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On the move – 9/2/11: Webster works for city, CASA

Webster works for city, CASA

Margaret (Peggy) Webster

Margaret (Peggy) Webster in July became chief of administration for project finance of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. She previously was chief operating officer and general counsel of ESG Re Ltd. Before that, she was vice president of information technology for TIG and Lincoln National Corp. after 18 years with Alexander & Alexander. Webster is also co-chair, with Mary Boenning, of “A Harvest of Hope for Children,” an Oct. 27 fundraiser at Oregon Ridge Lodge for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Baltimore County. CASA advocates for abused or neglected children who have been removed from their parents’ or guardians’ care. Boenning became a CASA volunteer after attending Towson University, working for Hyatt, helping her husband, Keith, start a dental practice, and raising her children.

Margaret (Peggy) Webster

Education: Vassar College undergrad; law degree from University of Maryland; master’s in management from College of Notre Dame.

Resides in: Towson

Daily commute: Carpool with my husband down the JFX or, if he is traveling, light rail from Falls Road.

Most recent vacation: South Africa (trip of lifetime, including a week on a game reserve, drive along the Garden Route and a week in Capetown/Stellenbosch.

Hobbies: Renovating houses, reading, hiking.

Favorite books: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series, and any Henning Mankell novel.

Recently read: “Succeed Because of What You Have Been Through,” by Rhonda Sciortino. She survived a childhood of abuse and neglect and became very successful in both her personal and business lives as a result.

Favorite food: Wild salmon (in any form)!

Favorite quote: I probably say it ten times a day: “Accept what you cannot change …”from “The Serenity Prayer”


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.


Ayers Saint Gross, of Baltimore, has promoted seven staff members to associate: Milica Ackers has worked on the design of science and research buildings at several universities; Samuel Brooke has worked on projects at George Washington and George Mason universities; Naomi Cataldo also worked on plans for several universities. Her volunteer work for Baltimore’s Neighborhood Design Center earned a 2010 Project of the Year Award; Noah Harburger, an expert in building information modeling, has a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland. Natasha Kearney leads marketing initiatives for the arts and sciences studio; she 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. Leonard has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland. Eli Northen, a member of the design first committee, has a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland.


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.

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, and general back?office services. She is 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, and 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 from the College of Notre Dame and an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.


Jahantab Siddiqui has been named director of corporate plans, policy, and communications by LG-TEK, of Elkridge. He has served as special assistant to U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and as a public relations account executive providing business development and communications support. Siddiqui, who has a degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, serves on the Howard Community College Educational Foundation. LG-TEK is a woman/minority/veteran-owned business that provides software development and life cycle support, networking, training, language support, facility planning and security for businesses and governments.


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.

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.

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.


Andrew Jones has joined United Capital Business Lending, of Hunt Valley, as vice president, business development officer, Southeast Region. Jones worked most with MD Johnson Inc., of Stuart, Fla., and Falcon Financial, of Stamford, Conn. He has also held management sales positions at SunTrust Banks and Barnett Banks. United Capital Business Lending, which recently acquired the small business lending operations of Butler Capital, is a subsidiary of BankUnited.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Patricia Turner, M.D., recently was elected to the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education. Dr. Turner is the associate professor of surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. She specializes in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery.

The Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded $204,738 to the University of Maryland School of Nursing to continue funding an initiative to advance education and practice in the treatment of breast cancer. Now in its sixth year, the project has expanded to several disciplines, institutions and clinical partners. The Salisbury University nursing program and the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center are new partners, joining the nursing programs at Bowie State University and Coppin State University, and the School of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland campus in Baltimore.


Jessica Bizik has been hired as senior associate of Warschawski, of Baltimore. She will take a leading role in social media activities for the agency and help to develop integrated marketing campaigns for consumer and B-to-B clients. Bizik has worked as editor of Log Home Design, Washington Flyer and STYLE magazines. She also produced custom magazines for Hilton, the American Diabetes Association, CVS, Pitney Bowes and the University of Maryland Alumni Association. Bizik was a founding editor at e-newsletter publisher and played a role in launching SLICE, a personalized infotainment service for Cricket phone subscribers. She helped to develop a social networking community at


Ellen R. Fish, executive vice president and chief lending officer with CFG Community Bank, has been named president of Network 2000, which promotes the advancement of executive women. Before joining CFG Community Bank, Fish served as senior vice president for Provident Bank of Maryland. She also has been senior vice president and manager of real estate and commercial lending for Bank of Maryland. Fish founded the Small Business Resource Center, where she worked with Towson University’s College of Business and Economics to provide strategies to assist small businesses. She serves on the board of directors for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Baltimore County, Roland Park Country School and the American Institute of Wine and Food. Other new Network 2000 officers include: president-elect, Diane D’Aiutolo, partner with Tydings & Rosenberg; vice president, Kathy Armstrong, principal of Heritage Financial Consultants; secretary, Dana Weckesser, CEO of Global Health Initiatives & Partnership Consulting; and treasurer, Carol Coughlin, CEO of Bottomline Growth Strategies.

George M. Connelly Jr. has been named race manager of the Maryland affiliate of Komen Race for the Cure. He coordinates Komen Maryland Race for the Cure fundraising and production, and manages the pledge program. Connelly has worked at Fairland Markets, the Solomon Ortiz for Congress Committee/Southern Prosperity in Opportunity PAC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Robert Kerr recently was appointed senior vice president of information systems of Remedi SeniorCare, which has its headquarters in Baltimore. Kerr is responsible for all IT functions and will lead the development of My Remedi, a Web-based portal that features information and administrative tools for customers utilizing cloud computing. He previously was vice president of corporate systems for Coram, and has held leadership positions at OmniCare, NeighborCare, Genesis Healthcare, Health Objects Corp., Integrated Health Services, and VIPS Inc.

Real Estate

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.

Matt Holbrook has been promoted to regional partner of St. John Properties, a real estate development and management company based in Baltimore. This adds to his responsibilities as director of federal programs. In his new role, Holbrook will manage and direct the development, acquisition, construction, leasing, and asset/property management activities for the company’s portfolio in Frederick and Montgomery counties, and in Virginia. Holbrook has 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He was formerly a real estate executive with commercial real estate developer Opus East.

Retirement Housing

Larry Snowberger has been hired as director of dining services of Charlestown retirement community, in Catonsville. Snowberger has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including the last 16 years specializing in senior living services as a director, regional director and executive chef. Since 2007, he has been the assistant director of dining services at Riderwood, a sister Erickson Living community in Silver Spring.

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  1. WOW, Peggy, so impressive!!!!