On the move – 10/28/11: Eppel to lead Myerberg Center

Eppel to lead Myerberg Center

Arnold Eppel

Arnold Eppel has been named executive director of the Edward A. Myerberg Center, in northwest Baltimore. Eppel most recently was executive director of Atrium Village, a residential facility for seniors in Owings Mills. Before that, he worked for 19 years in the Baltimore County Department of Aging, the last seven as its director. Eppel is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Certificate on Aging Advisory Board and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Mental Health Advisory Council; he also is treasurer of the Maryland Gerontological Association, a past president of the Maryland Area Agencies on Aging, and a recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award from the International Council on Active Aging. The Myerberg Center provides over 125 programs for 1,000 members ages 55 and over.

Arnold Eppel

Education: B.S. in accounting, Towson State University, master’s in geriatric management, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Resides in: I live in the rural area of Reisterstown.

Daily commute: About 15 miles to work.

Recent vacation: My beautiful wife, Robyn, and I just went to Jamaica to celebrate her birthday. Hobbies: I love to ski and have been skiing since I was 15. This is a sport you can do well into your 80s if you’re lucky. I also like football and baseball.

Favorite book: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. Everyone can dream and live a full life. This book provides a great perspective on life in a nursing home and how we can live our dreams.

Favorite food: A big, fat corned beef sandwich with coleslaw and Russian dressing.

Favorite quotation: “Make it happen.”


Ira Weinstein, a principal with Reznick Group, recently became co-office managing principal for the firm’s Baltimore office. Weinstein is a member of the firm’s real estate consulting practice and a principal in its national new markets tax credit practice group. He has a master’s degree in finance from Loyola College.

Rick Gebert recently became Grant Thornton LLC’s Southeast region managing partner, responsible for the firm’s Baltimore office, among others. Gebert previously was the firm’s Philadelphia office managing partner, Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd.

David A. Goldner and Christina P. Haiss, of Gross Mendelsohn, of Baltimore, have been named to SmartCEO magazine’s list of “SmartCPAs.” Goldner is Gross Mendelsohn’s managing partner. Haiss is a partner in the firm’s technology solutions group.


Ayers Saint Gross, of Baltimore, has hired four architects: Peter Dougherty, a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional, is now a senior associate with the firm; he previously was at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Herzog & de Meuron. Murali Ramaswami also was hired as a senior associate and is an associate AIA and LEED AP; he previously was at Broll Gerstner Corp., Glenn Livingood Penzler Architects, Gould Evans Associates, and Geometree. Kenneth Gignac is now a senior landscape architect with the firm; he previously was an associate at Wallace Roberts & Todd, and senior designer at Saratoga and Associates. Joel Fidler, a registered architect and NCARB certified, has been hired as an associate; he previously was an associate at Cho Benn Holback + Associates.

Helen E. Lanes has joined Hord Coplan Macht as a principal. Lanes will lead the Baltimore architectural firm’s interiors studio. She has worked with such health care providers as Johns Hopkins Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Inova Health System, Adventist Health, St. Agnes Hospital, Prince William Health System, and the National Institutes of Health. Lanes most recently worked in Perkins+ Will’s Washington, D.C., office. Lanes is a Certified Healthcare Designer and LEED Accredited Professional.

Tom Liebel of Marks, Thomas Architects, of Baltimore, has been selected for Fellowship in the inaugural class of LEED Fellows by the Green Building Certification Institute. Liebel, who was one of the nation’s first 25 LEED Accredited Professionals, has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He serves on Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission and the board of directors of AIA Maryland and AIABaltimore.


NAMI Maryland received a Transformation Legacy Award from the Mental Hygiene Administration for its five-year effort in the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant project to transform the state mental health system. NAMI Maryland members served on the official advisory group, the Transformation Working Group chaired by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene secretary, and on many workgroups. In addition, NAMI Maryland received two grants from the Maryland Transformation program: the Engaging Consumers and Family Members in the Transformation Process Project, and the Healthy Hearts and Minds program.

AVF Consulting, of Towson, has been named to the 2011 list of Top 100 Value-Added Resellers internationally by Accounting Today. AVF provides sales and services for several Microsoft products, including Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Serenic Navigator, and LS Retail.

The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore, recently received the Presidential Citation for Urban Design from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The AECOM design team accepted the award at a ceremony at the hospital’s new center, to which clinical services will be relocated over the next decade.

