Leadership

Bernard Gyebi-Foster, Executive Director of Tuerk House, Ex-Officio

Bernard Gyebi-Foster, LCPC
Executive Director

Bernard Gyebi-Foster is trained as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LPC). He completed his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He continued his education at Liberty University to complete his graduate degree in Professional Counseling, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Leadership from Regent University.

In 2011, Mr. Gyebi-Foster became the clinical director of Tuerk House. In November of 2016, he became the interim executive director, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the agency. In March of 2017, he became the permanent executive director of Tuerk House.

When he is not immersed in finding ways to combat the debilitating disease of addiction, he serves as the pastor of Impact for Christ Community Church, a neighborhood church he founded in Edmondson Village in 2016. He is married to Juliet Gyebi-Foster, MD, an anesthesiologist-trained pain physician. Together, the couple has three beautiful children.

Mayra Diaz, CAC-AD
Director of Clinical Operations and Programs

Mayra Diaz is a certified associate alcohol and drug counselor (CAC-AD) and certified alcohol and drug approved supervisor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Hilbert College in New York.

Ms. Diaz has been with Tuerk House since 2013, starting as a substance abuse counselor before becoming lead counselor. In 2016, she became the clinical supervisor and is currently the director of clinical programs and operations. She has more than 15 years of substance abuse experience working with diverse populations including chemical-dependent, homeless, community corrections, and prison populations. Her greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have struggled with an addiction.   

Ms. Diaz is a Puerto Rican native who moved to Maryland in 2006 from upstate New York. She is a proud mother of two beautiful young girls, Jaslyn and Jada. 

Angela Longe, FNP-BC
Director of Medical Services

Angela Longe is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and the director of medical services at Tuerk House. A member of the Tuerk House team since 2018, she oversees the daily operations, trainings, and supervision of the medical department, as well as the Crisis Stabilization Center.

Ms. Longe has more than 12 years of nursing experience working in critical care unit, cardiac care unit, and outpatient neurology practice settings. She also has extensive experience in acute care, outpatient, and office-based practice settings. She specializes in addiction medicine and performs health histories and physical exams on patients with substance use disorders, as well as acute and chronic medical problems, performing diagnostic studies with interpretation and offering appropriate treatment plans. Her experience also enables her to provide counseling to family members whose health and functioning are affected by a loved one’s substance use or addiction.

Ms. Longe is an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the Opioid Response Program (ORP), and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and has achieved Buprenorphine Waiver Certification. Her long-term goal is to be able to treat patients with co-occurring disorders and she is currently pursuing her Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree

Kofi Owusu, MD
Medical Director

Diana Thompson, HR Director

Diana Thompson, SPHR Director of Human Resources

Diana Thompson has over 20 years of human resources experience as a senior executive providing HR support to a variety of organizations specializing in health care. She has worked with several Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHCs), including Total Health Care (the parent company of the Tuerk House), Greater Baden Medical Services, and Baltimore Medical Systems.  In addition, Ms. Thompson has worked with a number other health care organizations, such as Mid Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC), The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, The Brookings Institution, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, and The Orthopaedic Center, P.A. 

Ms. Thompson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) HR Certification Institute. As a member of SHRM, she has served on the SHRM Employee and Labor Relations National Committee and is a past President of The Human Resource Association of the Nation Capital Area (HRA-NCA). Ms. Thompson is also a licensed Health and Life Insurance Broker and a member of  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. 

Frederick Jones
Director of Finance

Frederick Jones is the Director of Finance at Tuerk House. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Business Management from Towson University. He has served as controller, vice president of accounting, and director of financial operations. His career consists of experience working at for-profit and non-profit organizations, most notably the Maryland Food Bank.

Mr. Jones’ current responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of finance for Tuerk House, with an emphasis on short-term and long-term strategic planning, audit and budget preparation, financial statements, cash management, and cultivating business relationships. He is passionate about Tuerk House’s mission of healing and hope. In his spare time, he volunteers in various community-building projects. 

Chris Maynard

Chris Maynard
Director of Fund Development

Chris Maynard brings to Tuerk House more than 20 years of philanthropic experience, highlighted by his service with the Maryland Food Bank, Loyola University Maryland, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Greater Chesapeake. He currently serves on the board of directors of HealthCare Access Maryland and Winter Grace Senior Ministries, and is very active with the membership committee for Leadership Howard County.

