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On the move: 2/18/11


Michael E. Schwartz has joined Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra as a manager in the tax department. Schwartz, who holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Towson University, has seven years of public accounting experience working with real estate and small businesses.

David D. Schriver Jr. has been promoted to director in the audit, accounting and consulting department of Ellin & Tucker. He is the director in charge of the firm’s Frederick office and a member of the investment company and construction industry services groups. Schriver has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates recently received a Baltimore Mayor’s Business Recognition Award for installing raised garden beds, planting hundreds of perennials, collecting trash and spreading mulch in the Sandtown/Winchester neighborhood. The project was among those the firm undertook in 2010 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.


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 an essay on a theme connected with Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. The debate league 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. City Springs School is one of four neighborhood charter schools managed by the nonprofit Baltimore Curriculum Project.

Robert W. Scrafford has been named a Rising Star by Living Classrooms Foundation for his achievements, including leadership in the Support Our Troops program. The program collects and ships items to soldiers overseas on behalf of the Society of American Military Engineers. Scrafford is an environmental scientist and engineer in the Baltimore office of Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. He has a master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University. Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that offers young people hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources.

Phoebe Stein Davis, executive director of the Maryland Humanities Council, in Baltimore, recently completed an eight-month leadership development program sponsored by Leadership Maryland.

LifeSpan Network recently honored member-organization employees and committee members with its 2010 LifeSpan Network Member Service Awards for outstanding service: Marianne Krebs, president, ML Krebs Consulting; Bud Zimmerman, president and CEO, CCNRC Family of Care; Henri Carlton, director of nursing, Charlestown; Jack Davidson, community liaison, Home Physicians of the Chesapeake; Richard Marizan, director of centralized billing office, Adventist Senior Living Services Inc.; Henry Schwartz, CEO, Henry E. Schwartz LLC; Mayer Handelman, member, Maryland Board of Pharmacy; Carolyn Peoples, president & CEO, Jeremiah Housing; Warren Slavin, president & CEO, Charles E. Smith Life Communities; and Suzanne Owens, vice president of operations, Country Meadows.


Andrews Federal Credit Union, of Suitland, recently was nominated as “Outstanding Community Bank” in recognition for its community development services in Washington, D.C., at the 1st Annual Great Streets Business Leadership Council’s Honors Ceremony.

Robert C. Peithman recently joined PNC Bank as a senior vice president and market trust director in PNC Wealth Management for the Greater Maryland market. He is the senior advisor on complex accounts. Peithman had been director of trust at Carolina First Bank. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, and a Lieutenant Colonel Retired in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.


Joan Renner has been appointed chapter president of CREW-Baltimore. She has served on CREW-Baltimore’s board since 2007 and is on the finance committee of CREW Network. Renner is chief financial officer of The Brick Companies, a privately held real estate company based in Edgewater. She is a past recipient of a Tribute to Women and Industry award. CREW-Baltimore (Commercial Real Estate Women) promotes the business interests and professional advancement of women in all disciplines of the commercial real estate industry by providing educational and networking opportunities, and contributing resources to support the local community.

Kevin Lynch, senior vice president in charge of 1st Mariner Bank’s eCommerce division, has been named to Bank Systems & Technology magazine’s new reader advisory board. Lynch joined 1st Mariner in 2006 after 16 years with Bank of America, where he rose to be a senior vice president in eCommerce technology. His blog, Banking on Social Media, focuses on social strategy for financial institutions. Lynch received a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Washington College.

Joanna Golden and Lynn Warfield have been elected to the board of trustees of the Contemporary Museum, in Baltimore. Golden has been an active member of The Woman’s Committee at The Walters Art Museum for the past 10 years, has served on the board of trustees of the Maryland Zoo since 2006, and is on the board of Chana, which provides counseling for abused women. Warfield, the editor of, has co-chaired The Contemporary’s annual fundraising galas since 2007. She founded and operated an interior design firm, Lynn Day Interiors, and created Red Fox Fine Art.

Dana Eckert, manager of the BankAnnapolis branch in Severna Park, has been elected president of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce. Eckert has worked for BankAnnapolis since 2000. Other officers are: first vice president, Mike Phennicie, director of business relations at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; second vice president, Chris Isham, Severn River Tech Solutions; treasurer, Mike Whittles, ServPro of Annapolis and Severna Park; secretary, Anne Myers, Partners in Care; chairman of the board, Rick Sutton, Bank of Glen Burnie. Other board members are Tim Hall, Tim Hall Nationwide Insurance; Tom Lerario, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church; Joanne Heath, Muscle Matters Massage; Martin Gorman, Ledo Pizza and Pasta; and Bob Moreland, Lundberg Builders.

Rick Kohr, CEO of Evergreen Advisors, of Columbia, has been named to the Howard County Cyber Commission. The new commission will advise county officials on how to maximize opportunities generated by the growth of cyber activity in the Baltimore-Washington region. Kohr serves on the boards of several local technology companies and is involved with area business incubators and other development initiatives. Evergreen Advisors is an investment banking and corporate finance firm that assists emerging growth and middle-market companies with corporate finance, growth and exit strategies, valuations and advisory services.

