BOARD OF DIRECTORS & GOVERNANCE

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The League is grateful for the support of the Board of Directors, providing volunteer leadership to help guide our mission and grow our support in the community. The following list reflects our current Board of Directors for July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

BOARD OFFICERS

Nicole Urquhart-Bradley, Chair

Nicole Urquhart-Bradley is the current Chief Operating Officer for Apprise by Walker & Dunlop. 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.

Mindy Geppi, Vice Chair

Mindy Geppi’s volunteerism, community engagement, and philanthropic efforts align with her passions to support improved health, animal care, education, and disability rights. Mindy has served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation, the St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and The Children’s Guild. She has also volunteered on committees for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter and Senior Dog Sanctuary of MD, Inc. In addition to contributing her time and resources to The League’s signature annual fundraising event, Mindy has chaired fundraising events for Habitat for Humanity, House for the Heart, Maryvale Preparatory School, and St. Paul’s School. Mindy is a lifelong resident of Maryland and a mother of two.

Ethan Nochumowitz, Treasurer

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.

Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Secretary

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 acquired and developmental brain conditions, such as autism. Dr. Gordon is a Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor and a Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Science at The Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Division of Hopkins’ Neurology Department, and founded The Memory Clinic there. Dr. Gordon received a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University. 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 League activities more than fifteen years ago.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

 

Carol Dodson

Carol Dodson is Vice President of Transmission and Substations at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE). Carol joined BGE in 1988 and has held several executive positions in Exelon, as well as BGE in the areas of support services, customer operations, utility oversight, technical services, business transformation, and electric distribution. Carol 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. Carol was selected as Baltimore Business Journal’s Mentor of the Year for 2022 and received the Corporate Leader award from Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Maryland and Leadership Baltimore County.

Bradley Fowler

Brad Fowler is an attorney who provides outsourced general counsel services to growing businesses at HWK Law Group in Timonium. 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. He lives in Towson and has two sons.

James Hettleman

Jim Hettleman is 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 joined the board to continue his family’s commitment to ensuring opportunities for all people, regardless of their disability, to live a full and happy life.

Ashley Ingraham Watts

Ashley Ingraham Watts is the owner of Home Perspective, LLC, a business which provides home organization, moving assistance, and estate clearing services to the Maryland Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a Minor in Art History and Education through Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Her experience in real estate, primary education, and the arts has cultivated an impressive creative and professional presence which has earned her recognition in Baltimore Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Entrepreneur magazine. Ashley’s community involvement with Garrison Forest School since 2000, The School of the Cathedral of Mary our Queen since 2015, and The League for People with Disabilities since 2020 has placed her in several leadership roles where she has served on special event committees and contributed foundational direction to the organizations’ benefit.   

Janice Jackson

Janice 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 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. Janice is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore, where she teaches Ethical Studies. Janice entered the disability community in 1984 at the age of 24, when she was hit by and car received a spinal cord injury. Janice holds 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. Janice is a volunteer and peer counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital, in on the Board of Directors of The Image Center for Independent Living, and is on the Board of Directors of The Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at The University of Baltimore. Janice also serves as a commissioner on The Maryland Commission on Disabilities, and held the title of Ms. Wheelchair Maryland from 1993-1994.

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 Master’s in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Kris Meyer

Kris Meyer is a community volunteer and she and her husband, John Meyer have been long time friends and supporters of The League. Kris is an Kris Meyer is a community volunteer and she and her husband, John Meyer have been long time friends and supporters of The League. Kris is an archivist and spent time organizing The League’s archives, capturing years of historical information since The League was started in 1927. Kris holds a Master’s in Instructional Technology from Towson University, worked as an Elementary School Media Specialist in Howard County, and is a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Kris resides in Owings Mills with her husband and two children.

Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow is the President of the Perlow Home Team of Monument Sotheby’s International Realty. A second-generation Realtor, Jason has acquired a wealth of expertise of the regional real estate market. He graduated from Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and is a University of Delaware alum with a degree in Business/ Marketing. By exceeding clients’ expectations with his “hands-on” approach to every transaction, Jason has earned an unparalleled reputation with clients and contemporaries alike. He has consistently been a top producing REALTOR® and ranked within the top 2 percent of agents nationwide. Jason has also co-authored the Amazon best-seller, The Essential Guide to Buying and Selling Homes (Insight from America’s Top Agents and Loan Officers).

Terri Seitz Parrish

Terri Seitz Parrish is Chairperson of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities and the Maryland Alliance of Disability Commissions. In 1977, she became a wheelchair user after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a vehicle accident. She was able to return to the classroom as an elementary school teacher, became the Program Director on the National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline and ended her career as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at a local church.  She enjoys advocating for people with disabilities as a Board Member at the Image Center for Independent Living, the Ellene BRIT Christiansen Memorial Fund and WEAN, a mentoring program serving women and young ladies with disabilities. She is a mentor for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and is a trainer for new employees at the UMROI Kernan Rehabilitation Center. She holds an Elementary Education Degree from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. Her most rewarding success has been raising two children who are both graduates of the University of Maryland.

Andrew G. Slutkin

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

Andrew Snyder

Andrew “Andy” M. Snyder co-founded the Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement (SCALE) in 2008, which merged with The League for People with Disabilities in November of 2014, effectively improving the quality of life for people living with aphasia and their families in Maryland. Andy 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 for fourteen years as a Home Improvement Commissioner. Snyder Capital, LLC currently operates as a consulting company to clients in the remodeling industry. Andy has also just finished his seventh season as Assistant Lacrosse Coach at New Town High School in Owings Mills but despite his many years of philanthropy, advocacy, volunteerism, and consulting, Andy is most proud to be The League’s “Real Beard Santa” for holiday festivities. 

Christian Zegal

As Senior Vice President of Communications & Corporate Marketing at Walker & Dunlop, Chris formulates the marketing strategy and guides the execution of communications for the company’s core brand and its subsidiaries. His accomplishments earned him a Best in Biz Award in 2021, winning Silver for Marketing Executive of the Year among hundreds of nominees.

 

Chris has a 20+ year track record of developing innovative go-to-market strategies, delivering award-winning results, and driving revenue growth for mid-market and global high technology, financial services, and pharmaceutical brands. With an Executive MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Carleton College, Chris applies his technical and industry knowledge in marketing, branding, and digital design to his career as well as his personal interests.

 

Awarded the WAUSAU Leadership Award, Lofgren Fellowship, SRA Company Improvement Award, and SRA Community Service Award, Chris is also professionally associated with the CMO Club and Marketing Leaders of D.C. His passions include cycling and photography, and his work has been published in www.acreativedc.com, Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal.