BOARD OF DIRECTORS & GOVERNANCE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The League relies on the Board of Directors as our dedicated volunteer leadership team to help guide our mission and grow our support in the community. The following list reflects our current Board of Directors for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

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 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.

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 Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor, and Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Science, at The Johns Hopkins University.  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 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. 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.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Andrew Snyder, Immediate Past Chair

Andrew “Andy” M. 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.  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. Snyder Home Services, Inc. currently operates as a consulting company to clients in the remodeling industry.

Carol Dodson

Carol Dodson is Vice President of Transmission and Substation at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE).  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.  Carol is a graduate of Leadership Baltimore County class of 2009, and 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 lives in Baltimore County with her husband and two daughters.

Bradley Fowler

Brad 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.

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.

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 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 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 eight other real estate agents on his team. Jason specializes in the Baltimore Metro area and has been a licensed real estate agent for over ten 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 attended the Boys Latin School of Maryland and earned his 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. Sharri 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. Sharri holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and resides in Baltimore County, Maryland with her husband and two children.

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.