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On the Move, 11/8: Stults to lead MICA’s new Office of Community Engagement

Karen Stults

Karen Stults

Karen Stults has been named director of engagement by Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, where she will lead MICA’s new Office of Community Engagement. The office will assess, strengthen and coordinate the school’s academically based community partnerships. Stults had been director of corporate, foundation and government relations. She is a member of the board of directors and cast of Fluid Movement, and serves on the board of directors of the Baltimore Conservatory Association and the development committee of Arts Every Day. Also, Kristy Taylor will be program manager for MICA PLACE. She most recently served as community liaison for the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Notre Dame.


Merkle, a customer relationship marketing agency headquartered in Columbia, and its subsidiary, LogicLab, received Innovation Awards from the Direct Marketing Association during the DMA2010 Conference and Exhibition in October. Merkle’s Customer Engagement Monitor took top honors in the Loyalty category, while LogicLab Match Analytics won the Broadcast Media category.


Diane Tamariz, a longtime independent insurance agent in Anne Arundel County, has joined Howard W. Phillips & Co., of Washington, D.C., as an executive account manager. Tamariz previously owned and operated Diane Tamariz & Associates, a Nationwide Insurance agency in Edgewater. She now works from an office in Davidsonville.

Real Estate

Seven sales and leasing agents from the Columbia and Lutherville offices of Preston Partners have joined the Baltimore-Washington transaction services group of Cushman & Wakefield, the commercial real estate services firm, in a merger of the companies. Michael A. Elardo, managing senior director, industrial services, E. Hayes Merkert, senior director, Danielle K. Schline and Christopher P. Wright, directors, and Brian N. Kruger and Jonathan Casella will join C&W’s Baltimore office as associates; Jeffrey R. Pacy will work in the Bethesda office. Preston Partners will continue as a regional development company known as Preston•Scheffenacker Properties. Also joining the Baltimore team are McLane G. Fisher, senior associate, and Benjamin T. Meisels, senior director.


Rebecca Spence has been named resident services coordinator at Barclay Greenmount, a 139-unit affordable apartment community in Baltimore. The resident services program offers activities, including a GED program, to the children and adults living in the apartments as well as to residents in the immediate area. Spence has more than five years of experience as a case manager and community advocate for social services organizations in North Carolina and California.