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On the Move, 12/28: Morris receives public service award for psychology

Dr. Lorie J. Morris

Dr. Lorie J. Morris

Dr. Lorie J. Morris, a psychologist at the VA Maryland Health Care System, in Baltimore, received the Outstanding Contributions by an Early Career Psychologist to Psychology in Service in the Public Award from the Maryland Psychological Association. The association cited Morris’ work with veterans in the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Trauma Recovery Programs and her outreach to educate the public about the needs of returning veterans and their families. Morris retired from the U.S. Army in 1996 after serving as a helicopter pilot and logistics officer. She earned a master’s degree in aviation management and small business operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while on active duty. Morris joined the mental health staff at the VA Maryland Health Care System in 2003, after earning her master’s and doctoral degrees from Argosy University in Washington, D.C.


Charles Robinson, of Maryland Public Television, recently was selected for the 2010 Who’s Who in Black Baltimore inaugural edition for his accomplishments in journalism and public affairs reporting. Robinson works in television, radio, print and new media. He began his journalism career while in junior high school by delivering the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper. Since 2001 he has worked for MPT as a political reporter for “State Circle” and business correspondent for “Your Money & Business.” Robinson is Region II Director for the National Association of Black Journalists, and former president of the Baltimore Association of Black Media Workers.


The Maryland Humanities Council has added Elizabeth (Betsy) Cadwallader, Elizabeth Cannon, Silvia Golombek and Christopher Leighton to its board of directors. Cadwallader is vice president, head of Credit Risk at Constellation Energy; she is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2010. Cannon is a program manager in the Software Division at Hewlett-Packard Co.; she has served as a volunteer for the Dove Center, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the Miss Maryland Organization, the Oakland Main Street program and other community and charitable organizations in Maryland. Golombek is senior vice president at Youth Service America after having been learning manager at the International Youth Foundation in Baltimore. Leighton is executive director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies. The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.


Two Audubon groups—and three partner organizations—in Maryland are the recipients of national TogetherGreen Innovation Grants, provided through an alliance between the National Audubon Society and Toyota. One project, Rx for Nature, in Baltimore, where an $18,000 grant will enable the Patterson Park Audubon Center and the Baltimore Medical System to work together to improve children’s health, offer fun, and improve the environmental quality of the Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. The center’s elementary and high school partners, the National Environmental Education Foundation, physicians, school nurses, and other health care professionals will receive training on the health benefits of outdoor nature programming. In the other project, GreenKids: Creating Maryland Green Schools, in Chevy Chase, the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States will partner with Montgomery County Public Schools, using a $20,628 grant, to expand its GreenKids program to reach more students with lessons on energy conservation, recycling, and watershed conservation. In addition, each school will receive $500 to construct a piece of green infrastructure on their grounds.


Robert B. Smith has been hired as chief administration officer/senior vice president by Catapult Technology, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned information technology contractor to the federal government in Bethesda. Smith previously worked at Wyle Information Systems Group, most recently as group vice president. Before that, he was SVP/CAO at DigitalNet Government Solutions. Smith has held senior management positions at Veridian IT Services, I-Net Inc. and AT&T Federal Systems after beginning his career as a warranted U.S. Air Force contracting officer.