About the Organization
Shared Horizons is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to manage Pooled Special Needs Trusts. Our goal is to protect public benefits, provide goods and services, and preserve assets and funds. We are also required to payback Medicaid, if applicable.
What We Manage
The nonprofit currently manages two trusts:
The Wesley Vinner Memorial Trust (self-funded)
Medicaid approved in DC, MD & GA
The 3rd Party Community Trust
Both trusts are designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, while protecting assets and benefits.
Our funds are managed by Merrill Lynch, with the
Kishtner Group as our fund manager.
The initial Trust was named in honor of Wesley Vinner, who was a strong, committed self-advocate who lived over 15 years at Forest Haven. He worked with many advocacy and disability rights organizations advocating for people with disabilities in the District of Columbia to lead meaningful, productive lives in the community.
Wesley wanted all people with disabilities to receive quality services in a timely manner from the agencies created to serve them.
“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” - Sonia Johnson
Yolanda, Executive Director
Tresa Welch, Deputy Director
Ora Murray, Senior Trust Administrator
Saeeda Daniels, Trust Administrator
Patricia Williams, Trust Administrator
Sharee Day-Fitzgerald, Accountant
Laconte Saunders, Bookkeeper
Quintina Hampton, Community Resource Specialist
Deborah Watson, Executive Assistant
Ron M. Landsman, P.A., Legal Counsel
Board of Directors
Mary Cassell, President
Executive Office - OMB
Kimberly Edley, Esq., Vice President
Patrick Haley, Treasurer
Amy L. Brooks, Secretary
Michael Orleans, Immediate Past President
Deborah Fisher Psy.D.
Roger Heymann, CPA
Patrick Malone, Esq.
Edward Varrone, Esq.