On the move – 7/29/11: Nachlas named firm’s senior VP


Janeen M. Armstrong recently was named a stockholder by Stoy, Malone & Co., a Towson-based accounting and financial planning firm. Armstrong joined the firm 1993. She has accounting experience at national and local firms in providing audit, accounting and tax services. Armstrong is a Certified Public Accountant.


Baltimore-based Notari Associates, which specializes in building design, planning, interior design and program management, recently added four staff members: Stephen Sunderlin previously worked at CSD Architects in Baltimore. Meredith Blackney previously was an interior designer at Mitchell Associates in Wilmington, Del., and Blackney Hayes Architects in Philadelphia. Beth Traglia previously was an architectural designer at The S/L/A/M Collaborative in Boston. Jason Dunkerton has rejoined Notari as an architectural designer, having started as a CAD technician before working on high-end residential projects.

Beth Reed has been promoted to associate of Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, of Baltimore and York, Pa. She will continue to manage the firm’s operations, financial systems, human resources/benefits, and contract administration. Reed has been Murphy & Dittenhafer’s administrator for the past five years. She previously had a similar position with Christmas Tree Hill for nine years.


Dr. Harvey S. Cohen, Baltimore, recently received Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry for his commitment to lifelong learning, volunteering his services to communities in need, mentoring associates and new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry. Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

Emily Bendann, community outreach coordinator at SECU, has been named Coordinator of the Year by United Way in Anne Arundel County. Since Bendann joined SECU in 2005, she has volunteered for virtually every event and opportunity SECU has offered.

Herb Retsky has been named Man of the Year by Har Sinai Congregation’s Brotherhood. Serving as secretary of Brotherhood, and as an usher during services, are among his volunteer activities for the congregation in Owings Mills. Retsky also served on the congregation’s board of trustees for three years, the Brotherhood executive board of trustees for seven years and the religious services committee for five years. He retired in 1994 as the senior group leader at Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he worked for 35 years. Retsky has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Adel A.F. Mahmoud and Dr. Edward M. Connor Jr. recently were elected to the board of directors of GenVec, a biopharmaceutical company in Gaithersburg. Mahmoud is a professor at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2006, he retired as the chief medical advisor, vaccines and infectious diseases, and a member of the management committee of Merck & Co., after six years as president of Merck Vaccines. He is chairman of the National Institutes of Health’s Blue Ribbon Panel to Advise on the Risk Assessment of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories and of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Prevention of Proliferation of Biological Weapons. Connor is director of the Office of Innovation Development and Investigational Therapeutics at Children’s National Medical Center and a professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. From 2004 to 2008, he was the chief medical officer and executive vice president of MedImmune, Connor is chief medical officer for 3-V Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company for the treatment of infectious diseases. He is also the Children’s National Representative on the VP-Pharma board of directors.

The Association of Community Services, based in Columbia, has elected officers for its board of directors: president, Jackie Eng, Bridges to Housing Stability; vice president, Dick Barnard, community advocate; secretary, Debra Popiel, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center; treasurer, Brad Closs, Neighbor Ride. New members elected to the board are Carol Beatty, ARC of Howard County; Brad Closs, Neighbor Ride; Michelle Glassburn, makingCHANGE; Jesse Guercio, Humanim; Nancy Huggins, Central Maryland Regional Transit Corp.; Ande Kolp, community advocate; Grace Morris, Columbia Housing Corp.; and Donna Stinchcomb, Community Action Council.

The Maryland and DC Credit Union Association recently elected members to its board of directors. Re-elected were Miguel Boluda, of PAHO/WHO Federal Credit Union, as chairman, Rod Staatz, of SECU, as vice chairman, and Chris Conway. New officers are Theresa Mann, Partnership Federal Credit Union, secretary; Rob Windsor, First Financial Federal Credit Union of Maryland, treasurer; and Debbie Connors, Money One Federal Credit Union, chairman of the Community Outreach Committee. Also, Paul Coakley, chairman of St. Agnes Employees FCU, was honored as the Volunteer of the Year, and Chris Conway, president/CEO of Educational Systems FCU, was named Professional of the Year.

John H. Cammack, managing partner of Cammack Associates, has been elected chair of the board of directors of United Way of Central Maryland. Also, three new board members were elected: Stephanie Beran, vice president, director of risk management, Legg Mason; James Wheeler, president, Ayers St. Gross; and David Wilson, president, Morgan State University. Cammack is an angel investor and entrepreneur specializing in technologies advancing brain fitness, educational attainment and behavioral change. He spent 18 years in senior management at T. Rowe Price.

Jeffrey B. Gould was recently elected secretary of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters in mid-June. Gould is a vice president of American Claims Management Services, a public adjustment and loss consulting firm headquartered in Towson. He joined American Claims Management Services as a public adjuster after serving five years as assistant legislative auditor for the Maryland General Assembly. Gould studied accounting at University of Baltimore, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kelly Cantley, business development manager of the Maryland office of Turner Construction, recently was appointed president of the Baltimore affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program. The program has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing educations in architecture, construction and engineering. In it, architects, construction managers, engineers and designers lead a 13-week series of after-school discussions and workshops for students from Baltimore and Baltimore County students. Cantley is treasurer of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore District Council, a committee member of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Homelessness Initiative, a business mentor at the Walter Reed Military Advanced Training Center, and a member of the board of directors for Baltimore Station.

