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Dwyer Workforce Development (DWD) Names Maria Darby Chief Operating Officer

The Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Center, Inc. (“Dwyer Workforce Development” or “DWD”) today announced the addition of Maria Darby, as chief operating officer, to the team. In her role, Maria will oversee all operations and administrative functions; collaborate with team to lead strategic planning process; drive budgeting and forecasting; and more to support Dwyer Workforce Development’s mission.

Before joining Dwyer Workforce Development, Maria worked for Keswick, a Baltimore health resource that provides healthcare solutions to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. Maria served in many roles at Keswick, most recently as chief operating officer. In her role, she managed diverse business operations across the multi-care center, nursing home, adult day care center, and community health services program; operationalized strategy and held accountability for a combined $36 million business with oversight for all aspects of the organization; oversaw staff leadership, culture, quality of care, client service, volunteer programming, fund development and donor relations; and more.

“We are excited to continue growing our team and welcome Maria as our chief operating officer,” said Dwyer Workforce Development CEO Barb Clapp. “Maria’s impressive background in the healthcare solutions sector, along with her personal commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders and volunteering with organizations focused on care for those who lack opportunity, make her an outstanding addition to Dwyer Workforce Development. We look forward to all that is to come for Dwyer Workforce Development – with Maria being an integral part in advancing our mission.”

“I am thrilled to join the Dwyer Workforce Development team and work closely alongside Barb Clapp,” said Darby. “Serving as the chief operating officer for this mission-driven organization affords me the opportunity to marry together my passions of service to older people, workforce development and support for underserved people. It is an honor to help bring to fruition the Dwyer Family’s vision of creating systemic change in the community for those who need it most.”

Maria received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dickinson College. In addition to her active mentorship and volunteering in the community, outside the office, Maria enjoys reading, antiquing and traveling with her extended family whenever possible. She is married; a dog mom to Rooney, who runs the household; a proud auntie to many; and a godmother to four.

About Dwyer Workforce Development (www.dwyerworkforcedev.org)

The Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Center, Inc. is a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide comprehensive support to individuals who lack opportunity and aspire to pursue a career in the healthcare industry, alleviate a severe healthcare workforce shortage, and improve the lives of seniors. Dwyer Workforce Development was established in 2021 by Jack Dwyer, his wife, Nancy, and their daughters, Emily and Kelsey. A businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Dwyer owns Capital Funding Group, a full-service provider of comprehensive financing solutions for healthcare facilities nationwide. With his presence in the industry and commitment to changing the lives of others, Dwyer is re-defining what it means to give back by creating new career opportunities for those who lack opportunity, reducing healthcare staff shortages, and improving senior care, all in one.


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