Eric Stewart founded Widow Care in 2013 after many years of working in the real estate industry. He serves as the board president working alongside Lynn Carta, the executive director and widowed member who has been active since the beginning; and her daughter, Julia Carta, who serves as the outreach coordinator; running daily operations like event planning, website development,

and program management.


Widow Care is comprised of many talented, genuine individuals who help us to carry out our mission of helping local widowed persons. Many of our board members are widowed, themselves, and they understand the challenges, heartbreak & loneliness of widowhood.

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Lynn Carta

Lynn is a research biologist transplanted 20 years ago from southern California.

She lost her husband to cancer in 2013 and lives in Silver Spring, MD with two adult daughters and two rescue dogs.


She’s been serving on the Widow Care Board of Directors since our creation.

Adena Santiago

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Terry Bilbo

Terry is a visionary leader that sees past challenges to set an empowering picture of the future.  He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Grant Thornton.

Terry received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and an Associates degree in Science from Pearl River Community College. Terry also completed graduate studies in Public Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Paul Boynton

Adena Santiago is an alcoholic beverage regulatory law attorney with the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery in Washington, D.C.

Adena has been a widow since 2014 when her husband Ralph died of brain cancer. She is a mom of one son and two daughters aged thirteen and under living in Rockville, MD.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Widow Care since 2021.


Gary Kline

At agencies in Washington, D.C. and Boston and as an independent consultant, Gary has been helping organizations for over 25 years to fundraise, expand their donor base and launch new programs.


Clients have included the American Red Cross, American Library Association, Covenant House, Children's National Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Paralyzed Veterans of America,.

Ira Graffman

Ira is a retired Geographic Information Specialist/meteorologist last working at the National Weather Service (NWS) where he created and maintained the map backgrounds used by NWS forecasters throughout the country. In addition he upgraded  the original maps  to higher resolution and initialized a program to make weather data available as GIS web services. Before the NWS he was a contractor for various federal agencies programming weather display and analysis programs software applications.

Ira is a widower who lost his wife in early January 2020 and has an adult daughter living in the area.

Paul is a retired government research scientist who became active in Widow Care in February 2019 and has served on several boards, including The Dwelling Place, the Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, and the Society for Information Display.

Paul has helped develop a counselling program at the Gaithersburg Community Soup Kitchen; helped establish a community-based shelter program in Montgomery County, MD; and led the creation of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a public and private partnership of over 700 companies.


His 38 years as a senior scientist involved developing proposals to fund his research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, managing government grant programs and contracts, and leading several high-performance teams. Paul's background, expertise and dedication to our cause make him a valuable addition to Widow Care's Board of Directors.

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