Kelly Geer Ripken | Advisor
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and has spent the past three decades proactively participating in nationally recognized public service and charitable activities. She is active as a speaker for charities, schools and businesses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. She has appeared in countless Public Service Announcements with Maryland’s Governor and other dignitaries.
In November 2015, Kelly was named National Co-Chair of Johns Hopkins Hospital’s “A Woman’s Journey.” This award-winning program reaches thousands of female consumers through programs in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Florida who come to learn about new medical discoveries from pioneers in their respective fields.
In December 2015, Kelly was voted onto the Board of Trustees with The Washington National Theater in D.C. She was co-founder of the Kelly & Cal Ripken Jr. Foundation and the Baltimore Reads Ripken Learning Center that was established in 1988 to promote adult literacy. It became a national model for adult learning and job placement. In partnership with Johns Hopkins Hospital, Kelly also founded the “Kelly G. Ripken Program” for thyroid awareness and education. Additionally, she was the national spokeswoman for Bausch & Lomb’s participation in the project. She was the keynote speaker at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the Capital Campaign kickoff. She has also spoken at the Nation’s Capital on issues concerning mandatory thyroid blood testing for annual coverage under health insurance. Her healthy and active lifestyle was featured in a series of “Living Healthy” segments that aired on WBAL-TV in Baltimore. Kelly was also the featured celebrity in a radio advertising campaign for Dannon Yogurt.
Through her public service endeavors, Kelly has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Good Morning America and Prime Time Live with Chris Wallace. She has also been the featured topic of a number of print publications including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Baltimore magazine. Over 30 years Kelly has created and managed public and private events which included the Baseball Hall of Fame Celebration and the St. Paul’s School for Girls’ Annual Gala. She partnered with the renowned Baltimore School for the Arts for over 20 years, hosting thousands of underprivileged children for the school’s Nutcracker Ballet.
For 28 years she was the wife and off-field partner of baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr. Her greatest accomplishments are her children Rachel, a Marketing & Promotions Associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ryan, a professional baseball player drafted in 2014 by the Washington Nationals Baseball Organization.