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 & President Emeritus
Dr. Kelly Sullivan is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Wellness House. 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.
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.
Karen Frank has devoted the past 30 years of her career to hospice and palliative care with experience in management, program development, community engagement and professional education. Karen has held various leadership positions with hospices in Maryland and Illinois and is currently a clinical consultant at Hope Hospice and Palliative Care in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She was a member of the leadership team that integrated Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care into the Presence Health System in Illinois. Karen had a 26-year relationship building many programs, including Chesapeake Life Center and Chesapeake Kids, the pediatric palliative care program at Hospice of the Chesapeake. A registered nurse with a diverse clinical background, she holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in advanced practice oncology nursing from the University of Maryland, is certified by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and was a TWIN Awardee (Tribute to Women in Industry) in 2009.
James I. Humphrey founded and was Chairman and CEO of the Humphrey Companies, a group of eight organizations that develop, build, own, and manage apartment communities, hotels, and retirement communities in the mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Jim was also the founder and chairman of Humphrey Hospitality Trust, a real estate trust that merged with Supertel Hospitality Inc., and owned over 120 hotels in 23 states. Jim served on the Maryland Governor’s Housing Task Force, was vice chairman of the Maryland Housing Commission, and was the initial president of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition. He is currently chairman of the board for Hospice of the Chesapeake and is on the boards of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and Homes for America, a not-for-profit producer of affordable homes in a multi-state area.
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.
Gretchen Cusack has experience in sales and management. She ran her own business contracting as a Territory Manager for hard goods and retail companies mostly within the snow sports industry. Gretchen has been serving on the board for Belvoir Farms Home Owners’ Association (HOA) for which she is the president. She has bachelor’s degree in Resort Management from Appalachian State University.
Maria DeCesaris is known for her extensive involvement in the Annapolis community. She brings years of expertise in communications and event management to working with organizations and nonprofits that provide support for individuals and families affected by cancer. Maria also sits on the board of the Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and public relations from Towson University.
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.
Peter McMillan retired from Erickson Retirement Communities, where he served as president of the development company. As president and chief operating officer of the Mills Corporation for over 15 years, he managed the company and primarily focused on capital procurement. Prior to that, Pete was the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the MAY Centers. Pete is a proud alumnus of East Carolina University, from which he holds a masters degree in Business Administration.
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.
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.
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.