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On the Move, 9/7: Meliker named chairman of Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Ron Meliker

Ron Meliker, executive vice president and chief operations officer of The Kane Co., has been named chairman of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. Meliker previously served on the board and executive committee. He has also worked for Sunbelt Beverages Corp., Emery Air Freight Corp., Carling National Brewing Co., and Westinghouse Electric Corp. He holds a master’s degree in industrial personnel management from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.


Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, of Baltimore, has promoted Jennifer Green, Andrea Grissinger, Jared Imhoff and Richard Shank to supervisor, and Tammy Lee and Samantha Pittman to semi-senior accountant.


Howard County recently received the President’s Award for Outstanding Consumer Protection for 2010-2011 from the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. The award recognizes the Office of Consumer Affairs’ work in investigating and enforcing the county’s consumer protection laws on behalf of the residents of Villas of Cattail Creek; the county sued the developer and builder of the condominium in 2009, alleging failure to provide a working septic system for the community, not building a promised 9-hole golf course, and other misrepresentations.


The Maryland Humanities Council has two new members on its board of directors. Lauren Dugas Glover is assistant to the chair of the Maryland Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. She was recently appointed to the Maryland Commission on Public Art. Dugas is also a board director for the National Children’s Museum and a member of the Maryland 9/11 Memorial Dedication Planning Committee. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, previously served as a board member of the Alabama Humanities Council and as Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin. He has also been employed by Kentucky State University, Radcliffe College, Auburn University, and Tuskegee University.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Montgomery County, or CASA, which advocates for timely placement of abused and neglected children into safe, permanent homes, has three new members on its board of directors: Scott Fass, managing director for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ consulting division, is a past chair of the Project Management Institute. Sharon Kneiss has been an executive at two large trade associations; she is now a management and public relations consultant to associations. Ellen Martz is a senior director for Hughes Network Systems.

Rob Macdonald recently was named president of the board of the Baltimore chapter of the American Marketing Association for 2011-2012. Macdonald is the founder of Robroy & Co., a communications firm that works with small businesses to better structure and deliver their messages. He previously was a partner at EntreQuest. Other new officers of the board are: president-elect and secretary, Keith Michel, marketing manager for Walden University; vice president of collegiate relations, Julia Golbey, senior academic program administrator for the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the Johns Hopkins School of Education; vice president of communications, Jennifer Norton, marketing communications manager for Ascend One; and vice president of programming and events, Katie Roberts, social media marketing manager for Walden University.