Beth McNally and Michael Marinaro of the technology solutions group at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, in Baltimore, have passed the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance exam. McNally is a Sage Certified Consultant and certified in Microsoft Dynamics GP (Financials) and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Marinaro is a Certified Public Accountant and a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman recently received the Janet L. Hoffman Award for Local Government Public Service at the National ASPA Conference in Baltimore. Ulman was nominated by Del. Guy Guzzone, who noted initiatives such as Healthy Howard and the countywide recycling program.
Nesse Godin, a Lithuanian survivor of the Holocaust who now lives in Silver Spring, received the American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award on March 16. Godin survived a concentration camp, four labor camps and a death march as a teenager. She writes accounts of her experience and makes broadcast and personal appearances about it, including during American Legion Boys Nation and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation events. Godin also volunteers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Engineering Associate Director and ECBC Rock Island Site Manager Nan Ramsey recently received the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award at the center’s Women in Science & Engineering Panel Discussion. The award, the second-highest presented to civilian employees of federal government agencies, honored Ramsey’s “extraordinary leadership and unusual initiative.”
Edward A. Hubner, of EBL Engineers, of Baltimore, has been selected Engineer of the Year by the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. Hubner joined the firm in 1987 as a mechanical project engineer. He is vice president of the Maryland chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and chairman of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers chapter’s Refrigeration Committee. EBL Engineers is a multidiscipline engineering firm providing mechanical, electrical, fire protection and structural design services.
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.
Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, has been selected to the National Cancer Advisory Board, an advisory committee to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Dr. Cullen, a head and neck cancer specialist, serves on the national board of the American Cancer Society and on the external advisory boards of several NCI-designated cancer centers. He has received the NCI’s Special Achievement Award, the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division Service Award and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Hope Award.
Michael S. Clevenger, vice president, BB&T Bank, wealth management division, recently was elected to the board of directors of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Clevenger is a personal trust specialist at BB&T in Westminster, where he handles trust real estate and manages investment accounts. Before joining BB&T in 2005, Clevenger practiced law with Jensen, Hassani & Focas, of Towson.
Everyman Theatre, in Baltimore, recently appointed Luke T. Cooper, Susan Flanigan, Judith Needham and W. Bryan Rakes to its board of directors. Cooper co-founded Performant Capital Partners; he is CEO and co-managing director of the firm’s investing activities. Flanigan, who has a theater degree from Goucher College, ran Maison Inc., an interior design firm, for 30 years. Needham, who has a law degree, established Bunting Management Group; she is president and chief operating officer of Bunting Management Group, president of the Bunting Family Foundations, and a trustee for the Bunting Family trusts. Rakes is an attorney with Venable who practices in business transactions, corporate finance and general business advisory services; he teaches in the entrepreneurship and management program at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the boards of directors of the Maryland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and of Civic Works.
Stuart Barr, principal with Lerch, Early & Brewer, recently joined the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. His law practice encompasses land use, planning, zoning and rezoning, real estate development and redevelopment, master plans and sector plans, due diligence, building, use and occupancy, and other permits, water and sewer category changes, condemnation and eminent domain, administrative law, annexation, and historic preservation.
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 has served as the chairman of ICBA Mortgage Corp., an ICBA mortgage-services subsidiary. Menzies also is chairman of the Talbot Hospice Foundation and a member of the Mid Shore Community Foundation Audit 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 bachelor’s degrees from Towson University and a master’s 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.
McCormick & Co. retirees presented the American Red Cross of Central Maryland with a $21,000 donation in March. Former Red Cross Board Chair Francine Stokes-McElveen accepted the check. McCormick was the lead sponsor for the Red Cross of Central Maryland’s Hometown Heroes event March 31.
Towson University has received accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission for both the undergraduate and graduate forensic programs.
