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WVU Medicine welcomes neurologist, pulmonologist
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians announce the addition of two physicians.
Dr. Apoorv Prasad, a neurologist, has joined WVU Medicine Neurology in Martinsburg.
Prasad received a medical degree from Grant Government Medical College in Mumbai, India. He completed a residency in neurology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., and a fellowship in stroke at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
A member of the Berkeley Medical Center medical staff, Prasad specializes in stroke with special interests in epilepsy, headache, nerve conductor studies, migraine disorders and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Farnaz Houshmand, a pulmonologist, has joined WVU Medicine Pulmonology in Martinsburg.
Houshmand received a medical degree from American University of the Caribbean. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.
A member of the Berkeley Medical Center medical, she recently completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
Beistle promotes Keegan to executive VP
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The Beistle Co., manufacturer of everyday and holiday party goods and accessories, has promoted Christopher J. Keegan to executive vice president.
Keegan joined The Beistle Co. in 1987, having previously worked for Mellon Bank’s investment and trust division. At Beistle, he first served as assistant secretary and assistant treasurer. Most recently he served as the company’s secretary-treasurer and vice president of finance.
He was elected to the company’s board of directors in 2004.
Keegan is a 1983 graduate of Penn State University at University Park. In 2002, he was certified as a chartered financial analyst. He and his wife life in Carlisle, Pa.
Beistle, founded 118 years ago in Pittsburgh, has its headquarters in Shippensburg, Pa.
Practitioners join family practice office
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Family Healthcare of Hagerstown recently announced the addition of three health care providers.
Dr. Manjula Kataram joined the family practice team in March after serving on a temporary basis. She completed a residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and holds a medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in India. She was also awarded a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. She has more than 10 years of outpatient experience caring for patients of all ages.
Sarah Park, a certified registered nurse practitioner, joined the practice in April. She received a master’s degree after completing the nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her clinical experience began in 2003, and she has practiced a nurse and nurse practitioner, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Par Atwal, a certified registered nurse practitioner, began seeing family practice patients in June. Initially, he studied law and earned a degree from the Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, N.Y. As a practicing attorney, editor and policy developer, he was drawn to and worked in the public health sector. In 2013, he recognized a passion for clinical work and attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He received a master’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University in 2017.
The providers join a team of four other doctors, two nurse practitioners and a physician assistant.
Family Healthcare of Hagerstown is at 201 S. Cleveland Ave.
Washington County promotes Peyton
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Washington County government and county commissioners recently announced the promotion of Deb Peyton to director of the Division of Health and Human Services.
Peyton has worked for Washington County government for 18 years, serving in the human resources department for 15 years. During that time, she has been the benefit manager and most recently was deputy director of human resources.
She has managed and administered the county’s benefit package for the past 15 years. In addition, she has been the HR lead, responsible for implementation of PeopleSoft E-Services and the Oracle Cloud projects.
Peyton graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She also holds an associate degree in business administration from Hagerstown Community College.
She is an active member and past president of the Cumberland Valley Society of Human Resource Management. She also is a member of the National Society of Human Resources Management. She holds a Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute and is a SHRM Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management.
HCC trustee elected president of Md. committee
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — John Williamson, vice chairman of the Hagerstown Community College board of trustees, was recently elected president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.
The core mission of Maryland’s 16 community colleges is to provide affordable opportunities to all residents who desire and can benefit from higher education. The role of the president is to lead the executive committee to execute strategic direction and operational oversight for the association.
The committee guides the association’s legislative agenda, prepares and reviews the association’s annual budget and acts for the board of directors between annual meetings.
Williamson has served as an HCC board trustee since 2012. He was reappointed by Gov. Larry Hogan for a second six-year term, which began on July 1.
He served on the board of directors of the HCC Foundation from 2007 to 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Tech. He is a principal of Veridian Capital Partners, a financial planning and asset management firm affiliated with Ameriprise Financial.
Frederick Birth Center hires administrative assistant
FREDERICK, Md. — Gemma Manino has joined the team at Frederick Birth Center as administrative assistant.
