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On the move – 8/26/11: Gary N. Geisel named chair of Saint Agnes Healthcare Board


The Maryland Society of Accountants has inducted its board of directors and named officers for the next year: president, Paul Troglia, Germantown; 1st vice president, Robert Medbery, Silver Spring; 2nd vice president, William Feehley, Elkton; secretary, Patricia Mager, Stevensville; and treasurer, Robert Boehner, Gettysburg, Pa.


Vadim Klyushnichenko has been appointed vice president, preclinical services and process development, of Paragon Bioservices, a Baltimore-based contract research and GMP manufacturing organization. Klyushnichenko’s 15 years of experience in biopharmaceutical project management, analytical development and formulation, process development, engineering and scale-up from pilot to GMP manufacturing, technology transfer and regulatory filing includes serving as vice president of drug development at both Terapio and Coldstream Laboratories; lab head at Wyeth BioPharma; and senior scientist positions at Epic Therapeutics, Altus Biologics and Aventis/Sanofi Pasteur.


Gary N. Geisel recently was named chair of the Saint Agnes Healthcare Board. The former CEO of Provident Bank also serves on the boards of M&T Bank and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake. Paul Chew, a partner of Brown Advisory and head of investments, in Baltimore, has been named vice chair. The board has five new members: Mohannad Jishi, group vice president of M&T’s commercial deposit and treasury management division; Irene Knott, senior project manager for Whiting Turner Construction; Dr. Carole Miller, director of the Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital; Jack Stansbury, president, Agency Insurance of Maryland; and Sister Mary Lou Stubbs, Daughter of Charity and Director of Catholic Charities of Arkansas.

Annapolis Life Care, the parent company of Ginger Cove, an accredited life-care retirement community, has elected two directors to its board: James W. Reinig, M.D., is president of Annapolis Radiology Associates, and chief of the radiology department at Anne Arundel Medical Center and a member of its medical board; and Ella P. Bassett is a former systems engineering and information technology executive. Officers elected for the next year are: Adm. Charles R. Larson, USN (Ret.), president of the board; Betsy Cockrill Bannat, vice president; Bob Hoyt, treasurer; and Dr. Raymond Herzinger, secretary.

Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership recently added August “Augie” Chiasera and Eliza Graham to its board of directors. Chiasera is senior vice president of M&T Bank and director of Bank Wide Transformation. Graham is founder and CEO of Glam Global, maker of Glam Globes customizable fashion rings. She is a board member of Civic Works. Board officers include: chair, Jason Pappas, Hannix Consulting principal; chair elect Bradley Chambers, Union Memorial Hospital president and MedStar Health senior vice president; vice chair, Bradley Dickerson, Under Armour chief financial officer; secretary, Veronica Cool, Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo Co. vice president, small business banking; and treasurer David Meyer, Victory Funds trustee.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has appointed 14 members to the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which will study issues related to natural gas exploration and production in the Marcellus Shale in Maryland. David Vanko, a geologist and dean of the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University, is the chair. Other members are: state Sen. George Edwards; Del. Heather Mizeur; Garrett County Commissioner James Raley; Allegany Commissioner William Valentine; Oakland Mayor Peggy Jamison; Shawn Bender, division manager at the Beitzel Corp. and president of the Garrett County Farm Bureau; Steven M. Bunker, director of Conservation Programs, Maryland Office of the Nature Conservancy; John Fritts, president of the Savage River Watershed Association and director of development for the Federation of American Scientists; Jeffrey Kupfer, senior advisor, Chevron Government Affairs; Dominick E. Murray, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development; Paul Roberts, co-owner of Deep Creek Cellars winery; Nick Weber, chair of the Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited; and Harry Weiss, partner at Ballard Spahr.

Janine DiPaula Stevens recently was named president of the Baltimore Regional Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which provides advocacy, resources and support for women?owned businesses. DiPaula Stevens is the CEO and founder of Vircity, a small-business resource center for entrepreneurs and nonprofits that provides administrative and bookkeeping support in addition to general back?office services. She is also an adjunct professor at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. DiPaula Stevens worked for six years as director of marketing for The Center Club. She serves on the boards of directors for St. Casimir Catholic School and The Tyanna Foundation. She is the founder of the annual NIC&U event benefiting Mercy Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit, and co?chair of Network 2000’s annual Women of Excellence event. DiPaula Stevens has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the College of Notre Dame and an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.


Gunalan Nadarajan, vice provost for research at Maryland Institute College of Art, of Baltimore, has been appointed vice provost of research and graduate studies to connect graduate education and research. The Office of Research, led by Nadarajan, focuses on developing art and design research with the potential to affect society, policy, commerce, science and technology through the college’s three research centers in design practice, design thinking, and race and culture, among other departments. Before joining MICA, Nadarajan was professor of art and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University.


M&T Bank recently donated $2,000 to the Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore to support programs at Prince Street Elementary School. Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth, grades K-12 both public and private, on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship through hands-on, age-appropriate programs.

