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On the Move, 9/19: Sober wins national award from birth centers association

Ann Sober

Ann Sober, director and founder of Special Beginnings Birth & Women’s Center, of Arnold, this month received the American Association of Birth Centers’ Jamie E. Bolane Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to the development and promotion of birth centers for quality care of women’s health, pregnancy and childbirth through her work “with midwives, doctors, regulators, policy makers and insurers at both local and national levels.” Sober is a registered nurse and a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Since she founded Special Beginnings in 1997, the center has provided care for 4,000 families, averaging 360 births a year.


Lee Hyden has been promoted to director of interiors by Ayers Saint Gross, of Baltimore. She is a registered architect and certified interior designer who has worked at the firm since 2006. Previously, Hyden was senior interior designer and project manager at Patrick Sutton Associates, interior designer at Hugo Farley Architects, and project manager and director of interior design for The Glave Firm. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a master’s degree in architecture.


Carrie Poore, a scientist with the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center’s Directorate of Program Integration CBRNE Support team at Aberdeen Proving Ground, recently received the Enterprise Adaptation Award from the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School. Poore, who has a doctorate, works on programs for training soldiers to recognize improvised explosive devices and deal with them safely.


Pam McNicholas has been named a supervising environmental scientist in the Baltimore office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. McNicholas will manage and conduct natural environmental resource assessments and document preparation for National Environmental Policy Act planning studies. She has 16 years of experience as an environmental planner/scientist, including various phases of transportation projects. McNicholas received a master’s degree in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis and planning from Frostburg State University. She is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists.

Credit Unions

John Bratsakis has been appointed president and CEO of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association. Bratsakis previously was senior vice president of Baxter Credit Union in Vernon Hills, Ill. He has been on the Illinois Credit Union League and Service Corporation board of directors for 10 years, serving as chair from 2008 to 2010.


Renae Olver has been hired as operations manager of Observation Baltimore. The division of The Research Group is a spa-like, technology-friendly focus group facility near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Olver, has 20 years of project management and analyst experience in the marketing research industry; she most recently was the AVP of marketing research and analytics with Sandy Spring Bank. She also has been project manager and account executive with Hollander, Cohen and McBride, and senior analyst with Migliara Kaplan and Associates.

Real Estate

Todd Eckert has returned to his original broker, Hyatt Commercial, of Annapolis, as a senior sales and leasing associate after spending two years with Innovative Properties. Eckert specializes in commercial office, retail and industrial properties throughout the Baltimore/Annapolis region.