Board Members

Sheppard Pratt Health System has been guided for more than 161 years by a volunteer Board of Trustees. This board governs the Health System’s activities to help ensure that we are providing quality, compassionate mental health treatment.

To this day, the board still upholds the original guidelines set in place for The Sheppard Asylum by founder Moses Sheppard in 1853. To ensure the humane treatment of the mentally ill these guidelines include:

  • Courteous treatment and comfort of all patients
  • No patient to be confined below ground; all to have privacy, sunlight, and fresh air
  • A curative environment, combining science, and experience for the best possible results
  • Only the income of the endowment, not principal, is to be spent to build and operate the Health System

The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation, Inc. is the parent corporation for The Sheppard Pratt Health System and its affiliates, as well as for The Sheppard Pratt Physicians, P.A., and is the entity that conducts fundraising. Effective July 1, 2014, the Board of Trustees governing our Health System includes:


Margaret Allen
Emile A. Bendit, M.D.
S. Winfield Cain
Penelope Cordish
Susan Fenimore
Dr. W. Byron Forbush
Laura Gamble
Alan Gamse
Philip H. Grantham
Dr. Robert Hamilton
Kenneth Jones
Norma Peden Killebrew
Charles E. Knudsen
Brian Le Gette
William Morton
The Honorable J. Frederick Motz
Robert Schaftel
Gail L. Shawe
Alfred Singer
Gary Talles
Susan Gay Williams
Pamela P. Young, Ph.D. 

Associate Trustees

Timothy R. Hearn
Robert Kresslein
Richard Lamond
Wayne Lingafelter
John W. Steele, III



We provide a full range of treatment options in 38 locations throughout Maryland. 

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