Wilson to lead DECA board
Sarah Wilson, vice president of education and outreach for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, recently was installed as board president of Maryland DECA, a nonprofit organization committed to preparing students to be leaders in marketing, hospitality and management; its co–curricular programs offer lessons in marketing, management and entrepreneurship in the classroom. Junior Achievement also provides in-school and after-school programs on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy for students in kindergarten through high school. Wilson is a member of the Baltimore County Academy of Finance Advisory Board and serves on the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development Workplace Development Division of Workforce Development Youth Council.
Resides in: Bel Air, Md.
Daily commute: 80 miles
Most recent vacation: The Baltimore Grand Prix
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, and riding motorcycles
Favorite song: “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service
Most recently read: “Too Fast: Lightning McQueen, Mater, Finn McMissile, Racers and Chasers” by Frank Berrios
Favorite food: true TexMex (which you can only get in Texas)
Favorite quote: “People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Darcy Geffen has been promoted to manager in the tax department of Ellin & Tucker, in Baltimore. Her responsibilities include tax planning and preparation. Geffen has an MBA degree in accounting from Loyola University Maryland and is a certified public accountant.
Tony Marinaro has been hired as a systems consultant in the technology solutions group of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, of Baltimore. Marinaro has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Stevenson University. Also, the technology solutions group’s Brian Evans recently passed the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Financials exam and the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Installation and Configuration exam. He is now a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in Dynamics. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury University.
Lee Hyden has been promoted to director of interiors by Ayers Saint Gross, of Baltimore. She is a registered architect and certified interior designer. Hyden also has been 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.
GlobalNet Services’ Google Search Solutions has been recognized as KMWorld’s “Trend Setting Product of 2011.” GNSI, of Rockville, has been providing Google Search Solutions to commercial, academic, nonprofit and government organizations since 2000, and is a certified Google Enterprise Professional partner.
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center received a Federal Women’s Program Award for Activity Most Supportive of FWP Goals during the Women’s Equality Day awards program at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The award recognizes APG employees and organizations that are exemplary in their support of the Department of the Army objective of achieving a civilian workforce in which women are employed at all grade levels and in all occupations equal to the relevant civilian labor force.
The 2011 Maryland Hispanic Business Conference presented the following awards Sept. 6 during its 10th annual conference: Chair’s Award: GOYA Foods; American Dream Award: Alberto Lacaze, Robotics Research; Latina Powerhouse Award: Elda Devarie, EMD Foods; Business Advocate Award: Manuel Hidalgo, Latino Economic Development Corp.; Corporate Award: Wells Fargo; A Decade of Business Growth: Fredy A. Diaz, Telecel Marketing Solutions; Rising Hispanic Leader: Alicia Escoto, student, University of Maryland; Young Entrepreneur: Carolina Peña, Generación Latina; Maryland Public Servant: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown; Founding Chair: William (Bill) Villanueva; Excellence in Seminar Planning Committee: Anthony Ruiz, Small Business Administration.
Ann Sober, director and founder of Special Beginnings Birth & Women’s Center, of Arnold, received the American Association of Birth Centers’ Jamie E. Bolane Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to the development and promotion of quality care of women’s health, pregnancy and childbirth through her work with midwives, doctors, regulators, policymakers and insurers at 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.
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 and deal safely with improvised explosive devices.
Musu-mesi Davies has been promoted to branch manager for the Clinton office of The Columbia Bank in Prince George’s County. She previously was the assistant branch manager of the bank’s Capitol Heights office. Davies has been with The Columbia Bank since 2007.
Clean Air Partners has named Leta Mach the chair and Mahlon (Lon) Anderson the vice chair of its board of directors. Mach was elected to the Greenbelt City Council in 2003 and has represented the city on the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee and the Maryland Municipal League Communications Committee; she is secretary of the Prince George’s Elected Municipal Women. Anderson is managing director of public relations and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. He has served on the Transportation Technologies Advisory Committee and the Virginia Task Force on HOV Enforcement.
Brian White recently was appointed chair of the board of directors of Leadership Through Athletics, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to helping young people in Baltimore reach their potential athletically and academically. White is founder and president of Creative Print Group, a commercial printing business. Leadership Through Athletics has a gym that serves as a community space for youth and adults.
Three professionals recently joined the board of directors of GBMC HealthCare Inc.: Kara King Bess is a principal and CPA with King, King & Associates; Theda Kontis, M.D., is a private practice physician in Pikesville; Anthony Milando is vice president of global operations of Stanley Black & Decker, in Towson. Herbert J. Belgrad, Tuck Maddux, Robert A. Shelton and Mary B. Wieler were re-elected.
