Message From Our Board Chair and President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Sheppard Pratt has been leading the way since our founding in 1853. Meeting the unmet needs of our communities was part of our founder, Moses Sheppard’s vision. Throughout the past several centuries, we have evolved to extend our reach, expand our programs and resources, and develop new and groundbreaking treatments to best meet the needs of those we serve. 

Each year, we serve more than 70,000 individuals from 15 countries and 34 states, in more than 160 programs including inpatient and outpatient treatment, housing, education, job training, and rehabilitation services, among many others.

This past year we have continued to lead the way by opening new programs and offering new services to help the most vulnerable, cultivating a pipeline of trained professionals to meet the increasing mental health demands in our society, and engaging actively in advocacy efforts to ensure our communities receive the care and treatment that they need and deserve.

In this year’s report, you will learn more about how Sheppard Pratt is changing the face of youth mental health and our commitment to assessing and addressing the youth mental health crisis. You will read about how we are filling a care gap with the opening of our Center for Autism. You’ll see how our employment and job readiness programs support those with mental illness and physical and developmental disabilities. You’ll go inside our adult residential treatment centers, which address a wide scope of behavioral healthcare needs. You’ll also learn how we are providing world-class continuing education programs and making our resources accessible for a wide variety of mental health professionals. You’ll get an up-close look at how we are leading innovation through the launch of our Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics, which houses our new Center of Excellence for Psilocybin Research and Treatment; the expansion of Sheppard Pratt Solutions, a new division that is partnering with hospitals and health systems nationwide to make mental health more accessible; and so much more.

Leading the way to meet unmet needs is in our DNA. Our mission has always been to help people in need when they need it the most. We’ve already been able to accomplish so much, yet we know our community—locally, nationally, and globally—needs more. And we are determined to do more.


Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA
President and CEO, Sheppard Pratt

Joshua Kakel
Chair, Sheppard Pratt Board of Trustees

Leading the Way

It’s no secret that Sheppard Pratt has been long recognized as the preeminent leader in the delivery of comprehensive, people-centric, evidence-based behavioral healthcare. Our organization has earned a reputation for being best of the best across a broad spectrum of services. This year, our annual report is dedicated to that notion. We are spotlighting how and why Sheppard Pratt is leading the way, with a focus on our diverse clinical programs, growing community-based services, state-of-the-art facilities, innovative technologies, and revolutionary approaches to care—all to best serve those who walk through our physical doors and our virtual ones as well. 

The need for behavioral healthcare has increased at an explosive rate over the past several years. As the world continues to reel from the residual impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustices, and the uncertainty in our lives, the work of our organization has—and still is—shining in a new light. At the center, Sheppard Pratt has stood, offering life-changing and lifesaving care and services for patients, clients, residents, and students. And at the same time, providing invaluable resources and best practice guidance for our colleagues. This has further elevated Sheppard Pratt’s position as the place to turn for the very best mental health, special education, developmental disability, and social services. 

We are incredibly proud of our growth, progress, and ability to pivot, answering the evolving and ever-increasing calls for our services. Sheppard Pratt is leading the way—in more ways than one. And we will continue to do so as we work to meet the needs of our community and improve the quality of life for individuals and families that we serve.

Access to Care

Delivering on our promise to provide life-changing care and inspiring hope in the communities we serve.

Changing the Face of Youth Mental Health

At Sheppard Pratt, we know nothing is more difficult for a parent than seeing their child struggle. Not knowing how to support your child evokes feelings of exasperation and helplessness. The reality is that there has been a youth mental health crisis taking place in America before the term “COVID-19” was known to anyone. As the pandemic unfolded, isolation and social disconnection, fear, depression, anxiety, loss of loved ones, family financial stress, and heightened use of social media changed the way people lived their lives. And it rapidly accelerated the need for behavioral health support and mental healthcare services. 

Sheppard Pratt is already the largest provider of youth mental health services with the most comprehensive continuum of children’s programs in the nation. And yet, we know that the magnitude of need requires assessing and addressing these needs through a different lens—one that can radically change the state of youth mental health locally, nationally, and around the world. It calls for a process of reimagination, where access to mental health services is expanded and barriers are eliminated. It involves empowering parents, teachers, coaches, and community leaders to be sources of support for kids who need help and ensuring they know where to turn when professional evaluation and treatment are needed. 

Looking forward, Sheppard Pratt has announced a bold vision to open a dedicated children’s psychiatric hospital on the Towson campus. It will be the premier place for families to access state-of-the-art care from the best child and adolescent psychiatrists, who apply cutting-edge research and evidence-based approaches in their day-to-day work. Sheppard Pratt has 100-inpatient beds for youth and offers specialized programs and outpatient services for children and families. Propelling our mission forward, here are a few that are already making a positive difference in our community. 

Highlighting Our LifeLaunch Program 

LifeLaunch is a short-term residential program that admits adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 who are struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, autism, and substance use disorders. It delivers around-the-clock support and clinical oversight, with goals to stabilize psychiatric symptoms and de-escalate crisis situations, in an environment of care that is safe and supportive. LifeLaunch features fully furnished suites that are comfortable and inviting, a gymnasium, basketball court, and enclosed outdoor courtyard. 

LifeLaunch residents are evaluated by Sheppard Pratt’s expert team and participate in a personalized plan of care tailored to address clinical needs. Modalities can include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure with response prevention (ERP), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), family therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, and movement therapy. 

“We develop an effective, holistic treatment plan based on a diagnostic assessment that takes place when the patient is admitted,” said Todd Peters, MD, vice president and chief medical officer at Sheppard Pratt. “The goal of the care we provide is to help teens cope when the stresses of everyday life become overwhelming. It also allows them to rediscover who they are and who they want to be.” 

The average LifeLaunch stay is one to three months. During this time, family engagement and participation is highly encouraged. In addition to participation in care team meetings and family therapy sessions, parents are educated so they better understand their child’s conditions, symptoms, and behaviors, and can respond effectively to distress after their child has been discharged. 

“Our program prioritizes care and support our youth as well as their families,” said Dr. Peters. “Family communication and participation is crucial for successful outcomes.” 

Growing School-Based Mental Health Services 

As division director of school and community-based services, Evelyn Saim-Lobos has invested a significant amount of time analyzing youth mental health issues and developing programs that address what kids need. The delivery of these programs in school-based settings has been impactful, leading to progressive growth across Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore City. 

“Our team goes into schools, builds relationships with administrators and teachers, and identifies the most pressing needs that are relevant within each school’s population,” said Saim-Lobos. “Conversations around mental health have actually become easier over the past two years. Generally speaking, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health issues are not as stigmatized as they once were. There is much more acceptance and appreciation for what we do.” 

Sheppard Pratt therapists and counselors have a presence in more than 40 middle and high schools in Prince George’s County, and in 26 elementary, middle, and high schools in Montgomery County. Additionally, a new contract began with Baltimore City Schools at the start of the 2022—2023 academic year, making mental health services accessible in 10 more city high schools. The scope of what is offered in each school depends heavily on demonstrated need, but the most common services include mental health therapy, substance use recovery, newcomer reunification for families separated by immigration, crisis management, and trauma-informed therapies for victims and witnesses of crime, assault, and domestic disturbances. 

