Tyler Cochran, Esq., staff attorney for Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), achieved a significant milestone by being sworn into the Maryland State Bar Association on October 12, 2023, signifying a momentous accomplishment in his legal career. With this accomplishment, Cochran has earned the prestigious “esquire” title. As he takes on this new professional chapter, we look forward to witnessing his continued success.
Congratulations are in order for Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS, assistant vice president and director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) for being selected as the honoree at the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Alliance fundraiser event, Give for HopeTM Boo Bash, due to her community contributions and leadership. The event took place on October 27, 2023, at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The MCDD team celebrates van Stone’s achievement and is grateful for her continued leadership.
Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C, director of training for the MCDD, was elected to “fellow” status in the American Psychological Association (APA). Fellow status is an honor presented to APA members who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field of psychology. Attaining fellow status requires that an individual’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.
Additionally, Dr. Ofonedu was recognized at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference Awards Ceremony on November 7 for receiving the 2023 AUCD Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity. This award is given to an AUCD member, recognizing their demonstrated leadership and dedication to advancing initiatives that enhance diversity and cultural and linguistic competencies within a center and the broader AUCD network, including exemplary programs, practices and significant contributions to understanding the diverse needs of families seeking disability services. Congratulations on your well-deserved honors, Dr. Ofonedu!
Kristine Nellenbach, MS, program coordinator for the Resource Finder, graduated from the Business Volunteers Maryland (BVM) GIVE Fellowship program on November 8, 2023. At the event, Nellenbach gave a presentation, alongside her team members, highlighting the impactful deliverables they created for a local nonprofit, The Light of Truth Center, a program for women in recovery. The fellowship experience provided Nellenbach with a valuable opportunity to apply her skills and collaborate with a team, resulting in meaningful contributions to The Light of Truth Center and enhancing her professional development.
The MCDD is pleased to welcome Anthony Gioia, PhD, a first-year pediatric neuropsychology fellow. Starting in January, Anthony will undertake a four-month minor rotation with the MCDD, concentrating on legislative advocacy under the supervision of van Stone. His expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to the center's impactful initiatives.
Cindy Ibarra, a recent graduate from Towson University with a degree in Public Health, has taken on the role of administrative services coordinator for the MCDD. With her strong interest in advocating for people with disabilities and a recent experience as an MCDD trainee, Cindy brings a unique perspective and dedication to furthering the MCDD’s initiatives and fostering inclusivity within society.