On the Move: November 12, 2010


Cheryl Heusser has been promoted to senior manager in the accounting and auditing division by Snyder Cohn, of Bethesda, and Marcia Salyers has been hired as a senior manager in the tax division after working for the past 20 years with an Atlanta firm.

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


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently announced three senior?level appointments: Matthew Spivey, vice president of artistic operations; Deborah Broder, vice president, BSO at Strathmore; and Cheryl Goodman, OrchKids director of fundraising and administration. Spivey had served as vice president of artistic administration for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the past five years. Broder will be the orchestra’s senior representative at its second home, The Music Center at Strathmore; she most recently was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, in Florida, and has also served as president of Broder Advertising, in Baltimore and Jacksonville. Goodman, through her fundraising and arts administration roles with her own consulting firm and in previous positions, has been affiliated with the Hippodrome Foundation, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Theatre Project, WEAA?FM and other arts organizations. She has served as a statewide workshop leader for the Maryland States Arts Council.


Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, in Baltimore, and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, in Pikesville, have received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award to honor their art programs. Each will receive $2,000 to support their arts education programs.

Purple Cherry Architects, of Annapolis, has received a Citation Award from the Maryland component of the American Institute of Architects for Excellence in Design of Opportunity Builders, a 42,000-square-foot vocational training center for adults with developmental disabilities in Millersville.

Edwin R. Brake, managing director of Ellin & Tucker, has been chosen as this year’s Baltimore County Good Scout Award recipient for his community service. Brake is chairman of the board of directors of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, a board member of the Maryland Zoological Society and a member of the Loyola College Accounting Advisory Board. Ellin & Tucker is an accounting and consulting firm with offices in Baltimore, Belcamp, Frederick, and Washington, D.C.


Katherine Fitzwater has been hired as branch manager of the Annapolis Towne Centre Branch of BankAnnapolis. Prior to joining BankAnnapolis, Fitzwater was the assistant branch manager of the PNC Bank in Edgewater. She also has been a financial services consultant for the State Employees Credit Union.


Dave O’Callaghan has been appointed a member of the Board of Trustees at Carroll Community College. O’Callaghan is engineering director for Northrop Grumman Corp. Power/Control Systems in Sykesville.

The Fuel Fund of Maryland’s board of directors has three new members: Lisa Ashmore Hancock, project manager for Gilbane Building Co.; Marianne Fishler, senior vice president/managing director for Sun Trust Private Wealth Management; and David Plasse, vice president commercial relationship manager for CitiBank.

The board of directors of St. Joseph Medical Center has appointed three new members: G. Mark Bussard is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group and T. Rowe Price Associates, and a research analyst in the U.S. Equity Division. Dr. Bussard was a co-founder of Rivanna Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage biotechnology firm. Bernard A. Cook is a principal with Cook & DiFranco, a minority-owned law firm in Baltimore. He served for many years on the board of directors of the United Way of Central Maryland. Rev. Monsignor J. Bruce Jarboe serves as rector of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Previously, he was pastor of Holy Trinity, Crucifixion and Good Shepherd Parishes in Glen Burnie and Vicar Forane for Anne Arundel County. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary & University.

Leonard B. Rus has been elected treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association of Chatsworth Elementary School in Baltimore County. Rus is a tax partner at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, a CPA and consulting firm in Baltimore. Rus received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Baltimore.


Daniel Mosser has been appointed vice president of the College of Southern Maryland’s Corporate and Community Training Institute. He most recently was vice president of workforce development and continuing education at Prince George’s Community College. Previously, Mosser he worked as vice president of education and workforce development and national education director for Associated Builders and Contractors. He has a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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 provides academically talented African-American students of limited financial resources to an independent school education and leadership programming.

Leslie Shepard, director of the Baltimore School for Arts, will step down at the end of the school year. Shepard was involved in the creation of the school as a member of the planning team. She served as dean of arts, then became the school’s director in 2001.

Community College of Baltimore County has promoted five faculty members to full professor, 13 to associate professor and six to assistant professor.  Promoted to full professor were: Thomas Colonna, Carl Freundel, Ewa Gorski, Monica Otal and Katherine Van de Wal. Promoted to associate professor were: Todd Abramovitz, Nancy Bogage, Robert Creamer, Kristin Duckworth, Stephen Kabrhel, Joyce-Ellen Lathrop-Davis, David Ludwikoski, Bernard Noeller, Sonja Schmitz, Donna Tupper, Barbara Kannapell, Precious Stone and Deborah Trevathan. Promoted to assistant professor were: Michele Clements, John P. Reed, Robert Henderson Jr., Jaime Alvarez, Shila Narain and Gregory Stiffler.


