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Volume 23, Number 2

Summer 2006

The Arc of Baltimore Mission Statement To ensure that people with developmental disabilities have maximum opportunities to actively participate in all aspects of community life and to offer programs and services that support them in doing so.

theAdvocate Golf Tourney Continues its Tradition of Success wo hundred thirty-two golfers, including—for the first time—a golfer from the Special Olympics—took to the fairways to play in The Arc of Baltimore’s 12th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament in May. The event, held simultaneously at the Woodlands and Diamond Ridge golf courses, netted $105,000 to support the organization’s programs and services for people with developmental disabilities. One player just missed winning the event’s first ever “Hole in One” contest…and a 2006 Ford Mustang. The golfer hit the pin but, alas, the ball didn’t fall into the cup. (See page 6 for more about winners.) Another first for the tournament was a live auction for a one-week stay in a five-bedroom house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The event also had a silent auction. The Arc of Baltimore extends it gratitude to the Tournament committee:

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Former Baltimore Oriole Brooks Robinson takes a time out with Gary Barone, Richard J. Princinsky & Associates.

Michael Eikenberg, Expressway Office Solutions Chuck Shettle, Expressway Office Solutions Joe Pandullo, Citigroup Smith Barney Allan Sanders, Weil, Akman, Baylin & Coleman, PA Rob Silbaugh, Management Consultant ■

Committee Co-chairs Mike Eikenberg and Chuck Shettle.

2006 Tournament Sponsors Title Sponsor

The Dental Network Fireline Corporation Scientific Plant Service Heffner & Weber K Bank Awards Sponsor Kronos, Inc. R. J. Princinsky & Associates Lafarge North America Leonard Paper Company Media Sponsors McEnroe Voice & Data Mutual of America Baltimore Business Journal Riggs, Counselman, Michaels Comcast Cablevision & Downes Sprint Nextel Hole in One Sponsor Texas Liquids Bob Davidson Ford Unifirst Corporation Waste Management of Bay Buddies Special Sponsor Maryland Allegis Group Foundation Weil, Akman, Baylin & Coleman, PA Masters Sponsors Wise Consulting Associates, Inc. Erickson Retirement Special Hole Sponsors Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Allison Matthews Associates Eagle Sponsors Austin Pharmacy Business Food Solutions Blades & Rosenfeld, P. A. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Expressway Office Solutions CFS Medical Supply Group Oak Contracting Company Stout, Causey & Horning, P. A. Dataprise National Tag & Title UBS Financial Services The Perennial Farm Wachovia Professional Press Rosemore, Inc. Birdie Sponsors Schmitz Press Advance Business Systems Towson Elks Lodge Allstate Leasing Unisys Bay Hydronics/N.H. Yates Bay National Bank Beverage Sponsor Blue Dot Services R.W. Bozel Transfer CRS Flooring Delmarva Data Center

Advocacy, resources and community for people with developmental disabilities


Volunteers & Staff Honored at Annual Meeting On May 3, The Arc of Baltimore saluted its multi-talented volunteers and dedicated staff. What follows are a close-up view of several award winners… and a list of other honorees.

THOMAS FERCIOT MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Nichole M. Hatcher, Esq. Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP ichole’s involvement with The Arc of Baltimore stemmed from her life-long commitment to assisting people in need. Clearly, that policy knows no bounds. Beginning in April 2005, she volunteered to help a client from The Arc of Baltimore get funds to which he was legally entitled through his mother’s trust so that he could buy a bed, a chair, clothes and tickets to an Orioles game. In the process, Nichole wound up donating more than 120 hours of free legal services. “The most rewarding part of this aspect of my life is that I am able to give back some of the blessings God has bestowed in my life,” says Nichole.

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PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

MARY ELLEN MCCORMACK MEMORIAL AWARD

Pamela Fey Moss Community Relations Project Manager, Patuxent Publishing Company

Ruby and Paige Bethea

am possesses a deep interest in supporting community nonprofits. Through the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Development Group, she offers bi-monthly meetings to help employees of agencies like The Arc of Baltimore enhance fundraising, public relations and leadership skills. Also, Pam is devoted to developing resources for individuals with disabilities. As an example, she partnered with the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities to produce an informational guide to help county residents with disabilities live as independently as possible. “The most rewarding part of Patuxent Publishing Company’s longtime relationship with The Arc of Baltimore has been watching the agency grow and evolve over the past years in services and leadership.”

he Betheas have won the Mary Ellen McCormack Award twice since its inception 10 years ago. The dedicated couple shares their home and hearts with children desperately in need of nurturing and multi-faceted support, and they are so committed to the work that when an emergency placement is needed, they are the first people to whom The Arc of Baltimore turns. Whether providing long-term or short-term care, the Betheas show endless patience, love and a willingness to put the needs of the children well before their own. Ruby Bethea says, “The love my wife and I have for children is the force behind our work. We get as much as we give, believe me. It’s the best job we’ve ever had.”

