History of COGS

Founded 1991

Inspired and Founded by Nathan B. Miller, Marketing, Taylor Manor Hospital Center and Kathryn Chrysal, R.N. Harmony Hall Retirement Community.

Founding Board Members

Nate Miller, President
Duane St. Clair, Vice President
Katherine Chrystal, Treasurer
Ellen Willingham, Secretary
Audrey Besmanoff
Marcia Ansel, SW, Springfield State Hospital
Barbara Harris, Senior Information & Assistance, Office on Aging
Judy Horenski, Visiting Nurses Association
Dot Keczmerski, S.P.R.I.N.G. Support Groups
Florence Bain, Senior Center
Jeanette Krapcho, Senior Health Insurance Counseling, Office on Aging
Sadie Perkins, Hospice of Visiting Nurse Association
Jessica Rowe, Jewish Family Services
Patricia Storch, Elder Law attorney
Eileen Yaeger, Home Health Care


According to the IRS case-manager who handled COGS' application, the Coalition was the first organization of its type to receive such recognition. The IRS case manager explained that considerably more time was given to evaluation of our application because there were no "precedents" within IRS records with which to compare criteria. The Coalition thus became a precedent for future like organizations.

Board of Directors

The first Board of Directors met at Taylor Manor Hospital Center in Ellicott City but moved shortly after founding to the Florence Bain Senior Center, then to Harmony Hall Retirement Community for a year or so. The Visiting Nurses Association in the Dorsey Hall Village Center hosted Board Meetings for a year or so until the Boards' last move to Heartlands Retirement Community, for the longest period of time and where it now meets.

Past Presidents

Katie Davis

Victoria Hathaway

Deb Valenza

D'Alan Baugh
Stephen Elville, Esq.
David Hepple, MBA, CFP
Mary Ann Wilkinson
Elizabeth Weglein
Kathy Chrystal
Nate Miller

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Columbia, Maryland 21046

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