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Family Heritage appoints Twenhafel
David Twenhafel

FREDERICK, Md. — The Family Heritage Trust Co. has appointed David Twenhafel to be senior vice president and senior trust officer.

Responsible for initiating and maintaining client relationships, he also will manage staffing and day-to-day administrative operations.

Twenhafel is a certified financial planner with more than 25 years of financial advising, wealth management and estate planning expertise.

A Frederick resident for the past 16 years, Twenhafel and his wife live near Baker Park and have two adult children.

F&M Trust hires two, promotes two

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M Trust recently announced two new hires and two promotions.

Natasha Koons

Natasha Koons has been named a business banker for southern Franklin County.

Koons rejoins F&M Trust with more than 13 years of banking experience. She was previously employed by F&M Trust from 2008 to 2015 as the community office manager for the bank’s Waynesboro office. Koons was most recently employed as the Chambersburg Market Manager for First Community Bank of Mercersburg.

As business banker for the southern Franklin County market, she will be responsible for developing new business and managing existing client relationships.

She will be based at the F&M Trust Community Office at 200 E. Main St., Waynesboro.

Ray Wills

In addition, Ray Wills has joined F&M as security officer.


Wills joins F&M Trust with more than 21 years of experience in law enforcement and security. He most recently served as the regional security director for Dunbar Armored Inc. Wills will be responsible for developing, implementing and administering all aspects of the bank’s security program.

Wills is active in the community as a member of the Maugansville (Md.) Ruritan Club. He will be based at the bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown Chambersburg.

Lance Bernecker

The bank also announced two promotions.


Lance Bernecker was promoted to credit analyst II.

Bernecker joined F&M Trust in 2014 and has more than years of experience in commercial banking. As a credit analyst II, he is responsible for reviewing credit data to evaluate commercial loan requests for prospective and current F&M Trust commercial customers. He currently volunteers as a coach with the Chambersburg Youth Lacrosse Club.

Sean Zabrucky

Sean Zabrucky has been promoted to BSA/OFAC analyst.

Zabrucky joined the bank in 2015 and was previously a loan servicing specialist. In his new role, he will be responsible for analyzing and investigating customer transactions in compliance with the bank’s anti-money laundering and financial crimes programs. He has participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event organized by Women in Need and various other bank-sponsored activities.


WVU welcomes 2 doctors

Two doctors recently joined WVU Medicine facilities in Berkeley County, W.Va.

Sarika Bagree

WVU Medicine and University Healthcare Physicians welcomed Dr. Sarika Bagree, board-certified internist, to the physician staff at WVU Medicine Primary Care in Inwood, W.Va.


Bagree received a medical degree from Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur University in India. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, N.Y.

She is a member of the Berkeley Medical Center medical staff and worked there for three years as a hospitalist before joining Primary Care Inwood, 5047 Gerrardstown Pike, Suite 2B, Inwood.

Sanaz Soltani

Also, WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and University Health Associates announce the addition of Dr. Sanaz Soltani, hematologist/oncologist, to the staff at the WVU Cancer Institute in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Soltani received a medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine in New York. She completed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and her fellowship in hematology/oncology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Soltani is a member of the medical staff at Berkeley Medical Center.

The WVU Cancer Institute is in the McCormack Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus, 2000 Foundation Way, Suite 2600 in Martinsburg.


Trucking group names Levin Person of the Year
Howard Levin

FREDERICK, Md. — Howard Levine of Ramar Moving Systems Inc. has been named the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s 2018 Person of the Year.

The award recognizes a key figure dedicated to serving the trucking industry.

Levine, who lives in Middletown, Md., was employed by the U.S. Secret Service but wanted to pursue a career in sales. He joined North American Van Lines in 1970. In 1976 he founded a moving company, but left it in 1986.

One year later he applied to be an agent for United Van Lines. After receiving approval, he and his wife formed Ramar, which is named for their children Rachel and Mark.

Levine is a long-time member of the association’s board of directors, including a stint as chairman from 2014-2015. He is currently the treasurer.