Manino received a bachelor’s degree from Keele University in England in 2008, with a double major in international history and international relations. In 2011, she received a master’s degree in health and public leadership from Manchester Business School and University of Birmingham. She qualified as a doula with Childbirth International in 2016.
Manino has worked in a number of roles within the National Health Service in England. She was head of spines within a hospital, and she managed three operating rooms, two outpatient clinics and two inpatient wards. She was also the head of offender health care, where she managed all aspects of health care within a high-security female prison and provided maternity care, primary care and specialist care.
Manino also worked as a public health commissioner, using government money to fund services throughout the community, including maternity care, primary care, dental care and drug and alcohol services. She moved to Frederick County, Md.
BCT picks Decker to lead marketing, communications
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Potomac Bancshares Inc., the one bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, recently welcomed Bryan Decker to its executive team.
Decker will serve as senior vice president, director of marketing and communications. He will oversee strategic initiatives that improve brand recognition and loyalty, market expansion, community involvement, and support loan and deposit growth.
Decker has more than 15 years of experience leading marketing and communications efforts for community banks. He served most recently as senior vice president of marketing and communications at WashingtonFirst Bank in Reston, Va., which was recently acquired by Sandy Spring Bank. Before moving to community banking, Decker worked at United Airlines, where his last position was senior staff-service quality champion at its world headquarters in Chicago.
Decker and his wife Helen live in Loudoun County, Va. They have two adult children who live out of state.
F&M Trust adds four, promotes two
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M Trust has added four people to its staff and promoted two others.
Amanda Kegerreis, residential mortgage and consumer loan processing manager, previously worked for F&M Trust from 2009-2014. She rejoins the bank with more than 12 years of experience in financial services. Most recently she was the quality assurance analyst for PSECU. In her new role, she manages residential mortgage and consumer loan processing.
Kegerreis holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science from Wilson College. Active in the Chambersburg community, she serves as a volunteer for her children’s extracurricular activities, which include 4-H and the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Marching Band.
Tin Ly, mortgage originator in southern Franklin County, will be responsible for managing existing mortgage clients and developing new relationships in an effort to expand the bank’s mortgage lending in the region.
Ly has more than 15 years of experience in financial services. Most recently he worked as a residential loan officer at First United Bank and Trust in Hagerstown. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. He is also member of the Young Professionals Network and Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors Inc.
He will be based at the bank’s Greencastle office.
David Bimler was named assistant vice president, residential mortgage and consumer lending manager.
Bimler has more than 31 years of experience in the mortgage industry. In his new role, he is responsible for managing the bank’s residential mortgage and consumer lending department.
He was most recently employed by Mortgage America and owns three hair salon franchise locations.
Bimler is active in the community and participates in local fundraisers. He also serves as a referee with the Capital Area Chapter of PIAA football.
Alyssa Proctor was named an assistant vice president, investment and trust services relationship manager.
Proctor is responsible for providing trust administration, investment, estate and retirement services in Franklin County and the surrounding area. She has more than 10 years of experience in financial services and was most recently employed as an investment counselor at BB&T Investment Services. Proctor is a graduate of Shippensburg University and has been involved in the Franklin County Women’s Conference, Relay for Life and Project Big Love.
Rachel Bowers was promoted to community office manager for the Chambers Pointe and Brookview locations.
Bowers joined F&M Trust in 2017 and has more than six years of experience in financial services. Her most recent role was the assistant financial services officer for the bank’s Waynesboro, Pa., office.
In her new role, Bowers will be responsible for consumer lending, business development, deposit services, customer service, and strengthening relationships for both offices which serve the Menno Haven community.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Frostburg State University and is working to obtain a Master of Business Administration Degree from Perdue Global.
Hannah Rebuck was promoted to investment and trust services assistant relationship manager.
Rebuck joined the bank in 2014 and was most recently the investment and trust services support specialist. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing trust administration, investment, estate and retirement services to customers in Franklin County and the surrounding area.
