Exit Site Now!


Thanks to our Sponsors of the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

Thanks to our Sponsors of the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

2014 Annual Meeting Save the Date

Our Major Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Decision Science, Inc.

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 37

Michaele Cohen

Gold Sponsor

Draper & McGinley P.A.

Silver Sponsor

MNADV Board of Directors

Kissinger Financial Services, Inc.


ElderSafe Center

Bronze Sponsors

BECO Management

Slevin & Hart, P.C.

Dr. Lorraine Chase


Awards to Six Outstanding Community Leaders

Special Recognition for Seven Domestic Violence Program Honorees

Annual Lethality Assessment Award

Celebrating 34 years of service as Maryland’s statewide domestic violence coalition, the MNADV will honor the work of six outstanding community leaders, recognize the contributions of seven domestic violence program honorees, and present the annual Lethality Assessment Award to an organization that has demonstrated an extraordinary standard of performance during the last year.

Senator Brian Frosh will receive the 2014 MNADV Legislative Award for his leadership and commitment to improving Maryland’s protective order laws during the 2014 legislative session, particularly the passage of the bill to lower the standard of proof for a protective order from “clear and convincing” evidence to a “preponderance of the evidence.” This change will significantly enhance the safety and security of domestic violence victims.

Rosemary Raiman will be honored with the 2014 MNADV Service Award for twenty years of extraordinary service as a dedicated domestic violence victim advocate in Charles County.  Currently serving as the Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office and previously as a victim advocate at the Center for Abused Persons, Ms. Raiman has distinguished herself as a fierce but compassionate champion for victims and their families, a respected domestic violence expert, and a community leader.

Mary Helen Carlson will be recognized with the 2014 MNADV Advocacy Award for her work as a volunteer legal advocate at the Betty Ann Krahnke Center in Montgomery County.  Ms. Carlson works tirelessly with individual victims by accompanying them to court, helping them obtain protective orders, connecting them with legal resources, and assisting them with immigration questions. Since she began volunteering, she has quadrupled the number of victims who have taken legal action against their abusers.

Ada Clark-Edwards, the chief of the Domestic Violence Unit of the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, will receive the 2014 MNADV Criminal Justice Award for her outstanding advocacy and leadership in prosecuting domestic violence cases, her compassionate treatment of victims and their families, and her efforts to improve the response to domestic violence in her county.

Donna Rismiller, a private family law attorney in Montgomery County, will be honored with the 2014 MNADV Community Award for her legal services to domestic violence victims, her work with the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to promote the Choose Respect Montgomery initiative with teens and parents, and the implementation of the Coaching Boys to Men program in local high schools.

Judge Karen Friedman of the Baltimore City Circuit Court, will be recognized with the 2014 MNADV Faith Award for her leadership in establishing and promoting a new, innovative domestic violence initiative, the Domestic Violence Interfaith Coalition, to improve the faith response to domestic violence victims in Baltimore City and across the state.

The eighth annual Lethality Assessment Award, traditionally given to a law enforcement agency, will be awarded in 2014 to Heartly House in Frederick County in recognition of their extraordinary high standard of performance in providing safety and empowerment to high risk victims.  They distinguished themselves by having the highest number of victims speaking on the telephone and going in for services – nearly four times higher than any other county. Their high number of victims going in for services accounted for 27% of the victims who went into services statewide. This achievement merited special recognition this year.

For the first time, seven domestic violence program honorees have been nominated by their programs to receive special recognition this year:

Katrina Mitchell, Resident Manager, Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County;

Nancy Wiles-Nicely, Legal Advocate, Heartly House, Frederick County;

Taness Cline, Program Coordinator, Family Crisis Resource Center, Allegany County;

Amber Ariemma, Child Therapist, Crisis Intervention Center, Calvert County;

Megan Lopez, Advocate, Cecil County Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Center;

Shiwali Patel, Board President, Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project;

Naomi Taffet, Director of Service Coordination, CHANA, Baltimore City/County.