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Epilepsy Services • Healthy Families • Project All Children Together (ACT) Senior Services • Community & Employment Partners


OUR mission

To challenge the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities.


TABLE of contents Letter from CEO and Board President................................. 4-5 Board of Directors and Administrative Staff...........................6 Services Overview...................................................................7 Community and Employment Partners.................................. 8 Healthy Families.......................................................................9 Project All Children Together (ACT)....................................... 10 Senior Services....................................................................... 11 Epilepsy Services................................................................... 12 Guiding Principles................................................................... 13 Financials.......................................................................... 14-15 2014 Events.......................................................................16-17 Cherry Hill......................................................................... 18-19 The Worley Brothers of Howard County.............................. 20 How You Can Help.................................................................. 21 The Abilities Society.............................................................. 22 Donors..............................................................................23-26 Foundations and Organizations.............................................27 Walkabout Sponsors....................................................... 28-29 50th Anniversary Celebration.............................................. 30 About the Designer................................................................ 31


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LETTER FROM the CEO and Board President

This 50th anniversary year proved to be a time of celebration, reflection and introspection. We have emerged from the year’s events and processes with a renewed and stronger vision for the future. We are looking forward to overcoming the current financial challenges by guiding all Abilities Network stakeholders to focus upon efficiency, sustainability, and creativity despite external budgetary influences. We will continue our focus to build and grow a culture of philanthropy, ensuring our programs prevail as delivered today - individualized. Providing individualized services is, indeed, what sets us apart.

L E E ANN K ING H AM, M BA , LC S W, CH I EF EXECUT IVE OF F I C E R M AX INE SEIDMA N, B OAR D P R E S IDE NT

Welcome to Abilities Network’s Golden 50th Anniversary annual report. We would like to thank the many hearts of gold who have believed in and supported this organization since its inception in 1964.

1964

FIFTY YEARS AGO WE OPENED OUR DOORS as the Epilepsy Foundation with a single office on Charles Street in Baltimore. Over the years, we have grown to thrive as Abilities Network serving all of Maryland. We now employ more than 125 smart, mission-driven employees, who support five distinct programs to provide high quality individualized services to people living with physical, cognitive, or situational challenges.

The highlight of our celebration year was our 50th Anniversary Awards Dinner held in May in honor of the late Dr. John M. Freeman, the internationally renowned Johns Hopkins pediatric epileptologist and medical ethicist who helped transform the treatment of pediatric epilepsy by questioning established medical practices. This special evening brought together past and present Abilities Network board members, donors, and other supporters to honor achievements, share success stories, and demonstrate gratitude for our own ability to help change lives for the better.

CH ESAPEAKE EPILEPSY AS S OCIATION CREATED WITH OFFICE ON CHARLES STREET IN BALTIMORE


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Did you know, for example, that in 2014: • Community and Employment Partners placed 68.9% of its individuals seeking employment into competitive jobs versus the Maryland state average of 16.7% among similar organizations?That’s 4X greater than the state average! • Senior Services’ Move Management experienced a dramatic client increase, thus requiring the addition of a Project Manager and more packing staff? Our number of moves increased nearly 5X from our inaugural year, from 15 in 2011 to 74 in 2014! • Project ACT strategically sought and won a competitive grant to expand services and increase our presence within Baltimore City?

• Establishing an annual fund committee that focuses upon increasing individual donations through current relationships and donor prospects • Identifying new funding opportunities through increased research and outreach to corporations and foundations • Continuing to create an even stronger, diverse and philanthropic Board of Directors • Adding a 5K Run component to Walkabout Abilities, our major annual fundraising event, to surpass the $65,000 revenue generated from the 2014 event

• Healthy Families is now able to provide in-home mental health services to its participating families after a year of dedicated focus?

• Creating a marketing plan with a brand story that cohesively reflects the core of the diverse programs we provide and is easily understood by all audiences

• Epilepsy Services reached more than 4,000 people throughout Maryland through 107 epilepsy presentations?

• Executing a strong workplace giving campaign with the assistance of outreach volunteers

From these quick success highlights, it is easy to see that Abilities Network is doing the right things right. Providing individualized services works; hiring and retaining the right people works; building a culture of philanthropy works; ensuring strong checks and balances to maintain fiscal responsibility works.

It is with confidence that we say Abilities Network will continue to adapt to our environment and make the appropriate strategic shifts that will enable us to continue providing high quality individualized services.

We look forward to the continued philanthropic giving of those who understand and support our mission and to building upon the following plans we initiated in 2014:

F E D ERAL STUDY, “ CAUSE AND CO N S EQ UENCES OF EPILEPSY ” RE L E ASED

The strength of our collective golden heart and intellect is a sure indicator for success. We look forward to charting even more efficient and creative routes to help individuals of all abilities discover their own paths to personal independence.

EPILEPSY FOU N DATION OF AMERICA G E T S TRAN S ITION AS S ISTAN CE PROGRAM ( TA P) GRAN T FROM D EPARTMEN T OF L A B O R CHES APEAKE EPILEPSY FOU N DATIO N RECEIVES GRAN T FROM D EPARTMENT O F REHABILITATION S ERVICES (D ORS ) AND HIRE S FIRST COU NS ELOR AND STAFF PERS ON

1977


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS and administrative staff ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

BOARD OFFICERS

Lee Ann Kingham, MBA, LCSW Chief Executive Officer

Maxine Seidman President

Sonya Bajwa, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Paul Trinkoff President Elect

Lyn Elliott, MBA Director of Human Resources

David Paulson Secretary

Kathy Naviasky, MS Director of Program Administration

Andrew Hahn Treasurer

Betsy Weaving Director of Program Services

Matt Murnane Past President

BOARD MEMBERS Tina Beliveau

Leslie Seid Margolis

Sam Coleman

John Nagle, IV

Perry Jay Foreman

Paul F. Obrecht

Leete A. Garten

Dan Ramsey

Patricia Kane

Brandon M. Scott

Christopher P. Kelly

Trent Stroup

William A. Kessler

Ramsay M. Whitworth

Michael W. Lochte, CPA

Michael D. Zuidema

Keith Malfa

Mary Kavanagh, MS Director of Marketing

E PILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF MARY LAN D IS IN STRUMENTAL IN ORG ANIZIN G N ON -RETARD ED D EVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (N RD D ) COALITION