Cathy Wagner has been hired as development director of Everyman Theatre, of Baltimore. Most recently, Wagner served as director of development at PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an affiliate of Kennedy Krieger Institute. Before that, she was development director at Orlando Repertory Theatre, Florida. Wagner has a bachelor’s degree in theater from Towson University. Everyman Theatre plans to move into the Town Theatre in 2012.
Suzanne Middleton, of Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, has been promoted to director of operations for Seton Medical Group. She will be responsible for working with the primary care practice to secure National Committee for Quality Assurance Recognition and designation as Patient Centered Medical Homes. Before joining Seton Medical Group in 2007, Middleton was the practice manager for the Williams Group.
Dr. Janet Sunness, medical director of Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Richard E. Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services and an expert on advanced dry age-related macular degeneration, has been awarded the Macula Society’s 2011 J. Donald M. Gass Medal. Dr. Sunness is an ophthalmologist whose clinical practice at GBMC focuses on low vision and on retinal and macular disease. Her findings as principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute 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.
Amber Bradford recently was named a director of communications by the Maryland Hospital Association. Before joining MHA, Bradford was a public relations senior account executive at gkv. Before that she was a public relations specialist at Carroll Hospital Center and an editor/reporter at the Harford Business Ledger and The Aegis. Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Salisbury University.
Array Information Technology, of Greenbelt, recently added two executive team members: Richard (Rick) Perry will serve as vice president and general manager for civilian operations, and Jay Kalath will serve as vice president and general manager for national security operations and as chief technology officer. Perry has more than 35 years of experience, including 12 years experience as chief information officer of an $800 million company and service as the chief operating officer of a software company. He most recently was a general manager at Avaya Government Solutions and at Keane Federal Systems. Kalath previously was executive vice president at Astegic, and chief technology officer of Bart and Associates.
Michael A. Kijesky became vice president–research of Petroleum & Resources Corp. on April 1. Kijesky joined the Baltimore-based closed-end investment company in 2009 as a senior equity analyst with a focus on energy and basic materials stocks. Before then, he was a senior vice president/equity analyst with McHugh Associates. He has also been an equities analyst with Cutler & Co., a financial analyst with Air Products & Chemicals, and a process engineer with Rohm and Haas Co. Kijesky is a chartered financial analyst.
Suzy Dyer-Gear began serving March 21 as vice president of human resources of Carroll Lutheran Village, in Westminster. Dyer-Gear had been in private human resources consulting for the past 15 years; she coordinated the master’s program in human resources development for McDaniel College and has taught at Carroll Community College. In addition to overseeing human resources at the Village, she will oversee its education and training programs.
Elizabeth Yienger has been hired by Visit Baltimore as its regional director of sales for the Northeast. Yienger has 26 years of hotel and convention sales experience, most recently as director of national accounts for the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Earlier in her career she spent six years as the global account director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, and two years as a consultant for ConferenceDirect.
Ted Simpson, director of administrative systems at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, was recently elected president of the Higher Education Users Group, which consists of more than 900 institutions in 28 countries that use application software from the Oracle Corp. Before coming to MICA, Simpson held positions in academic services and information technology at the University of Maryland School of Law and Johns Hopkins University. At MICA he is responsible for guiding overall strategy, managing implementation and upgrade projects, and overseeing production support for all administrative information technology. Simpson also advises companies on the future of technology within higher education.
Education: B.A., English, University of Maryland, College Park; MBA and M.S. in Information Services (in progress), Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; attended University of Maryland School of Law and Schuler School.
Resides in: Baltimore.
Daily commute: I am often zipping between Baltimore and Washington for school, work, travel, life.
Hobbies: Chess with my dad; visiting art museums, old cemeteries, battlefields, great old universities and great big cities.
Vacations: My family and I vacation in Maine every summer.
Most recently read: “The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System” by John Darwin.
Favorite food: Crabs while on the bay, lobster rolls in Maine. Otherwise, steak and a glass of red wine.
Favorite quotation: “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will.” — “Hamlet” 5.2