“Before the pandemic, we would go into schools and make ourselves available for kids in need of mental health support, but now, school leaders are asking for us to come and to do more,” said Saim-Lobos. “We’ve also seen drastic changes in parent perception and buy-in. We are seeing a higher level of acceptance when a child needs help. Parents are more willing to grant permission for their child to participate, and they are also expressing gratitude for the services helping their child do better.”

Our team goes into schools, builds relationships with administrators and teachers, and identifies the most pressing needs that are relevant within each school’s population.

Expanding Child and Adolescent Day Hospital Services to Our Baltimore/Washington Campus

In June of 2021, Sheppard Pratt officially opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art Baltimore/Washington Campus in Elkridge, Maryland, with a goal of expanding care and services available to the local community. As part of this expansion, the organization launched the second location of its well-known and respected Child and Adolescent Day Hospital program. The expansion of this existing program, previously available only on the Towson campus, delivers on Sheppard Pratt’s commitment to creating greater access to services for children across more communities.

“From our experience, we know that it isn’t always easy to engage adolescents, especially when we are working with patients who don’t want to be here or don’t think they need to be here,” said Kristen Pruitt, MPA, LCPC, NCC, director of day hospitals at Sheppard Pratt. “We think out of the box and come up with approaches that are simple but fun. For example, we may toss a ball around the room that has a series of questions on it, to encourage the person who catches to answer and share their personal feelings.”

Additionally, patients at the day hospital have opportunities to participate in creative expression activities that offer perspective on what they are thinking and feeling. Groups engage in role-playing activities as well as various art projects. One particularly impactful exercise, Pruitt said, is to paint a mask, with half of the artwork demonstrating what that patient hides and the other half reflecting what they believe people see in them.

“Mindfulness is a key theme in our work,” said Pruitt. “We concentrate on helping patients ‘be in the moment’ and capturing key takeaways from the process. There is a lot that can be gained when we ask them to share and compare how they felt when the activity started with how they felt when the activity concluded.” 

Pruitt said that as patients at the child and adolescent day hospital get acclimated to their environment of care, they build rapport and get comfortable with those who surround them and who have similar challenges. 

“We see an interesting shift happen around day number three,” she said. “Patients realize they are in a safe space with others who understand them, and then they don’t want to leave. We remind them that the goal is for them to return to their homes, schools, and communities, and apply what they learned here, in those environments.” 

Connecting Families Through Off-Site Counseling Services 

On any given day, 30 off-site licensed therapists, who are part of Sheppard Pratt’s clinical team, make their way through Baltimore, Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties, with a goal to connect with and engage local families in treatment. The households they aim to reach are those with a need for individual and/or family counseling services, but who face barriers when it comes to accessing care. Therapy services are offered in schools, homes, and community settings such as recreation centers or libraries with confidential space.

“Sometimes the challenge is transportation. Other times, it’s that the family doesn’t have time to schedule appointments around busy work and school schedules,” said Rebekah Gildersleeve, LCSW-C, director of off-site counseling services at Sheppard Pratt. “So, we bring our services to their door or to their child’s school instead. By standing on their porch knocking, a multitude of barriers to treatment have already been eliminated. Our in-home services help individuals and families achieve stability and growth.” During the academic year, therapists provide therapy in the school setting and coordinate services with school staff such as teachers, principals, and guidance counselors.

Many children who can benefit from off-site counseling services are referred to Sheppard Pratt by guidance counselors or teachers. The scope of need is incredibly diverse and can range from depression and anxiety to ADHD, mood disorders, conflict management, and trauma recovery. Therapy can be facilitated for individual family members or in group structures with parents, siblings, and grandparents. Therapists strive to meet with each family two times per month, on an ongoing basis, and individual clients weekly.

“It is very rewarding when we see families making positive progress as a direct result of their work with our therapists,” said Gildersleeve. “In some cases, we get to be part of important milestones and transitions, such as when a teen who never imagined leaving home heads off to college. It’s in these moments that we really understand the impact of these services. It truly inspires us to do more.

It is very rewarding when we see families making positive progress as a direct result of their work with our therapists... It’s in these moments that we really understand the impact of these services. It truly inspires us to do more.

Employment and Job Readiness Programs Transforming Lives for the Better

People with mental illness or physical and developmental disabilities face a wide spectrum of challenges. Finding stable and personally rewarding employment is one of them. Sheppard Pratt stands out in its efforts to change that. It has invested in programs and services that aim to break through the barriers and pave the way to meaningful opportunity for all. 

Sheppard Pratt’s community development team and comprehensive employment and job readiness resources were designed and implemented to help the most vulnerable in our community thrive with the skills and abilities they have to offer. 

A social enterprise division of Sheppard Pratt, Alliance Business Services seeks to connect individual clients with disabilities to employment opportunities. It operates with three core missions in mind: to generate meaningful employment for people with disabilities, to deliver valuable products and services for customers, and to contribute positively to other programs provided to the community by Sheppard Pratt. It opens a door for people with mental illness or developmental and physical disabilities to be hired for jobs that come with fair wages and benefits, along with opportunities for community engagement and interaction. 

“The jobless rate for those with a disability is about twice as high as the rate for those without a disability,” said Sarah Norman, chief of community development at Sheppard Pratt. “Alliance Business Services opens doors for individuals with disabilities by securing contracts with major government agencies with the guiding belief that individuals with disabilities are capable of doing anything.” 

Norman says that greater understanding of the social determinants of health has accentuated the need for community development services. The team is committed to meeting people where they are, building trust, and simplifying processes so that all individuals can find their path toward making a positive difference in the world. 

“Employment is critical to ending social and economic isolation for individuals with serious mental illness and other disabilities,” she said. “We are committed to creating upward pathways, and when you see them start moving in the right direction, having a sense of purpose that was perhaps missing earlier in their life, it’s the best feeling in the world.” 

The Veterans Services Center is designed to provide wraparound services for individuals who have transitioned from military to civilian status and have fallen on hard times along the way. These are people who need help with housing, employment services, legal assistance, and healthcare navigation. In many cases, they are also people who lack the basic necessities in life: a home, a vehicle, clothing, and food. This program provides much-needed support and a range of resources, to help stabilize veterans and improve their quality of life.

“The work we do is critical, sensitive, and life changing for so many,” said Heidi Kendall, MPA, CPRP, director of operations for community development at Sheppard Pratt. “Everything we do centers around what is happening in a veteran’s life, how we can create connections for them, and how we can fit all of the pieces together in a way that gives them a fresh start.”