Recker honored for research
Stephen Recker

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours announced Stephen Recker as the third recipient of the Edwin C. Bearss Award during the Bearss Symposium: American Military History and Combat.

The annual award encourages the study of the American Civil War era. Recker will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for scholarly research on his project: “O.T. Reilly’s Sharpsburg.”

Recker plans to capture and convey the importance of O.T. Reilly’s encounters with veterans and make available searchable copies of “Antietam Wavelet,” “Antietam Valley Record” and the Shepherdstown “Register.”

The award is given each year to a deserving author working on a nonfiction book about the Civil War in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia or the Shenandoah Valley.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.


Dentist to join Waynesboro practice
Jackie Fogal

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Dr. Jackie (Keller) Fogal, a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, has joined the dental practice of Dr. Karen E. Garrison of Waynesboro, Pa.

Fogal is a 2010 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and went on to graduate summa cum laude in 2014 with bachelor’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. During her time at Shippensburg, she served as vice president and president of the Health Sciences Club.

Fogal then went to Ohio State, graduating with honors. During her time there, she was a member of the American Student Dental Association, past social chair and president of The Ohio State University’s Association of Women Dentists. She graduated with magna cum laude honors.

The practice is at 225 W. Eighth St. in Waynesboro.


WVU Medicine health care workers honored

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians recently recognized 207 employees for their years of service.

President and CEO Anthony P. Zelenka thanked the group for their dedication and service to both hospitals and the physician practices over the years. Years of service ranged from five years to 45 years. The honorees represented a total of 2,450 years of service.

Wanda “Sue” Jacobs

Wanda “Sue” Jacobs was recognized for 45 years of service at Jefferson Medical Center. Employees honored for 40 years of service at Berkeley Medical Center included Edna Albright, Marjorie Beard, Stephen Christman, Christy Polak, Cynthia Santmier and Linda Stotelmyer.

As part of the evening’s program, the 2017 Quality Service Award winners were announced for each hospital. Katie Crawford Lutman, ICU, was selected from the monthly winners at Berkeley Medical Center. Daniel Woodruff, security, was named the winner at Jefferson Medical Center from the quarterly honorees.


Henningsen promoted at Plamondon Hospitality
Michael Henningsen

FREDERICK, Md. — Plamondon Hospitality Partners has announced the promotion of Michael Henningsen to executive vice president of operations.

Henningsen began working for Plamondon in June 1999 as the director of hotel operations. At the time, the company had two hotel properties in Maryland. Henningsen has been a vital part of the company’s growth, as it is currently developing its 10th property, and operates hotels in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Henningsen has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 35 years, and donates his time to many area nonprofit organizations.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and development company located in Frederick. The company’s portfolio includes several Marriott and Hilton properties across three states.


Two Realtors graduate from academy

ANNAPOLIS — Craig Harshman of Hagerstown Management Co. and Molly King of Coldwell Banker Innovations and Pen-Mar Association of Realtors were among 20 graduates from the Maryland Realtors 18th annual Leadership Academy.

The academy was formed by Realtors who understand the role they play in their community and the need to enhance the leadership skills, knowledge and competencies of fellow Realtors interested in making a difference in their personal lives and in their communities, according to a Pen-Mar news release.

Pen-Mar Association of Realtors, one of 16 local Realtor associations in Maryland, is a strong advocate and recognizes the importance of this program to our Pen-Mar’s future.

The academy’s curriculum is designed to develop skills in leadership, communications, strategic planning, legislative and government affairs and community involvement. Classes are conducted over seven months and stress the value of professional and personal commitment to business, charitable and civic endeavors.


Manpower salutes associate of the year
Mary Ann Harne

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Mary Ann Harne has been selected as Manpower’s administrative professional of the year.

The staffing company reported that Harne has received outstanding performance reviews from numerous Manpower clients.

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Bank of Charles Town honors employees
Betsy Smith
Steven Shaffer
Misty Harder
Clara Carroll

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Potomac Bancshares Inc., the one-bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, recently honored four employees at the third annual BCT Award Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Four individuals were recognized by their peers for exceptional performance.

