Oscar Osorio has been chosen to lead the Mid-Atlantic tax practice of Grant Thornton LLP. He will oversee the firm’s tax services provided in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, and serve as the Southeast Region technical resolution leader for tax accounting and risk advisory services.
The Renaissance Square community in Essex-Middle River has won the Sustainable Building Neighborhood Development award from the Maryland chapter of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council. The for-sale housing community meets the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the first national framework for green affordable housing. The community was built as a partnership of Enterprise Homes Inc., of Baltimore, and Mark Building Co., of Owings Mills.
Robert White, assistant vice president of professional and support services at Carroll Hospital Center, in Westminster, recently was appointed to the advisory board of Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment. The technical assistance and networking initiative promotes environmental sustainability in health care. Participants include hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and research laboratories. White joined the hospital in 2004 as the director of supply chain management.
Joan Webb Scornaienchi, executive director of HC DrugFree, was elected 2011 chair of the Howard County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board, which reviews services relating to alcohol and drug abuse education, treatment and prevention. Scornaienchi has 20 years of experience in educational administration, in addition to service as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist for a county-funded hospital program. She was a grants specialist and education program specialist for the Division of Special Education/Early Intervening Services of the Maryland State Department of Education. HC DrugFree, a nonprofit based in Columbia, seeks to promote the raising of drug-free teens.
Kevin J. Manning, president of Stevenson University, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He will represent NAICU Region II member institutions from Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and New York. NAICU’s board sets the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourages support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversees the association’s financial administration. Manning started his career at Webster University, and has held administrative positions at Washington University, Elizabethtown College, and Immaculata University.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently named William J. (Bill) Toomey II president of the board of directors of the Maryland Chapter. Toomey and is wife, Courtney, are co-chairs of the BB&T Spring Swing benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Toomey is the Baltimore Area executive/senior vice president for BB&T Bank. Courtney Toomey is a resident at Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore. Also, J. MacGregor Tisdale, city president of SunTrust Bank in Baltimore, has been named co-chairman of the chapter’s board of directors, joining Chairman Aris Melissaratos.
The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recently elected its 2011 officers: president, Claire Louder, president & CEO of West Anne Arundel County Chamber; vice president, Ken Gould, executive director of Charles County Chamber; secretary, Laura Mayse, executive director of Cecil County Chamber; treasurer, Kathy Snyder, president & CEO of Maryland Chamber; at large, Al Silverstein, president & CEO of Talbot County Chamber.
Jay Steinmetz, president and CEO of Barcoding Inc., has been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Small Business. The commission will provide a forum to discuss small-business growth and assist the state government with economic policy development. Steinmetz is also serving his second term as chairman of The Maryland Technology Department Corp., which funds and supports private sector technology in the state of Maryland. Barcoding Inc., of Baltimore, is a national systems integrator, specializing in the development, deployment, and management of supply chain and mobility systems based on automated data capture and wireless technology.
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.
Gregory J. Morgan Sr. has been hired as an account manager in the commercial and facility services division of Brothers Services Co., a roofing and exterior renovations company based in Hampstead. Morgan has almost 25 years of experience in commercial management. He spent the two previous years as a consultant, focusing on marketing, management and growth strategies. Morgan has been a regional manager with Southern Acquisitions, and as owner and president of Chesapeake Door Service. He has served on the boards of directors of My Brother’s Keeper and Mount Saint Joseph High School, and coached and assisted with athletic programs through the Recreation and Parks Council.
Philip (Bud) E. Martin has been hired as project manager of Mullan Contracting Co., a construction management and general contracting firm based in Lutherville. He previously was project manager for Morgan-Keller, in Frederick. Martin has more than 30 years of diversified construction experience, having worked in project management or superintendent positions with Riparius Construction; Struever Bros., Eccles and Rouse; and BBI Construction Management, managing the construction of commercial office buildings, medical/health care facilities, university construction and biotechnology research projects as well as mixed-use residential communities. He has a degree in construction management from Catonsville Community College.
Baltimore International College, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in culinary arts and in hospitality or culinary management, has promoted three faculty members: Janet Canfield is now director of practicum, service learning and evening programs. Michael Wagner has been promoted from senior associate chef instructor to director of savory; he will coordinate all non-baking and pastry activities at the Culinary Arts Center. Danielle Kposowa has been promoted from chef instructor to director of baking and pastry; she will be a liaison between the baking & pastry department and other departments at the Culinary Arts Center as well as the Bay Atlantic Club and the Mount Vernon Hotel.
Nettie Schubel has been hired as external diploma program coordinator of the South Baltimore Learning Center. For the past six years, she served as the adult education instructional specialist and International Club adviser at Hagerstown Community College. She previously was the EDP lead advisor assessor and an ESL teaching assistant for Washington County Public Schools. Schubel also has worked in bilingual services at the Washington County Health Department and Milwaukee Area Technical College. She completed post-graduate coursework at Hood College. The South Baltimore Learning Center is a community-based, nonprofit organization providing functional literacy, life skills training and career preparation services.
Nicholas G. Paraskevopoulos has been named vice president of engineering for the electronic systems sector of Northrop Grumman. Paraskevopoulos joined the company in 2003. He most recently served as director of advanced technology and systems architectures in the advanced concepts and technologies division. Previously, he served as director of internal research and development and as manager of advanced aperture technologies and architectures. Before coming to Northrop Grumman, he was vice president of R&D and engineering for Terk Technologies.
Christine Y. Koski has been promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of KCI Technologies Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering firm with offices throughout the East and corporate headquarters in Sparks. Koski, a CPA, joined KCI in 2004 as an accounting manager. For the past four years, she served as controller, responsible for preparing and analyzing budgets, financials and forecasts as well as investment strategies. Koski has a bachelor’s degree in computer accounting from Stevenson University, then Villa Julie College.
