Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill Joins Kennedy Krieger Institute's Board of Directors

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July 16, 2009

Kennedy Krieger Institute announces two newly elected members to its Board of Directors. Dorothy Hamill, Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Fame Figure Skater, and William J. Toomey, II, Senior Vice President and Area Executive of BB&T Bank, join 40 other Baltimore-area community and business leaders on Kennedy Krieger's Board of Directors. The new members will serve a three-year term.

Dorothy Hamill

Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Fame Figure Skater

Ms. Hamill is an accomplished athlete, humanitarian, media personality, and business executive. At just nineteen years of age, Ms. Hamill began a successful career by winning a Gold Medal for figure skating at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria and following that up with a World Championship title in Gothenburg, Sweden. As a professional, she has skated with many productions including eight years with the company she helped bring to preeminence among touring ice shows, the Ice Capades, had an unprecedented four ABC television prime time specials produced in her honor, won five consecutive World Professional titles, starred in her own touring productions, won an Emmy, and was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame and the Figure Skating Hall of Fame, amongst other achievements and accolades. In addition to her skating roles, Ms. Hamill was the first recipient of the Stars of Madison Avenue Award for her continued roles in successful advertising campaigns, released a best-selling memoir, and is consistently involved in charity work including the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the International Special Olympics, Big Brothers & Sisters of America, Buoniconti Fund, Olympic Aid, Vaccine Fund, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and teaching blind children to skate through the March of Dimes. While every four years, the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture the imaginations of the public as Ms. Hamill has done.

William J. Toomey, II

Senior Vice President and Area Executive, BB&T Bank

Mr. Toomey currently serves as the Baltimore Area Executive/Senior Vice President for BB&T Bank. Prior to moving to Baltimore, he served in several lending and leadership capacities with BB&T Bank in Myrtle Beach, SC, and Richmond, VA, and also spent time as an investment banker with BB&T Capital Markets. In Baltimore, he is a board member of Cystic Fibrosis of Central Maryland and co-chair of the BB&T Spring Swing, the board president of the Independent College Fund, a board member of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, a board member of The Center Club, and a member of the President's Advisory Group with Greater Baltimore Committee. Mr. Toomey, is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, received his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business, and is a graduate of BB&T's Leadership Development Program.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 13,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.


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