May 17, 2017

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Mae Abraham Luncheon – 10th Anniversary


Becky Flood CEO New Directions

Becky Flood

Spring unofficially arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday, May 17th, with the annual Mae Abraham Legacy Luncheon held at the beautiful Baltimore Four Seasons Hotel. More than 220 guests assembled to honor Rebecca J. Flood, CEO of New Directions for Women, a renowned drug and alcohol treatment center for women located in Costa Mesa, CA. Becky was presented the Mae Abraham Legacy Award for her decades of service, providing care and specialized treatment for countless women and helping them find their path to healing!


Mae Abraham

Feature Statue

Ashley co-founder, Mae Abraham delivered an inspirational address ahead of a delicious lunch menu. The afternoon program was highlighted by the announcement of a campaign to develop the new Women’s Solarium at Ashley – a dedicated space where women can convene, relax, and explore an array of activities which support their recovery. Learn more about the new Solarium.

Ashley would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the Luncheon:  


  • Harford and MacPhail Pharmacies
  • James & Judith Tristani


  • Dr. Peter Musser
  • Carol O’Hara
  • Brendy & Robert Esmond


  • Mae Abraham
  • Toni Griswold
  • Associated Sulpicians of the US
  • Seabrook House
  • Debbi Mirvis
  • New Directions for Women
  • Joani Gammill & InterventionRN
  • Recovery Centers of America


  • Harford County Government & the Office of County Executive Barry Glassman
  • Julianne Zelov
  • Homecoming Project
  • Gregory T. Harrison
  • Val Twanmoh & Family
  • CRGA Design
  • Alina Lodge
  • PNC Bank


Rebecca Flood 
CEO of New Directions for Women

In her nearly four decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Rebecca J. Flood has demonstrated expertise in the addiction treatment field, first as Vice President of Treatment Services at Seabrook House in New Jersey. As CEO of New Directions for Women since 2004, her expertise has been used exclusively for issues relating to women of all ages, pregnant women in any trimester, and women with dependent children affected by addiction. Becky attended Johns Hopkins University and obtained her Master of Human Services from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is certified as a drug and alcohol counselor in California, Delaware, and New Jersey among other credentials. She is also an active board member of several treatment organizations.



Susan Cheever
NY Times Best Selling Author

Susan Cheever is an acclaimed bestselling author whose fifteen published books and dozens of essays have built on the brilliant legacy of her father, the novelist and short story writer John Cheever. Her latest book, about American history as seen through the lens of alcoholism, Drinking in America, Our Secret History, was released in October of 2015. She has written for many magazines and newspapers including The New Yorker, The New York Times and Newsday where she contributed to winning a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Susan has also taught at Yale, Brown University, The New School, and Bennington.