Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces Newly Elected Members To Its Board Of Directors

January 3, 2001
Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) announces four newly elected members of its Board of Directors

BALTIMORE, MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) announces four newly elected members of its Board of Directors. The new members will serve a three-year tenure. Newly elected members include:

Joy Hall, customer specialist for a legal document retrieval company in Baltimore. Ms. Hall was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 15 months old and with the help of Kennedy Krieger, was mainstreamed into public school at the age of five. She has served as the child representative for the Maryland Easter Seals Society, as the National Easter Seals Child Representative and as spokesperson for Kennedy Krieger. She holds a high school diploma from the Baltimore School for the Arts with a major in theater and a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Villa Julie College.

Traci Shanbrun Lerner, partner, Chesapeake Partners. Ms. Lerner is partner and co-founder of Chesapeake Partners which is a firm that invests institutional and individual assets in extraordinary corporate events such as merger and acquisition transactions, bankruptcies and reorganizations. Previously, Ms. Lerner worked for Dillon, Read & Co. overseeing the firm's research and trading activities in risk arbitrage, reorganization and bankruptcy investing. She is active in the community and serves on investment committees of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Ms. Lerner is a Director on the boards of The Baltimore Museum of Art and CHANA (an organization that deals with issues associated with domestic violence). Ms. Lerner is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania.

William R. Roberts, president for Verizon Maryland Inc. Mr. Roberts is a successful businessman and leader in the community. He serves as board chairman and president of the African Continuum Theatre Company; as chairman emeritus and founding member of the Far Southeast/Southwest Elderly Consortium; as board member of the Greater Baltimore Alliance, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. He is an active volunteer in the community and mentors homeless men at the Gospel Rescue Mission in Washington, DC.

Bishop L. Robinson, Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice for the State of Maryland. Mr. Robinson has had a long and distinguished career in the criminal justice arena. He began his career as a foot patrol officer with the Baltimore Police Department in 1952 and ascended each and every rank. He was then appointed Police Commissioner and, later, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, where he was the first Secretary ever appointed to three consecutive terms. In April 2000, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice by Governor Parris N. Glendening. Mr. Robinson holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a Masters of Education degree and two Doctor of Laws degrees. He holds many local and national awards including founder and past president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He belongs to several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger, visit their web site at www.kennedykrieger.org.

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