• The Monster Service Award was presented to Betsy Smith, call center/deposit operations representative, for consistently executing BCT’s nine principles of exceptional customer service.

• The Unsung Hero Award was presented to Misty Harder, VP/system/procedure administrator, for going above and beyond her current job duties to go the extra mile on behalf of BCT.

• The Robert F. Baronner Jr. Spirit Award was presented to Clara Carroll, AVP/executive administrative assistant/security officer/assistant secretary, as the individual that most people think of when they think of BCT.

• The President’s Award was presented to both Carroll and Steven Shaffer, AVP/cash management/business consultant, as the individuals who encompass the five core values of BCT — integrity, teamwork, growth, customer commitment and community focus.

Bank of Charles Town is a locally owned bank with seven offices serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Washington County, Maryland and Loudoun County, Va. For more information, visit www.mybct.com.

Landscape company adds manager
Gary Huntsberger

ST. THOMAS, Pa. — East Coast Green recently hired Gary Huntsberger of Hagerstown as its new lawn and landscape maintenance manager.

Huntsberger’s career in lawn and landscape maintenance began in the early 1990s with J.C. Ehrlich Pest Control Co. He left that company to become a licensed and certified commercial pesticide applicator in turf, ornamental and industrial weed while working for Botanica Services Landscape Maintenance Co.

In early 2000, he joined Antietam Tree Service as a spray technician, where he received certification in arboriculture from the National Arborist Association.

In 2005, Huntsberger ventured out on his own, operating Greenkeeper Lawn Service Inc., a landscape maintenance company that offered lawn, tree, shrub and vegetation control services until 2017.

Huntsberger is certified through the University of Maryland’s Department of Agriculture for integrated pest management in landscapes, as well as licensed and certified for nutrient management to apply fertilizer on turf.

He can be reached at ghuntsberger@eastcoastgreen.net.

Edler promoted at MVB Bank
Brianna Elder

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — MVB Bank has named appointed Brianna Elder to assistant manager of its branch in Charles Town, W.Va.

She previously was branch operations manager at the Edwin Miller location of MVB Bank in Martinsburg, W.Va.

A native of Berkeley County, W.Va., Elder attended Shepherd University and West Virginia University. She is an active participant in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and is a lifetime member of Soldier’s Angels.

She lives in Martinsburg with her son, Reese.

Healthcare Foundation elects officers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Medicine University Healthcare Foundation board of directors recently elected officers for 2018.

The new officers include: Chip Hensell of Hensell Realty, chairman; Tom Jones of Jones Nationwide Insurance Agency, vice chairman; Leslie Crabill of BCT, secretary; and Chris Amores of Blue Ridge Healthcare, treasurer. 

Three new board directors were also appointed to serve three-year terms. Christian Asam, Alice Frazier and Jim Scott have all joined the 21-member board of directors that governs the University Healthcare Foundation.

The University Healthcare Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to raising private funds to support patient care and comfort WVU Medicine University Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center.

Accounting firm announces personnel moves

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Albright Crumbacker Moul and Itell accounting and business management firm of Hagerstown, Md., has announced several personnel moves.

Lindsey E. Close has been promoted to supervisor, and Michelle L. Alter has been promoted to senior accountant. Close, a Hagerstown resident, has been a member of ACM&I’s team since October 2007. Alter, a Falling Waters, W.Va., resident, has been a member of the team since June 2010.

ACM&I also announced the successful completion of certifications by Kery J. Swope, a Hagerstown resident and supervisor with the firm, and Katelyn M. Marchun, a Hedgesville, W.Va., resident and staff accountant. Swope completed the exam and requirements to earn a Certified Valuation Analyst in addition to his CPA designation, which he earned in March 2012. Marchun successfully completed the exam to earn her CPA designation.

