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On the move: 3/25/11


GWWO Architects, of Baltimore, has named Terry Squyres a principal of the firm and Chris Elcock has been promoted to senior associate. Squyres and the firm, which she joined in 1997, specialize in the planning and design of cultural and educational facilities. She has served on the board of directors of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was recently named to the board of trustees of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. Elcock also joined the firm in 1997. His career has focused on the design of higher education and community arts and theater facilities. Elcock has served on the committee for the Baltimore AIA’s ART Program and teaches a course.

Tom Liebel, of the Baltimore firm of Marks, Thomas Architects, has been selected for Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects. Liebel has worked on projects that integrate sustainable design and historic preservation. He has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Liebel has published a book, Industrial Baltimore, and serves on Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, and the boards of directors of AIA Maryland and AIABaltimore.

Dorit Hershtig has been hired by the Becker Morgan Group architectural/engineering firm as an architectural designer in its Salisbury office. Hershtig has a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Seven members of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center will receive Excellence in Federal Career Awards on May 6 from the Baltimore Federal Executive Board. Receiving Bronze awards will be: Lalena Wallace and Lisa S. Smith, Outstanding Para-Professional-Technical, Scientific & Program Support Team; Linda Thompson, Outstanding Para-Professional-Administrative Management Analyst, G8 & Above; Lawrence Oswald, Outstanding Trades and Crafts; and Sandra Leonard, Rookie Employee of the Year-Administrative/Management Analyst. Receiving Silver awards will be: Chika Nzelibe, Outstanding Professional-Technical, Scientific & Program Support; Gregory Thompson, Outstanding Para-Professional-Technical, Scientific & Program Support; and William Spangler, Rookie of the Year-Trades and Crafts.

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, of Rockville, a not-for-profit health plan and care provider, recently received a Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award from the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition and the District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition.

Obrycki’s Crab House at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has been named the second-best regional restaurant in concept among U.S. airport restaurants by Frommer’s Travel Guides.

Montgomery Women, an organization dedicated to promoting women in elected and appointed leadership positions, held its 7th annual Power Tea on March 13. Former U.S. Rep. Constance Morella, who represented Maryland’s 8th District from 1987 to 2003, received the organization’s Shining Star Award. Morella is ambassador in residence of the Women & Politics Institute of American University’s School of Public Affairs as. Rachel Glass, executive director of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy, received the Rising Star Award. She has served as Montgomery County campaign director for the United Way, and was a founding board member of Art and Remembrance, co-chair of Nonprofit Montgomery, a member of the Gaithersburg Community Advisory Committee, and projects coordinator for Leadership Montgomery.


Edward W. Kinsella has joined BankAnnapolis as vice president in the private business banking group. Kinsella previously was a business development officer at Revere Bank. The University of Maryland graduate also has worked at Sandy Spring Bank, Columbia Bank and Mellon Bank.


Bradley Erford, a professor of school counseling in the education specialties department in Loyola University Maryland School of Education, will become president-elect on July 1, and president on July 1, 2012, of the American Counseling Association. Erford has served as a volunteer leader at the association’s branch, region, division, and national levels; he is now on the ACA Governing Council and is the ACA bylaws chair and chair of the ACA conference program selection committee.


ADG Creative, of Columbia, has added five staff members: brand strategist Ken Joy, a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Art, has supervised creative teams on creative and strategic projects; copywriter Matt McDermott sits on the board of the American Advertising Federation’s Baltimore chapter. He has degrees in English and mass communications from Towson University and a master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University; project manager Anjeanette Agro, who has nearly 20 years of industry experience in the public and private sector, has a degree in fine arts in graphic design; graphic designer Kathryn Gruver has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master certificate in graphic, web, and multimedia design from the Computer Career Institute at Johns Hopkins University; developer Robert North, who has a background in software engineering and development, design, coding, testing, debugging, and maintenance, is studying information technology and art at University of Maryland University College.


Renee A. Leduc Clarke recently joined I.M. Systems Group Inc., of Rockville, as director of international environmental strategy and government affairs. She will assist in developing and implementing strategies related to climate, weather and natural resources management policies, and will communicate with federal executive branch and congressional leaders. Leduc Clarke most recently worked at the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.


Pedro Gonzalez has been appointed general manager of Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Baltimore. Gonzalez has worked in the restaurant industry for 22 years. He has been a general manager for 13 years, starting in Puerto Rico for eight years, a year in Jamaica and now four years in the United States. Other establishments he has been a part of include Texas de Brazil, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.


Mary Funke has been appointed president of the Institute of Notre Dame, in Baltimore, effective July 1. She is a past dean of students at the College of Notre Dame. For the past seven years she has been president of N Street Village, which provides services for women in need in Washington, D.C. She won the 2008 NAMI Heroes in the Fight Award and the 2007 EXCEL Award for demonstrating excellence in chief executive leadership in the Washington-area nonprofit community.

