Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces New Leadership, Members to Board of Directors

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June 05, 2002
Board Gets New Chair, Vice-Chair and Four New Members

BALTIMORE, MD- Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) announces the appointment of a new chair and vice-chair to its Board of Directors. Robert Lawless, chairman of McCormick and Company, has succeeded Henry Rosenberg, chairman of the board of Rosemore, Inc., as chairman of the Kennedy Krieger board, and Henry Hagan, president and CEO of Monumental Life Insurance Company, has been elected vice-chair.

Robert J. Lawless, chairman, McCormick and Company Mr. Lawless has served as Chairman of McCormick and Company since 1999. Before becoming Chairman, he was President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lawless joined McCormick and Company in 1977 and served in many capacities including Vice President and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Lawless graduated from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, with a major in chemistry. He gives much of his time to charitable organizations such as Grant-A-Wish Foundation, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Inc. and the Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Executive Council. In November 2001, Loyola College in Maryland elected Mr. Lawless "Business Leader of the Year." He has tirelessly served on the Kennedy Krieger board since 1997 and was named Vice Chair in 2000.

Henry G. Hagan, president and CEO of Monumental Life Insurance Company Mr. Hagan began his career in life insurance in 1975 with Southern Life Insurance Company in North Carolina. From there, he has established himself as a leader in the insurance industry serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Monumental Life Insurance Company after joining them in 1981. Mr. Hagan received his BA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Charles Street Development Corporation and serves on many boards including Maryland Business for Responsive Government, The Lyric Foundation, Roland Park Country School and The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Mr. Hagan joined the Kennedy Krieger board in 1999.

KKI also announces four newly elected members of its Board of Directors. The new members will serve a three-year term. Newly elected members include:

Richard D. Bennett, Esq., partner, Miles & Stockbridge P.C. Mr. Bennett became a partner of Miles & Stockbridge, one of Maryland's oldest and largest law firms, in 1993, after serving as the U.S. Attorney for Maryland for President George Bush. For many years, Mr. Bennett has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a permanent member of the U.S. Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit. In 1998, he was the Republican Nominee for Lieutenant Governor. A native Marylander, Mr. Bennett frequently volunteers serving meals to the homeless at Our Daily Bread in Baltimore, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Severn School. He is a Major in the U.S. Army Retired Reserve.

Mark S. Furst, president, Allfirst Greater Baltimore Market. Mr. Furst is a 19-year veteran of Allfirst Bank, where he has responsibility for commercial, small business, retail clientele and 52 full-service branches. He has held various management positions within the company's community, commercial, retail and marketing groups. Mr. Furst served as regional campaign chair in 2001 for United Way of Central Maryland. He is a director of Grant-a-Wish/Children's Promise Foundation and also serves on the board of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. He is a very active member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish Council and was recently appointed to the Corporate Advisory Board of Villa Julie College.

J. William Knott, regional president, First Union Bank in Maryland. More than 20 years ago, Mr. Knott began his career in the banking industry, and in 1996, assumed the position of Regional President of First Union Bank in Maryland. Mr. Knott is a well known philanthropist in the Baltimore area serving on many boards, including Archdiocese of Maryland, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Loyola College - Sellinger School of Business, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Children's Center. A graduate of Loyola College, Mr. Knott has been very active with the Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Charles E. Silberstein, M.D., orthopedic attending, Kennedy Krieger Institute Dr. Silberstein began his affiliation with Kennedy Krieger in 1966 when he was a consultant to the Children's Rehabilitation Institute (which later became Kennedy Krieger Institute). Dr. Silberstein has worked in pediatric rehabilitation his entire career, spending much of his professional life at The Children's Hospital and Center for Reconstructive Surgery as Medical Director of the Bennett Institute for Sports Medicine. Dr. Silberstein is an Orthopedic Team Physician for the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Club. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Medicine. Dr. Silberstein is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

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

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Allison Loritz, (443) 923-7330
Julie Lincoln, (443) 923-7334

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