Ayers Saint Gross, of Baltimore, has promoted three staff members to associate: Natasha Kearney leads marketing initiatives for the arts and sciences studio. Kearney has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morgan State University. Jessica Leonard‘s responsibilities include master planning, and space assessment and design. She works in the firm’s mentorship program and leads volunteer efforts at Beechfield Elementary/Middle School. Leonard has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland. Eli Northen is a member of the firm’s design first committee and helped to create its emerging professionals program. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland.
Saint Agnes Hospital and the Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland recently awarded Christiana Casey and Allison Jones the 2011 AIAC Nursing scholarship, which includes up to a $10,000 annual scholarship and an invitation to join Saint Agnes Hospital’s nursing staff upon completion of his or her degree. Casey is a rising junior at Stevenson University and plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2013. Jones is a rising senior at Towson University who plans to pursue a graduate degree after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing. The AIAC has contributed to patient care initiatives and enhancements at Saint Agnes; the hospital has worked with the AIAC through these grants and other activities.
Jennifer G. Lara, professor of education in the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, has been selected to serve on the American Association of Community Colleges’ 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. The commission is charged with comprehensively examining challenges and opportunities facing community colleges.
Alan Brody has been hired as deputy communications director for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. Brody spent six years as a state government and political reporter for The Gazette of Politics & Business and Southern Maryland Newspapers, and previously covered county government and education for the Maryland Independent in Waldorf. He has a degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he recently received a graduate certificate in multimedia journalism.
University of Maryland University College, of Adelphi, recently received a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to redesign three of its introductory science and mathematics gateway courses based on Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative — a Web-based learning environment developed by cognitive psychologists, faculty content experts, and computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon. UMUC will collaborate with Carnegie Mellon’s OLI research team and Prince George’s Community College to redesign the courses.
Cathy Leaning has been named senior director of marketing for Bozzuto Homes, a part of The Bozzuto Group, a Greenbelt-based real estate services company. Leaning previously served as senior director of creative services for Choice Hotels International’s development and B2B marketing division. She also spent 15 years with Campbell Group Advertising. Leaning has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore.