Foundation Staff

Debbie Rankin, CFRE

Executive Director



Debbie Rankin is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Her expertise in non-profit management and development is derived from years of experience as Executive Director of the Montgomery County Historical Society and the Sandy Spring Museum, as well as her role as Development Director at BlackRock Center for the Arts and currently as the Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

Debbie is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s class of 2009. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of History Museums (MAHM), Heritage Montgomery and the Olney Chamber of Commerce where she was twice nominated for its Athena Award. Debbie was a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Land Use and Transportation Committee and the Arts & Humanities Council Marketing Committee and currently sits on the Board of Montgomery Women and the Leadership Montgomery Membership Committee. Her volunteer efforts include roles as the P.T.A. President at both Greenwood Elementary School and Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney and as a PTA officer at Sherwood High School.

A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Wheaton, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland with minors in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising.

Debbie’s love and admiration for Montgomery Parks started early in her childhood as her family frequented Wheaton Regional Park, and Brookside Nature Center and Gardens and her devotion to Montgomery Parks continues to grow!

Debbie has two adult children and three adult step-children. She lives in Brookeville with her husband Paul and Bichon Frise, Frosty.

Raleigh Leichter

Development Program Manager



Raleigh Polsky Leichter was born and raised in Montgomery County.  She has worked in non-profit development for over 10 years, first as Director of Special Event and Donor Relations at the Israel Humanitarian Foundation in New York City continuing as Director of Institutional Advancement and Special Projects at Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and currently as Development Program Manager at the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

A graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in Communications.  Previous to her work in non-profit development Raleigh spent two years teaching High School English in Elmont, New York.

Raleigh has been a park lover her entire life, having grown up running through Cabin John Park and Wheaton Regional Park with her parents and now doing the same at parks all over Montgomery County with her husband and three young children.


Nina Aplebaum

Grant Writer and Manager



Nina Aplebaum is a licensed social worker in Maryland specializing in relationship management.  She has extensive experience cultivating partnerships between nonprofits and private companies to promote social responsibility and community support.  Nina was previously with Women Empowered Against Violence, as their Pro Bono Manager, garnering support by building strategic alliances with large corporations as well as securing government grants.  Most recently, Nina was with The Barker Foundation where she assisted the Development Director in securing financial support from private foundations.

A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Nina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University in Social Work.

Having resided in Montgomery County for most of her life, Nina is excited to have the opportunity to help raise support for Montgomery Parks through the Montgomery Parks Foundation.  Nina currently lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, Lowell, and their three children Lewes, Juniper, and Mabel.


Kate Stookey

Chief, Public Affairs and Community Partnerships Division

Foundation Liaison, Montgomery Parks