In addition, ACM&I welcomed Darleen M. Knight, Kobey A. Calloway and Ryan C. Lewis to the firm. Knight, a Hagerstown resident, joined the team as an accounting associate in October. Calloway, a resident of Chambersburg, Pa., joined the firm as director of information processing in November. And Lewis, a resident of Middletown, Md., joined the team as a staff accountant in January.

Promotions, new hires at Baxter Group

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The growing Baxter Group Inc., based in Chambersburg, Pa., has announced the following personnel moves: 

Heather Bess was promoted to director of operations.

Jason Young was promoted to indoor environmental consultant.

Amanda Yeager was promoted to project manager for the radon division.

Melissa Geyer was promoted to foreman for the mold division.

The company also announced that several people have been added to the staff.

Miriam Vason is Baxter Group’s new office manager, and Susan McCarty has taken over as director of financial management. Stefany Kriner is the administrative assistant for all divisions.

Matthew Carr was named project manager of the new partnership with Lowe’s, thus establishing the company’s Lowe’s renovations division. Craig Yetter started as an intern from Shippensburg University to shadow Jason Young in the indoor environmental quality division. As he finished his internship hours, he transitioned to apprentice. Rick DeShong was brought on as a foreman, and Wesley Wertz, Patrick Wade and Mike Mione were brought on as new crew members.

Baxter Group Inc. started as an asbestos abatement company, then expanded into testing for environmental concerns. 

For more information, www.BaxterGroupInc.com.

WVU Medicine East expands executive team
Justin Ruble
Anna Buchanan

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two new executives have been appointed to the WVU Medicine East system’s senior management team.

Anna Buchanan has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and Justin Ruble has been named director of human resources.

Both appointments are effective April 2.

Buchanan most recently worked for Sentara Healthcare as the director of financial planning for Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. She began her health care financial management career at Martha Jefferson Hospital in 2004.

Buchanan holds a master’s degree of business administration (MBA) from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University.

Ruble joins WVU Medicine from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, where he most recently served as vice president of human resources.

An Eastern Panhandle resident, he received a master’s degree in corporate communications from WVU and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Marshall University.

The system’s hospitals include Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center.

Wilson president elected to CIC post
Barbara Mistick

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick has been elected to the executive committee of the Council of Independent Colleges board of directors.

The election was held at a meeting of the CIC board during its 2018 Presidents Institute in Hollywood, Fla. Mistick, who has been a member of CIC’s board since January 2016, will serve as the executive committee’s vice chair of investment. That two-year term will run until January 2020.

CIC is the only national higher education association that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

Rydbom Joins F&M Trust
Chad Rydbom

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chad Rydbom has joined F&M Trust as assistant vice president, business banker, for the bank’s Chambersburg Market.

Rydbom will be responsible for developing new business and managing existing client relationships. He will be based in the F&M Trust office at 870 Norland Ave., Chambersburg.

His experience includes more than 15 years in the financial services industry. Most recently has was employed by Orrstown Bank as a business development officer. He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Shippensburg and sits on the board of directors at the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with approximately $1 billion in assets. 

WVU honors Rankin
Kelley Rankin

Kelley Rankin has received the Mary Lou Barnes Distinguished Professional Service Award from his alma mater, West Virginia University.

The award recognizes a WVU physical therapy graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession through excellence in teaching, research or service.

Mary Lou Barnes was the founder and first chair of the West Virginia University Physical Therapy program. Rankin was given the award during the Clinical Pathways ceremony, in which second-year PT students are presented with their white coats prior to beginning full-time clinical rotations and patient care.

Rankin, a 1997 graduate of the WVU physical therapy program, is the founder and owner of Rankin Physical Therapy, which currently operates six clinics located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

11 Coldwell Banker agents win awards
Submitted photo
Among the Coldwell Banker Premier agents honored by the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors were, from left, Stuart Sinclair, Wendy Thrane, Melinda Ball, Holly Goode, Kevin Drake and Judy Wolfrey.

WINCHESTER, Va. — The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors recently announced award winners for 2017 sales production, and 11 Coldwell Banker Premier agents achieved top honors.

