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Welcome to the Board 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.

Inclement weather policy: If Baltimore City public schools open late or are closed, the board meeting is cancelled.

Notice: The Board currently has a vacancy for a Geriatric Social Worker. The closing date for applications is Thursday, April 30, 2015. Please contact the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations if you are interested.

Members of the Board:

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


Ronda Butler Washington, Executive Director
Eleanor L. Eines, Deputy Executive Director
David Wagner, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Counsel to the Board
Marian Ruth, Health Occupations Investigator

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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