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On the move – 7/1/11: Rowen wins nursing award


Erika Pecora has been hired by Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, of Baltimore, as an account executive in its technology solutions group. Pecora, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University, previously was an investment operations representative for Martin/Wight & Co., an investment and insurance agency affiliated with Mass Mutual Financial Group.

Chuck Faunce has joined the Owings Mills office of Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn as a director in the business valuation department. He has 15 years of experience providing valuation consulting in financial and tax reporting compliance, economic damages analysis and expert testimony, and side transaction analysis. Faunce was recently elected to the Business Valuation Committee of the American Society of Appraisers, and provides pro bono services as an economic evaluator to Maryland Industrial Partnerships.

Clifton Gunderson has named three new partners for the firm’s Baltimore office. John Kraft, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Health Care Financial Professional who joined the firm in 1992, specializes in health care auditing, accounting and consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University, where he is a member of the Accounting Advisory Board. Andrew Ranck, a CPA, specializes in health care- and government-related compliance audit engagements with an emphasis on Medicaid and Medicare managed care organizations, cost reports and program integrity. Owen Ward specializes in audit, accounting and consulting services for manufacturers, wholesale distributors and contractors. He has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and is a CPA. Ward is the finance chairman and second vice president of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Baltimore.

Carl Kampel, a CPA with Ellin & Tucker, a regional certified public accounting and business consulting firm based in Baltimore, has been elected area director for the North Atlantic Area of Financial Executives International. As director in charge of professional standards at Ellin & Tucker, Kampel advises clients on financial reporting for complex transactions and represents the firm before financial reporting standard-setting organizations. He is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Emerging Issues Task Force and of the board of directors of the Baltimore chapter of Financial Executives International, and co-chair of the Baltimore chapter of the Financial Executives Networking Group.


James Knapp recently received the 2011 Compton Crook Award from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for his novel “State of Decay,” which was published in February. The award is presented for the best first novel of the year in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. The book was also a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

Suzanne Milchling, director of program integration for the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, on May 25 became the first woman inducted into the Senior Executive Service, a corps of executives who serve as the major link between top presidential appointees and the federal workforce. Milchling manages the business activities and operating processes at ECBC, a research and development organization with the primary core competency of safely handling chemical and biological agents for defensive R&D purposes.

The Maryland Hepatitis Coalition recently recognized four Maryland health professionals as its 2011 Hepatitis Heroes Honorees: Appolo Bama, LPN of Total Health Care, Men’s Health Center; Frank Parish, RN, CIC of the Baltimore City Detention Center; Kathleen L. Becker, DNP, CRNP of Healthcare for the Homeless and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; and Jonathan B. Schreiber, MD, of Mercy Medical Center.

Matthew J. Allen, senior associate with Wallace, Montgomery & Associates, of Towson, recently received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2011 Engineer of the Year Award. Allen joined Wallace, Montgomery & Associates in 2003 to start and develop a traffic division. His degrees include a bachelor’s in engineering science from Loyola College and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. Allen is on the board of directors of the Civil Engineers Association of Maryland and is co-chair of the MdQI Safety Subcommittee.

The University of Maryland School of Social Work recently presented honors to three past graduates: Judith M. Levy received the school’s Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Award. Levy is chair of the Ethics Committee of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an adjunct clinical associate professor. Steven Rivelis received the Alumni of the Year Award. In 1988 he co-founded and is chief executive officer of Campaign Consultation Inc., which was named one of the “Top 100 Inner City Companies in the U.S.” in 2004 by Inc. Magazine. Regina A. Ritenour received the Emeritus Award. Ritenour, director of the Department of Social Work at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, previously served as a clinical social worker, supervisor and director at the medical center, and as a member of its ethics committee for 20 years.

The Baltimore Community Foundation has added 10 members to its Professional Advisor Recognition Society for their work to advance philanthropy and encourage charitable giving across Baltimore: Robert G. Blue, Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid; Eddie C. Brown, Brown Capital Management; Sandra P. Gohn, DLA Piper; Jeffrey K. Gonya, Venable; Frederick S. Koontz, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; Natalie B. Sherman, Gallagher, Evelius & Jones; H. James Smith III, RBC Dain Rauscher; Frederick Steinmann, attorney at law; Shale D. Stiller, DLA Piper; and Robert Louis Waldman, Venable.

Stewart Edelstein, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, University System of Maryland, and executive director at the Universities at Shady Grove, has received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Visionary Award. Edelstein has led USG since 2002. He is a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and co-chair of the Economic Development Committee. Edelstein is 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 from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.