1978

ORGAN IZATI O N I S NO W KNO W N A S EPILEPSY AS SO C I AT I O N O F M A R Y L A ND

MENTAL RETARDATION AS S OCIATION (MRA) WH ICH IS NOW D EVELOPMENTAL D IS ABILITIES ASSOCIATION (D DA),FU N D S S U RVEY TO D ETERMIN E SERVICE NEED S OTHER THAN MENTAL RETARDATION


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SERVICES overview

ABILITIES NETWORK SERVES MARYLAND RESIDENTS THROUGH FIVE PROGRAMS that collectively address needs from

birth through retirement. Our mission-driven employees work to develop and execute individualized plans of action so clients may achieve their highest level of independence despite physical, cognitive, or situational limitations. COMMUNITY & EMPLOYMENT PARTNERS (CEP) Empowers individuals to maximize their abilities to live fully, work independently, and contribute within their communities HEALTHY FAMILIES Empowers young parents identified with the potential for abuse and neglect, to attain a nurturing skillset that provides a strong beginning for their children from birth through age five ALL CHILDREN TOGETHER (PROJECT ACT) Empowers child educators and care providers to teach and include children of all abilities within classroom and community settings SENIOR SERVICES Empowers senior adults to transition smoothly from their present homes into continuing care retirement communities EPILEPSY SERVICES Empowers individuals with epilepsy to experience fuller lives and the community to understand this disease

EPILEPSY AS S OCIATION OF MARY LAN D RECEIV E S D DA FU N D IN G THROU GH N RD D COALITION. STARTS COMMU NITY S U PPORT S L E E KING H AM, CURRENT CH IEF PROGRAM FOR AD U LTS WITH D IS ABILITIES, E X E C U T IVE OF F ICER, IS H IRED AS HIRES AD D ITION AL STAFF MEMBERS , AND D IRE CTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES EXPAN D S S ERVICE TO WESTERN MARY LAND AND THE EASTERN S HO R E

1980


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COMMUNITY & EMPLOYMENT partners

THE COMMUNITY & EMPLOYMENT PARTNERS (CEP) PROGRAM empowers individuals to maximize their abilities to live and work independently within their communities through: • individualized coaching and support to accomplish daily life activities and secure fulfilling employment • established partnerships with local employers to ensure successful matches between job candidates’ personal interests and skills and a company’s needs

Program Update IN 2014, CEP: • Successfully placed 68.9% of its individuals seeking employment into competitive jobs vs. the Maryland state average of only 16.7% for other organizations. • Supported 500 people with disabilities across Maryland, providing them the opportunity to overcome daily barriers, make informed life decisions, and live independently in their own homes. • Developed a resource listing of 1,500 established partnerships statewide. This list was utilitized to develop 450 individualized plans that assisted individuals and caregivers in navigating a complicated maze of supportive services such as health care, housing, transportation, employment, and participation in cultural, social and recreational events.

1984

EXPAND S ERVICES TO AN NAPOLIS


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Program Update IN 2014, HEALTHY FAMILIES: • Provided services to 105 families, completed 60 in-home needs assessments, and facilitated 3,134 home visits. • Expanded services to include in-home mental health care to currently participating families. • Expanded services within Baltimore County’s Essex and Dundalk areas by adding two family support workers and integrating in-home public health nursing services through a collaboration with Baltimore County’s Department of Health.

HEALTHY families

• Participated in piloting the Mothers and Babies Program led by Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University to address postpartum depression.

EMPOWERS YOUNG PARENTS TO ATTAIN A SKILLSET OF ENRICHING AND SUPPORTIVE PARENTING PRACTICES to provide a strong beginning for their children from birth through age five through in-home visits, support groups, and social events that reinforce practices and provide connections.

EXPAND S ERVICES TO FRED ERICK

1987


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PROJECT ACT all children together Program Update IN 2014, PROJECT ACT: • Established the Family Childcare Academy for providers within family childcare centers to promote reading readiness for children entering kindergarten. Led training for more than 40 providers and completed assessments in the homes of 16 providers. Children’s assessment scores increased by 45% overall for reading readiness from pre to post testing.

EMPOWERS EDUCATORS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS to teach and include children of all abilities within classroom and community settings through: • providing on-site child observation and needs assessments • consulting and working one-on-one with students, teachers, and parents to design and execute a plan for successful inclusion • developing continuing education classes and conferences for educators and childcare professionals

1989

EPILEPSY AS S OCIATION OF MARYLAND REORGAN IZES

• Expanded the Therapeutic Integration Program to two sites, tripled enrollment, and realized $10,000 in revenue. Started in 2013, this program offers children with autism spectrum disorders the opportunity to be fully included in summer camp and develop social skills. • Through the Race to the Top program grant, has developed and is implementing a plan to bring individuals and groups together to achieve better educational outcomes for the Cherry Hill community and its children. They rganized the Cherry Hill Early Learning Action Coalition to represent various organizations that will work together to engage families in early learning efforts.


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SENIOR SERVICES move management EMPOWERS SENIOR ADULTS TO TRANSITION SMOOTHLY from their present homes into continuing care retirement communities by: • providing and coordinating personalized Move Management services to downsize, pack, move and unpack in their new home • utilizing a carefully hired and trained Move Management staff to work one-on-one with clients during this physical and emotional change • providing a free seminar series in the spring and fall on senior related topics for seniors, their families, and anyone in the community.

Program Update IN 2014, SENIOR SERVICES: • Dedicated more than 4,100 hours to downsizing and moving seniors into new homes they selected for safer, easier living • Successfully moved and settled a record number of 74 residents in to their new homes, reflecting an 80% increase since the inception of Move Management in 2011. More than half of the moves in 2014 occurred between July and August. • Added six senior living communities to the growing list of referral resources resulting in increased volume and the need to add a Project Manager position and fill three new packing positions.

