Date: August 17, 2009

Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development
443.702.3016 email:

Bello Machre Welcomes Two New Board Members
Captain John Kaplan and Eric Ondrovik
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Bello Machre is pleased to announce its newest Board Members, Captain John Kaplan and Eric Ondrovik. Both joined the Bello Machre Board of Directors effective July 1, 2009. 
As a career Coast Guard Officer, CAPT Kaplan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in support of the Bello Machre mission. Mr. Ondrovik, an individual served by Bello Machre brings a voice for individuals receiving services.
Bob Ireland, Executive Director of Bello Machre, commented, “It’s an honor to have John and Erik on the Bello Machre Board of Directors. I’m certain that each will bring a new vision and perspective to further strengthen the board leadership at Bello Machre.”
CAPT Kaplan Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, has 27 years experience as a Coast Guard Officer and fleet maintenance manager. His extensive background includes executive leadership, project management, strategic planning and risk management, engineering expertise, and worldwide logistics support of modern systems. CAPT Kaplan began his service at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and holds a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. In addition, he holds M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. CAPT Kaplan’s board associations include American Society of Navel Engineers and National Shipbuilding Research Program. Capt Kaplan resides in Millersville, Maryland, with his wife and two children.
Mr. Ondrovik has lived at Bello Machre for over 21 years and is an active member of the community.  As an advocate for people with disabilities, he has spoke at various legislative sessions in Annapolis, Maryland, and community groups. Mr. Ondrovik holds two jobs, one with Opportunity Builders and the other with Old Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. He loves Maryland sports especially the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles and the Washington Capitals. Mr. Ondrovik, who has received several service awards from Opportunity Builders, resides at Bello Machre’s Earleigh Heights Road home in Millersville, Maryland.
Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. It is a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. More importantly, Bello Machre enriches the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Employing 300 skilled professionals, Bello Machre manages 54 homes and serves 175 people residentially throughout Central Maryland. Through its Support Services Programs, Bello Machre provides help and support to more than 150 individuals and families in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program provides annual grants to help individuals and families obtain respite care, specialized summer camp, physical therapy, and specialized equipment. Its Respite Care Home provides residential support during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day, seven days a week. It serves children and adults without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.