Graybeal wins statewide award

Daily Record Staff//December 7, 2011

Graybeal wins statewide award

By Daily Record Staff

//December 7, 2011

Ronald Graybeal, administrator at Calvert Manor Health Center, of Rising Sun, recently was named the 2011 Administrator of the Year by the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. The Graybeal family, pioneers of long-term care in Maryland, founded the center as the Graybeal Rest Home in 1947, and he has carried on the tradition for 21 years. Graybeal was honored by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce for running the 2011 Small Business of the Year. The center has been named a top nursing home in Maryland by U.S. News and World Report.

Ronald Graybeal

Resides in: Rising Sun

Daily commute: 2 miles

Recent vacation: Ocean City

Hobby: Tennis

Favorite author: John Grisham


Michael Ziemba has joined the Hunt Valley office of McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond as a senior manager of accounting and auditing services. Ziemba has 30 years of experience in public accounting with a heavy concentration in the construction, manufacturing and the wholesale industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from University of Baltimore and is a CPA.

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.


Better Business Bureau | Greater Maryland recently presented five businesses with its Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence. The award pays tribute to businesses that demonstrate high standards of honesty and integrity toward customers, employees, shareholders and their community. The companies are: Main Street Oriental Rugs, of Ellicott City; Prometric Inc. testing services, of Baltimore; River Crest Design Build, of Annapolis; Merritt Properties, of Baltimore; and Chesapeake Telephone Systems.

Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez recently received the Ana G. Mendez University System’s Excellence in Education Award. Sanchez was honored for his work to improve educational bilingual opportunities and skills of the local workforce population. During the ceremony, AGMUS President Jose F. Mendez, Universidad Metropolitana Chancellor Federico M. Matheu and Morgan State University Provost and Vice President Joseph A. Whittaker, representing Morgan State University and the University System of Maryland, signed an agreement to bring an Ana G. Mendez University center to Wheaton. Classes will begin at a new, dual-language higher education center on Jan. 12. The Puerto Rico-based university system also has campuses in the South Florida, Orlando and Tampa areas.

Giant Food, of Landover, recently was honored as Retailer of the Year by the Maryland Food Bank. Giant donated more than 1.4 million pounds of food to the hunger relief organization during 2010 — the most of any in-kind supporter.

Williams Asset Management, of Columbia, has been named a “Top Wealth Manager” by AdvisorOne, publisher of Investment Advisor and Research magazines. The privately-owned investment advisory and wealth management firm caters to affluent individuals and families throughout the U.S. and around the world.

David Atlas, of Riderwood in Silver Spring, last month received the National Academy of Engineering’s 2011 Founders Award, which is presented for extraordinary impact through work in the engineering profession. Atlas helped develop radar technology for storm detection and warning. His research and that of collaborators played a major role in the adoption of the national network of NEXRAD Doppler radars used by the National Weather Service. These provided insights into the nature of storm systems that led to advanced methodologies for prediction and warning. In 1977 Atlas became the founding director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Ronda Ford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Beltsville, was among the winners last month of a 30th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Award. Ford introduced new and innovative contracting methods to the Agricultural Research Service that saved millions of dollars. She led the agency’s first multisite energy savings performance contract award, which will save $480,000 annually. Ford also led in starting utility energy service contracts, and implemented an interagency agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration to accomplish energy upgrades at laboratories and greenhouses in 10 Northwest locations.


Michael T. Smith has been promoted to business banking market manager for Greater Maryland by PNC Financial Services Group, of Baltimore. Smith joined the company in 2009 as business banking sales manager. He has held several leadership positions in his 30 years of financial services experience in the Baltimore area. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland. He is a board member for the United Way of Central Maryland, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland and the Institute of Notre Dame of Maryland.


Walt Clocker, president of Angels Food Market, in Pasadena, has been elected chairman of the Maryland Retailers Association. Clocker has planned and supervised two expansions and remodeling of the independent supermarket and catering business. He was elected to his current term on the MRA’s board of directors in 2006 and serves on its legislative committee.

New officers for the Carroll Lutheran Village board of trustees are Louna Primm, chair; Paula Langmead, vice chair; Joe Hikel, secretary; and Arthur Wisner, treasurer. Primm is senior vice president and chief lending officer of New Windsor State Bank; Langmead is CEO of Springfield Hospital Center; Hikel is chief operating office of Shelter Systems; Wisner is treasurer & director of financial services at McDaniel College. Also on the board are Kay Betz, David Bollinger, David Bond, B.J. Chase, Ronald Fairchild, Sandra Ferguson, John Hattery, R. Neal Hoffman, Frances Kane, Edward Leister, the Rev. David Schafer, Richard Simmons, and the Rev. Robin Simpson-Litton. Carroll Lutheran Village is an accredited continuing-care retirement community in Westminster.

