Movers & Shakers, 1/31: Adler appointed to lead St. James Academy

Karl Adler

St. James Academy has appointed Karl Adler as its next Head of School, effective July 1. Adler is assistant and middle school head of Calverton School, in Huntingtown. He has a master’s degree Goucher College and a Johns Hopkins University Post-Graduate Certificate in Independent School Leadership. Originally founded in 1821 and re-established in 1957, St. James is an Episcopal parish day school for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade in Monkton.


Theresa Hare and Liz Cullens have been hired by BGR CPAs, a Columbia-based accounting firm. Hare is a staff accountant with a background in accounting and business administration. She previously worked at Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. Cullens is a senior accountant who previously was a senior audit associate with McGladrey & Pullen. She has a bachelor’s degree from Stevenson University and is also a volunteer tax preparer.


Patrick J. Dempsey has been named winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award by TRSA, the national association of the textile rental services industry. He is the owner and chairman of the board of Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, of Baltimore. Dempsey’s dedication to benchmarking—exchanging his company’s performance statistics and other financial data with owners of similar operations—has been credited for supporting the growth of many companies nationwide. The company, founded in 1959, became a proving ground for new laundry technologies. Co-founders Patrick Dempsey and his brother Richard became resource conservation leaders, adopting technologies to produce more laundry with less water and energy.

The Lodestone Golf Course in McHenry, designed by Design Workshop in collaboration with Hale Irwin, received the designation of being the sixth-best new golf course in the world from Golfweek magazine, and a merit award for design from the American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado. This designation and award signify the revolutionary nature of the course, particularly due to the demanding community, environmental and sport concerns that the landscape architects and designers considered throughout the design process. The course also includes walking and cross-country ski trails.


Robert Fleischmann has joined Capital Bank as vice president, commercial lending. He will work from the bank’s headquarters in Rockville. Fleischmann previously worked at Wells Fargo managing a portfolio of government contractor financing relationships. Before that, he held senior positions at Presidential Financial Corp. His degrees include a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.


Baltimore Reads has elected Elijah A. Cheek and Carla A. Nelson to its board of directors. Cheek works for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States as its health plan facility operations manager for the North Baltimore region. He holds a dual MS/MBA in health care administration from University of Maryland University College. Nelson is a business professional who specializes in business development and government relations. She served as director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development in the Dixon and Rawlings-Blake administrations and was president and CEO of Visionary Network Consultants Inc., for 10 years. Nelson was founder and co-producer of Capital BookFest, an annual book festival in Prince George’s County. Baltimore Reads is a nonprofit organization that offers instruction to adults in basic reading, writing, mathematics, English language, GED prep and employment readiness skills.

Tracy Hall has joined the Howard County Advisory Board of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. She is the manager of the Hickory Ridge Branch of Howard Bank. Family and Children’s Services offers family and individual counseling, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and the Healthy Families program for first time parents. It also provides child abuse and sexual assault treatment services. Family and Children’s Services has Howard County offices in the Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia and at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center in North Laurel.

Melissa Pitchford, chief financial officer at Katzen Eye Group, was recently re-elected secretary/treasurer of the Maryland Medical Group Management Association’s board of directors. Pitchford held the position of treasurer from 2007-2010. She was re-elected to the board in 2011 as a medical practice director. Pitchford previously worked for Katz, Abosch, Windesheim, Gershman & Freedman, rising to the position of shareholder, and chair for the medical practice services group. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury State University.

Health Care

Tyrone Stanley, a nursing assistant who works with elderly adults at William Hill Manor, a continuing care retirement community in Easton, has received the Cynthia Steele Caring Hands Award, given annually by the Maryland/D.C. Chapter of the National Gerontological Nurses Association to one nursing assistant in the region who strives to provide excellent service to elderly adults. Stanley was chosen among eight finalists because of his proactive approach to residents with dementia and his skill in identifying and reporting changes in the condition of the residents he cares for. One of his innovative practices is to take photos of everyday items that residents can point to when they are unable to express their needs in words.


Marsha Koger has joined the Baltimore affiliate of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as director of development. She will oversee fundraising, including prospect research, grant writing and relationship cultivation with donors. Koger previously was director of development for Harbor Hospital. She started her career in development with the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. Koger has worked for Mother Seton Academy, University of Baltimore, Arts Every Day, and the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. She also has been a reporter, including with The Annapolis Capital, and then deputy press secretary to Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. Koger holds a master’s degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is an international nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities.