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The Leadership of The Chill Station, Inc.

Chester A. France Jr., Chairman, Board of Directors

Chester A. France, Jr. is a Certified Life Coach (CLC), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master Social Work (MSW), and Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS).

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Mr. France is also the president and founder of The C. Whitney Group, LLC, which was established to provide Fundraising Resource Development and Organizational Capacity Building consultation to institutional and community-based nonprofit organizations. He has more than 35 years of professional experience in sales, sales training, and management in the for-profit sector.

In the following 15 years, Mr. France has provided management and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, particularly in the faith-based community, to include establishing several nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporations. He has served on the faculty of the Office of Education and Training for Addictions Services (OETAS), State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

Educational Background

Mr. France is a graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in Business and Marketing. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Howard University School of Divinity and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a Management and Community Organization concentration.

He is also a 1999 graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute for Church-based Community and Economic Development sponsored by the Harvard University Divinity School, Center for the Study of Values in Public Life.

Chris Wilson, Board Member 

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Chris grew up under extremely difficult circumstances. Poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence were part of the everyday norm in his community. At the age of 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to natural life in prison.

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Born and raised in Washington, DC, Chris grew up under extremely difficult circumstances. Poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence were part of the everyday norm in his community. At the age of 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to natural life in prison.

It was during times of isolation that he decided to not only turn his life around but to make a difference in the lives of people who currently live in poverty-stricken communities similar to his childhood surroundings as well.

Many years ago, I committed my life to self-improvement and helping others. I sat in a dark cell and wrote what I now call my Master Plan. A plan to build a business empire and help others.

Educational Background 

While imprisoned, he earned his high school diploma, graduated from all of the vocational shops, and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology from Anne Arundel Community College. He taught himself to speak and write in several foreign languages. He became a mentor, started a career center and a book club. After serving 16 years in prison, he has returned to society a changed man.

Professional Background 

Chris now resides in Baltimore City and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Company, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. His other business ventures include The House of DaVinci, a high-end furniture restoration and design company, and Master Plan Productions, a social impact content development company.

Professional Background

Dr. Marks served as Chief Development Officer and National Director for Research with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., (YAP). YAP is the largest multi-state organization in the nation, which sole mission is providing community alternatives to residential, detention, corrections, and psychiatric hospitalization services for high-risk and proven-risk young people and their families. YAP’s innovative model of service combines elements of mentoring, case management, family support, positive youth development, and wraparound.

Dr. Marks also served as Deputy Executive director of the Seaman’s Society for Children and Families in New York City and Director of Social Services policy at the New York-based Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA).


Dr. Hari P. Close, II is an ordain minister, presently Administrative Pastor of New Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is married to the former Gwen G. Latimore, and the father of children Travis, Hari 3rd, A’lan, Ariana and grandfather of Azaria, Amirah and Rihari. He has extensive skills in “Hands On” training specializing in Networking, Management & Professional Development, Organizational Dynamic, Human Relations Skills; Marketing and Hotel Training are just a few.

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Dr. Close is license Funeral Director & Mortician in the states of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. 

He is the owner of HARI P. CLOSE FUNERAL SERVICE, P.A. in Maryland. He was formerly employed in various executive level opportunities at Joseph H. Brown, Jr. & William C. Brown Funeral Homes, as President and CEO of Close & Associates, Inc. – an international Marketing and Management

consulting firm (a preeminent source in various field of Association and Meeting Management), as Executive Director/Federal Lobbyist of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc. and Pre-Opening Marketing

Director for Sheraton Corp. / ITT


Doctor of Divinity; MA, Master of Theology; MA Master of Religion Education; BA, Religious Studies, Eastern Theological Seminary(TRAC),

Lynchburg, VA; MS, Finance Courses, Auburn University, Montgomery, AL; BS, Business ADM./Economics, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL, AA,

Mortuary Science, Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville).

Professional Background 

National Planning Committee of NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., National Baptist Convention USA, Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM, American Society of Association Executives, National Urban League, National Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, and Professor, University of Maryland and Baltimore County Community College at Catonsville.

Board Membership

National Vice-President of National Funeral Directors and Mortician Association, President, International Conference Board of Funeral Examining Boards, President, State Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors of Maryland Trustee, Tuskegee University; NBE Liaison Committee, America Board of Funeral Service Education; Professional Policy, Executive Council – Big Brothers/Sisters; and Chairman/President Funeral Directors & Morticians Association of Maryland.

Linda Moghadam

After receiving my PhD in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1989 I joined the faculty there where I taught and served as the Undergraduate Director for the department. As Undergraduate Director I was responsible for administering the program including overseeing the curriculum, program development, academic advising and serving as the departmental liaison with other units on the campus. From 2006-2018 I volunteered at Patuxent Institution teaching in the college program and leading a writing group.

Director, Undergraduate Sociology Program, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989-2018 Coordinate and administer the Sociology undergraduate major and its curriculum. Direct departmental advising. Serve as the interface for the department with the University on matters dealing with undergraduate education and Sociology curriculum. Served as Director, Departmental Honors Program and Principal Lecturer, Sociology Department, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989-2018.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1989.
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 1981.
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1976.


  • Moghadam, Linda, Ryan, John Michael. (eds) 2008. Faculty Resource Manual for Civic
  • Engagement and Leadership in the Curriculum. University of Maryland.


