.  He then attended & received his M.P.A. from the University of Texas and subsequently his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.  Bob joins the HJS Foundation board with a wealth of knowledge & experience relating to estate planning and nonprofit foundations, with accolades including the Wall Street Journal Award, Economics Medal, Lybrand Accounting Medal and being listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law by Woodward/White, Inc.  Miles & Stockbridge P.C. serves as legal counsel to the Foundation.


Advisors

David Rosen, JD, CPA, RS&F CharteredAccountant and Advisor to the Board. David and his accounting firm, RS&F Chartered of Baltimore, Maryland, are the accountants for the Foundation, and routinely provide tax, compliance and related financial reporting advice to the board and management. David also serves a similar role for the family, and for its affiliated entities, SFP Capital and SFP Enterprises. 

David Gilner, AIF, Strategic Financial Group, Investment Advisor to the Board. David serves as the principal investment officer and investment advisor for the Foundation, the family and its various affiliated entities. David was born & raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School with a BSBA in 1995, David and his wife Jen have lived in Chapel Hill with their four daughters. When not working David enjoys surfing, crabbing, and coaching women's lacrosse.