Face Time for March 2018

Two join d’Vinci staff

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — D’Vinci Interactive, a company specializing in learning solutions, has added two people to its team.

Christine Kurtz

Christine Kurtz joins d’Vinci as a project manager/instructional designer. Kurtz brings a blend of project management and instructional design skills to the team and is focused on helping clients create engaging, successful training courses.

She previously worked as a solution architect using technology to develop and deliver leadership training to leading global corporations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from Susquehanna University and lives in Harrisburg, Pa.

Nathan Carmona

Nathan Carmona joins d’Vinci as a web developer. He develops scalable and reliable enterprise web applications that deliver what the company called “a meaningful user experience.”

Previously, he worked as a software engineer for a large enterprise company focusing on analytics. He holds a degree in computer science from Hagers-
town Community College and lives in Hagerstown.


Neal joins Tri-County Pump Service
Crystal Neal

BOONSBORO, Md. — Crystal Neal recently joined Tri-County Pump Service Inc. and Griffith Plumbing to pursue business development.

The company reported she has proven to be instrumental in creating long-lasting customer relationships. She has begun commitments to a Business Networking International group based in Hagerstown, Md., as well as a variety of chamber connect groups in Frederick and Washington counties.

When she’s not in the office or on the road for Tri-County Pumps, she’s out on the town with her children, enjoying their involvement in Boy Scouts Pack 23 and Boonsboro (Md.) Lady Warriors basketball.

First United welcomes Spralls
Donna Spralls

FREDERICK, Md. — Donna Spralls has been named community relationship manager at the Riverside Community Office of First United Bank & Trust in Frederick, Md.

Spralls, who holds an associate degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College, has 18 years of financial services experience.

She began as a teller and personal banker in Hampton Roads, Va., and progressed through a series of increasing responsible and challenging assignments as a branch manager with regional financial services companies in various locations in Virginia.

Most recently she served as vice president and branch manager at two branches of a national financial services company in the Frederick market, improving the performance of both branches during her tenure, especially in improving customer experience.

Spralls lives in Frederick.

United Bank promotes Kolb
Tyler Kolb

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — United Bank, a subsidiary of United Bankshares Inc., recently announced the promotion of Tyler Kolb to branch manager of its Spring Mills location.

Kolb, who previously served as a senior trainer, will oversee the profitability of the location, hire and coach employees and promote the bank’s products and services.

A native of Martinsburg, Kolb received bachelor’s degrees in business and economics from Shepherd University. He is a member of the Berkeley County Chamber, Leadership Berkeley and a business partner with Spring Mills High School.


Shenandoah Community Health selects next CEO
Michael “Mike” Hassing

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Michael “Mike” Hassing has been named the next CEO of Shenandoah Community Health by the organization’s board of directors.

Hassing succeeds David Fant, who was CEO for more than 21 years.

Hassing brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care delivery system. He served as CEO for 10 years at Family Health Centers, a Community Health Center in Okanogan, Wash. Prior to accepting the CEO position, he served as a community health center consultant. Other roles in the health care arena have included chief financial officer, technology consultant and analyst for a managed care organization.

He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Hassing and his wife, Linda, relocated to Berkeley County from Washington state. They have three adult children, five grandchildren and extended family, some of whom live on the East Coast.

Brooks a sales associate at Coldwell Banker
Tiffany Brooks

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier recently announced that Tiffany Brooks has become a licensed sales associate. Brooks has been working with the company as an office administrator for more than four years, and has a total of nine years’ experience in the real estate industry.

She will be joining the Miller Team, partnering with Realtors Paula and Adam Miller. Paula Miller has been a real estate agent since 1987, has won numerous sales awards, and has served as president of both the West Virginia Association of Realtors and the Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors.

Her son Adam is a West Virginia University business graduate who holds a general contractor license and also offers facilities management services.

Brooks works out of Coldwell Banker Premier’s Shepherdstown office at 116 E. German St.

Aaron elected to Brethren Mutual Insurance board
Tammy Aaron

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. recently elected Tammy Aaron to the company’s board of directors. Aaron is Brethren’s first female board member in the company’s 121 years of history. She is also the youngest board member currently serving on the board of directors.