Rebuck holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University. She is currently working to obtain designation as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor through the Cannon Financial Institute.
F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with approximately $1 billion in assets and 22 community-banking locations in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton and Huntingdon counties.
Meritus names VP, honors others
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — David Hope was recently named vice president of physician services for Meritus Medical Group.
He will have management responsibility for more than 20 primary and specialty care practices.
Hope most recently served as the associate vice president of network operations at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. He stepped into that role after nine years as the organization’s associate vice president of ambulatory services.
He also has been administrator and CEO of the Endoscopy Center of Ocala in Florida, and worked in health care in Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana.
Hope holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a certified medical practice executive.
In addition, Meritus Medical Center recently honored a nursing assistant and two nurses.
Judy Diller, a certified nursing assistant from Meritus Medical Center’s medical/surgical, renal,
oncology and palliative care unit, was selected for the Champion Nursing Assistant Award for summer 2018. She was nominated by the family of a patient who shared that “the difference Judy made in our grandmother’s life during her short stay at Meritus was profound and we will always remember her kindness and compassion.”
May’s Daisy Award-winning nurse is Miranda Weaver from the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit. The husband of a patient nominated Weaver, noting “I was extremely impressed how far Miranda went out of her way to care for her patient. She is an asset to your hospital!”
June’s Daisy Award went to Susanne Winslow from the hospital’s medical/surgical, renal, oncology and palliative care unit. Forty family members of a patient nominated her with the following words: “Susanne’s professionalism and compassion immediately put Granny’s heart at ease and she was genuinely interested in her story. It was comforting to know Susanne was nearby and frequently checked on our loved one.”
Penn joins McGinley Wealth Management
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Alexandra Penn has joined McGinley Wealth Management as a financial adviser.
For the past five years, Penn has worked in account management within the health care and association industries.
A Hagerstown native, Penn received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has received general securities licensing and state-required licensing.
In addition, she will be continuing her education to receive an accredited asset management specialist designation in October, according to a news release from the company.
Penn’s specific services are pre-retirement planning and retirement planning, asset preservation and women in investing.
Buckel joins college’s board of trustees
CUMBERLAND, Md. — Linda Buckel, senior partner with Buckel, Levasseur & Pillai LLC, has been named to the board of trustees of Allegany College of Maryland.
The college’s seven-member board is appointed by the governor, according to a news release.
Buckel specializes in workers’ compensation, personal injury, civil litigation and estate administration. While a partner at Levasseur & Buckel (which later evolved into Buckel, Levasseur & Pillai), she served as a part-time assistant county attorney for Allegany County from 1999-2002. She also worked in the Allegany County’s Clerk of Circuit Court office for 18 years.
Buckel earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1990 after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Frostburg State University in 1987. She attended ACM part-time from 1975-1979.
A resident of LaVale, she serves on the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for District 5, Allegany and Garrett counties.
WVU Medicine welcomes orthopedic surgeon
RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians has added Dr. Craig Clark, board certified orthopedic surgeon, to WVU Medicine Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Charles Town. W.Va.
Clark received a medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, La.
A member of the Jefferson Medical Center medical staff, Clark brings over 20 years of practice experience to WVU Medicine specializing in total joint replacement, sports medicine and general orthopedics. He joins Dr. G. Bradford Wright, board certified orthopedic surgeon, at the Charles Town practice.
Accountant passes CPA exam
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Decker & Co. PLLC announced that Daniel Sweeney has passed the Uniform CPA Exam and is now a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) by the West Virginia Board of Accountancy.
Sweeney attended Shepherd University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in both accounting and business administration and was inducted as a McMurran Scholar. He is working on a master’s degree in finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Sweeney is a staff accountant at the firm and is responsible for individual and business income taxes, auditing and small business services.
Doctor honored as teacher and clinician
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Dr. Jan Kletter was selected as the 2018 Eastern Division Clinician of the Year, by the WVU School of Medicine eastern campus students, class of 2019.
Kletter, a general surgeon, was selected for his exceptional dedication to teaching, according to a news release from West Virginia University School of Medicine Eastern Division.
