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Summer 2008

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.


If at First You Don’t Succeed, Reschedule Your Success! orrential rains on May 20 forced the 14th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to be rescheduled to June 12, but Mike Eikenberg and Chuck Shettle, veteran co-chairs of the event, didn’t lose faith. They ordered up a warm and sunny day for golfers to tackle the Diamond Ridge and Woodlands golf courses, and Mother Nature complied. More than 200 golfers, including Baltimore Colts legend Lenny Moore, raised $100,000plus for The Arc’s programs and services.



Elvis Makes Surprise Appearance at Annual Meeting hen Joe Forrester accepted a special Elvis and Cynthia Hall get recognition award at a groove on at the annual The Arc of Baltimore’s Annual meeting. Meeting on May 7, he immediately morphed into his alter ego, Elvis Presley, and began serenading the crowds. Forrester’s was not the only musical performance of the evening; Arc-supported roommates Cassie Dittman and Amanda Valentine, joined by house manager Margie DeLong and Father Joe Muth, from St. Matthew Catholic Church, lent their beautiful voices to the celebration. WMAR-TV’s Jamie Costello emceed the event, which included a dedication to president emeritus and longtime annual meeting emcee Harry Shriver, who died last year. Dennis Rasmussen won the President’s Cup, and Robert Davison, Sean O’Conor and Michael Young joined the rank of directors emeritus. Please take a few moments to read about the incredible group of award winners pictured on pages 4 and 5.



If at First You Don’t Succeed, Reschedule Your Success!

The team from Kelly & Associates Insurance Group— Brandon Luckett, Greta Engle, Sean LeDonne and Jay Myers—came in first at Woodlands.

Father and son Bill and Jim List bond over a round of golf.


Winners at Diamond Ridge included the following teams: Schmitz Press, 1st place; Metlife, 2nd place; Scientific Plant Services, 3rd place; Longo’s Appliance Service, Inc, 4th place; and Medirents, 5th place. Bill Mays hit the men’s longest drive; Kristie West was the winner in the women’s competition. Closest to the hole contest winners included Mike Coughlin, Greg Wise and Jody Deffell.

At The Woodlands, the team from Kelly & Associates Insurance Group came in first, followed by foursomes from Delmarva Data Center, 2nd place; Constellation Energy, 3rd place; Allstate Leasing, 4th place; and Provident Bank, 5th place. Brandon Luckett, from Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, had the men’s longest drive, while Teri Henry, from Expressway Office Solutions, took the ladies’ honor. Closest to the hole contest winners included Brandon Luckett (Kelly & Associates) and Paul Kielar and Blake Austensen (Wise Consulting Associates). Blake hit a hole-in-one on hole #8 at The Woodlands but, unfortunately, didn’t win a car! Many thanks to the event’s planning committee: Co-chairs Mike Eikenberg and Chuck Shettle, Loretta Letke, Joe Pandullo and Allan Sanders. Your hard work paid off big time! ■

Golfers Brandon Ausotharp, Bryan Berndt, Stephen Heller and Whitney Phoebus.

Thank You, Generous Sponsors! Title Sponsor Scientific Plant Service Media Sponsors Baltimore Business Journal Comcast Hole in One Sponsor Bob Davidson Ford Bay Buddies Special Sponsor Allegis Group Foundation Masters Sponsors Erickson Retirement Communities Richard J. Princinsky & Associates

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield CFS Medical Supply Group Cranston Collins/Snoops & Associates, Inc. Delmarva Data Center Finch Services Fireline Corporation Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Kronos Lafarge Leonard Paper Company Provident Bank RCM&D Rosenberger & Company, PA Schmitz Press Wachovia Waste Management Whiteford, Taylor & Preston XO Communications

Eagle Sponsors Bay National Bank Blades & Rosenfeld, PA Constellation Energy Expressway Office Solutions Oak Contracting SC&H Texas Liquids UBS Wise Consulting Associates Birdie Sponsors

Schmitz Press golfers Josh Itzoe, Marty Blair, Patrick Collins and John Kelbaugh made up the winning team at Diamond Ridge.


Advance Business Systems Allstate Leasing BBSI Blue Dot

Special Hole Sponsors CB Richard Ellis Classic Food Service Dataprise Laser Line, Inc. McEnroe Voice & Data National Title & Tag Professional Press Rosemore Stanton Communications The Perennial Farm

The Arc of Baltimore Parent Support Group

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he Arc of Baltimore is thinking about offering a Parent Support Group for parents and/or caregivers of children who have developmental disabilities. We’d like your input, so please take a few moments to complete this brief survey and return it to us as soon as you can. Thank you very much!