DDA AWARD S CONTRACT TO EPILEPSY AS S OCIATIO N OF MARY LAN D TO PROVID E D IRECT S U PPORT TO IN D IVID UALS WITH AN D E P IL E PSY ASSOCIATION OF MA RY LAND CHAN GES WITHOU T S EIZU RE S M IS SIO N TO SERVING INDIVIDUA LS WITH EPILEPSY A N D “ OT H ER RELATED NEUROLOGICAL D IS ORD ERS ”

1992


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EPILEPSY services EMPOWERS PEOPLE WITH SEIZURES to participate in all life experiences by • providing epilepsy information and referral services, assistance with medical issues, advocacy, support groups and scholarships • providing epilepsy education to the community through schools and camps, employers, service providers, law enforcement agencies, community organizations, families and healthcare professionals

Program Update IN 2014, EPILEPSY SERVICES: • Provided long term support services to 148 individuals with epilepsy and one time support or emergency funding to 52 individuals. • Reached more than 4,000 people with epilepsy presentations and provided 30 support group sessions through out Maryland • Awarded scholarship money to six college students with epilepsy through the Ira Rosenzwog Scholarship Fund.

1993

FAMILY AN D CHILD REN ’ S S ERVICES PROG RAMS INITIATED


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GUIDING principles Be quality driven Communicate effectively Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility Demonstrate responsibility Focus on strengths Promote inclusion Respect individuality Take risks Work as a team

FIRST Y EAR FU N D IN G FOR PROJECT ACT (ALL CHILD REN TOGETHER) RECEIVED

1995


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FINANCIAL statements

Abilities Network, Inc. and Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region Combined Statement of Financial Position June 30, 2014 (in thousands)

Revenues FYE June 30, 2014 P UB L I C S U P PO R T

GOVE RN ME N T G R A N TS A N D CO N T R AC TS

92%

3%

P ROGRA M S ERV I CE FEES AN D OTH ER REVEN UE

5%

ASSETS Current Assets........................................................................$4,001 Property and Equipment, net……………...................... $2,704 Other Assets……………………………………......................... $187 Total Assets…………………………………….................$6,892 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities Current Liabilities…………………………....................... $1,774 Long Term Liabilities…………………….............................$20 Total Liabilities…………………………......................$1,794 Net Assets Unrestricted Undesignated…………………………….................... $4,811 Board Designated………………….............................. $167 Total Unrestricted………………................... $4,978 Temporarily Restricted……………….............................. $120 Total Net Assets………………….................. $5,098 Total Liabilities and Net Assets................$6,892

1996

EXPAND S ERVICES TO S ILVER S PRING


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Abilities Network, Inc. and Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region Combined Statement of Activities Year Ended June 30, 2014 (in thousands) REVENUE Government Grants and Contracts..................................... $9,027 Public Support................................................................................... $324 Program Service Fees and Other Revenue.......................... $491 Total Revenue........................................................................ $9,842

FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES Program Services........................................................................$8,488 Fundraising………………………………......................……………..$336 Management and General……….......................... ……………..$863 Total Functional Expense…........................……………..$9,687

Expenditures FYE June 30, 2014 MA N AGEMEN T AN D GEN ER AL

FUN DRA I S I N G

PROGRA M S ERV I CES

9%

3%

88%

Change in Net Assets...................................................................... $155

The financial results depicted on these pages are derived from the Agency’s audited June 30, 2014 combined financial statements which contain an unqualified opinion. The Agency’s complete audited financial statements are available upon request.

RECEIVE FU ND IN G TO START HEALTHY FAMILIES , BALTIMORE COU NT Y EXPAND SERVICES TO GARRETT AND ALLEG H EN Y COU N TIES

1999


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2014 events

50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

The 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Event at Hillendale Country Club was held on May 15, 2014. Two hundred fifty people attended this milestone event. Incorporated in 1964 as the Epilepsy Association of Maryland, the organization has expanded its services to assist individuals with various types of disabilities. Today, Abilities Network serves more than 10,000 individuals in Maryland.

C&O CANAL BIKE RIDE

The 4th Annual Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Bike Ride to benefit Abilities Network was held Monday, April 28, through Saturday, May 3, 2014. Betsy Weaving, Abilities Network’s Director of Program Services, and Myron Polischuk, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, rode their bikes for six straight days from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. The event raised $1,850.

2000

RAMSAY GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 7th Annual Ramsay Golf Tournament to benefit Abilities Network was held at The Links at Challedon in Mount Airy, MD on May 23, 2014. The event, generously organized and executed each year by the Whitworth family, raised more than $5,000. Thank you, Whitworth family!

PROJECT ACT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Project All Children Together (ACT) hosted its 5th Annual Early Childhood Conference on September 27, 2014 at The Arc of Baltimore Seton Business Park in Baltimore. Titled “Managing Baffling Behaviors”, more than 100 participants attended the event, a 10% increase over last year’s registrations.

EPILEPSY F OU N DATION OF THE CHES APEAKE REG ION (EFCR) IS IN CORPORATED AS A S EPARATE ENTITY TO FOCU S ON NAME CHAN GES FROM EPIL E PSY A SSO C I AT I O N EPILEPSY-SPECIFIC EFFORTS OF MARY LAND TO ABILITIES NE T W O R K


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EPILEPSY SYMPOSIUM

Titled “Treating the Whole Person in Epilepsy Care” the epilepsy symposium was held on November 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, MD. Among the attendees were primary care physicians, pediatricians, neurologists, nursing professionals, psychologists, social workers, neuro diagnostic technicians, and caretakers.