Aaron joined Brethren Mutual as an accountant in August 1993. In 2017, she was elected to serve as both board treasurer and corporate secretary. In addition to her board duties, Aaron currently oversees Brethren Mutual’s accounting and human resources departments.

Aaron is a 1984 graduate of Clear Spring High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in mathematics from Shepherd University in 1989. She became a certified professional accountant in 1991.

Aaron lives in Clear Spring.

Shenandoah prof named president of Oregon college
Miles Davis

WINCHESTER, Va. — Miles Davis, dean and professor of management at Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business, has been named the 20th president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Davis will succeed Thomas L. Hellie, who will depart Linfield on June 30 after serving 12 years as president of the college. Davis will begin his new appointment on July 1.

Davis is the first college president to come out of The Ph.D. Project, a network that helps members of underrepresented communities attain doctorates and become leaders in higher education. He will be the first African-American president in Linfield College’s 160-year history.

He joined Shenandoah’s faculty in 2001 as assistant professor of business management and founding director of the Business Institute for Entrepreneurship. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and to professor in 2012, the same year he was appointed dean.

Salvatore joins Coldwell Banker in Winchester, Va.
Tom Salvatore

WINCHESTER, Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier recently announce that Tom Salvatore has joined the firm as a sales associate.

Salvatore has been a licensed Realtor since 2014, and his background includes multiple facets of housing, sales and production. He enjoys giving back to the community by coaching and officiating youth sports.

Salvatore can be reached at Coldwell Banker Premier’s Winchester office at 1682 South Pleasant Valley Road.


Gateway Gallery promotes Young, fills two positions

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Gateway Gallery Auction, a personal property and specialty auctions business, has promoted Blair Young to marketing director and added James Harding and Emily Heckman to its team.

Young has been with Gateway since January 2016, serving as marketing assistant. In her new role she will take on the development and implementation of the company’s marketing strategies, communications and public relations.

A 1992 graduate of Shippensburg University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism.

Harding, the new properties acquisitions manager, will brings 15 years of property handling and moving experience to his position at Gateway.

Heckman joined Gateway as executive assistant in September. She graduated from Shippensburg in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in geography and earth science.


JPL brings new finance VP on board
Matthew Grams

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Matthew Grams has joined JPL, an integrated marketing agency, as its new vice president of finance.

He replaces Mary Boyer, who recently retired.

Grams will provide additional financial expertise to JPL’s leadership team and lead the company’s financial operations. In addition, he will oversee the financial performance of JPL’s subsidiary, d’Vinci Interactive in Hagerstown, and its corporate partnership, Paskill, Stapleton & Lord, an enrollment marketing firm near Philadelphia.

Grams previously served as chief financial officer at High Five Ventures, a private-equity-owned group of entities that included media technology businesses. He also served as vice president of operations at Soccer Shots Franchising and was an auditor at KPMG.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Messiah College.


Cumberland, Md., man joins SHIFT Society

BALTIMORE — SHIFT, a Baltimore-based management consulting and recruiting company, announced recently that Jonathan Hutcherson, president of Exclamation Labs in Cumberland, Md., has joined SHIFT Society, one of its core businesses.

SHIFT Society bills itself as “the world’s only mission-driven, localized, invite-only entrepreneurial membership community.”

The organization strives to create meaningful, sustainable change in communities and solve issues facing the world.

For more than 20 years, Hutcherson has developed Exclamation Labs with a team of technologists, experience designers and digital consultants.The company focuses on the insurance and financial sector.

A 1993 graduate of Frostburg State University with a degree in graphic design, Hutcherson serves on the board of Marketing EDGE, a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to educate, develop, grow and employee college students in the field of marketing.


Shippensburg grad wins public relations award

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society recently awarded the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations to Lori Baker Pizzarro, sole proprietor of The Design Department.

Pizzarro started The Design Department, a full-service design firm in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 1997.

After graduating with honors from the Communications/Journalism program at Harrisburg Area Community College, Pizzarro enrolled at Shippensburg University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations/communications, with an emphasis in graphic design, again graduating with honors.