Matthew Weirich, LEED AP, vice president and district operations manager for Gilbane Building Co., has recently joined the board of directors for Kids’ Chance of Maryland Inc., a nonprofit scholarship organization. Established in 1996 as an outgrowth of Maryland’s workers’ compensation community, Kids’ Chance of Maryland provides scholarships to children of Maryland workers who have been catastrophically or fatally injured on their job.


Ricardo A. Brown has been named assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland, and chief academic programs officer at the Universities at Shady Grove. Brown will focus on curriculum planning and college-access initiatives, working with Montgomery County officials and the Montgomery County Public Schools to strengthen the pipeline for minority and first-generation college students to pursue degrees. He most recently was associate vice president for sponsored programs at Howard University. Before that, Brown spent six years at the National Institutes of Health as a health scientist administrator. He also served as professor and chairman of biology at Morgan State University and assistant and associate professor of physiology at the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. Brown received his doctorate in physiology and biophysics from Howard University.

The College of Southern Maryland, in La Plata, has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance for associate degrees by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Only 13 community colleges across the nation have received this recognition for their cybersecurity educational practices and curriculum.

L. Mickey Fenzel, associate dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland, and Cathy Rosensteel, co-director of special education and practicum coordinator, have been awarded a four-year, $56,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education funded by the Teach for Maryland Consortium portion of the federal Race to the Top program. They will develop programs to prepare teachers to work at high-poverty and high-minority-population schools. Loyola will partner with Baltimore’s Barclay Elementary/Middle School and Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School to provide professional development for teachers and interns from Loyola.

Victoria K. Fretwell has been elected chair of the Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees, effective July 1. Jerome W. Klasmeier was elected vice chair, and Cynthia Robichaud was appointed student representative. Fretwell is director of external affairs for Priority Partners/Johns Hopkins HealthCare, handling communications and marketing for the Medicaid Managed Care Organization. Klasmeier is in his second term on the board. He served as vice chair in 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2008-2009. Klasmeier, who served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer, works as assistant comptroller for the State of Maryland and is a former special projects consultant to Anne Arundel County. Robichaud is completing requirements for a Paralegal Studies Certificate after having earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is treasurer of the AACC Paralegal Club and has been a member-at-large on the board of the U.S. Naval Academy Aquatics Club.

Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, of Germantown, recently donated $2,000 to Montgomery College for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s Montgomery College Scholarship Foundation. Also making donations were Hughes Network Systems, MAR Inc, The Gazette, and Deerfield Construction & McShea.

John P. (Jack) Hollerbach, founder and president of Hollerbach & Associates consulting, has been named a mentor to the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business INNoVATE program for aspiring science and technology entrepreneurs. Before his return to Hollerbach & Associates this year, Hollerbach was president, CEO and co-founder of HarVest Bank of Maryland.


Jessica Lavin, a marketing specialist with 14 years of experience working within the architectural and engineering professions, has joined Baltimore-based Mueller Associates as director of marketing and business development. Lavin has worked with the Boston offices of Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects, Arup, and the SLAM Collaborative; and with Sorg Architects. She is a founding board member of the nonprofit PeaceBoston, which advocates for youth violence prevention.

Health Care

John T. Daly, M.D., has been named chief medical officer of COLA, an independent, nonprofit clinical laboratory accreditation firm based in Columbia, effective Sept. 1. He will provide professional medical knowledge and experience to represent the clinical voice in the implementation of COLA policy. Dr. Daly served as director of clinical laboratories for the Duke University Health System from 2005 to 2009, managing one academic and two community hospital and core laboratories. He was also a member of three area hospital staffs, and taught at the Duke University School of Medicine. After retiring from Duke in 2009, the Navy veteran served as a COLA surveyor.

Dr. Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been selected as one of 65 prominent “Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review magazine. The award is based on the physician leaders’ “arrays of experience in medicine and management,” along with strong clinical and financial backgrounds. Dr. Miller became dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins in 1997. Before that, he was chief of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.


The Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program will once again make Volunteers of America Chesapeake a beneficiary of its Help the Homeless Walkathon. In 2010, Volunteers of America Chesapeake raised approximately $22,000 through this event to benefit its 14 area homeless facilities throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. This year’s Walkathon will take place Nov. 19 on the National Mall in Washington.

Nachlas named firm’s senior VP

Adam Nachlas

Adam Nachlas has been promoted to senior vice president, director of brokerage by Manekin, a full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Columbia. Nachlas will manage the operations of the brokerage division, create and implement sales and leasing strategies, recruit employees, and identify and pursue opportunities for the firm. He had served as a vice president of the brokerage division for 15 years, focusing on tenant representation, corporate services and biotech real estate consulting. Nachlas has been named one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Top Five Real Estate Brokers” and received the Washington, D.C., Association of Realtors’ “Multimillion Dollar Leasing Award.”

Adam Nachlas

Education: University of Maryland — B.A. in urban studies with a specialization in real estate.

Resides in: Brookeville, Md.

Daily commute: 25 minutes

Most recent vacation: Nemacolin, Pa.

Hobbies: Skiing, golf, basketball.

Favorite book: “Catcher in the Rye”

Most recently read: “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins.

Favorite food: Crabs

Favorite quotation” “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”—Thomas Edison

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