On the move – 11/25/11: Orr joins IWIF as a senior VP

Orr joins IWIF as a senior VP

R. Steven Orr recently joined IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance as senior vice president of information systems. Orr previously was a consultant to IWIF for nine months. He also has been president of Life Settlement Providers, Maryland’s insurance commissioner, and senior vice president and chief information officer for Universal Underwriters group, a member of Zurich Financial Services. Orr also started and ran a computer integration business in Baltimore for 14 years. He holds Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Certificate of Insurance designations.

R. Steven Orr

Education: B.A., Wake Forest; MBA, University of Virginia School of Business.

Resides in: Baltimore County

Daily commute: 20 minutes — one of the advantages of this job!

Recent vacation: Photography tour of the national parks of Utah.

Hobby: Photography — see www.orrimages.com

Favorite books: Any novel by Clive Cussler.

Most recently read: “Jerusalem: The Biography” by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Favorite food: salmon

Favorite quotation: “This too shall pass.” (encouragement from my father during challenging times)


Richard M. Shank, a CPA with Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, of Baltimore, has earned the Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. Shank is a member of Gross Mendelsohn’s Manufacturing & Distribution Group and a supervisor in the firm’s audit and accounting department; he specializes in working with manufacturers.


Kimberly Sikalis of the Howard County Police Department recently was named the county’s Employee of the Year. Sikalis was recognized for her ability to quickly and effectively integrate change while remaining calm when faced with multiple tasks in emergency situations. She also was cited for her work teaching the National Crime Information Center recertification classes to county employees and members of outside agencies; revising the Maryland State Police METERS/NCIC Recertification PowerPoint for the Communications Division; and helping ensure a smooth transition for the police and fire departments with the installation of the Computer Aided Dispatch System.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler received the LifeLock Ultimate Award at the 10th Annual C3 Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park. The award underscores the commitment of the C3 Conference and the Office of the Attorney General to protect Marylanders from identity theft and the financial damage it generates.


Carter Heim and Adam Ortiz recently were appointed to the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a state-chartered, nonprofit grant-making organization. Heim is president of HeimLantz, a regional business accounting and consulting firm. He has served as chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, the Anne Arundel Community College board of directors, and the St. Mary’s School Board of Trustees. He is treasurer of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. Heim has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore. Ortiz works in the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive. He served for six years as the mayor of Edmonston. Until recently, Ortiz was deputy chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. He has been special assistant to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, and deputy director at the Rawlings Center for Public Leadership, University of Maryland. Ortiz is the past president of the Maryland Mayor’s Association and president of the Port Towns Community Development Corp.

Carroll Hospital Center recently announced changes to its board of directors: Ethan A. Seidel has been appointed chair of the board. Seidel is vice president of administration and finance at McDaniel College and chair of the Greater Westminster Development Corp.; he has been chair of the Carroll County Economic Development Commission and the Judicial Nominating Commission for Carroll County, and a board member of Target Community and Educational Services, Union National Bank and Westminster Union Bank. Helen W. Whitehead has been appointed vice chair. Whitehead has served as president of Enterprise Business Partners and as senior vice president of corporate operations for Integrated Health Service; she was a founding member and vice president of the Maryland National Healthcare Banking Group. Charles O. Fisher Jr., former chair of the board, will remain a member. Real estate developer Martin K.P. Hill has joined the board. He is a trustee of McDaniel College. Gerald Lee Sturgill also has joined the board. Sturgill is a CPA and an attorney; he is the managing partner at Sturgill & Associates, where he specializes in tax law and consulting activities.

The Maryland Technology Development Corp.’s board of directors has three new members: Carlos Montague, president, Port Tobacco Consulting; Konstantina “Tina” Katcheves, chief U.S. intellectual property counsel, Lonza America Inc.; and Newton B. “Newt” Fowler III, a partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg. TEDCO’s 15-member board is appointed by the governor for four-year terms. The corporation, an independent entity, was established by the Maryland General Assembly to facilitate the creation of businesses and foster their growth throughout the state.

The Baltimore School for the Arts has added three members to its board of directors: Lisa Akchin is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s assistant to the president and associate vice president of marketing and public relations; she is also vice president of the Baltimore College Town Network Governing Board and has been a member of the Baltimore City School Board since 2010. Ray Bank invests in and advises small, private, marketing-driven companies in the consumer, direct marketing, and services sectors; he is also a director of Regency Centers, a publicly held REIT. Bank has a degree from the University of Baltimore Law School, and is a trustee and treasurer of the Baltimore Community Foundation. Anita Hilson has been the director of admissions of McDonogh School since 2003; she served as assistant attorney general of Maryland from 1990 to 2001.


Wayne Storie has been named Tubelite Inc.’s client development manager for Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. 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 was 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.

Patricia Utz has been named director of admission and financial aid by the Jemicy School, in Owings Mills. Utz will oversee all admission and financial aid processes for Jemicy’s Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. She had been the director of admission for Jemicy’s Upper School and the former Valley Academy since 1998. Utz is the co-founder of Educational Advocacy Resource Service for parents and educators, a past member of the executive board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland, and serves on the board of trustees for Loyola Blakefield.

