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. 

Kofi Owusu-Antwi, MD
Medical Director

I am board certified in Internal and Addiction Medicine. I completed my undergraduate education at the State University of New York, Albany, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. I obtained my Doctor of Medicine Degree from The American University of the Caribbean in Saint Maarten, and completed my Residency training at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Midtown Campus. Additionally, I held a fourth year Chief Resident position. I have an indispensable passion in teaching and mentoring residents and medical students in conjunction with providing quality patient care.

Fredrick 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.

Dr. Judy Sheppard, Ed.D, LCADC
Clinical Director

Dr. Judy Sheppard has provided behavioral health services to clients throughout the State of Maryland, including working for Howard County Health Department, Montgomery County Health Department and several Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment programs. She has earned a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology, MA in Counseling and a BS in Business Management.

She is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist. She is actively enrolled in Janina Fisher’s Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training, Level 1 Program. Additionally, she has gained over 15 years of experience in business management, which she acquired during her tenure with Verizon.

Over the years, she has maintained a steady commitment to advocating and providing quality care for persons diagnosed with Substance Use and Mental Disorders. This was accomplished while serving in several positions, including Program Director, Mental Health and Addiction Therapist, Assessment Specialist, Authorization Care Manager, Clinical Care Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor.  Currently, she holds position of Clinical Director at the Tuerk House.   

Additionally, she is the founder of the Almira Project, LLC. She thrives in community outreach to help people win in life. Judy and her husband Ricky share four wonderfully made adult children and one grandchild.

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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.  

Rebecca Balins, LMSW
Site Manager, Nilsson House

Rebecca Balins is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Montana State University in Billings. She completed her graduate education at University of Maryland Baltimore and holds a Masters of Social Work Degree with a Clinical Concentration.

Ms. Balins has been with Tuerk House since 2019, beginning as a substance abuse counselor and later became lead counselor in the inpatient treatment unit. Ms. Balins served as the site manager for Tuerk House’s Nilsson House program before becoming the director of residential programs in July 2021. She has experience in working with diverse populations including incarcerated women, individuals experiencing housing instability, the Native American community in Montana, and individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Rebecca is especially passionate about practicing harm reduction and person-centered care. She is a proud Baltimorean and lives in Baltimore City with her partner Ceejay and their 3 cats.

 

Maud Aryee, CRNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Director of Integrated Behavioral Health

Maud Aryee is a Dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Substances Use disorder, Addiction, Mental / Behavioral Health and Somatic disorders. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Stevenson University in Maryland. She earned her Master of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.  She holds National Board Certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She a is member of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Maud has been practicing nursing for over 22 years and has an extensive background in critical care, pain management, surgery, emergency medicine, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine diseases. She is passionate about providing quality care for persons with Substance Use and Mental disorders.  She believes in a holistic approach to quality care. She is known for her wonderful bedside manners and compassionate care.

In her spare time, Maud enjoys cooking and traveling with her daughters.

Armanda D. Sims
Director of Compliance and Client Care

Armand D. Sims began her journey with Tuerk House Inc. as a registered nurse on the unit, providing patient centered and compassionate care. In her current role as Director of Regulatory Compliance and Patient Safety, her goal is to advance Tuerk House Inc. through innovative technologies to assist with federal, state and local compliance and industry driven evidence based practice to provide quality and safety focused care.  To assist with achieving that goal Armanda is currently completing her Master’s degree in Nursing Informatics.  

Armanda is not a native of Baltimore City but she enjoys local cultural events such as AFRAM, Baltimore Book Festival and Artscape.

Ophelia Dapaah-Gyimah, FNP-BC
Director of Medical Services

Ophelia Dapaah-Gyimah is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She completed her undergraduate degree from University at Buffalo where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She continued her education at CUNY Lehman College to complete her graduate degree in Master of Science in Nursing in Family. She is currently pursuing a dual degree at Johns Hopkins University in Doctor of Nursing Practice and MBA. 

In 2019, she joined the Tuerk House as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2020, she became the lead nurse practitioner, where she oversaw the Maryland Crisis Stabilization Center. She is currently the Director of Medical Services.  She has an essential passion in bringing healing and comfort to the sick while providing quality patient-centered care.

She is a dedicated wife to Daniel Gyimah, and a mother to abeautiful girl.

Board of Directors

Dr. H. Duante Duckett
Board Chairman

Dr. H. Duante Duckett is a native Baltimorean. He serves as the pastor, along with his wife Dr. Diane A. Duckett, of New Kingdom Faith Christian Church of Severn, Maryland. He has been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ for 21 years.

Pastor Duante believes that the word is true in Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” “Expanding the Kingdom by Executing ministry an Excellence” has become his personal theme for ministry.

Pastor Duante is deeply committed to presenting his whole life as a personal sacrifice for the kingdom of God. This is evident with his personal commitment to the ministries at New Kingdom Faith Christian Church. He believes you can never do too much for the kingdom.

Pastor Duante believes that continuing education is vital to advancing the kingdom. He currently holds an Associates degree in Information Management from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Ashland Theological Seminary this year.

Pastor Duante recognizes that his family is the cornerstone of his ministry. He has been married to Pastor Diane for 32 years. They have 3 children, DeAirra, Diamante and Devin.

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.

Adrianna Moore
Board Member

Adrianna Moore is a social worker with ten years of experience working in the Baltimore area serving mission driven organizations. She is an administrator respected for building and sustaining relationships. Adrianna graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in Political Science and holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Maryland. She lives in Baltimore with her family.

Christopher Pitts
Board Member

Currently Christopher serves as the Portfolio Management Analyst for the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, he is responsible for managing the entire small business loan portfolio and lending operations.

Christopher spent the past 10 years in the social sector, providing solutions and strategies for low-income communities of color. Most recently, he served as the Impact Investing Associate for Enterprise Community Loan Fund, focused on affordable housing. He provided support for capital raising, as well as investment operations and marketing, including reporting support for the Impact Note program, a $40 million investment program financing affordable housing and community facilities. Prior to this role, he served as a finance analyst and procurement specialist for EdOps, a Benefit Corporation providing business services to charter schools. At EdOps, he managed financial and accounting processes and was the procurement lead to several DC charter schools and nonprofits specializing in the field of education.

Christopher serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Total Health Care, Inc.’s Tuerk House, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing substance abuse services to Baltimore residents. In 2017, Christopher was selected Leadership Essentials, a leadership development program from Leadership Howard County designed for rising stars in the county.

Christopher is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.