WALKABOUT ABILITIES

The 8th Annual Walkabout Abilities event, Abilities Network’s major fundraiser, was held on September 21, 2014 at Goucher College in Towson, MD. The event raised $65,000, an increase of more than 30% over 2013! The 2015 event will be held on September 20 and will include a 5KRun in addition to the 2K Walk.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAU NCHES WITH $1.5 MILLIO N BON D BILL FROM STATE OF MARY LAND AU T I SM PROG RAM INITIATED

2003


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Eight year old Makayla’s warm smile brightens the room in the Cherry Hill Community Center as she enters on this dark February night. She, along with her nine-year-old brother and two-year-old sister, are here to play for the next few hours while their mom attends the “Parents Cafe” workshop upstairs. Ten or so other children are already busy with board games, artwork, Lego construction, and hot cheesy pizza. Within moments of her arrival, Makayla proudly announces to one of the Project ACT childcare volunteers that she calls herself a “nerd”. She says she likes this nickname, which her family affectionately gave her, because it shows she likes to learn. For the rest of the evening, she proceeds to demonstrate her inherent passion for learning by engaging each of the childcare volunteers in her favorite school subjects and challenging herself to spell new words on the chalkboard. Score one for Abilities Network Project ACT and the Cherry Hill Early Learning Community Coalition!

2004

CHERRYhill Abilities Network Project ACT: Better Educational Outcomes for Baltimore City’s Cherry Hill Community IN MARCH 2014, ABILITIES NETWORK’S PROJECT ALL CHILDREN TOGETHER (ACT) WON A COMPETITIVE GRANT on behalf of the Baltimore City Early Childhood Advisory Council for its Cherry Hill Race to the Top (CHRTT) initiative. Funded by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the objective of the CHRTT is to increase Cherry Hill’s regular school attendance among kindergartners and increase its number of 3rd graders reading at grade level. The Cherry Hill Community is located at the far south side of Baltimore City and is geographically isolated from surrounding neighborhoods. Once a stable, working class neighborhood, it has changed over the decades to become the largest public housing development in the city. Today, schools have high chronic absenteeism and low grade-level reading scores, two predictors for student failure and high school dropout. Through the Race to the Top program grant, Project ACT has developed and is implementing a plan to bring individuals and groups together to achieve better educational outcomes for the community and its children.

EXPAND S ERVICES TO S OU THERN MARY LAND


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Level Reading Coalition among others. In addition to monthly meetings, workgroups meet to plan and implement activities in the community. Project ACT also hired a Family Engagement Specialist familiar with the community to work in partnership with other organizations, residents, and schools to engage families in early learning efforts. One of the Specialist’s roles is to organize and facilitate programs and workshops for Cherry Hill families, such as the Parent Cafe attended by Makayla’s mother. The strategy entails: • Engaging the early childhood education community in Cherry Hill to create a shared vision and communication campaign for improving school readiness and school attendance • Strengthening the early education service delivery system through improved collaboration and strong professional development • Fortifying Cherry Hill families by building their capacity to support their children’s education. To implement these strategies, Project ACT organized the Cherry Hill Early Learning Action Coalition (CHELAC) to connect resources and organizations within the community. The CHELAC meets monthly and includes representation from organizations such as Head Start, Infants & Toddlers, Cherry Hill Development Corporation, Cherry Hill Trust, Our House Family Support Center, the Family Tree, Baltimore City Library, the three public schools in the community, parents and other community residents and representatives from the Citywide Grade

FAMILY EMPOWERMENT N ETWORK IS LAU NCHED

Project ACT will conduct a process evaluation of the CHRTT initiative based upon the documentation of implementation plans and feedback from parents, community members, and early childhood education stakeholders. It is hoped that the work begun through the Cherry Hill Early Learning Action Coalition will be carried forward by the newly opened Judy Center at Arundel Elementary/Middle School when the grant ends.

Through the Race to the Top program grant, Project ACT has developed and is implementing a plan to bring individuals and groups together to achieve better educational outcomes for the community and its children.

S U PPORT S ERVICE S PROGRAM IS D EVELOPE D

PU RCHAS E AND MOVE TO CU RRENT HEAD QUARTERS IN TOWS ON, MD

2005


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THE WORLEY BROTHERS of Howard County THE WORLEY BROTHERS, BRUCE AND MARK, ARE A SUCCESS TIMES TWO. Their journey with Abilities Network began in 2007 during a quest to secure employment that would lead to personal fulfillment and greater independence. The Abilities Network team first met with each brother individually, seeking to identify each brother’s unique skills, interests and passions. Not long into the process, Bruce sparked to an available position within Howard County General Hospital and set to work building his interview skills with his Abilities Network team. Once hired and feeling comfortable in his postion, Bruce introduced his brother Mark to the hospital’s HR department. They responded by creating another position within Custodial Services for Mark, and neither brother has looked back. Through additional services provided by Abilities Network, Bruce and Mark were able to move out of their parents’ home to live independently in their own townhouse not far from the hospital. At Howard County General Hospital, their work ethic and dependability have been described as stellar, underscored by consistent high marks earned on their performance evaluations. “The brothers are amazing,” said Stephanie Shagoury, Abilities Network Support Manager. “Nothing holds them back!”

2007

Nothing holds them back at work or anywhere. Among their successes outside of the hospital, the brothers have represented their Special Olympics teams in state, regional and world competitions for Track and Field, bringing back the Gold, and even travelling to compete in Italy, Greece and Ireland. They have won several awards as members of an independent rowing team and as figure skaters. Both brothers participate in “No Boundaries” a musical production directed by Howard County Recreation and Parks, presented in cooperation with the Howard County Arts Council. Deborah Hasan, also a Support Manager on the brothers’ Abilities Network team, said that Bruce enjoys creating original music, playing the drums, and comparison shopping. Mark has been busy with new guitar lessons that are progressing quickly. In describing the motivation for her own job, Shagoury explained, “I love to see the expression and happiness in my individuals’ and their families’ faces when they get jobs! It reminds me on a consistent basis why I love my job.”

