On the Move – October 29, 2010


Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, of Baltimore, has promoted Scott Handwerger to principal, and David Leipnik, Kaycia Rowe and Gerald Von Ahn to senior accountant. In addition to traditional audit, accounting and tax services, the firm specializes in personal financial planning, litigation support, asset management, business valuation and technology consulting.

Angela Pueschel has joined the Reznick Group’s Baltimore office and national marketing team as the new Baltimore marketing manager. She most recently was a marketing and business development program manager with Ernst & Young. Pueschel has a degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. Also, Keisha Chinn has returned to the office’s tax group after working for General Growth Properties and McGladrey. She had worked in the office for more than seven years.


Mark L. Swanson has been hired as studio manager of Purple Cherry Architects. He has been working with building information modeling since 2005. His work includes a LEED gold office building in Bloomington, Minn., which won two Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Best in Real Estate Awards for 2009. Purple Cherry Architects is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise in Annapolis.


Senior project manager Rick Jackson and project manager Rich Fields of Mullan Contracting Co., of Baltimore, have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green associate accreditations from the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Mullan Contracting is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm specializing in the commercial office, retail, hospitality, health-care and institutional industries.

Susan Sykes Hendee, vice president for academic affairs at Baltimore International College, recently was named a 2010 Honorary Inductee into the American Academy of Chefs. The academy is the honor society of the American Culinary Federation. Hendee was recognized for her dedication and service to the culinary profession and for her enhancement of the culinary arts.

Megan Chomskis, a senior at Towson University, has been selected to receive the Renegade Spirit Scholarship from Renegade, a marketing communications company, of Hunt Valley. Chomskis, a screenwriter, director and editor for a student filmmaking co-op, won the Best Narrative Film award at the 2009 Halfway There Film Festival.

Anna Vitale Lybrook has been named one of Smart CEO Magazine’s Smart CPAs in Greater Baltimore. She is a shareholder for Stoy, Malone & Co., a Baltimore-based CPA firm. Lybrook works with individuals, small businesses and nonprofits, and is responsible for the firm’s controller services. She is treasurer of the Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation and co-chair of the Finance Committee and a board member for St. Augustine School in Eldridge. Lybrook is an alumnus of Towson University.


Manuel Lozada has been promoted to branch manager for the Federal Plaza office of Columbia Bank in Rockville. He previously was associate branch manager. Lozada has been with Columbia Bank since 2000. The community bank, an affiliate of Fulton Financial Corp., is headquartered in Columbia.

Kevin Kearney has been hired as vice president for commercial banking at the Hunt Valley office of Susquehanna Bank. Kearney will be responsible for managing an existing portfolio of commercial customers as well as new business development of commercial and industrial clients. He previously worked at PNC Bank as vice president, commercial banking. Kearney earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s College and a master’s degree in finance from what is now Loyola University Maryland.


Troy Conklin of Winebow Imports in Baltimore has been named president of the board of directors of the National Association of Catering Executives Foundation. Linnyette Richardson-Hall of Premier Event Management, of Baltimore, was named a member-at-large. Bonnie Fedchock, of Columbia, is executive director.

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp has been elected president of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers. Kopp served for 27 years in the House of Delegates before becoming state treasurer in 2002.

David A. Goldner has been elected president of the board of directors of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council, an interdisciplinary organization for professionals involved in estate planning. Goldner is the managing partner at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, a CPA and consulting firm in Baltimore. In addition to being a CPA, Goldner is a certified financial planner and a certified valuation analyst. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Baltimore. He serves on the investment committees of the Komen for the Cure Maryland and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland.

Debra J. Hale, a senior staff accountant for Stoy, Malone & Co., a Baltimore-based CPA firm, has been elected to the board of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants New/Young Professionals Network.

Goucher College has elected three new members to its board of trustees: Melinda J. Burdette is vice president of development and planning for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colo., and a Goucher graduate. She is the former director of development and community relations at Roland Park Place, in Baltimore. Burdette served as the senior development officer and director of annual giving at Goucher College, director of alumni public relations and publications at the Friends School of Baltimore, and as an instructor for the fundraising management certificate program at the college’s Welch Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies. Monica McTeague Gillespie is the head of the St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore. She formerly led the St. Luke’s Lutheran School, and has taught at the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia. Gillespie also worked as a senior research associate at the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. She serves on the governing board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. Stephen Speicher, who graduated from Goucher in 2010, is a leasing professional for Southern Management Corp. He has been a business development representative for Bobby Rahal Automotive Group and a fundraiser for Public Interest Communications.