One key initiative Kendall and her team are leading is the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Project. It provides a broad range of services for veterans, with a core focus on employment services. Through the project, veterans can learn about local job opportunities, get support in creating resumes and submitting applications, and participate in training and courses designed to build skills commonly needed in today’s workforce. Many have taken advantage of the culinary training program that is offered on a quarterly basis, facilitated in an industrial- size kitchen and led by a certified chef. It is an opportunity for those with interest in the hospitality industry to build crucial skills, while also providing meals to veterans—a true win-win.

“Many veterans who have participated in our culinary training program have gone on to secure jobs at Meals on Wheels or in dietary and nutritional services departments at local hospitals, including right here at Sheppard Pratt,” said Kendall. “It’s one example of how we move at a rapid pace. People walk in our doors looking for direction and opportunity. Often, they find exactly that in just a few months.”

Leading Through Learning

One of Sheppard Pratt’s guiding principles is learning, which informs its commitment to enhancing professional knowledge and skills through inquiry, teaching, and research. Sheppard Pratt is delivering on that commitment in a number of ways, by creatively bringing new talent into the organization, strategically boosting staff retention, and engaging colleagues near and far in continuing education.

Building the Next Generation of Behavioral Health Nurses

Sheppard Pratt’s Nurse Extern Program allows nursing students to gain real-world experience through opportunities to work with experienced providers. Nurse externs participate in clinical observations across a variety of disciplines and treatment modalities, attend care team meetings, conduct behavioral crisis simulations, and develop core clinical skills that prepare them for their careers. The program teaches patient engagement strategies, therapeutic communication approaches, and crisis management skills in clinical environments that emphasize the importance of the mind-body connection.

“Our Nurse Extern Program teaches students how to engage with our patients and other providers who have worked in the field for a long time, all of whom can offer valuable perspectives,” said Maria Purcell, liaison for diversity partnerships at Sheppard Pratt. “The program brings students to our door early and shows them what psychiatric nursing is all about.”

Under Purcell’s leadership, Sheppard Pratt is growing its student population through the development of partnerships with several local colleges and universities, including those recognized as HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities). A new relationship with Coppin State University was born last year, and an agreement with Morgan State University began in fall 2022, paving the way for nursing students to join Sheppard Pratt as externs while they pursue their degrees. Collectively, these partnerships are diversifying Sheppard Pratt’s staffing pipeline and elevating the strength of the organization’s nursing programs.

“This process aims to recruit and retain qualified nursing students,” said Purcell. “Students get to create meaningful connections and are exposed to the reasons why a career in behavioral health could be a good fit. The hope is that those who have a good experience here will choose to become engaged, long-term employees.”

Sheppard Pratt’s Nurse Residency Program officially launched in early 2022 to support new-to-practice nurses as they make the transition from students to providers. As new nurses are hired to be part of Sheppard Pratt’s team, they are oriented through hands-on training and clinical experiences over a period of 12 months. They gain core skills and confidence and have the opportunity to identify their niche in the world of mental healthcare.

“We know that as some nurses begin their careers, they are still trying to figure out exactly where they want to be from a clinical perspective,” said Stacey Garnett, RN, MSN, vice president and chief nursing officer for Sheppard Pratt. “The Nurse Residency Program opens their eyes to all areas of behavioral health. It is designed to be engaging, challenging, and motivating, all at once.” 

Sheppard Pratt’s Nurse Residency Program is facilitated in partnership with Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and its curriculum centers on a set of core learning objectives and participation in evidence-based projects. New nurses with less than one year of clinical experience are automatically enrolled in the program on their date of hire. As residents, they are challenged to formulate a personal professional development plan in line with their career vision and goals. 

“The residency program incorporates research-based evidence into our nursing practices and aims to strengthen each person’s professional commitment to nursing,” said Garnett. “It creates a pathway for people to do more than they thought they could.” 

Sheppard Pratt’s Nurse Preceptor Program plays an important role in supporting both nurse externs and nurse residents. An extension of the organization’s education department, preceptors are typically nurse practitioners and physicians with a desire to guide others. They work closely with new staff and postgraduate students to assure they are trained to work and excel in the challenging and sensitive behavioral healthcare environment. Additionally, they are individuals who are identified as strong advocates of Sheppard Pratt’s patient care approaches and values.

“Our preceptor program is another example of the many ways Sheppard Pratt is committed to supporting and growing our staff at all levels,” said Purcell. “New nurses get guidance, support, and mentorship. And our seasoned providers get a leadership opportunity by sharing their knowledge and experiences.”

Shaping the Future Through the Center for Professional Education

Sheppard Pratt has long provided world-class continuing education programs and resources for a wide variety of mental health professionals—both inside and outside of Sheppard Pratt. In January 2020, the organization expanded these offerings and housed them all within the Center for Professional Education, an education hub for behavioral health nurses, therapists, social workers, and other clinicians. Those who choose to participate can earn continuing medical education (CME) credits by attending in-person events, web-based live events, or online on- demand events.

“The Center for Professional Education was founded to engage leaders who are renowned and who are actively shaping the future of behavioral healthcare,” said Todd Peters, MD, vice president and chief medical information officer at Sheppard Pratt. “It gives our team as well as colleagues from around the world access to information and perspectives they otherwise would not have.”

As of July 2022, more than 4,000 providers had established an account with the Center for Professional Education and are actively leveraging the resources Sheppard Pratt is making available. Users are located in 45 states across the country and in 15 countries around the world. The use of a virtual platform has made it possible for Sheppard Pratt to engage providers looking to learn and providers eager to educate, in remarkable ways.

“The field of mental health has changed so much over the past decade, and especially in the past two years. When the pandemic restrictions began in March 2020, our team pivoted quickly and transitioned all functions to a virtual format,” said Dr. Peters. “This alone underscores how Sheppard Pratt leads in the field. We know that we need to create more access to mental healthcare services, but we also know that having enough providers with the right training and skills has to come first so that we can keep delivering resources that positively impact patient care.”

Dr. Peters and his team are committed to continuously growing the Center for Professional Education to align with what behavioral health professionals need. They initiate surveys to collect insights from attendees on topics they would like to learn about or speakers they would like to hear from in the future.

“We want leaders in our field to bring what they learn to this platform and share it. And we want providers to reference this platform regularly, to learn and grow,” said Dr. Peters. “It keeps us all on the leading edge as professionals and creates great opportunities for Sheppard Pratt to continue extending its footprint as a global leader.”

The Center for Professional Education was founded to engage leaders who are renowned and who are actively shaping the future of behavioral healthcare.

Introducing the Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics

In May 2022, Sheppard Pratt announced the opening of its Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics, under the leadership of Scott Aaronson, MD, chief science officer. The institute is designed to deliver innovative care for patients diagnosed with severe depression and mood disorders, using neuromodulation and psychopharmacological treatment approaches. In tandem, it houses the newly established Center of Excellence for Psilocybin Research and Treatment, creating one shared space where science and clinical care seamlessly merge.

“The institute is a novel concept that brings the ‘clinic of the future’ into present day and allows us to deliver revolutionary models of care that change people’s lives for the better,” said Dr. Aaronson. “Patients come to us eager to try new approaches after other treatments and medications have proven to be ineffective in managing debilitating mental illnesses.”

