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Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators

The Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) develops, administers, and enforces examination and education standards in order to protect Marylanders from unqualified and incompetent managers and administrators of nursing homes. Authority: Health Occupations Article, Title 9 of the Annotated Code of Maryland - COMAR 10.33.01.

The Board usually meets the second Wednesday of each month except January, July and August. All meetings start at 9:30 a.m. and are held at the Patterson Avenue Building. Please contact the Board's office for confirmation of meeting dates and room location.



The Executive Director and Board are delighted to announce that Andrea L. Hill has joined us as our new Licensing Coordinator, effective July 15, 2015. Andrea brings a strong senior administrative background to the Board, most recently working in the non-profit sector for a major well-known organization where, among other duties, she worked with several boards and senior executives. We extend a hearty welcome to Andrea and are excited about working with her.


Members of the Board:

Christine L. Podles, MA LNHA, Chair, Nursing Home Administrator
Felicia W. Anthony, MPA, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Timothy J. Berry, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Jennifer V. Dutrow, LSCSW-C, Related Health Professional
Thomas Edmondson, M.D., Physician Specializing in Geriatrics
T. Earl Flanagan, Jr., D.D.S., Related Health Professional
Margie Heald, MS, Ex-officio Member Representing the Office of Health Care Quality
Alice H. Hedt, State Long Term Care Ombudsman
Michelle F. Kraus, MHSA, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Bernardine Lawrence-Gregory, Consumer
Vacant, Geriatric Social Worker
Belinda B. Strayhorn, Consumer
John L. White, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Michele Young, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator 


Ronda Butler Washington, MPA, Executive Director
Andrea L. Hill, , Licensing Coordinator
David Wagner, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Board Counsel
Marian Ruth, Health Occupations Investigator
Kristen Neville, MALA, Legislation & Regulations Specialist

Anyone interested in serving on the Maryland Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators may contact the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations.


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    Upcoming Events

    • Ongoing: License Renewals
    • May 22, 2015 - Service Reduction Day (State offices closed)
    • May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day Holiday (State offices closed)
    • June 10, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • September 9, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • October 14, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • November 18, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • December 9, 2015 - Board Meeting


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    4201 Patterson Avenue, Room 305
    Baltimore, Maryland 21215-2299
    Phone: (410) 764-4750
    Fax: (410) 358-9187