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On the Move, 4/4: GBMC’s Sunness wins award for eye research

Dr. Janet Sunness

Dr. Janet Sunness, medical director of Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Richard E. Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services and a leading expert on advanced dry age-related macular degeneration, has been awarded the 2011 Macula Society’s J. Donald M. Gass Medal. Dr. Sunness is an ophthalmologist by training whose clinical practice at GBMC focuses on low vision and on retinal and macular disease. As principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute, she collected data and has characterized the progression of geographic atrophy. Her findings have been instrumental in defining parameters for geographic atrophy clinical trials. Dr. Sunness did retinal and visual function fellowships at the Wilmer Institute, where she served as a faculty member for 20 years before joining GBMC. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Vision Rehab Committee and is on the Stargardt working group of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.


Barry Luciani and Joseph Beam of Susquehanna Bank were honored by SmartCEO magazine as top business bankers in the Mid-Atlantic. Luciani is a senior vice president; he leads the retail banking and business banking sectors for western Baltimore County, Howard and Carroll counties. Beam is vice president/branch manager of Susquehanna’s Timonium office. He has a business administration degree from Towson University.

Martek Biosciences Corp., of Columbia, recently was been inducted into the inaugural Small Business Innovation Research Hall of Fame, a program under the U.S. Small Business Administration. Martek Biosciences was recognized for success in research, innovation and commercialization within the SBIR program. Martek develops, produces and sells products from microbial sources that promote health and wellness through nutrition. 

Thirteen Baltimore County attractions, restaurants and shops were named Free State’s Finest in Maryland Life magazine’s first reader’s poll: About Faces Day Spa – Finest Spa; Boordy Vineyards – Finest Wine; Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland – Finest Ways to Feel Younger; Friendly Farm – Finest Family Dining; Goose Harbor Marina – Finest Marina; Greetings & Readings – Finest Gift Shop; Greystone Golf Course – Finest Golf Course; Hampton National Historic Site – Finest Best-Kept Secret; Maryland State Fair – Finest Fair; Old Bay – Finest Product; Pappas Seafood – Finest Crab Cake; Towson Town Center – Finest Shopping District; Towsontown Spring Festival – Finest Festival.


R. Michael Menzies, president and CEO of Easton Bank and Trust Co. of Easton, will continue to serve as past chairman on the executive committee of the Independent Community Bankers of America for 2011-12. In addition to his duties as ICBA past chairman, Menzies was 2009-2010 ICBA chairman and has served as chairman-elect and vice chairman. He previously was chairman of ICBA’s Bank Education, Congressional Affairs, Membership/Marketing, Nominating, Payments and Technology, Policy Development and Tax committees. Menzies has served as the chairman of ICBA Mortgage Corp., an ICBA mortgage-services subsidiary. He also is chairman of the Talbot Hospice Foundation and a member of the Mid Shore Community Foundation Audit Committee.