Shaida Johnston has been hired as the manager of the climate data records program of Global Science & Technology, of Greenbelt. She will work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. The program seeks to provide a definitive set of multi-decadal satellite data records for the detection and analysis of climate change. Johnston had worked with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt for 16 years.
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism recently awarded these Maryland volunteer centers $25,000 each through the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Volunteer Generation Fund for recruiting and retaining volunteers: Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland; Montgomery County Volunteer Center; ShoreCAN Volunteer Center; Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County; Volunteer Center Serving Howard County; and Volunteer Southern Maryland.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness, based in Columbia, recently received a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund public health education and outreach programs related to vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases. The money will be used to strengthen the foundation’s nationwide network of chapters for local outreach and awareness.
Andrea Forsyth has been hired as staff development coordinator by Carroll Lutheran Village, of Westminster. Forsyth, who has an R.N. degree from Howard Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, has worked as assistant director of nursing with responsibilities in admissions and staff development in long-term care. She oversaw the Tuberculosis Control Program for the Maryland prison system under the auspices of Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and has experience as an emergency room and urgent care center nurse.
Larry Blum has been promoted to vice president of business development in healthcare and consumer packaged goods practices by Merkle. He most recently led the new business expansion at the Columbia marketing firm’s healthcare practice. Before joining Merkle, Blum was managing partner at Vertical Consulting. He also has been senior vice president of business development at Catalina Health Resource, and has held marketing and sales management positions at Nestlé, H.J. Heinz, Coca-Cola and GlaxoSmithKline.
Annie Truax has been hired as an assistant account executive by Planit, of Baltimore. She previously was an assistant planner at Initiative Media, in Atlanta, and an account management intern at Laird+Partners in New York City.
Ray Frager has been named managing editor of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s digital media portfolio, which includes CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. Frager most recently was a Web content producer and editor at FoxSports.com. Before that, he spent 24 years with The Baltimore Sun and BaltimoreSun.com as an assistant sports editor and sports copy desk chief; he also wrote a sports media column and blog for The Sun and served as an editor for several books published by the newspaper. He recently completed children’s books about the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Baltimore Humane Society, of Reisterstown, has added three staff members: Jen Swanson is now director of development; she had been development assistant at the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust for the previous 10 years. Andrew Mazan is now pet funeral director; he previously worked at Evan’s Funeral Home as a mortician’s apprentice and at Johns Hopkins as a patient care technician. Elizabeth Silber is now director of marketing and public relations; the Towson University graduate has previously worked at Renegade Productions, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and Persels and Associates.
Steve Howe recently was promoted to vice president of Children’s Services. Howe leads the nonprofit organization’s admissions, three therapeutic group homes, treatment foster care program and Family Help Center, which supports children struggling with stress and traumatic events in the community and 26 public schools. Howe has been a senior consultant for Open Minds, a mental health consulting firm. Previously, he was national director of foster care for KidsPeace National Centers, which has foster care and family services offices in nine states and Washington, D.C. Howe has served as the Maryland director of The Pressley Ridge Schools, an organization serving emotionally disturbed youth and their families, and was the foster care manager for the State of Maryland. He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland.
Joe DeFeo, formerly of Fox-45 News in Baltimore and a Sinclair Broadcast Group executive, has joined the Fallston Group, of Bel Air, to lead its strategic communications and media business vertical. DeFeo started and directed the news operation for Fox-45 News and later oversaw Sinclair’s national news division. The Fallston Group specializes in crisis management and communications.
Matt McNeeley has joined Continental Realty Corp. as its senior corporate recruiter. For the past nine years, he was a senior recruiter for The Bozzuto Group. McNeeley has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University. He is a member of the Property Management Association’s membership committee and its human resources council. Continental is a Baltimore-based commercial, retail and residential development, and management company.
Lisa Barnhill, Jane Cummings and Mark Angelozzi have joined Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty, the residential real estate division of The Strata Group, of Baltimore. The three Realtors, who cumulatively have 68 years of residential real estate experience in the Baltimore and Baltimore County marketplaces, were most recently associated with Hill & Co., a residential real estate brokerage firm. Barnhill, an associate broker, has focused on the marketing of residential homes, land and condominiums. Cummings has been involved in residential real estate for eight years. Angelozzi is an experienced residential real estate sales associate and certified residential appraiser. Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty’s primary market spans the Greenspring, Caves, Worthington and Western Run valleys of Baltimore County, and extends to Ruxton, the Falls Road corridor and Baltimore.
Legum and Norman, an Associa company, has added Cannery Village Community Association and Our Place at the Beach Condominiums in Ocean City as clients. It will provide full management services, including financial services, property management, communications, record-keeping and administrative management.
Steven G. Tomczewski, executive director of environmental operation of Maryland Environmental Service, and Wheelabrator Technologies will be honored April 2 at the South Baltimore Learning Center’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Tomczewski, a member of the nonprofit’s board, has volunteered for 18 years in the providing of functional literacy, life skills and career preparation training. He also has been an officer of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Maryland Environmental Service is an independent state agency created to protect the air, land and water. Wheelabrator Technologies (formerly Baltimore RESCO), which converts solid waste to clean energy, has been the Learning Center’s largest corporate contributor.
Steven G. Tomczewski
Education: B.S., chemical engineering, Drexel University.
Resides in: Harford County
Daily commute: 42 miles
Most recent vacation: Nags Head, N.C.
Hobbies: Surf/fly fishing; waterfowl hunting; history.
Favorite book: “Chesapeake” by James Michener
Most recently read: “The Tudor Chronicles” by Susan Doran
Favorite food: Peter Luger’s Porterhouse steak
Favorite quotation: “If it was easy, anyone could do it!”