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 Tylea Powell, MCDD Administrative Services Coordinator, at or 443-923-9594.

Community Advisory Council Members

Name Title Agency
Nkenglefe Afangcho Consumer Advocate
Rene Averitt-Sanzone Member Parents Place of MD
Diane Bark Consumer Family Member
Beth Benevides Chair Hussman Foundation
Carmen Brown Member Maryland State Department of Education
Anna Burkett Consumer Self-Advocate
Brian Cox Member Developmental Disabilities Council
Justine Cerruto Consumer Family Member
Sarah Edwards Consumer Family Member
Tonia Ferguson Member Arc Maryland
Kendall Foster Member Disabilities Rights Maryland
William Frank Member Maryland Department of Disabilities
Jackie Golden Consumer Eastern Shore Parent Resource Alliance
Kate McCloskey Consumer Family Member
Teresa O'Brien Member Change Inc.
Matthew Plantz Consumer Family Member
Megan Rusciano Member Disability Rights Maryland
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
William Webster Consumer Family Member
Tracy Wright Consumer Self-Advocate

Kennedy Krieger Institute Staff

Name Title Department
Ken Capone Program Director, Self Advocacy People On the Go of Maryland
Mallory Finn Staff Attorney MCDD
Tami Goldsmith Facilitator People On the Go of Maryland
Jenny Jones Resource Finder MCDD
Alyssa Navarrete, Esq. Staff Attorney Project HEAL, MCDD
Mirian Ofondedu, Ph.D. Training Director MCDD
Tylea Powell Administrative Services Coordinator MCDD
Megan Reed, M.S. Training Coordinator MCDD
Mat Rice Public Policy Advocate People On the Go of Maryland
Christine Schoenberger, MHS Business Operations Manager MCDD
Bruce Shapiro, MD Vice President LEND
Jackie Stone, PhD Vice President Clinical Programs and Inpatient Services
Maureen van Stone, Esq. M.S. Director MCDD, Project HEAL