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HOW YOU can help ABILITIES NETWORK IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT WE RECEIVE FROM INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES AND FOUNDATIONS. We rely upon this important and necessary support year round. If you are Interested in helping us to further our mission, please take a look at the suggestions below. MAKE A DONATION All donations are 100% tax deductible and are accepted year round through the mail, online through our website, or over the phone. MEMORIAL/TRIBUTE GIFTS Memorial and tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to honor someone. Tribute gifts may be created for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or holidays. The family or person indicated for the memorial or tribute will received a card notifying them that you made a gift in their honor. ATTEND AN EVENT Events are held throughout the year to raise funds and awareness in support of Abilities Network. This includes fundraising events as well as educational opportunities.

HOST A THIRD PARTY EVENT Hosting an event in which a portion of the proceeds are donated to Abilities Network is a great way to show your support. Individuals and groups have organized golf tournaments, fashion shows, and restaurant nights to name a few. MATCHING GIFTS Does your company have a matching gift program? Many businesses will match monetary donations their employees give to nonprofit organizations to demonstrate support for their employees’ causes. Ask your HR Representative if you have a matching gift program so you may take advantage of this opportunity. PLANNED GIVING Have you considered Abilities Network in your future plans? A variety of assets and investment vehicles qualify as planned gifts, allowing you to combine your philanthropic goals with your estate planning objectives. SPONSOR AN EVENT Do you work for or own a business that may be interested in sponsoring an event? Sponsorships increase awareness of your service or product and demonstrate your company’s good will in the community.

VOLUNTEER Volunteers are needed to serve on Abilities Network’s Board of For more information on how Directors and event commitees, participate in community you can support Abilities Network, outreach activities, and provide professional in-kind services such as graphic design or marketing research. please call the Development Office

at 410-828-7700.

COMMUNITY AND EMPLOY MEN T PARTNERS BEGIN S WORKING MORE CLOS ELY WITH THE D EPARTMENT OF REH ABIL ITATION S ERVICES (D ORS ), EXPAN D IN G OU R ABILITY TO PROVID E JOB D EVELOPMEN T AN D COACHING TO MORE IN D IVID UALS

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THE ABILITIES society THE ABILITIES SOCIETY WAS CREATED IN JANUARY 2014 to honor and celebrate generous donors who support Abilities Network’s mission with exceptional giving to the organization’s annual fund. The Abilities Society enjoyed a total of $62,500 funds committed in 2014.

THE FOUNDER’S CIRCLE Gifts of $10,000 and above Chris and Paul McBride

THE LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Gifts of $5,000 and above France – Merrick Foundation Francine and Allan Krumholz Maxine Seidman Paul and Alison Trinkoff

THE PARTNER’S CIRCLE Gifts of $2,500 and above Jason and Mindy Brandt Matt and Misty Murnane Tina Beliveau

2011

THE COMMUNITY CIRCLE Gifts of $1,000 and above

Dr. Greg Bergey Linda, Rachel and Bob Chasnow,

in Memory of Ruth and Herman Chasnow

Lauren Yankolonis (Dunn) Mark and Janet Dyer Liz and Jay Foreman Elaine Freeman Andrew and Laura Hahn Christopher and Shannon Kelly William and Stacy Kessler Lee Kingham

SENIOR SERVICES D IVIS ION LAU N CHES

Edward Lochte Russell and Leslie Seid Margolis Fran Nickey Paul and Meg Obrecht Tom O’Donnell David and Jill Paulson Dan and Kristen Ramsey Trent and Tina Stroup Ramsay Whitworth Mary Markakis


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ABILITIES

NETWORK

2014

DONORS

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH OF OUR GENEROUS DONORS AND SPONSORS

for supporting the Abilities Network’s vision to see a day when all people live as full members of their communities. The following list reflects donors who contributed between January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. AbiBow Recycling LLC Ms. Kavitha Aiyappa Allegis Group Ms. Connie J. Allen Ms. Nancy S. Almacy Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Almon, Jr. Ms. Merrill Alterman Mrs. Maryella Alwine Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi Amano American Legion Oxon Hill Post 248 American Legion Post 22 Ms. Barbara Anderson Dr. Gordon Wood Anderson Ms. Elise Andrews Mr. Alan Ansher Mr. Patrick M. Antkowiak Anything in Stained Glass, Inc. Ms. Gail Arnold Ms. Revanne Aronoff Ms. Kelly Aulls Baird Foundation, Inc. Baltimore County Local Management Board

Ms. Sharon Bass Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Beliveau Mr. David Beller Benefit Design Group, Inc. Ms. Mildred Berfeld Mr. Don Berger Dr. Gregory K. Bergey, M.D. Ms. Evie Berman Beyond Care, Inc. Ms. Amy Bielski Ms. Natalie Biggs Ms. Laurie Biggs Mr. Joseph Billings Ms. Dori Bishop Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bishop Mr. Robert Black Ms. Dorothy M. Blackwell Blue & Obrecht Realty, LLC Mr. Matthew Bogdan Miss Leah Bohn Mr. Aidan Bohn Mr. and Mrs. Brian Bohn Ms. Donna Bolling

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald P. Boone Christine and Christian Boone Ms. Taryn Botts Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bowden Dr. and Mrs. Jason Brandt Mr. and Mrs. Michael Braney Ms. Debra Branner Ms. Katherine Bravakis Ms. Amy M. Broomall Ms. Jeannie Brott Ms. Elaine Brown Bruce F. Grau & Associates, Inc. Ms. Joan M. Buelow Ms. Michele Burkhammer Mr. Wallace Bussenius Terri Bussenius Ms. Brenda Byrnes Ms. Carol S. Cabot Capital One Ms. Christine Carey Ms. Mary Carr Mr. Steve Carrol Steve and Kim Carroll

Ms. Ingrid Castronovo Ms. Samantha Castronovo Caves Valley Partners, LLC Mr. Louis Chan Ms. Susannah Chase Mr. and Mrs. Bob Chasnow Mr. John T. Chay Chesapeake Corporate Advisors, LLC Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company Ms. Linda Cimino Ms. Cynthia Clark Ms. Nola Clark Clark Construction Group, LLC Cohen’s Clothiers Ms. Shara Cole Ms. Arlene F. Cole Mr. and Mrs. Sam Coleman Ms. Laura Concannon Mr. Charles F. Cook, Jr. Mr. Richard L. Costella Mr. Teddy Costello Mr. John Cox Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Crisitello

We work hard to acknowledge and record your generosity. Should you notice an error or omission to our list, please let us know immediately by contacting Aleta Coffey at acoffey@abilitiesnetwork.org or 401.828.7700 x1200.

