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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.


President:             Sharon Ritter-Beall, Esq.

Secretary:             Mallory Legg

Vice President:    Kenneth Hoefer

Treasurer:             Michael I. Levine, Esq.

Past-President:             Michael I. Levine, Esq.


FMDT Staff

Executive Director:
Denise W. Fike

Trust Administrator:
Stephanie P. Reece

Trust Administrator:
Nicole Martinez

Trust Administrator:
JaNell Miller

Trust Assistant:
Megan Rose

Trust Assistant:
Yasmine Stokes

Administrative Assistant:
Lee Ann Shope

Mary Hamme

Denise W. Fike

Executive Director

1400 Front Avenue, Suite 303

Lutherville, MD 21093