About Us

Vision & Mission

The Fuel Fund of Maryland aims to be a lifeline for our vulnerable Maryland neighbors struggling with a home utility hardship. We assist by providing navigation through an array of financial and community resources that empower, engage, and safely connect a household in times of crisis.



The Fuel Fund was incorporated in 1981 as the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland, following the nation's first energy crisis during the late 1970s when an oil embargo squeezed supply, and energy prices soared. Hardest hit were those people least able to pay dramatic cost increases.

Victorine Q. Adams, a Baltimore City councilwoman and noted civil rights activist, intervened and the earliest version of the Fuel Fund was born. She was moved to do so when a couple in her council district froze to death in their home. Adams vowed that this would never happen again under her watch.

Today an integrated network of fuel funds across the nation carries on Mrs. Adam's vision.

With the onset of the deregulation of the electric utility industry, the Fuel Fund changed its name to Fuel Fund of Maryland, Inc. At every stage of the life of the Fuel Fund, its focus has been solely on the essential energy needs of households for whom energy is unaffordable.

Households who receive help from the Fuel Fund are always responsible for a segment of the utility bill. The portion that is unaffordable is usually divided among the customer, the Fuel Fund donations and bill credits allowed by the utility. In this way, the Fuel Fund supplements the resources of each household.

Likewise, in order to use all of the resources that are available for households, the Fuel Fund refers applicants to the government-funded programs that operate out of the state Office of Home Energy Programs. Often a household receives adequate assistance from these programs. If they are still in need, the Fuel Fund of Maryland helps.


The Fuel Fund prides itself on its ability to deliver services efficiently. Since 2013, the Fuel Fund of Maryland continues to receive a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its overall score and rating according to Charity Navigator is 93.25 out of 100, its financial score is 91.34 and its Accountability and Transparency is 96.

In addition, the Fuel Fund was fully re-certified by Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence Institute® as having met all the requirements of the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.



Sean Dunphy, Vice President Business Banking, Wells Fargo

Vice Chair

Joe Tumminello, Founder & CEO, R3 Technologies, Inc. 


Shawn Joseph, Director, Head of State & Local Tax, Legg Mason Global Asset Management


Dale Linaweaver, Energy Industry Management Consultant 

Dan R. Skowronski, Attorney at Law, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Phil Leadore, Sr. Manager Technology Advisory Services, SC&H Group

Janessa Shaikun, Director of Marketing, Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.

Mike Cloyd, Director Customer Financial Operations, BGE  

John E. Pastalow, III, Financial Advisor-Managing Partner, Shuck and Associates/Ameriprise Financial

Beth Perlman, Chief Information Officer

Past Chair

Jody Costa, Vice President of Marketing, Barcoding, Inc.

Jack Ramey, Managing Director, Biegel Waller Investment Advisory Services


Diana Eagan, Chief Administrative Officer

Debbie Brown, Chief Development Officer

Sam Impink, Utility Crisis Manager

Jason Jesner, Utility Crisis Coordinator

Anne-Elise Woappi, Development & Database Manager

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