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2023-2024
Board of Directors

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Claudia Boldyga

Chair

Claudia resides in Stevensville, Maryland and Amelia Island, Florida, with her husband Randy Boldyga, founder and President/CEO of RXNT, a medical software company based in Annapolis. Claudia and Randy have three sons—Jason, Zach, and Nate—and they are new grandparents to Jason and Ashley's daughter Hazyl ...
they are tickled pink!

  

Claudia has been in various leadership roles within the LHAAMC Foundation over the past decade. In addition to her service for many years as Auction Chair of the former annual LHAAMC Gala attended by more than 1,000 people, Claudia and her husband Randy have served as the Founding Chairs of LHAAMC's Denim & Diamonds Bash since its inception in 2014. This event raises more than $1 million annually to support vital mental health care and services for residents on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

 

In 2019, Claudia was honored as Volunteer of the Year by Chesapeake Charities.

 

She has been on the Bosom Buddies Charities Board since 2016. This organization is very near and dear to Claudia's heart. Her mom passed away 14 years ago from cancer and most recently her mother-in- law is a breast cancer survivor. Unfortunately many of us have been touched, one way or another, by this horrible disease.

 

She is honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of ladies who are making a difference in their community through Bosom Buddies Charities’ mission, which is to promote breast cancer awareness, encourage early detection, support treatment and celebrate healing.

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Christina Cugle

Vice Chair

Christina is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has resided on the Eastern Shore since 2004. She enjoys exploring the many trails and waterways with her husband Jeremy, son Mason and the family’s Labrador Retriever.  Christina serves as Corporate Counsel advising clients on a variety of U.S. Government and international transactions, including regulatory trade compliance. 

 

As a breast cancer survivor, Christina is passionate about promoting breast cancer awareness, encouraging early detection, facilitating research and development for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, supporting breast cancer patients, and celebrating healing.  Christina joined the Board for Bosom Buddies Charities in 2016 and she is honored to serve with the talented and inspiring team to achieve the charity’s mission.

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Karen White

Secretary

Karen and her husband Jimmy, moved to the Eastern Shore in 2001 with their daughter Kimberly and son Brandon. Karen has been part of Bosom Buddies Charities since 2007. 

​Karen is a retired NASA Headquarters executive. During her 40 year NASA career, she earned numerous awards and served in a leadership position in the Human Space Flight Program.  In addition to serving as treasurer on the Bosom Buddies Charities Board for many years, she was on the Board of the NASA Federal Credit Union (Supervisory Chair), and also the treasurer for several Prospect Bay Country Club (PBCC) groups (Yacht Club, Twilight Golf, Ladies 9Hole Golf, and the PBCC Annual Breast Cancer Golf Tournament fundraisers). Karen currently is also kept busy with her grandchildren.

 

​Karen has been a breast cancer survivor since 2000, and was introduced to Bosom Buddies by a dear friend who has since passed away from cancer, and was honored when asked to be part of such a fantastic group of women and charity who give so much back to the community.

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Jenny Griffin

Treasurer

Jenny has lived on the Eastern Shore for 28 years. She has 3 grown daughters and 7 wonderful grandchildren. She is the Senior Administrative Assistant at the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center in Annapolis. Jenny is a past President of the Chesapeake Women's Network, raising scholarship funds for local women. In addition, she is a Executive Director of the Queen Anne's County United Way. Jenny is passionate about the mission of Bosom Buddies Charities and, as a part of the Crabs for a Cure annual crab feast, has raised funds for the organization for the past 9 years.  

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Connie Blandford

Director

Connie moved to Kent Island as a newlywed with her husband Charles. They now live in Queenstown and have four daughters, Caroline, Virginia, Elissa Jane and Natalie, who have all enjoyed growing up on the Eastern Shore.

Early in her career, Connie worked in event planning and pharmaceutical sales earning Overall Top Sales Representative.  While starting a family, Connie switched careers to work in marketing for the family business, Miltec UV, located in Stevensville.  Currently, Connie works at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Annapolis as a Teacher’s Assistant in fourth grade.

Connie attended the Bosom Buddies Ball for the first time in 2019 to support a friend who battled breast cancer and was one of the speakers at the event. Later that same year, Connie was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and began her own battle. She is now a breast cancer survivor and is eager to help mentor patients, raise money and build awareness for this amazing cause she holds so close to her heart.

Connie served as a member of the Bosom Buddies Ball Committee for one year and is now honored to serve on the Board of Directors.

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Jennifer DiDonato

Director

Jennifer Hultman DiDonato, grew up in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduating, she began her career teaching on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Through mutual friends, Jennifer met Jim DiDonato, a “local” who graduated from QACHS.  Soon after they married, they chose Jim’s hometown of Queenstown to begin their new life together.

While Jim was busy growing his family’s company, Mallard Construction, Jennifer was busy working as a full-time mother as they welcomed the arrival of their twins, Isabella and Pasquale. Once the twins started kindergarten, Jen decided it was time to begin a new career and became a small local business owner by opening The Winery in 2008. Today, the business located in Chester, MD, is one of Queen Anne’s County’s most popular wine and spirits shops.

In 2021, with her twins in college, Jennifer decided it was time to follow her mother-in-law Angelina DiDonato’s path when asked to serve on the Board of Bosom Buddies Charities. Her mother-in-law was one of the original members of the Bosom Buddies Ball Committee that came together in 2007.  Over the years, Jennifer admired Angie’s dedication in helping her dear friend Susan Ponchock take this great idea and turn it into a successful charitable organization that benefits such an important cause.  Jennifer is honored to contribute to the continuing success of this is exceptional organization.

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Holly Rhodes

Director

Having relocated to the Eastern Shore permanently in 2002, Holly spent the first half of her career in banking and now works to help people obtain the dream of homeownership as a loan production partner and junior processor. 

 

She resides in Queenstown with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her children, Hannah and Cade, her son-in-law, Hunter, and amazing grandson's Haydon and Hollen.

 

Holly has served on various boards and committees and previously co-chaired the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation, fundraising for medical equipment for the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

 

Having been diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma breast cancer in March of 2020, at the very beginning of the pandemic, Holly had to face the upcoming months solo. Having to go to all appointments, biopsies and ultimately a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery, alone, Holly's goal is not only to raise awareness for early detection, and advocate for the various avenues of breast reconstruction, but to mentor and help those recently diagnosed realize they have the strength within them to get through this "chapter" of their life.

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