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On the Move, 7/5: Polites named new PR professional of the Year

Eleni Polites

Eleni Polites of the Baltimore office of Weber Shandwick recently was named New Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland chapter. Polites joined Weber Shandwick in February 2010 as an account executive and was recently promoted to senior account executive. She works as a digital project manager responsible for managing website production, as well as handling daily site maintenance, testing and deployment. Weber Shandwick also won an Award of Excellence and a Best in Maryland award for two campaigns in the specialty category: “Failure to Launch: The Center for Liberal Arts” and “A Portrait Depicting the Importance of Public Relations.”


Business leader and philanthropist Bernie Dancel was presented the 2011 Jim Greenfield Award for Compassionate Leadership by The Arc of Howard County at a tribute to him and his wife, Connie. The Dancels, personally and through Ascend One Corp., the business Bernie Dancel founded, have provided financial support for The Arc of Howard County through personal and corporate gifts to the capital campaign, endowment fund, annual campaign and frequent sponsorships. Ascend One Corp. and the Dancels support dozens of other local and regional nonprofit organizations. They have made leadership gifts to the Howard County Y, Howard County General Hospital and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, and established funds at The Columbia Foundation. Their hands-on work includes his service as a football coach and hers as a cheerleading coach.


James H. Johnson Jr. has been appointed to the board of directors of Severn Savings Bank, of Annapolis. Johnson is professor emeritus of civil engineering and former dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University. He is a member of the National Research Council’s Division of Earth and Life Studies oversight committee, chair of the U.S. EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, chair of the Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees and president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. Johnson was the 2005 recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Academia.


Andrea Burgoyne has been promoted from concert manager to operations manager at Children’s Chorus of Maryland & School of Music, of Towson. Burgoyne, who is a professional performing musician, has served in nonprofit management and board positions throughout the Greater Baltimore region for over 25 years. Children’s Chorus of Maryland is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a provider of training for children in choral music literacy.


Dr. Kelly L. Geoghan has joined the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland. She is an expert in cosmetic podiatry, using surgical and non-surgical procedures. Geoghan has more than 14 years of experience in podiatric surgery and medicine, with advanced training in cosmetic podiatric procedures. She is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Geoghan served as chief resident at St. Agnes Medical Center in Baltimore.