On the move – 2/10/12: Roques named Keswick CEO

Roques named Keswick CEO

Carmel Roques

Carmel Roques has been appointed chief executive officer of Keswick, a not-for-profit organization with corporate offices housed at Keswick Multi Care in North Baltimore. Roques succeeds Libby Bowerman, who retired at the end of 2011. Roques had been chief operating officer of Virginia United Methodist Homes since 2007. In the early 1990s, she was director of adult day care and director of home care services for Catholic Charities in Baltimore, and then an executive with Episcopal Ministries to the Aging. The Keswick Multi-Care Center campus encompasses a skilled-nursing care facility, a sub-acute rehabilitation center, an assisted living memory care facility, and an adult day care program. Also, Keswick provides support and resources to the greater community.

Carmel Roques


B.A., Mills College; M.A., University of Chicago.

Daily commute:

I travel from Columbia without getting on I-695. It takes about 45 minutes and I enjoy seeing many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods on my way in.

Recent vacation:

A long weekend in New York City with my husband.


Yoga, theater of all types, hiking and backpacking.

Favorite books:

I am rereading Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” and Peter M. Singe’s “The Fifth Discipline.”

Most recently read:

“Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn” by Cathy N. Davidson; and “Doc: A Novel” by Mary Doria Russell about the friendship between Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.

Favorite food:

Food someone else has prepared. In particular my husband’s homemade pizza.

Favorite quotation:

“Compassion is a verb.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


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 the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award by TRSA, the national association of the textile rental services industry. He is the owner and chairman 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 companies nationwide. The company, founded in 1959 by Patrick Dempsey and his brother Richard, became a proving ground for laundry technologies, including ways 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.

Cartridge on Wheels recently was named Small Business of the Year by the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. The business delivers ink and toner to businesses and organizations while helping monitor their needs. Company owner Bruce Kanner won the chamber’s volunteer of the year award in 2010 and works with one of its Direct Connect groups.


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.

Theresa A. McKenna has joined Howard Bank as assistant branch manager at the Hickory Ridge branch in Columbia. McKenna was previously a financial sales consultant at PNC in Marriottsville. She has also worked at BB&T in Charlottesville, Va., as a financial center leader and owned a store in Key West, Fla.


Claire Zhang has been hired by Advanced BioScience Laboratories, of Rockville, to lead its downstream bioprocessing group. Zhang will direct development and optimization programs for the biomedical contract research and manufacturing organization’s commercial and government good manufacturing practice manufacturing clients. She most recently was the head of downstream development and manufacturing at Intercell, where she worked on multiple vaccine platforms including recombinant proteins and virus-like particles. Zhang has also worked for Human Genome Sciences and IBEX Pharmaceuticals.


Baltimore Reads has elected Elijah A. Cheek and Carla A. Nelson to its board of directors. Cheek is health plan facility operations manager for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States’ North Baltimore region. He holds a dual MS/MBA in health care administration from University of Maryland University College. Nelson 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 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 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 to 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 from Salisbury State University.

Trina LaPier, Montgomery County retail and real estate advertising director for The Gazette, has been named chairwoman of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. Other officers are: Chairman Elect and Vice Chair Ron Dimaranan, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union; Treasurer Sam McNamee, Signs of Progress; Immediate Past Board Chair Doug Wrenn, Rodgers Consulting; Vice Chairs David Edgerley, HarVest Bank of Maryland; Colette Releford, Strive Business Solutions; and Scott Wallace, Linowes and Blocher. Other directors: Anita Anderson, BlackRock Center for the Arts; Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early & Brewer; Andy Bass, United Bank; Henry Bernstein, Scheer Partners; Eileen Cahill, Holy Cross Hospital; John Compton, GeneDx; Howard Covin, Johns Hopkins University; Robert Cowdrey, Capital Bank; Robert Czura, M&T Bank; Allen DeLeon, DeLeon & Stang; David Denton, Asbury Methodist Village; Robert Jepson, Adventist HealthCare; Ray McKenzie, Law Office of Raymond T. McKenzie; James G. Muir, Hughes Network Systems; Jim Norris, Montgomery County EFCU; Jerry Pasternak, PEPCO; Gizelle Petit, Sandy Spring Bank; Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College; Randy Scritchfield, Montgomery Financial Group; Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell; and Tony Tomasello, City of Gaithersburg.


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.