Housing this expertise under one roof allows Sheppard Pratt to bring together the best minds and modalities to help develop individualized treatment plans that help people get better.

The Center of Excellence for Psilocybin Research and Treatment was the first center established in collaboration with COMPASS Pathways, an international mental healthcare company, to bring evidence-based innovation and the development of psychedelic therapeutics on a large scale. The center is studying illnesses in which psilocybin therapy may demonstrate efficacy such as severely treatment-resistant depression, bipolar depression, depression with chronic suicidal ideation, and anorexia. Other potential studies may investigate the potential for managing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and addictions.

Sheppard Pratt was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to conduct clinical studies in the use of psychedelic therapies for patients diagnosed with mood disorders and was also one of just a few sites across the U.S. invited to participate in COMPASS’ phase IIb psilocybin therapy research trial for treatment-resistant depression.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a form of neurostimulation that uses low-frequency currents to alter brain chemistry. Sheppard Pratt is one of the largest providers of ECT in the nation, providing thousands of treatments each year. Our services have now expanded to include offering ECT at our Baltimore/Washington Campus to address increased demand.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a form of neuromodulation that targets a specific area of the brain using noninvasive technology, with a goal to treat severe depression. Sheppard Pratt was one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer TMS, starting in 2009.

And Sheppard Pratt is continuing to lead the way by offering providers a second opinion consultation through the institute for those who have patients with difficult to treat illnesses. Sheppard Pratt will review cases and consult with providers on findings to provide solutions that best support the patient.

“We know that people are struggling to determine their best path forward, as the need for mental healthcare locally, across the nation, and around the world is rapidly growing,” said Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt. “The institute was created to offer new, revolutionary options that are research and evidence-based. It’s about helping patients find the modality that will work best for them, so that we can improve outcomes and quality of life for each person who relies on Sheppard Pratt for comprehensive care.”

Filling a Care Gap

Sheppard Pratt has long been a place to turn for those with developmental disabilities to get the care and special education services they need to thrive. The expertise of Sheppard Pratt’s clinicians and educators, coupled with the dynamic nature of its treatment and support programs, is and always has been second to none. But in recent years, one of the most significant challenges families have faced is finding diagnostic and specialty evaluation services for children who are demonstrating developmental delays. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States has been rising since researchers first began to track it in 2000. Of all 8-year-old children in the U.S. today, one in 44 is diagnosed with ASD. But the number of providers and practices evaluating and diagnosing autism remains limited. This has resulted in lengthy wait times for families in urgent need of care and support.

Recognizing the need for increased access to care and underscoring its place as a leader in the behavioral health field, Sheppard Pratt proudly opened the doors to its new Center for Autism in December 2021. It serves children ages 2 and up, as well as adults, and presents a new “front door to care” for those who have historically struggled to find a place to start.

“In the past, families endured long waits for evaluation, were eventually diagnosed elsewhere, and then finally referred to us for care,” said Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO at Sheppard Pratt. “With the opening of our new Center for Autism, we can be the starting point where families turn for answers, as well as a continuum of services that can last throughout their child’s life, well into adulthood.”

Research shows that early intervention is crucial for children with autism. Autism tends to impact social function, social development, language and communication, and sensory capabilities.

“The early childhood years are a time when critical development takes place. It’s when kids typically learn to talk, play, and socialize,” said Tom Flis, clinical director of the Center for Autism. “The earlier a need is identified and addressed, the better. Early diagnosis means we can work on critical life skills sooner and have a greater impact on the individual’s long-term progress and functional abilities.”

The Center for Autism was opened with financial support from the Women’s Hospital Foundation, which recognized the need for diagnostic autism services in the community and wanted to contribute in a meaningful, solutions-centered way. The foundation committed to a $2 million grant, funded over a period of five years, to support the construction, opening, and staffing of the new center. It has not only reduced wait times for those in need of initial evaluations, it has also created a warm, welcoming space for patients and families to receive care and guidance.

The center features two waiting rooms—one geared toward children that is bright, colorful, and packed with toys, and another designed for those who require less stimulation. There is also a comfortable sensory room with special lighting, sound machines, and bean bag chairs. Testing occurs in four evaluation rooms, specially designed to be conducive to what kids need.

“We were very intentional in creating spaces that addressed a variety of sensory needs, so that patients would have choices on where to go, based on what makes them most comfortable,” said Flis. “There is a common saying … if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. There is so much truth in that statement. Every person diagnosed with autism has unique circumstances and needs, and we have created an environment that is calming and safe for all.”

The Center for Autism is so effective because of its unique, interdisciplinary approach to patient care. A team composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and case managers work collaboratively to assess patient needs.

After a diagnosis is made, the team develops a comprehensive care plan. It ensures that the individuals served have all the supports and services they need to thrive throughout their lives. Many care providers only offer case management and care services until a child with autism turns 21. Sheppard Pratt has the resources and knowledge to provide care throughout the life span, giving parents peace of mind that their child will have all the support they need—no matter the circumstances. From inpatient to school-based, and community-based services, Sheppard Pratt brings its expertise and individualized care to those who need it, wherever they are.

“The people who are part of our team are genuinely passionate about what we do, and that has played a big part in Sheppard Pratt’s earned reputation as an expert provider of comprehensive autism care,” said Flis.

Early diagnosis means we can work on critical life skills sooner and have a greater impact on the individual’s long-term progress and functional abilities.

School-Based Services Boost Continuity of Care for Kids With Autism

When a child is diagnosed with autism, early intervention is crucial. It can impact speech, language, and behavioral skills, as well as approaches to education. Key insights can be gained when therapists have an opportunity to work with young children with autism in their everyday environments. During early intervention, our providers and caregivers observe children’s patterns to better anticipate their short- and long-term needs. They also identify possible solutions to challenges they may be facing.

Sheppard Pratt’s special education schools are designed with these principles in mind and underscore the importance and value of continuity of care. Clinicians, behavioral specialists, teachers, and educational assistants who specialize in autism comprise the team in each of our 12 schools across Maryland. They provide highly individualized care for children and their families in environments that are structured, predictable, and familiar.

“We offer specialized care informed by current best practices in our special education schools. We know that a million different approaches can be explored when you are working with children with autism,” said Kathy Flannery, MEd, regional director of Sheppard Pratt Schools. “We meet each student where they are and provide highly individualized programming that focuses on each child’s strengths and interests. This increases engagement and leads to better outcomes.”

While working in the schools, therapists account for each child’s individualized education plan (IEP), often bringing in visual tools and facilitating engaging activities to guide the learning process. Small groups of children are also brought together for social skill development.

“Our goal is to help each child achieve stability, and this often means establishing a relationship with a child early on and then working with them throughout their entire childhood,” said Flannery. “When we have the opportunity to provide care for a child from the time they are very young until they are transitioning from high school into college, the impact can be exponential, and the outcomes are life changing.”