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SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARD

Loretta Letke President, Dundalk Center Parent Group oretta has been involved with the Dundalk Center ever since her niece began attending the program there. This proud aunt is so grateful for how her niece has blossomed at the center—and for the dedication and support of the staff— that she decided to give back. “As president of the Dundalk Center’s Parent Group, I am most pleased when I can act as a liaison between The Arc of Baltimore, the Center, the parents and the support staff to ensure open communication, effective cooperation and successful fund-raising. “Helping our family members live a joyful and fulfilled life is why we, the Dundalk Center’s Parent Group, partner with The Arc.”

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Other Awards Presented at the Annual Meeting ■ Outstanding Employee of the Year: Albert Bennett, The Arc of Baltimore ■ Program Employee of the Year: Carl Cain, Employment Manager ■ Herbert L. Fedder Award: Donald G. Watts, Director of Contract Services ■ Louise Dasch Memorial Award: Jeffrey Erwin, Residential Counselor

STANLEY S. HERR AWARD FOR ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP

Andrew D. Levy Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP ndy Levy plays an important role in his clients’ lives, especially those who have developmental disabilities. He has acted as counsel in efforts to establish group homes for persons with disabilities in the face of active community resistance, and he served as lead counsel in a landmark case that led to the elimination of then-widespread state and local laws requiring group homes to submit to public hearings before opening. His colleague, Beth Pepper, Esq., describes Andy as “a passionate and committed advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, qualities that especially reflect the spirit of our mutual friend, Stan Herr. If Stan were here today, he would delight in the many court victories that Andy has won and in the new legal paths that Andy has paved.”

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■ Administrative Employee of the Year: Chris Ehrhardt, Information Technology Manager ■ Employer of the Year: Mercy Ridge ■ James F. Rosner Award for Advocacy: James Heinen, Jr., student at the University of Maryland School of Law ■ Public Service Award: Cristine Marchand, The Arc of Maryland ■ Special Appreciation Awards: Patricia Halle, Maryland Disability Law Center; ■ Selma Greenfeld Friendship Memorial Award: Dimitra Vega, Case Manager ■ Community Service Appreciation Awards: From Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, attorneys/ partners Barbara L. Ayers, Edwin G. Fee, Jr. and Raymond L. Marshall; University of Maryland School of Law students Oyeronke Bamiduro, Allisan Barker, Brooke Clarkson, Daniel Doty, James Heinen, Jr., Deborah Herman, Daniel Kassel, Annette Labiano-Abello, Logan-Bailey Perkins, Tara Posner, Susannah Prucka, Lawrence Rudden, Meghan Vince and Reid Weinstein.

■ The President’s Cup: Sean O’Conor, Board of Directors

E M P LOY E E L E N GT H O F SE R V I CE AWA R DS 5 Years

VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Matthew Yancisin Spectrum K12 School Solutions, Inc. Outgoing President, The Arc of Baltimore t was a lucky day for The Arc of Baltimore when Matt Yancisin joined its board of directors seven years ago. Matt continues to volunteer countless hours to help support the agency’s mission—a mission to which he is deeply committed. Matt expresses it best: “I am continually rewarded by the impact that our efforts have on enhancing the lives of our consumers. The staff members of The Arc work daily as advocates and support resources for members in our community. Every day, every week, we change the perceptions about the capabilities of those with developmental disabilities and enrich the lives of those same people. The excitement I see on the faces of the people in the Dreamers singing group, the Bay Buddies program and the people in the employment services program—all small ‘outcomes’ of the work we do—are rewarding every time.”

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Edwin Agbemabiese Folakemi Alalade Lisa Alden Nicole Barnes Helen Beauford Susan Berg Dante Blake Quintin Buck Nancy Clark Terrance Clark Janet Coy-Early Brent Davidson Catherine Davis Kathleen Durkin John Fadiora Nelesen Flumo Christina Francis Erika Freamon Shawnta Gordon Bryan Gray Marlene Heyman Andrew Horne Francis Kahuko Erica King Juan Marin Garrett Marks Ronnie Matthews Kristie Miller Clarice Miller-Josephat Devance Moore Eric Moore James Moore

