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Mark Wagner, DMD

UMD Dental School,, Ret.
Pikesville, MD

Term Expires: 7/18

Mark joined the Board in April 2009. Mark and his wife, Marcia live in Pikesville. They have three children and three grand children. Their son has been a By Their Side member since 1985.

Background: Mark is a retired professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and continues his teaching at the Dental School as a volunteer faculty in Pediatric and Special Care Dentistry. Mark is a former Vice President for Health Programs of Special Olympics, International. He currently serves as President of By Their Side and actively volunteers for several other non-profits including CHANGE, Inc. and Chesapeake and Potomac Spina Bifida,Inc.

Mark serves on By Their Side's Leadership Development Committee, Outreach Committee, and Grants committee.

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Ken Moore

Connection Newspaper
Potomac, MD

Term Expires: 7/19

Ken joined the Board in 2013. He represented By Their Side in a number of panel discussions to help bring together Maryland siblings to form the Maryland Sibling Network on Facebook. He is a strong advocate for his older sister, and has involved a By Their Side to help them plan.

Background: Ken brings a wide range of experience to the Board. He is a journalist. He prevously worked for a vocational program for people with developmental disabilities ,and as an occupational therapy assistant.

Ken serves on the Family Services and Leadership Development Committees.

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Jeffrey A. Dahlka, Sr. M.B.A.

Data Management, Inc.
Glyndon, MD

Term expires: 7/18

I joined the 'all volunteer' Board of By Their Side for two reasons. First, close family friends have a daughter with a developmental disability who is a By Their Side member, and I find it rewarding that I can help their family in a small way. In addition, I get complete satisfaction in donating my time to a great group of caring individuals that make a big difference in the lives of our members and their families.

Background: I am Vice President of Marketing for Data Management Marketing/Digital Graphics, located in Malabar, Florida. I work with clients, providing commercial printing services, database management, and behavioral targeting, to manage their consumer marketing campaigns and services to their customers. We serve businesses across the country including financial and health care companies and government agencies.

I received my MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and my BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park. My career started out in bank accounting, progressing into commercial credit analysis and consumer lending. Since that time, I've held positions in product analysis, risk management, and marketing management. All of my previous jobs serve me well as your Treasurer for By Their Side.

I am an avid golfer, and have 2 classic cars that need a lot of work. My wife Laurie and I live in Glyndon, Maryland, with our 3 children, one in college and the other two in high school. The cars will have to wait to be restored of course...


Paula Mattson-Sarli, Esq

Personal Touch Law
Greenbelt, MD

Term Expires 7/19

Paula Mattson-Sarli has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Background: Paula is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and the founder of Personal Touch Law. An estate planning and elder law attorney, Paula is also an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration which allows her to assist families in qualifying and applying for Aid & Attendance pension benefits. She has helped reach out to attorneys to help Maryland families learn about By Their Side services, and manages By Their Side's presence on Facebook.

Paula chairs By Their Side Public Education Committee and its technology subcommittee.

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Philip D. Levinson, DDS

Department. of Veteran's Affairs, Ret
Pikesville, MD

Term expires: 7/19

Dr. Levinson and his wife Winnie have a 34 year old son who is a member of By Their Side. They have arranged for an annual visit with a By Their Side advocate as a transition for the future

Background: Dr. Levinson received a dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as an active duty and reserve officer of the U.S. Army and retired with the rank of Colonel. He was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and served as Director, Dental Care Clinical Center of the VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Levinson was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School, an d served on the Board of Directors of the Perry Point Federal Credit Union.

Dr. Levinson is an Assistant Scout Master and chairs the Oversight Committee of a Scout Troop for young men with developmental disabilities. The Troop provides an educational and rewarding scouting experience for 31 young men.

Dr. Levinson serves on By Their Side's Family Services Committee.


Mary E. Scott, M.Ed.

Baltimore County Public Schools

Towson, MD

Term Expires 7/18

Mary E. Scott and her husband have 2 daughters, one with a developmental disability. Annie has been a member of By Their Side for many years because her parents recognize that they will not always be around to guide and supervise her care. Her sister will need and appreciate professional guidance in making decisions for Annie's futur

Background: Mary works as a transition coordinator for the Baltimore County Public School. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Baltimore County Commission for Disabilities, is a member of the Baltimore County Local Management Board and a member of the Citizens' Advisory Council for the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities. In former lives she directed an early intervention program, worked as a hospital teacher and was a family resource specialist for the Baltimore County Public Schools.

