Our Staff

TLC Outcomes Service staff includes employment specialists, job coaches, vocational evaluators, staff providing personal supports, and program coordinators with specific training and experience working with adults with disabilities.

Patricia Ritter, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Pat Ritter was named Executive Director of TLC–The Treatment and Learning Centers in 2009, after serving as Assistant Executive Director for 18 years. She practiced as a speech-language pathologist in various settings and began her tenure at TLC as the Director of Outpatient Speech. During her time at TLC, Dr. Ritter has served as a vital member of the leadership decision-making team. Her key achievements include the development of the philosophy and model for The Katherine Thomas School (KTS). She then started the special education school in 1995 with 33 children in grades kindergarten through grade 5. KTS now goes through grade 12 and is currently educating over 150 students. Dr. Ritter also established therapeutic groups for children with sensory processing and autistic spectrum disorders and developed a highly regarded special education preschool program based on a development model for early intervention. Over her career at TLC, Dr. Ritter has been an innovator for many programs that meet the evolving needs of the community. TLC has enabled Dr. Ritter to fulfill her personal mission of making a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Ritter received her PhD in Speech-Language Pathology with a specialty in Child and Adult Language and Second Language Learning from Ohio University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from ASHA and is licensed in Maryland.

Dr. Ritter is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), one of the association’s highest honors. She was honored by the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) with its Inspiring Dreams, Changing Lives Award in 2011 and served as president of MANSEF from 2013 to 2015. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery Class of 2008 and has been on numerous professional and community boards as well as a frequent presenter to many organizations in the community.

Karen Morgret
Director of Vocational Services and Quality Assurance

Ms. Morgret has worked with TLC Outcomes Service since 2008. With over 30 years of experience in planning, implementing and managing vocational programs, she has experience in strategic planning, budgeting, staff recruitment, quality assurance, community advocacy, program development, and implementation.

Ms. Morgret is responsible for administrative aspects of Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) long-term programs and Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) short-term programs. Ms. Morgret is a CARF surveyor and leads the TLC Outcomes Service in their accreditation process. Ms. Morgret earned her Master of General Administration/Human Resource Administration from The University of Maryland University College (College Park).

Stacey Briggs
Director of Community Services

Ms. Briggs joined TLC Outcomes in 2015. She has a Masters of Education degree from Howard University specializing in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Ms. Briggs has worked in the Montgomery County disabilities community as an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities in multiple capacities for over 14 years. Ms. Briggs is a DDA Maryland State certified BPS trainer (Behavior Principles and Strategies) and a certified MANDT trainer. She also served in Montgomery County government monitoring state-funded services. Ms. Briggs enjoys working to support individuals achieve maximum independence and success in the community and is excited to be a member of the Treatment and Learning Centers team.

Beth Odom
Community Inclusion Team Coordinator

Ms. Odom joined TLC Outcomes Service in 2013 as a Case Manager and was recently promoted to the position of Community Inclusion Team Coordinator. In this position, Ms. Odom supervises the Community Development Service activities and programs. She has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities as a case manager, employment specialist, and as a supervisor in a residential program before joining TLC Outcomes Service. She was highly effective as a job coach. Ms. Odom has much experience in providing an enriched quality of life in the community for the clients she served. She also has strong management skills in planning and administration as well as supervising staff and assisting in hiring direct support professionals.

Brendan Doyle
Workforce Development Specialist

Mr. Doyle joined TLC Outcomes Service in 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University. As a Workforce Development Specialist, he supports Outcomes individuals in addressing vocational barriers and preparing for employment. Additionally, Mr. Doyle performs Vocational Evaluation Assessments (VE). In 2016, Outcomes established programs for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) through Maryland DORS for eligible students with disabilities. Mr. Doyle facilitates the Life after High School program (fall and spring), Workplace Success program (summer Sessions 1 & 2), and Job Exploration Services. Mr. Doyle values the talent of his teammates and their contributions to supporting our mission.

Donna Cruickshank, LCSW-C
Social Worker

Ms. Cruickshank is an experienced Licensed Social worker with a Master’s degree and more than 30 years of experience. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Catholic University. Ms. Cruickshank has in-depth knowledge and experience working with people with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse problems. She has effectively provided individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. Ms. Cruickshank has strong skills in working with adults and children. She has worked in schools as well as in private practice. Previously, Ms. Cruickshank was Assistant Director of a residential program for students with developmental disabilities.