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On the move: 5/6/11


Ryan Letke has been hired by WeberMessick, of Baltimore, to work in its accounting and tax department with individual and corporate clients on income tax planning and compliance, and accounting and business consulting. Letke previously worked at Christopher J. Seling & Associates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and is a CPA.


Tina Pogliani has been hired as an associate by Cho Benn Holback + Associates, a Baltimore-based architecture, interior design and planning firm. Pogliani, who has a master’s degree in architecture and 10 years of design experience in housing and sustainability, will focus on the firm’s housing projects.


Walesia Lynn Robinson Cates, a 16-year-old senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, won the annual Girls Gone Great Scholarship Essay Contest of “WomanTalk Live.” on WCBM radio. The contest called for young women to write about their overall vision for the future and how they are making a difference in the community today. Cates is a volunteer for the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Walk for the Homeless, American Red Cross, SHARE Food Network, and Adopt-a-Road. She operates blood glucose testing booths at county fairs and visits hospital patients. Cates is a co-founder and president of Sisters CARE (Sisters in Community Action Restoring Excellence), a nonprofit that focuses on self-esteem issues for girls and women aged 10-25. Ann Quasman, host of “Woman Talk Live,” created the contest, which provides a $2,000 scholarship.

The Armed Services YMCA honored military men and women who administer medical treatment to our troops on the front lines at the recent 5th annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala in Washington, D.C. Sgt. Antoine A. King, of Elkton, accepted an award on behalf of all U.S. Army National Guard medics. King has served more than 14 years in the military, including three deployments.

Montgomery County Police Officer Michael J. Phillips received the Germantown District Commander’s Recognition Award and Commander’s Coin on April 6 for his dedication and service. Phillips is a member of the Germantown Special Assignment Team and of the Decentralized SWAT team. In addition to his regular police duties, the former Navy officer teaches a two-hour tactical block for all department sergeants and team leaders.

An initiative for reducing and preventing infant deaths through parent education in the nursery at Franklin Square Hospital Center, of Baltimore, has been selected by the Maryland Patient Safety Center to receive the first Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation. In addition, a program at Frederick Memorial Hospital, of Frederick, for identifying and helping potential victims of domestic abuse was recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Patient Safety Innovation.

The Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic, of Columbia, recently announced the winners of the 2011 Maryland State SkillsUSA Graphic Communication competition at Printing Specialist Corp. in Glen Burnie: Jennifer Jones, from Calvert Career & Technology Academy in Calvert County, took first place at the event and will represent Maryland at the national graphic communications competition in mid-June in Kansas City; Richard Brewer, from the Center of Applied Technology North in Anne Arundel County, finished second; and Tasha Robinson, from the Carroll County Career & Technology Center, finished third.


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 for 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.

Matt Martin has been appointed to the market leadership team of PNC as retail market manager for Greater Maryland. He will oversee the daily management and operations of the bank’s regional branch retail network. Before this promotion, Martin served as PNC regional manager in Baltimore. He began his career with PNC in 2000.


Theodore E. Scott, owner of Stormwater Maintenance, headquartered in Hunt Valley was recently appointed to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of Blue Water Baltimore. BWB’s mission is to use community-based restoration, education, and advocacy to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers, streams, and harbor. Scott has more than 20 years of expertise in stormwater management and specialty water resources design; he has worked on water quality improvement projects in Baltimore’s watersheds. Stormwater Maintenance inspects, maintains and repairs stormwater and drainage systems.

Adventist HealthCare, of Rockville, appointed two new members to its board of trustees: Renee Battle-Brooks is an attorney who spent eight years with the Public Defender’s Office for Maryland and the past 11 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County. She was the county’s Prosecutor of the Year in 2004 and Columbia Union College’s Alumnus of the Year in 2005. Battle-Brooks has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Union College, now known as Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Bruce Robertson is the managing director and co-head of H.I.G. BioVentures, the life science-focused venture capital affiliate of H.I.G. Capital. He previously was managing director at Toucan Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund focusing on life-science investments, and has been a general partner at GIV Venture Partners, director of business development at IGEN International, and a research manager at W.R. Grace & Co.


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, who has 10 years of advertising experience, sits on the board of the American Advertising Federation’s Baltimore chapter. He has degrees 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 graphic design; graphic designer Kathryn Gruver has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master certificate in graphic, Web, and multimedia design from Johns Hopkins University; developer Robert North, who has a background in software engineering and development, design, coding, testing, debugging, and maintenance, is studying at University of Maryland University College.


