Cathy Purple Cherry, of Purple Cherry Architects, of Annapolis, has been appointed to the AutismOne board of directors. AutismOne is a national nonprofit charity organization started by a small group of parents of children with autism. It works to raise awareness of autism and education and therapies, biomedical research and treatments, advocacy and more through outreach in forums such as national conferences, Autism Digest magazine and radio. Cherry, whose 20-year-old son has autism, has devoted a studio of her firm to Purposeful Architecture — designing buildings for people with special needs.
The College of Southern Maryland recently received a $2,500 donation from Booz Allen Hamilton for its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) efforts. The college is hosting four robotics competitions, one of which began this week, and is preparing a week of STEM activities in April that will include a regional robotics competition, a regional STEM conference for educators, the Fourth Annual Youth in Technology Conference for middle and high school students, and a job fair that will include employers from STEM-related fields.
Dr. Kulleni Gebreyes, senior vice president at the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, recently was appointed by the Maryland Health Reform Coordinating Council to its Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee. A board-certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Gebreyes is a practicing clinician with Six Sigma certification and extensive experience in private-public sector collaborations, health information technology, and quality improvement. Gov. Martin O’Malley created the council in 2010 to advise on policies and procedures for recent and future federal health reform.
Mercy Medical Center’s Forensic Nurse Examiner program has received a $24,020 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support its work of preventing violence and promoting safety among middle and high school girls in Baltimore. The grant will fund the Violence Prevention and Safety Education for Girls Program, which is intended to prevent domestic violence and violence associated with teenage relationships. Forensic nurses, who are RNs with specialized training, will conduct the program.
Broad Street Realty, a commercial real estate services firm in Bethesda, was recently recognized on Washingtonian magazine’s list of 50 Great Places to Work. The firm ranked seventh for Great Pay, eighth for Flexibility, and ninth for Good Coffee, based on employee surveys.