On the Move – November 19, 2010


Media Works, of Baltimore, has hired Stacy Smith as vice president of interactive services and promoted Amy Wisner to executive vice president. Smith most recently served as a media supervisor at Web Advantage, in Havre de Grace, where she managed strategic development and implementation of brand awareness and online direct response campaigns. Smith has held management positions with other local agencies. Wisner joined the agency in 1999 as a media assistant and has been promoted many times.


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.


Bryan Davis has been hired as chef de cuisine of the Classic Catering People, of Baltimore. He will be responsible for managing kitchen operations, as well as menu creation and plating design. Davis has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, including in Baltimore-area kitchens.


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, 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 received a bachelor’s degree of business administration 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 is working with public officials and citizens from Allegany and Garrett counties and Mineral County, W.Va., on a study of water resources in the region 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.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has received $500,000 from the PNC Foundation to underwrite for three seasons the orchestra’s outreach and access initiatives, including affordable ticket pricing, the Off the Cuff series, the Music Matters campaign, OrchKids and Midweek Education Concerts. The OrchKids program provides year-round music lessons, tutoring, after-school care and free meals to more than 200 pre-K through 3rd-grade students in West Baltimore. The PNC Financial Services Group provides retail and business banking, residential mortgage banking, and specialized services for corporations and government entities.


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.

Maureen McCausland has been appointed senior vice president of MedStar Health and its first system chief nursing officer. She will serve as the senior nursing administrator for the health system, which consists of nine hospitals and 20 other health-related businesses across the Maryland and Washington, D.C., regions. McCausland previously served as senior vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Before that, she was chief nursing officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and associate dean for nursing practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. McCausland is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a senior fellow at the Leonard David Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.


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. Masterton-Mott has worked in the hospitality industry for 24 years, including with Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., HASBRO Toys and Maggie Moos Ice Cream.


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.


MGH, of Owings Mills, has added six employees: Elizabeth Ashwood, media assistant; Ashley Boarman, public relations account executive; Christina Bortner, public relations account coordinator, who previously was a marketing/communications assistant for the Irvine Nature Center; Jessica Chappel, online media planner/buyer who had been a media assistant at MGH before spending two years with Digitas in New York; Betsy Greenbaum, account coordinator; Jessica Itzel, social media account coordinator who previously was a digital intern for Fleishman-Hillard in Atlanta.


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.

Bill Atkinson has been named senior vice president in Weber Shandwick’s Baltimore office. Atkinson joined Weber Shandwick in 2005 as vice president.  He specializes in strategic communications, crisis communications and media relations. Atkinson is a member of the company’s corporate practice and financial services practice groups. He previously spent more than 20 years as a reporter for media outlets that include The Baltimore Sun, American Banker, and newspapers operated by American City Business Journals. Weber Shandwick has offices in 76 countries.

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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