EXPAND SERVICES TO HOWARD COU N TY 50TH AN NIVERS ARY Y EAR

2014


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ABILITIES Croatian Fraternal Union of America Mr. Thomas R. Crone Mr. Vincent Crowe Cruise Planners Mr. Sean Curran Mr. Richard L. D’Adamo Mr. Brendan Daly Ms. Erin Davis Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Davis Mr. John Davis, Sr. DBA Albion Surveys Mr. Byron T. Deese Mr. Vincent DeMarco Mr. and Mrs. Scott Denlinger Ms. Kimberly Ann Dennis Ms. Renee Dezurn Ms. Lenee Dirzuweit Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dolan Ms. Janet A. Domen Ms. Carol Downing Ms. Sophia Dryer Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Dunn Mr. William Dusold Mr. Mark Dyer Eastern Moving and Storage Co., Inc. Easton Utilities Commission Ms. Kristin Edelman Mr. Douglas R. Edwards Ms. Karyn L. Edwards-Schell Lyn and Barry Elliott Epilepsy Foundation National Office Mr. Bryon Epple Robin B Ewers Executive Cleaning Services, Inc. Ms. Rebecca Fabyan

NETWORK

Ms. Victoria Falcone Ms. Christine Falknor Ms. Jennifer Falter Ms. Alison Filano Ms. Melissa First Sara and Nelson Fishman Mr. Nate Fitzpatrick Ms. Barbara Fleischman Dr. and Mrs. Perry Jay Foreman Mr. Christopher Forhan Mr. Gary Foster Mr. Nate Foster France-Merrick Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Francis Mrs. Carol A. Francis Francis X Baldwin - Agent for State Farm Ins. Co. Ms. Sue Fredericks Mrs. Elaine Freeman Ms. Sylvia D. Fulwood-Paylor Ms. Judy Fye Mr. Stephen Garten Mr. and Mrs. Herbert S. Garten Ms. Joan K. Geer Giant Food Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Gilarski Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, P.A. Ms. Deboruh L. Grau Ms. Ginney Griffin Mr. Dwight Griffith Ms. Harpreet K. Groppe Ms. Michelle Grundmann Mr. Jeff Gunther Mr. and Mrs. John Haggerty Lola and Joseph Hahn

2014

DONORS

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hahn Miss Courtney Hammond Mr. David Hammond Ms. Georgia Hammond Mr. Tim Hardy Ms. Beth Harris Mr. Carlo Harris Dr. Adam L. Hartman Ms. Elisa Hartman Mr. Charles B. Hebler Mr. Michael Henderson Mr. Jeff Henry Vicki and Alan Hess Ms. Kendra Heyde, CPA Mr. Gregory Hobson Ms. Theresa Hodge Mr. Bob Hohman Ms. Deborah Honemann Ms. Rose Ann Honemann Hord Coplan Macht Reilly Horn Mr. Randall Houck Ms. Evangeline Howard Ms. Patricia Hudson Ms. Donna Hufham Ms. Susan Hughes Mr. Joseph Hughes, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Reed Hutner Mr. Earl Ingram Karen and John Jacob Ms. Kathy Jacobs Ms. Judi Jerbi Johns Hopkins Medicine Ms. Carol Johnson Ms. Sharrin Jones

Joseph Vigman Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kane Mr. Roger F. Kane Mr. Howard Kane Ms. Betty Kantorski Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kaplan Mr. Robert Kavanagh Mr. Michael Kavanagh Ms. Mary Kavanagh Mr. Jim Kavanagh Dr. Sarah Aminoff Kelley Ms. Patricia Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Christopher P. Kelly Mr. Thomas Kelso Isobel and Sydney Kemper Ms. Donna Kerpelman Mr. and Mrs. William A. Kessler Kierson & Newman, P.A. Mr. Timothy R. Kingham Ms. Lee Ann Kingham Knott Mechanical Ms. Felicia Kohlhepp KONE Elevators & Escalators Mr. Lawrence Koppelman Alex and Vickie Kosmides Dr. and Mrs. Eric H.W. Kossoff Ms. Laura Krebs Ms. Laurel E. Krizek Mr. William Krulak Dr. and Mrs. Allan Krumholz Ms. Helena Kulnich Ms. Kim Lally Ms. Marjorie Ledford Ms. Ina Legum Ms. Pamela Lehman

We work hard to acknowledge and record your generosity. Should you notice an error or omission to our list, please let us know immediately by contacting Aleta Coffey at acoffey@abilitiesnetwork.org or 401.828.7700 x1200.


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ABILITIES Mr. Frederick Leiner Mr. and Mrs. Shane Lemley Mr. and Mrs. Jay L. Lenrow Ms. Robin Lerner Ms. Melissa Levin Ms. Betty Levin Ms. Tina Lewandowski Ms. Linda P. Lilly Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lindloff Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Link, III Ms. Marcia Lipman Mr. Michael W. Lochte Mr. Ed Lochte Ms. Megan Logan Mr. Normand Long Ms. Macenzie Longest Mr. and Mrs. Lou Longest Mr. Trent Longest Mr. Norman Lorch Mr. Irvin J. Lustman Mr. and Mrs. Steve Madden Maggie’s Light Foundation, Inc. Magothy Electric Company, Inc. Ms. Eren Malfa Mr. Richard Malfa Mr. and Mrs. Russell L. Margolis Mrs. Mary Markakis Mr. Jeffrey Markowitz Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Martin Maryland Glass and Mirror Company Ms. Kathryn Maxin Ms. M. Virginia May Mr. Jason Mazur Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. McBride Judy and Roger McClain

