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On the move: 9/15/11


The Becker Morgan Group recently added three members to its Salisbury office: Susan C. Kotra is the new receptionist; she will provide administrative support. Shirley M. Lynch is an accounts receivable manager; her 21 years of experience includes office management, administrative support, and accounts payable/receivables. Sarah A. Linzey is a graphic designer; she has a degree in graphic design from Salisbury University.


Erik M. Chick has joined Howard Bank as vice president and relationship manager. He is managing the real estate portfolio and establishing new real estate and commercial loan relationships. Chick has been vice president of real estate lending and mortgage banker for Washington Savings Bank in Bowie, senior vice president of lending at Annapolis Community Bank, and vice president of real estate lending at BankAnnapolis. He is chair of the South River Colony Conservancy and a Johns Hopkins University graduate.

BankAnnapolis has selected three new members for its board of directors: Michael S. McHale is president and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake. Debbie H. Gosselin has been president of Watermark Cruises since 1990. Gosselin is also president of Annapolis Landing Marina, and a member of the city’s Maritime Advisory Board; she has held leadership positions on the Maryland Tourism Council, the local chamber of commerce, and the city and county visitors bureau. Jeff W. Ostenso is CEO of Annapolis-based CPS/Gumpert, which specializes in creative design, commercial printing and promotion. Ostenso co-founded LinkAnnapolis. Ostenso and McHale have begun their BankAnnapolis terms; Gosselin’s will begin Nov. 1.

Dave Jacobin has been hired by 1st Mariner Mortgage, of Baltimore, a division of 1st Mariner Bank, as vice president and area manager of its Washington, D.C., metro region. Jacobin will recruit, train and manage employees. He previously worked for 18 years at Chevy Chase Bank/B.F. Saul Mortgage, where he was named director of retail mortgage lending in 2008.


The Historic Charles Street Association recently elected two new members to its board of directors: Jeff La Noue is a project and sustainability planner at the University of Baltimore. Mike Mistretta is commercial branch manager for M&T Bank in Baltimore.

Three new members were named to The Arc Baltimore’s board of directors: Donald Himmelfarb, who recently retired after serving as president and COO of DTG (formerly Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group); Amy Beth Leasure, assistant solicitor of the Baltimore City Law Department’s Labor and Employment Division; and Kimberly Longford, an associate with Hodes, Pessin & Katz. Also, parent advocate Patricia Rosner was re-elected. All four will serve three-year terms.

Stella Miller, president and owner of Stella May Contracting, of Edgewater, has been elected chairman of the board of the Maryland chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. Miller spent 20 years with construction companies before starting hers in 1995. This year Miller was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association. Others elected to the Maryland AGC board were: as first vice chairman, Jeffrey Hargrave, president of Mahogany Inc.; as second vice chairman, Steve Crist, vice president of J.H. Hampshire; and as secretary/treasurer, Christopher Tripp, heavy civil manager, Mid Atlantic, of Joseph B. Fay Co.


Sara B. Long has been named dean of instruction at Monarch Academy Baltimore Campus, a public charter school that recently began its first semester in August to serve students citywide. Long previously coordinated the International Baccalaureate Organizations Primary Years Program among other responsibilities for the Baltimore City Public School System. The former elementary school teacher has received the High School Principals Association Teacher of the Year Award and the Maryland State Department of Education Outstanding Educator Award. Long has master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Baltimore.

The Shoshana S. Cardin School, of Baltimore, recently named Howard Rosenbloom chair of its board of trustees. Rosenbloom is executive director of the Ben & Esther Rosenbloom Foundation, president of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, and a member of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Hillel’s Board of Governors and the board of The Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore. In addition, seven new members have been appointed to the school’s board: Dorri Blitzstein, Jacob Danick, Marcy K. Kolodny, Dixie Leikach, Ellen Lightman, Jeffrey Snyder and Dr. Lois Weinstein.


Richard Deutschmann has been named vice president of business development for Tangent Energy Solutions, for which he will oversee company growth into the Southeastern U.S. Deutschmann previously was vice president of policy & market development at groSolar. He co-founded and was CEO of Chesapeake Solar, a regional solar integration company. Deutschmann has been senior project engineer with Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group at Goddard Space Flight Center.


Lisa Roberts is the new chief financial officer of Municipal Mortgage & Equity, of Baltimore. She replaces David Kay, who resigned effective Aug. 23. Roberts joined MuniMae in November 2007, serving as corporate controller.

Woody Derricks, president of Partnership Wealth Management, of Baltimore, has been designated an accredited domestic partnership advisor after training with the College for Financial Planning.