Kletter was nominated by multiple students, who then vote on the award annually. The honor reflects the students’ appreciation of a single physician’s outstanding dedication, teaching skills and inspiration as a clinical role model.
Kletter is an assistant professor for WVU School of Medicine. He practices at WVU Medicine Surgical Associates – Jefferson in Ranson, W.Va.
D’Vinci adds web developer to team
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Edmund Dunn has joined d’Vinci Interactive as a web developer after serving the company as an intern and extern.
In his role, he develops educational websites and integrates interactive learning experiences. His programming experience spans a variety of languages, including Java, HTML5, CSS3 and Bootstrap as well as leading databases. He works extensively in the Drupal and WordPress content management systems.
Previously, Dunn worked for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade as the command language program manager. He managed language training for up to 350 linguists annually in 17 separate languages.
Dunn holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., an associate degree in intelligence operations from Cochise College of Arizona and an associate degree in web design and graphic design technology from Hagerstown Community College.
Jefferson Security Bank welcomes office manager
MARTINSBURG, W. Va. — Jefferson Security Bank has announced the addition of Sabrina Rebrook as office manager of its Martinsburg location.
Rebrook is responsible for managing daily operations and promoting customer service through serving and developing relationships with both existing and new customers.
Rebrook joins JSB with more than 23 years of local banking experience, serving in various roles including retail loan officer and branch manager.
Rebrook and her husband, Scot, live in Hedgesville, W.Va. She is active in Rotary and volunteers in the community.
Jefferson Security Bank is a West Virginia state-chartered bank that was formed and opened for business on May 19, 1869, making it the oldest bank in Jefferson County, W.Va. Originally chartered as Jefferson Savings Bank, it changed its name to Jefferson Security Bank in 1909. The bank serves Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia and Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland.
Cholewicki to chair Mason Dixon Heart Walk
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Frank Cholewicki, vice president and chief financial officer of JLG Industries in Hagerstown, Md., will the chair the 2018 Mason Dixon Heart Walk.
The annual walk to benefit the American Heart Association is set for Sunday, Oct. 7, at Antrim Township Community Park in Greencastle, Pa.
Cholewicki has served in his current role with JLG Industries, a subsidiary of the Oshkosh Corp., for the past 10 years. He previously held financial leadership positions at Eaton and Honeywell.
In addition to his service to the American Heart Association, Cholewicki and his family also support San Mar Family and Community Services initiatives.
The walk is the premier event in a series of walks in the region, starting with the Fulton County Hike in August at Cowans Gap State Park in Fort Loudon, Va., and ending with a walk at Shippensburg University on Oct. 19.
The walk is part of the American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good movement to encourage sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. Money raised will support the association’s lifesaving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
For more information about the Mason Dixon Heart Walk and other walk events, or to sign up to participate, visit www.heart.org/masondixonwalk or call 215-575-5272.
Layne to coordinate media relations at SU
WINCHESTER, Va. — Becky Layne is now the media relations coordinator for the office of marketing and communications at Shenandoah University.
Layne brings a range of experiences as a news and feature reporter to her new role.
As media relations coordinator, she is the media’s first point of contact and liaison with administrators and faculty members. She will also distribute news announcements.
Shenandoah is a private liberal arts university in Winchester, Va.
Brame to lead BB&T region
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — BB&T recently named Alex Brame president for its Central Pennsylvania region.
Brame previously served as BB&T’s Lancaster, Pa., market president.
Brame, 35, has more than 12 years of banking experience. He joined BB&T in 2006 as part of the bank’s Leadership Development Program. He has served as a business services officer in Newport News, Va.; as market president of the Virginia Peninsula; and relocated to Lancaster in 2016 to serve as market president for Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
A native of Dixon, Ill., Brame received a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Clemson University. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a board member of the United Way of Lancaster County; a member of the Lancaster City Alliance, Economic Development Steering Committee; serves on the Community Prosperity Hub Advisory Council for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce; and is a graduate of Leadership Lancaster.