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 of the board. 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.

Nancy S. Grasmick has been appointed to the board of directors of Maryland Family Network, which provides resources for children, their families and caregivers so they can learn and succeed. Grasmick was state superintendent of schools from 1991 until retiring June 30.


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


Bob Callens, partner/managing director of the Baltimore office of RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen, recently was recognized as the firms’ Career Advisor of the Year. Callens is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland. McGladrey & Pullen is a licensed CPA firm that provides assurance services; RSM McGladrey is a professional services firm providing tax and consulting services.

Richard Childress has been appointed director of government programs by Martek Global Services, of Bethesda. Childress has more than 40 years of experience as an engineer, program manager, portfolio manager, analyst and executive. He was a charter member of the U.S. Army and Department of Defense Acquisition Corps, and helped develop many of its policies, procedures and regulations. Childress served as chief of staff and chief acquisition officer for the Contracts and Projects Office for rebuilding Iraq. Martek provides strategic and tactical support and solutions in commercial real estate, facilities management, medical and health care facilities, furniture, administration and acquisition/procurement.


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. Waxman has been 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 what is now the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, has added nine full-time faculty members. Curatorial practice: Jeffry Cudlin; foundation: Stephen Hendee, Ulric Joseph Jr., who earned an MFA at MICA, and Aaron McIntosh; graphic design: Sandra Maxa and Mark Sanders; illustration: Shadra Strickland and Deanna Staffo, who has a BFA from MICA; and printmaking: Eva Wylie.

Stevenson University has hired two new executives. Barry Dunkin has joined the Office of Career Services as director of industry initiatives for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. He had been associate director of the University of Baltimore’s Career Center. Previously, he was a career counselor for the Community College of Baltimore County and Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Morgan State University and one in counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Dunkin is a member of the Baltimore Regional Initiatives Taskforce. John “Jamie” Myers has been appointed director of alumni relations. Myers spent 10 years at Loyola Blakefield as associate director of development and head of alumni relations, and has worked as an associate producer at WBAL-TV. He is a graduate of Frostburg State University.

McDaniel College, of Westminster, has hired new communications and marketing directors: Vince Buscemi is now director of digital communications and social media overseeing the college’s website, multimedia and social media; the former vice president of client services at Mindgrub Technologies is a McDaniel alumnus. Cheryl Knauer has been named director of media relations. Knauer previously worked as a senior account executive at Nevins & Associates, as the media relations director at Maryland Institute College of Art, and as a public relations associate at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts. Jason Reinfried is now director of graduate marketing and admissions. He previously was a marketing strategist and a workforce training manager at Penn State and has been an admissions representative at the University of Phoenix.

Claire Fraser-Liggett, director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and a faculty member in the departments of medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, recently was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Fraser-Liggett has performed pioneering research and provided leadership at several research institutions to promote the development of genomic medicine.

Health Care

Maryam Jaberi has joined Saint Agnes Healthcare and Maryland Surgeons, of Baltimore. Dr. Jaberi has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery concentrating in hernia repair and diseases of the breast and thyroid. She received her undergraduate and master’s of public health degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and her medical degree from the University of Maryland before training at George Washington University.


Kristi Halford has been hired as a senior account executive by Nevins & Associates, a marketing and public relations firm in Hunt Valley. Halford assists clients in media relations, social media, event planning, community relations, and industry marketing. She previously was director of marketing at Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for five years. Halford also has been director of public relations and marketing for the Maryland Historical Society and public relations manager for The Rosen Group. She has a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University.


The Jewish Museum of Maryland, in Baltimore, has promoted two senior staff members: Deborah Cardin, formerly the director of education, is now the museum’s assistant director. Ilene Dackman-Alon, who has served as the museum’s director of programs since 2006, is now director of education.

Residential Care

Janet Shimek, staff development coordinator at Carroll Lutheran Village, of Westminister, was one of 12 nurses selected nationwide by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for its development panel of subject matter experts. She was nominated on the basis of clinical specialty and nursing expertise. The NCSBN develops and administers the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing exams.


Adam Van Bavel has joined ZBest Executive, of Glen Burnie, which provides ground transportation. Van Bavel started his career in the finance industry and later transitioned to nonprofits. He has worked for MassMutual, First Horizon, National Fidelity Mortgage, the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Live Baltimore and Special Olympics Maryland. Van Bavel also has taught social media marketing classes for the Tech Council of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and served on boards of technology, health and community organizations.

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