Barbara Van Winkle, Nancy Adams Personnel
“What I love most about HCC is the fact that students can get a great education at a reasonable cost and it is a tremendous stepping stone,” says Barb Van Winkle, a long-time board member and supporter of the HCC Educational Foundation. As President of Nancy Adams Personnel, a Columbia-based employment agency, Van Winkle encourages everyone to take part in providing for the future of the local workforce. “I tell others in the community that you can really make an impact by giving to HCC students, many of them will go on to pursue careers in the local area.”
Barb’s generous support for the Educational Foundation includes named spaces in the college’s Health Sciences building and Peter and Beth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, along with countless donations to scholarship fundraising events and the establishment of the Van Winkle Stipulated Scholarship and the Van Winkle Family Endowment. “HCC students continue to impress and inspire me,” shares Van Winkle. “HCC is an excellent choice for students, I know that my contributions are making a difference.”
Van Winkle served two terms as the chair of the HCC Educational Foundation board of directors and currently serves as committee chair for the Silas Craft Collegians Dinner. “What a great program that helps students in need. The Silas Craft Collegians Program assists students from around the county and I enjoy being able to meet the students in the program and support such a great cause.” The event is held every spring at the Hunan Manor restaurant in Columbia, Maryland. All proceeds from the event benefit the Silas Craft Collegians program, a comprehensive academic program that provides structured advising, career exploration, tutoring and leadership development to prepare students to graduate with an associate degree or transfer to a four year institution.
When talking to students, Van Winkle recalls her own journey in college when an internship led her to a completely different career path. “I studied social work and wanted to go into the field, but my internship experience helped me to realize that it wasn’t the field for me. This forced me to try something different, and I grew tremendously.” Van Winkle started as an interviewer with Nancy Adams Personnel. A few years later she became a manager, opening a new office in Columbia. Within a few years, she became the owner of the company.