Health Care Day Shows the Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding Mental Health

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions each year?
  • Serious mental illness costs the U.S. $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year?
  • The overall suicide rate has increased 31% since 2001?

On Health Care Day Feb. 6, the Class of 2020 developed a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of mental health and the impact that has on our society. They examined the stigma surrounding mental illness, learned about the challenges faced by the healthcare system and heard from individuals about their own mental health struggles.

Both Dr. Thomas Smyth, President and CEO of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, opened the day, followed by Virginia Jump, CRNP, Clinical Program Leader at the hospital’s Cancer Institute Wellness and Support Center, who lead the class in a meditation exercise.

One of the most powerful elements of Health Care Day was NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore’s “In Our Own Voice” program. The class watched a video of people talking about their mental illnesses, interspersed with two NAMI volunteers speaking about their own experiences. Thank you to Kathleen Lyon and Amber Barnett for sharing their stories with the class.

In the afternoon, Dr. Gregory Branch, Director and Health Officer of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, gave an overview of the department, with a focus on mental health. Using details from actual cases from the department, Dr. Branch demonstrated the difficulties mental illness can cause and the ethical dilemmas the department faces when deciding cases.

During the day, the class toured both the Cancer Institute Wellness and Support Center with Virginia Jump and the Emergency Department with Elizabeth Nash, Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department and Stroke Program. The class even got to visit a newly opened portion of the ED designed for patients who came in for mental illnesses and are awaiting beds in other locations.

Thanks to the Class of 2020’s Health Care Day planning team: Mitch Clay, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; Erica Kimmel, DPR Construction; Tina Kummelman, Erickson Living – Oak Crest; and Julie Maneen, CareFirst for such a thought-provoking day.

And big thanks to their alumni coaches: Christie Ryan, LBC ’15 with Y in Central Maryland and Wanda Lessner, LBC ’18 with CareFirst.

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Letter from the President – February 2020

Dear LBC Alumni,

LBC is looking to forge more collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships with LBC alumni and regional companies. The opportunities range from showcasing your business to maximizing your brand exposure and displaying your commitment to our community. Let’s strengthen Baltimore County and the region by working together!

Shine the Light on Your Expertise: The wisdom and expertise among LBC’s alumni and their companies are simply impossible to value. LBC can highlight your unique talents and thought leadership in a number of ways:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in one of LBC’s monthly Leadership Learning Day;
  • Present at an alumni event;
  • Be a guest writer/thought leader in one of our aspirational new publications (LBC blog and white papers);
  • Share your expertise by engaging as a committee member;
  • Help lead LBC by becoming a member of our Board of Directors;
  • Display your qualifications on LBC’s website by becoming a Lifetime Member; and/or
  • Let us shoot a short video of you sharing how LBC was a catalyst for you personally, professionally and/or from a community perspective to be viewed on LBC’s website.

Showcase Your Brand for One Entire Year: By becoming an annual Corporate Partner of LBC, your brand will be prominently displayed on “everything LBC” for an entire 12-month period, including: every outgoing email from LBC; all of our promotional materials including all newsletters and event announcement emails; signs at every monthly Leadership Learning Day and bi-monthly alumni event; special social media shout outs; and in our annual Commencement Celebration Program Book. Plus, plus, plus for higher levels. You won’t believe how inexpensive our partnerships start!

Build Your Team and Make Baltimore County Better: To derive the most value from a collaboration with LBC, participate in our program. Your team member will:

  • Be immersed in building deep and meaningful relationships with a cohort of 40 diverse professionals;
  • Meet the movers, shakers and decision-makers in our county and how the county works, as a whole;
  • Garner a deeper understanding of how to position your company in the Baltimore County marketplace;
  • Experience what it is like to be in the shoes of a police officer, nurse, school principal, policy maker, someone who is homeless, someone suffering with a mental illness and on and on. These experiential activities enhance one’s emotional intelligence – one of the most important strengths of an excellent leader;
  • Create a clear path forward for becoming a servant leader in our county so we can realize the full potential of a prosperous, healthy, thriving community for all people; and
  • Boast a strong network, gain new inspiration, and possess the ability to contribute at a higher level at work and in our community.