Would you be interested in participating in a support group? Circle one:


6. Why would you attend this group?




2. What day/s would you be available to attend?


(Please circle all that apply.) Monday





3. What would be a good time of the day?

(Please circle all that apply.) morning



What, specifically, would you hope to gain from attending this group? _______________________________________________


4. Would you need childcare? Circle one:

_______________________________________________ Yes


Please explain _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

_______________________________________________ Comments: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________


Would you need transportation? Circle one: Yes No Please explain

Optional: Your name, phone number and e-mail address:










Please return the form to Joseph Anastasio at The Arc of Baltimore/7215 York Road/Baltimore, MD 21212, fax it to him at 410-296-4285 or email

Save the Date

The Art in the Round Exhibit and Auction is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th at the American Visionary Art Museum. Visit for more information on the event and ticket sales.

Do You Know the Facts?

MYTH: Only wealthy people leave gifts to charities when they die.

FACT: Most charitable planned gifts come from middle-class families committed strongly to the mission of the organization.

o you believe in the importance of sustaining the work of The Arc to help ensure that future generations of individuals with developmental disabilities—and their families—receive the supports they need? If your answer is “yes,” we would appreciate having an opportunity to show you some simple ways to make The


Arc of Baltimore a beneficiary of your estate plan. Please contact Kate McGuire at 410-296-2272 ext. 5206 or to learn about options for planned gifts such as bequests, life insurance plans, IRAs, annuities and trusts. If you have already included The Arc in your will or revocable trust or as a beneficiary on one of your accounts, please let Kate know so she can include your name in the agency’s Legacy Society roster. ■


The Arc Salutes its

2008 Award Winners


Crowne Plaza Baltimore (Glenda Wilkerson, pictured)


he Crowne Plaza Baltimore first hired an individual with developmental disabilities in

toured the University of Maryland Baltimore, where eight Arc-supported individuals were working, he agreed to co-host the awards breakfast and to lend the BBJ seal of credibility to The Arc’s Employers of Distinction program. The Baltimore Business Journal also sponsors The Arc of Baltimore Celebrity Golf Tournament, which raises more than $100,000 annually.

ing many people at The Arc. Over the past five years, Joe Forrester has volunteered his time and talents to perform as Elvis at Club Venture. Joe not only performs as Elvis—he becomes Elvis—and Club Venture participants love him!


il Kennedy joined the board of directors of The Arc of Baltimore in 2001. He was a member and chairperson of the finance committee, served as treasurer for the agency and, in 2006, was elected president. Gil has increased the board’s level of participation in fundraising. He encourages the sharing of information about Arc programs during board meetings which, in turn, reinforces the organization’s mission for board members. He fosters the full participation of self-advocates in board activities and regards their contributions highly. In addition, Gil uses his extensive network of business community contacts to promote the work of The Arc and the value of employing people with disabilities.

Harford Hills Elementary School, Grade 5 his new award is presented to the entire 5th grade of Harford Hills Elementary School for its acceptance and inclusion of Victoria ThomsChesley. Only a handful of children with challenges as extensive as Victoria’s are currently integrated into the Baltimore County school system’s general education classes. Victoria’s classmates learned to understand Victoria’s vocal and physical expressions and embraced her presence. Victoria’s mother, Heather, describes the value of inclusion this way: “You can see the impact when you watch Daisy help Victoria navigate the terrain on the way to the playground. You can see the impact when you watch three classmates work together to help Victoria climb the playground equipment and stand on top with everyone else…or when Grayson says hello and waits for Victoria to use her adaptive communications device to respond.”


2000. Impressed with the employee’s strong work ethic and the coaching and support provided by Arc staff, the hotel now employs three Arc supported individuals—one in housekeeping and two in the food and beverage area. PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Baltimore Business Journal (John Dinkel, pictured) n 2005, The Arc approached the Baltimore Business Journal about co-sponsoring an Employers of Distinction program designed to broaden recognition for companies that hire Arcsupported individuals. After publisher John Dinkel




Joe Forrester he spirit of Elvis Presley remains strong in the hearts of fans across the world, includ-


Gil Kennedy



Mitchell Wiedefeld Funeral Home (Jack Mitchell, pictured) rom time to time, Arc staff helps the families and friends of supported individuals who pass away make final arrangements. When


there are no family members, The Arc handles the arrangements. The Mitchell Wiedefeld staff is always willing to work with The Arc, not only reducing costs whenever possible, but dealing sensitively and respectfully with those involved. Upon receiving the award, John Mitchell said, “I just felt I was doing my part to be good to those in need.” SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARD

