BOARD OF DIRECTORS & GOVERNANCE

OFFICERS

 

Board Members

 

Carol Dodson

Carol A. Dodson is Vice President of Support Services at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE).  In this role, she leads many critical areas of the company, including training, security, environmental management, performance assessment, fleet services, and real estate and facilities. She is also the company’s chief safety officer, with oversight for the company’s safety and wellness initiatives. Dodson joined BGE in 1983 and has held positions in Exelon, as well as BGE in the areas of utility oversight, engineering and project management, business transformation, distribution construction, operations and maintenance, distribution system operations, strategic customer engineering, energy sales and services, and substation support services. Prior to her current role, Dodson previously served as vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer where she was responsible for overseeing the processes, systems and planning that support internal and external customer interfaces. In addition to being a board member of The League for People with Disabilities, Dodson also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Maryland Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a member of Network 2000, an organization that champions women leaders.  She is a graduate of Leadership Baltimore County class of 2009. Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland with honors and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore.  She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.  She lives in Baltimore County with her husband and 2 daughters.

Bradley Fowler

Bradley Fowler is an attorney who provides outsourced general counsel services to growing businesses at his firm, the Law Office of Bradley F. Fowler, LLC. Brad earned a B.A. in Business from the University of Maryland, and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to his work with The League, Brad is a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Towson Library, and is a 2019 Living Classrooms Rising Star. He lives in Towson with his wife Catherine and two sons.

 

Mindy Geppi

Mindy Geppi is a volunteer and philanthropist and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and their families. She has served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation, the St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and The Children’s Guild and has chaired fundraising events for Habitat for Humanity and House for the Heart. Mindy is a lifelong resident of Maryland and a mother of two.


Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Barry Gordon is a behavioral neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist whose work focuses on identifying and implementing better methods for improving language, memory, thinking skills, and learning in individuals with autism, aphasia, amnesia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other acquired and developmental brain conditions. Dr. Gordon received a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.D. degree from Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and he also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University. Currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Dr. Gordon has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific articles and book chapters, and two books on memory for the general public, Memory: Remembering and Forgetting in Everyday Life and Intelligent Memory. Dr. Gordon lives in Pikesville with his wife Renee, who have both been active supporters and advocates of The League since their son, Alex, began attending programming here more than 10 years ago.

 

James Hettleman

Jim Hettleman is the President of The Southern Galvanizing Company, a family owned business in Baltimore that has been providing long-term corrosion protection to steel since 1937.  He is a third-generation board member of The League for People with Disabilities, succeeding parents Michael and Barbara Hettleman and grandparents Irvin and Sarah Golboro.  He joins the board to continue his family’s commitment of ensuring opportunities for all people, regardless of their disability, to live a full and happy life. Mr. Hettleman graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1994.  He worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide and then as a website developer before joining Southern Galvanizing in 2004.  In addition to The League, Mr. Hettleman supports animal rights issues and lives downtown with his dog Habana. 

 

Janice Jackson

Janice Y. Jackson is the Founder and Executive Director of Woman Embracing Abilities Now (W.E.A.N.). W.E.A.N. created in 2005, is a nonprofit mentoring program servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities. The mission of W.E.A.N. is to "wean" women and young ladies with disabilities from having their limitations be their focal point, thus having them living "with" their abilities. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore, where she teaches Ethical Studies. She entered the disability community in 1984 at the age of 24. She was hit by and car received a spinal cord injury. She spent two years in Baltimore receiving rehabilitation, after which she decided to relocate to Baltimore from Prince George's County to start her new life. She holds four degrees; two Associate of Arts degrees, one in Human Services and the other in Mental Health from Baltimore City Community College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Master's of Science degree in Administration from the University of Baltimore. She is very active in Baltimore communities. She is a volunteer and peer counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital. She also serves on The Board of Director at The League for Persons with Disabilities, The Human Rights Committee at The League for Persons with Disabilities, The Board of Director of The Image Center for Independent Living, and The Board of Directors of The Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at The University of Baltimore. She also serves as a commissioner on The Maryland Commission on Disabilities. She held the title of Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 93-94.

 

Richard M. Katz, M.D.

Dr. Richard M. Katz is an associate professor in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. He is currently Medical Director of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital Feeding Disorders Program. Dr. Katz received his Medical Degree from Northwestern University, Chicago and completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. He also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the University of California, San Francisco.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

 

M. John Meyer

M. John Meyer is a principal with brokerage company KLNB Retail in Towson, where he coordinates the regional entry and expansion programs of major national retailers including Wal-Mart, Car Max, Men’s Warehouse, Ulta Beauty and 24 Hour Fitness. Meyer joined KLNB Retail in 1994, was named Principal in 1998 and sits on the Executive Committee. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School.

