D. Kenneth Beyer – Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, Co-Founder
Ken is a 24-year veteran of the treatment community where his personal recovery began in 1992. Soon after, he realized he wanted to spend his life working with chemically dependent people and started his new career at Father Martin’s Ashley. Co-Founders Father Joseph Martin, Mae Abraham and Leonard Angus Dahl all made huge impacts on Ken’s early recovery and his career at Ashley. He was the Director of Admissions and Insurance Advisor, and later became the business advisor to the President, Leonard Dahl, helping to guide Ashley with real estate acquisitions and business matters. Ken served on the Ashley Board of Directors for seven years and maintained a consultant relationship with Ashley prior to joining the Board. A former successful owner of several restaurants, retail stores and a hotel, Ken was able to use his entrepreneurial background to assist Ashley with their growth and vision.
Ken’s busy life also includes being a part-time career firefighter-EMT-B/IVT and a volunteer firefighter. He is a past Fire-line Officer and past President of the Susquehanna Hose Company, a 100-member fire company in Havre de Grace, MD. Ken is currently the EAP for Harford County Fire Volunteer Fire Association and the Peer Support Coordinator for the Harford County EMS Foundation. He is a consultant for many police departments and career fire companies for addiction related matters within their respectable departments. Ken has assisted various regional career and volunteer fire companies with chemical dependency issues and he has performed countless structured interventions, which include assisting several law enforcement agencies.
Ken is married to Laurie (34 years), and they have four children and two beautiful granddaughters. They reside in Havre de Grace, MD.
W. David Hill, DDS – Partner, Co-Founder
Dr. Hill is President and Chief Executive Officer of Caulk Management Company, Inc., a privately held real estate acquisition, development and management company. Dr. Hill has extensive development and management experience spanning the past forty years and multiple industries. Dr. Hill is the general partner in Idlewild Associates, a land development partnership which developed an 80-acre site in Easton, Maryland into the major medical community in Talbot County, MD.
Dr. Hill is also the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of William Hill Manor, a retirement/health care community serving the needs of the elderly population though the provision of skilled nursing, convalescent and rehabilitative care, with 105 nursing beds, 52 cottages and 63 apartments.
Dr. Hill was founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Easton Bancorp, Inc., which owned Easton Bank & Trust, of which he was Chairman of the Board and Director. Easton Bank & Trust was a locally owned, independent community bank that opened its doors in 1993. In 2015 Easton Bancorp, Inc., was sold to Delmarva Bank Shares, Inc.
Following the sale of the William Hill Manor in 2004, Dr. Hill acted on his vision to develop a hotel development and management company dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. There are currently four award winning hotels under operation, all performing exceptionally well. Two additional hotels are under construction.
Dr. Hill is a grateful recovering alcoholic that has enjoyed over 20+ years of recovery and is forever grateful to Father Martin’s Ashley.
Laurie Beyer, RN – Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Human Resources
Laurie earned her Associates in Nursing, RN at Harford Community College in 1993 and began working at Harford Memorial Hospital on the medical/surgical floor. While there she was promoted to Clinical Coordinator and earned the honor of Nurse of the Year.
Largely due to her husband’s recovery from Alcoholism, Laurie soon became interested in Psychiatric Nursing and the disease of addiction. She worked at Father Martin’s Ashley as a Staff and then Charge Nurse in 1996. After years of partnering and managing numerous businesses with her husband, Laurie rejoined the Nursing field with Father Martin’s Ashley as the Admissions Clinical Case Manager for the Pain Recovery Program. She is now the Director of Operations and Executive Vice President of Harbor of Grace where she feels most at peace alongside her husband, CEO, Ken Beyer, helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction. Ken and Laurie have 4 incredible children, an amazing daughter-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.
Dr. Brian Lerner, M.D. – Medical Director
Dr. Brian Lerner is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his general psychiatry training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. He has also completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lerner comes to psychiatry with over two decades of clinical experience as a board certified ophthalmologist who is now following his long-time passion for psychiatry with interests in Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Use Disorders. He has participated in numerous medical investigations with scientific writings in professional medical publications. Dr. Lerner is a compassionate, valued member of the Harbor of Grace Team.
Kimberly Hartless, BS – Senior Vice President of Operations, IT Development and Security
Kimberly Hartless has over eight years of experience working various roles within the treatment industry including case management, admissions and program development.
Kimberly has completed her B.S. Degree in Cyber Security and Networking from the University of Maryland University College. She has completed her CompTIA Security+ certification and has provided IT support and security to various companies.
Kimberly is passionate about working with addicts and alcoholics. She is rewarded everyday by helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction.
Kimberly resides in Harford County with her spouse and two children.
Tim Thompson, CSC-AD, CCDC – Clinical Director
Tim volunteered at Father Martin’s Ashley in 1986, after beginning his personal recovery a year earlier. A proud graduate of Father Martin’s, Tim was hired at Ashley in 1987 as a counseling aide and realized he wanted to work with addicted people. He pursued his counseling degree and began a stellar 23-year career at Ashley. Upon his retirement, he was the Assistant Program Director and Director of the Primary Program. Tim received his special Relapse Certification in 2008.
Tim’s passion is working with others. Over the past couple of years, Tim has participated in a Cecil County School program, teaching high school students identified as having alcohol and drug problems. Tim brings experience, education, personal recovery and passion to Harbor of Grace Enhanced Recovery Center. We are grateful for his involvement and program guidance.
Kathleen “Kat” Kennon, LCSW-C – Clinical Director, First Responders Program
Kat is a board certified Social Worker Supervisor. She received her MSW from University of Maryland School of Social Work and has been a Mobile Crisis Clinician with the Baltimore County Police Department through their Mobile Crisis Response Unit for six years. Two of those years she has been a clinical supervisor.
Kat is trained in CISM, is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and helped train police officers and recruits in Crisis Intervention.
She is a Baltimore native, is married and has a one-year old daughter.