On the Move – Business edition


Jeffery P. Capron has been named managing officer of Aronson & Co., of Rockville. From 1992 to 2005 he had served as managing partner of Capron & Associates, a mid-sized accounting and consulting firm he founded.  In 2005, the firm merged with Aronson & Co., and since then Capron has served as an officer, providing services to clients as part of the expanded firm’s forensic & valuation services group.  He serves as a board member and co-chair of finance of The National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, and as a board member and treasurer for Building Bridges Across the River.

Doreen Shute has been promoted to partner in the Calverton office of Clifton Gunderson, a certified public accounting and consulting firm with 46 offices across the country.

Bond Beebe, a certified public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Bethesda and Alexandria, Va., has added to senior auditors: Julian Gamez and Ravi Melwani, who is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bond Beebe works with small to mid-sized businesses, membership organizations, employee benefit plans, nonprofits and high net-worth individuals.


Heidi Mattingly, CEO of OrthoMaryland, of Baltimore, was named one of “15 Orthopedic and Spine Practice CEOs & Administrators to Know” by Becker’s ASC Review/Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review. OthoMaryland was also recognized as “One of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s ASC Review/Becker’s Hospital Review in April. Mattingly oversees 16 orthopedic physicians who specialize in advanced spine care, minimally invasive joint replacement, pediatric orthopedic care, foot and ankle care, sports medicine, hand, wrist and elbow treatment, and comprehensive orthopedic care. She is also responsible for the practice’s physical therapy, DME, MRI and complementary medicine services, and OrthoMaryland’s Greenspring Surgery Center.

Woody Derricks, an independent financial advisor and president of Partnership Wealth Management, of Baltimore, has been recognized as a top financial advisor and named to the LPL Financial Freedom Club.

Jeffrey Hammond, English professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, received a 2010 Pushcart Prize for his essay “My Father’s Hats.” The essay was published in the fall 2009 issue of Shenandoah, a journal affiliated with Washington & Lee University. He also won a Pushcart Prize in 2000. Hammond teaches courses in early American literature, biblical and classical literature, creative nonfiction, and autobiographical writing. His latest book, “Little Big World, Collecting Louis Marx and the American Fifties,” is about vintage toys as a reflection of post-war American culture and is scheduled to come out in fall 2010. Hammond’s work has appeared in journals including “Antioch Review,” “Missouri Review,” “Virginia Quarterly Review,” “Sport Literate,” “American Scholar” and “Crab Orchard Review.”

Merideth Taylor, professor of theater and dance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, received a 2010 Historic Preservation Service Award for her documentary “With All Deliberate Speed: One High School’s Story.” The documentary, about the desegregation of Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland, was written, directed, and produced by Taylor and edited by David Taylor and Bryan Tosh. The award was presented by the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners and the members of the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission.


Jose Gallo has been hired as senior director of biometrics consulting of Clinical Trials & Surveys Corp., of Owings Mills. He will lead C-TASC’s consulting team as it works with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to address biometric issues associated with clinical trial submissions. Additionally, Gallo will support C-TASC’s current work with government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. He has worked as an independent statistical consultant and provided statistical advice and advice on issues related to FDA and European Medicines Agency submissions. Gallo has been the director of biometrics at Therakos, a Johnson & Johnson company, and vice president of biometrics at Eximias Pharmaceuticals.


Donald Wood, president and chief executive officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust, of Rockville, has been elected to the board of trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a global trade association of the shopping center industry. Before joining Federal Realty in 1998 as chief financial officer, Wood served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Caesars World, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corp. He is a member of the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and the chair of the Corporate Leadership Council and the Metro D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Robert Topper, vice president of corporate banking for M&T Bank, has been re-elected president of the board of The Arc of Howard County. Other officers are Douglas Erdman, vice president, Phil Swanson, secretary, and Derward Brooks, treasurer. Joseph V. Murray Sr., of Columbia is past president. William Erskine, Jodie Gill and Lisa Hussman were elected to their first terms on the board of directors. Vidia Dhanraj, Matthew Plantz and Ed Wilson were re-elected to the board.

Patricia Little, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kelly Services, has been appointed to the board of directors of McCormick & Co., of Sparks. Little has been in her role at Kelly since 2008. Previously, she was with the Ford Motor Co., where her last position was general auditor.


Mark A. Albe has been promoted to senior associate of national environmental engineering and consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie. Working from the firm’s Baltimore office, he focuses on business development and delivery of environmental services to federal clients throughout the United States and Europe. Albe has served as a program and project manager on environmental military munitions and sustainable range projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Command.


