The Adult Public Guardianship program exists to safeguard the welfare of persons with disabilities. Public guardianship is a legal procedure in which the court determines if a person’s ability to make health and safety decisions for themselves is significantly impaired by disease, accident or disability. If so, the court will appoint a guardian to act as a substitute decision-maker. Public guardianship in Maryland is administered by local Departments of Social Services for those aged 18-64, and the Department of Aging for those aged 65+. Public guardianship is a situation of last resort, when there are no family members, friends and loved ones to serve in this capacity.

There are two types of adult guardianship:

  • A guardian of the person is authorized by the court to make decisions for the disabled person about their health care, shelter, or other daily needs.
  • A guardian of the property is a person or agency appointed by the court to manage the property of a disabled person. A public agency may not be the guardian of the property.


Member Representation Expiration Date
Ms. Barbara Bingham Commission on Aging June 30, 2020
Mr. Ken Buhrman Disabilities Field Rep June 30, 2021
Ms. Karen C. Gauvin Public Health Nurse June 30, 2021
Ms. Shannon Hammond Attorney January 1, 2021
Ms. Amy Knaby Lay Person October 1, 2021
Ms. Karen D. Koenigsberg Local Non-Profit June 30, 2021
Dr. William Linthicum Physician

June 30, 2021

Mr. Matthew C. Peeling Person w/ Disability

June 30, 2021

Dr. Laszlo R. Trazkovich Psychiatrist

June 30, 2021

Vacancy Lay Person



Ms. Michelle Jacobs                Ex-Officio Member

Carroll Co. Dept. of Social Services
1232 Tech Court
Westminster, Maryland  21157
410-386-3379 (Office)

Updated 01/20 dlh