Michael Meisel has been named chairman of The Jemicy School’s board of trustees. Meisel has been involved with the Owings Mills school for the past decade as a parent and a member of the board. He is a principal of the commercial real estate firm, Meisel Capital Partners, which manages and develops commercial space in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas and Florida. Meisel was a founding member of Maryland Financial Bank, the controlling shareholder for Maryland Permanent Bank, and the bank’s chairman and chief executive officer until it was acquired by Northwest Savings Bank of Pennsylvania.

Eight Baltimore residents recently graduated from FoodWorks, a culinary training program of the Maryland Food Bank that teaches food safety and kitchen skills as preparation for careers in the hospitality and food service industries: Christopher Brodie, Tanya D. Campbell, Oliver James, Elenora Marshall, Antoine S. McDaniels, Natalie T. McEachern, Sakinah Nelson and Denise Rodgers.

Community College of Baltimore County staff members have won five American Graphic Design Awards for outstanding graphic design in publications from Graphic Design USA. Allison Ernst, assistant director of creative services, earned certificates for three designs. Senior designer Dawn Mercurio received two certificates of excellence for brochure designs.

Cathalene Bowler and Genese Rogers have received $10,000 KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarships from the KPMG Foundation to pursue doctorates at Morgan State University. The scholarships, renewed for the 2011-2012 academic year, are renewable for up to five years at $10,000 a year. The nonprofit foundation’s program aims to increase the completion rate among African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American doctoral students in accounting.

Carol C. Tipton, associate professor in the Interpreter Preparation Program at the Community College of Baltimore County, has been named the 2011 Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. The national organization recognized Tipton for her professional service to the deaf and interpreting communities dating to the 1970s. She has been instrumental in the inception of local, regional and national programs, including as an associate research scientist, staff interpreter and associate professor for the New York University Deafness Research and Training Center while coordinating a regional center of the National Interpreter Training Consortium.


Stanley Milesky has been named director of the Howard County Department of Finance. He previously was deputy director, and had been acting director since June. Milesky previously worked for the City of Baltimore as the chief of treasury management and for the Maryland Department of Transportation in senior management and finance positions. His degrees include a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.


The 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County, based in Westminster, will receive a $1,000 grant from the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation. Approximately 40 riders with physical, mental, emotional and social disabilities from the Carroll County area benefit take part in the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program each year.

Health Care

W.P. Andrew Lee, professor and director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was recently elected president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. A 1983 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Lee was chief of the division of plastic surgery and professor of surgery and orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before becoming chair of Johns Hopkins’ department of plastic and reconstructive surgery in late 2010. Dr. Lee has received the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s Sumner Koch Award and Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship, and the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Robin Graham has been promoted to area sales manager for Maryland and Virginia by Concentra Medical Centers. Graham has worked for Concentra since 2005, when it bought out Occupational Health & Rehab, where she was an account manager. Concentra provides health care in the workplace and at eight urgent care centers in Maryland.

Dr. Gary A. Pichney has joined the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center. He will see patients at Lutherville Personal Physicians. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Pichney is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is the former chief of podiatric surgery at North Arundel Hospital, in Glen Burnie, and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.

The cardiology department at Doctors Community Hospital, of Lanham, recently received a three-year accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. The accreditation endorses adult echocardiography (heart scanning) services at the 219-bed acute-care medical and surgical hospital that help in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

Mercy Medical Center, of Baltimore, has received the 2011 Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care. Specifically, Mercy achieved high marks in four inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction; heart failure; surgical care improvement; and pneumonia. The nonprofit Delmarva Foundation works to improve care for Maryland’s 730,000 Medicare beneficiaries and to provide consumers with quality information for making informed choices.

Adventist HealthCare, of Rockville, has added two members to its board of trustees: Former state Sen. Patrick J. (P.J.) Hogan now is vice chancellor for government relations for the University System of Maryland. He has been an active supporter of Adventist HealthCare’s efforts in expanding access to health care through his role in helping to open the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center; he also has served on the Adventist HealthCare Clarksburg Community Hospital Advisory Board. Avis E. Buchanan, director of the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service, has also worked for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, including as staff attorney, director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Project, and director of litigation.


United Capital Business Lending, based in Hunt Valley, has added two executives: Jane Livingston is vice president, business development officer for the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. She most recently worked at US Bank and CIT. Livingston has a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University. Austin Rosen is vice president, business development officer for the Rocky Mountain West and Southwest regions. Rosen acquired sales and finance experience at Rosenfield Restaurants and Holliday Fenoglio Fowler.


Jeffrey Bukowski has joined Nevins & Associates, of Hunt Valley, as a public relations consultant. Bukowski assists clients in media relations, social media, event planning, community relations, and industry marketing. Bukowski’s previous experience includes work in agency, corporate and not-for-profit settings; he spent the past three years working as an independent consultant. His work has received two “Best in Maryland” awards and two Awards of Excellence. Bukowski is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Real Estate

Jared Ross has been appointed a senior associate in the industrial brokerage services practice group of Cushman & Wakefield. He will be responsible for sales, leasing and corporate advisory services to tenants and owners in the Maryland metropolitan market. Ross previously was an associate in the industrial group handling leasing and sales of bulk warehouse and flex properties at Jones Lang LaSalle. Before that he was director of land acquisition for Porten Homes, and worked in engineering and product development for Motorola Corp.

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