The Need-Based Growth of Adult Residential Treatment Centers

The truth is that there are very few mental health hospitals across the country offering comprehensive adult residential treatment services. Sheppard Pratt’s adult residential treatment services are unique in that they address a much wider scope of mental health issues. The ultimate goal is to help individuals struggling with a wide range of diagnoses to reshape their lives through intense therapy services, over an average of 18 to 24 months.

As the need for residential treatment has grown, so has Sheppard Pratt’s commitment to serving more patients. The adult residential treatment center on the Towson campus recently relocated to a more expansive space, allowing bed count to increase from five to 25. In tandem, the adult residential treatment center located in Frederick underwent renovations in early 2021 and can now accommodate 15 clients. Beds at both locations are consistently full.

“We are one of the few long-term residential treatment services, so we get many referrals from other providers and healthcare systems that only provide short-term care,” said Kristina Stockman, MSW, LCSW-C, division director of adult residential treatment centers at Sheppard Pratt. “Early on, we saw the demand and patients in need of our services. We knew we needed to create more capacity to better serve our community. Our decision to expand our space and increase bed count was a result of clear, proven need and our commitment to increasing access to care.”

At Sheppard Pratt, adult residential treatment is approached as holistic, individualized care, tailored to the clinical needs and personal interests of each patient. Together, a mental healthcare team made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, and case managers get to know each patient on a deep level and build a plan of care that accounts for their medical diagnoses, their goals of daily living, and their passions and interests. A dietician and fitness instructor help patients reach broader health goals as well. Patient engagement and daily schedules that build interactive fun into the day are key.“ We use horticulture, music, art, and other creative therapies to make treatment fun and help patients get comfortable,” said Susan Cromwell, senior director of adult residential treatment centers. “We have created an environment of care where people are encouraged to build rapport with others that engages and supports them through their treatment process. As these bonds begin to form, patients become more social and willing to participate in events and activities. It’s exciting to see them begin to make positive changes and grow.”

Each day, the clinical care team works to ensure effective medication management, establish consistent sleeping patterns, and direct impactful individual and group-based therapies. Patients are also encouraged to participate in social outings and volunteer opportunities. With support from Sheppard Pratt’s vocational specialist, many patients are also able to pursue employment and educational opportunities while undergoing treatment.

“We are intentionally very creative in our approaches,” said Cromwell. “We work well as a team and maintain a ‘can-do’ attitude to facilitate diverse and outcome-focused experiences that impact our patients in positive ways.”

Sheppard Pratt is one of just two hospitals in Maryland that accepts private insurance for long-term adult residential treatment services. This opens doors for the service line to continuously grow and meet ever-expanding patient needs.

“We know the demand for our services is there,” said Stockman. “There are so many ways we can build an infrastructure for what people need as we look forward. We can and will do more.”

We are intentionally very creative in our approaches. We work well as a team and maintain a ‘can-do’ attitude to facilitate diverse and outcome-focused experiences that impact our patients in positive ways.

Leading the Way Through Transformative Thought Leadership

There are those who set the bar high. And there are those who establish the bar—creating standards, earning a reputation as the best in the field, and giving others something to aspire to. Sheppard Pratt is widely recognized as a team of forward-thinking innovators and pioneers. From writing the Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry, which is the standard for the field, to editing leading journals, including Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, and Advances in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, the team at Sheppard Pratt defines what the gold standards are, and also exemplifies them in their day-to-day work. It is through this level of thought leadership that Sheppard Pratt has continued to make its mark across the field. Here we spotlight a few programs and initiatives that demonstrate how Sheppard Pratt is leading the way—locally, regionally, and nationally—through transformative thought leadership. 

The Rapid Progression of Sheppard Pratt Solutions 

Sheppard Pratt Solutions was launched in 2021 with a goal to make mental health services more accessible nationwide through partnerships with hospitals, healthcare systems, and outpatient clinical practices.

Over the past year, hospitals and healthcare systems in 20 states across the country have tapped into the expertise available through Sheppard Pratt Solutions to build or enhance their behavioral health offerings, optimize their current programs with additional executive or clinical leadership, or expand services to meet community needs. 

“We know that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have become more comfortable talking about mental health and seeking services from their local hospitals,” said Stephen Merz, FACHE, chief operating officer of Sheppard Pratt Solutions. “The challenge is that not all hospitals have the right resources in-house to address the needs. They are committed to taking care of their community but need to broaden their services. We offer guidance and solutions.” 

It is common for hospital leaders to come into projects thinking they know exactly what they need, but these ideas shift as they learn more about the true continuum of service offerings. “The complexity of this process often results in clients who engage Sheppard Pratt Solutions for consultative services transitioning to management services to take full advantage of the knowledge and expertise we bring to the table,” said Jennifer Wilkerson, FACHE, vice president and chief strategy officer at Sheppard Pratt.

“Our early progress has validated the need for our services and energized our concept,” she said. “Sheppard Pratt is recognized as the clear national leader, and now there is a platform where others can tap into our expertise. No matter what someone needs, we have done it here at Sheppard Pratt. And there is great value in that.”

Sheppard Pratt is recognized as the clear national leader, and now there is a platform where others can tap into our expertise. No matter what someone needs, we have done it here at Sheppard Pratt. And there is great value in that.

From Call Center to Leading Psychiatric Bed Capacity for the State of Maryland

In spring 2021, in preparation for the rollout of the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline and anticipating a need to connect people with services, Sheppard Pratt launched a new call center. It is designed to help people find the services they or their loved ones need across Sheppard Pratt.

“We know that in many cases, the people who need us simply don’t know where to start because mental health is so complex,” said Sarah Gunning-Schell, director of the call center at Sheppard Pratt. “We hear things like ‘I don’t know where to go based on what I am experiencing,’ or ‘My child was recently diagnosed with this condition, and I don’t know what my next steps should be.’ The call center gives people a starting point and provides much-needed guidance and direction.”

In February 2022, the state of Maryland recognized Sheppard Pratt’s expertise and posed a challenging question: Could Sheppard Pratt address an unmet need seen across the nation to reduce the number of people boarding in emergency rooms across the state? As is the culture of this organization, Sheppard Pratt responded with an empathic “Yes, we can!” The solution was to launch a care coordination and referral system to help hospitals optimize management of psychiatric bed capacity.

The ultimate goal of the program during its pilot phase was to make it easier for staff in emergency rooms across the state to identify the most appropriate bed available for patients in need of an inpatient admission. The state of Maryland recognized Sheppard Pratt’s expertise as well . Because it already had the right resources in place, from both a staffing and technological perspective, Sheppard Pratt was able to build and manage a bed locator system within a few weeks with active partnership from 33 hospitals across the state.

“Previously, hospital emergency room staff may have had to call several different hospitals to ask if a psychiatric bed was available for a specific patient, and because of the new bed registry, they no longer have to do that,” said Gunning-Schell. “This system works through the use of a centralized dashboard that shows where hospital beds are available across the state for geriatric, general adult, co-occurring, and child and adolescent patients.”