NETWORK

McDonough Mechanical Services, Inc. George and Jean McElroy McEnroe Voice & Data Ms. Helen R. McIntosh Mr. William McMullen Mr. John Mecham Mr. Craig Medlyn Ms. Amber Meek Ms. Diana Mellott Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Mr. Timothy Michael Messina Mr. Robert E. Meyerhoff Mid-Atlantic Health Care, LLC Ms. Danielle Migliorini Miles and Stockbridge Foundation, Inc. Mr. Lester Miller Mr. Keith Miller Miller’s Minuteman Press Ms. Suzy Milliken Ms. Kathleen A. Mitchell Mr. Joshua Mohr Mr. Michael Mond Augustine Moore Ms. Janice A. Moore Ms. Trish Moore Mr. Ian Moore Ms. Kathleen Mort Mr. Thomas Mort Ms. Sandra C. Moxley Ms. Mary K. Munoz Mr. and Mrs. Matthew T. Murnane Mr. and Mrs. John M. Murphy Mutual of America Mr. and Mrs. Michael Myers, Jr. Naden/Lean, LLC

2014

DONORS

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Naviasky Mrs. Fran Nickey Ms. Melissa Noonan Ms. Courtney Nunn Mr. Paul F. Obrecht, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Obrecht, III Mr. and Mrs. Jim O’Brien Ms. Adenike Okoduwa Mr. Fernando Oliveira Vertrell Oliver Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Olson Lawrence C. Pakula, M.D. Ms. Renee Papavasiliou Patients Like Me, Inc. Patrice Paul Properties Mr. and Mrs. David Paulson Mr. Jerome Paulson PayPal Giving Fund (Mission Fish) Payroll Network, Inc. Pepsi Beverages Company PepsiCo Foundation Pest Czar Ms. Peggy Petenbrink Mr. and Mrs. John Peters Ms. Paula Peters Ms. Barbara M. Phoebus Ms. Sarah Pinsker Ron and Joan Pinsky Mr. and Mrs. James Pitt Ms. Katherine K. Piven Gil Plaks Mr. Patrick Platt Play Keepers, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Polischuk Mr. Myron Polischuk

Burgoyne H. Porter Mr. Frank Porter Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Portnoy Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Priatka Ms. Tracy L. Pruitt Ms. Ann Quasman Ms. Kathy Quaty Mr. Cailin Quinn Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ramsey Ken and Linda Ramsey Ms. Gail Rand RBC Foundation - USA RCM&D Mr. Timothy Reath, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Reed Ms. Carla A. Reid Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Reilly Mr. Todd Reinecker Mr. Adam Remagen Mr. Jeff Renner Ms. Kate Rhoda Richard J. Princinsky & Associates Ms. Olivia Richardson Ms. Marlene C. Riggio Ms. Patricia Riley Ms. Lindsay Ringgold Ms. Patti Ritter Ms. Sandra Roberts Ms. Christina Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Robinson Mr. Robert G. Rogucki Ms. Judi Rohrback Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association Ms. Beth Rosenwald

We work hard to acknowledge and record your generosity. Should you notice an error or omission to our list, please let us know immediately by contacting Aleta Coffey at acoffey@abilitiesnetwork.org or 401.828.7700 x1200.


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ABILITIES Ms. Sherrie Rosenzwog Ehrlich Dr. Warren Ross Mr. and Mrs. Chris Ross Dr. James Rubenstein Mr. Brian Rubin Mr. Frederick Runge, Jr. Sarven and Alisa Sabunciyan Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Sagner Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sakaduski Sarge Salman Mr. John Sasser Ms. Joyce Schanne Mr. Bret Schertz Mr. Paul H. Schindelar Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schmidt Joni and Greg Schroeder Miss Sayde Schroeder Mrs. Rita M. Schroeder Ms. Sharon L. Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. James P. Seeberger, Jr. Ms. Diana Seen Ms. Maxine Seidman Mr. Allan Senker Ms. Hannah Settle Sandy and Steven Shaeffer Ms. Stephanie Shagoury Mr. Mike Sharpe Ms. Jean Shirey Mr. Tim Shotzberger Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Ms. Angela Simpson Ms. Lauretta Skigen Ms. Barbara Smith Ms. Michelle Smith

NETWORK

Mr. Robert Smith Mr. and Mrs. Kyle C. Snowden Ms. Stephanie Sparzak Mr. and Mrs. Paul Spector St. John Properties, Inc. Dr. Carl Stafstrom Mr. Steve Stamatopoulos Ms. Jennifer Starr Mr. Michael Stewart Ms. Jane Stokes Ms. Michelle Streckfus Ms. Deborah Streeter Ms. Linda Strohecker Mr. and Mrs. Trent Stroup Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation Lee Sturgill Mr. Michael Sullivan Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Susquehanna Bank Ms. Liz Sweeney Ms. Teresa Szczepanski Mr. Benjamin Szymanski Ms. Anne Tahir Ms. Diane Talanehzar Ms. Bette Ann Tassone Mr. Peter Taylor Barbara and Joe Taylor Ms. Dawn Tesar Dr. Marc Testa Ms. Stephanie Thacher The Albergo Family The Associated The Beins Family The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

2014

DONORS

The DeRosa Family The Dresher Foundation The Halloran Family The M&T Charitable Foundation The Murray Family The Spencer Family The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company The Young Family Ms. Pauline Thrasher Ms. Linda Tice Ms. Dorothy Tiffany Mr. Glen Tipton Tjod Company Inc Ms. Jamie Tobin Mr. Thomas Trafton Travel Advantage Network Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Trinkoff Mr. and Mrs. Paul Trinkoff Mr. and Mrs. John Troiano Ms. Debbie Trone Ms. Bettye Tune Gerald Turner Mr. Michael G. Tyler United HealthCare Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Steven Unkart Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. Venable LLP Ms. Eileen P.G. Vining, M.D. Ms. Victoria Vogel Mr. Jack Voith Ms. Katrina Wagner Ms. Julie Wakeman-Linn Mr. Darrell Walters Ms. Mimi Wang