The awards were presented at BRAR’s “Black Tie Masquerade Ball” Awards Gala on March 10.

Tim Shamblin and Kelly Bauer of Coldwell Banker Premier earned the director’s award for sales totaling more than $3 million.

Eric Reploeg, Judy Wolfrey, Holly Goode and Stuart Sinclair have been honored with the president’s award for achieving more than $5 million in sales.

Matt Bradley, Craig Alexander, Sharon Cales, Ken Evans and Wendy Thrane are Hall of Fame members and received the platinum award for sales production of more than $5 million for at least the past five years in a row.

Coldwell Banker Premier offers residential and commercial property sales and leasing services. The firm has offices in Winchester and Front Royal, Va., and in Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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F&M Trust promotes three

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M trust recently announced three promotions.

Jeramy Culler

• Jeramy Culler was named assistant vice president. He joined F&M Trust in November of 2006 and has more than 11 years of experience in commercial banking. As the business banking manager, he is responsible for supervising and developing the business banking team. Culler is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School and serves on the board of directors for the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation.

• Lisa Hogue has been promoted to community office manager for the Philadelphia Avenue and Lincoln Way East offices. She joined the bank in 2008 and was previously the community office

Lisa Hogue

manager for the Lincoln Way East location. In her new role, she will be responsible for consumer lending, business development, deposit services and customer service, as well as strengthening relationships within the community for both offices. Hogue graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Banking at Penn State University and the Advanced School of Banking. She serves as co-chair for the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee.

• Rainbow Hopkins has been promoted to BSA/OFAC officer. Hopkins joined F&M Trust in 2003 and has worked in the bank’s compliance and security department since 2008. In her new role, she

Rainbow Hopkins

is responsible for implementing and maintaining the bank’s anti-money laundering and financial crimes programs. Hopkins is a graduate of Wilson College, where she obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. She volunteers at bank-sponsored events throughout the year.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg, Pa., with approximately $1 billion in assets.

Shippensburg prof named to Pa. sheriff, deputy board

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf recently appointed Stephanie Jirard, Shippensburg University professor of criminal justice, to the Pennsylvania Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Board.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, through the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Program, provides certification and re-certification training to all active sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in the commonwealth. The board determines the training needs of the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs and provides for the administration of these training programs.

Jirard took the oath to serve in front of Cumberland County Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Birbeck and began her three-year term immediately.

Herman to direct Brook Lane marketing

Julie Herman

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Julie Herman was recently named director of marketing for Brook Lane. 

In that role, she will oversee the development and implementation of strategies to strengthen the brand and awareness of Brook Lane. She will also research and secure grants to help fund new and existing programs and initiatives.

Herman has 21 years of experience in marketing and communications, previously serving as the assistant director of communications at The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. 

She received a bachelor’s degree in communication/journalism from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., and a master’s degree in communications from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

She lives in the Hagerstown community with her husband and their son.

D’Vinci adds technical project manager to team

Mickey Meredith

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Mickey Meredith has joined the d’Vinci team as a technical project manager.

In his role, he provides business analysis and project management for web application development solutions. Meredith works with clients to understand their goals and manages the team of designers, programmers and QA specialists to deliver on-time and on-budget. With his technical knowledge and training background, he also educates client stakeholders to effectively use d’Vinci-developed solutions.

Previously, he held positions as a senior business analyst with e-Builder Inc. in Plantation, Fla., where he worked directly with clients to understand their goals and execute plans that met their business goals. He also served as a software training, implementation and project manager for a technology company in Virginia.

Meredith holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix and resides in Hagerstown, Md.


Company recognizes employees for seniority

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — HPG Windows and Doors recently recognized employees for their tenure accomplishments in 2017.