The average daily number of patients boarding in emergency rooms decreased from the 150s to the 70s, approximately a 50% reduction, with this initiative. “The referral system has created a network that allows us all to help each other across hospitals and expedite the process of getting people where they need to be, quickly,” said Gunning-Schell.

The referral system has created a network that allows us all to help each other across hospitals and expedite the process of getting people where they need to be, quickly.

Expanding Sheppard Pratt’s Service Footprint Through the Acquisition of Omni House

Omni House was founded to provide mental health treatment, psychiatric rehabilitation, and residential services for adults with mental illness in Anne Arundel County. For more than 40 years, the organization delivered on its promise. To preserve its services, Omni House became part of Sheppard Pratt, allowing for the continuation and growth of much-needed services for a community with a proven need. The acquisition took place in July 2022, bringing together two like-minded organizations with long histories of delivering high-quality, accessible, and equitable mental healthcare.

“Omni House is a core historic provider that was part of the movement to help long-term patients of state hospitals return to live and work in their communities,” said Scott Rose, JD, chief of community services at Sheppard Pratt. “Omni House was a passionate, grassroots organization that was committed to quality, community- based care. We respect that history and saw the need to build upon the foundation Omni House had laid to deliver more care and services that our Anne Arundel community needed.”

All of the core services remain with greater access to Sheppard Pratt’s network of critical mental health services. This allows for strengthening of local partnerships with referral sources and stakeholders.

“We are positioned to increase our collaboration with localized mental health providers in and around Anne Arundel County who understand the benefits of working with Sheppard Pratt as a way of making high-quality, evidence-based care available to the community,” said Rose. “Through these relationships, we can develop more services, share best practices, and create more connectivity in our field.”

This acquisition continues Sheppard Pratt’s long-standing investment throughout the state of Maryland.

Sheppard Pratt Thought Leadership In the News

Creating Access to Hope

As we navigated through the pandemic, the quality of our services to patients, students, families, and communities remained unchanged. We are proud that our ever-growing network of more than 160 high-quality programs expands beyond Maryland to provide hope and meet the growing need for behavioral health services.

2022 Leadership & Board of Trustees

Officers and Executive Staff

Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA 
President and Chief Executive Officer

Stacey Garnett, RN, MSN
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Gregory Gattman, FACHE 
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hospitals

Jeffrey Grossi, JD 
Chief of Government Relations

Karen Robertson-Keck, SPHR, SHRM-SCP 
Vice President, Human Resources

Kelly Savoca, CPA, MBA 
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Weiss Wilkerson, MHSA, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Thomas D. Hess, MBA, MEd 
Chief of Staff, Interim Chief of Schools and Residential Treatment Centers

Todd Peters, MD 
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer

Donna L. Richardson, MBA 
Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Jeff Richardson, LCSW-C, MBA 
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Community Services 

Board of Trustees

Margaret Allen

Emile A. Bendit

Kevin M. Benson

Penelope Cordish

Alan Evans 

Susan Fenimore 

Elizabeth Forbush

Alan Gamse

Philip H. Grantham 

William Haugh

Bonita Hearn 

Joshua Kakel (Chair) 

Norma Peden Killebrew 

Martha Kirkland

Alton Knight 

Robert Kresslein

Cristin C. Lambros

William Morton

Collin Mothupi (Vice-Chair)

Gail L. Shawe 

Alfred Singer

John W. Steele III

Jim Wiederhold 

Stephen Judson Williams 

Pamela P. Young



Peggy Sparr


Statistics & Financial Highlights

Net Revenues (in millions of dollars), Sheppard Pratt

  • FY ’21 $365.0
  • FY ’22 $400.5

Sheppard Pratt Statistics FY ‘22

  • Inpatient Days 102,012
  • Educational Days 110,100

FY22 By The Numbers

Message from Development

Dear Friends, 

Shortly after our new hospital opened on the Baltimore/Washington Campus, a woman brought her teenage daughter to our Psychiatric Urgent Care. This program provides walk-in, same-day access to a psychiatric evaluation. Her daughter was evaluated and subsequently admitted to the inpatient adolescent unit, where she got the help she needed. Reflecting on years of unsuccessfully seeking help, this mother said, “Sheppard Pratt was the best thing that has happened to my daughter since she was 4 years old.” 

No parent should have to wait so long to get mental healthcare for their child; no child should have to endure that wait. 

That is why Sheppard Pratt is making child and adolescent mental healthcare the focus of its campaign, “Now more than ever.” Our campaign builds upon the $50 million campaign we began three years ago. We surpassed that goal in half the time expected, so we are raising the goal to $100 million and putting a special emphasis on youth mental health. 

We know the pandemic has been especially difficult for young people. Children and adolescents have struggled with the isolation of distance learning. Many are trying to catch up academically and socially. Elementary school students continue to struggle with developmental delays and basic skills of in-person learning like sitting at a desk and navigating conflicts with others. Older students may have spent excessive time on social media and are experiencing a spike of depression, eating disorders, or substance abuse. 

No health system is more qualified than Sheppard Pratt to lead the way. Our specialized care for children and adolescents includes 12 special education schools, outpatient and inpatient programs for children as young as 4 years old, diagnostic and support services for children on the autism spectrum, and more. In fact, we provide the most comprehensive set of youth mental health services in the nation. At a time of unprecedented need, your support will allow us to help more children today, so they can reach their potential tomorrow. 

Our ability to meet the mental health needs of our young people depends on you. 

I am a parent and a grandparent, and like everyone who has children in their lives, I want to do whatever I can to ensure our youth are physically and mentally healthy. Their well-being is critical to the strength of our society. We know more needs to be done, and together, we can accomplish great things. 

I am grateful to all of you, who share our passion to provide high-quality mental healthcare for everyone. I look forward to a year of innovation, enthusiasm, and progress toward improved mental health among our young people. 

Thank you for caring about their future. 

Donna L. Richardson 
Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Help Us Change the Face of Youth Mental Health

Sheppard Pratt is already an acclaimed leader in youth mental health services. With your support, Sheppard Pratt will develop and expand unique programs in our hospitals, in our schools, and across our communities. Join us as we impact lives locally, nationally, and globally.

Our Donors & Partners

Our donors and partners play an important role in helping us lead the way. With your support, we will continue to meet the unmet needs of our communities. 

1853 Society

The 1853 Society recognizes individuals who have made the gift of a lifetime by including Sheppard Pratt in their estate plans.

Anonymous (2)

Emile A. Bendit, MD

Mikki Buchness

John and Sue Carnell*

Lois G. Carr*

Estate of Patricia Castillo

Mary Lou Coder

Evelyn Feldman* and Mildred Kern*

Elizabeth R. Forbush

Louise A. Hager*

Joan S. Harris

Charles E. "Ted" Herget, Jr.

