Severn Savings Bank recently named three people to new positions: Karen Queen has joined the residential lending team; she has worked in the real estate and mortgage business from more than 25 years. Leslie Matthias has been named manager of the Glen Burnie branch; she previously was assistant branch manager. Cliff Woodward has joined Severn Savings Bank as commercial relationship manager; he previously worked at Sandy Spring Bank, and has experience in business development and commercial lending.
Maryland Institute College of Art, of Baltimore, has hired two staff members: Sara Benninghoff Warren is now director of corporate, foundation and government relations. Warren previously was director of development for Baltimore Clayworks. Before that, she was director of annual giving for Mount St. Mary’s University and worked as an independent consultant. Warren has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mahnoor Ahmed is MICA’s new assistant director for diversity and intercultural development. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration and as a financial aid counselor at McDaniel College in Westminster. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership – human resource development from Towson University.
Stevenson University has appointed music director, composer and educator Mark Lortz to develop a marching band before the football team begins its first season this fall. Lortz, who has arranged marching band music for high schools and colleges across the country, is the band and orchestra director for Westminster High School. He has taught music at McDaniel College and Carroll Community College. Lortz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. He was the principal percussionist with the Dallas Brass, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and a North American tour of “Phantom of the Opera,” for which he was associate music director.
Shawn Flattery Brashears recently joined Kelly Marketing Services, the broker services division of KELLY, as director of business development and operations. Brashears will educate KELLY brokers on how to better use KELLY technology; she also will develop new relationships and business opportunities. She was previously a principal with Compensation Concepts, which merged with WorkforceTactix. Brashears has served as president of the Baltimore Association of Health Underwriters, on the board of the Maryland Association of Health Underwriters, and on the advisory board of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.