Dionisiah Mwaura Donna Okehie Judy Prout Anastacio Quezada Steven Rice Yvonne Rivers Elizabeth Shumba Ahmadou Sow Tiffany Sparrow Lizzie Stokeling Chiquita Tanner Latarsha Turmon Charles Wells Jeanette Wells Lorraine Wells Claudie West Shirley Wiley Christina Williams Laura Wink Thomas Wonani Anita Zellner 10 Years

Lela Ambrose Travis Anderson Vivian Anderson Lillie Bolger Musette Brown Roland Brown Demian Chukwu Audrey Fitzgerald Brenda Gilliam-El Keith Hair

Sequndo Huerta Tyrone Johnson Sr. Lorena Lafon Monica Mays Pablo Narvaez Bruce Nasdor Kimberly Parker Penelope Schwarzschild Willie Stigall Jr. 15 Years

Chris Atkinson Florence Higgins Patricia Johnson Diana Mattingly Sandy Schleicher Keith Simms 20 Years

Nettie Burton Jane Conrad Claudette France Renee Hall Gladys Henry David Higgs Ori Natividad Brenda Smith Cacine Vance Donna Westbrook

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Former Board Members Honored hree retiring members of The Arc of Baltimore Board of Directors have been designated Directors Emeritus in recognition of their longstanding and substantial service to the organization. Edmond B. Nolley, Jr., Donna M. Sills, Esq. and Margaret B. “Nan” Ulle are now members of the elite group, dubbed by Executive Director Stephen H. Morgan as “the equivalent of the ‘Hall of Fame’ for The Arc of Baltimore Board service.” Ed Nolley joined the Board in 1994 and served two three-year terms as a director and member of the Development Committee. In 2000, he became vice president of the Board and assumed responsibility for revitalizing the organization’s strategic planning process. Ed served as president from 2002-2004 and has since chaired the Development Committee and served on the Executive, Nominating, Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. Donna Sills has served on the Board for 17 years. She chaired the Children and Youth Services Committee, the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Development Committee. She also served on the Executive, Nominating and Capital Campaign ommittees. Donna served as Board president from 1996-1998 and is now completing the second of two three-year terms as director. Nan Ulle served on the Board of Directors of what was then known as BARC—Baltimore Association for Retarded Children (later Citizens) from 1961-67, including a term as president. Likewise, she was active on the Board of what was then known as the Maryland Association of Retarded Children (later Citizens) and served as its president from 1963-65. In 1970 and 1971, she was appointed to the Task Force on Mental Health and Mental Retardation by President Nixon. In 1976, she was reappointed by President Ford. ■

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Meet Our New Board Member he Board of Directors of The Arc of Baltimore welcomes its newest member, James A. List, principal in the law firm Miles & Stockbridge P.C. A business and estate planning lawyer, List represents more than 100 companies in the mid-Atlantic region. He helps corporate clients form business entities, negotiate contracts and prepare business continuation and succession plans. He also coordinates retirement and estate plans for individual stockholders. List is a frequent lecturer on topics such as charitable gifting, long-term care, business continuation planning, estate planning and commercial risk management. He is the author of “A Lay Person’s Guide to Estate Planning.” Currently, List serves as counsel to GPA/MD (Greyhound Pets of America/Maryland Chapter), on whose board he also serves. He has been an instructor and panelist for the Judicial Institute Business and Technology Case Management Program and co-chair of fundraising for the Red Devils Planning Committee. ■

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Gil Kennedy Named Board President he Arc of Baltimore, Inc. has named Gilbert F. Kennedy, III to serve as president of its Board of Directors. Kennedy is vice president of commercial lending

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at the Baltimore office of Bay National Bank. He assumes the new post on July 1, succeeding Matthew Yancisin, CFO of Spectrum K12 School Solutions, Inc., as president of The Arc’s board. Kennedy served as chair of the organization’s Finance Committee and as a member of its Strategic Planning Committee. “Given Gil’s tremendous professional experience, his outstanding depth of knowledge and his wonderful leadership skills, we are both proud and privileged to have him take over at the helm of our Board of Directors,” commented Stephen H. Morgan, The Arc of Baltimore’s executive director. Kennedy’s banking career spans almost three decades. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration—and a master’s of business administration with a finance concentration—from Loyola College in Maryland. He lives in Bel Air, Maryland. ■

2006-2007 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OFFICERS

DIRECTORS

President GILBERT F. KENNEDY, III

GORDON S. BONHAM, PH.D. J. JOSEPH CURRAN, III, ESQ. ROBERT DAVISON ERIC L. GROSS MICHELLE HART JAMES LIST JANET R. MAYER SEAN P. O’CONOR WILLIAM H. OLIVER, CPA MARK PARÉ DENNIS F. RASMUSSEN BARBARA D. RICHARDS PATRICIA A. ROSNER DORIS ROWE MARY E. SCOTT THOMAS SESSOMES STEPHEN J. SFEKAS, ESQ. JOYCE L. TARRANT EARNEST WOODARD MICHAEL J. YOUNG, CPA