Display Your Corporate Leadership & Responsibility: Prominently show your dedication and commitment to both your greatest assets and to our community by:

  • Partnering with LBC for a day of community service. Let’s choose a project that reflects our mutual priorities for improving our community and work together to achieve our community goals.
  • Sponsor one of LBC’s Leadership Learning Days or alumni events to get your brand in front of like-minded corporate leaders.

Help Build Tomorrow’s Leaders: It is more important now than ever before to ensure all people have the opportunity to become their best selves and a community leader by accessing the opportunity to participate in LBC. Consider making a contribution to the Elayne Hettleman Scholarship Campaign so all qualified candidates can benefit from our program, regardless of their means.

Together we can advance as individuals, companies and community. Shoot me an email and let’s talk over a cup of coffee about your interests and goals and how we can support one another. I am looking forward to exploring the possibilities with you!

With gratitude,

Letter from the President – January 2020

Happy New Year! At LBC, we are off and running and looking forward to implementing all of our plans for the new year and decade ahead.

Start off your new year by attending our next alumni activity. Register for the Sagamore Distillery Behind-the-Scenes tour Feb. 27! Come on out to say hello, reconnect with your classmates, meet other alumni, cultivate meaningful relationships and have a great time while learning all about a Baltimore business. There are a limited number of spaces so sign up now!

Also new this year is we are piloting a new protocol for accepting candidates into our program, which calls for accepting applications, interviewing candidates and making decisions on a rolling basis, year-round.

What does that mean for you? If you are in an industry from which we receive a lot of applicants (i.e., financial, health care, etc.) you will want to submit your application early for the best chance of being accepted into the upcoming class. Once we meet our threshold for attorneys or bankers, for example, any eligible applicants after that will be deferred to the following class. So, register for an upcoming Information Session soon so you can decide if LBC would be a good fit for you! The February Information Session will be third one for our next class!

Please be on the lookout for an LBC survey coming soon to your inbox. Our Alumni Engagement Committee, chaired by Patti Dash, LBC ’18, wants to hear from you about your interests, curiosities and passions so we can ensure an engaging alumni experience designed with you in mind.

Finally, thank you so much to all of our alumni who have joined or renewed as an LBC member! If you haven’t renewed yet, there’s still time. Renew online today. Your membership is important to us and motivates us to deliver great programming just for you.

With appreciation,

Social Services Day Enlightens Class of 2020 to Challenges and Opportunities Facing Residents

On Social Services Day Jan. 7, the Class of 2020 explored the challenges and opportunities of social serve programs in providing a full and engaging life for members of our community today, while also keeping a future-focused mindset towards finding and funding solutions to complex social challenges.

To prepare for the day, the planning team gave the class a homework assignment: watch “Challenging the Bootstrap Myth” and “Is America Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility.”

Mark Millspaugh, Deputy Director of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, started the day off with an overview of social services in Baltimore County. Did you know Baltimore County has:

  • 90,246 Food Supplement Program recipients ($10.5 million monthly)
  • 5,396 Temporary Cash Assistance recipients
  • 201 Adult Guardianship clients
  • 508 monthly reports of child maltreatment
  • 326 active Child Protective Services cases
  • 361 active Family Preservation cases
  • 587 children/youth in foster care

Angela McAllister, LBC ’14 with United Way of Central Maryland showed the class how peple can earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but still make less than the basic cost of living for the county through the ALICE Report. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. For a family of four (2 adults, 1 preschooler, 1 infant), the Household Survival Budget – which reflects the base minimum that is needed to live and work today – is $76,344.

The morning ended with an examination of workforce issues with Kanika Feaster-Gordon with Humanim, which focuses on workforce development, human services, youth services and social enterprise.

In the afternoon, the class participated in one of the most impactful activities related to social services: Walk a Mile with the United Way. Class members were assigned a family and role and walk a mile in the shoes of a family facing poverty and challenges such as no jobs, limited business hours, no money for rent and other issues. Thank you to all over volunteers for making the exercise a success!

