President & CEO
The Coordinating Center
Karen-Ann Lichtenstein has dedicated her career at The Coordinating Center to helping people with special needs. She started there as a health care consultant and health policy analyst in 1985 and was named its president and chief executive officer in 1994.
“Over the past 40-odd years of my career, I have been committed to educating Marylanders, the Maryland business community, and the community at large around the inclusion of people with disabilities,” she says.
“An unrelenting and strong advocate and champion for individuals with disabilities and complex needs, I have overseen the dramatic growth of the center, from its humble beginnings serving 50 children with the most complex medical needs, moving them from hospitals to homes, to the expansion of the numbers of programs administered through the center, which today includes 10,000 people of all ages.”
Lichtenstein is a strong proponent of facilitating growth in the organization. This year, she helped launch the center’s Guiding Participants for Success (GPS) program, where seasoned professionals mentor up-and-coming leaders in the organization.
“I am a GPS mentor for one of the center’s Medicaid program team managers,” she says. “I meet monthly with her to advance her knowledge and interest in the expanded community of legislation health policy, and public policy advocacy, as well as nonprofit management, program management, finance, budgeting, and organizational culture.”
Lichtenstein is also the chair of the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and has served on many boards and committees over the years, including Baltimore Healthcare Access Maryland.
“Karen-Ann has a deep commitment to person-centered care and works tirelessly to ensure that people with disabilities and complex needs can achieve their aspirations for independence, health, and meaningful community life,” says Lee Ann Kingham, chief executive officer, Abilities Network.