Mr. Maynard completed his Master of Non-Profit Management degree from Regis University in December of 2016 and is also an alumnus of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He and his family reside in Howard County.

Sherry Williams-Smith, LGADC
Admissions Manager

Sherry Williams-Smith is a Licensed Graduate Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LGADC) who has worked in the addictions/mental health field for more than 15 years. At Tuerk House, she began interning in 2005 and was hired in 2006 ,where she has worked in many different capacities. She has experience in working with adults and youth with alcohol and/or mental health diagnoses.

Ms. Williams-Smith graduated from Walden University, earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Coppin State University and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Addictions from Baltimore City Community College. 

Floyd Matthews, CAC-AD
Site Manager, Weisman-Kaplan House

Floyd Matthews is a certified associate alcohol and drug counselor (CAC-AD) and has been working in the field of substance abuse treatment since 2013. He has been a student at Coppin State University since 2012 where he received a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor is Psychology. Mr. Matthews is currently attending graduate school and is pursuing a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is also pursuing licensures in the areas of Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling (LCPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LC-ADC).

Mr. Matthews expresses a passion for the population that we serve and is dedicated to assisting in the fight against drug addiction and providing optimal services for those who are in need. 

Albert M. Arrington, CSC-AD
Site Manager, Howard House

Albert Arrington began his affiliation with Tuerk House in 1989 when he arrived at Weisman-Kaplan House for continuing support for his 27-year drug addiction after completing the 28-day adult residential treatment program at Perry Point Veterans Hospital.  After a year of involvement with the AA Program, Mr. Arrington was honored with election to secretary of the weekly AA Sunday Meeting Program at Tuerk House. He served in this position for one year.  

Mr. Arrington’s career with Tuerk House began as a part-time night monitor, advancing to a full-time counselor position June 1992. Since then, he has been promoted to numerous leadership roles, including clinical supervisor, coordinator of the Veterans Initiative Outpatient Program (1998), and site manager of the Weisman-Kaplan House (2009). In 2010, Mr. Arrington was named the site manager of the Howard House and, in 2019, he oversaw the move of Howard House to its current location in Ellicott City. 

During his tenure at Tuerk House, he has participated in the Chemical Dependency Counselor Associates of Arts degree program at Dundalk Community College and is now a certified supervised alcohol and drug counselor (CSC-AD). Mr. Arrington is also very active with the Lansdowne Church of God, where he became a lay pastor in 1994 and currently serves on the pastor’s board. In 2011, he and his wife, Brenda, started the church’s Celebrated Recovery Program, a Bible study programs for individuals suffering with addictions and counseling their families.  

Jasmine Quailey

Jasmine Quailey, LGPC
Site Manager, Nilsson House

Jasmine Quailey is a certified member of the National Board of Certified Counselors in addition to being a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland.

She has worked with both children and adults in a variety of treatment settings and continues to provide clients with unique counseling tools to assist them in dealing with substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and a host of other diagnoses. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, treating co-occurring disorders as well as complex emotional issues associated with traumatic events. She also has a broad base of experience in individual, group, and marriage and family counseling. She is eclectic in her methodology, offering holistic and evidence-based treatment modalities in session. Her education and professional experience allow her to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental therapeutic space for clients who are looking for a safe place to work out life’s problems.

Ms. Quailey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Adventist University and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from East Tennessee State University.  

Kirk Brown
Head Chef

Kirk Brown has been in the food service industry since 1993. Unfortunately after 20 years of maintaining his certification in food service, substance abuse led him down a dark road. Committed to regaining his ServSafe certification and yearning to get his life back on track, he humbly asked for a second chance from Tuerk House, the organization that helped him get on the path to recovery. Noted for the remarkable “Give Back” vocational opportunities Tuerk House gives to its patients, the organization decided to give him that second chance and he hasn’t looked back since.

With his second chance, Mr. Brown has regained his ServSafe certification and now operates as the head chef and dietary supervisor for Tuerk House’s kitchens. A graduate of Tuerk House’s Weisman-Kaplan House, he often shares how this program has changed his life for the better and knows without a shadow of doubt that this program truly works. “If you’re open for change, the chance is there,” he says.  “The cliche is ‘One Day At A Time,’ but it stands to be true.” See Kirk tell his story >

Board of Directors

Darien Nolin

Darien E. Nolin, Chairman-Tuerk House and Total Health Care
Director of Strategy & Operations, Lee Montessori Public Charter School

 

David Pittenger, Secretary Consultant/Former Director of the National Aquarium

David Pittenger, Secretary
Consultant/Former CEO of the Baltimore National Aquarium

David Pittenger is a seasoned executive who has helped various non-profit organizations grow through strategic thinking and teamwork, successful fundraising and earned revenue development. Much of his professional career was with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland where he held various positions, including 15 years as the chief executive. He has also participated in the planning efforts of other non-profits where he was a board member, such as Blue Water Baltimore and the Waterfront Partnership.

