On the move – 8/5/11: Mancuso receives entrepreneur award


The Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance recently was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of North America for excellence in financial reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30. The GFOA also honored the Employees’ Retirement System of Baltimore County for its annual report for the fiscal year.


Harry Johnson, an attorney and partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, is the new chairman of the GBMC HealthCare board of directors. Johnson first became involved with GBMC HealthCare as a lawyer handling medical negligence cases on behalf of GBMC and physicians. He joined the GBMC Foundation board of directors and then the GBMC HealthCare Board, continuing as a member of both boards for two years until relinquishing his foundation position. Johnson also was president of the Maryland State Bar Association from 2003-2004. He serves on the boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Office of the Public Defender of Maryland.

IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance recently announced the new officers on its board of directors: Leonard Schuler Jr., chairman; Lewis C. Powell, vice chairman; Rocky V. Gonzalez, secretary; and Joseph M. Coale, treasurer. Remaining on the board are: Patricia McHugh Lambert, immediate past chair; Charles Dankmeyer; Paul V. Gill Sr.; and Kenneth Nwafor. IWIF is the largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Maryland.

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland has added members to its board of directors for three-year terms: Bernard G. Jaar, M.D., staff nephrologist, Nephrology Center of Maryland, Baltimore; Paul Mark Sandler, partner/litigation chair, Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Baltimore; Nabil Sheikh, president, OmegaCor Technologies, Millersville; Phillip P. Weiner, Pharm.D., Pikesville; and M. Ryan Weir Jr., banking officer, M&T Bank, Towson.


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. The college also received two awards from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence: the Workplace Excellence Award and the Health and Wellness Trailblazers Award.

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. 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 “Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review magazine. The award is based on “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.

Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, became president of the American Heart Association on July 1. The cardiac electrophysiologist is the Michel Mirowski, M.D., Professor of Cardiology and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Tomaselli served as program chair for the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. He is chairman of the association’s Strategic Planning Task Force and president-elect. Dr. Tomaselli has focused most of his research on arrhythmias, and especially on new therapies aimed at warding off potentially fatal heart rhythm disturbances. He was president of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society from 2003 to 2005.

Irene Gage, M.D., has been named regional medical director of oncology for Sibley and Suburban hospitals and Michael Carducci, M.D., the Aegon Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins, has been appointed the regional research director of oncology for the Washington, D.C., region. Dr. Gage, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty member in radiation oncology from 1994 to 2006, led the radiation oncology practice at Sibley Memorial Hospital as its chief of service and chairman of radiation oncology from 1999 to 2010. Dr. Carducci has been a Johns Hopkins faculty member since 1995. He will remain director of the Prostate Cancer Research Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center on the Baltimore medical campus.

Sandra N. Harriman has been appointed vice president of development at the Howard Hospital Foundation. She is responsible for the staff and activities of the foundation, the fundraising arm of Howard County General Hospital, of Columbia, a part of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Harriman most recently was senior director of development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She serves on the board of trustees of the Maryland School for the Deaf and is a graduate of both Leadership Howard County and Leadership Maryland.

Internists Catherine Lafferman and Gary J. Kerkvliet have joined Lutherville Personal Physicians, a community-based medical practice with primary care physicians and specialty services affiliated with Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Kerkvliet previously was an internist/primary care physician with Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. He has held positions with Union Memorial Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kerkvliet completed his internship in internal medicine at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore and his residency in internal medicine at Sinai Hospital. Dr. Lafferman received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Mercy. She also holds a doctorate in pharmacy.

St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation has appointed two new directors: Ronni Monaghan is the director of development. She has more than a decade of service in Maryland nonprofits, including as director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and as a director of institutional research at Johns Hopkins University. Monaghan has a law degree from the University of Baltimore and a master’s degree in policy sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sandy Butcher is now director of foundation services. She has 23 years of experience in development, primarily in prospect research.


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.


Annie Wildasin has been named senior marketing director of Towson Town Center and White Marsh Mall, which are owned by General Growth Properties. She was previously the marketing manager of The Mall in Columbia. Wildasin has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

Real Estate

Christina Berzins has been promoted to vice president, contracts and acquisitions, of St. John Properties, a Baltimore-based real estate development and management company. Berzins will be responsible for the completion of new land and property acquisition, and overseeing all contract negotiations. Berzins has a degree in jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore. She serves as a board member of the Edward St. John Foundation.

Steven J. McAdams has been named a senior associate with a focus on sales and marketing for the Hogan Companies, of Annapolis. He will be on the land and commercial brokerage team, and will assist with valuations, bank asset solutions and lender services. McAdams’ 20 years of real estate experience includes 18 years as founder, owner and president of Residential Appraisal Service. McAdams is a commissioner on the Maryland Real Estate Appraisers and Home Inspectors Commission.


Betty Ann Kane, chairman of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, recently was elected president of the Mid Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. Kane is a member of the Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, vice president of the National Regulatory Research Institute, an appointee by the Federal Communications Commission to the Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunication Service and chairman of the North American Numbering Council.

Mancuso receives entrepreneur award

Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of the global health nonprofit Jhpiego, was named one of Ernst & Young’s 2011 Maryland Entrepreneurs of the Year. Mancuso, who also holds a joint appointment with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, spent 13 years with Project HOPE, where she served as COO and then as acting CEO. She serves on the boards of Goodwill Industries International, U.S. ASEAN Business Council, the World Trade Center Institute and the Health Business Alliance. Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, has employees in 50 countries creating low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen health care services for women and their families. Other Entrepreneur of the Year award winners were Raymond A. “Chip” Mason, Andy Franklin, Bill Karpovich, Sean Lane, John K. Hoey, Sean Fenlon and Alan Snyder.

Leslie Mancuso

Education: Undergraduate degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut University; master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; doctoral degree in education/organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Resides in: Baltimore

Daily commute: If I’m heading to our country offices in Africa, about 24 hours. If I’m going to our Baltimore headquarters, 5 minutes — Inner Harbor East is where I call home.

Most recent vacation: North Truro on Cape Cod … a favorite vacation spot for my New England family.

Interests/Hobbies: Attending the theater at Center Stage (when I’m in the country) and staying fit— that’s how I maintain my endurance in travels to remote parts of the world.

Favorite books: Too many to name.

Most recently read: “The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories,” which is set in Africa, by Susi Wyss.

Favorite food: Anything Italian

Favorite quotation” “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”—Gandhi

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