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Community Advisory Council


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

Marni Greenspoon
Disability Rights Maryland

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:

  • people with disabilities of any age,
  • parents of young children with disabilities, and
  • other family members of people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.

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 Job 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
Diane Bark Consumer Family Member
Beth Benevides Chair Hussman Foundation
Sarah Edwards Consumer Family Member
William Frank Member Maryland Department of Disabilities
Jackie Golden Consumer Eastern Shore Parent Resource Alliance
Marni Greenspoon Vice Chair Disability Rights Maryland
Amanda Kell Consumer Family Member
Christy Russell Consumer Family Member
Mary Scott Consumer Family Member
Bernie Simons Member Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
Bonnie Smith-May Consumer Family Member
Teri Sparks Member Developmental Disabilities Council
Tracy Wright Consumer Self-Advocate

Kennedy Krieger Institute Staff

Name Title Department
Ken Capone Program Director, Self Advocacy People On the Go of MD
Mallory Finn Staff Attorney MCDD
Tami Goldsmith Facilitator People On the Go of Maryland
Jenny Jones Resource Finder MCDD
Megan Reed 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
Christopher Smith, PhD Director MCDD
Jackie Stone, PhD Director, Information Dissemination MCDD
Maureen van Stone, Esq. M.S. Associate Director Project HEAL, MCDD
Lana Warren, Ed.D., OT/L, FAOTA Sr. Vice President Clinical Programs and Inpatient Services