Health Care

Maryland Oncology Hematology, an affiliate of the US Oncology Network, has added two board-certified physicians. Dr. Robert Rice and Dr. Mohit Narang will work alongside physicians in Owings Mills, Columbia, Greenbelt, Laurel, and Silver Spring, and in Gettysburg, Pa. Dr. Rice is a winner of the American Associates of Cancer Research Young Investigator Award. Dr. Narang has served as a primary investigator and research assistant on many trials. Maryland Oncology Hematology treats cancer and blood disorders, offering opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

Michael R. Yochelson, M.D., has been named vice president of medical affairs and medical director of National Rehabilitation Hospital, which has 34 outpatient sites around Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Dr. Yochelson, who is board-certified in neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been on the NRH staff since 2006, in positions including associate medical director of the neurological programs. He will remain medical director of the brain injury program and program director of the brain injury medicine fellowship training program at NRH. Dr. Yochelson previously was a staff physician with the U.S. Navy. He has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Dr. Yochelson serves on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C. He holds an adjunct staff position with the RAND Corp. and serves on an FDA Scientific Advisory Board related to the Orphan Products Grant Program.

Mercy Medical Center, of Baltimore, has been ranked as “high performing” in 10 medical specialties in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 “Best Hospitals” rankings. Mercy Medical Center was designated as “high-performing” in: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, and Urology.


Charles Perrell recently was appointed general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott and the adjoining Residence Inn in Aberdeen. Perrell joined the hotels’ owner, Crestline Hotels & Resorts, last year as general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn and the Homewood Suites hotels at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Before that he was with Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Perrell has held executive positions with Marriott International, Capstar Hotels and Krisch Hotels, among others, and served as president of the South Carolina Hotel Sales & Marketing Association.


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.

GKV, of Baltimore, recently added three staff members: Katie Lindner is now a broadcast coordinator. She previously was as an account executive for Gorkana in New York, specializing in client services. Emily Rill is a public relations senior account executive responsible for U.S. national consumer media relations. She previously was an account executive at Sandy Hillman Communications and IMRE. Rill has a bachelor’s degree and a marketing certificate from Towson University, and a graduate certificate of business fundamentals from the University of Baltimore. Brian Ritter is an assistant account executive after more than a year in GKV’s internship program. He completed a market research internship with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Ritter has a bachelor’s degree from Stevenson University.


Danista E.I. Hunte has been promoted to vice president, community investment of the Baltimore Community Foundation. 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.

Doug McQuade has been named assistant executive director–employment and day services of The Arc Baltimore. McQuade has 35 years of experience in developmental disabilities, including as a program director. Most recently, he served as director of utilization review at MAPD-MD/APS Healthcare. McQuade is a certified Support Intensity Scale Trainer. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McDaniel College.


John B. Werth recently was named major accounts manager of Payroll Network, of Kensington. Werth is a former sales consultant for ADP in Rockville, and professional services consultant for Lexmark International. He also held a sales position with iDoxSolutions. Werth graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in business finance.

Public Relations

Lauren Eisele has been hired as a senior account executive by Sandy Hillman Communications, of Towson. Eisele most recently worked for New York-based Ruder Finn Public Relations, where she was a senior account executive in the firm’s Travel and Economic Development practice. Before that, she worked for Middleton & Gendron Brand Communications, also in New York.

Real Estate

Sean Doordan has been promoted to assistant vice president, leasing, of St. John Properties. Doordan, who has worked for the company since 2005, will continue to oversee its marketing and leasing of its commercial office and R&D/flex portfolio in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. He has a master’s of real estate from the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Garry Jakoby has joined Sperry Van Ness–Miller as senior advisor of the firm’s new satellite office in Annapolis. Jakoby specializes in the sale of investment property, and retail, office and tenant/landlord representation. He also serves as president of Sperry Van Ness’ Region 10 Multifamily Brokers Council. Jakoby most recently was a commercial associate for Re/Max; in addition to being a commercial real estate developer he has held account and team management positions for Sun Microsystems/Oracle. Sperry Van Ness–Miller is based in Salisbury and has three offices in Delaware.

Tim Polanowski has been promoted to president and CEO of the Kornblatt Company, a commercial real estate company. Polanowski joined the company in 2006 as vice president and chief financial officer. He had begun his career as a bookkeeper for several property management companies, then entered public accounting, working for Wooden & Benson (now Clifton Gunderson) and McGladrey & Pullen. Next, he served as assistant controller at The Marco Group (now Education Affiliates. Polanowski is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from the University of Baltimore. He is on the boards of the Baltimore Management Authority and Charles Street Development Corp.


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.


David G. Poulos, CEO of Granite Partners, has been named president of the Baltimore/Washington chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives International. Poulos founded Sparks-based Granite Partners in 2006, after serving as director of marketing communications for Graphic Arts Show Co., of Reston, Va. Joining Poulos on the SMEI Baltimore/Washington board are: Lynn K. Argenbright, employee benefits advisor, PSA Insurance & Financial Services; Mary Lou Coyle, president, Coyle Studios; Jeffrey A. Davis, partner, Sawmill Marketing Public Relations; Seth McElroy, vice president of marketing and sales administration, Dunbar Armored; Steve Navarro, director, business development, R2integrated; Jonathan Oleisky, CEO/founder, Media 924; and Concetta Sipes, sales representative, Trade Division, K.C. Co.