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Movers & Shakers, 2/14: Otchet named chief financial officer of Next Century

Sarah K. Otchet

Sarah K. Otchet has been named chief financial officer of Next Century, of Columbia. Previously, Otchet was chief financial officer at SM Consulting and assistant vice president, financial planning and analysis for Science Applications International’s cyber and information solutions business unit. She also has worked for Duratek and Impact Innovations Group. Next Century provides technology services for clients in the health care, national security, and corporate security industries, including GIS mapping, image exploitation, and cloud computing.


Ellin & Tucker has promoted three staff CPAs: Thomas A. Byers has been promoted to director in the tax department. He heads the firm’s estate tax planning and compliance group. Byers has a master of taxation degree from the University of Baltimore and has completed the College of Financial Planning’s Certified Financial Planner Professional Education Program. Michael A. Strauss is now director in the audit, accounting, and consulting department. He is chairperson of the audit and accounting technical standards committee. Strauss is a graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Jared A. Rosen has been promoted to principal in the audit, accounting, and consulting department. He leads the firm’s employee benefit plan services group. Strauss has an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.


Anne Scholl-Fiedler recently was appointed first vice president for career services at Stevenson University. Scholl-Fiedler recently was director of the Career Services Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Towson University. Since 2004, she has served as a master trainer and director of the East Coast Regional Center for Dependable Strengths. Scholl-Fiedler also is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has held managerial and director-level positions in career development at Pierce Junior College in Philadelphia, the University of Washington in Seattle, and UMBC. She was associate director of employer relations for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and manager of Frederick County’s One-Stop Employment Partnership and Business Liaison.


The University of Maryland School of Social Work has received a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group, to support the school’s Social Work Community Outreach Service’s Neighborhood Fellows Program. Support from PNC encourages continued placement of graduate-level social workers in internships with various community revitalization organizations in Baltimore. Interns work to enhance the marketability of neighborhoods throughout the city, to increase residents’ participation, and to help build and preserve homeowners’ assets through financial education and other steps.


Rebecca M. Joyner has been named chief human resources officer of The Arc Baltimore. Joyner previously managed human resources at Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. She has also been director of human resources for The Bank of Glen Burnie and vice president, employee relations and benefits for Loyola Federal Savings Bank. Joyner ran her own human resources consulting firm, HR Services Inc., from 2000 to 2005. She has degrees from the College of Notre Dame and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Joyner is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and has served on the board of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association.


Hilary Geisbert has been appointed style editor of Baltimore magazine. After serving as an intern with the magazine in 2006, she worked for Urban Chic, Form Boutique and Nordstrom, and had an internship with People’s Revolution. Most recently, she was the fine apparel coordinator for Neiman Marcus. Geisbert has a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from the University of Baltimore.