The Board of Directors of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB) is proud to announce the appointment of Y. Maria Welch Martinez as the interim CEO of the organization.

Martinez is the founder and CEO of Respira Medical, one of the region’s preeminent respiratory, sleep and home healthcare companies and is an alumnus of the WEB program. She has served as a member of the WEB board of directors since 2002.

“Maria brings the depth of professional expertise and the added value of her personal experience with WEB to this position at a critical moment of transition, said Mary Wamsley, president of the WEB board. “Maria’s passion and energy for WEB is well known throughout the community and is the steady hand we need to continue helping women, and men, achieve their dreams of business ownership,” she added.

“Ten years ago I graduated from the WEB program and launched my company. WEB gave me the invaluable tools and built the confidence I needed to start my business through its exceptional program,” said Martinez. “Entrepreneurship is in the spirit of women and men, who want to create self sustainability, build wealth, determine their own destiny and have the ability to create a positive impact on their community. That is why I am honored and excited to take on this opportunity.”

Martinez also serves as the chair of the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, chair of the board for Centro de la Comunidad, is the immediate past president of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on numerous boards including the Baltimore Community Foundation, the SEED School and The Living Classrooms Foundation.