Established by R. Christopher & Pamela Hoehn-Saric and Charles P. Scheeler & Mary Ellen Pease in honor of Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, M.D. and Evanne L. Hoehn-Saric, M.D., parents of Chris Hoehn-Saric

Chris Hoehn-Saric co-founded Sterling in 1983 and is Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee. As Senior Managing Director, Mr. Hoehn-Saric works on all aspects of the deal process including identification and due diligence of prospective acquisitions, and management and oversight of the active portfolio. He currently works on the following portfolio companies: InfiLaw, PlattForm Advertising, SecureNet, Meritas, I/O Data Centers, Spartan College and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. Immediately prior to rejoining the investment team at Sterling, Mr. Hoehn-Saric was CEO of Educate, and prior thereto, he was the Chairman and Co-CEO of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. Mr. Hoehn-Saric is a member of the Boards of Trustees for Johns Hopkins University and Sheridan Libraries. He serves on the Board of Managers of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Mr. Hoehn-Saric attended Johns Hopkins University before co-founding LifeCard.®


Pam Hoehn-Saric received a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages and literature from Kenyon College and went on to earn a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from the University of Chicago. Later, she completed a certificate program in business management at Goucher College. She served on the faculties of the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the North Shore Country Day School, the Shady Hill School and the Park School. Pam then became the training director at the law firm DLA Piper. Pam believes in the power of a liberal arts education and devotes her volunteer efforts to mission-oriented organizations that share that commitment. She currently holds leadership positions as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Kenyon College, a trustee of the Kenyon Review and the Gund Gallery, and the Chair of the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. She has served as Chair of the Boards of the Gibson Island Country School and Severn School, as trustee of Mercersburg Academy, and as the vice president of the Gibson Island Corporation.


Mary Ellen Pease and Charlie Scheeler are lifelong Baltimoreans with two adult daughters, Alex and Cecelia. Mary Ellen is a dedicated public education advocate who has served in a variety of capacities for Baltimore County Public Schools, including PTA President and as member of the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee. She is the co-founder of choicebcps.org, recently featured in the Baltimore Sun. In her free time, Mary Ellen enjoys travel, family ski trips, and restoring the former pasture surrounding her home to its original roots as a Maryland native plant community and wildlife habitat. Charlie serves as Senior Counsel at DLA Piper LLP, Chair of the Board of Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association, and on the Boards of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins International, and CollegeBound Foundation. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys intellectual jousts with his daughters on all topics large and small. His record in this pursuit is mixed at best.


Dr. Rudolf Hoehn-Saric received his medical degree from the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria. He served residencies in psychiatry at McGill in Montreal, neurology in Vienna and a fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Hopkins. Dr. Rudolf Hoehn-Saric joined the psychotherapy research group of Dr. Jerome Frank in 1961 and was particularly interested in the interaction between emotions, cognition and behavior. After the retirement of Dr. Frank he established one of the first research groups in the country that focused on anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and led the clinical, research and education initiatives in anxiety disorders at Johns Hopkins until his retirement in 2007. His name is synonymous with this domain in academic medicine. Dr. Hoehn-Saric also shepherded the clinical programs and has been a key figure worldwide in numerous areas of study related to the neurobiology of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders and panic disorders. He has been a pioneer in advancing our understanding of the neuropharmacologic, psychophysiologic and neuroanatomic substrates of anxiety disorders as well as the forefront of advances in neuroimaging methods. In addition to his many scientific contributions, Dr. Hoehn-Saric has been a superb teacher and mentor to hundreds of students and junior faculty members while at Hopkins. He is also considered an extraordinary clinician. He has authored several books, including The Anxiety Disorders (Concepts in Clinical Psychiatry) with Russell Noyes, Jr., M.D.; Biology of Anxiety Disorders (Progress in Psychiatry) with Daniel McLeod, Ph.D.; and Effective Ingredients of Successful Psychotherapy with Dr. Jerome D. Frank. Dr. Evanne Hoehn-Saric has been cited by her colleagues and the Division leadership as one of the most talented, thoughtful and committed supervisors in the Division. Her impact on the residents who trained with her continues to guide and inform future generations. Her professional interests include treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and oppositional disorders in children and adolescents. Family therapy is regarded as an essential component of treatment, especially in children.


Dr. Gerry Nestadt is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Professor of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He is active in research, clinical treatment, and education in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His research, funded by the NIMH, involves investigating the genetic etiology of OCD. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins OCD Clinic, and teaches residents and students about this disorder. He received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Johns Hopkins and a psychiatric epidemiology fellowship, also as Johns Hopkins. He has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins for the past 30 years. In addition to studying OCD, he is involved in epidemiological research studying personality in the general population and the genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Nestadt has published more than one hundred and fifty papers in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals. He served on the American Psychiatric Association OCD Treatment Guidelines Committee and was a consultant on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V Revisions committee, and the OCD Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee.