On the move: Kirkley leads Brigade

Kirkley leads Brigade

The Brigance Brigade, an organization that raises funds to improve the quality of life of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients and their families, has appointed Christine Kirkley as executive director. Kirkley will oversee the activities of the organization and is also responsible for working with O.J. and Chanda Brigance as well as the board of directors to determine the long-term direction of the organization, which is largely privately funded. O.J. Brigance, a former Baltimore Ravens player and now a player development advisor, was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. Kirkley will collaborate with other ALS organizations locally and nationwide. Before joining the Brigade, Kirkley was director of fundraising and community relations for the Maryland-Virginia-District of Columbia chapter of the ALS Association. Previously, she worked in litigation support with law firms and Department of Justice contractors.

Christine Kirkley

Education: Texas State University.

Resides in: Laurel.

What is your vision for the long-term direction of the organization? “My goal is to bring awareness and understanding about the disease to the public, to support families living with ALS and improve the quality of their lives and to eventually eradicate the disease altogether.”

What drew you to work with ALS organizations? “My mother was diagnosed with ALS in 2000. When she passed away a year later, I knew I wanted to be involved in fighting the disease.”

Recent vacation: Rehoboth Beach.

Favorite music: Motown.

Favorite quotation: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)


Two recent graduates of Maryland Institute College of Art have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2012–13 academic year. Trevor Amery ’05 (painting) has been awarded a Fulbright to Hungary in the field of installation art. He plans to create a body of artwork investigating space/object relationships based on the concept of the tiszta szoba (clean room). Rita Crocker ’06 (painting) has been awarded a scholarship to Colombia in the field of painting. Crocker’s project, “Aesthetic Influences of Paisa Art on Antioquian Cultural Identity,” will examine the history and identity of Paisa culture, a distinctive cultural group in Colombia, from local perspectives.

The dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., won the Norbert Freinkel Lecture Award, presented by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). As this year’s honoree, Reece delivered the Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture at the association’s 72nd Scientific Sessions earlier this month in Philadelphia.

The Maryland Recycling Network recently awarded the Town of University Park the Outstanding Small Government Program Award for its work on the STEP-UP Kitchen Waste Compost pilot program. The program is one of several components of the Small Town Energy Program (STEP) that University Park is participating in courtesy of a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chris Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE, and his wife, Kit Burton, were honored as donors and volunteers of the year by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The Burtons have volunteered at Sarah’s Hope, a homeless shelter for women and children in Baltimore, for several years. They have provided in-kind donations to the program, including bringing toiletries and other necessities and food for the women and children. Chris is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Services board of directors and Kit is a member of the steering committee for the organization’s annual Empty Bowls fundraising event. They have also pledged a major gift to the capital campaign to renovate and expand the Beans & Bread Center, a day resource center and meal program for the homeless in Fells Point.


Creative Access, an Ellicott City-based interior architectural planning and design firm specializing in healthcare and commercial facilities, has named Ken Szpara, AIA, formerly of Notari Associates, as director of architecture. Szpara has 25 years of experience in architectural design work, specializing in renovation and rehab in the commercial industry.


BioHealth Innovation Inc., a Rockville-based regional private-public partnership focusing on commercializing biohealth innovations in Central Maryland, has named former interim CEO Richard Bendis as the organization’s first president and CEO. Bendis currently serves as the founding president and CEO of Innovation America, a global partnership focused on accelerating the growth of the innovation economy throughout the world. He also serves as publisher of Innovation Daily. Bendis has served on numerous boards and task forces, including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership Advisory Task Force, the Small Business Innovation Research Committee, the National Association of State Venture Funds board, State Science and Technology Institute and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Institute as a national/regional judge and Entrepreneur of the Year winner.


The Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation, a public-private partnership that promotes the economic vitality of construction in Maryland, appointed Francis H. Chaney, William Cox and Adam E. Snavely to the organization’s board of trustees. Chaney is chairman of Chaney Enterprises, headquartered in Waldorf, which specializes in ready-mixed concrete, sand and gravel, concrete block and construction supplies. Cox is president of Corman Construction, located in Annapolis Junction, which specializes in bridge building and repair, underground utilities, tunnel, highway and marine construction. Snavely is CEO of the Poole and Kent Corp., based in Baltimore, a mechanical, HVAC and plumbing contractor.