Employees receiving tenure awards included:

• Five years — Sam Buhrman, estimator, and Jeff Hovermale, project manager

• 10 years — Terry Toms, sales

• 15 years — Susan Makin, accounting/assistant operations manager, and James McDowell, glass mechanic

• 20 years — Greg Wagaman, overhead door mechanic

• 40 Years — Jerry Rohrer, lead mechanic/fabricator


DeLorenzo receives satisfaction award

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the performance of Maryland family law attorney James P. DeLorenzo with Rolle & DeLorenzo in Hagerstown as Two Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

For more on the Rolle & DeLorenzo law firm, visit www.rdlawfirm.com.

Worx owner makes ‘people to watch’ list

Laura Wallace

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Laura Wallace, owner and creative director of Worx Graphic Design, has been named to Graphic Design USA’s People to Watch 2018 list.

The list recognizes graphic design professionals who embody the spirit of the creative community and demonstrate a combination of talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service. The honorees are listed at http://gdusa.com/peopletowatch2018/people-to-watch-2018.

Wallace wears many hats at Worx, serving as owner, president, creative director and relationship builder. From large, integrated campaigns to giving new businesses a logo, Wallace approaches each project excited for the possibilities.

Graphic Design USA recognized her as a calculated risk-taker who founded The Green Couch Project, an initiative to share entrepreneurs’ stories and inspire people. To get them started, Wallace authored Brandstarter, a workbook for people to discover their brand. 

Worx Graphic Design can be reached at worxgraphicdesign.com.


Frederick golf pro earns certifications

FREDERICK, Md. — Scott Peterson of Frederick and Clustered Spires Golf Club is among 44 PGA professionals to achieve advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0.

The certification is aimed at further enhancing the skill set of PGA professionals and advancing career opportunities.

Peterson received certifications in general management, player development and teaching and coaching.

According to a PGA news release, the all-digital training and education curriculum helps ensure that PGA members have the skills, competencies and training demanded by employers and customers throughout the golf industry. Since the PGA Certified Professional Program’s original inception in 2004, a total of 1,436 PGA Professionals have earned a combined 2,499 certifications in their desired career paths.

Designed with input from employers and industry experts, PGA CPP 2.0 is an intuitive program available on PGA.org that offers certifications in golf operations, general management, player development, and teaching and coaching.


Hood instructor named Educator of the Year

Laura Jones

FREDERICK, Md. — Laura Jones, a Hood College faculty member, was recognized as Educator of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association.

Jones is a full-time school counselor at Kemptown Elementary School, and she teaches counseling as an adjunct instructor at Hood.

The MSCA honored Jones and other award winners at its National School Counseling Week gala at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. NSCW is an annual event to recognize and celebrate the efforts and value of school counselors and the work that school counselors do to support all students.

The Educator of the Year award recognizes a post-baccalaureate instructor in a school counseling preparation program that leads to emerging professionals who are more equipped than their peers to plan and implement a model comprehensive school counseling program. To win this award, a nominee must inspire school counseling students to be leaders, advocates and collaborators.


Boulton to lead Hood graduate school

April Boulton

FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College has named April Boulton as dean of the graduate school.

She had served in the role on an interim basis since July 2016. She will continue to oversee graduate students and curricular initiatives, along with graduate admission and enrollment operations.

Boulton was selected after a nationwide search.

Boulton joined Hood College in 2006 as an instructor in undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of biology. She served as the interim director of the environmental biology master’s program in 2009 and became the program’s director and assistant professor of biology in 2010. She was appointed as the associate dean of the graduate school in 2015 and was promoted to associate professor of biology in 2016.

An insect ecologist by training, Boulton has been published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded a grant by the United States Department of Agriculture to investigate control measures for the small-hive beetle, a pest of the commercial honeybee. She contributed to the passage of the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act in March 2016.

Boulton received a doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis, in 2001, a master’s degree in animal behavior from Bucknell University in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky., in 1994.


Yeh joins Medical Eye Center practice

Dr. David L. Yeh

RANSON, W.Va. — Dr. David L. Yeh, board-certified ophthalmologist, has joined Dr. Gagan Singh in practice at The Medical Eye Center in Charles Town, W.Va.