St. Matthew Catholic Church (Father Joseph Muth and Diane Krause, pictured) nowing the parental challenges of running simple errands or just getting enough personal time or opportunity to attend to other children’s needs, The Arc sought to establish a “Parents’ Day Out” program and found a first partner in St. Matthew Catholic Church. So far, 15 volunteers from the church have been trained and four sessions have been hosted there. Up to 15 families each session have been able to leave their children for four hours, giving parents time to spend as they need. Not only are children with disabilities welcomed, but their nondisabled siblings are, too. That makes the program integrated and maximizes the parents’ flexibility. The impact of this program is profound. When he dropped off his four children, one father commented that his wife was “sleeping in” for the first time in a very long time. Another mom who has a young child with multiple disabilities was very hesitant about leaving her child. Later, she said she “felt so relieved when volunteers welcomed and embraced [her] child and allayed [her] concerns.”



Maureen Van Stone n 1981, a small group of Maryland lawyers launched the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) to provide free or reduced fee legal representation for low-income


individuals and nonprofits. Maureen Van Stone joined the group in 2005 and formed a partnership known as Project HEAL at KKI (Kennedy Krieger Institute. A committed and effective advocate for children with disabilities, she provides legal services to low- to moderate-income patients and families served at KKI and by The Arc. Maureen is tireless in her efforts to educate families on special education law. She has presented at The Arc’s Family Support Series and at a disability awareness workshop for all school police staff in Baltimore City. JAMES F. ROSNER AWARD FOR ADVOCACY

Raymond “Ray” Marshall aymond “Ray” Marshall is one of the founding members of Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC. He is a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Disability Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure equal access for persons with disabilities throughout the state of Maryland. Ray has provided hundreds of hours of pro-bono support to help individuals living at Rosewood transition into community living. He also has volunteered his time and expertise to promote legislative and regulatory reforms that would reduce children’s exposure to lead paint.



Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum t the law firm Brown, Goldstein and Levy, Sharon KrevorWeisbaum represents entities that provide housing and support


services to individuals with disabilities, including operators of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community-based residential programs and day-treatment programs. Additionally, Ms. Krevor-Weisbaum represents families involved in special education cases and guardianship proceedings, and she handles matters pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Fair Housing Act and end-of-life decisions. Sharon also serves on The Arc of Maryland’s legal advocacy committee, providing her expertise in the areas of guardianship, surrogate decision-making and transition rights for individuals at Rosewood.


n addition to the winners pictured here, the following individuals were recognized: ● James Kearney: The Helping Hands

Award ● Eva Brown: Foster Care Excellence

Award ● David Hoffnagle: Community

Connection Award ● Patti Dreisch: Excellence in

Management Award ● JoLynn Osmeyer: Employee of the

Year/Administration ● Nina Lasorte: Employee of the

Year/Program ● Robyn Vince: Excellence in Direct

Support Award ● Tammy Salkever: Outstanding

Employee Award ● Elise D. Morris, Edwin G. Fee and Anna S. Kelly (Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP) and Raymond L. Marshall and James F. Rosner (Chason, Rosner,

Leary & Marshall): Pro Bono Service Appreciation Certificates ■

2008-2009 Officers and Directors President ERIC L. GROSS

Immediate Past President GILBERT F. KENNEDY, III



Secretary JAMES A. LIST, ESQ. Treasurer MARK T. PARÉ



2008 Legislative Session Challenging but Successful aryland’s budget crisis made the 2008 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly a demanding one for advocates for people who have developmental disabilities. However, important progress was made, including these highlights:


● A 3% cost of living allowance (COLA) for DDA

community programs ● An additional $4.6 million for Maryland

Infants & Toddlers Program ● Full funding—$12.3 million—for

625 transitioning youth ● $2.3 million for 1,600 individuals on

the Waiting List Initiative ● $3.1 million for 50 crisis/emergency

placements A huge debt of gratitude for outstanding leadership is owed to the following legislators:

Senator Edward Kasemeyer (Baltimore and Howard Counties), Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton (Charles

County), Senator Richard Madaleno (Montgomery County), Delegate Peter Hammen (Baltimore City) and Delegate James Hubbard (Prince George’s County). Likewise, we are grateful to the many families, people with disabilities, staff and board members who devoted countless hours to reviewing legislation, presenting testimony and contacting legislators on behalf of priority legislation and budget items. THANK YOU! To view complete reports on the legislative session provided by The Arc of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Community Services, visit and click on Get Involved, Public Policy. Below is a chart of key budget and legislative issues from the 2008 session. ■

Developmental Disabilities Administration FY09 Budget Expansion (State & Federal Funds)

COLA / Inflationary Increase

Increase in funding

Impact (est.)


