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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 Board has an upcoming vacancy for a licensed nursing home administrator who is currently practicing and has practiced for a minimum of 5 years. The administrator must have specific experience with the Eden Alternative Green House, or a similar program. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2015. All interested administrators should contact Kim Bennardi in the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations at 410-767-4049 or


Members of the Board:

Christine L. Podles, MA LNHA, Chair, Nursing Home Administrator
Felicia W. Anthony, MPA, LNHA, Vice Chair, Nursing Home Administrator
Timothy J. Berry, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Jennifer V. Dutrow, LCSW-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
Charell N. McFarland, LCSW-C, 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
    • October 12, 2015 - Columbus Day (State offices closed)
    • October 14, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • November 11, 2015 - Veteran's Day (State offices closed)
    • November 18, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • November 26, 2015 - Thanksgiving Day(State offices closed)
    • November 27, 2015 - American Indian Heritage Day (State offices closed)
    • December 9, 2015 - Board Meeting
    • December 25, 2015 - Christmas Day (State offices closed)


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