Derek J. Mostoller was recently named a senior associate at Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. Mostoller is a structural engineer who is based in the firm’s Baltimore office. He manages and designs highway structures, as well as vertical structures, including maintenance, toll and wastewater facilities. Mostoller also performs structural inspections and calculates load ratings.

Pete Sutcliffe has been hired as project manager by Mullan Contracting Co., a construction management and general contracting firm based in Lutherville. Sutcliffe previously was senior project manager for Hubert Construction. He has also worked in project management positions with Balfour Beatty Construction, SIGAL Construction Co. and George Hyman Construction. The former commissioned U.S. Army officer has been designated an Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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 an independent consultant. Warren has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mahnoor Ahmed is the 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.


The Verizon Foundation has given a $10,000 grant to the Maryland Humanities Council to use in promoting literacy through its One Maryland One Book program, bringing reading and discussion programs to communities across the state. The yearlong project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations on issues critical to Marylanders.

On April 10, 100 volunteers planted 1,000 native trees on a former farm along the Chesapeake Bay as part of regional efforts funded by Washington Gas Energy Services and Sterling Planet. About 1,300 trees were planted in late March. The trees will absorb carbon dioxide from the air and filter nitrogen from runoff from roadways and fertilized agricultural fields. Contributions totaling $150,000 were made by WGES and Sterling Planet to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-managed Carbon Reduction Fund. J.B. Hunt Transport Services assisted the effort.

Health Care

Cliff Hughes began work this week as a development associate in the Howard County office of Gilchrist Hospice Care, a subsidiary of GBMC HealthCare. Hughes will be responsible for development and marketing within Howard County, and the planning and coordinating of Gilchrist’s annual fundraiser, Taste & Auction of Howard County. He is a former board member of Hospice Services of Howard County, which merged with Gilchrist in 1997, and has been a volunteer member of the steering committee for Taste & Auction since 1987. Hughes most recently was general manager of the Crab Shanty in Ellicott City. He and his wife, Kathy, own Studio K Salon & Spa in Marriottsville, where he is responsible for marketing and business functions.


Thomas Neuberger has been promoted to creative director of Warschawski. He has been with the Baltimore-based firm for five years. Neuberger will have increased responsibility for the overall creative direction of client campaigns and oversee the creative staff, including designers, interactive programmers and copywriters.


Kaye Gibson has been hired as coordinator of the Watt Watchers of Maryland program by the Fuel Fund of Maryland. The energy conservation education and financial literacy program is sponsored by the Fuel Fund and Citi Financial. Gibson will work with the Fuel Fund staff to expand the Watt Watchers program further into Prince George’s, Montgomery, Carroll and Washington counties, with statewide reach the goal. She previously was executive director of the Harford County Local Management Board and has served on state and local boards and committees. Gibson holds two bachelor’s degrees from Goucher College, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and a master’s in nonprofit management from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Real Estate

Ben Dabrowski has joined the staff of Mid-Atlantic Properties as a property manager. Dabrowski joins the Lutherville-based development and property management firm with nearly five years of experience in commercial and residential management. He most recently was a project manager for American Management, where he focused on rehabilitating residential properties in Charles Village and surrounding Baltimore neighborhoods. Previously, Dabrowski was a property manager for Hearn Burkley, where he managed a portfolio of office and industrial/flex buildings throughout Maryland. The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors member has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

Scott C. Scarfone

Scarfone named to river board

Scott C. Scarfone, founder of and principal at Oasis Design Group, a landscape architecture and urban design firm in Baltimore, has been appointed to the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board. The board works to improve water quality; help maintain and restore the river’s health and productivity; encourage careful land use; protect scenic and ecological areas, and historic and archaeological sites; provide information to governments and residents of Carroll and Frederick counties; develop multijurisdictional cooperation; and increase public awareness. Scarfone is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a certified professional horticulturist. He is the author of “Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings.”

Scott C. Scarfone

Education: B.S. degree in landscape architecture, and B.A. degree in geography with specialization in planning, West Virginia University; park and recreation design program in Cortona, Italy, through the University of Georgia; certificate in ornamental plants from Longwood Gardens.

Resides in: Westminster, Md., with my wife and our two young daughters.

Daily commute: I leave home around 6:30 a.m. so I can be ahead of traffic and in the office by 7:30 a.m.

Hobbies: I enjoy the outdoors — especially fly fishing, hunting, golfing, and gardening.

Most recently read and enjoyed: “Trout Bum” by John Gierach and “Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee.