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TLC News
February 2015
Pat Ritter

Happy New Year! Thank you to our many TLC friends whose generosity helps us to serve others. We end 2014 reflecting on our successes and celebrations, many of which we shared with you throughout the year. We appreciate the time and support of our Board of Trustees,Consumer, Medical and Business Advisory Boards who give generously of their time and talent to make our organization strong. We look forward to 2015, as we continue to improve lives and expand possibilities for individuals with special needs. 

Please mark your calendars for the KTS Silent Auction on April 18th and the 24th Annual Golf Classic on June 1.

Thank you!



Monday June 1st at Bretton Woods 

Please join us for our largest fundraising event of the year. The 24th Annual TLC Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 1, at Bretton Woods in Germantown, MD. There will be an 11a.m. shotgun start, and all golfers will enjoy a BBQ lunch, cocktails and dinner following tournament play and receive a FREE return pass to Bretton Woods for another round of golf. 
Register now for $395/golfer or $1,500/foursome. Sponsorships are available from $500 to $5,000 with options for golfers and non-golfers.
Please contact Bonnie Lawhorn at for additional information. 
We hope you can join us for what is always a fantastic day of golf and celebrating TLC! 


Meet Penelope

When I first called Sarah Shick, Intake Coordinator for The Outcomes Service Transitional Advocacy Program,  I felt as though a long-locked door was finally open to me. And then I sat down with Sarah and she really heard what I had to say, what I had been though for four years. First, she arranged for peripheral benefits that I did not know I could get, and never seemed to miss anything that could help us financially. Anything that came up from dental clinics to a cheaper computer, she researched it.


When I spoke with Brendan Doyle, we discussed my resume and the difficulties I had in interviewing, how my face froze up, and how to answer difficult questions about why I had been out of work. He was direct and gave great advice. The very next interview I went on I was relaxed and calm with answers coached by Brendon.

Within days, Sarah emailed and asked me if I felt I could do a job here at TLC and I jumped at the opportunity to interview. Next week, it will be three months of working and learning here.  In the mornings when I leave for work, without fail, I look up at the sky and say to myself "Look at me! Working at a special company that helps people, learning new things every day , and meeting new people! How lucky am I?" Then I try not to fall down the front steps.

Audiology Educational Seminar at FHC
Experience Brain Hearing Technology

Your ears and your brain work together as a system, with your brain doing the heavy lifting. Oticon hearing instruments with BrainHearingTM technology are designed for your brain, supporting the hard work it does. Super small, hearing aids fit invisibly in your ear canal or tuck discreetly behind your ear. BrainHearingTM technology enables them to be minutely tuned to match your unique hearing profile and personal sound preferences.Then deliver sound with the clearest, purest signal possible in the way your brain is best able to understand it. So you hear better, with less effort. Anywhere. Anytime.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

View invitation.

Please RSVP to Laurel Delgado at 301.738.1415 to tell us you can come!

snowboarding_boy.jpg News from OT, SLP, and Testing & Tutoring


Congratulations to TLC's Director of Occupational Therapy, Brigid Baker, OTR/L, on her promotion to Director of Clinical Programs! Brigid will be supervising staff in Occupational and Speech-Language Therapy Services.

TLC's Occupational, Speech-Language Therapy and Testing and Tutoring Staff put together a great issue of Kids Making Strides!  Link here to read about early detection of learning disabilities, building resilience in young children, developing organization skills and more.



A Winter Celebration 

Families and friends were delighted by the KTS Winter Concert and Art Show on December 18th.  As usual, students wowed their audience with amazing instrumental and choral presentations of holiday songs including,

Deck The Halls, Silver and Gold, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Greensleeves and Banuwa, a traditional African melody, and many more.  

KTS Music Teachers Amy Gardiner and Chris Marousek did an extraordinary job helping students reach and share their musical talents. They truly encourage and guide their students to higher and higher levels of accomplishment and

Congratulations to KTS Art Teacher Marit Gretz and her student's for the wonderful KTHS Art Show that showcased the creative talents of our students. As a result of her guidance, each student has developed a greater understanding of art techniques, history and styles, and it is reflected in the multiple media in which they work.

KTS Silent Auction!
KTSPA 9th Annual Auction will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. There are many ways to support the event by sponsoring, donating an item, attending or spreading the word. 

After School Musical Theater Song and Dance at KTS!

TLC, in partnership with ArtStream, is pleased to present Musical Theater Song and Dance, an inclusive after-school drama group for students with special needs, held at The Katherine Thomas School. The program is open to the public and led by trained theater professionals. Students will learn acting skills such as eye contact, projection, diction and focus.

Mondays, March 9 - May 18, 2015 , 4:00 - 5:30 pm (no class April 6) for Grades 6 - 12. 
$300 (10 sessions)

The Katherine Thomas School
9975 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Link to online registration. Space is limited! 

Questions? Call Lisa Torvik, TLC Administrative Assistant, 301.424.5200, ext. 6923 or email

TLC Board of Trustees:

Bill McDonald, President, GEICO
Michael Cogan, Vice President, Rubenstein and Cogan
James LaGrone, Treasurer, Wintergreen Financial Services, Inc.
Betty Anne Aschenbach, Secretary, Kia of Silver Spring
Raymond Baldwin, General Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Bruce Hunter, Past President, Community Volunteer
Patricia A. Ritter, Ph.D., Executive Director

Harinder Bawa, Think Tank, Inc.
John Bogasky, Strategic Growth Partners LLC
Charles Dickerson, PEPCO
John duFief, John duFief Inc. Builders
Peter Greif, Community Volunteer
David L. Katz, The Advisory Board Company
Anne Kline, Revere Bank
Stephen Orens, Miles & Stockbridge
Melissa Pappas, ATHENA Consulting, LLC
Joseph Parlanti, Combined Technology Solutions
Geoffrey S. Platnick, Shulman Rogers
Froma Roth, American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations (ASHA)
Ryan Wibberley, CIC Wealth Management Group

Thomas Nordlinger, Community Volunteer
Barry Scher, Policy Solutions, LLC
J. Richard Ward, Rockville Fuel and Feed

TLC News is a publication of TLC-The Treatment and Learning Centers.
Produced by Bonnie Lawhorn, Director of Marketing and Communications