On the move – Business edition


Hertzbach & Co., of Owings Mills, has hired staff from Sacks, Trotta, Koppelman. Leonard Sacks has become a partner of the firm and will direct the health care consulting and business valuation groups. In addition to expertise in health care, he has an extensive business valuation practice and services clients in most industries focusing on management advisory, audit and tax services. Mark Steinberg has become a principal of the firm. His expertise includes consultation on specific accounting and auditing issues in the health care industry, Medicare and Medicaid cost reporting and general consultation related to third-party reimbursement and regulations. Also hired were: Gina Cross, executive assistant; Porsha Dofat, associate; Nicki Mann, audit manager; Kent Neibaur, senior tax manager; Judy Pincus, tax manager; Kristin Triplett, senior audit manager; Wayne Williams, senior reimbursement manager; and Lisa Wright, associate.


Jeffrey Barnett, professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland, will receive the Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy from the American Psychological Association’s division of psychotherapy at the group’s annual August convention in San Diego. Barnett, who joined Loyola in 1996, specializes in ethics, and legal and professional practice issues in psychology, including distress, impairment and self-care, boundary issues and multiple relationships, supervision, confidentiality, informed consent, and advocacy.

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $16,200 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace outdated thermal imaging cameras, the eighth time the company has received federal funds under this program. The cameras enable firefighters to see through smoke to find hidden flames and missing people.


Frank J. Merendino has been appointed senior vice president and team leader of the government contracting lending group at Sandy Spring Bank, of Olney. He serves as a council member for the Government Contracting Network of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Merendino is a graduate of Frostburg State University.


Anne Y.F. Lin, the founding dean of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Women’s Housing Coalition in Baltimore. The organization is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children by providing affordable housing and supportive services to enable them to sustain social and financial independence.


Donna Gallagher has been appointed director of member services by the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. She is a former board director and is a board member of the Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Jim Paquette has been named assistant vice president and director of athletics at Loyola University Maryland. He had worked at Boston College as associate athletics director for development since 2002. Paquette is first vice president for the National Association of Athletic Development Directors, vice chair of the ACC Men’s Tennis Committee and a member of the ACC Student-Athlete Welfare Committee.

Global Security

David Reith has been appointed vice president of finance and controller of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s electronic systems sector in Linthicum. He joined the company in 1987 in the business management organization and has held a number of management and executive-level positions at Electronic Systems and other Northrop Grumman sectors. Reith earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now McDaniel College.

Government Affairs

Nancy Roberts has joined Duane Morris Government Affairs as a managing director in its Baltimore office. She previously worked for more than 20 years as founder and principal of public affairs and corporate communications firm NRCS. She has served on the boards of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, the Hippodrome Foundation, Tamar’s Children, and the Advisory Council to Jhpiego. Roberts has degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. The firm is a subsidiary of international law firm Duane Morris LLP.

Health Care

Shirley Sutton has accepted an expanded role at Saint Agnes Hospital, of Baltimore, by becoming director of both managed care and government relations. Sutton has more than 15 years of health care experience in managed care, network development and provider relations.


Baltimore’s Tremonts have made four hires: Kim Rittenberry is now the front office manager at the Tremont Plaza; she most recently worked at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor. MeiTear Copeland is a new executive housekeeper; she most recently worked at the

William F. Bolger Center. Bernard Myers is now the banquet manager; the military veteran had been director of banquets on the opening team of the new Hilton Baltimore. Megan Lazzeri is the new project manager for renovations; while in school she worked for William C. Smith on the restoration of the Tremont Grand. She then worked as a designer at JRS Architects in Clipper Mill.


Jeannine Morber has launched Morber Marketing Group. The Westminster-based company specializes in technology-focused marketing techniques such as “buzz” marketing, search engine optimization, website analytics, e-mail marketing and social media strategies. She has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, including research and statistics. Morber has a degree from Hood College.

Planit, a Baltimore-based marketing communications agency, recently added five staff members: Jason Wennet, senior copywriter; Angie Gentile, interactive producer; Boris Brodsky, senior web developer; Bonnie Schilling, director of new business development; and Erin Barry, assistant account executive.


Patricia Banks has joined the American Urological Association to direct its marketing and communications. She previously served as vice president of marketing at FactorHealth Alliance. The association is an educational nonprofit organization based in Linthicum.

Real Estate

Andrew M. Roud has been hired as development director for St. John Properties’ Southern Division, responsible for properties in Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. He was previously managing director-MDG Europe at McMahon Development Group in Washington, D.C. St. John Properties is a full-service commercial real estate firm based in Baltimore.

Michael Gioioso has become an associate with Mid-Atlantic Properties, assisting with leasing, and construction and property management. He played three seasons in the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league system, working in the past two off-seasons for Mid-Atlantic Properties as a site engineer. Gioioso earned a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s University.


Susan Bearint Sullivan has been promoted to vice president of specialty retail and luxury brands for Millman Search, of Owings Mills. She joined the nationwide executive search firm 10 years ago as a corporate executive recruiter. She had previously worked with Merry Go Round, assisting in buying women’s knits and men’s accessories.


Anna Waters Gavin has been named president of The Fireline Corp., of Baltimore, succeeding her father, Stephen B. Waters, who died Dec. 5. She had worked for the company, founded by her grandfather, for nine years, most recently as a project manager. Gavin is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Also, Norm Mason has been promoted to vice president. He has worked at the fire protection equipment contractor, distributor and service company since 1991, most recently as general manager. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College.


John C. Sommerer has been appointed head of the space department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. He had been acting department head since August 2008. Sommerer will also continue serving as the lab’s chief technology officer and chair of APL’s Science and Technology Council. He is chair of the Naval Research Advisory Committee. Sommerville has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.


Christopher S. Penn has joined the management team of Blue Sky Factory, an e-mail service and e-mail marketing provider based in Baltimore, as vice president of strategy and innovation. He will oversee marketing and participate in product development. Penn is co-founder of the PodCamp (www.podcamp.org) New Media Community un-Conference and co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee (www.marketingovercoffee.com) marketing podcast. He has provided expert information to Congress, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Penn is also an adjunct professor of internet marketing and lead subject matter expert and professor of advanced social media at the University of San Francisco.


Greg Kaufman has been hired as a sales representative of Kadey-Krogen Yachts’ Annapolis team. He is a former owner and president of Fawcett Boat Supplies, which was sold in 2005. Since then Kaufman had worked as a yacht broker with Martin Bird and Associates.

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