Marian Vessels is Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (DBTAC) one of the 10 regional ADA Centers that comprises the ADA National Network. The Center is a program of TransCen Inc and is located in Rockville, Maryland. Serving in this role since 1996, she is the Center's liaison with business, employers, hospitality venues and disability coalitions in the six-state Mid-Atlantic Region (MD, VA, PA, DE, WV, and DC). Among her primary areas of expertise are training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in employment and government sectors. She is in considerable demand as a speaker and trainer.
Ms. Vessels was the Executive Director of the Maryland Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities for nine years and the Director of the Maryland Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities. She was a Senior Health Educator for the Baltimore City Health Department for nine years. She has served as an Executive Board Member for the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Parents' Place of Maryland. Ms. Vessels also has had a gubernatorial appointment to the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council of which she was chair. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Towson University, and has received numerous awards for her commitment to disability issues and health education.