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On the move: 1/28/11


Kurt Sturn has joined Reznick Group’s Baltimore office as a tax principal. Sturn previously worked at Watkins Meegan, in Bethesda. Before that, he founded and was managing tax partner of Sturn Wagner Lombardo & Co., in Annapolis, after having worked with BDO Seidman and KPMG.


Matthew Compton has been promoted to associate principal with Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Compton will oversee the design and construction of architectural projects involving churches and religious communities, higher education, multi-unit housing, nonprofits, renovation/expansion, and historic preservation. He will also assist with the management of staff and operations within the firm’s Baltimore office. Compton, a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, sits on the boards of directors for Baltimore Heritage and Charles Village Civic Association and is an Urban Design Committee member for AIABaltimore.


The Home Builders Association of Maryland has presented its annual awards: Stewart Greenebaum, president of Greenebaum & Rose Associates, received the Builders Lifetime Achievement Award. David Thaler, D.S. Thaler & Associates, received the Associates Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris Rachuba, managing member of Rachuba Homebuilders and chairman of the Maryland Community Builders Foundation, was named Builder of the Year. Leslie Rosenthal, director of marketing and builder services with Bob Lucido Team of Remax Advantage Realty, is Associate of the Year.

Becky Cockerham, College of Southern Maryland’s grant development specialist, recently received the Council for Resource Development’s Outstanding Grants Professional Award. Among the funding the college obtained through Cockerham’s work was a $1 million Department of Labor High Growth Job Training Initiative Grant that allowed CSM to develop Career Starters, a 10-week boot camp-type program that provides instruction in welding, electrical, home inspection, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and carpentry, and made possible the opening of the Center for Trades and Energy Training.

Richard Schaffer, of Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, has received the National Training & Simulation Association’s Lifetime Achievement and Governor’s awards for his work in distributed simulation and virtual environments to save the lives of military personnel. Schaffer’s work set foundations in Department of Defense training and simulation, including creating the basis for Distributed Interactive Simulation standards and High Level Architecture for Modeling and Simulation.


Kristy Johnson, editor in chief of Shepreneur Magazine, has been elected to the board of directors of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Baltimore affiliate. Johnson will serve a three-year term. Shepreneur Magazine is a national publication for women entrepreneurs. Johnson, of Owings Mills, is also an educator and public speaker. NFTE is an international nonprofit based in New York that provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities. The organization’s Baltimore affiliate, which was established in 2003, provides entrepreneurship curriculum to 24 Baltimore schools.

Doug Wrenn, a principal with Rodgers Consulting, of Germantown, was installed last month as chairman of the board of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. Chris Zindash, of Crowne Plaza Rockville, is chairman elect. Sam McNamee, of Signs of Progress, is treasurer. Vice chairs are Ron Dimaranan, of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union; David Edgerley, of HarVest Bank of Maryland; Colette Releford, of Strive Business Solutions; and Scott Wallace, of Linowes and Blocher. McNamee received the Chamber’s Fourth Annual Small Business of the Year Award. Zindash received the You Made a Difference Award for serving as vice chair of the legislative committee and his work on “meet the candidates” forums in 2010.

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.

The Home Builders Association of Maryland has installed its 2011 executive committee and board of directors: President, Bob Goodier, Goodier Builders; President-Elect, Rod Hart, Dan Ryan Builders; First Vice President, Scott Armiger, Orchard Development; Associate Vice President, Scott Barhight, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; Secretary, Cindy McAuliffe, Grayson Homes; Treasurer, Theresa Leatherbury, The Rachuba Group; Immediate Past President, Eliot Powell, Whitehall Development.


Kurt Krol has been hired as a brewer by DuClaw Brewing Co., of Abingdon. He previously was a brewer at Clipper City Brewing Co., for two years, winning five GABF medals and two World Beer Cup medals. A home brewer of more than six years, Krol graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with two bachelor’s degrees.


Har Sinai Congregation, of Owings Mills, has hired Melanie Waxman as director of family programming and Ben Fuld as senior youth group director. Waxman previously served as youth and teens director for the Jewish Community Center; principal at Columbia Jewish Community School; program director at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs, Fla.; and youth director for Har Sinai Congregation. She attended graduate school at Baltimore Hebrew University, now the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, and earned her bachelor’s degree at Towson State University. Fuld, a senior at the University of Maryland, has held several positions serving youth groups. He was a member of the senior staff at the Union of Reform Judaism’s Camp Kutz.


Maryland Institute College of Art has established the Tylden Westcott Streett Scholarship for Figurative Art, created through a gift from alumnus and interdisciplinary sculpture professor Tylden Westcott Streett. The endowment begins with $25,000, and an additional $175,000 will be added through a bequest. The scholarship will be open to MICA undergraduates, working in any medium, whose work explores the human figure. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and merit, and recipients will be chosen among candidates entered in MICA’s juried annual Student Scholarship Competition. Two years after graduating, Streett returned to MICA in 1959 as a teacher of figurative sculpture. He served as director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture from 1959 to 1960 and as director of graduate programs from 1965 to 1971. He was awarded MICA’s Medal of Honor in 2009.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce presented scholarships last month to four Montgomery College students. Chamber members MAR Inc., The Gazette and Hughes Network Systems together provided three one-year scholarships and one gap funding scholarship for a prior recipient to assist with costs for finishing his education at Montgomery College. The four recipients were: Zulaqarnain Jamal, a nuclear engineering major who plans to transfer to Georgia Tech; Syed Elahi, who is studying mechanical engineering; Vy Nguyen, an electrical engineering major; and Mohammad Alhassen, a chemical engineering major.

