On the Move, 5/9: Parr reappointed to Howard County Pension Oversight Commission

Christopher P. Parr

Christopher P. Parr, president of Columbia-based Parr Financial Solutions, has been appointed to a second five-year term on the Howard County Pension Oversight Commission. He has been the elected chairperson of the commission since 2007. The commission monitors the combined Howard County Pension Plan for Employees and the Howard County Police and Fire Employee Pension Plan. Parr has been named one of the nation’s 150 best financial advisors for doctors by Medical Economics magazine and one of the nation’s “Best Financial Advisers” by Worth magazine. He holds the Certified Financial Planner designation and an MBA degree in finance from Loyola College in Maryland. Parr earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western Maryland College. Parr Financial Solutions provides fee-only financial planning and independent wealth management services to clients throughout the U.S.


The Y of Central Maryland has appointed five new members to its board of directors: Brian Dembeck, executive director of Johns Hopkins Real Estate, is responsible for off-campus real estate for all Johns Hopkins Institutions; he is a graduate of the University of Baltimore. Dennis Golladay is president of Harford Community College; he previously was vice chancellor for community colleges at State University of New York in Albany, president of Cayuga Community College, and vice president for academic affairs at Anne Arundel Community College. Julie Mercer, chief advancement officer for the American Red Cross of Central Maryland, was the Y’s board chair in 2006-2007; she is a former managing director of Columbia Consulting Group. Vincent Oakley, director of field engineering & services at Northrop Grumman, also serves on the board of trustees of the Franciscan Center; he has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Harry Thomasian Jr. is a partner in Ernst & Young’s assurance practice, where he serves as the Greater Baltimore strategic growth markets leader and manages the firm’s Entrepreneur of the Year program in Maryland.


Loiederman Soltesz Associates, which specializes in site civil engineering services throughout the mid-Atlantic, has added three staff members: Steven Heiss has joined the Rockville office as project manager and will lead the environmental sciences team. He has 24 years of experience, including: performing forest and wetland studies; designing of utilities, roads, storm drains, water and sewer, and stormwater management. Heiss has a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Frostburg State University. Lori Hirz has returned to the firm as an assistant project manager in the Rockville office; she previously worked in the Lanham office for 10 years. Her experience includes water resources engineering and inventory and inspections. Hirz has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kristin Petit is now the director of human resources. She had been HR director for SeraCare Life Sciences supporting offices in Frederick and in Gaithersburg. Petit has also worked as an HR Supervisor for Hughes Network Systems and an HR administrator with EU Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in business from University of Maryland, University College.


Caroline Hook has been named vice president of Bonnie Heneson Communications, of Columbia and Owings Mills. Hook has nearly a decade of experience in the communications field. She had been director of event planning and senior account executive at the firm. Before that, she was communications coordinator at Oakcrest School in McLean, Va.