Governor O’Malley introduced a budget for FY ’09 that included a 1.5% inflationary increase for DDA-licensed providers, 2.5% less than the recommendation by the Community Services Reimbursement Rate Commission (CSRRC). Advocacy efforts of key legislators resulted in an additional 1.5% from lottery over-attainment funds. Due to a large fiscal note, HB 210/SB 242 did not pass. It would have removed existing language that makes the COLA for DD and mental health services “subject to the limitations of the state budget.”

Transitioning Youth


625 young adults leaving school will receive employment/ day services & resource coordination. A small number will receive residential supports as well.



Residential, day and resource coordination services for people in emergency situations.

Inflationary Increase For


This represents a 1.5% increase. Additional funds will be provided to raise the inflationary increase to 3% if the Maryland State Lottery has an overattainment of funds, which is expected to happen.


These funds will be used to provide community services & resource coordination to people moving out of State Residential Centers, particularly

service providers


Rosewood Center, which will close by the end of FY09. Over $14M in federal funds are available through the Money Follows the Person initiative.

Community Services Waiting List Equity Fund (Special Funds generated by the WLEF & matched with federal funds)


Approximately 40 people on DDA’s Waiting List will receive community supports and services.

Excerpted from the MD Developmental Disabilities Council’s Council Connection.


Employment Update xecutive Director Stephen H. Morgan is delighted to announce that Kimberly Diem has been named director of human resources. Kimberly brings 20 years of experience to the position. Most recently, she served as director of human resources at Northeastern Supply. While living in Las Vegas, Nevada, she worked as a human resources generalist for a real estate developer and a casino. Later, she formed a consulting company that specialized in creating and implementing full-service human resource departments for global clients. During that time, she also was an instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. A certified Professional in Human Resources, Kimberly graduated from Woodbury University with a degree in Fine Arts. Morgan also announced that Ron Christian has been named assistant executive director of community living. Ron began his Arc career in 1992 as a house counselor and held a number of positions within the agency while earning a Master’s degree in social work. Originally from upstate New York, Ron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the College of St. Rose and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. In 1987, he moved to Baltimore where, until 1992, he was a religious brother and seminarian with the Roman Catholic Trinitarian Order. Ron is a member of The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and The Arc of the United States. ■



he Arc of Baltimore family mourns the loss of two of its distinguished

leaders. Philip W. Chase, Jr. died in December; Frank Thatcher passed away in March. Their devotion to the agency and those to whom it provides supports was inspirational to all of us. Phil, former partner and president of the real estate firm Chase, Fitzgerald and Co., served on The Arc board from 1964-1992; he was president from 1979 to 1981. During almost three decades of service, Phil saw vast changes in the field of developmental disabilities. He was present at the opening of the agency’s first workshop and witnessed

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the transition from large institutions to community- based programming. Phil also was president when The Arc opened its first group home in Roland Park which, at the time, was a controversial event. Frank Thatcher served on the board from 1986 to 1992, after a career in human resources with the YMCA and, later, with Essex Community College. He helped The Arc develop its first personnel policies, which laid a strong foundation for what is, today, a full-service human resources department. Both men were role models for volunteer service. We will be ever grateful for their diligent work and staunch commitment to this agency and to people with developmental disabilities. — Stephen H. Morgan Executive Director

ROSES FOR ROSEWOOD RESOLUTION Preston Perkins and Paul Wilson (in dark shirt) gave Governor Martin O’Malley

a dozen yellow roses during Developmental Disabilities Lobbying Day in Annapolis. The roses were given in gratitude for—and recognition of— the Governor’s role in passing a pre-session resolution that provides for closing the institution by the end of FY09.


Paul Kristoff, vice principal of Hernwood

Elementary School, presented Monica Hall, an Arc supported worker, with a certificate of appreciation for being so dedicated to her students. Monica has been employed at the school for five years, the last two as a teacher’s aide for a special education class. When her class transitioned to a new head teacher, Monica went the extra mile for students. Among other things, her efforts helped one student improve his writing ability and behavior significantly.

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Turning 50 isn’t always easy for people, as evidenced here by Harry Shackelford’s expression. Nonetheless, Harry was delighted to be surrounded by his friends and made easy work of cutting his cake. Party-goers, from left: Mary MacSherry, Tyrone Duncan, Larry Mosley, Melvin Gardner, “Fabulous at Fifty” Harry Shackleford, Tom Sessomes, Laverne Little, Julie Agboola and Katherine Hoffman.

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Advocate - Summer 2008  

The Arc Baltimore's summer advocate highlights are reschedule your success, and award winners, and challenging but successful.