Since leaving the Aquarium in 2011, he has worked for the Ocean Conservancy on ocean trash issues and has served as the interim executive director for the FreeState Legal Project. Mr. Pittenger is also a council member (consultant) for the Gerson Lehrman Group and has done planning assignments with groups considering building public attractions. He is an associate consultant for Maryland Nonprofits and is working part-time for the Mental Health Association of Maryland. He has also dedicated countless volunteer hours as a board member for Tuerk House.

Mr. Pittenger is a graduate of Baltimore’s Leadership Program, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Greene

Richard Greene, Treasurer
CFO of Total Health Care

As Chief Financial Officer of Total Health Care, Richard Greene oversees all finance functions, including revenue cycle, financial reporting, grants, treasury management, and financial analyses. He is responsible for guiding the financial strategies and setting the financial priorities of Total Health Care.

Mr. Greene is both a CPA and attorney. While working as an attorney, Mr. Greene was the chief counsel to the Baltimore City Department of Finance, providing legal opinions and counsel to that department. He has over 20 years of experience in the health care field. Prior to joining Total Health Care, Mr. Greene worked in both the private and public sectors in health care. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for Behavioral Health Systems of Baltimore, Baltimore Mental Health Systems, and Woodmore Health, and as accounting manager for Baltimore City Hospitals’ long-term care division.

Mr. Greene is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Business and its School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law. He also holds an MBA from Morgan State University and a Master’s degree in Legal Letters from Georgetown University.

Members

Danny Bellamy

Danny Bellamy,
CEO of Total Health Care

Prior to joining Total Health Care as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Danny Bellamy demonstrated over 30 years of experience in the management and development of health care programs that impact Medicaid and commercial populations. With significant experience in direct health care delivery, operational implementation and negotiation of health plans, hospital services and contracts, Mr. Bellamy served as the senior operating executive for a specialized health plan that provided comprehensive services including case management to Medicaid SSI eligible beneficiaries as well as developing reimbursement strategies for services delivered to people with chronic conditions.

Mr. Bellamy has an extensive history with the HSC Health Care System, having previously served as its director of contracting and business development, and director of rehabilitation services at the HSC Pediatric Center. He has demonstrated experience managing over 150 employees in health care delivery ranging from primary care, managed care and hospital-based services. His background includes extensive government contract negotiations along with data analytics to support the development of stakeholder and health care provider relationships along with implementation of advance preparations for the valuation and acquisition of health care entities. Before joining HSC, he was a managing partner at MCA Washington, DC, where he was responsible for the start-up and overall management of a multi-specialty physician practice and multi-disciplinary allied health care entity. Mr. Bellamy served as a senior manager at the Greater Southeast Healthcare System long-term care division where over saw wellness programs and community based services funded by various foundations.

Mr. Bellamy has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Health Informatics. He is a board member for the Maryland Association of Community Health Centers and has served as a board member for the Medicaid Health Plans of America. He has also served on the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development.

William N. Burgee

William N. Burgee
Director of Property Acquisitions and Relocation, Department of Housing and Community Development

Bernard Gyebi-Foster, Executive Director of Tuerk House, Ex-Officio

Bernard Gyebi-Foster, LCPC
Executive Director, Ex-Officio

Bernard Gyebi-Foster is trained as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LPC). He completed his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He continued his education at Liberty University to complete his graduate degree in Professional Counseling, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Leadership from Regent University.

In 2011, Mr. Gyebi-Foster became the clinical director of Tuerk House. In November of 2016, he became the interim executive director, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the agency. In March of 2017, he became the permanent executive director of Tuerk House.

When he is not immersed in finding ways to combat the debilitating disease of addiction, he serves as the pastor of Impact for Christ Community Church, a neighborhood church he founded in Edmondson Village in 2016. He is married to Juliet Gyebi-Foster, MD, an anesthesiologist-trained pain physician. Together, the couple has three beautiful children.