Meet Our Staff

We are working to eliminate the devastating effects that landmines have on innocent people, animals and communities. Please help us by making a donation. Your support will help people help themselves. To learn more about any of our programs or how you can become involved, please send us an email or visit How To Help.

Perry F. Baltimore III, Executive Director

Perry Baltimore

Perry F. Baltimore III is the President & Executive Director, joining MLI in 1998 after serving in the US Army for 27 years. His military experience provided him the opportunity to witness firsthand the human condition throughout much of the developing world, including Afghanistan, Angola, Iraq, Rwanda, Somalia and Vietnam. Colonel Baltimore has traveled extensively to build mine action partnerships, particularly in support of MLI’s “pet” program – the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program.

Elise Becker, Vice President – Operations

Elise Becker joined the Marshall Legacy Institute as a Program Manager in 2007, after serving as the James Madison University Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement. Elise’s primary duty at MLI is to develop, manage and expand MLI’s K9 Demining Corps Campaign, which seeks to increase the quantity and quality of Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) in mine-affected countries around the world. Elise holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University. She has also completed courses in Grants Monitoring.

Tamara Klingsheim, CHAMPS Manager

As the CHAMPS Manager (Children Against Mines Program),Tamara Klingsheim comes to us bringing experience as a small business owner, as well as, overseeing the day to day operations of her husband’s mortgage company.  She met her husband while earning her degree in business at AUM and has been married for 28 years with four wonderful sons. Additionally, Tamara has a real heart for children as she has demonstrated through her 12 years of service as the director of the Children’s Choir in her church and also playing a very active role in Women’s Ministries.  She now has her focus on mine action and the lives she can touch through the CHAMPS Program.

Kimberly McCasland, Vice President – Children’s Programs & Victims Assistance

Kimberly McCasland is the the Vice President of MLI’s Children’s Programs and Victims Assistance. As the mother of a special needs child, Ms. McCasland keenly appreciates the challenges of the physically handicapped and now works to help prevent life or limb-threatening injuries to children in mine-affected countries. Ms. McCasland attended Global Training Academy and is the handler of MLI’s hero mine detection dog, Nutmeg. Her daughter, Rachel, is the CHAMPS Assistant and serves as Nutmeg’s caretaker.

Rachel McCasland, CHAMPS Assistant



Rachel McCasland is the CHAMPS Assistant and serves as the MLI Canine Ambassador caretaker.


Indre Sabaliunaite, Development Director

Indre website

Indre Sabaliunaite is MLI’s Senior Development Associate and works with MLI’s VP of Development & Communications and staff of interns to identify funding opportunities, thereby expanding MLI’s programs, and community outreach. As a native of Lithuania, Indre lived in Europe before gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at The Ohio State University and Master of International Development degree at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to her experience managing development projects and teaching English in Morocco and Cambodia, she worked as a consultant for both the public and private sectors in Lithuania.

Tanya Tarasova, Finance & Administration Manager

Tanya Tarasova is the Finance and Administration Manager for MLI. She is a native of Belarus and has studied communications and international business at two universities. The recipient of a Certificate of Accounting, Tanya has been working in the nonprofit sector as an administrative and financial professional since becoming a permanent resident of the U.S. in 2005. Fluent in both Belarusian and Russian, Tanya brings her international expertise and substantial accounting knowledge to MLI.


MLI Board of Directors

  • Perry F. Baltimore III, President
  • William G. Foster, Vice-President & Treasurer
  • The Honorable Anthony Lake, Chairman Emeritus
  • LTG (Ret.) Ted Stroup, Secretary
  • GEN. (Ret.) Gordon Sullivan, Founder & Chairman
  • MG (Ret.) Guy Bourn
  • The Honorable Frances D. Cook
  • MG (Ret.) Robert M. Dyess, Jr.
  • Diana Enzi
  • The Honorable Sherri Goodman
  • Dr. Paul G. Irwin
  • The Honorable William J. Lynn
  • The Honorable Joe R. Reeder
  • Annie Totah
  • Anne A. Witkowsky

International Advisory Committee

  • Countess Beatrice de Lannoy, Belgium
  • Ambassador Tomaž Lovrenčič, International Trust Fund
  • Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, Jordan
  • William J. Rouhana, Jr., The Humpty Dumpty Institute
  • Victoria Stack, International Communications Initiatives



Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 240 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to mine-affected countries. Learn about MLI's Share-A-Dog program and how you can help!


With your support MLI has trained and donated 37 dogs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they are "sniffing out" landmines and saving lives.


In Iraq, 70% of all victims are children injured or killed when traveling to school, playing, or working to contribute to family income. Help protect a child.


All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Help us rid the world of the landmine epidemic.


Landmines have killed or maimed more people than nuclear, chemical and biological weapons combined. However, this man-made epidemic can be reversed in our lifetime. Help make landmines a thing of the past.


Generous, private Americans have sponsored more than 240 life-saving Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs), and these dogs have searched tens of thousands of acres of mine affected land in 11 countries!


Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 240 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs). Last year, our active dogs searched thousands of acres of mine-contaminated land! Join our Share-A-Dog program and help us donate more of these life-saving animals.