Thanks to the Class of 20202’s Social Services Day planning team: Georgia Ibar-Wynter with Erickson Living, Kim Scroggins with The Arc Baltimore, Kristian Sekse with Board of Child Care and Kevin Walker with Penn-Mar Human Services for such a well planned day. And big thanks to their alumni coaches: Katie Downs, LBC ’19 with United Way of Central Maryland and Jenn Stine, LBC ’17 with CASA of Baltimore County.


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Nonprofit Spotlight: The Arc Baltimore

Since 1949, The Arc Baltimore has been dedicated to providing advocacy and high quality, life-changing supports in Baltimore City and County.

The Arc Baltimore supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc’s 800 full and part time employees provide services at eight major facilities and 100+ owned and leased residential sites across the Baltimore region.

As one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations of its kind, The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource, providing employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, assistive technology services, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals.

The Arc is always looking for new partners in the community – volunteers, employers, sponsors and board members. In addition, The Arc is looking for players and sponsors for its 25th Annual Golf Tournament is on May 14 at Hillendale Country Club.

To learn more about getting involved or to join us for a morning of golf, go to or contact Kate McGuire, LCB ’15 at 410-296-2272 x5217.



Website Support and Maintenance Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal: Website Support and Maintenance
Submitted by: Leadership Baltimore County
Contact: Mary Kay Page at 410-583-5236
Due Date: November 30, 2018

Please submit a technical and cost proposal to Mary Kay via email by Nov. 30. LBC will review proposals and notify all parties of its decision by Dec. 14.



About Us:
Leadership Baltimore County (LBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1983 to: (1) develop a network of leaders who are informed about the challenges and opportunities facing Baltimore County; and (2) to facilitate their engagement in the community through volunteer service with the goal of creating solutions to some of the county’s most pressing social issues.

Brief Project Summary:
LBC built a new website which was launched February 2018. The site was built through a collaborative process with two contractors, a graphic designer/content writer and a web developer. As a service to our alumni network, the site enables alumni to login to access several different features. Alumni who have paid their membership during the current year have access to a searchable directory of all alumni which draws data from LBC’s Salesforce database.

Organization Resources:
As a rather small staff of just 2.5 FTE, LBC has one full time staff member who has responsibility for updating content on our website and social media platforms. This person’s position also carries several other major responsibilities. We have a half time employee who, among other tasks, maintains our data in Salesforce and other software.

We have a contractor who provides overall technical support on an as-needed basis to assist with network security, equipment maintenance, software maintenance, virus protection and user education.

We work with another contactor, also on an as-needed basis, for support of Salesforce when questions arise, or our needs are beyond our abilities in Salesforce.



The website is hosted by an outside hosting company. The website is built in Word Press with coding to link it to Salesforce. Our Salesforce instance is largely customized and is based on the nonprofit starter pack. We utilize Event Espresso within Word Press to manage events. We link to PayPal to process payments for events, memberships and donations.



1. To ensure regular monitoring of the security of our data related to the website
2. To keep all website related software up-to-date
3. To support staff in their needs related to maintaining and updating the website
4. To provide member alum with access to the member directory with relative ease, while maintaining appropriate security of data

Scope of Work:
1. Maintain integrity of the site against spam, hackers, viruses and other electronic threats to the security of our website and related data.
2. Submit quarterly reports on website usage and search engine optimization to help staff determine strategies to improve traffic and effectiveness.
3. Edit coding as needed, primarily to improve forms or edit the connection between Word Press and Salesforce.
4. Connect Salesforce to Mail Chimp.
5. Connect QuickBooks to Salesforce.
6. Train staff on routine web site maintenance that should be able to be performed inhouse.
7. We need to link Salesforce with both Mail Chimp for email blasts and QuickBooks to track revenue sources to streamline data entry.



Proposal Format:
1. Provide an itemized monthly fee to maintain the web site to cover the first three items under “Scope of Work.”
2. Provide the basis for the monthly fee (i.e., the cost per hour and the anticipated number of hours per month).
3. Provide an itemized fee for items 4 and 5 under “Scope of Work.”
4. Provide a minimum of three client references for whom you substantially have performed the same work.
5. Include the size of your technical staff, their qualifications and your company’s policy regarding responsiveness (i.e., resolve issues within x number of hours, etc.).

