Community Advisors

We work in partnership with a Community Advisory Council, (CAC) advisers who represent the voice of the disability community, advising and supporting the Center in meeting its responsibilities to the citizens of Maryland in accordance with the DD Act. The Council is led by CAC chair and vice chair:

Elizabeth Benevides
Hussman Foundation

Seeking New Members!

The MCDD Announces a Tremendous Opportunity to Serve your Community:

The CAC brings together people with diverse perspectives, experiences, and knowledge to assist the MCDD in meeting its responsibilities to the citizens of Maryland. Positions are currently open for:

  • siblings
  • direct care providers, and
  • provider agency representatives

The CAC meets quarterly from 3-5 p.m. at the MCDD during the months of January, April, July and October. Stipends are available to cover the expense of meeting attendance.

Please review the position description. You can print the application and send it to us, or complete it online.

Questions? Please contact Eve Lukowski, MCDD Administrative Services Coordinator, at or 443-923-9555.

Community Advisory Council Members

Name Title Agency
Nkenglefe Afangcho Consumer Advocate
Rene Averitt-Sanzone Member Parents Place of Maryland
Diane Bark Consumer Family Member
Beth Benevides Chair Hussman Foundation
Carmen Brown Member Maryland State Department of Education
Justine Cerruto Member The Harford Center, Inc.
Kendall Foster Member Disabilities Rights Maryland
Jackie Golden Consumer Eastern Shore Parent Resource Alliance
Kathryn McCloskey Member Kinera Foundation
Christian Miele Member Maryland Department of Disabilities
Teresa O'Brien Member Penn-Mar
Matthew Plantz Consumer Self-Advocate
Mary Scott Consumer Family Member
Bernie Simons Member Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
Bonnie Smith-May Consumer Family Member
Christina Spangler Member  Maryland Coalition of Families
Keith Walmsley Member Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
William Webster Consumer Family Member
Tracy Wright Consumer Self-Advocate

Kennedy Krieger Institute Staff

Name Title Department
Ken Capone Self-Advocacy Program Director People On The Go Maryland
Mallory Finn, Esq. Staff Attorney MCDD
Tami Goldsmith Self-Advocacy Program Coordinator People On The Go Maryland
Jenny Jones Resource Finder MCDD
Eve Lukowski Administrative Coordinator MCDD
Megan Meck, MS Data Coordinator MCDD
Mirian Ofondedu, PhD Training Director MCDD
Mat Rice Public Policy Advocate People On The Go Maryland
Bruce Shapiro, MD Vice President LEND
Jackie Stone, PhD Vice President Clinical Programs and Inpatient Services
Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS Director MCDD
Alyssa Navarrete Thorn, Esq. Staff Attorney MCDD