Kimberly Khan - Board President
Kimberly “Kim” Khan worked in the IT field for 40 years as a Project Manager, Systems Analyst and Owner of her own IT consulting firm. For over 25 years, Kim has also been a parent mentor to families of children with disabilities running various support groups, creating, and moderating special needs listservs and conducting active advocacy training programs. She has acted as the CPP Executive Director since its inception in 2014 and retired from Westat in early 2020 to be able to devote her full energy to developing and expanding the services offered by CPP. She lives in Laytonsville, MD and is married with two children. Her younger son, with complex Developmental Disabilities, has been the inspiration behind Cura Personalis Project.
Jennifer Etzel - Secretary
Jen has worked with individuals with various disabilities for close to 20 years throughout Maryland and Virginia. She has a B.S. degree from James Madison University in Psychology and a master’s in special education from George Mason University. She taught in the Ivymount School, Autism Program in Rockville, MD. While at Ivymount, she found her passion for working with young adults with disabilities during their transition years from school to community life. After having her daughter in the Fall of 2013, she decided to work independently in the community supporting adults who have transitioned out of school by planning and helping them reach their daily living, employment, and social skill goals.
She is also an active trained Support Broker under the MD Department of Disabilities - Self Directed Waiver and has been since 2014. She has called Maryland home her whole life and currently resides in Frederick, MD with her husband, daughter, son, and a bunch of pets everything from dogs to a cat and even some chickens.
Carla Rappaport has been a public interest lawyer for over 40 years, specializing in child welfare law in the District of Columbia. In addition to her private practice, Carla was previously Of Counsel to the Children’s Law Center, a faculty member at the Antioch School of Law, and Director of the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office at the University of Maryland College Park. Carla can often be found out on the trail or working in the ring with our CPP participants.
Kevin Slane is the Chief Risk Officer at Sandy Spring Bank based in Olney MD. He oversees the development and operations of the bank’s Risk Management function that focuses on safely enabling business strategies to drive Sandy Spring Bank’s long-term success. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Slane is an accomplished financial services executive. Before relocating to MD with his family in 2018, Kevin worked in similar roles for a number of Banks in the South and Southeast US. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He was elected to the national Risk Management Association (RMA) Board in 2021 and he also serves on their Mid-size Bank Council. After a long tenure on the board of Raphael Village (a LA special needs community), Mr. Slane continues to serve as an advisor on strategic and financial matters. Kevin’s son Ben is a participant in the CPP program and Kevin joined the Board of CPP in 2022.
Matt Gilchrist - Treasurer
Matthew E. Gilchrist (Matt) began his financial career in 2008. Matt is dedicated to servicing his clients through a comprehensive, objective and educational based approach. His experience as a small business owner gives him extensive knowledge and planning techniques to confront the unique obstacles small business owners encounter. Matt embodies the SPC Financial® commitment to develop comprehensive financial solutions.
Matt attended the University of Maryland College Park where he completed a B.A. in Economics. His educational background includes a Certificate of Financial Planning from Georgetown University. He maintains the CPA and PFS designations as well as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional certification and a Life and Health Insurance license.
He has committed to educating the community on the constantly shifting financial landscape.
Matt is on the Board of Directors for the Cura Personalis Project and the Montgomery County Committee for the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC.
Matt was born and raised in Sandy Spring, MD. He, his wife Monica, and their three children currently reside in Olney, Maryland.
Suzanne Keith Blattner
Suzanne Keith Blattner, Ed. S. is a Special Education Consultant and advocate who has worked in various capacities in special education for over 40 years. Her experiences include a variety of teaching, diagnostics and administrative responsibilities in public schools and major medical facilities. For the past 25 years, Ms. Blattner has served as a consultant for families who are seeking expert counsel regarding the process of evaluating their child's needs and securing school and services options that best meet those needs. Ms. Blattner's educational background brings in-depth training not only in special education, but also in child development and neurodevelopment. In addition, her teaching experiences with young children have provided her with hands on knowledge of best practices in early childhood education. As an advocate, Ms. Blattner provides guidance during Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and expert testimony in legal proceedings as necessary. Ms. Blattner is committed to providing tailored guidance to each client based on his or her individual needs from early childhood into transition years to adult services. Ms. Blattner also serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit group in Bethesda Maryland that is solely dedicated to funding food insecurity programs along with advocacy for children in foster care in Montgomery County, Maryland.
John P. Walters is President and CEO of the policy research organization, Hudson Institute. From December 2001 to January 2009, he was Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and a Cabinet member during the Bush Administration. From 1996 until 2001, Mr. Walters served as President of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. His prior government service included work at ONDCP, as Deputy Director of Supply Reduction. He was Assistant to the Secretary and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education and worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities during the Reagan Administration. Mr. Walters and his wife, Mary, live in Washington D.C. and have two daughters. Their older daughter, Michaela, who has Down Syndrome, participates in the Cura Personalis Project.