2018

Robert Whiting

Chairperson

An electronic engineer by profession, Bob had his own electronics technology business for fifteen years. Bob later involved in church activities, ministered to others, completed advanced courses in lay speaking ministry within United Methodist church. At Lancaster Bible college, Bob enrolled himself into Plus 20 program and qualified him for the LBC plus 20 program and completed his 20 month degree program there. Bob served on the Board of Center for Social Change, a non-profit serving people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years; became director of Evangelism and Discipleship for another nonprofit, Neighborhood Revitalization Solutions, Inc. that works closely with churches to revitalize neighborhoods. He also served as a “Mission Disciple” for a small church, assisting the Pastor in growing, serving, and revitalizing physical building as well as church attitude.

The Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church assigned Bob to pastor several churches, especially as senior Pastor of Mt. Zion UMC, Finksburg, MD from July of 2000 through June of 2008. He also served as a volunteer Hospice Chaplain for Carroll County for three years.Since retirement, Bob continued various classes including Masters Degree classes at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore. Bob has interest in various health subjects especially mental health and spiritual endeavors.

Lennox Graham, Ph.D

Vice-chair

As an Assistant professor at Howard University, Washington DC, Dr. Graham has extensive experience in research, teaching and training. At the University of Maryland, he worked at the department of family medicine. At Johns Hopkins University, he conducted research. At Morgan State university, he encouraged minorities in the field of science.

Dr. Graham worked as an instructor at Dale Carnegie Institute for Human Relations in the eighties. Dr. Graham has authored several publications and received many awards including a citation from the Governor of Maryland and House of delegates for outstanding services in health care in the State of Maryland. He holds fraternity membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity inc., Delta Lambda Chapter, Baltimore Maryland.

Dr. Graham holds many professional certifications: For example, Certification as an Instructor for high blood pressure; On line faculty certification from University of PhoenixDr. Graham served on the board of Center for Social Change, a non-profit serving developmentally disabled individuals for 15+ years. He serves as a member of mental health advocacy group;

Joseph Mathew, Ph.D

President and CEO

Dr. Mathew is the Founder of ACIDD, an all-inclusive social enterprise providing mental health services. He has also been teaching part-time at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland. After his research and teaching career as a professor of Church and Society/theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, he worked as a part-time professor at St. Mary’s University, Baltimore, MD for a brief period. Later, he began focusing on people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Maryland and internationally.

After twenty (20) years of service to people with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities at the Center for Social Change (CSC), a DDA-funded non-profit organization in Maryland that he founded in 1993 and led that organization as its President and CEO, he retired from CSC in September 2012 before forming ACIDD.

Dr. Mathew decided that it was time for a change of focus leading him to emphasise mental health in the community.  He founded ACIDD, a national non-profit organization as the new social enterprise. ACIDD has 501(c)3 status to promote the mental health of people with severe and persistent mental illness including individuals that have co-occurring Intellectual Disability and Mental Disorders with a social mission. ACIDD Maryland is another social enterprise that offers Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) and Mental Health Vocational Program (MHVP) services to people with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals that have Intellectual/Developmental Disability with co-occurring Mental Disorders in the state of Maryland. ACIDD also has another social enterprise in Florida that has yet to resume services due to pandemic.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Mathew writes and publishes, and is working on various articles and books. He can be contacted at jmathew@acidd.us.

Abraham Joshua, M.S

Treasurer

Abraham who is deeply involved in education believes that education is the only asset that one has that does not depreciate with time or can be foreclosed on. As a groomed speaker on education for 8th and 9th graders, Abraham supported the Advisory group of Maryland Business Round Table for education from 2005 through 2013.
As an owner of 1st Realty Resource, LLC, Abraham has focused not only on real estate but also on pre-license education. With advanced degrees in Management and Finance, Abraham served as a Director of Finances for over a decade in Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Besides holding the real estate and broker license and certification in Maryland, Abraham has received many awards and recognitions for his community involvement. Abraham is a distinguished toastmaster (DTM) with Toastmasters International.

James Steven Brown, LCSW

Director

A retired psychotherapist and social worker who has several years of experience working with people with mental disorders and intellectual disability.

Kevin Brown

Director. Parent

A strong advocate of people with disabilities.

Annette Dukes

Director, Individual

Annette currently receives support services from ACIDD Maryland. She represents all individuals of the agency and advocates their cause with passion.