Karen Barbour, president of The Barbour Group, of Westminster, has been chosen by Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine as one of Baltimore’s top female business leaders in its fifth annual Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards. Barbour established the independent insurance agency in 2002, focusing on construction bonding and commercial insurance. She is a co-chair on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Commission for Small Business. The Barbour Group teams with Lee Gaines of Gaines and Co. every year for a Party for a Cure event, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The 2011 event raised over $65,000 to be used in research and to send children with the disease to a one-week summer camp.
Viki Betancourt, manager of the World Bank Community Connections Fund, has been added to the board of directors of the Calvert Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers investors financial returns while creating jobs for low-income individuals, building or rehabilitating affordable homes, and financing nonprofit facilities and social enterprises in low-income communities in the United States and around the world. As manager of the World Bank’s Community Outreach Program Fund, Betancourt is responsible for corporate philanthropy, including a workplace giving program, a grants program, volunteer management, and a student internship program.
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism gave $4.8 million in AmeriCorps grants in July to increase the impact of 15 organizations addressing critical community needs in Maryland. Grants for 2011-2012 will support nearly 1,100 AmeriCorps members serving in Maryland to strengthen education, provide disaster services, assist veterans and military families, preserve the environment, expand health services, and foster economic opportunity.
R. Mark Ellerkmann, M.D., has joined the Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy Medical Center as director of the urogynecology division of the Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine. Dr. Ellerkmann will see patients at the Weinberg Center in Lutherville. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Ellerkmann completed his urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery fellowship at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he later served as chief of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and associate residency program director. He is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.