TLC’s Patricia Ritter Awarded High Honors from MANSEF

MANSEF Executive Director Dorie Flynn, Pat Ritter, and MANSEF Board Chair Jack Pumphrey

Rockville, Md. — TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers’ Executive Director Patricia A. Ritter, was awarded high honors from the, Maryland Association of Nonpublic Education Facilities (MANSEF) on June 6, 2011 with the Inspiring Dreams, Changing Lives award given in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of special education and support of nonpublic schools. TLC is a private, non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic and employment services to improve lives and expand possibilities for children and adults with special needs.

In 1995, Dr. Ritter created KTS with a colleague. In June 2010, when Dr. Ritter stepped into the role of Acting Lower and Middle School Director for TLC’s Katherine Thomas School, she was perfectly suited for the job. KTS is a special education school for students with moderate to severe language and learning disabilities and/or high-functioning autism, preschool through 12th grade. “This year has been an excellent opportunity to reaffirm my commitment to the special education community and I am honored for this recognition from MANSEF. I am delighted to have such an outstanding staff at KTS, who through their daily dedication to the students share in this award.” Cathleen Burgess begins as the new Director of the KTS Lower and Middle School Programs, effective July 11, 2011.

Dorie Flynn, Executive Director for MANSEF stated, “Patricia, you have been a great advocate and you were chosen for your consistent, ongoing service and dedication to the children and youth with special needs as you have demonstrated a commitment to Inspiring Dreams, Changing Lives.”

About TLC

TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers, a non-profit organization located in Rockville, Md., improves lives and expands possibilities for individuals with special needs. With over 60 years of service to the community, TLC is committed to integrity and excellence in our care and strives to assist all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information visit

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