Melwood and Linden Resources Agree to Historic Affiliation


Melwood and Linden Resources (“Linden”), two leading non-profit organizations in Maryland and Virginia, have formally agreed to a historic affiliation, creating one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area focused on creating jobs and delivering services for people with disabilities (our preferred term is “differing abilities”).

On July 1, Linden will become an affiliate of Melwood and, together, they will become the leading provider of jobs and development opportunities for people with differing abilities in the Greater DC Metro area. The combined organizations will be positioned to provide greater choices and quality services to the competitive integrated workforce arena, as well as establish a high-performing job market for people with differing abilities.

“We are excited to welcome Linden Resources into the Melwood family," said Cari DeSantis, President & CEO of Melwood. "We have been actively considering partnerships to expand and diversify. Melwood has always had an excellent working relationship with Linden, and we both realized that our organizations share core values and missions. There’s no question the economic advantages and respective expertise of our organizations will enable us to bring long-term value to the people we serve, to our employees and to our customers in the community. Together, we are even stronger advocates for employment of people with differing abilities in the DC region.”

Melwood is a $90+ million non-profit agency established in Upper Marlboro, MD in 1963 and touted for its unique social entrepreneurial double bottom-line operations model. It’s a driving force behind job creation and independence for people with differing abilities throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Melwood maintains a competitive and inclusive workforce by providing a range of services to government agencies and the private sector.

Like Melwood, Linden is a non-profit, AbilityOne organization. It has been providing meaningful employment opportunities and innovative services for people with differing abilities in northern Virginia since 1959.

“The agreement marks another significant milestone in Linden’s strategic plan to remain a value-creating organization,” said Linda Chandler, CEO of Linden. “For the past year, we’ve examined our operations to determine how to ensure our trusted services continue for years to come. I believe that, by joining forces with Melwood and by leveraging our collective resources, we’ll make an even bigger impact on our community and the people we serve.”

Speaking at Linden’s annual Enriching Lives Breakfast in Arlington, VA, on Wednesday, May 17, Virginia Senator Barbara Favola (D) stated, “Linden Resources has provided work opportunities for people with disabilities in northern Virginia for almost 60 years. The exciting affiliation with Melwood will complement and expand services for those with barriers to employment.”

The affiliation is part of both organizations’ goals to become an even stronger competitive choice within the integrated workforce field. By agreeing to partner, Melwood and Linden are working toward achieving long-term growth and greater work opportunities for people with differing abilities.

The affiliated organizations will have nearly 2,000 employees, earn over $100 million in annual revenue, operate approximately 50 AbilityOne contracts and serve over 2,500 people with differing abilities each year in the Washington metropolitan area.

For more information on our affiliation, please watch this video where Cari DeSantis, President & CEO of Melwood explains the motivation to integrate with Linden Services.

About Melwood

Melwood is an AbilityOne non-profit organization, and one of the largest employers of people with differing abilities in the Northeast U.S., with a highly competitive and inclusive workforce – providing a range of services to federal, state and local governments, and the private sector. Using an innovative and effective social entrepreneurial model, Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,100 people each year in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Maryland, and Virginia. We also provide recreation opportunities through seasonal inclusive camp programs for children and adults with and without differing abilities. In addition, Melwood provides employment and support services to veterans and active duty military members coping with a variety of service-related traumas such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and substance abuse. Melwood operates a training program that graduates approximately 100 workers with differing abilities each year, and currently employs more than 1,300 workers, including nearly 800 persons with differing abilities. Since 1963, the 501(3)(c) organization has envisioned a world in which people with differing abilities are fully included by advocating for and empowering them to transform their own lives through unique opportunities to work and play in the community. For more information visit

About Linden

Linden Resources is a government and commercial solutions provider for the Federal government and Public Sector Industry, with over thirty years of experience in federal contracting under the AbilityOne program. Linden Resources provides contact centers, fulfillment and distribution, printing, document conversion and secure document destruction to government and commercial customers in order to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities while exceeding the expectations of their customers. Linden Resources was founded in 1959 as a 501(3)(c) nonprofit to provide meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Since that time, Linden Resources has grown to employ, provide job placement and other innovative services and programs to serve each year more than 450 individuals with intellectual, physical and mental health disabilities, and wounded warrior veterans. For more information, visit