Ms. Helene H. Waranch Mr. Joseph Ward Ms. Betsy Weaving Mr. Paul Weber Mr. and Mrs. Steve Weber Ms. Ruth Weiss R. Welbourn Ms. Irmtraud Whipps Mr. Ramsay M. Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. John W. Whitworth Froma and Jules Willen Mr. Steve Willett Mr. Joseph Williams Ms. Lovada Williams Mr. Steven M. Winnick Mr. Todd M. Winnick Ms. Judy H. Winters Ms. Mary Wontrop Stephen and Julie Wright Ms. Jean Wright Xerox Business Services LLC Mr. Eric Yankolonis Mr. and Mrs. Alan Yankolonis Mrs. Lauren A. Yankolonis Mr. and Mrs. Dale York Ms. Nola T. Young Mr. Alan Zang Ms. Ethel Zelenske Mr. Aaron Zimmerman Ms. Cindy Zonies Mrs. Rita E. Zoppo Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zoppo Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zuidema

We work hard to acknowledge and record your generosity. Should you notice an error or omission to our list, please let us know immediately by contacting Aleta Coffey at acoffey@abilitiesnetwork.org or 401.828.7700 x1200.


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THANK YOU to organizations and foundations WE THANK THE FOLLOWING FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS for their commitment and generosity. Abilities Network utilizes these funds to provide individualized support services and programs to more than 10,000 Marylanders needing assistance to interact as full members of their communities. This list reflects funding received from January 1, 2014 though December 31, 2014.

Allegis Group, Inc

Edelman USA

Baltimore Community Foundation

Epilepsy Foundation/Epilepsy Therapy Project

The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation

The Family League of Baltimore

Carefirst

The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation

COC Mini Grant

HSC Foundation

Community Foundation of Frederick County/ George Baker Memorial Fund

Lundbeck LLC

Community Foundation of Howard County Cyberonics The Dresher Foundation

The National Inclusion Project The Parents Place of Maryland Wells Fargo Foundation United Way of Central Maryland


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WALKABOUT ABILITIES thanks to sponsors Abilities Network would like to thank our many sponsors and in-kind donors who generously contributed to create a successful Walkabout Abilities 8th Annual Fundraiser.

WALK GOLD

F O U N D AT I O N WALK SILVER

WALK BRONZE

WALK FRIENDS


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MEDIA SPONSORS

IN-KIND DONORS

Register now for Abilities Network’s Love Run, Love Walk, Love Abilities 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk scheduled for September 20, 2015 at Goucher College in Towson, MD. The 2015 event will keep all of the fun attributes of past years’ Walkabout Abilities event, but also include a 5K. Look for the registration page at www.abilitiesnetwork.org.


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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS of quality services ABILITIES NETWORK’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND AWARDS EVENT drew 250 people to the Hillendale Country Club on

May 15, 2014. Incorporated in 1964 as the Epilepsy Association of Maryland, our organization expanded over time to provide services to individuals with varying disabilities. Today, Abilities Network serves over 10,000 individuals statewide.

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AWARD RECIPIENTS The John M. Freeman, M.D. Award Eileen P.G. (Patti) Vining, M.D. The Lawrence M. Garten Luminous Award for Leadership Excellence Chris McBride Outstanding Corporation Award Richard J. Princinsky & Associates, A Division of USI Insurance Services

Board of Directors Service Award Gregory K. Bergey, M.D. Ronald Cherry Louise Corwin Mona Dinsmore Tom Davis Mark Dyer Bill Feiss Allan Krumholz, M.D. Edward Lochte Michael W. Lochte Matthew T. Murnane Paul F. Obrecht, III David Paulson Henry Pittman Stuart Rosenzwog Jim Rubenstein, M.D. Maxine Seidman Allan Senker Kimberly Clark, Pharm.D.

PROGRAM PARTNER AWARDS

Autism Services The Apple Store, Towson Town Center Community & Employment Partners Tammy Lewis, Oakland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Barbara Thomas and Ronald Johnson, Anne Arundel Medical Center Chris Zelenak, Ross Department Store, Rockville, Maryland John Flatley, Chik-fil-A, La Plata, Maryland Steven Diaza, Panera Bread, Ocean City, Maryland Karen Cole, Rehab Care Jeff Blankenship, Wegmans, Frederick, Maryland Darrick DeBoard, Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center Healthy Families Baltimore County Kathleen Mitchell and Cheryl Belt, The Judy Center at Campfield Early Learning Center Epilepsy Services/Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region (EFCR) Susan Fredericks Project ACT Ilene Meister, Owings Mills Early Childhood Education Center at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Senior Services Reed Hutner


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ABOUT the designer

AFTER A LIFETIME OF COPING with a wide variety of sensory and emotional challenges, as well as difficult career struggles, in 2014, at age 46, Ron Kerns was diagnosed with Autism. Ron is an award-winning Graphic Designer, and created this year’s annual report for Abilities Network. He has worked with some of the best-known companies in the world. Throughout his nearly 20-year career, his work has included advertising for Chevrolet, marketing communications for Dallas Semiconductor, consumer packaged goods design for Disney Consumer Products, and marketing for French-based multi-national veterinary pharmaceutical firm, Virbac Animal Health... to name just a few. He is active in the Dallas-Fort Worth American Marketing Association, IABC Dallas (International Association of Business Communicators), and American Advertising Federation-Dallas. Originally from the Detroit area, Ron now resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and three daughters. When not working, he enjoys trout fishing on the White River in northern Arkansas, and is an avid collector of vintage vinyl albums from Motown Records, He’s one of the administrators for a Facebook-based support group for autistic adults, which has a membership of nearly 200 people from around the world. Ron is currently available for a full-time graphic designer role, freelance assignments and public speaking engagements.

www.linkedin.com/in/ronkerns


Providing quality services to individuals across Maryland for the past 50 years.

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Abilities Network's 2014 annual report  

Celebrating 50 years of providing quality services

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