H. Thomas Howell* and Aliceann Howell

George E. Kostritsky*

Jane Cox Larson

Peter J. Lagemann*

Janet E. Lowman

William and Marion Nicholson*

Parsons Newman*

Lila E. O'Meara

Patti Prugh

Ruth T. Ravenel*

Sally Rooney*

Carolyn W. Sanger*

Donald R. Ross, MD and Eileen K. Steinberger, MD

Marilyn and Robert Schaftel

Margaret and Steven Sharfstein

Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sienkilewski

Wilhelmina Hahn Waidner*

Jean and Gordon Wells & Family

Dr. and Mrs. Clifford R. Wheeless

Gay and Jud Williams

Mary Elizabeth Zumstein*



Circle of Friends

Annual Giving Circle of Friends recognizes new pledges and gifts of $100 and above received between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

$1 million and above

U.S. DHHS Administration for Children and Families

Maryland Department of Human Services

City of Rockville

Stone Family Trust

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation


$500,000 and above

City of Gaithersburg

Howard County Government


$250,000 and above

Behavioral Health System Baltimore

The State of Maryland

Maryland Department of Transportation 

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy

The Stanley Medical Research Institute


$100,000 and above

Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency

The Cordish Family Foundation

Fancy Hill Foundation

Greater Washington Community Foundation

The Hearst Foundations

The Horizon Foundation

Kahlert Foundation

Maryland State Department of Education

Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center

Middendorf Foundation

Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation


$50,000 and above

Baltimore County Government

Bender Foundation

Mary Catherine Bunting

Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Philip L. Graham Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Griswold

Healthcare Initiative Foundation

Benno and Elayne Hurwitz Family Foundation

Pedie and Bob Killebrew

Maryland Department of Health

Gay and Jud Williams


$10,000 and above


William S. Abell Foundation

Margaret Allen and Philip Perkins

The Robert H. and Monica M. Cole Foundation

Dr. Penelope S. Cordish

Frederick County Government

Andrew H. and Susan A. Friedman

The Kenneth L. Greif Foundation

Estate of Louise A. Hager

Roland S. Harvey

Interfaith Works

Jane and Duke Kassolis

Mead Family Foundation 

PNC Foundation

Ruppert Landscape

The Kathy and Sandy Shapiro Family

Gail and Stephen Shawe

Jean and Gordon Wells and Family


$5,000 and above

Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Berge, Jr.

Sam and Muffin Dell

Jordan and Sarah Hymowitz, Craig and Alexa Hymowitz and Family

Joshua Kakel


Cristin C. Lambros and Matt Levinger

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lew

Marshall Craft Associates, Inc.


George W. Rogers, Jr.

Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP


$2,500 and above

Rheda Becker and Robert Meyerhoff

Kevin and Kimberly Benson

Michelle Brandenburg

Diane and Robert Gingell

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath and Lyman, P.A.

Sandy and Andy Levy

Kim and Keith Lewis

Ann McGreevy

Doris P. McIntire

Elizabeth and John Miklos

Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation

Jodi and Sam Moskowitz

Mr. Car Automotive of Temple Hills

Karen Robertson-Keck

T-Rex Corporation


$1,000 and above

Anonymous (2)

Bonnie and David Allan

Allied Telephone and Data Corp.

Deborah and David Astrove

Beth Babikow

Will Baker

Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union

Donald and Janet Boardman

John Brittain

S. Winfield Cain

The Campbell Foundation

Marina Cecchini

Mark and Bev Chaney

Mary Lou and Leo Clagett

Comm-Tronics, Inc.

Community Foundation of Frederick County

Alan Evans and Anita Langford

Elizabeth R. Forbush

Laura Gamble and Rob Gillison

Barbara and Alan Gamse

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gamse

Dr. Julia A. Haller and Dr. John D. Gottsch

Mr. and Mrs. Philip H. Grantham

The Greif Family Fund

Guernsey, Inc.

Thomas D. Hess

Frederic F. Hinze

Douglas Kelso

Renee and Alton Knight

Neil Leikach

Lessin Family

Eugenia Masland

Donna L. and Brook B. Morris

Collin Mothupi

Glynn I. Owens

Nancy and William L. Paternotte

Dr. Deepak Prabhakar

Ronnie Riven

Rogers-Wilbur Foundation, Inc.

St. Andrew's Christian Community Church

St. Peter's Catholic Church

Carol and Sheldon Sandler

Lorraine and J. Mark Schapiro

Poppy Schapiro Philanthropic Fund

Goldwin I. Smith, Nancy Schiffer, and Grant and Amelia Howerton

Alpesh Shah

Jacob Shapiro Foundation, Jane and Stanley Rodbell and James R. Shapiro

Annabelle and Richard Sher

Tracy and John Shirk

Alfred and Lisa Singer

Claire M. Smith

John and Peggy Steele

Margaret and Edward Trojan

Alan and Joanna Wallenstein

Robert Wieder

James Wiederhold

Alfred A. Windesheim


$500 and above

Anonymous (3)

Amy Bachelder

Rose Baldwin

Blackbaud Giving Fund

Donna and Ronald A. Blanck

Susan and Robert Bodansky

Colleen and Richard Bullen

Bruce S. Campbell, III

Catherine and Fred A. Cecere

Christine and John Dinwoodie

Frederick Foot and Ankle

Nancy Gieser

William L. Haugh, Jr.

Bonnie Hearn

Penney C. Hubbard

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kresslein

Robert and Barbara Lagas

Robert Lasky

Ann S. MacKenzie

Diane Maistros

Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry

Wilma Maye-Eady

Jarrod Myers

Dr. John A. Nesbitt, III

Parsons Corporation

Kelly Savoca

Marilyn and Robert Schaftel

Albert Schiffer

Sheppard Pratt Physicians, PA

Donna Smikle

Shelley and Kevin Summerville

Harsh and Urmi Trivedi

Susan and Andrew VanHorn

Helen Weiss

Kelly and David Wenner

William West

Jennifer Wilkerson

Joan and Dr. Robert Wisner-Carlson


$100 and above

Anonymous (6)