Sheila Khatri, president of Moti International, of Bethesda, has been appointed to the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board. Khatri has 14 years of experience in international business development and helping U.S. companies sell goods and services abroad. She will be responsible for educating the board on skills necessary for the workforce to participate in the export of goods and services. Khatri assisted in the opening and management of the Maryland India Center, Maryland’s first trade office in India.
Jan Russell, co-owner of Savage River Lodge, in Savage River State Forest in Frostburg, was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Maryland Economic Development Commission. The commission’s mission is to establish policies to create a competitive economic climate for business growth to compete more vigorously in the global marketplace.
Nancy Smith, director of grants development at the Community College of Baltimore County, recently was named to the board of directors of the Council for Resource Development. The council, which represents more than 1,600 community college resource development officers at more than 730 two-year colleges, is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Marie Caputo has been named to the board of directors of The Children’s Guild Institute, which oversees The Children’s Guild special needs schools and services, Monarch Academy Public Charter Schools and the Upside Down Organization, which offers providing training and consultation. Caputo is a partner in the Calverton office of Clifton Gunderson. She is a CPA and has a Certified Government Financial Manager Certification. Caputo is president of the newly formed D.C. Metropolitan Area Chapter of the American Women’s Society of CPAs and co-chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Not-for-Profit Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Melanie Waxman has been named director of formal and informal education and membership coordinator of Har Sinai Congregation, of Owings Mills. Previously, she was director of family programming and youth director. Before joining the congregation, Waxman served as youth and teens director for the Jewish Community Center, principal at Columbia Jewish Community School in Columbia, and program director at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs, Fla. She has a master’s degree in Jewish education from Baltimore Hebrew University, now the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, and a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.
Andrea Schmid-Mazzoccoli, chief nurse executive and senior vice president for the Center for Clinical Excellence for Bon Secours Health System, in Marriottsville, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow for 2011. The three-year leadership development program is designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the U.S. health care system. Schmid-Mazzoccoli facilitates the health system’s Nursing Leadership Collaborative and helped create a Center for Clinical Excellence. She is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow and serves as an appraiser of magnet hospitals for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Geoffrey I. Suval, vice president and investment advisory representative with RCM&D, which is headquartered in Towson, has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation from the American College. He runs his firm’s retirement services practice and plays a lead role in providing a wide range of executive benefits, financial planning and insurance services to individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations. He is immediate past president of the Baltimore Chapter of NAIFA and has Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow certification.
Paul Nesterovsky has been promoted to vice president-tax of Sinclair Broadcast Group. He joined Sinclair in 1999 and had served as tax director since 2006. Nesterovsky previously worked in the tax department of Wolpoff & Co., and the accounting department of Genesis Health Ventures. He is a certified public accountant, and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Towson University and master’s degrees in taxation and in finance from the University of Baltimore.
Tammy Fletcher has joined The Arc of Howard County as assistant director of quality assurance. Fletcher previously worked on the quality assurance & review team for the Developmental Disabilities Administration of Maryland. She was quality improvement coordinator and earlier a coordinator in the supported living department of The Arc of Northern Chesapeake Region. Fletcher has a degree from McDaniel College.
Gary Mangum, a co-founder and former vice president of Bell Nursery, of Burtonsville, recently was named the company’s president and CEO. The nursery supplies annuals, perennials, tropical plants, roses, orchids and shrubs and trees, including to Home Depot.
Evers & Co. Real Estate has added four agents: Lars Anderson joins the Eric Murtagh Group of Evers & Co.; he specializes in condominium and row home sales and serves as the press director for U.S. Agency for International Development. Kate Sheckells also joins the Eric Murtagh Group; she works primarily inside the I-495 Beltway after 15 years in national politics. Leila Harrington is part of SusanBergerEllenSandler Associates; she has 10 years of investment experience as well as a coaching and professional development background. Thomas Welch has 22 years of real estate expertise and the Graduate Realtor Institute designation.
F. Joseph Bradley III has joined the Lutherville office of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services as vice president. Specializing in the leasing and sale of commercial office and industrial buildings in Maryland, Bradley has 15 years of landlord and tenant representation experience, including for defense contractors. He will focus on the sales and leasing of commercial office and industrial space in Baltimore and Harford counties.
Broad Street, a commercial real estate services firm based in Bethesda, was included among “Inc.” magazine’s 5000 List of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies of 2011. The firm also was ranked 49th on the Real Estate Industry list.
Erik Akopiantz has been appointed chief financial officer of Roadnet Technologies, a Baltimore-based international fleet management technology company. Akopiantz most recently was CEO of Paranet after the company he co-founded, Digital Reach Inc., was acquired in 2008. Roadnet Technologies provides fleet management applications for territory and street-level route plans, real-time wireless dispatch, vehicle telematics and global positioning systems.