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On the Move, 4/26: VA Maryland Health Care System’s Smith wins award

Dennis H. Smith

Dennis H. Smith, director of the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, recently received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ VA Regent Award for the Senior Healthcare Executive Award category. Among Smith’s work has been the growth of one of the largest funded research and development VA programs nationwide at the VA Maryland Health Care System, which serves more than 52,000 veterans annually. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and a master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on the boards of directors for the United Way of Central Maryland, the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, and the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation.


Bernie Dancel, CEO and chairman of Ascend One Corp., has been named one of the “25 CEOs You Need to Know” by The Gazette of Politics and Business. Ascend One is a debt-management company based in Columbia, whose businesses includes CareOne Services Inc., Amerix Corp. and 3Ci.

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Norma C. Hunter has joined Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States as its new linguistic services and cultural competence manager. As part Kaiser Permanente’s new initiative in diversity programs, Hunter will serve as the Mid-Atlantic expert for language-related services. She has experience in program management as an organizational development professional.


Meghan Brady has been hired as assistant director of communications and marketing by the Joseph E. Shaner Co., of Baltimore. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Virginia Tech. The company provides association management services to more than a dozen nonprofit trade and professional associations.


Arnold Silverberg has been hired as a new account manager by Acme Paper & Supply Co., of Savage, for its restaurant equipment and supply division. Silverberg, who has 25 years of experience in the foodservice distribution industry, previously was a senior sales executive for Adams-Burch. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Silverberg will focus on the foodservice equipment and smallwares markets in the Washington, D.C., area.