Molly Shattuck and Jack Wilen have joined the board of overseers of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Shattuck is returning to the board after a year in an advisory capacity. Shattuck is the founder of the Vibrant Living Philosophy, which helps people create and maintain a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. She also serves as a part-time cheerleading coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Shattuck serves on the national advisory board for The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and is a member of the board of trustees for the National Children’s Museum. Wilen has been a financial advisor since 1976 and is senior vice president, investments at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Timonium. Wilen is also a trustee of the Jack Wilen Foundation. The main focus of the Wilen Foundation’s giving is educational programs in Baltimore.


The Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation has hired Lauren Mari as communications coordinator. Before joining MCCEI, Mari worked with a prominent Maryland public relations agency and a New Jersey-based regional health care organization.

The Elkridge-based home improvement and design build firm Rule4 Building Group recently was named a national winner of the 2012 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. Rule4 won for a basement project in Ellicott City. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty.


Katharine Arner, PE, has joined Pennoni Associates, Inc., an engineering, design and consulting firm with three offices in Maryland, as a senior bridge engineer in the Baltimore office’s Transportation Division. Ms. Arner previously served as a project manager for the Michael Baker Corporation. Her work specialties include transportation structures design, bridge load rating and bridge inspection.


Mortgage lender Embrace Home Loans Inc. has hired Laura Hancock as a senior loan officer in its Towson office. Hancock most recently worked at Wells Fargo, where she received multiple industry and corporate awards, and she recorded the highest purchase volume in the company.

Government services

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has named John Butler, a 19-year-veteran of the department, as deputy chief. Butler joined HCDFRS in 1993 as a firefighter. Before his appointment as deputy chief, he served as assistant chief for the department’s Administrative Services Bureau, a role in which he had overall responsibility for the management of the operating budget, human resources issues, administrative policies, recruitment, labor/management relations, payroll and grants management.

Health care

Dr. Dal Chun has joined The Retina Group of Washington, which provides retinal and macular health care and research in the D.C. metropolitan area. Before joining The Retina Group, Chun was the chief of retina services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served as the ophthalmic consultant to the White House. He is an assistant professor of surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Robert G. Leikin has joined Katzen Eye Group, Maryland’s largest private eye care practice, as director of refractive services. Leikin comes to Katzen from Kameen Eye Associates, where he served as clinical director of refractive services for nearly 14 years. Leikin specializes in refractive eye surgery, including Lasik, PRK and Premium Intraocular Lenses for cataract surgery.


John Marsh was named vice president and director of Client Digital Services for GKV, a Baltimore-based integrated marketing communications firm. He will work closely with the GKV account teams to provide digital strategies and results to clients. Marsh has more than 12 years of advertising, marketing and interactive experience. Before joining GKV, he served as interactive director at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, where he led the organization’s digital strategy, including redesigning the website and all online design assets, pioneering the use of streaming video, webinars and Wiki tools and launching the new media marketing presence.

Daniel Robinson was promoted to senior vice president, director of media services at GKV from his previous position as media director. Robinson will be responsible for overall client media strategy, including management responsibility for all traditional and new media planning and buying. He will also continue to conduct strategic media research on behalf of clients, in addition to overseeing a staff of media planning and buying professionals and reviewing staff recommendations for paid media campaigns.

Chip Whiteford is joining Columbia-based ADG Creative as a developer. He most recently served as a web/multimedia/simulation/emulation developer.

Real estate

Baltimore-based Questar Properties Inc., which develops planned communities in the mid-Atlantic, named Sheryl McKibben vice president of marketing. McKibben, who previously was vice president of marketing for The Bozzuto Management Co. in Greenbelt, specializes in real estate development, including feasibility studies, product programming and marketing strategy through lease up and management. Among her initial responsibilities, McKibben is promoting Questar Properties’ new Dorsey Ridge luxury apartments in Hanover.


Wit & Wisdom, located in the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, has appointed Clayton Miller, formerly of Trummer’s on Main in Fairfax, Va., as executive chef, effective July 5.




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