Meet Our Team
Gramercy Mansion became what it is today all because of Anne’s love for history and eye for a diamond in the rough. Anne and her husband, Ron, were driving through Baltimore after visiting with a friend when they noticed the 45-acre estate up for auction in 1985. The Pomykalas placed the winning bid and became the new owners of the historic Tudor-style mansion circa 1902. They began to make many necessary repairs and renovations to the home and property and decided to open their new residence to the public as a bed and breakfast and event venue. The artwork, furnishings and eclectic antiques decorating the mansion have been collected by Anne and Ron on their travels across the country and around the world. The landscape design featuring an Edwardian center circle garden, the lower garden overlooking the valley and shaded paths winding around the Mansion are also Anne’s vision and creation. In keeping the spirit of the Koinonia Foundation alive (the estate’s previous resident), Anne continues to maintain and operate Koinonia Farm, Maryland’s oldest organic farm established in 1950.
Some of Anne’s other restoration projects in Baltimore include renovations to a series of Federal-style row homes in historic Jonestown, now 1840s Carrollton Inn, a 13-room boutique bed & breakfast, and renovations to the Fava Building, formerly home to the Baltimore City Life Museums, now 1840s Plaza, an authentic Baltimore event location featuring four floors of unique and elegant banquet space. Anne also established a non-profit organization active in restoring the historic Carroll Mansion and Phoenix Shot Tower and re-opening them to the public. A lifetime girl scout member and supporter, Anne was active in establishing high adventure core camps. If you’re really lucky, some girl scout cookies might just be available for purchase during your next stay!
Cristin is the fifth of six children and the youngest daughter of Anne and Ron Pomykala. Cristin’s background has made her job as General Manager at Gramercy Mansion a natural fit. She grew up in Bethesda, Maryland but always loved to travel, inspiring her move to Sanibel Island, Florida following graduation from high school. There, she received her degree in International Business with a minor in Management from Eckerd College in 1988 after completing a semester abroad in 1986 at the American College of Switzerland. Cristin’s affinity for travel took her around the world for the next few years – backpacking through Europe, skiing in Colorado, and exploring the Caribbean. She eventually returned to Florida, this time living in Boca Raton. In 1992, Cristin moved to Baltimore and became manager of Gramercy Mansion. Her three children, Alexander, Julia, and Justin are often seen helping out on the grounds and around the Mansion and the oldest two, Alexander and Julia, are now innkeepers as well. Cristin manages and oversees Gramercy’s bed and breakfast operations, event rentals and the property’s tenants.
Corporate Events Specialist
Maria has been greeting Gramercy’s guests with her friendly and welcoming smile since 1996. She is often the first person you will see in the morning, serving fresh hot coffee and a delicious breakfast to overnight guests. Maria also oversees corporate meetings, seminars and retreats, working personally with each client to plan an ideal event from start to finish, including food and beverage service, A/V rentals, room set up and more. Married to husband Kevin Webb and proud mom to Sierra, two dogs and one cat.
Sales Executive for Koinonia Organic Farm and Personal Assistant to Owner
Raina has been a valuable member of the team at Gramercy since 2006, when she began as an innkeeper and event host in April and hosted her own unforgettable wedding at the Carriage House in September of the same year! She is now sales executive for Koinonia Organic Farm at Gramercy and personal assistant to Anne, handling countless details of day to day operations. Also an ordained wedding officiant, she is available to perform ceremonies at Gramercy Mansion and throughout Maryland.
Raina resides with her husband Joe and daughter Estella on a farm in Carroll County where she enjoys life with her horses, chickens, goose, two dogs and three barn cats.
Shannon became a team member at Gramercy Mansion in 2016. Teaching elementary school in Canada and Australia for most of her career, she brings a wealth of unique experiences to her new job as Assistant Manger and Wedding Officiant. Shannon provides excellent customer service to our guests ensuring their visit to the Mansion is a memorable experience. She offers personalized officiating services to couples of all unions, in the state of Maryland.
Shannon, her husband, and their two children can regularly be found traveling, taking photos and creating new experiences!