Christopher K. Kyanko, who manages the valuation/litigation and forensic services department of HeimLantz, a business accounting and consulting practice in Annapolis, has joined the editorial advisory board of the National Litigation Consultants’ Review, a technical journal published by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Scott D. Rodgville, of the Owings Mills-based Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn accounting firm, has been elected to his second three-year term as treasurer of the board of directors of Paul’s Place Inc. The organization advocates for change and improvement of quality of life for residents of Washington Village/Pigtown and surrounding neighborhoods in Southwest Baltimore. Rodgville leads Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn’s not-for-profit service area and focuses on not-for-profit and employee benefit plan clients. The certified public accountant has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore. Rodgville also is on the board of directors of the American Health Assistance Foundation.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently appointed two new directors to its board: Barbara Bozzuto is the former president of Bozzuto Marketing. She is chair of the board of St. Agnes Hospital, sits on the Maryland committee for the 9/11 Memorial and is a former chair of the board of WYPR Radio. Bozzuto has been executive director for the Maryland Sports Corp., director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, executive director of Baltimore Operation Sail and public relations director of Pride of Baltimore Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College. William Wagner is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vocus, a public company that provides on?demand software solutions. He previously was chief marketing officer at Fiberlink Communications, and spent 10 years in marketing and sales leadership positions at AT&T. Wagner also serves on the board of directors of M5 Networks.

Mike Maiorana, regional president of Verizon Wireless for Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, has been named to the boards of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. As regional president of Verizon Wireless, Maiorana is responsible for regional sales, marketing, customer service, retail stores and expansion of the wireless network.

Business Support

Bob Lammey has been appointed director of higher education by High Street Partners, of Annapolis. Lammey previously was director of global business compliance for Harvard University. He will initially focus on the U.S. higher education market.


Mark Gutierrez has been hired as director of sales of VeriTrust, which advocates for homeowners facing possible foreclosure by ensuring that lenders

follow the necessary and proper procedures throughout the foreclosure process. Gutierrez will lead the Bethesda-based company’s nationwide sales effort. His experience in customer service and sales in the financial services industry most recently included providing unsecured capital in the form of cash advances to small-business owners while working at RapidAdvance.


Six organizations in Maryland have received AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism recently distributed more than $2.5 million in funding to: Civic Works Service Corps, $499,999; Community Art Collaborative, $277,092; Maryland Conservation Corps, $686,222; Project CHANGE, $377,590; Teach for America-Baltimore, $318,439; and Volunteer Maryland, $401,100. An additional $2.3 million in AmeriCorps grants will be distributed in July.

Health Care

Dr. Hmu Minn, an internal medicine physician who serves as associate program director of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, recently received GBMC’s 2011 Nancy J. Petrarca Compassionate Caregiver Award. Dr. Minn has been a physician at GBMC for five years. Receiving honorable mention awards were Elizabeth Bishai, Gilchrist Hospice Care End-of-Life Doula volunteer; Abby Dentry, CRNP, advanced practitioner, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Linda Henderson, R.N., clinical program manager, Acute Care for the Elderly Unit; and Debbie Johnston, LCSW, clinical social worker, Women’s Services.

Erik G. Wexler has resigned after seven years as president and chief operating officer at Northwest Hospital and senior vice president of the hospital’s parent corporation, LifeBridge Health, of Baltimore. Wexler will become president and chief executive officer of Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass.

Michael Rosen has been hired as program manager of the not-for-profit Jewish Recovery Houses, a drug and alcohol abuse recovery program for Jewish men and women in Baltimore. Rosen, who was recently named Student of the Year by the Community College of Baltimore Chemical Dependency Counseling Program, will implement resident and family recovery programs. He most recently served as executive vice president of the Rosen Organization, real estate operations vice president of Rosen Properties, and apartment division vice president of Monumental Properties.

Real Estate

M. Lindsay Thompson has been named vice president of engineering and project management of Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm based in Columbia. Thompson previously was senior project manager for Daft McCune Walker Inc. Before that, she served as project liaison for the Sheppard Pratt Health System. Thompson is on the board of the Greater Towson Committee and chairs the Transportation and Placemaking Committee. She is also on the board of Catonsville Rails to Trails. Thompson, a LEED Accredited Professional, has an MBA 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.

Lisa Rowen

Rowen wins nursing award

Lisa Rowen, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at University of Maryland Medical Center, received the top award recently from Nursing Spectrum magazine for “Advancing and Leading the Profession” in the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia region. Rowen will be considered for national Nurse of the Year awards this fall. Working to build a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing is among her accomplishments. Rowen served as director of nursing, and vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, at Mercy Medical Center. She then became director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2007, she came to the University of Maryland Medical Center as chief nursing officer and senior vice president of nursing and patient care services. Rowen is associate professor of nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the founding editor of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care.

Lisa Rowen

Education: Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University; Master of Science from University of Maryland; Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from University of Delaware.

Resides in: Baltimore County

Daily commute: I’ve been driving on I-83 South for over 25 years! Depending on the time I leave, weather, time of sunrise, and whether or not school is in session, the commute takes somewhere between 25 and 40 minutes, door to door.

Recent vacation: Italy

Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, going to art museums, fiction, and cultural arts.

Favorite book: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz.

Most recently read: “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”by Daniyal Mueenuddin.

Favorite food: Sushi and ice cream (but not together).

Favorite quotation: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”