Cary Abma

ACT 1st Federal Credit Union

Patricia Adams

Dr. Jason Addison

Amazon Smile Foundation

Patti A. Arkuszeski

Richard and Patricia Ashton

William J. Ault

Scott and Ellen Bailey

Anne D. Bailliere

Karen and George Benson

Shannon Bergeron

Shekya C. Berkley

Bethel Sunday School

John P. Biggs

Nichole Birch

Anna Bivens

James D. Blum

Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Boggs

David Bolick

Felicia Bracey

Michele L. Brill

Christine Britton

Charletha T. Brown

Marguerite Brown

Jacquelyn F. Tate and Douglas M. Burch

Caroline Perlman Cahn

Jeanne Carfine

Tamara Chumley

Brandi Colledge

Emmanuelle Collie

Denise Connelly

Sharon G. Cook

Abbie Cornblatt

Jennifer K. Crawford

Susan M. Cromwell

Donna J. Crum

Daniel Dash

Elizabeth Davis

Laurie DiRocco

David Drake

Mary A. Dudley

Linda Dunbar

Brian Dunlop

Gerald Eichner

Richard Emory

Rita D. Exter

Fahey-Hertz Charitable Trust

First United Presbyterian Church of Westminster

Lynn F. Flanigan

Alice Foreman

Suzanne and John Fox

Joan H. Gaby

Peter H. Gambrill

Jorge and Caren Garayta

Karyn and Greg Gattman

Sarah Grantham

Laurie Greene

Richard F. Greenlaw

Sarah E. Gunning-Schell

Alan Harris

Christopher Hertz

Dan and Gina Hirschhorn

Karla Hoffman

Rick and Taber Hook

Brian Hoover

Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hopkins

Bernice B. Howe

Afi Hukportie

Jessica Jacobs

Anne Jobmann

Leah and Donald R. Jordan

Susan Kessler

Julie Schaftel Kirschner

Kathleen K. LaVina

Janice and William Lehmberg

Karl C. Lemp

Kirill Lokshin

Lawrence Lubetsky

Suzanne Luetkemeyer

Dorothy B. Lyles and Amy E. Dunsmore

Amy Macht and George Grose

Dr. Louis Marino

Howard Marsh

Julie S. Marshall

Dr. Susan M. Mastellone

Pamela Miller-Zier

Sharon and Kevin J. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Morrow

William and Sandra Morton

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Naranjo

NETC Recreation Association

Mary and Dr. Robert M. Newman

Dr. and Mrs. Brian O'Rourke

Lanell W. Patrick

Theresa Peddicord

Matt Peeling

Wendy and Charles Phillips

Gail Phillips

Shari Price

Danielle Queen

Robert and Ann Reilly

Jeffrey Richardson

Donna L. Richardson

Carmen Richarte

Andrea L. Rosati and Michael L. Ault

RS Will Wealth Management

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Virginia W. Sappington

LaTonya D. Shedrick

Peter Shubiak

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Silver

Douglas Silvern

Mary Singleton

Robert Sliwiak

Holly and Allen Smith

Ellan and Hiram J. Smoot, Jr.

Nancy Sneed

Philip Soper

Mark Stanley

Edward Steinhouse

Mary and Donald C. Summerville

Susan and Gary Talles

Jennifer Tereyla

Jean and William W. Thompson


Sylvia Tyeryar

Fred and Amey Upton

Fran Urgenson

Rajeswari Vemula

Anita Venner and Ira Steinberg

Ariel Vitali

Charles Emerson Walker

Shelley H. Warren

Steve and Melpa Warres

Deborah Waters

Tara Watts

Wegmans Food Markets

Frances and Frederick A. Wenner

Melissa Whitmore

Kathy and Brett Widenhouse

Jim Willard

Robert L. Williams

Wittig Family

Wilbur T. Wright

Carol and John J. Zingo

Honor and Memorial Gifts

The tributees listed below were honored with gifts of $100 or more between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

In honor of Scott T. Aaronson, M.D. and Paula Aaronson

Julia A. Haller, M.D. and John D. Gottsch, M.D.


In memory of Ray Ault

William J. Ault

Donna and Ronald A. Blanck

Catherine and Fred A. Cecere

Amy and Timothy B. Dunsmore

Jorge and Caren Garayta

Julie and Benjamin R. Kerth

Dorothy B. Lyles and Amy E. Dunsmore

Lynn McCall

Elizabeth and Lee McMillan

Andrea L. Rosati and Michael L. Ault

Mary and Donald C. Summerville

Shelley and Kevin Summerville

Jean and William W. Thompson

Susan and Andrew Vanhorn


In memory of J. T. Beasley

Daniel Dash

Ben Geller

Alan and Mary Harris

Anne Jobmann

Janet and Jay Sweitzer



In memory of Neil Bechtol

Sterling Roger Adams, Jr

Richard and Patricia Ashton

Linda Dunbar

Donna Gebhart

Larry and Judy Gilhart

NETC Recreation Association

Richard and Charlene Rippeon


In honor of Steven Cochran

Brandi Colledge


In honor of Aspire Counseling

Patricia Adams


In memory of Daniel Hartman Creamer

Nancy Coats

Donna J. Crum

Mary Dudley

Cheryl Lentzner

Ann McGreevy

Pamela Miller-Zier

Varian Medical Systems


In honor of Anna M. Dasbach

Emma Collie


In memory of Nancy Diener

Kathy and Brett Widenhouse


In memory of Stacy N. Dorsch

Karen and George W. Benson, III


In memory of Dr. W. Byron Forbush, II

Jennifer Beste

Elizabeth R. Forbush

Kathleen and Norman D. Forbush


In honor of Thomas N. Franklin, MD

Dr. and Mrs. Stuart R. Lessin


In honor of family and friends

Deepak Prabhakar, MD


In honor of Alan N. Gamse

Rheda Becker and Robert Meyerhoff

Elizabeth Davis

Dick and Donna Emory

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gamse

Elizabeth Hardiman

Douglas Kelso

Ilene Lockman

Sandie Nagel

J. Mark and Lorraine Schapiro

Poppy Schapiro Philanthropic Fund 

Francine Semaya

Michael and Susan Snyder

Helen Weiss

Helaine Witman


In memory of Nathaniel and Nance Gamse

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gamse



In memory of Vincent Gieser

Nancy Gieser


In honor of Philip H. Grantham

Sarah Grantham


In honor of Kris Hall

Christine Britton


In memory of Michael Francis Kirk Hammaker

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Silver


In memory of Robert E. Harley

Donna L. Richardson


In memory of Paul Havrilko

Scott and Ellen Bailey

National Security Agency Civilian Welfare Fund


In memory of Leslie Hess

Donna L. Richardson


In honor of Sierra Mitcheltree

Deborah Waters


In memory of John F. Molcan

Julia Murphy

RS Will Wealth Management


In honor of Casey Muller

Richard F. Greenlaw


In honor of Margaret M. Nash

The Robert H. and Monica M. Cole Foundation


In honor of Carolyn Paterson

Ronnie P. Wieder


In honor of Lanell W. Patrick

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Silver


In honor of Bonnie E. Phillips

Gail Phillips


In memory of Michael Reeve

Michelle Brandenburg


In memory of Carolyn W. Sanger

Jennifer Clarke

Debbie Frazer

Wendy Schreider and Family


In honor of Sheppard Pratt Human Resources Department

Patti A. Arkuszeski


In honor of Sheppard Pratt Trauma Disorders Unit

John P. Biggs

Hannah Scoffone


In honor of Gail M. Smith

Wendy and Charles Phillips


In memory of Michael I. Smith

Amy Bachelder

Russell and Tami Hammett

Albert and Kathy Schiffer

Nancy Schiffer and Goldwin Smith


In honor of Terry Street

Ariel Vitali


In honor of Christopher Tereyla

Jennifer Tereyla


In memory of Aiden Tremaine

Peter H. Gambrill


In honor of Meg Upton

The Honorable and Mrs. Frederick Upton


In memory of Joseph Valek

Olivia K. Day

Megan L. Eyler

Jo Anne Fleming

Sylvia Tyeryar


In honor of Kristine Woods

Julie S. Marshall