Maryland Capital Enterprises Inc. has added Rosa Rodriguez, Ronald Molock and Ira Wolfe to its board of directors. Rodriquez is the regional manager for Telamon Corp., of Salisbury, the state migrant and seasonal farmworker agency. Molock is a real estate agent with Lacaz Meredith of Long & Foster Realty in Cambridge. He is retired from Conectiv and the longtime president of its credit union. Wolfe is founder and president of Success Performance Solutions, a work force consulting firm. Maryland Capital Enterprises is a nonprofit micro-business finance and assistance agency that provides loans and assistance to small businesses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Richard C. Bittner was recently reappointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Board of Physicians for a four-year term. Bittner, who maintains a general law trial practice in Glen Burnie, was first appointed to the board in 2007 after serving 17 years on the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board, the last 12 as chairman. He is a graduated of the University of Baltimore County and the University of Baltimore School of Law.


Van Deusen Construction Co. recently received the Guildmaster Award for service excellence in home building from GuildQuality. The company also won the award in 2007 and 2008. The Bel Air-based firm specializes in the design, remodeling and renovation of existing residential and light commercial properties.


Jay Ridder has been appointed managing partner of the Baltimore office of Ernst & Young. Ridder previously served as the Baltimore office assurance leader, the East Central region insurance industry leader and as Ernst & Young’s national managed care leader. His experience includes providing assurance, advisory, and transaction services to life and health insurance, property casualty, managed care and asset management companies. Ridder is a Certified Public Accountant.


Paul H. Hayden has been promoted to vice president of the Laurel office of Geo-Technology Associates, a geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting firm. Hayden specializes in brownfield redevelopment and real estate due diligence, and is head of the firm’s brownfield redevelopment group. He is on the board of directors of the Baltimore chapter of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland.

Health Care

Dr. James P. Higgins of Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists in Lutherville has been elected chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Higgins is board-certified in plastic surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications Surgery of the Hand. He was selected as the 2010 American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Godina Traveling Fellow and for the 2010 Visiting Professorship of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Higgins has twice earned the Microsurgical Case of the Year Award from the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

The Cancer Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center, of Towson, has made two staff changes: Dr. Stephen Ronson, a radiation oncologist and director of stereotactic radiosurgery, recently received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician. He will be responsible for American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer initiatives within the cancer program; collaborate with agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and see that quality improvement initiatives use data from the Commission on Cancer’s National Cancer Database. Also, Dr. Yousuf Gaffar has joined The Cancer Institute as an oncologist. Previously, he served as clinical research director for Alliance Hematology Oncology in the Baltimore area. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology.

Glenn E. Schneider, director of health policy for the Howard County Health Department, has been hired as chief program officer of The Horizon Foundation. He previously was executive director of the Maryland Health Care for All Coalition, and has worked for the Maryland State Medical Society and Smoke Free Maryland Coalition, and as federal project director for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the area of tobacco use prevention. The Horizon Foundation addresses community health issues through grants, community programs and partnerships with private and public institutions.

Shareese N. DeLeaver has joined Saint Agnes Hospital, of Baltimore, as its public relations manager. Most recently, DeLeaver served as the community liaison/public relations manager with CSC. She has been a media consultant for clients including the U.S. Secret Service, and a senior account executive at Stanton Communications. From 2002 to 2007 she held communications positions for former Gov. Robert Bob Ehrlich and his Bob Ehrlich for MD Committee, including communications director/press secretary.


The Baltimore marketing communications firm gkv has promoted three employees: Associate Creative Director Mark Rosica is now a partner. Ashley Bertrand Amtmann is now senior account manager for gkv Reach, the firm’s outreach and social marketing division. She is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland. Jenn Pinti was promoted to interactive producer from her position as interactive account executive.

Van Eperen & Co., a woman-owned small business in Bethesda that specializes in customized communications, recently received an Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators-DC Metro chapter for a media relations plan. The honor is the firm’s fifth Silver Inkwell honor. The plan was developed for Payroll Network.

Weinstein joins Highline Wealth

Jay Weinstein has been appointed managing director of Highline Wealth Management. He had been president of Oak Forest Investment Management until the two Bethesda-based firms merged on Feb. 10. Weinstein, who is a Chartered Financial Analyst, has 23 years of experience as an investment advisor. For the past 15 years he specialized in small and microcap value investing. Highline Wealth Management opened a second office, in Philadelphia, last spring and has clients across the country. The firm manages $1 billion in assets for families and institutions.

Jay Weinstein

Education: A.B., Harvard University; MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Resides in: Bethesda, Md.

Daily commute: 30 seconds

Most recent vacation: Vancouver and Alaska.

Hobbies: Playing bridge; coaching hockey.

Favorite book: “Moneyball”by Michael Lewis.

Most recently read: “Wrong” by David Freedman.

Favorite food: Free

Favorite quotation: “I’m a great housekeeper. Every time I get divorced, I keep the house.”— Zsa Zsa Gabor