Annual Meeting and Awards Reception

Last week at our Annual Meeting & Awards Reception, we recognized many heroes for their dedication to and advocacy for people who receive our services. Along with our Emcee Jamie Costello, nearly 200 people were in attendance to honor our awardees that included self-advocates, staff, board members and community members.

This event also serves as the annual election of new Board of Directors. The members voted and approved the new slate of officers for the 2019-2020 board year. Current Board President, Joe Ward, passed the gavel to incoming President Tom Sand. Mr. Sand’s term begins on July 1, 2019.

List of Awardees


Award for Advocacy Leadership (in memory of Stan Herr) – Brian Cox, MD Disabilities Council
Professional of the Year – Dr. Edward Zuzarte
Volunteer Service – The Arc Childcare Group: Andrea Clemente, Kevin Gianaris, Susan Hullinger, Rennie Pasquenelli, Amelia Rodriguez, Doug Sachse, and Steve Siegforth
Volunteer Service – Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy Students
Volunteer Service – Joseph P. Ward
Intern Service Award – James Willey
Special Appreciation – Jennifer Brandenburg
Special Appreciation – Laura Ward
Special Appreciation – Det. Carl Lindhorst, Jr., Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section
Special Appreciation – Cpl. John Haddaway, Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section
Special Appreciation – Erricka Bridgeford, Community Mediation Maryland
Excellence in Foster Care – Anjanette Booker
Employer of Distinction – Stella Maris


Excellence in Direct Support – Andrea “Twinkles” Brown
Excellence in Management – Nancy Brown
Employee of the Year – Direct Support – Asakegn “Isaac” Gobena
Employee of the Year – Administrative – Amanda Maier
Stephen H. Morgan Award for Career Excellence – Terri Spurrier
Outstanding Supported Employee – Daylan Matthews-Jordan
Self-Advocate of the Year – Ryan Mason