• Extensive experience with WordPress, Salesforce and Event Espresso
• Experience supporting nonprofits and/or membership-based organizations
• Deep knowledge of best practices for securing databases and websites
• Ability to assist and train staff on technical skills
• Ability to respond to requests within 24 hours

Nonprofit Spotlight: National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and Delaware

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and raising awareness to increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

The National Kidney Foundation needs volunteers to assist with programs, help with legislative efforts and/or participate in national surveys regarding issues affecting individuals with kidney disease. It also hosts some of the area’s most unique and prestigious events, including Kidney Walk, Santé: A Taste of Baltimore, Rappel for Kidney Health and the NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail or call 410-494-8545.

For more information about kidney disease or the Foundation’s programs and services, visit

Nonprofit Spotlight: Helping Up Mission

The Helping Up Mission (HUM) offers comprehensive services for men experiencing homelessness, addiction and poverty through a variety of programs including a year-long spiritual recovery program. Every year, HUM provides:

  • 182,500 nights of shelter (500 nightly)
  • 438,000 meals (1,200 per day)
  • 155,000+ items of clothing and personal care
  • 6,700 counseling sessions

On Sept. 14, HUM announced its Inspiring Hope Campaign to develop 1216 E. Baltimore Street into a Women’s and Children’s Center. The campaign will help expand HUM’s recovery community to serve women in need, with basic services for their children; expand the Wellness Center; and create an Education & Workforce Development Center.

The Helping Up Mission’s volunteers come from local churches, youth groups, corporations, medical centers and government agencies. All volunteers play a meaningful role in the recovery process. If you’d like to volunteer for a meal service, educational tutoring and professional pro bono services, complete a short form online, email or call 410-675-4357.

To learn more about Helping Up Mission, visit

Seeking Alumni Planning Team Coaches

Did you love planning your leadership day? Would you like to get to know some of our new class members and help LBC create the best program possible?  Then we are looking for you!  

LBC’s Program Committee has been working hard to make every single LBC session day the best it can be.  It has been poring over feedback from alums, viewing evaluations and bringing its own ideas to make improvements on a continuous basis.  For the Class of 2019, starting in September, we’re implementing a new approach and we need your assistance. 

LBC will recruit two Planning Team Coaches to assist each current class team in designing a compelling day.  As always, these session days will be chock full of experiential activities, County and thought leaders, policy makers and facilitated discussions to bring out all perspectives around each issue so we can truly understand different points of view to find common ground and create innovative solutions to our most critical challenges. 

The Program Committee has created several tools to support the coaches in this work: a Coaches Guide; a planning team worksheet; and a summary of what worked well and what did not from an historical perspective.  To see a Planning Team Coach position description, the time commitment and to learn more about this new opportunity for alumni, please click here. 

LBC will provide an Orientation/Training for all coaches, so all you need to bring is your own skills, knowledge and commitment to excellence.  For more information, please see the Coach Job Description which includes the time commitment.  If interested in learning more, please complete the Coaching Application and we will be in touch with you. 



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Honoring Elayne 35 Years Later

Our 35th anniversary celebration was a huge success! This event doubled as our commencement ceremony for our Class of 2018, who have all officially been welcomed into our esteemed group of alumni. Congratulations to all of our new graduates! For a full list of class members, click here.

The celebration brought new graduates and alumni together for an unforgettable night. There were opportunities to network with fellow members, sample foods from local chefs, try delicious wines and beer, and pose with new and old friends in our photo booth.

Bob Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland and LBC alum, even returned to give a wonderful speech as our keynote speaker.

While we celebrated our newest members and alumni, we also celebrated the woman who started it all. Elayne Hettleman began this program 35 years ago, and has since helped to change the lives of not only the members of Leadership Baltimore County, but the people who live and work in this great community.

It is because of her hard work and dedication to positive change that we have officially launched the Elayne Hettleman Endowment Fund. This fund aims to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table by enabling nonprofits and very small businesses to participate in LBC. By donating to this fund, you are inspiring leaders to rise to their full potential and you could earn a spot in our Emerald Society. For more information on how you can honor Elayne Hettleman by contributing to the endowment fund, click here.


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