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Craig Hebert
Bowie, MD

Balsam Capital Group

Term expires: 7/17

Craig joined the Board in 2008. Craig was previously a program manager at an adult day program for individuals with developmental disabilities, where he became familiar with the concerns of parents planning for the future. He currently works as a wealth manager with Balsam Capital Group. . Craig lives with his wife and children in Sykesville.

Craig serves on the Finance and Outreach Committees.


Tracy Wright

The Arc Maryland
North Bethesda, MD

Term expires: 7/17

Tracy joined the Board in 2014.

Tracy is known for her strong support of self advocates and self direction. She worked for Arc Maryland's Ask Me Project assisting self advocates to evaluate their programs, and has worked with individuals in State Residential Centers to identify preferences and prepare for community life. Tracy is the mother of two children.

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Judy Volkman

The Arc Maryland Ask Me!, Ret.
Baltimore, MD

Term expires: 7/19

Our family joined By Their Side before Service Coordination was created. We were concerned that our son Doug would not get the services he needed and he does not communicate with words. We were also concerned for our other son who would become guardian for his brother, because he does not know the DDA system as I do. Unfortunately, he died suddenly this past year and there is no other family member who could do the job as guardian. A close friend volunteered to take on this role, but she will not be able to make visits as often as she likes. Here is where By Their Side comes in: they will make monthly visits for an additional cost and serve as a resource for her. I joined the Board in 2013.

Background: Because of Doug's disability, I became active in PTA and have been a member of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities since the 1970's. I worked for a provider agency for 14 years as a Coordinator of Special Projects. In 2000, I changed jobs and worked for The Arc Maryland as Program Director for Ask Me!, a quality of life survey, with the survey conducted by people with disabilities with people with disabilities. I have since retired, but am still active in church activities, serving presently as Secretary of the Church Council. In my spare time, I enjoy walking the dog and knitting scarves and donating them to an elementary school and a food pantry.

Judy chairs By Their Side's Family Services Committee.


George Failla, Jr., Esq.

Self Advocate and Sibling

Manchester, MD

Term expires: 7/18

George joined the Board in 2015. He is well informed of issues and resources for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities,, having served two terms as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. George has worked as an attorney for the Board of Education and currently works at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Joan Chevailer, Ph.D.

U.S. Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

Term Expires: 7/17

Joan joined the Board in 2014. Joan participated in a number of panel presentations to help bring together Maryland siblings and form the Maryland Sibling Network on Facebook. A linguist teaching Russian at the U. S. Naval Academy, Joan arranges By Their Side monitoring services when on sabatical in Russia.

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Director Emerita:

Joan B. Kolobielski, MS, Ret.
Baltimore, MD

I joined the Board many years ago to plan for the life of my daughter, Christine. In the past I was very active in the Arc Baltimore.

Background: I retired in 1990 as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harford Community College. One of my areas of expertise was training caregivers of people who were aging or disabled.

Joan serves on By Their Side's Family Services Committee.

In Memory

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Martin Lampe, PhD
University Park, MD

1945 - 2015

My wife Barbara and I have been active in disability advocacy since our son was born with Down syndrome in 1983. We also have a daughter who is working as a museum educator at the University of Kansas. We procrastinated on estate planning for years because we could not figure out who would be our son's advocate and care coordinator after we're gone. I think it's a problem nearly all families of people with disabilities have. So we were very happy to learn that By Their Side can fill that gap. I would like to help By Their Side prosper, and to help other families learn about what By Their Side can do for them.

Background: I am a physicist with degrees from Harvard and University of California. I worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. for over 40 years, and retired as a senior scientist in 2010. I am currently a visiting scientist at the University of Maryland. I have managed a number of large programs, but I get my biggest thrill from working hands-on on basic science problems. I have served as chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society, the national professional association in our field. I have served on the board and as president of The Arc Prince George's County, and on the management team of Special Olympics Prince George's County. I am a former board president of By Their Side, and I have used my programming experience to develop an actuarial program that follows By Their Side cash flow to assure that we will be able to fulfill our obligations to our members. I am a lifelong tennis player and exercise enthusiast, and late in life I learned to play golf so I could play with my son: we both love it now. I'm an opera lover too.

Martin recieved By Their Side's first Leadership Award in 2015.