Staff Directory

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Marshall Weston

President & CEO

More than half of all Americans worked in a restaurant at some point in their career - I'm no different. Starting as a busser, working my way up to GM, eventually found my way to RAM in 2002 and was promoted to President & CEO in 2010. The skills I learned in restaurants are what I use every day. When you can’t find me, I’m backpacking, so you’re not supposed to find me.

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Melvin Thompson

Senior VP, Government Affairs & ​Public Policy


Melvin has been working tirelessly in the halls of the Maryland General Assembly and at the local government level for over 20 years, educating lawmakers about the restaurant industry and advocating the Association’s positions on behalf of our members. He prides himself on being the most trusted resource for restaurants regarding government regulations.

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Mary Kuhn

Director of Finance​


​Mary has been with RAM for over 20 years; the first twelve were spent with the Education Foundation, and she has been Finance Director since 2012. Her first job was for RAM member Phoenix Foods while in high school.




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Austin Morgan

Marketing & Comms Manager

 Austin lives in Washington, DC, and has a professional background in graphic design, branding, and event coordination. As a freelance designer and photographer, many of Austin's clients are local restaurants, which feeds his insatiable appetite for all things food and beverage-related. An amateur food critic, on the weekends, he provides unsolicited reviews of the newest brewery or coffee shop.

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Olivia Aberdeen

Director of Programs & Education​

 Olivia has had a passion for food since a young age. Seeing her mom in the kitchen fueled her excitement, which led her to take the ProStart program at Howard County High School. She then attended Johnson and Wales University and received two degrees in Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. After years in the industry, Olivia jumped into education with the help of her old high school educators, where she taught ProStart. She completed her Master's at the American College of Education and decided to take her skills behind the scenes. These days, if she’s not at work, she’s creating delicious desserts for her own baking business or restaurant-hopping.

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Cori Grafer

Events & Engagement Manager

Being in the kitchen - the heart of the home - has always been Cori's favorite place. The way a good dish brings a group of people together to enjoy each other's company is one of her favorite things, which explains her many years of hospitality experience. From serving tables in college to bartending and managing in Ocean City, this New Jersey native landed in Baltimore a few years back with a passion for event planning. If she's not testing out new recipes or hanging with her four-legged bestie, Cooper, you can find her at a concert or exploring new restaurants. 




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Fanny Ferman

Training Coordinator

 ​I believe that everything happens for a reason. I have two teen sons who drive me crazy, but I can’t live without them. I love watching crime documentaries & reality TV. Naturally, I’m a homebody but enjoy get-togethers and having a good time with family and friends.

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Brendan Mahoney

Government Affairs & Local Grassroots Manager

Before joining RAM in 2022, Brendan served as an aide to the Harford County Executive and has worked for various State and Local government officials. As a proud member of RAM's Government Affairs team, he is enthusiastic about leveraging his passion for local Public Policy to advocate for the restaurant industry. Beyond his professional life, Brendan enjoys golfing, traveling, and exploring diverse cuisines.

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Restaurant Association of Maryland

Marshall Weston, Jr.

RAM & RAMEF President & CEO - x1013

Melvin Thompson

Senior VP, Government Affairs & Public Policy - x1007

Mary Kuhn

Director of Finance - x1017


Austin Morgan

Marketing and Communications Manager - x1018


Cori Grafer

Events & Engagement Manager - x1020


Brendan Mahoney

Government Affairs and Local Grassroots Manager - x1021

Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation

Olivia Aberdeen

Director of Programs & Education - x1030


Fanny Ferman

Training Coordinator- x1016​