On the move, 11/26


Ellin & Tucker, a regional certified public accounting and business consulting firm, has promoted Ashley Palmieri to supervisor and Jessica Andrews and Jenelle Conaway to senior in the audit, accounting, and consulting department. Ellin & Tucker has offices in Baltimore, Belcamp, and Frederick, Md., and Washington, D.C.

David Lanchak and Tricia Thomas, partners at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, recently graduated from the BKR Leadership Institute, a two-year program designed to develop the personal, interpersonal, managerial and organizational skills of accounting and advisory firm members. Lanchak is a CPA, a Certified Valuation Analyst, a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional, and a University of Baltimore graduate. Thomas specializes in providing audit and accounting services to nonprofit organizations and construction contractors. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University and treasurer on the board of directors of The Red Devils, a nonprofit organization that funds services to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.


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.


Tracy Hall has joined Howard Bank as vice president and manager of the Hickory Ridge and Maple Lawn branches. She previously worked as an assistant vice president and commercial manager at M&T Bank. Hall had been an assistant vice president, business banking specialist and branch manager at Provident Bank. Hall is on the Howard County Advisory Board of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland and the Planning Committee for the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.


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.

Cathy Purple Cherry, of Purple Cherry Architects, in Annapolis, has been appointed to the professional advisory board of Echoing Hope Ranch, which will be built in Arizona. The ranch is intended to provide adults with autism a productive, structured environment in which to live, with daily responsibilities, and residential, daytime training and respite programs and services for adults. Also, there will be afterschool and summer programs and respite for teenagers.

The Y of Central Maryland has chosen its five officers of its board of directors for 2010-2013. James T. McGill, who retired as senior vice president of finance and administration at Johns Hopkins University in July, has been elected chair of the board. Gary Foss, founder and president of GFoss Consulting, and Bonnie Phipps, president and CEO of St. Agnes Healthcare, are vice chairs; Scott Cousino, managing director of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., is treasurer; and Robert Zentz, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Laureate Education, is board secretary. The board has three new members: Jonathan T. Brice, executive director of student support and safety for Baltimore City Public Schools; Thomas B. Hoblitzell, senior vice president of Willis of Maryland; and Leigh T. Howe, executive vice president of Windsor Healthcare Equities.

Douglas M. Lederman, CPA and officer at Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, of Owings Mills and Hagerstown, has been elected vice chairman of the board of directors of Northwest Hospital. He previously served as treasurer. Lederman has over 30 years of experience in taxation with a focus on tax planning, personal financial planning, and estate planning for high net worth individuals. He serves on the board of directors of The ASSOCIATED: The Jewish Federation of Baltimore and The Herman Maril Foundation. Lederman is also a member of the budget and finance committee of LifeBridge Health Systems.


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.

Michael Warner has been named general manager of Morton’s The Steakhouse in Baltimore. He previously served as assistant general manager at Morton’s Baltimore and assistant manager at both Morton’s Baltimore and Atlanta restaurants. Before joining Morton’s, he worked as general manager of Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro in Atlanta, and at other restaurants in Atlanta and New York City.


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.

John DiFato and Winnie Zhang have joined the Thinking Organized team as tutors. DiFato is a Howard County high school teacher. He has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Zhang previously was a SAT instructor for Kaplan Inc., and has an academic background in environmental science and psychology. Thinking Organized works with clients, ranging from students to executives, helping them to approach and organize their work environment effectively.


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.


James Luparello III has been hired as an associate account executive by Renegade, a full-service marketing communications company in Hunt Valley. Luparello previously was a project manager leading the creative direction of corporations. He also worked as an account executive with Brunner Inc. and as an assistant media buyer with Marc USA.

ADG Creative, of Columbia, has added three members. Director of communications Erika Schermerhorn most recently worked in brand development at the Boston Beer Co. Communications strategist Christina Halverson has worked as an analyst for the FBI; she has a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Marymount University. Web developer Jeffrey Fisher has more than 10 years of web design experience and illustrative pursuits; he teaches illustration at MICA and is illustrating a children’s book for Tanglewood Press.


Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum has chosen the Casey Cares Foundation to be its charity of choice from now through 2011. The foundation provides programs for critically ill children and their families. The museum will offer tickets to families, and Kids Fest tickets and engineers’ packages will be distributed to hospitalized pediatric patients. The museum will also participate in a holiday party for families at the museum and in other events throughout the year.

Public Relations

Matt Williams has been named vice president of business development of Maroon PR, of Columbia. 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.

Real Estate

Manekin recently added Andy McIlvaine and Michael Fowler as associates in its brokerage division. Working from Manekin’s Baltimore office, McIlvaine focuses on sales and leasing activities in the downtown Baltimore office market. He previously specialized in commercial and luxury residential real estate for Esslinger Wooten Maxwell in Coral Gables, Fla. Fowler is working from Manekin’s Columbia office, developing a database of Class A and Class B office and flex properties in the Route 1/BWI area. Since 2006, he had worked as an operations representative and retirement plan coordinator at T. Rowe Price. The University of Maryland-College Park graduate serves on the board of directors of the Timothy Kern Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Shirley Matlock, an agent with RE/MAX Advantage Realty, of Columbia, participated in the Council of Residential Specialists Chapter Leadership Training Program in Arizona in September. Matlock joined the industry in 1991 with O’Conor, Piper & Flynn. She has been with RE/MAX Advantage Realty since 1999. Matlock has served as a regional vice president of the Council of Residential Specialists and as president of the Maryland/D.C. chapter. She focuses on Howard, Baltimore, Carroll, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, and Baltimore.


Timothy E. Elliott, former finance director for the City of Annapolis, has been named chief financial officer of Ginger Cove, a life-care retirement community in Annapolis. Elliott became the city’s chief accountant in 1983 and rose to the finance director position in 2002. He is a University of Maryland graduate.

Collard named top business leader

John M. Collard was named Business Leader of the Year by the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 13. Collard, chairman of Strategic Management Partners Inc., is a certified turnaround professional. He advises company boards, litigators, and institutional and private equity investors, sometimes stepping into troubled companies at interim CEO or senior executive to turn them around. Collard is past chairman of the Turnaround Management Association and a member of the Turnaround Management, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame. Strategic Management Partners has been named Maryland’s Small Business of the Year and the Global M&A Network’s Boutique Turnaround Consulting Firm of the Year.

John M. Collard

Education: B.S., financial management and architectural engineering, Southern Illinois University.

Resides in: Annapolis.

Daily commute: Not very far.

Hobbies: Enjoys sailboating, Harley motorcycle, golf, skiing.

Favorite food: Steak, medium rare.

Favorite quote: “Never give up.”

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