Hilary Talbot has been appointed chief of human resources management services for the VA Maryland Health Care System. Talbot, who joined the system in 2008, worked with the Department of the Army from 1995 until then, holding several positions before beginning a career in the human resources field in 1998 at the Army’s Civilian Personnel Operations Center in Aberdeen. She also held positions in human resources at the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency in Edgewood, and the Army Material Command I Fort Belvoir, Va. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Maryland University College in College Park.
City Springs School students took first and third place in the elementary division and first, second, and third place in the middle school division of the Baltimore Urban Debate League’s Martin Luther King Day Essay Writing Contest. Students were asked to submit a three-page essay on a theme connected with Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. BUDL hosted the contest in partnership with the Walters Art Museum. The winners were: elementary school, Rykeria Crowell and Darren Meredith; middle school, Quenetta Williams, Shardai Little and N’Dia Langhorn. The students were given the opportunity to read their essays at the Walters Art Museum on Jan. 17 as part of the museum’s MLK Jr. Family Festival. City Springs School is one of four neighborhood charter schools managed by the nonprofit Baltimore Curriculum Project.
Ross Peddicord is taking the reins as the new executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board, of Annapolis. The board promotes the equestrian industry and the use of horses for recreation. Among his first duties will be to release the new 2010 Maryland Equine Census Data within the next month. For 30 years, Peddicord operated Thoroughbred racing and breeding operations, rode amateur steeplechase races, and raised and exhibited champions. He has written for The Baltimore Sun, Horsemen’s Journal Magazine, Maryland Horse Magazine, and the Laurel, Bowie and Pimlico racetracks. He co-founded Maryland Life Magazine, serving as co-publisher and vice president of marketing and advertising for six years until present. Peddicord served at Mount St. Mary’s University as a professional fundraiser and director of marketing; he helped found its Mount Intercollegiate Riding Team and served as its first adviser. Peddicord serves on the Maryland Tourism Council, Howard County Tourism and Promotion Council, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts for the Artscape festival. He earned his B.A. from Washington College.
Rudy Chow will become the head of the Baltimore Bureau of Water and Wastewater on Feb. 1, pending confirmation by the Baltimore City Council. Chow is retiring as team chief of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Customer Care Team. He joined the WSSC in 1984 as a civil engineer. Chow has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.