On the move: January 13, 2011


Carol Currotto has joined Brasher Design as its director of interior design. Currotto previously was an associate and director of interior design for Kann Partners, where she directed design for corporate, hospitality, education, health care, senior living, multi-family housing, adaptive reuse and preservation interiors. She has presented on sustainable design for senior housing and serves as a trustee at Broadmead. Currotto has done work for Health Care for the Homeless and in adaptive reuse of public and corporate spaces. Brasher Design is a multi-disciplinary design firm in Columbia.


Volunteers of America Chesapeake, based in Lanham, recently received the NPower Greater D.C. Region’s Technology Innovation Award at the annual Celebration of Technology Event. The award recognized the faith-based nonprofit’s implementation of cloud-based data management to integrate billing and the accounting back-office operations onto a single cloud-computing knowledge management platform that is secure, affordable, and moldable to the organization’s needs.

Susan Katz, owner of The Growth Coach in Baltimore, recently was named 2010 Coach of the Year by the North American franchise system of small-business coaches. Katz was also recently recognized as the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Baltimore Regional Rising Star.

Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College, recently received the 2010 Anne Arundel County Good Scout Award from the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is in recognition of her community service.

Preservation Maryland has presented its annual Historic Preservation Awards: John L. Graham III received the President’s Award for professional architectural work and volunteer historic preservation efforts on the Eastern Shore. Baltimoreans Eddie and Sylvia Brown of Brown Capital Management and the Brownstone Project received the Stewardship Award. Karen Lewand received the Volunteer Award for her work with Baltimore Heritage and the city’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. The inaugural Phoenix Award was presented to Humanim Inc., a Columbia-based human services organization that has transformed Baltimore’s former American Brewery into its workforce development center.

Mercy Medical Center’s construction partners — Whiting-Turner, Ellerbe Becket and their subcontractors — recently received four Craftsmanship Awards for Mercy’s new main hospital, the Mary Catherine Bunting Center, in Baltimore. The awards, presented at the Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore’s annual competition, recognize excellence in the design and construction of building features. Award-winning aspects of the building and the subcontractors responsible for them were: brick masonry work by Henry J. Knott Masonry; pneumatic tube system by Pevco Systems International; electrical conduit by Gill-Simpson; and stone masonry work by Rugo Stone. The Bunting Center also was recognized in October with the 2010 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award by the Greater Baltimore Committee for efforts at creating a minority business partnership and strategic alliance with Whiting-Turner, Maryland Washington Minority Contractor Association and Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Fred Lazarus IV, president of Maryland Institute College of Art, recently received a Founders Award for Civic Leadership from the Partners for Livable Communities for his contributions to the Baltimore community through his leadership at MICA and local arts organizations. Partners for Livable Communities is a national nonprofit organization that strives to improve communities through the promotion of quality of life, economic development and social equity.

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development’s interactive website, www.choosemaryland.org, has received top honors from the New Media Institute, a national research and fact-finding organization that works to improve public understanding of issues surrounding the Internet and other forms of new media communications. DBED was honored in the Best in Industry Government category as this year’s government agency that most effectively uses technology to serve and communicate to its audience. The website incorporates interactive and social media features, highlighting Maryland’s competitive advantages and business success stories and providing key economic and employment data.


Timothy Kelley has joined Howard Bank as vice president and manager of the Snowden River branch. Kelley previously worked at The Columbia Bank, where he had been assistant vice president, branch manager, consumer loan manager and senior account manager. He co-chairs Leadership Howard County’s Essentials Steering Committee, is treasurer of the Howard County Professional Alliance, and serves on the Howard County Art Council’s board of directors.


Better Business Bureau|Greater Maryland has elected seven members to its board of directors: Stephanie Bogan is general counsel and chief compliance officer of NFM Inc., a national mortgage lender headquartered in Linthicum Heights; Lisa Corona is vice president of human relations, consumer products division, McCormick & Co., of Hunt Valley; Michael D. Evans is chief underwriting officer at Frederick Mutual Insurance Co., of Frederick; Jason Goldsmith is chief executive officer of CARCHEX, which provides extended auto warranties and mobile pre-purchase vehicle inspections; William Jameson is the senior sales director of Luna, a full shop-at-home floor covering company; Shohreh A. Kaynama is dean of the College of Business and Economics at Towson University. Dave H. Wilson is president of Preston Automotive Group, in Maryland, and Millsboro Auto Mart in Delaware.

Terry Manning, vice president of organizational learning at The Children’s Guild, has joined the board of the Maryland Association of Resources for Family and Youth, a nonprofit provider network committed to strengthening families, youth and communities through advocacy. Manning previously was a therapist for family and children at the Family and Children’s Services Sexual Abuse Treatment Center in Carroll County. She received a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from the University of Maryland.

The board of directors for the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, in Annapolis, announced its officers for the 2010-11 term, three new board members, and three members who were re-elected: Kevin McMeen, president-real estate of MidCap Financial, is board chair; Randy Richardson, president of Vi, is vice chair; Brad Razook, president & managing director of CS Capital Advisors, is secretary; and George V. Hager Jr., chairman & CEO of Genesis Healthcare Corp., is treasurer. New to the board are Brian Beckwith, senior managing director of GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services; Charles J. (Chuck) Herman, executive vice president & chief investment officer of Health Care REIT; and Ray Lewis, executive vice president & chief investment officer of Ventas. Loren Shook, chairman of the board and president/CEO of Silverado Senior Living, was appointed to the board as chairman of the Operator Advisory Board. Re-elected were Beth Burnham Mace, director-AEW research, AEW Capital Management; Angela Mago, senior vice president and national manager, KeyBank Real Estate Capital-Healthcare Group; and Arnold Whitman, CEO and co-chairman, Formation Capital.

