Who We Are
About First Maryland Disability Trust’s Board of Directors
In 2005, First Maryland Disability Trust, Inc. was formed by a group of disability and elder law attorneys from across the state of Maryland. We knew that public benefit programs alone could never meet all the needs of an individual with disabilities. At that time, Maryland did not have any statewide pooled asset trusts able to accept assets directly from individuals with disabilities. Together, this group of attorneys became founding board members.
Our shared vision of this non-profit organization is to benefit Marylanders with disabilities while preserving their assets and access to public benefits. Rather than spending down income and assets to meet public program limits, our trusts preserve and protect assets and access to services. Pooling assets from many individuals improves quality of life, access to benefits, and creates more efficient trustee services and trust management. This benefits both the pooled asset trust participants as well as the public.
Since its inception nearly two decades ago, First Maryland Disability Trust has expanded to also offer clients non-pooled asset trusts. This ensures that our clients are able to access the right trust solution for their particular circumstances.
Today, our board of directors includes disability advocates and family members of individuals with disabilities.
Board of Directors
First Maryland Disability Trust’s Board of Directors is comprised of professionals from across the fields of financial planning, legal, healthcare, academic, and advocacy. While each board member brings their unique experience to the table, they also share certain commonalities. Our board members are all highly accomplished professionals who share a passion for working with, and on behalf of, the disabled community.
Learn more about this outstanding group who plays a critical role in advancing our mission.
Kenneth Hoefer, Esq.
Michael I. Levine, Esq.
Vice President & Treasurer
Mallory Legg, Esq.
Jill A. Snyder, Esq.
Alex J. Zarzecki, Esq.
Eric Jorgensen, MBA
Natasha Ludwig, Ph.D
May-Lis Manley, Esq.
Denise W. Fike, Executive Director
Sharon Ritter-Beall, In House Counsel
Mary Hamme, CPA
JaNell Miller, Lead Trust Administrator
Bernard Barnes, Trust Administrator
Nicole Martinez, Trust Administrator
Stephanie Reece, Trust Administrator
Emily Hennebaul, Trust Assistant
Taylor Glezen, Trust Administrator, Paralegal
Colleen Kruft, Trust Assistant
Molly Rose, Trust Assistant
Lee Ann Shope, Administrative Assistant
Our own Executive Director Denise Fikes was featured in Baltimore Magazine’s “30 Women Who Move Maryland.”
“As a corporate trustee, Denise Fike’s firm provides cost-effective trust management for people with disabilities to protect, maintain, and use trust assets while preserving their clients’ eligibility for public and private benefits. Working with clients, families, and agencies to improve our clients’ quality of life, we help families create a secure plan for the future of their loved one.”