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Movers & Shakers, 2/3/12: Anne Arundel Medical Center promotes Perkins

Medical center promotes Perkins

Sherry Perkins

Sherry Perkins has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer of Anne Arundel Medical Center, in Annapolis. She joined the hospital in 2006 as chief nursing officer and became senior vice president, patient care services in 2010 after 15 years in clinical and leadership roles at University of Maryland Medical Center. Perkins leads the statewide effort to improve transition to practice under the Robert Wood Johnson/Institute of Medicine recommendations for nurse residency, serves on the Maryland Hospital Association Council on Clinical Quality, is president-elect of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives, and recently was named to the board of trustees of the Maryland Patient Safety Center.


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.


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 from Goucher College and a Johns Hopkins University Post-Graduate Certificate in Independent School Leadership. St. James Academy is an Episcopalian parish day school in Monkton for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade.


Bryant Associates has opened a survey department in Landover, led by new Chief of Survey David M. Harris. The Landover-based company is an MDOT certified MBE/DBE with 35 years of experience providing quality survey, engineering, and construction management services. Harris is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor with 30 years of experience managing survey projects in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. The firm has 16 offices throughout North America, as well as in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India.


The Carl M. Freeman Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Montgomery County nonprofit organizations through its Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support annual program: the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Montgomery County; Eastern Montgomery Emergency Assistance Network; Hospice Caring; Mid-County United Ministries; Operation Fly; Rainbow Community Development Center; Rockville Presbyterian Church; Stepping Stones Shelter; Sunflower Bakery; Senior Connection of Montgomery County; and the Upper Montgomery Assistance Network.

The Abell Foundation has awarded Baltimore-based nonprofit Feeding the People a $5,000 grant to provide low-income diabetics with home-delivered meals, diabetes education and ongoing support. Feeding the People’s mission is to develop and implement a research-based model of nutrition-related in-home care for underserved, low-income diabetics to reduce the incidence of diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses in Maryland.

Health Care

Thomas Smith has been appointed director of palliative care for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the inaugural Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Care in the Department of Oncology. He will lead palliative care efforts throughout the system in addition to the Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Smith is board-certified in oncology and pain/palliative medicine; his research focuses on neuropathic pain, care at the end of life, and bending the cost curve in patients with life-limiting conditions. He is a spokesperson for the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Smith previously was co-director of the Massey Cancer Center Cancer Control and Prevention Program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

Dr. Sara Sukumar, a Johns Hopkins Medicine breast cancer researcher, recently received $50,000 to encourage rapid translation of her basic research on biomarkers into a commercially available test that could predict the best treatment options for some women with breast cancer. She is co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Three of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 24 new Young Investigators are from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Young Investigator awards are designed to encourage the most innovative minds in cancer research to focus their careers on prostate cancer. Each is awarded a grant of $225,000 over a three-year period; funding is also matched dollar-for-dollar by each recipient’s research institution. The three Hopkins winners are Michael Haffner, M.D.; Corinne Joshu, Ph.D.; and Tamara Lotan, M.D.

The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore has again been ranked by the Leapfrog Group as a top hospital for patient safety and quality of care. The hospital is one of only two in the United States to make this list every year since its inception six years ago. The medical center is the flagship hospital of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Morgan C. Gilligan has been named vice president, business development officer of the Mid-Atlantic region by Stewart Title Co. Gilligan, whose office will be in Towson, previously served as vice president, marketing and business development of Craftsman Developers. He serves on the board of the Urban Land Institute and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Leadership Advisory Board. Gilligan has a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College.

Deloris Simpson Tuggle has been named vice president of human resources and organizational development/chief human resources officer of the GBMC HealthCare System. She previously was senior director of human resources and interim senior vice president of human resources for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Tuggle also served in human resources roles with the May Institute in Randolph, Mass., Lifespan Healthcare Systems in Providence, R.I. and Trans World Airlines. She also was a program manager with the Housing Services Co. in Boston. Tuggle is on the board of Benjamin Healthcare Associates, and previously was co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Northeast Human Resources Association and an elected official with the Town of Canton Housing Authority in Massachusetts.

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.


IWIF, of Towson, has promoted several members of its information systems and loss control departments: Derek Meeks, to assistant vice president of information systems; Alaina Liberto, to IS director of project office; Brian Stephens, to IS director of architecture and integration; Scott Trickett, to IS director of infrastructure; and Kristin Klein, to loss control director. IWIF is the leading writer of workers’ compensation insurance in Maryland.

Morgan C. Gilligan has been named vice president, business development officer of the Mid-Atlantic region by Stewart Title Co. Gilligan, whose office will be in Towson, previously served as vice president, marketing and business development of Craftsman Developers. He serves on the board of the Urban Land Institute and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Leadership Advisory Board. Gilligan has a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College.


Embrace Home Loans has opened an office in Towson with David Ratti as its branch manager. Ratti previously worked at Bank of America Home Loans. He is a former chairman of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors’ Finance & Education Committees, and a current member of the Home Builders Association of Maryland’s Finance Committee. Also on the staff are Senior Loan Officer Debbie Keyes, and Loan Officers Michael Ciresi and Michael Adamez. Embrace Home Loans also has regional offices in Rockville, Frederick, Annapolis and Waldorf.


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.

Real Estate

The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors has named Susan Myszkowski president of its board of directors for 2012. Gwendolyn Wynn is president-elect, Sharon McKenna is vice president, and Tasha Linton is treasurer. Stephen Cooper, Doris Hall-Scheeler, Jeffrey Margolies, Ian Parrish, Ashley Richardson and Jose Rivas were appointed to two-year terms on the board of directors, and Carl Herber was appointed to a one-year term. The organization last month named David W. McIlvaine its Realtor of the Year. Yolanda Powell was named Rookie Realtor of the Year, Sharon McKenna was named Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year, and Alison Noger was named Affiliate of the Year. Linda Dieter received the Community Service Award, and Peg Castle was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Amine Faridi has been hired as a sales engineer by Roadnet Technologies, a Baltimore-based vehicle routing and fleet management company. He previously was an associate resident at Towson Global, a Towson University incubator, where he launched and operated his company, Study Abroad Counselor. Faridi has also been an engineering data manager for Ariba Inc., and a government project engineer for Johnson Controls.