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 to director of savory; he will coordinate all non-baking and pastry activities at the Culinary Arts Center. Danielle Kposowa has been promoted 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.

Christine Szala will join St. Paul’s School for Girls, in Brookland, July 1 as upper school head. She will replace Alice Philips, who is retiring. Szala is the deputy head of school at the Madeira School in McLean, Va. Previously, she was director of student life/dean of students at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I., and dean of students at the Berkshire School and the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Massachusetts. Szala was a 2008-2009 National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Head Cohort Fellow.


Jeannette M. Mills, senior vice president of customer relations and account services, has been named chief customer officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Mills, a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, has an M.B.A. from Loyola University. Since joining BGE in 1988 Mills has held leadership positions in gas business operations and planning, business transformation, gas and electric new business, electric system planning, customer operations, resource management and project engineering. In 2009 she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and received the Black Engineer of the Year Pioneer Award. Savoy Magazine recognized her in 2008 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America for her dedication to work and commitment to the community. Mills serves on the boards of Medifast, the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation, Voices for Children (Howard County’s court-appointed special advocate program) and the Creative Alliance. She is a member of the advisory board of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


C. Scott Van Pelt has been hired as brokerage director of Mid-Atlantic Broker Services, of Bethesda. Van Pelt began his career in the retail business, and was a store manager at Rite Aid Pharmacy and Ames Department Store. From there, he entered the industry as a financial advisor with New York Life, before moving to the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. He most recently worked at The Washington Group, a MassMutual general agency headquartered in Bethesda and affiliated with Mid-Atlantic Broker Services.

Woody Derricks, president of Partnership Wealth Management, of Baltimore, recently received designation as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, which is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Health Care

David Matukaitis has been appointed program director of Jewish Recovery Houses, of Baltimore, a nonprofit drug and alcohol abuse recovery program for Jewish men and women. Matukaitis has more than 20 years of experience as a counselor at treatment and recovery programs in Maryland including Father Martin’s Ashley, New Beginnings at Hidden Brook, and Maryland Recovery Partners. He began his career in addictions counseling as a counselor in the detoxification unit at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He founded Addictions Case Management in Abingdon.

Dr. Michael H. Grodin, board-certified vitreo-retinal specialist and surgeon.

has joined the retina team of Katzen Eye Group. He specializes in the diagnosis, management and surgical treatment of all vitreo-retinal disorders. Dr. Grodin’s postdoctoral ophthalmology training was completed at Michigan State University with a vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship at The National Retina Institute in Towson. Katzen Eye Group has offices in Lutherville/Towson and at Mercy Medical Center.

Long-Term Care

The Rev. Medgar Reid has been hired as the staff chaplain for pastoral and spiritual care at Keswick Multi-Care Center, a long-term care facility in Baltimore. He founded Reid Memorial Community Chaplain Ministries, which provides emotional and spiritual support to the sick, traumatized, terminally ill and their families, and has served as staff chaplain for the University of Maryland Medical System/Shock Trauma Unit and as director of pastoral care at Union Memorial Hospital. Reid was voted Father of the Year by Black Professional Men in 1995 and by the 100 Black Men Music Association in 2004.

Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood, in Silver Spring, has been named a “Top 10” nursing home in Maryland by U.S. News magazine. The facility has been redesigned to offer larger apartments. Renaissance Gardens received 5 stars, the highest overall rating, from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Two managers of gkv, a Baltimore marketing communications firm, have been promoted: David Blum is now senior vice president, director of account management. Blum has more than 20 years of experience in creating and implementing consumer and business-to-business marketing campaigns. He serves on the board of the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore and often acts as a guest marketing faculty member at area universities. Andrew Robinson is now senior vice president, account supervisor. Robinson has more than 12 years of integrated direct response marketing and advertising experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Planit, a Baltimore-based marketing communications agency, has hired Joe Glorioso as art director and Jess Dellen as copy editor. Glorioso most recently was an adjunct faculty member for the graphic design department at MICA; before that he was design director at MGH. Glorioso graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Dellen previously was an editorial assistant at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.

Real Estate

Real estate attorney Erika Madden has been hired by Lakeview Title Co., of Columbia. Madden began her legal career as a judicial intern in the District of Columbia and then clerked for a major law firm. She also teaches classes and conducts seminars.


Website design, development and marketing firm E-Moxie will move from Fallston to a larger office in downtown Havre de Grace in April. Also, the firm has hired Amy Gangi as an office manager. Since 2005, Gangi has owned her own photography business.