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On the Move, 8/9: Hunte promoted to VP by Baltimore Community Foundation

Danista E.I. Hunte

Danista E.I. Hunte has been promoted to vice president, community investment of the Baltimore Community Foundation. She will oversee all of BCF’s grants, special initiatives, and advocacy. Hunte had been senior program officer, focusing on education, children and families. She joined BCF in 2000 with experience in program planning and management, health policy, advocacy, applied social research, and substance abuse prevention. The foundation deploys grants, initiatives and advocacy while building a civic endowment.


Erik Ginsberg, founder and partner of Slate Capital Group, and Darlene Brannigan Smith, dean of the Merrick School of Business at University of Baltimore, have been elected to the board of directors of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Baltimore affiliate. Ginsberg has been a director of DB Capital Venture Partners and senior vice president of Sterling Capital. He is a co-founder and former president of Let’s Dish! Mid-Atlantic. Ginsberg serves or has served on the boards of directors of Coastal Business Machines, eCoast Sales Solutions, Let’s Dish! Mid-Atlantic, Mercari Technologies, Triplehop Technologies, NLP, and Wythe Will Distributing. Smith was named dean of the Merrick School of Business in 2007. She has served as academic director of Loyola University Maryland’s executive and graduate business programs. Smith has taught at Loyola University Maryland, George Washington University, and in Chile, China, France and Mexico. She is a member of the board of directors for FMS Solutions, Live Baltimore and Network 2000. Smith has a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MBA and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Baltimore.


Bill Zopp has been named men’s lacrosse head coach at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. Zopp was most recently the head coach at Baltimore Lutheran School. He was an assistant coach at CCBC Essex from 2001 to 2007. Zopp is an alumnus of CCBC Essex and a Baltimore City teacher.


Devaney & Associates, of Towson, has hired three employees: Casey Boccia as senior writer, Amy Sicard as new business development associate and Gina Kazimir as senior public relations specialist. Boccia previously was a senior copywriter at Carton Donofrio Partners in Baltimore. Sicard previously was director of business development for Media Dimensions. Kazimir founded PR Right Now in 1998.


Eldon Ralph has been selected as general manager of Greenbelt Homes, where he now is assistant general manager and director of physical plant facilities. He will replace Gretchen Overdurff, who will retire Dec. 31. Ralph was hired as director of physical plant facilities in 1997, and became Assistant General Manager in 2008. He has degrees in mechanical engineering, plant engineering/maintenance management, and a certified diploma in accounting and finance.