On the Move, 6/20: USM’s Edelstein receives Montgomery County Chamber award

Wayne Countryman//June 20, 2011

On the Move, 6/20: USM’s Edelstein receives Montgomery County Chamber award

By Wayne Countryman

//June 20, 2011

Stewart Edelstein
Stewart Edelstein, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, University System of Maryland, and executive director at the Universities at Shady Grove, received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Visionary Award this month. Edelstein has led USG, a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland, since 2002. He is a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and co-chair of the chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Edelstein is also a member of the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, the Montgomery County Bioscience Task Force, the Montgomery County Smart Growth Initiative, the Montgomery County Economic Advisory Council and the Montgomery County Life Sciences Advisory Committee, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Great Seneca Science Corridor Advisory Committee. In 2006 he received a Community Service Award from the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program and the Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.


Volunteers of America Chesapeake has been named to CIO magazine’s 2011 CIO 100 list. The awards program recognizes 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology and utilization of IT to create business value.

Linda Hudson, a nurse with the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, recently received the VA Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing Care at a national level. Hudson served as acting Women’s Health coordinator from December 2009 to September 2010, and played a key role in the development and expansion of the Women’s Health Program at eight sites within the VA Maryland Health Care System. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, then joined the Nursing Service at the VA Maryland Health Care System. Receiving the award at the local level were VA Maryland Health Care System nurses Karen Cervino, NP, Ida Harvey, LPN, and nursing assistant Stephanie Tharp.

Vanessa Frazier has been named Volunteer of the Year at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, a division of the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System. Frazier, a veteran who volunteers with the Consumer Relations Service and staffs the information desk in the medical center lobby, has accrued more than 2,250 hours of service time.


WMS Partners, a Towson-based multi-family office serving individuals and families with substantial wealth, has promoted two associates to partner: Jeffrey B. Vain, a CPA, joined WMS Partners in 2004 and is a member of its investment and operations committees. He is a graduate of Stevenson University. Paul A. Speargas, a CFA, joined the firm in 2008 and is chairman of the investment committee. He has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Loyola University Maryland.

Residential Care

Janet Shimek has been named staff development coordinator of Carroll Lutheran Village, of Westminster. Shimek is a certified nurse educator, and has master’s degrees in nursing and education. She has been a faculty member in the HACC-Gettysburg and Carroll Community College nursing programs, and an on-call employee in the Health Care Center and Diven House at Carroll Lutheran Village.


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