  • “Teaching Sociology Behind Bars.” Paper presented at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology. Annual Meetings, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2014.
  • "Perception of the Work/Family Interface and Its Impact on Army Reenlistment Behavior."
  • Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 1990.
  • "Infusing a Culture of Teaching Excellence through Graduate Teacher Training." Paper presented with Morten Ender and Mitali Sen at the 5th National Conference on the Education and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Denver, Colorado, November 1995.


  • BSOS Service Award 2016
  • Phillip Merrill Mentor 2011
  • Phillip Merrill Mentor 2009
  • BSOS Outstanding Mentoring and Teaching Award, 2009
  • Morris Rosenberg Graduate Mentoring Award, Sociology Department 2008
  • Recipient, Center for Teaching Excellence Instructional Improvement Grant. Developing a resource manual for integrating civic engagement into the curriculum. 2006-2007.
  • Provosts Outstanding Advisor Award 2002
  • BSOS Outstanding Advisor Award 2000
  • Recipient, Center for Teaching Excellence - "Teachers Who Have Made a Difference," 1991, 1993, 1994

Allen Holsopple

Professional Experience

Interim Assignments 

2013 to Present

  • Frostburg Village - Frostburg, MD
  • Envoy of Denton - Denton, MD
  • Gettysburg Health Care - Gettysburg, PA

Long Term Care Administration

1986 to 2012

  • Arlington West Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Baltimore, MD
  • Daughters of Charity Nursing Center - Emmitsburg, MD
  • Fairhaven Retirement Community - Sykesville, MD
  • Evangelical Manor - Philadelphia, PA
  • Anabaptist Services Alliance - Harleysville, PA
  • The United Methodist Home - Topeka, KS
  • Mennonite Friendship Manor, Inc. - Hutchinson, KS

Pastoral Work

1982 to 1986
  • Stahl Mennonite Church - Hollsopple, PA
  • Hospital Administration - 1973 to 1978
  • La Junta Medical Center - La Junta, CO


  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana - 1973
  • Master of Divinity - Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky, 1982
  • Graduate work Business Administration - Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas - 1999

Community Service

  • Memorial Gardens Apartments - 2006 to Present, Baltimore, MD
    • Board MemberTreasurer
    • HUD Housing (Section 202) structure in Baltimore City
  • Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Crisis Center - 1989 to 1993, Hutchinson, KS
    • Board President
  • Hospice of Reno County - 1989 to 1992, Hutchinson, KS
    • Board Secretary
  • Windber Hospice - 1982 to 1986, Johnstown, PA
    • Primary Care Giver
  • Mennonite Voluntary Service - 1978 to 1980

H. Ray Rice

Horatio Rice was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Ray, as he is known by his friends and family, attended Carver Vocational Technical High School majoring in Electronics. Upon graduation in June 1966, he worked briefly for MTD Research and Development Company. After having been drafted in the U.S. Army, Ray served 2-years in the Army Corp of Engineers while stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Honorably discharged in 1970, Ray returned to Baltimore and furthered his education as an Electrical Engineer enrolling in courses at RETS College of Technology, Baltimore City Community College, then Morgan State College. For 34-years Ray was employed in elevator construction for various companies throughout the tristate area retiring from Elevator Union Local #7 as a lead mechanic.

On May 30, 2014 Ray married Rose Marian Gee and together they parent four children, Howard, Raeshio, A’lise, and Roderick. As the go-to-guy for his entire family, Ray unselfishly gives his time, talent, and resources without hesitation. Dedicated to hard work, Ray is currently affiliated with Adams Chapel A.M.E. Church and holds the position of Trusty Pro-Tem. He is the founder and facilitator of the New Way of Life Ministry; he sponsors and mentors individual in the NA program; and is an active member of the Westside Social Club. An artist, Ray started his own company called Rays of Light specializing in stained glass artistry.

Horatio Rice is a man who loves his family, his community, the Lord. His teachings and leadership skills are complimentary as they are rooted in his spirituality and guided by his passion.

Don Pfouts

Donald Pfouts is a Life Coach, Counselor, Speaker, and Mediator. He received his BS in Behavioral Sciences from The University of Maryland University College; a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology from Southwest Bible College and Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling and Psychology from Southwest Bible College and Seminary.  

Mr. Pfouts served twenty-one years in Law Enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department, Towson Maryland. Seventeen of those years were served as a Criminal Investigator in various investigative specializations. After several years, Mr. Pfouts perused a new position being offered in the investigative division in Domestic Violence and abuse.

Later, Mr. Pfouts was offered and accepted a position as the Organizational Administrator of Life Skills International, in Denver Colorado. The organization was a psychodynamic educational counseling program that mainly focused on offering treatment services for a wide range of abusive behaviors.

Experience was also gained as the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for Cecil County Maryland. Mr. Pfouts served there as the Coordinator of the Cecil County’s Domestic Violence Programs; the County’s Domestic Violence Programs and victim shelter, and he was the Coordinator of the Multi-disciplinary Child Advocacy Center.

Mr. Pfouts served 10 years as an Ordained Pastor and Pastoral Counselor for Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland. In his position he provided pastoral care and counseling for all issues brought before him and served over 8,000 clients. During his time in that position, Mr. Pfouts had direct oversight of multiple restorative care groups. His direction included “Celebrate Recovery” (an addictions recovery program); “Unintended Journey for Women”, (a recovery program for women who had husbands who had had been unfaithful through an affair and/or being addicted to pornography); “Operation Destiny”, an accountability group for men to help restore those addicted to sex, affairs and pornography.) Divorce Care, Divorce Care for Kids, Grief Share, and the Compassionate Friends group (a grief program for people that experienced the death of a child.)

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