Ethan Nochumowitz

Ethan Nochumowitz is an attorney at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White where he specializes in litigation of catastrophic injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. He earned his B.A. from the University of Miami, and his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Ethan first became involved with The League in 2015 when he represented the organization on a pro bono basis in a litigation matter against Baltimore City arising out of significant overbilling for water and sewer services, recovering a substantial sum on The League’s behalf.  Since 2016, Ethan actively has served as a member of The League’s Fundraising Event Committee, before joining The League’s Board in 2020.  Ethan also serves as a member of the Board of his residential community’s homeowners’ association.  

Terri Seitz Parrish

Terri Seitz Parrish is the current Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities and the Peer Network Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline at Kernan Hospital. As someone living with a spinal cord injury, she has spent the past 25 years serving as a leader and advocate for those living with disabilities in the Baltimore Community. In addition to her service on The League’s board, Ms. Seitz Parrish sits on the board of the IMAGE Center for Independent Living, the Ellene Brit Christiansen Memorial Fund, and Women Embracing Abilities Now (W.E.A.N.), a peer mentoring program for women with newly acquired disabilities. She also sits on the Advisory Committee for the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a division of the Baltimore County Department of Aging and is a member of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters. Terri Seitz Parrish is a retired Baltimore County Public School Teacher and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University and a Master of Education in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow is a top producing residential real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty. He is the President of the Perlow Home Team which operates under Berkshire Hathaway which consists of 8 other real estate agents on his team. Jason specializes in the Baltimore Metro area and has been a licensed real estate agent for 10 years now. He is the co-author of the Essential Guide to Buying and Selling Homes which was an Amazon best seller in the real estate section and also has been featured on HGTV.  Jason joined the event committee for the League in 2019 and also runs a foundation with his wife called Hermanas Berganzas which raises money for families in Guatemala. He went to the Boys Latin School of Maryland and earned is B.A. from the University of Delaware. 

 

Sharri Rochlin

Sharri Rochlin is a disability advocate and passionate supporter of SCALE @ The League, a program which her brother-in-law participates. Mrs. Rochlin has a background in fundraising and development and has held leadership roles at both The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. In addition, she has served as a volunteer board member of Jewish Community Services, Community Connections Board, Krieger Schecter Day School, and GEM: Girls Empowerment Mission. Mrs. Rochlin holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and resides in Baltimore County, Maryland with her husband and two children.

 

Andrew Slutkin

Andrew Slutkin is a partner in the law firm of Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, a Baltimore-Washington litigation firm. He is a trial lawyer who primarily represents plaintiffs in complex civil litigation, usually involving serious injuries. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he teaches litigation.

 

Andrew Snyder

Andrew M. Snyder is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the League for People with Disabilities. Snyder Co-Founded the Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement (SCALE) in 2008.  In November 2014, SCALE merged with The League for People with Disabilities.  As a function of this partnership, SCALE became a valuable element of The League’s visionary programs and services for people with disabilities. This merger facilitated the pooling of talent and resources to more effectively improve the quality of life for people living with aphasia and their families in Maryland.  This is vastly important as SCALE is one of only 9 free-standing aphasia centers in the country and the only one located in Maryland.  Our new program is called SCALE @ The League. Andrew Snyder founded Snyder Bros. Contractors, Inc. in 1984, acquired Kitchen Saver of Baltimore, Inc. in 1987, and was the Owner and Operator of Bath Fitter franchises throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia until his retirement in 2012. He was the President of the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association (MICA) from 1998-2000 and appointed by the Governor to serve on the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. Snyder Home Services, Inc. currently operates as a consulting company to clients in the remodeling industry.

M. Nicole Urquhart-Bradley

Nicole Urquhart-Bradley is the past President of Valuation & Advisory Americas for Cushman & Wakefield of Washington, D.C., Inc. In this role, she was responsible for the overall leadership of the Valuation and Advisory group in the Americas, overseeing 600 appraisers in 71 offices. Ms. Urquhart-Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and applies her extensive professional knowledge of strategic planning, recruiting and financial management to her role as a board member. The mission of The League is personally significant to Nicole, as her brother, Christopher, was born with spina bifida and lived for 45 years with this progressing and challenging physical disability. Her firsthand experience and detailed knowledge of the challenges faced by people with disabilities make her an incredible advocate for those we serve.

Arnie Wallenstein

Arnie Wallenstein is a Principal of Artisan Renovations, Inc., which specializes in high end residential remodeling and additions. Arnie earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and Masters in Urban Education from Towson University. He is also an active member of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation House Committee which oversees all maintenance and construction for the entire facility.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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