Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces New Board Members

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January 19, 2006
Four Community Leaders Begin Three-Year Term Supporting Institute's Pediatric Research, Education & Treatment Programs

BALTIMORE, MD--The Kennedy Krieger Institute has elected four prominent community leaders to its Board of Directors. The following individuals will each serve a three-year term:

Richard Cass
President, The Baltimore Ravens
As President of the Ravens, Mr. Cass oversees all aspects of the organization. A partner at the Washington, D.C.- based law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, from 1979 to 2004, Mr. Cass helped broker the sale of the Baltimore Ravens from the Modell family to Steve Bisciotti. He also represented the Jack Kent Cooke estate in the 1999 sale of the Washington Redskins and served as advisor to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the team acquisition.

Mr. Cass has served as Counsel to the Independent Commission of the US Olympics Committee, sits on the boards of trustees for the Maryland Science Center and is director of the Greater Baltimore Committee. He is a Phi Beta graduate of Princeton University and received his law degree from Yale Law School. He resides in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and two children.

John J. "Jake" Oliver
Publisher & CEO, Afro-American Newspapers
The great-grandson of John H. Murphy, founder of the Afro-American Newspapers, Jake Oliver has served as the Publisher and CEO of the company for more than 17 years. Through his leadership, the Afro-American has grown beyond traditional print media to deliver information to its 100,000 readers through print, web and streaming online video.

Mr. Oliver serves on the board of directors of First Mariner Bank, is an active member of the President's Roundtable and is the former chairman of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. A native of Baltimore, he received his BA from Fisk University and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. Mr. Oliver resides in Owings Mills.

Yolanda Maria Welch
Founder & CEO, Respira Medical
Maria Welch founded Respira Medical, a successful respiratory and medical equipment company, in 2001. Her dedication to the community is inspired by the support she received in personally challenging times- including a period of homelessness. A survivor of domestic violence, she is active with the House of Ruth and United Way of Central Maryland, where she serves on the board of directors.

Ms. Welch is President of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Co-President of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, Inc., Secretary of the American Lung Association of Maryland and a board member of the Living Classrooms Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2003 Small Business Administration Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award and the 2005 Hispanic Magazine Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Welch resides in Lutherville with her husband and two children.

Janet Behrend Livingston
Parent & Community Volunteer
A member of the Kennedy Krieger Parents Council, Janet Behrend Livingston has a teenage son with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, ADHD and anxiety disorder. He attended four schools before his parents enrolled him at Kennedy Krieger School, where he is a thriving student today. Ms. Livingston is an active volunteer with the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and a board member for the Baltimore Jewish Community Center. She has held board positions with the Associated Jewish Charities, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Jewish Vocational Services, Edward A. Myerberg Northwest Senior Center and Jewish Family Services.

A graduate of the Park School of Baltimore, Ms. Livingston serves on the Parent Association Board. She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York. Ms. Livingston resides in Owings Mills, MD with her husband and two children.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute serves more than 12,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, out patient clinics, home and community services, and school based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental disabilities mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new inventions and earlier diagnosis.

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