Who We Are

Board of Directors and Staff

  • Joanie Reisfeld is the founder of Better BedRest, Inc. (BBR). She is a 40 year veteran teacher of blind children. After 2 1/2 months on her left side and on bedrest in and out of the hospital Joanie gave birth at 30 weeks to a 2 lb. 10 oz. son. And now her son Zach is almost 27 years old and BBR continues to support women on bedrest due to High Risk Pregancy. Joanie felt that this invisable crisis needed to be addressed so women and their families would not go through this experience without support and understanding. Joanie approached Howard County General Hospital: A Member of John’s Hopkins who has donated the helpline since day one and continues to work very closely with BBR.
  • Cheryl Rozanski has been treasurer of BBR since 1993. She has been a property management executive almost 25 years. Cheryl’s volunteer commitments include Better BedRest (founding member), Rising Stars (inner-city youth basketball); Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc.; Trinity Liturgical Committee; and the Elkridge Youth Organization. Cheryl lives in Severna Park, Maryland with her husband and two boys.
  • Elizabeth Neighoff is the Secretary for Better Bedrest. Elizabeth joined the organization in 2006 after being on bedrest herself for six months. This experience prompted her to volunteer to help other women on bed rest, as she saw a great void in resources and understanding for this condition. Better Bedrest not only provides these services, but allows her to personally support women through her phone calls and fundraising efforts. Elizabeth lives in Ellicott City with her husband and daughter.

Board Members

  • Robert Atlas, MD
    Chairman, Dept. of OB/GYN
    Mercy Medical Center
  • Doug Hillmuth
    Owner
    Hillmuth Automotive
  • Erica Leventhal, MD
    The Women’s OB/GYN Group
  • Blanka McClammer, MS, MA, RN, NEA
    Director of Nursing and Patient Safety
    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Donna Neale, MD
    Director, Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine
    Howard County General Hospital
  • Vic Broccolino
    Member Emeritus