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 K9 Demining Corps Campaign. pbaltimore@marshall-legacy.org

Elise Becker, Vice President – Operations

Elise Becker joined the Marshall Legacy Institute in July 2007 as Program Manager after serving as the James Madison University Humanitarian Demining Fellow to 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. Since joining MLI Elise has helped to implement 13 campaigns to provide  110 lifesaving dogs to 8 mine-affected countries. Elise graduated from James Madison University with a BA in International Affairs. She has also completed courses in Grants Monitoring.

ebecker@marshall-legacy.org

Lauren Demeter, Program Assistant


Lauren Demeter is the Program Assistant at MLI, where her background in program support coincides with her interest in post-conflict societies.  In 2008, she traveled throughout Eastern Africa studying the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the conflict with the LRA in Uganda, setting her path for continued work in overcoming the atrocities of war on individual and systemic levels.  She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2010, having majored in American Studies and Peace Studies. ldemeter@marshall-legacy.org

Tycie Horsley, Development Director

Tycie Horsley is MLI’s Development Director. Tycie holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy with a concentration on Peace Operations from George Mason University and received her B.A. in Government and Anthropology from the College of William and Mary. With a strong background in nonprofit development work, Tycie conceptualizes and delivers MLI’s fundraising and communications strategies. Additionally, Tycie possesses substantial experience in both the private and governmental sectors that enhance her work for MLI. tycie@marshall-legacy.org

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. champs.tamara@yahoo.com

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, Senna. Her daughter, Rachel, is the CHAMPS Assistant and serves as Senna’s caretaker. champs.kimberly@yahoo.com

Rachel McCasland, CHAMPS Assistant


 

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

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. tanya@marshall-legacy.org

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
  • Masud Akbar
  • MG (Ret.) Guy Bourn
  • The Honorable Frances D. Cook
  • Diana Enzi
  • The Honorable Sherri Goodman
  • Dr. Paul G. Irwin
  • The Honorable William J. Lynn
  • Gen (Ret.) Jack Merritt
  • The Honorable Joe R. Reeder
  • Annie Totah

International Advisory Committee

  • GEN. (Ret.) Jack N. Merritt, Chairman
  • Countess Beatrice de Lannoy, Belgium
  • Goran Gacnik, International Trust Fund
  • James V. Kimsey, Kimsey Foundation
  • Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, Jordan
  • William J. Rouhana, Jr., The Humpty Dumpty Institute
  • Victoria Stack, International Communications Initiatives

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DID YOU KNOW?

Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated 197 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to mine-affected countries. Learn about MLI's Share-A-Dog program and how you can help!

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With your support MLI has trained and donated 28 dogs to Afghanistan, where they are "sniffing out" landmines and saving lives.

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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.

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

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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.

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Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated 197 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs). In 2013, these dogs searched nearly 800 acres of mine-contaminated land! Join our Share-A-Dog program and help us donate more of these life-saving animals.(6)

DID YOU KNOW?

Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 197 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs). These dogs searched nearly 800 acres of mine-contaminated land in 2013! Join our Share-A-Dog program and help us donate more of these life-saving animals.(7)

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