Wellness House of Annapolis is fortunate to have dedicated, qualified professionals on our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and staff who believe deeply in our mission.

Dr. Kelly Sullivan, MD, FACS​
Founder

Dr. Kelly Sullivan is the Founder of Wellness House of Annapolis. She is a board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and is Medical Director of the Sullivan Surgery & Spa and the Surgery Center of Annapolis. She holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. and medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School.  

Dr. Sullivan founded Wellness House after witnessing among her clients a great need in our community for  services that support individuals touched by cancer in a way that provides connectivity, strength, and healing. She is active in community service and is the recipient of many awards for her professional work and community involvement, including the People’s Physician Choice Award, Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award, Anne Arundel County CASA Community Leadership Award, Kevin E. Reichardt Foundation Award, What’s Up Top Docs, and Castle Connolly Top Docs.

Tom Simmons
Board President

Thomas Simmons is a Partner with Liff, Walsh & Simmons, the Director of the Real Estate Practice Group, and a member of the Business Law, and Commercial Finance Practice Groups.  An engaged member of the Anne Arundel community, he has served on the boards of several local organizations and currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Building Traditions Society for the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and obtained his Juris Doctor at Florida State University College of Law.

Tricia Lehmann
Vice President

Patricia Lehmann, a senior account executive with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has over 40 years of experience in the health insurance industry, managing the large municipal accounts out of the CareFirst district office in Annapolis. She is also a board member at Hospice, executive committee member of the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, and member of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. Tricia holds a bachelor’s degree in business, management, marketing, and related support services from the University of Maryland.

PATTI ADAMS

Patricia Adams served on the Maryland Worker’s Compensation Commission from her 1999 to her retirement in October 2018. Previously, she was the managing partner of Serio, Tansey, and Adams. During her tenure, she managed a worker’s compensation practice, representing primarily police officers and firefighters. Patti is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Mary Bello

Mary Bello is an experienced health care and business development specialist, with a demonstrated history of success in developing relationships between physicians and health care systems. Since 2009, she has been the Manager of Physician Relations, and has worked to represent the health system at local and state levels with health departments, the Centers for Aging, Chambers of Commerce, and more. She also currently serves on the executive board for the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce, volunteers to coordinate the annual Fish of a Cure fundraiser, and has given her time in service of the School of the Incarnation, also as a board member. Mary is a proud alumna of the University of Maryland, holding a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Dr. Benjamin Bridges

Benjamin Bridges, MD, joined the board of Wellness House of Annapolis in August 2021. After completing his medical school at the University of Tennessee in 2001, Dr. Bridges went on to complete his internship at the University of Maryland and his fellowship at the University of Maryland’s Marlene & Stewart Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before joining Maryland Oncology Hematology, Dr. Bridges practiced at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute in Boise, Idaho, for 11 years where he served as Chairman of the Department of Oncology, Research Director for the Cancer Institute, and medical director for St. Luke’s Cancer Institute in Meridian, Idaho.  In his role as Research Director for the Cancer Institute, he served as a principal investigator for the Pacific Cancer Research Consortium, one of the largest National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Programs in the country.

Tara Finney

Tara L. Finney, a vice president and senior manager with T. Rowe Price Associates, has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and currently manages a team in the individual investors marketing group. She is active in the firms’ business resource groups, including MOSAIC, focused on the journey of minorities in the workplace and as a contributing member of Amplify Voices, that seeks to elevate and give a voice to black women. Tara holds a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.

Marina Taft Hardy

Marina Taft Hardy is Senior Counsel at Imperium Global Advisors, leading the firm’s state and local government relations and political strategy practices.

Marina is a widely respected and influential advocate and political strategist. As the head of Imperium’s state and local government relations practice, she focuses on helping companies and organizations gain traction with policy makers in state governments.

Marina’s public sector and private sector experience at the state and local level lend a deep understanding to agency and legislative processes. As a political strategist, Marina has helped start and lead winning political and grassroots campaigns. Prior to joining Imperium, Marina founded and directed Taft Hardy & Associates, a boutique government relations and political advisory firm. While running her own business, Marina successfully lobbied on major healthcare, economic development and transportation issues. She also has experience advising clients in the financial services, real estate and energy industries.

She has held positions at leading companies such as Southeast Toyota Distributors, Southwest Airlines, and Clear Channel Outdoor. As a political strategist, Marina is best known for her work as the co-founder of Change Maryland alongside now Governor Larry Hogan. She utilized her experiences and relationships to build a platform advocating for small business, economic growth, fiscal responsibility and government accountability. Marina served as Finance Director for Hogan for Maryland, the first successful publicly financed gubernatorial campaign in Maryland state history, where she was instrumental in qualifying the campaign to receive public financing. Marina then founded and ran the state’s first successful super PAC, whose summer Gonzalez poll is considered the “game changer” of the 2014 gubernatorial election of Governor Larry Hogan.

Marina has served as a Board Member of many leading organizations, including the BWI Business Partnership, the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore and the Greater Washington Urban League.

Marina graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honor’s Program at Mount St. Mary’s University and earned her Juris Doctor at Nova Southeastern University. She is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland.

Contact: Marina.Hardy@ImperiumGlobalAdvisors.com

Jennifer Navabi

Jennifer Navabi is District Director for Senator Sarah Elfreth (D-30) where she oversees all district operations, communications, and constituent services.  Jennifer has over 25 years of management experience in the public and private sectors, and served as the executive director for an Annapolis nonprofit for over 15 years.  Jennifer has a bachelors of arts in economics and international relations from The American University, and an MBA in global IT management from the Kogod School of Business at The American University.

Melanie Quinn

Tara L. Finney, a vice president and senior manager with T. Rowe Price Associates, has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and currently manages a team in the individual investors marketing group. She is active in the firms’ business resource groups, including MOSAIC, focused on the journey of minorities in the workplace and as a contributing member of Amplify Voices, that seeks to elevate and give a voice to black women. Tara holds a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.

MaryAleese Schreiber

MaryAleese Schreiber has over 25 years’ experience as the CEO of a multimillion-dollar healthcare organization. She started a consulting company specializing in organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, and CEO searches for IT, health care, publishing, and service industries primarily in California, New York, and Massachusetts. MaryAleese has also served on numerous local, state, and national nonprofit boards and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary, and received two masters degrees from the University of Arkansas.

Rick Springer

Richard Springer has significant experience in all aspects of commercial and corporate banking. He currently serves on the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation’s board of directors and has served as chair of their board for two years. A graduate of The Greater Baltimore County Leadership class of 2001, he is a former trustee of the Maryland Science Center serving on its Executive and Development Committees, and has co-chaired several prominent fundraisers and benefits in support of Anne Arundel and Maryland communities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Randolph-Macon College.