David Weeks from Glenelg Country School received the Humanitarian Award at the Community Action Council of Howard County’s 16th annual Holland Awards Dinner in October. The Howard County Arts Council received the Service Award for its Head StART in ART partnership with the Ellicott City Head Start Center.

The BOSS Group, Proposal Development Consultants, both of Bethesda, recently were named to Inavero’s 2011 Best of Staffing Talent list. The award recognizes staffing and recruiting firms who provide an exceptional experience for the talent they help find jobs.

Debra Mills, park ranger at Catoctin Mountain Park, recently received the National Capital Region’s Freeman Tilden Award for Interpretive Excellence. The award is the highest presented to an individual National Park Service interpreter. Mills has served in a variety of capacities during her 33 years at Catoctin Mountain Park, including organizing its first volunteer trail maintenance crew and starting the recreational handicapped riding program at Camp Greentop while serving as the park’s horse program manager. She received the Tilden Award in recognition of the First Bloom program, a yearlong project with Robert Moton Elementary School in Westminster.


Alysia Marcoux has been appointed Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor by Bank of America for Columbia and Ellicott City. She will meet with customers in the Columbia Mall, Thunder Hill and Saint John’s Plaza Bank of America banking centers, working primarily with customers who have up to $250,000 to invest.

M&T Bank has appointed two new vice presidents: G. Phillip Kunzelman is now vice president and senior business banking relationship manager, working with the Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Randallstown and Seton Hill branches. Kunzelman previously worked at The Columbia Bank. He serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Baltimore and the Hunt Valley Business Forum. John T. Roberts II is now vice president and business banking relationship manager in Howard County, responsible for business clients in the Maple Lawn and Clarksville areas. Roberts, who previously worked at BB&T, is a graduate of Howard County Leadership Essentials.

Brenda Fisher has joined Carroll Community Bank as vice president in charge of retail business development and branch administration. She previously held positions at New Windsor State Bank for eight years and Reisterstown Federal (subsequently Susquehanna Bank) for 22 years. Fisher attended West Liberty State College.


The Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic has added five members to its board of directors: Matthew Anson, Bindagraphics, of Baltimore; Michael Cooper, Lindenmeyr Munroe, of Odenton; Matthew Flippen, Westland Printers, of Laurel; Ron Patton, Standard Graphics Mid-America, of Arlington, Va.; and John Snyder, HBP/Balmar, of Hagerstown.

Clayton Teague has been named to the advisory board of Pixelligent LLC, of Baltimore, which manufactures nanocrystal additives for the electronics, industrial and military markets. Teague was director of the Federal National Nanotechnology Coordination Office from 2003 until this year. He has been chair of the American National Standards Institute Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies and president of the American Society for Precision Engineering. He has received the Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Allen V. Austin Measurement Science Award from the Department of Commerce

Amanda Karfakis, president and CEO of Vitamin, a Baltimore-based boutique design-web-public relations firm, has been appointed president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services’ Maryland chapter. The local nonprofit organization provides members with resources and opportunities to get more involved in the architecture, engineering, and construction community.

Monyka Berrocosa, president and chief connections officer of MyCity4Her.com, has been named to the board of trustees of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, a nonprofit committed to building strong, women-owned business. In 2007 Berrocosa founded MyCity4Her.com, a Baltimore-based media company that provides connections, visibility, information and inspiration to women business owners.

Debra J. Hale, a senior staff accountant for Stoy, Malone & Co., a Baltimore-based regional accounting and business consulting firm, recently was named professional development chair of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants New/Young Professionals Network. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University.

Mary M. Keirn, a manager for Stoy, Malone & Co., a Baltimore-based regional accounting and business consulting firm, has been appointed to the planned giving advisory council of St. Joseph Medical Center and the board of directors of Progress Unlimited.

Five new members have been appointed to the Baltimore City Community College Board of Trustees: Rosemary Gillett-Karam is a professor and program director of the School of Education and Urban Studies for the Department of Advanced Studies at Morgan State University. Jay Hutchins is vice president of policy development and government relations for the Greater Baltimore Committee. Pamela Paulk is vice president of human resources for Johns Hopkins Hospital; she is also an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where she received an MBA; Craig Anthony Thompson is an attorney at Venable and an adjunct professor and lecturer for the University of Maryland, College Park; he has a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Maria Harris Tildon is senior vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.