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 has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland.


Colleen T. Peterson has been named one of Maryland’s three commissioners on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. Peterson is executive director of the Greater Cumberland Committee and a former vice president at Frostburg State University. Through the Greater Cumberland Committee she works with public officials and citizens from Allegany and Garrett counties and Mineral County, W.Va., on a study of water resources there and with Maryland on its study of water resources in the central and western parts of the state.


Park Heights Renaissance, a nonprofit community development corporation dedicated to the revitalization of Baltimore’s Park Heights area, has received a $100,000 one-year grant for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States’ Healthy Eating, Active Living initiative. The money will be used to create healthful outdoor spaces, including gardens and edible playgrounds.

The Howard County Arts Council has been awarded a $5,000 grant for its Head StART in ART program from the Isadore & Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation. This grant will help the Arts Council build on an ongoing partnership with Howard County Head Start by providing up to six teaching artists who will conduct residencies in visual and performing arts at two Head Start centers.


Mitchell A Gutshall has joined the Overlea Personal Physicians Group, a part of Mercy Medical Center’s network in Overlea that offers primary and specialty care services. Dr. Gutshall received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center.


Eric Masterton-Mott has been named to the new position of director of group tour sales and hospitality services training of Visit Baltimore, the city’s official sales and marketing organization. He will be responsible for group sales and services, training, and management of the Baltimore Tourism Ambassador Program, for which he was hired to launch in 2008.


Robert F. MacLellan has been elected an independent director of T. Rowe Price Group, of Baltimore, by the board of directors. He is non-executive chairman of Northleaf Capital Partners, Canada’s largest independent global private equity fund manager and advisor. Previously, MacLellan served as chief investment officer of TD Bank Financial Group. He is on the boards of directors of Ace Aviation Holdings and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, on the advisory committee of Birch Hill Equity Partners, and on the board of the United Way of Greater Toronto.


Roy Burns has been hired as a member of the professional staffing practice of CTI, a provider of business continuity and network infrastructure services based in Hunt Valley, Burns will be responsible for client management and business development operations.


The Arc of Baltimore has promoted Kathleen McNally Durkin to deputy executive and Kate McGuire to chief advancement officer. Before joining The Arc nearly a decade ago, Durkin worked for 14 years in senior management positions at two area community-based developmental disabilities service agencies. She is a board member of the Maryland Association of Community Services. McGuire previously was development director with the Maryland Food Bank. She is president-elect of the Maryland chapter of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals.

Baltimore Reads, which offers instruction to adults in basic reading, writing, mathematics and employment-readiness skills, has promoted four staff members: Monique Harris is the new deputy director of Baltimore Reads. She had been a literacy volunteer, instructional specialist and instructional program director. Jeff Spence, formerly IT manager, is now operations manager. Patricia Edwards is the new student support service director. She was previously intake assessment specialist and then intake and outreach director. Sheila Byrd is the new administrative coordinator.

US Lacrosse has hired nine staff members: Michael Cochran is the new membership direct marketing specialist. Paige Crawford is the senior membership services representative. Deborah Anekstein Franklin is the donor relations manager in the financial development department of the US Lacrosse Foundation. Modyssey Gray is the group processing associate; she worked with CareersUSA after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park. April Logan is the assistant to the COO; she served as a special events intern for the 2010 US Lacrosse National Convention. Corey McLaughlin is a new full-time staff writer for Lacrosse Magazine. Shannon Minter is the special events associate. Meghan Mulford, previously the senior membership services representative, now is a sport development associate position. Beth Porreca started as director of special events in May after serving as the events and logistics manager for the U.S. Olympic Training Centers since 2007. US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Public Relations

Matt Williams has been named vice president of business development by Maroon PR, of Columbia. He will focus primarily on the Washington and Northern Virginia markets. Williams served as the executive vice president and chief of staff for Washington Sports and Entertainment for more than two decades. Before that, he was director of communications for the Washington Bullets of the NBA, publicity coordinator for Centre Management’s Musicentre Productions and a member of the PR department for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Ray Weiss and Jessica Trzyna, the founding partners of Weiss PR Associates, have been named to the boards of two area business associations. Weiss recently was named to the board of the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation. He previously worked with the Maryland State Department of Education, Laureate Online Education, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Trzyna, the firm’s executive vice president, has been named a director with the Maryland Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She is also active in animal rights organizations.

Real Estate

Richard Berkowitz has been promoted to vice president of construction by Continental Realty Corp., a Baltimore-based commercial, retail and residential development and management company. For the past four years, he had been executive director for capital improvements. He previously worked with Town and Country Apartments for 30 years, rising to vice president for capital improvements.

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