WHO WE ARE
In 2005 a group of disability and elder law attorneys from across Maryland joined to create a non-profit organization to benefit Marylanders with disabilities. The group knew that public benefit programs alone can never meet all the needs of an individual with disabilities; for this reason, the attorneys believed that preservation of assets in a special needs trust is preferable to spending down income and assets to meet program limits. The goal was to preserve and protect these individual’s eligibility for public benefits and improve their quality of life.
In 2005 there was no statewide pooled asset trust operating in Maryland able to accept assets directly from individuals with disabilities. The attorneys knew that this type of trust could be valuable in allowing individuals with disabilities to protect assets yet still qualify for public benefit programs. The concept of pooling assets from many individuals to get better management and more efficient trustee services was a win-win proposition. Together, these attorneys became the founding board members of the First Maryland Disability Trust, Inc.
Today the board has expanded to include representatives of disabilities organizations and family members of individuals with disabilities from across the state of Maryland.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 2016
President: Michael I. Levine, Esq.
Vice President: Sharon Ritter-Beall, Esq.
Secretary: Sage C. Hart, Esq.
Treasurer: Ron M. Landsman, Esq.
- Mary Faith Gardiner-Ferretto, SCSW-C, C-ASWCM
- Michael Stelmack, Esq.
- Fred Whiton
- Leslie M. Wildes, CSSW-C
- Melissa Barnickel, CPA, CLTC
- Victoria Grace, Esq.
- Sage C. Hart, Esq.
- Jill Snyder
- Colin Meeks
Denise W. Fike
Lee Ann Shope