The Anne Arundel Health System board of trustees has added two members: June Caudill is president of the AAMC Auxiliary, and co-owner of Landscapes by Keith. Dr. Maulik S. Joshi is president of Health Research & Education Trust and senior vice president for research at the American Hospital Association. The officers of the AAHS board are: George Moran, chair; Biana Arentz, vice chair; Richard Morgan, treasurer; and Patricia Roche, secretary.

Lucas Matesa, senior manager in the Reznick Group’s Baltimore office, has been appointed to the board of directors for Project PLASE Inc., which provides transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults in Baltimore. Matesa provides audit and accounting services for clients in multifamily residential real estate, real estate investment trusts, commercial real estate, the mortgage broker industry, nonprofits, health and human service organizations; and state and local government agencies.

Loyola University Maryland’s board of trustees has elected five new members: Ashley E. Bergmann, an assurance associate of PricewaterhouseCoopers, graduated from the university in May with an accounting degree. Susan J. Falco and her husband, Randy, were members of Loyola’s Parents’ Council and served as the program’s national co-chaircouple. J. Richard Fredericks is managing director of Main Management LLC, and was formerly U.S. ambassador to Switzerland. Gerard E. Holthaus, chairman of Algeco Scotsman, was Loyola’s 2008 Business Leader of the Year. Holthaus, who is the Sellinger School of Business’ executive-in-residence, has served as a member of the Sellinger School board of sponsors and as president of the Alumni Association. James J. Latchford is managing director of AArete LLC. He has served on reunion committees and is returning to the board of trustees.

Lourdes Montes-Greenan, assistant vice president/community consultant in the community development banking division at PNC Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Baltimore Affiliate. NFTE is an international nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities. Montes-Greenan has directed asset development programs for the Latino community in Baltimore and been involved in boards and committees such as the Latino Providers Network, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore and Maryland Hispanic Business Conference. She holds a master’s degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

James F. Pitts, corporate vice president & president of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector in Linthicum, recently was re-elected chair of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Two new directors were elected to the MBRT board: James Connaughton, executive vice president corporate affairs, public & environmental policy at Constellation Energy Group; and Stephanie Hill, vice president, corporate internal audit, Lockheed Martin. MBRT is a nonprofit coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to improve education and student achievement in Maryland.


Charles (Rick) Ward has been appointed senior director of career and continuing professional education at Carroll Community College in Westminster. Ward has more than 15 years of experience in the career and continuing education training of adults, both in academic and corporate settings, including five years of educational administration experience in workforce development with the City Colleges of Chicago.

Health Care

Dr. John P. Straumanis has been appointed chief medical officer of Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Woodlawn. Straumanis has served as assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he is now chairman of the peer review committee. Straumanis is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

MedStar Family Choice, a Maryland Medicaid managed care organization based in Columbia, has been named the top Medicaid health plan in Maryland in the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-11 and 24th among Medicaid health plans nationally. Previously, MedStar Family Choice earned Excellent Accreditation from the NCQA, which is the highest level of accreditation it confers to health plans.

Human Resources

Natalie Dodson has joined Astra HR, a provider of human resource outsourcing based in Rockville, as a senior human resources consultant. She had been an advisor to business leaders at Electronic Data Systems and Hewlett-Packard, holding HR generalist and HR business partner positions for the past five years. She also spent five years in business process outsourcing and professional employer organization with ProLease, in Rockville.


Group Z of Columbia has been ranked 702nd among the 5,000 fastest-growing businesses in the nation by Inc. magazine. Group Z provides information technology services to the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, specializing in project management and full system development life cycle services, with a core focus in Web application development.  It also provides network engineering and database management.


MGH has added Terry Kilby and Greg Lankford to its interactive department. Kilby is a senior mobile engineer, responsible for designing and developing custom mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android technologies. He previously worked at Sinclair Broadcasting, where he handled broadcast design and interactive development. Lankford, who previously worked at AOL Advertising, is a systems architect, responsible for development of Web applications and scripts, and custom content management systems.

Sean Sutherland has been hired as an associate account executive by Renegade, of Hunt Valley. Sutherland will assist with account services, including the management of website content, creation of presentation materials and management of day-to-day client activities. He previously freelanced for Abel Communications, worked in buyer services with The Rosen Group and as an account associate at SPIN, and freelanced for Himmelrich PR.

Gary Perlow

Gary Perlow

Perlow honored for addict help

Gary Perlow, Reznick Group’s new markets tax credit practice leader and Baltimore office co-managing principal, has received the Caron Community Leadership Award from Caron Treatment Centers, a nonprofit provider of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. The award was given in recognition of Perlow’s role as founder and president of The Nikki Perlow Foundation, which assists young adults and their families who are struggling with the disease of addiction, offering financial, logistical and emotional support.

Gary Perlow

Education: B.S., University of Maryland, College Park; post-grad degree in accounting, University of Baltimore.

Resides in: Baltimore

Daily commute: One mile – 3 minutes if I time the lights correctly.

Hobbies: Travel, sports of all types, and cooking.

Most recent vacation: Napa Valley wine country.

Most recently read: “The Assassin” by Vince Flynn (great book).

Favorite food: Pasta of all types, but not always on my health agenda.

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