Michael Kirby has been promoted to principal at UHY Advisors Mid-Atlantic MD’s office in Columbia. Kirby, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from what is now Towson University, has been providing audit and tax services for more than 25 years to clients in a variety of industries with an emphasis in construction, employee benefit plans, manufacturing, and government contracting. He serves on several of UHY’s national committees.


Jessica Wolf Suriano has been named director of development of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. Suriano, who has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University), previously held a similar position with the Alzheimer’s Association. The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, in partnership with its 20 member schools, provides an independent school education for academically talented African-American students of limited financial resources, and leadership programming.


The Mergis Group, a specialty professional placement firm, has hired Mallory DiLemmo as a recruiter in its Baltimore office. She will recruit for finance and accounting contract positions and also focus on business development within the Baltimore area. DiLemmo received a bachelor’s degree of business administration from Loyola University Maryland.


Valentin Ramirez has been appointed vice president/managing director of consumer Hispanic markets, Americas, for McCormick and Co., of Sparks. Ramirez had worked for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. for seven years, most recently as managing director-Spain/Portugal. Before that he was with Procter and Gamble for 10 years in assignments through the Caribbean and Latin America. In his new position, Ramirez has responsibility for all McCormick’s Hispanic businesses, including a joint venture in Mexico, a business in Central America, a Hispanic subsidiary (Mojave Foods) and export business in the United States, South America and the Caribbean.


The Maryland Humanities Council has received a $25,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation for its One Maryland One Book program. The grant helped to provide 1,300 copies of “Home of the Brave,” a young adult novel by Katherine Applegate, for use in a One Maryland One Book pilot reading and discussion program for the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Freedom Readers program at 10 Baltimore schools, nine PAL centers in Baltimore County, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks centers, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, Suitland Community Center in Prince George’s County, and Maryland Teachers of the Year at elementary and middle schools across the state. Local libraries also received copies. The program is a yearlong community reading project that culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations on critical issues.

Health Care

Richard Pomerantz has been named chairman of the department of medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital, in Baltimore. Dr. Pomerantz is certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. Before joining Saint Agnes, he spent two decades at the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York, most recently as clinical chief of the cardiology unit. Pomerantz earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. He serves on the American Heart Association’s Council on Clinical Cardiology.

S. Mark Redwood and David A. Gordon have formed the Center for Urologic Specialties on the campus of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. The center will focus on urologic oncology, neurourology and robotics. Redwood specializes in minimally invasive treatments of the urinary tract. He is chief of the department of urology at Sinai Hospital, a professor at the University of Maryland, and a pioneer in developing laproscopic techniques for urologic surgery. Gordon, who also is a professor at UM, specializes in neuromuscular disorders of the pelvic floor. He is working to build a comprehensive Center for Pelvic Neuroscience at the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge Health.


PSA Insurance and Financial Services, of Baltimore, has added three staff members: Mark Paterson will serve as an account executive in the employee benefits group after operating Paterson & Associates, a boutique employee benefits firm that specialized in small to mid-size markets, for nearly 20 years. Doug Tyson is the new retirement coach for the firm’s retirement plan services group; he previously worked with Fidelity Investments and Edward Jones. Michael Markovico, who previously was a relationship manager with T. Rowe Price, will serve as senior relationship manager within the fiduciary consulting group.


Joe Santini has been hired as director of professional services of Barcoding Inc., of Baltimore. Santini previously served as director of the global sales portal for Siemens Communications. Barcoding Inc. is a national systems integrator, specializing in the development, deployment, and management of supply chain and mobility systems based on automated data capture and wireless technology.


Christina Royster has been hired as director of marketing and communications of Vision Multimedia Technologies, of Baltimore. Royster, a graduate of Morgan State University, is the former director of marketing and communications for Irvine Nature Center. She has written for television shows including “Sister, Sister” and “For Your Love,” and is a former staff writer for Baltimore City Paper. Royster will manage corporate social marketing accounts and marketing activities for VMT and SocialToaster, its social marketing automation platform.

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