Linwood Medical Director Honored

Scott Hagaman and Bill Moss-1 copyLinwood Center’s long time medical director, Scott D. Hagaman, M.D., was recognized for his service and dedication to children and adults living with autism and related developmental disabilities at a luncheon in his honor hosted by the Linwood Board of Directors.

Hagaman is resigning as Linwood’s Medical Director after 21 years of service but will remain as a Autism and Legislative Affairs Advisor, according to Executive Director Bill Moss.  “We are grateful that we can continue to rely on the knowledge and experience of Dr. Hagaman,” Moss said.

In addition to an award of recognition from the Linwood Board of Directors and a gift from the staff, Hagaman was presented a proclamation recognizing his accomplishments signed by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who designated July 1, 2014, “Scott D. Hagaman, M.D. Day in Howard County.”

“My many years of experience at Linwood substantially shaped my approach to clinical care throughout  my practice of medicine,” Hagaman said.

Hagaman maintains a private practice in Catonsville, serves as consultant psychiatrist to Creative Options, Inc. of Baltimore and is Senior Psychiatrist for The Children’s Guild.  He is on the volunteer faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Linwood provides programs and services for children and adults living with autism and related disabilities. It opened a new state-of-the-art school building in the Fall of 2013, adjacent to Linwood’s historic Manor House in Ellicott City.  With a capacity for 70 students, the school includes a non-graded Special Education Program for students, ages 5-21 and a General Education Program for special needs students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

In addition to its programs for students, Linwood Center provides adult services, including supported employment, vocational training, recreation and opportunities for volunteerism and community involvement. The Linwood Center Boutique in downtown Ellicott City provides employment and job training on-site. Community-based residential services for adults are available in homes throughout Howard and Baltimore Counties.

Linwood School Selects Assistant Education Director and Behavior Specialist



Erica Sherry

Erica L. Sherry and Leaora Wagner have joined Linwood School.  Sherry is the new Assistant Education Director, and Wagner, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has joined the school as Behavior Specialist. Linwood School is operated by Linwood Center, which provides programs and services for individuals living with autism and related developmental disabilities.

Sherry previously served as Director of Young Adult Autism Services at The Chimes, Inc., in Baltimore.  She has also worked for the Howard County Public School System as Autism Specialist in the Department of Special Education.  She has a Master of Arts in School Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Towson University.

Leora Wagner

Leaora Wagner

Wager has served as a Behavior Analyst for Optimal Beginning in Bethesda, Lead Behavior Therapist at The Shafer Center for Early Intervention in Reisterstown and Assistant Behavior Specialist at The Forbush Therapeutic Preschool in Towson.  She also worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.  She is an adjunct faculty members of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, D.C. Campus. Wagner has a Master’s degree in Human Services Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Hood College.

Linwood School is a nonpublic special education programs that offers the academic rigor and positive behavior supports needed for students on the autism spectrum.  The school, which opened in the Fall of 2013, utilizes state-of-the-art technology, including smart boards and a sensory integration room.  The building features an indoor walking track, training apartment, library, school store, gymnasium and dining facilities.  The school has a capacity for 70 students and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide a Special Education and related services program for students living with autism in a Nongraded (ages 5-21) education program with additional residential components, and a General Education program for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.


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Golf Tournament Slated to Benefit Linwood Center

Golf Tourney puttingThe Alex Berzins Charity Golf Committee will host the 33rd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Linwood Center on Monday, Sept. 8, at Cattail Creek Country Club. The event attracts a field of veteran and new golfers who have been raising funds for over three decades to support the Ellicott City-based organization serving children and adults living with autism.  The annual tournament has raised over $250,000 to enhance Linwood’s programs.

The tournament begins with breakfast at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.  Following the tournament, golfers will gather at Stella Notte, an Italian restaurant in Ellicott City. An open bar is set for 2 p.m., following by dinner at 3:30 p.m., and awards and prizes at 5 p.m.

Registration fees are $1,000 for a foursome, $300 for an individual and $75 for dinner only participants.  Click here to view and download a registration form.



ShowTime Singers Host Benefit for Linwood Center at Tino’s Italian Bistro and Wine Bar


On August 25, 2014

The ShowTime Singers will host a benefit for Linwood Center on Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., at Tino’s Italian Bistro and Wine Bar.  The Columbia restaurant will donate 10% of the proceeds of sales to support Linwood’s programs and services for children and adults with autism. Tino’s  features food items based on fifth generation authentic Italian recipes.  A diverse menu includes classic Italian dishes, a variety of specialty salads, original New York style pizza, desserts, and an extensive wine list.  The restaurant hosts Monday night benefits to support local nonprofit organizations. Tino’s is located at 8775 Center Park Drive. For carryout and other information, visit The ShowTime Singers stage musical performances for the community.  The volunteer mixed voice adult choral group members come from Central Maryland and D.C. Rehearsals are held in the Ellicott City area. Linwood’s mission is to create the possibility of extraordinary lives for children and adults living with autism and related developmental disabilities by providing education, vocational training, residential support, recreation and employment opportunities. For information, visit, or call 410-465-1352.         

ShowTime Singers Performance To Benefit Linwood