Ray Turner recently joined the technology solutions group as a systems consultant with Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, of Baltimore. Turner, who is a Microsoft Certified Professional, previously worked at MW Consulting.
Fifteen Marylanders have been chosen to receive the first James Baldwin Medals for Civil Rights at a ceremony Jan. 27 at Baltimore City Hall: Marvin Cheatham will receive the James Baldwin Civil Rights Award for Lifetime Achievement and attorney J. Wyndal Gordon will receive the James Baldwin Beacon of Justice Award. Also receiving medals will be: George W. Johnston, partner, Venable; David Rocah, staff attorney, Maryland ACLU; Gita Deane and Lisa M. Polyak, plantiffs in a Maryland civil marriage lawsuit; Lea Gilmore, program director, Maryland Black Family Alliance; Del. Maggie McIntosh, House of Delegates; Mark McLaurin, political director, Service Employees International Union, Local 500; Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland State Senate; Sandy Rawls, transgender activist and founder of Trans United; Y. Maria Welch, chair, Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs; the Rev. Mother Meredith Moises, priest, North American Old Catholic Church; the Rev. Kevin Andre Brooks, pastor, Gethsemane AME Church; Dana Owens, founder and chairman emeritus, Baltimore Black Gay Pride. Anthony McCarthy, a talk show host on WEAA 88.9 FM, has created the awards to honor Marylanders who have exemplified public service and have worked for civil and human rights for all.
The College of Southern Maryland recently recognized 16 employees for their contributions to the college. Support specialist Lindy Galbraith received the College/Community Service Award. Administrative assistant Linda Cooke Smith was recognized with the Extra Mile Award. The Innovator Award was given to executive assistant Toni Kruszka, financial assistance advisor Erika Abell, executive director of the enrollment management team Joan Middleton, and system administrator James Graves. Marketing Executive Director Theresa Johnson received the Leadership Award. The Innovative Teaching Award went to professor Kim Donnelly, professor Janice McCue, math, physics and engineering division chair Andrea Ronaldi and student success center director Pat Schroeder. The President’s Award was given to business and technology division chair Jeff Tjiputra, professor Robert Gates, and lead engineering technician Henry Geer. Receiving the Professional Goal Attainment Award were administrative assistant Brenda Miller and scheduling and conferences services assistant Robyn Wood.
Verizon Wireless was named one of Howard County’s Healthy Workplaces by the county’s Department of Health. Verizon was recognized for its health benefits, its programs devoted to healthy babies, maternal health and smoking cessation, and on-site, family-friendly amenities such as lactation rooms for nursing mothers.
Laura E. Weidner, dean of workforce development at Anne Arundel Community College, recently received an Exemplar Award by the North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development. Weidner has directed the college’s workforce development, contract training and outreach to business and industry since 2006 and served as an administrator since 1998. Key to her nomination for the award was research associated with community college leadership issues that she completed with Terry O’Banion, president emeritus and senior league fellow with the League for Innovation in the Community College and director of Walden University’s Community College Leadership Program.
The Arc of Baltimore recently honored three employees: Jerry Bullinger, assistant executive director of employment and day services, received the Excellence in Management Award. He oversees more than 100 individuals with developmental disabilities who work directly for companies in jobs across Baltimore, and another 175 persons on work crews. Ephram Tilda received the Direct Support Employee of the Year Award. She supports an individual in The Arc’s community living division and, as a co-resident in his house, serves as a mentor and roommate. Kim Becker, office operations administrator, received the Administrative Employee of the Year Award. She tends to the safety and security of The Arc’s headquarters building and its telecommunications, and is the organization’s webmaster and social networking point person.
Maryland People’s Counsel Paula M. Carmody recently was elected vice president of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. Carmody has been treasurer for the past two years. NASUCA is a national association made up of state agencies that are designated by the laws of their states to represent mostly residential and small commercial customers before state public utility commissions and state and federal courts.
Shawn Herne, chief curator of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, in Baltimore, was recently named to the board of directors as Maryland’s representative for the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums. Before joining the Babe Ruth museums, Herne was director of collections & interpretation as well as curator of the B&O Railroad Museum. He has taught railroad history for the University of Baltimore and published “The Railroad Timekeepers,” a book on railroad clocks and watches. He also serves on the board of directors of the International Sports Heritage Association.
The Fort Meade Alliance has added Matthew Norris, CEO of Axom Technologies, and Gina Stewart, director of business development for Merritt Construction Services, to its board of directors. In addition, board member Deon Viergutz, deputy vice president of Cyber Solutions at Lockheed Martin, has been named to the FMA Executive Committee.
The Association of Community Services of Howard County has appointed two officers to fill vacancies: Debra Popiel, deputy director at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, has been named vice president. She previously served as treasurer. David Shippee, CEO of Chase Brexton Health Services, is the new treasurer. The Association of Community Services provides education, advocacy, and networking opportunities to all sectors of the Howard County human services community. It is a network of 140 nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based and government agencies and citizen advocates.
The Hannah More School Foundation, which raises funds for Hannah More School, recently appointed David Taylor to its board of trustees. Taylor, who has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and tax preparation, specializes in investment advising. He also serves on the board of Augsburg Lutheran Village, and has been on the finance committee of West Baltimore United Methodist Church, and treasurer and president of the Reisterstown Lions Club. Taylor earned an accounting degree from Catonsville Community College and an economics degree from the University of Delaware.
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.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has launched a new website and assigned five people to new positions. Flynn Burch has been hired as a special projects coordinator. Chad Conrad, a Towson University graduate, has been promoted from program coordinator to senior program coordinator. Bobby McCaffrey, a program coordinator, will now be a full-time member of the program team. John Naylor will work part-time as a program specialist; he previously was an intern. Travis Punt, a Towson University graduate, has been hired as a program coordinator. The foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to build character and teach life lessons to disadvantaged youth.
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.
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.