About House of Ruth Maryland

Our vision is that one day, every woman in Maryland will be safe in her own home.

House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.

House of Ruth Maryland was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. In November of 1977 we opened Baltimore’s first crisis shelter for these victims in a row house on North Calvert Street. The shelter was staffed by one paid staffed person and a voluntary Board of Directors.

In November 1998 a new 84-bed shelter and 6 apartment transitional housing, featuring expanded services and programs, opened. The new shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Today, House of Ruth Maryland is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive domestic violence centers and has a staff of more than ninety. Our voluntary leadership consists of a thirty-member Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee.

Fast Facts for FY 2023
(July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

adult victims


friends, family, and supporters of the House of Ruth Maryland

male and female abuse intervention clients

professionals receiving training

In addition, HRM provided information and outreach to: 1,991 attendees at outreach and community events


Sandi Timmins

Executive Director

Asjoure Brown

Director of Stability Services

Deena Hausner

Director of the House of Ruth Maryland Domestic Violence Legal Clinic

Latoya Molina

Director of Human Resources

Phyliss Mosca

Director of Development

Lisa Nitsch

Chief Operating Officer

Josh Sutherland

Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Pamela Colbert

Board President

Vice President, Americas Quality
McCormick & Company, Inc.

Kappie Bogart

Board Vice President

Vice President
Transamerica Stable Value Solutions

Julie Hopkins

Board Secretary

Attorney At Law
Hopkins IP

Stephen Poynot

Board Treasurer

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
F&M Trust

Lawrence Baird

COO/CPO, Professor, Founder/Consultant
7 Mindsets, Stevenson University, Baird Consulting Group

Clare Berrang

Director, Tenant Representation
Newmark Knight Frank

Meryl Burgin

Executive Vice President
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Joyce Ann Burman


Rob Coursey

Vice President — Investment Consultant
Harborside Group

Victoria Deyesu 

Group Fitness Instructor
Bel Air Athletic Club

Holly Griffin


Monica Hausner

Brown Advisory

Regina Lindsay

SVP & Chief HR Executive

Linda Lo Cascio

Owner and Principal
LLC Consulting Group

Whitney Lull

Senior Talent Acquisition Search Consultant, Vice President
M&T Bank

Pam Malester


Laleh Malek

Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development


Mary Miller


Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Laura Mooney

Founder & President

Anamika Moore

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Matthew Moore

Verdence Capital Advisors

Jeff Musgrove

Management Consultant
Think Systems

Mary Nettleton

Sr. Advisory Consultant – CyberSecurity Services

Magnus Rhyu


Harry Swayne

Human Resources Business Partner

Scott Vogel

Chief Strategy Officer


Melissa Walker

CFO, Executive Vice President
KCW Engineering Technologies, Inc.