Vice-President ERIC GROSS Secretary PEARLETHA PEGUESE Treasurer MARK PARÉ Past President MATTHEW G. YANCISIN


Training Empowers Youth to Run their Own IEP Meetings ndividual Education Plan (IEP) meetings can often be a positive and participatory experience for students with disabilities, but sometimes it doesn’t go that way. Recently several students participated in 10 hours of training at The Arc of Baltimore over three Saturdays in sessions geared to help the participants advocate for themselves and the goals they want included in their IEPs. The project, Learning How to Facilitate Your Own IEPs, was made possible by funding through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and The Youth Empowerment Alliance. Trainers included youth with disabilities and an adult professional from The Arc of Baltimore. The Arc of Baltimore looks forward to providing additional training topics to youth in the coming months. ■

Make a difference. Sharpen your leadership skills. Earn money for college.

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Help people with disabilities by mobilizing volunteers to support them in attending community activities, learning computer skills, and exploring their unique talents and interests! This is a one-year, full-time commitment as a member of AmeriCorps (the “domestic Peace Corps”). This program is a partnership between The Arc of Baltimore and Volunteer Maryland, a program of the Governor’s Office. Contact Kathleen Durkin at kdurkin@arcofbaltimore.org for more information. Applications must be received by August 1, 2006. The service year begins on September 6, 2006.

Search the Internet and Support The Arc of Baltimore

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ith a click of the mouse when you next search the web, you can help raise funds for the work of The Arc. Try the GoodSearch internet search engine at www.goodsearch.com and then register as a user supporting

The Arc of Baltimore. Then every time you search the web with GoodSearch, The Arc of Baltimore gets a penny—and pennies can add up in a hurry. Make GoodSearch a favorite for your internet browsing today. Thank you!

McGuire Joins Staff xecutive Director Stephen H. Morgan has announced that Kate McGuire has assumed the

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position of director of advancement for The Arc of Baltimore. She is responsible for fundraising and marketing for the organization. For the previous six years, Kate served as development director for the Maryland Food Bank, capping a long career in anti-poverty and anti-hunger work in Florida, North Carolina and Maryland. Kate also brings government experience to the job, having been a lobbyist and advocacy trainer for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, an organization serving the state’s nonprofit sector.

theAdvocate The Advocate is published by The Arc of Baltimore, Inc. 7215 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212 410-296-2272 www.arcofbaltimore.org Feedback Line: Dial option #8 or ask the operator for assistance Recreation and Leisure Information: Dial option #6 or ask the operator for assistance Maryland Relay 800-735-2258 410-583-0060 (voice) Gil Kennedy, President Stephen H. Morgan, Executive Director Steam Communications, Writing and Graphic Design

Kate is married to Bayard Williams, a Baltimore native and high school teacher. They have two children: 11-year-old Jenna and 8-year-old Jack.

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Continuing To Be Satisfied n May, The Arc of Baltimore conducted another round of satisfaction surveys. The surveys are sent to individuals supported in the various programs as well as parents and caregivers of individuals receiving services. Respondents rate their level of satisfaction in the areas of choice, respect, privacy, goals and outcomes and overall satisfaction. Individuals receiving services rate their satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 3 with 3 being the highest and caregivers rate their satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest. The graphs at the right represents the overall satisfaction with services. Many thanks to all who participated in the survey. Remember, if you did not have an opportunity to complete a survey, we encourage you to leave a message on our Feedback Line: 410-296-2272, dial option #8 or ask the operator for assistance, or send an e-mail to feedback@arcofbaltimore.org. ■

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Golf Tourney Continues its Tradition of Success Winners were everywhere—most notably The Arc of Baltimore—at this year’s Golf Tournament. Winning golfers for the day included: Woodlands Golf Course: 1st Place—Allan Sanders, Carl Baylin, Scott Potter and Steve Beinstein; 2nd Place—Tim Harman, Jim Wilburn, Gene Welch and Danny Middleton; and 3rd Place: Chris Baloga, Pat Carmen, Sandra Carmen and Chuck Shettle. Diamond Ridge Golf Course: 1st Place—John Delmonte, Glen Hardesty, Steve McLaughlin and Mark Wilson; 2nd place-–Billy Binion, Nick Soares and Brian McDermott; and 3rd place—Paul Charles, Todd Myers, Mike Strauss and Matt Weinstein. Mike Eikenberg, Jim West, former Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore and Rick Cochin strike a pose.

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