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Tucson DUI Attorneys of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC Named as 2017 Super Lawyers

Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) May 24, 2017

The Tucson DUI and criminal defense law firm of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC is proud to announce that Joseph P. St. Louis has been named a recipient of the 2017 Super Lawyers Award. Additionally, attorney Ryan Bleau was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition. The selection process is based on four thorough steps. It includes a combination of peer nomination, independent third-party research, evaluation by a highly-accredited panel of attorneys, and the final selection. Only 5% of attorneys are selected to Super Lawyers and 2.5% as Rising Stars.

Tucson DUI attorney Joseph P. St. Louis has the distinction of being Arizona’s only lawyer with a dual certification in both DUI and criminal defense. St. Louis has received the Super Lawyers distinction since 2009 and has over 25 years of overall experience as an attorney. He studied at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and is a noted speaker and writer for his legal field.

Arizona criminal lawyer Ryan Bleau has been named as a member of the Rising Stars list since 2013. Bleau served as a public defender and received another Rising Star by the Arizona Public Defender Association in 2010. He studied at Quinnipiac University School of Law and has been licensed to practice since 2005.

The Arizona law firm of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC congratulates both attorneys, Joseph P. St. Louis and Ryan Bleau, on their significant achievements.

About Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC:

The lawyers at Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC have over 50 years of combined experience defending clients against criminal law and DUI charges. Serving Pima, Cochise, Maricopa, Santa Cruz, Graham, Pinal, and Yuma Counties, these experienced attorneys aid clients from their main office in Tucson, Arizona. Contact the law firm by calling 520-777-0235 for a free consultation or visit

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Carilion Clinic Selects Influence Health to Enhance its Digital Presence

Birmingham, Ala. (PRWEB) May 24, 2017

Influence Health, the healthcare industry’s leading consumer experience solution provider, today announced its new partnership as a marketing technology and services provider for Carilion Clinic. Influence Health’s Healthcare Directory Listings Management platform and services will help Carilion enhance its online presence by making sure Carilion’s local listings for providers and locations are highly visible, accurate and optimized across the search and social media ecosystem.

“From the initial search for a doctor through ongoing health management, we want to put the healthcare consumer experience first,” said senior marketing and communications consultant, Catherine Miles with Carilion. “We’re excited to see how Influence Health’s solution will help us further enhance our online presence.”

Prior to Carilion’s partnership with Influence Health, rogue Facebook pages and inaccurate online listings made it more difficult for patients to find locations and information about the organization. The Influence Health technology and services will help Carilion monitor its online presence and accuracy with dashboards and analytics that track key metrics, such as how often and accurately their location data appears in search results. With this insight, the organization can measure progress over time. Further, Carilion will be able to find and manage rogue Facebook pages and continually search the web for their ongoing occurrence.

“Because 73 percent of consumers lose trust in a brand when they find an incorrect address or contact information, it’s vital that healthcare organizations’ listings are findable, visible and consistently accurate online,” states Giselle Bardwell, vice president of strategic services, Influence Health. “Accurate directory listings help healthcare organizations both maintain current loyal patients and gain additional prospective patients through an optimized online presence.”

To learn more about how Influence Health can help with healthcare organizations’ directory listings management, ongoing maintenance of rogue Facebook pages, and other aspects of a brand’s reputation, request a complimentary healthcare marketing assessment here or visit


About Carilion Clinic

Carilion Clinic is a tax-exempt health care organization serving nearly one million people in Virginia through hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices. Led by multi-specialty physician teams with a shared philosophy that puts the patient first, Carilion is committed to improving outcomes for every patient while advancing the quality of care through medical education and research. For more information visit

About Influence Health

Influence Health provides the healthcare industry’s most comprehensive suite of healthcare consumer experience solutions. The Influence Health platform enables provider organizations to positively influence consumer decision making and health behaviors well beyond the physical care setting through personalized and interactive multi-channel engagement. Since 1996, the Birmingham, Ala. based company has helped more than 1,100 provider organizations positively influence consumer relationships in a way that is transformative to financial and quality outcomes. For more information visit

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