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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact:  Audra Harrison
July 5, 2012

Providence Center Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Glen Burnie –Providence Center, a non-profit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities, announced today that five new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors.  The new members include two physicians, a parent of a participant, a member of one of Providence Center’s founding families, and a realtor.  The new board members were installed as of July 1, 2012.  Their terms will last through June 30, 2014.

The new board members are:  Colleen Baldwin, Carol Snyder, Kristi Pappas, Damean Freas, DO, and Monique Langston, DO.

Colleen Baldwin is a respected philanthropist, long time Providence Center event committee member, and daughter-in-law of Peggy and Thomas Baldwin, Sr., one of Providence Center’s founding families.  Her brother-in-law is a Providence Center participant at its Woodshop.  She is well-known as a supporter of many charitable causes and is co-chair of Providence Center’s Fall 2012 event.  She lives in Crownsville with her husband, Jay, and their children.

Carol Snyder is a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Severna Park.  She is a Luxury Specialist that also focuses on real estate in Anne Arundel County.  She has been a member of Providence Center’s events committees for the last four years and recently served as the conduit for the Annapolis Lifestyle magazine launch party and home showcase that benefitted Providence Center.  She lives in Severna Park with her husband, Scott, and their children.

Kristi Pappas is a parent of a Providence Center participant.  She is employed by Chiron Technology Services, Inc., an information technology company co-owned by her husband David, that specializes in cyber security and forensics, systems and software engineering, and 3D geospatial and 4D infrastructure modeling.  Chiron Technology Services, Inc. is headquartered in Maryland with offices in Virginia, Colorado, Texas and Georgia.  Kristi and her husband live in Millersville with their children.

Dr. Damean Freas is a physician with certifications in the specialties of Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He is currently the Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of a thriving Pain Management practice with multiple locations throughout Maryland.  He has a B.S. in biochemistry from Duquesne University, a D.O. from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an M.B.A. in Health and Medical Services Administration from St. Joseph’s University. Dr. Freas resides in Annapolis with his family.

Dr. Monique Langston is an internal medicine physician with a practice in Annapolis, Maryland.  She was the Medical Director for Providence Center’s Medical Daycare program until its conversion in April 2012, and is involved with various health related causes in the area.

Board Members whose terms have expired are:  Gary Evans, Edward Mitchell, Eva Tucholski, and Colleen Wilson.

Providence Center Executive Director Chuck Coble thanked those that have served on the board and welcomed the new members.  “Serving on the board of a thriving non-profit like Providence Center requires dedication, time, and a commitment to improving our communities.  We are incredibly grateful for the service of Gary, Ed, Eva, and Colleen for providing their time and talents to strengthening our organization and providing a positive impact on the lives with which we are entrusted.  Thank you for your service.”

Coble continued, “It is always exciting to welcome new members to the board, who bring with them a fresh perspective and a different personal approach.  I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to the board and organization as a whole.”

Providence Center Board President Chuck Goodman added, “As our board continues to evolve, we have been able to move forward and progress because of the diversity of our membership.  I am personally grateful to have served with those members whose terms have ended and to welcome our newest members on board.  Providence Center is a great organization that serves the needs of nearly 500 extraordinary individuals with developmental disabilities and we are fortunate for the leadership we have serving on our participants’ behalves.”

Providence Center, a non-profit organization based in Anne Arundel County, operates five facilities which provide care and training in programs such as Horticulture, Woodshop, and Pottery throughout the county.  It meets the growing needs of nearly 500 individuals through an array of services and supports, including medical supervision and care, psychological assistance, skills training for activities of daily living, vocational training and job placement as well as retirement services.

The mission of Providence Center is to provide services that allow individuals with disabilities to enjoy increased self-determination in leading a more independent, valuable and functioning role in society. These support services are individually designed and professionally managed to enable these individuals to exercise higher levels of control over their lives.

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