Joseph R. Urgo, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and his wife, Lesley Dretar Urgo, have committed $100,000 to the college’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. They previously donated $20,000 to the school. The goals of the campaign focus on expanding available resources for need-based financial aid and strengthening academic programs. The Urgos designated $75,000 to a need-based scholarship fund, and the remaining $25,000 to the St. Mary’s College Arboretum.

LaRee McCuan has joined Junior Achievement of Central Maryland as director of education and outreach. In addition to overseeing implementation of the new JA Finance Park Virtual middle school personal economics education program, McCuan helps oversee in-school elementary and high school programming, and the JA BizTown elementary school capstone program. She also serves as a liaison with higher education institutions and represents Junior Achievement with coalitions and provider networks. Most recently, she managed United Way Youth Ventures, a regional youth engagement program of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Impact Strategies Division. McCuan serves as a Riverside Neighborhood Association executive board member overseeing communications, and as a Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue outreach coordinator. She has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


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 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.


Ryan Brost has joined Harborside Group, of Baltimore, as a mutual fund consultant. He has spent six years in the financial services industry, the majority in sales and marketing. Brost previously was a business development consultant for Jackson National Life Insurance, serving advisers in the San Diego region. Brost maintains his Series 6 and 63 licenses. Harborside Group is a full-service sales, marketing and public relations firm serving the asset management industry.


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.

Health Care

Patricia Zilliox has been appointed chief drug development officer of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, based in Columbia, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing sight-saving research for retinal degenerative diseases. She had been a consultant to the foundation since May 2011. Zilliox will be responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of clinical trials through the foundation’s National Eye and Evaluation Research Network, as well as partnering with institutions and companies around the world to advance promising treatments to patients affected with blinding diseases. She previously was senior director of clinical development pharma at Alcon Laboratories, a division of Novartis. Zilliox also is vice president of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.


Kate Hendrickson has been hired as media relations manager of the National Aquarium, of Baltimore. She previously was a social influence specialist for Planit. Hendrickson spent three years at the Port Discovery Museum, serving as the public relations and marketing coordinator and, more recently, as the public relations and events specialist. She has been a Volunteer Baltimore Certified Tourism Ambassador since 2009, and a Baltimore Tourism Association member and a Visit Baltimore GLBT Tourism Advisory Committee member.

Glenn E. Dorris Jr. has been appointed administrative and operations director of Baltimore Reads. Dorris most recently was director of sales and administration for America Works of Maryland. He has also served as operations manager of Staffmark; customer service advocate at MBNA; sales representative for Copyworld Business Systems; and as operations manager for two restaurants—Phillips and UNOs. Dorris has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

Nellie Power has been named assistant executive director of family and children services at The Arc Baltimore. She most recently was program director of the Baltimore Child and Adolescent Crises Response System for Catholic Charities. Before that, Power was assistant director of Catholic Charities’ Department of Community Resources. She has also been a clinical supervisor and senior mental health therapist in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and an adjunct professor at Towson University. Power is an advisory board member of Grandparent Family Connections and a founding member of the Baltimore City DSS Mobile Crisis Stabilization Steering Committee.


Zyngenia, a biopharmaceutical company in Gaithersburg that is developing the next generation of antibody-based drugs called Zybodies, recently promoted David M. Hilbert to chief scientific officer and appointed Daniel L. Menichella as chief business officer. Hilbert joined Zyngenia in 2009 as vice president, research and development. From 2006 to 2009, he was a consultant assisting startup biotechnology companies. From 2004 to 2005, he was vice president of research at Cellective Therapeutics. Previously, Hilbert spent eight years at Human Genome Sciences, most recently as vice president, research. Before that, he was a staff fellow in the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Before joining Zyngenia, Menichella was senior vice president of corporate development and strategy at Talecris Biotherapeutics. He has served in capacities related to business development, strategic planning and alliance management at Merck KGaA, including as a vice president. Before that he was president of MorphoSys USA and senior vice president of MorphoSys AG.


Roadnet Technologies, a Baltimore-based vehicle routing, scheduling and fleet management technology company, won in the Technology category in the Association for Corporate Growth–Maryland Chapter’s 2011 Deal of the Year competition. Roadnet’s fleet management applications and logistics software provide territory and street-level route plans, multi-stop vehicle routing and scheduling, wireless dispatch, vehicle telematics, fuel management, and real-time vehicle GPS tracking.