The College of Southern Maryland awarded degrees and certificates to 364 people during its 51st spring commencement May 20 at the La Plata campus. Graduates included F. Ellsworth Geib, 74, of Newburg, who received an associate’s degree in art. Shirlee Levin received professor emerita status for her service as a faculty member in the Division of Languages and Literature from 1980 to 2008. Tom Russ, a professor of biology and environmental science, received the Faculty Excellence Award. Ed Greer, director, of developmental test and evaluation with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, received an honorary degree. He was instrumental in creating the school’s engineering program, which allows students to transfer after two years to the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering.

The Community College of Baltimore County honored 10 retired or retiring faculty members with the title of emeritus professor May 20 at CCBC Catonsville. They are: Mildred W. Boyd, dean of lifelong learning; Neal A. Brooks, professor of history; George Collins, associate professor of counseling; Martin Davidoff, professor of mathematics; Richard Fiorentini, professor of counseling; Donna Linksz, academic dean of the school of mathematics and science; Alice Moore, assistant professor of counseling; Lois Shofer, professor of health; Antoinette Siegle, associate professor of computer-aided drafting and design; and Richard Willis, professor of reading.

Molly Mahoney Matthews, owner of The Starfish Group, a marketing consulting firm specializing in health care, education and the environment, has been appointed chair of the board of trustees, of St. Mary’s College, in St. Mary’s City. She is also chairperson of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. In 1987, Matthews founded Matthews Media Group, which developed and implemented social marketing and national awareness campaigns for the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Fortune 100 companies. Before that she directed public relations for Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and served as an account executive at Porter, Novelli & Associates. The college trustees have appointed three other officers: Benjamin Bradlee, vice chair; John Wobensmith, treasurer; and Lawrence “Larry” E. Leak, secretary. Current chair James P. Muldoon will remain on the board when Matthews takes over on Oct. 8.


The Maryland Humanities Council has received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to promote literacy through its One Maryland One Book program. The year-long project brings reading and discussion programs to communities throughout the state. It culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations on issues critical to Marylanders. The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org), and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Health Care

Margaret Mortenson has joined St. Joseph Medical Center, of Towson, on May 28 as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer. She most recently was system vice president of operations at St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville, Fla. She previously served as executive director of cardiovascular services at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and held administrative positions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University of Virginia Medical Center. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Patrick A. Turnes has joined the Worthington Personal Physicians Group, of Reisterstown, a part of the Mercy Medical Center network. Turnes, who is certified in internal medicine, received his degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Maryland General Hospital. Worthington Personal Physicians offers primary and specialty care services in northwestern Baltimore County and Carroll County.

Walter Furlong has been appointed vice president, Strategy and Business Development, at St. Joseph Medical Center, of Baltimore. Furlong is responsible for strategy, planning, business development, communications and marketing. He previously was regional vice president of strategy and business development for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, where he was responsible for their Montana region. Furlong has also held executive positions at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas.

Mark O. Thornton has been appointed senior vice president of development and chief medical officer of Novavax, of Rockville. Thornton previously was a medical officer in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s immunology and infectious diseases branch and division of therapeutic biologic oncology products; chief medical officer of ZioPharm Oncology; managing director of clinical and regulatory affairs at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals; and, most recently, senior vice president of product development at GenVec. Novavax is a biopharmaceutical company that creates vaccines to address infectious diseases worldwide, including H1N1, using advanced proprietary virus-like particle technology.


Judy Wilbur has been named director of sales and marketing of Baltimore’s Tremonts. She was with Interstate Hotels & Resorts from 2000 to this year as director of sales at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys.  Wilbur previously worked at the Peabody Court Hotel and the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor. She is on the advisory board for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the board of directors for HSMAI.

Information Technology

Jody Costa has been appointed marketing communications manager of Barcoding Inc., of Baltimore. She previously served as executive editor for Marketplace Books and Traders’ Library in Glenelg. Before that, Costa spent three years as a lead proposal and technical writer at Stout Causey Consulting in Hunt Valley. Costa has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Barcoding Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in the development, deployment and management of customized enterprise-wide mobility systems.


Bill Cobb has been hired as information systems manager of Ruppert Landscape, of Laytonsville. He will be involved with helping the company to develop operational and strategic perspective, upgrading software and programming. He had worked as a branch manager for the environmental design group at TruGreen Landcare.


Leah Shearer has been named a junior associate of Warschawski, a full service branding, marketing, public relations, advertising and interactive agency in Baltimore, after completing its three-month assistant associate program.

Chris Wayman has been appointed vice president and general manager of Merkle to lead the Columbia firm’s mobile practice. Wayman had been serving as vice president of global sales at iLoop Mobile. Previously, he was senior director of business development at Volantis Systems LTD.

Public Relations

Bridget M. Forney has become a social media strategist at Profiles Inc., of Baltimore. She will continue her role as an account executive with the public relations, marketing and events firm. Forney joined Profiles after graduating from Stevenson University and completing five professional internships in nonprofit, government, marketing and broadcast settings.

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