The Calvert Chamber of Commerce recently presented the College of Southern Maryland with donations totaling $3,074 to support student scholarships.


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 is 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.

Health Care

Dr. Hunter Spotts has been named assistant medical director of Patient First—Perry Hall. He will support Medical Director Melanie Mendoza and assist in overseeing the operations of the center. Dr. Spotts received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed an internship and residency in family practice at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Kevin Seaman has been appointed medical director of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. He serves as the medical director for the paramedic program at Howard Community College and the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support training program run jointly with Howard County General Hospital. Dr. Seaman has also served as medical director of the Medical Reserve Corps in Howard County. For eight years he led the Region Three chapter of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.


Melinda Petit recently was promoted to director of claims operations for IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Previously, she was a claims business supervisor. Before joining the organization in 1998, Petit was a senior claims adjuster for CNA Insurance. IWIF, based in Towson, writes workers’ compensation insurance in Maryland.


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.


Aimée Adashek has been hired as director of development by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts Inc. Adashek has more than 20 years of experience in development, communications and strategic planning. She is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. Adashek has worked as a fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that produces more than 20 events and programs, including Artscape, Free Fall Baltimore, the Baltimore Book Festival and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. It also manages School 33 Art Center, the Top of the World Observation Level, the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower and The Cloisters.

Visit Baltimore recently added four members to its sales team: Sheila Provenzano is national sales manager for the Midwest region; she most recently was a group sales manager for Hilton Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lutz is a national sales manager for the mid-Atlantic region; she most recently was an opening senior sales manager for the Hotel Monaco. Jennifer Quinn is the new convention marketing manager; she most recently served as a sales and marketing manager for E.C.I., Cordish Co. Jenna Crye is the sales development coordinator; she most recently served as marketing and public relations director for Combined Technology Solutions., a provider of integrated direct marketing solutions based in Prince Frederick, has added two members to its staff: Richard DeVeau is now creative director/copywriter on the management team; he has 25 years’ experience providing creative direction, copy writing, broadcast advertising, social media utilization, website design and search optimization services. Margaret McLaughlin is now the new business specialist within the sales & marketing division; she has worked in marketing for more than 10 years, with expertise in business-to-business sales and franchise development.


Sue Spaid, a curator and innovator of contemporary art discourse for nearly 25 years, is now executive director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. She had been teaching engineering ethics and aesthetics at Drexel University. Spaid recently received the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, which honors curators who develop thematic exhibitions that challenge conventional approaches through the exploration of critical ideas in contemporary art. Spaid also was awarded an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant for an upcoming outdoor exhibition at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, Pa. She has operated a gallery in Los Angeles, Sue Spaid Fine Art.


Scott and Susan Wilfong will be the chairs of Baltimore’s 27th Anniversary Heart Ball, to be held Feb. 5 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel to benefit the American Heart Association. Scott Wilfong is president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Greater Washington/Maryland. He was the 2009 Vice Chair for the Maryland Bankers Association, and is a board member for the American Bankers Association, Catholic Charities, Consortium of Catholic Academies, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Economic Club, Federal City Council Executive Committee, George Mason University Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Greater Washington Board of Trade (Executive Committee and treasurer), Greater Washington D.C. Police Foundation, Greater Washington Initiative (Executive Committee), Greater Washington Sports Alliance, HEROES, Living Classrooms Foundation, Operation Hope, Smithsonian National Zoo, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, VA Business Council, and the Washington Airports Task Force. His wife, Susan, is active with the Heart Ball, focusing on the Live Auction. She is a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Stevenson University.

Adam Van Bavel has been hired as sponsorship and marketing coordinator of Special Olympics Maryland. He has been special events coordinator at Komen Maryland. More recently, he was the business relationship specialist at Live Baltimore. Van Bavel has taught social networking classes for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Tech Council of Maryland. He attended Calvert Hall College High School and the University of Maryland, College Park.


Dmitry Kagansky has been appointed chief technologist of Quest Software Public Sector, a subsidiary of Quest Software, of Rockville. Kagansky will be responsible for overseeing the federal technology practice of Quest Software Public Sector, as well as for leading the next generation of technology solutions for government agency operations. He started with Quest Software in 2005 as an identity management architect. Most recently, Kagansky managed Quest Software’s Identity and Access Management technical team. He previously held technical and management positions with Xerox, Thompson Technologies and Cabot Corp., as well as with startups such as Ask Jeeves, and Ockham Technologies.

Williams named medical director

Dr. Silvia O. Williams has been named medical director and staff psychiatrist of The Children’s Guild’s Family Help Center, which supports children struggling with stress and traumatic events in 26 schools in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Williams has 25 years of medical experience, including more than a decade of psychiatric medical experience. Previously she provided residential and outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric care at Villa Maria Continuum. Williams also provided psychiatric care at the Weinberg Center at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the North Baltimore Center and Emergency Psychiatric Associates.

Dr. Silvia O. Williams

Education: M.D., National University of Cordoba (Argentina); post-grad study, Children’s Hospital of Cordoba; fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, and residency, University of Maryland Medical System.

Resides in: Baltimore

Hobbies: Dancing, biking, running, singing, traveling, shopping.

Most recent vacation: Jamaica

Favorite books: “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Most recently read: “Plan B” by Anne Lamott.

Favorite food: sushi or filet mignon.

Favorite quotation: “Have only good memories.”

Volunteer activities: participates in 5K runs and bike ride fundraisers.

Likes about Baltimore: It’s a small town with a big attitude.