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Davitt hired as associate VP by MICA

Allison Wainright Davitt

Alison Wainwright Davitt has been hired as associate vice president for development and constituent relations by Maryland Institute College of Art. As an executive member of the advancement division, she will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic fundraising plans. Davitt had been director of major gifts at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy since 2007, after overseeing annual and special giving programs and events there for the previous two years. Before that, she directed annual giving and other development activities both at the University of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Davitt has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and an M.B.A. in marketing from Johns Hopkins University.


John Friedman has joined the board of Sequella Inc., of Rockville, a clinical-stage company focused on commercializing novel drugs for treatment of infectious diseases, as an independent director. Friedman is the founding and managing partner of Easton Capital Investment Group. He also was a founder and managing general partner of Security Pacific Capital Investors, a managing director and partner at E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., and an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell. Friedman serves on the boards of Promedior, Experimed, Trellis Bioscience, Cardiovascular Systems, iTherX, and PlaySpan, portfolio companies at Easton Capital, and as a trustee of The New Museum of Contemporary Art.


6th Street Commerce, an e-commerce solutions provider to the retail industry based in Baltimore, has added three executives: Tom Lang is the chief technology officer. He has 20 years of management and information technology experience in enterprise-scale application and web development, including serving as CTO at and TidalTV. Lang also founded LCG Technologies. Michael Spinosa is vice president of sales for software services. He co-founded and manages Unleashed Technologies, one of 6th Street’s system integrators. Thomas McMahon is executive advisor. His background includes executive roles in online advertising at and AOL Media Networks. He is president of TidalTV.


The board of directors of NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore has named Linda Federico Kohler executive director of the organization, succeeding Kate Farinholt, who accepted the executive directorship of NAMI Maryland. The national NAMI network works to ease the suffering and combat the stigma that surrounds biologically based brain disorders, offering peer-led education and support for individuals with mental illness and their relatives, and community outreach workshops and presentations. Kohler founded and led the Students Sharing Coalition, which provided leadership and service experiences to local students, fostering to community involvement and civic responsibility focused on social justice. She is an alumna of what is now Towson University, Leadership-Baltimore County, the Greater Baltimore Committee’s LEADERship Program, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Policy Studies Nonprofit Studies Program, and the Weinberg Fellows Program.


Micro Focus has hired Seth Braverman as vice president of sales for application management and quality for the software division in North America and Chris Livesey has been hired as vice president of sales in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Braverman has 20 years of industry experience, most recently at Riverbed Technology, where he managed the Cascade product sales organization for the majority of the U.S. Livesey started his 17 years in the IT and software industry as a software developer and architect. He previously held senior management positions with IBM. Micro Focus, which is based in Rockville, provides application modernization, testing and management solutions.