Wayne Storie has been named Tubelite Inc.’s client development manager for Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Storie was employed with AGC Flat Glass North America for more than a decade. Most recently, he worked as an outside sales representative for Vitro America. Storie has received Certified Construction Product Representative Certification, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certificate, and a degree in construction technology from Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville.


Melanie Waxman has been named director of formal and informal education and membership coordinator of Har Sinai Congregation, of Owings Mills. She had been 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 from Baltimore Hebrew University (now the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University) and a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

The Community College of Baltimore County School of Health Professions has received its third Nursing Support Program grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2007. This three-year Minority Student Retention and Success grant of $571,548 will be used to maximize the use of CCBC’s simulation technology, increase retention and graduation rates among minority students in the nursing program, and provide culturally relevant teaching for faculty, staff and students to enhance sensitivity when communicating with those from other cultures, especially patients.

Monarch Academy Public Charter School, in Northeast Baltimore, recently named its first board of directors: Rose M. Backus-Hamm, former Baltimore public school principal; Dennis G. Cherot, president and CEO of Total Health Care; Ellen Cherry, singer/songwriter; Kenneth R. Darden, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore; Michael Gajewski, chief financial officer of Canusa Corp.; Gregory Gann, president of Gann Partnership LLC; Jawauna M. Greene, director of communications and marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration; David J. Nyweide, social science research analyst for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Deborah S. Phelps, principal of Windsor Mill Middle School; Carole Stolte-Upman, president of Chesapeake Disability Management and executive director of Maturity Concepts: Care Management and Consulting; and Lori Trumble, president and CEO of Lori M. Trumble LLC consulting.

Health Care

Mercy Medical Center, of Baltimore, recently received the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. The recognition honors higher patient satisfaction, 30-day mortality and rescue rates, high job satisfaction among nurses, and a low number of intentions to leave nursing positions.

Melissa J. Pitchford has joined Katzen Eye Group as its chief financial officer. Since becoming a CPA in 2001, she worked her way from in-charge accountant to shareholder at Katz, Abosch, Windesheim, Gershman & Freedman, where she was chair of the medical practice services group. Pitchford has been treasurer of the Maryland Medical Group Management Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury State University. Katzen Eye Group has offices in Lutherville/Towson, Rosedale, and Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.


Retired Rear Adm. Samuel P. De Bow recently was appointed chief operating officer and vice president of Information Management Systems Group Inc., of Rockville. De Bow retired from active duty in 2007 as director of the NOAA Commissioned Corps and director of NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. In 2008 he became director of the Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. De Bow later served as director of marine operations in charge of the National Science Foundation-owned research vessel Endeavor. He has a master’s degree in hydrographic sciences from the Naval Postgraduate School.


Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, based in Easton, recently received a $5,000 contribution from Bank of America and Merrill Lynch to support the organization’s Financial Literacy programs. The money will be used to buy materials for the programs.

Real Estate

Manekin LLC has hired Susan A. Homberg as vice president and Brendon Behan as assistant vice president in its brokerage division. Homberg will work in the firm’s Baltimore office, focusing on tenant and landlord representation in the Mid-Atlantic area’s retail and office markets. She most recently was vice president, real estate services for JPB Enterprises; before that, she was a leasing specialist for Jones Lang LaSalle. Behan will work in the firm’s Columbia headquarters, focusing on landlord and tenant representation and lease advisory services in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor office-flex market. He had served since 1998 as an assistant vice president at McShea & Co. Behan also worked as a property manager for Transwestern Commercial Real Estate Services before moving to sales and leasing. He is a graduate of Salisbury University-Perdue School of Business and a member of the board of Course for the Cause.


Jamie Crawford has been promoted from manager to managing partner of the Salisbury store of ABC Supply Co. The company is a wholesale distributor of roofing, siding, windows and other exterior building products. Crawford joined the company in 2000 and was named manager of the Salisbury branch in 2002. He will continue to oversee the Salisbury branch while joining ABC Supply’s national branch advisory board.


Beth A. Woodring has been named chief underwriting officer of The Barbour Group, of Westminster. Woodring will primarily be responsible for producing profitable contract and commercial surety bond business. She previously held senior leadership roles with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and has been a commercial lender with Mellon Bank, a commercial credit officer for Equitable Bank, and manager of loan reviews at Bank of Maryland. Woodring has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.