Lois Blum Feinblatt is a Licensed Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC). She received her training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in an innovative program in which women were trained to become psychotherapists. Graduating in 1969, Mrs. Feinblatt became a staff member of the newly formed Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit in 1970 where she has remained as a member of the Senior Staff. She is a practicing psychotherapist. Mrs. Feinblatt had worked at the Department of Welfare in the Adoptions Division from 1957-1966. She is also interested in public education & started the Blum Mentoring Program to support first & second year teachers in 1999.
Susan Leviton is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is Founder and Honorary Chair of Advocates for Children and Youth, a statewide child advocacy organization. In the past, she was the chairperson of the Maryland Human Relations Commission. Presently, she is on the Advisory Board of the Open Society Institute, Baltimore and Trustee of the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation. Her areas of expertise include child abuse and neglect, special education, and juvenile delinquency. Leviton has lobbied extensively on behalf of children and families and has published numerous books and articles on related subjects. She was the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Third Annual Child Advocacy Award, the Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Child Advocacy Award and the recipient of the Founder’s Day Award for Public Service, University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. She has taught and practiced law for over 40 years. She is married, the mother of a son and daughter and has two grandchildren.
Baltimore City Solicitor, George A. Nilson, was appointed City Solicitor in January 2007 by Mayor Sheila Dixon. Prior to his appointment as the City’s top lawyer, Mr. Nilson was an attorney at DLA Piper. Mr. Nilson’s career also includes serving six years as the Deputy Attorney General of Maryland. He was a member of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure for six years and was chairman of the General Assembly Compensation Commission for eight years. Mr. Nilson has three degrees from Yale University, a Bachelors of Art, a Masters of Urban Studies and an LLB. Mr. Nilson, whose legal career and public service span over five decades, has lead legal teams on a range of issues including tobacco litigation, consumer controversies, public and administrative law, environmental controversies, zoning and litigation related to real estate development, cable television controversies and complex litigation. Additionally, he is the founder of the Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation, an organization that matches existing resources to help the City of Baltimore extend its limited resources.
A graduate of the American University and the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Ellen Patterson, L.C.S.W.-C., runs a private practice in Towson. She is the clinical director for the Baltimore County Office of the State’s Attorney’s Family Members of Homicide and Drunk Driving Fatality support group and counseling program. Her areas of clinical interest include trauma, GLBTQ issues, pregnancy loss and affective disorders. She is a volunteer fundraiser for Carver Center for Arts and Technology.
Ryland Sumner is currently an equity research analyst at Brown Advisory in Baltimore, where he covers business services and financials companies. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Mr. Sumner was an associate at the law firm Venable LLP. There his practice focused on transactions involving middle market companies, including mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financing. Before law school, Mr. Sumner was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, California. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation.