Alex Fisher is the former Vice Chairman of Mercantile Bank’s Investment & Wealth Management Division and now serves as Managing Partner of Marquette Associates, a national institutional investment consulting firm with oversight of $140 billion in assets. Alex has forty-five years of experience in the investment field including work as an equity research analyst; CEO of a Baltimore investment banking boutique; co-founder of a Baltimore investment counseling firm and head of Private Banking and Private Wealth Management of Mercantile Bank. His related experience includes serving as CEO of a Baltimore real estate holding company that owned Mondawmin Mall; Managing Partner of an Owings Mills land development company; advisory board member of an equity long/short hedge fund; and board member of the Baltimore Cemetery Company.
Alex’s community service includes the Baltimore Tree Trust, where he is treasurer and a member of the board of directors; chair of his church’s investment, stewardship and planned giving committees and President Emeritus of the Maryland Historical Society. He is a former member of the Gilman School Alumni Board of Governors; trustee of the Maryland 4H Foundation; treasurer of the Valleys Planning Council; and member of the investment committee of Purnell School in Pottersville, NJ. Alex is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with a B.S. degree in Finance with Distinction, and he has performed graduate studies at New York University and University of Virginia. Alex is a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Dr. Annie Umbricht is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. After graduating from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Medical School at age 24, she completed 4 years of post-graduate education in Germany and Switzerland. She and her husband came to Baltimore in 1985 when her husband started his residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her training in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, with a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. For more than 25 years, she has continued research in the addiction field, mostly at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, and at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University. Her role has been to supervise the safety of participants involved in research and providing integrated medical care at the drug abuse treatment site.
Annie is a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Tree Trust and volunteers 4 – 10 hours a week in the Shepherd’s Clinic for the uninsured, a clinic dedicated to providing affordable care to the underserved, a highly-traumatized population of the inner city. She was the co-founder of the Joy Wellness Center (JWC), a part of the Shepherd’s clinic providing integrative care, including stress reduction, health education, nutrition counseling and demonstrations, movement therapy, to clinic patients. The JWC has transformed the care of its patients, empowering them to make healthier life-style decisions and developing resilience in the face of adversity. The wellness center has become a place where the community can gather to solve neighborhood issues. Annie has also volunteered for the Maryland State Boychoir, where her two sons were enrolled in this highly diverse musical group teaching classical choir music as well as leadership skills to boys 7 to 21 years old.
Michael Wijesinghe recently graduated from the University of Maryland where he earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture Science and Technology with a specialization in Environmental Horticulture and a minor in Sustainability Studies. While volunteering with several food-based nonprofits in the D.C. area during his freshman year, he witnessed the lack of access to nutritious foods in urban communities and was inspired to find solutions. Michael shifted his studies and pursued extracurriculars to align his academics and experiences with his goal for sustainably producing food in the urban environment.
Michael found his passion for horticulture at the age of 14 while working for a small family owned nursery in Franklin, NJ. His interest in technology and experience in greenhouse production led him to pursue hydroponics as a feasible alternative to current food production systems. Michael co-founded the University of Maryland's hydroponic club, Green Roots, his freshman year. He helped secure funding, build experimental hydroponic food systems and distribute fresh produce to the local community. As an undergraduate he served as President of Green Roots, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Council and the professional-social agriculture fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho. He continues to remain involved as an ex-officio of Green Roots executive board and Advisory Councilman to the National Board of Alpha Gamma Rho.
Michael has been recognized by Alpha Gamma Rho as an Outstanding Undergraduate of the year (2018), the AGNR Alumni Association as an Outstanding Baccalaureate Student for the Plant Science & Landscape Architecture Department (2019) and as a recipient of the Plant Science Leadership Award (2019) from the PSLA Scholarships and Awards Committee.
He previously interned with DC Hydroponics, a local hydroponic retailer and the Terp Farm, a local farm tasked with bringing sustainably grown produce to the university. Currently, Michael is working as a Trial Manager and Assistant Grower at Bell Nursery.
Photo courtesy of Edwin Remsberg Photography.