January 10, 2022

New Trustee Joins Horizon Foundation Board

The Horizon Foundation has announced the appointment of financial expert Sekou “Koe” Murphy to its board of trustees. He will serve a four-year term on the 18-member board of the Horizon Foundation, the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland. The Foundation leads community change so everyone in Howard County, Maryland can live a longer, better life.

“We are very excited to welcome Koe Murphy to the Horizon Foundation board,” said Nikki Highsmith Vernick, president and CEO of the Horizon Foundation. “He brings extensive and valuable experience in finance as well as a passion for public health and serving the community. We look forward to working with him to help further the Foundation’s mission of making good health and well-being achievable for everyone in Howard County.”

Mr. Murphy began his term on January 1, 2022. His bio is below.

Sekou Murphy
Chief Financial Officer, CCI Health & Wellness Services

Mr. Murphy is an experienced financial and investment executive and currently serves as the chief financial officer for CCI Health & Wellness Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Maryland. A resident of Howard County, he also serves on the board of advisors for the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development and as a board member for Heritage Housing Partners Corp. Previously, Mr. Murphy served as chief financial officer for Bread for the City, a FQHC in Washington, D.C., as well as working as a private investor. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Howard University and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Long-time board member and treasurer Janet Currie, senior vice president at Bank of America, left the trustees in December after eight years of service. Current trustee Mark Cissell, chief executive officer and president, director at KatzAbosch, will take over as the Foundation’s treasurer.

“Janet has been an integral part of the Horizon Foundation family for the past eight years, six of which she served as treasurer,” said Vernick. “We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for everything she has done for the Foundation and we will all miss her presence greatly.”