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.

D’Andrea M. Lancelin has been appointed deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services. Lancelin had been deputy administrator for operations at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration for the past four years. She began her career with the state in 1998 as special assistant to the director of Intergovernmental Relations. Lancelin also served as the director of the Board of Public Works and Cabinet Affairs before joining MDOT’s Office of the Secretary as a special assistant to the Secretary, and was chief of staff for the Maryland Transit Administration. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Morgan State University.

Howard County recently became of one of the 41 counties nationwide to receive the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2011 from the National Purchasing Institute. This is the third consecutive year the county has received the award.


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

Seven physicians on the medical staff of St. Joseph Medical Center, of Towson, recently were named by the U.S. News Media Group in its U.S. News Top Doctors peer-nominated directory: Harry Brandt, MD, chief of psychiatry; Steven Crawford, MD, assistant chief of psychiatry; Charles Haile, MD, infectious disease specialist; Paul McAfee, MD, chief of spinal surgery; Neal Naff, MD, chief of neurosurgery; Marc Siegelbaum, MD, chief of urology; and Joseph Zebley, MD, family medicine.

Harbor Hospital, of Baltimore, has added five physicians: Alec Beningfield, M.D., is a board-certified otolaryngologist whose specialties include pediatric otolaryngology, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, rhinology and laryngology. David Hager, M.D., works in pediatrics and emergency medicine at the hospital’s emergency department; he attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland. Jose Lopez, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Milford H. Marchant, M.D., specializes in the nonoperative and operative treatment of injuries in youth and adults; he attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Marchant is seeing patients in the Aaron C. Sollod building and at Harbor Hospital HealthPark in Pasadena. Boaz D. Rosen, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist who completed his residency in internal medicine at Harbor Hospital and completed a research and clinical fellowship in cardiac imaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Neal Zimmerman, M.D., a partner with Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists, a hand surgery/orthopedic group based in Lutherville, has been included in a listing of the top physicians in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Zimmerman was among one of three physicians affiliated with Union Memorial Hospital identified to be in the top 1 percent in the nation in their specialty. Dr. Zimmerman, who also works with patients in the group’s Westminster office, is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in treatment of the upper extremity.


Jeff Makhlouf has been appointed general manager of The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, the hospitality component of The Town Center at Arundel Preserve. He previously was general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in Northern Virginia. In his new role, Makhlouf will oversee day-to-day operations of the 150-room hotel in western Anne Arundel County. He has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.


Julio C. Shaik recently joined IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance as assistant vice president of investments and chief investment officer. A chartered financial analyst, Shaik manages IWIF’s investment portfolio and advises the company’s board of directors on investment strategies to improve portfolio return. He previously was a founding member and managing director of Black Knight Asset Management, a fixed-income investment firm in Washington, D.C.


Albert H. Todd was named executive director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, effective Sept. 1. He most recently was the Chesapeake Bay Team Leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets and assistant director to the Forest Service for Ecosystem Services and Markets. Todd has also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency on strategies that support the use of water quality trading and offset programs to meet the targets of the Chesapeake’s “pollution diet,” or total maximum daily load. Earlier in his career, he spent a decade with the U.S. Forest Service in California, and then nearly 16 years with the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Star-Spangled 200 Inc., the development affiliate that supports the Maryland War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, has added two staff members: Ann Beegle, the new executive director, is the former executive director of The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House; she had also served as chief of staff for then-Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith. Jill Feinberg is the new director of communications and public relations; she is the former conference and tourism director for Baltimore County, and has worked in communications and marketing for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Marriott International. Feinberg was named Maryland’s New Tourism Professional of the Year in 2010.

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.


Mark D. Adams has joined the J. Craig Venter Institute as scientific director. He will direct all research on both the Rockville and San Diego campuses. Adams had been an associate professor since 2003 in the department of genetics at Case Western Reserve University, where he worked on a variety of genomic research fronts, including multi-drug antibiotic resistance. Adams also directed the university’s Genomics Core Facility. He worked at Celera Genomics with J. Craig Venter from 1998 to 2003, first as vice president for genome programs and then vice president of bioinformatics.

Colliers International, which has its Baltimore regional headquarters in Columbia, has named Matthew J. Haas a partner and Kevin J. Haus a managing director and principal. Haas and Haus, who previously were vice presidents of Manekin LLC, specialize in leasing and selling office and flex real estate in the Baltimore region. Haas earlier was president of Haas Tailoring Co. The graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park has served on the boards of United Way of Central Maryland and United Cerebral Palsy of Maryland. Haus has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate.