As the 38th President of the Board of Trustees for The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC), I am excited to continue the legacy of strong leadership to position TLC as a community leader in improving the lives and expanding possibilities of individuals with special needs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. I have been a Board Member since 2009, and have witnessed firsthand the passion, commitment, and hard work set forth by our various leaders and community members to serve individuals with special needs and help them meet their greatest life potential. It is quite astounding to stop and think about how far we have come; we started in a local church basement, and now we serve over 2,000 individuals annually with special needs and have three dedicated locations!
The previous President, Bill McDonald, who has been an active Board member since 2002 and served as President from 2013 to 2018, has done a tremendous job in solidifying TLC’s position as an expert, reliable source of support and help for the community, to allow us to share our expertise and provide bright futures for as many individuals as possible. I look forward to continuing to position TLC to flexibly navigate through the ever-changing needs of our community so we can successfully help as many families as possible.
Since 1950, TLC has strived for, achieved, and continues to position itself as a highly visible, leading-edge organization with strong collaborative and advocacy relationships, and plentiful resources that support quality programs, staff, and facilities for individuals with special needs. This success is accomplished through an active and committed community of current and past Board members, volunteers, donors, faculty, staff, and more. TLC is truly a village of individuals from different backgrounds working collaboratively to make a difference in the lives of others. It is an impassioned community of caring.
I would like to thank this special community for their commitment and support. TLC is in the business of providing the best therapy, education, employment services, support and care possible to provide a foundation for the achievement of greater personal independence and success for its clients. TLC could not help others without your help.
ATHENA Consulting, LLC
Board of Trustees
The current Board of Trustees continues the legacy of leadership set forth by TLC’s first Board of Trustees in 1950 and the individuals who have followed over the past 65 plus years. The Board provides ongoing guidance and has helped TLC navigate significant transitions through the years to effectively respond to the growing and changing needs of our community.
Geoffrey S. Platnick
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker
Patricia A. Ritter, Ph.D.
Betty Anne Aschenbach
Kia of Silver Spring
Think Tank, Inc.
Risk Management Group, LLC
Geoffrey S. Platnick
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA
Froma Roth, Ph.D.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Policy Solutions, Motley Scher Truitt, LLC
J. Richard Ward
Rockville Fuel and Feed
Medical Advisory Board
This volunteer group of local physicians supports TLC with guidance on medical issues. We are honored to have the input and direction of this fine group as we develop new treatment options and services and analyze community needs.
Karin M. Belsito, M.D., D.M.D. — Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Robin Chernoff, M.D. — Retired, Pediatrician, Developmental and Behavioral Specialist
Lance Clawson, M.D. — Psychiatrist
Sylvia Edelstein, M.D. — Pediatric Neurologist
Giorgio Kulp, M.D., F.A.A.P. — Chairman
Elliot Gersh, M.D. — Pediatrician
Kevin Gil, M.D. — Family Practice, Geriatric Specialist
Gonzalo Laje, M.D. — Psychiatrist
Armina Rahman, M.D. — Pediatrician
Christine Saba, M.D. — Pediatrician
Dan Shapiro, M.D. — Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Steven L. Tuck, M.D. — Pediatric Orthopedist
Paul Weiner, M.D. — Pediatrician
Consumer Advisory Board
Our Consumer Advisory Board is comprised of individuals and families who have experienced TLC services. This group provides feedback and suggestions that enhance our services.
Dr. Carol Scott
Business Advisory Board
The Business Advisory Board provides counsel to TLC’s Outcomes Service. Its members are employers or other individuals who have a commitment to employ individuals with disabilities. Its members work directly with the Executive Director and Outcomes Leadership Team.
Sarah Babineau, University of Maryland Affirmative Action/Diversity Manager
Erika Bailey, CVS Health Regional Learning Center Coordinator
LaVerne Albright Buchanan, TransCen, Inc.
Stacey Butler, CVS Health Regional Learning Center Manager/Workforce Initiatives
Kaia Lenhart, GMMB
Robin Marquart, SHRM-SCP
Ashley Middleton, GMMB
Dean L. Porter, FDA/White Oak Alliance, Inc.