Yeh received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed his ophthalmology training at the Duke University Eye Center in Durham, N.C. He advanced his education with a fellowship in corneal, anterior segment and refractive surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Yeh has been in private practice since 2006. He has extensive experience in treating corneal disease, performing complex cataract surgery and laser vision correction (LASIK). He specializes in treating a variety of eye conditions including diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and preventive care.

A member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Yeh is a member of the medical staff at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson.

The Medical Eye Center is at 710 Somerset Blvd. in Charles Town.

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.

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Coldwell Banker names sales director, assistant

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Larry Yoder was recently named regional sales director of the Chambersburg, Greencastle and Waynesboro offices for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania. In addition, Dorothy Kendall has been appointed regional assistant manager to work with Yoder.

In these new roles, Yoder and Kendall will oversee operations and support more than 50 independent agents in the three offices which serve all of Franklin County, along with Adams and Cumberland counties and northern Maryland.

Yoder will use the experience and knowledge he gained as a productive Realtor in Waynesboro. He has extensive experience with residential relocation, including working with USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union clients who are relocating to and from the area. He recently earned the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award.

Kendall has used her market expertise and the latest marketing tools and technology to help homebuyers and sellers throughout Franklin, Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. She is currently working toward earning her associate broker’s license. She was recently honored with the Coldwell Banker’s International Diamond Society Award and is a past recipient of the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society Award.

First United brings on new director

OAKLAND, Md. — Katherine W. Getty was recently named director of business relationships at First United Bank & Trust. She will be working closely with business clients to provide financial services and expertise within Allegany and Garrett counties and surrounding markets.

Getty brings 38 years of banking and financial services experience to the company. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from Loyola College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance from the Georgetown University School of Business Administration. She lives in Cumberland with her husband, the Honorable Jeffrey S. Getty, Judge for the Allegany County Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit.

Family Heritage Trust Co. names vice president

FREDERICK, Md. — The Family Heritage Trust Co. recently named Breann Day as vice president of client outreach.

Day’s job will be to continue FHTC’s client responsiveness strategies and digital marketing initiatives. She earned her B.S. in psychobiology from Wheaton College and is working toward an MBA in marketing from University of Massachusetts. Her past work experience addressing the needs of people with disabilities will continue as she expands the awareness of FHTC’s abilities in administering special needs trusts to provide long-term quality of life and care for individuals with disabilities.

Cardiologist joins WVU Heart & Vascular

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Heart & Vascular Institute in Martinsburg welcomes Dr. S. Sree Hari Kesan to the cardiology practice.

Kesan, a board certified cardiologist, is a graduate of the University of Madras — Madras Medical College in India. He completed a fellowship in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and a fellowship in electrophysiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

At WVU Medicine, Kesan specializes in electrophysiology or rhythm management. He is a member of the medical staffs at both Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg and Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson.

Callas Contractors celebrates anniversaries

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Callas Contractors had several employee anniversaries for 2017. Those who have received a company wristwatch for 20 years of service are Don Butts, Mike Kriner, Eric Rhinehart and Lisa Thomas. For every five years of service thereafter one diamond is added at the quarter points of the engraved watch.

Rich Murray has one diamond for 25 years of service, Dean Baker has two diamonds for 30 years of service, Walter Jays has three diamonds for 35 years of service and Kenny Binkley has four diamonds for 40 years of service.

Bobby Oliver has a full watch along with a special gift recognition for 45 years of service, nearly the same tenure as the company’s founder, Mike Callas.

Center for Advanced Orthopaedics PA honored

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Guy A. Mazzone, who works at the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics Robinwood Division in Hagerstown, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Mazzonne was recognized for earning a CAQ in orthopaedic surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. He is one of only seven physician assistants in Maryland to earn a CAQ in orthopaedic surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

Bank of Charles Town hires new vice president

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Potomac Bancshares Inc., the one bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, recently hired Scott Slick as vice president — commercial loan officer. He will be responsible for developing new commercial customer relationships in the Eastern Panhandle market area. Slick brings more than 18 years of financial services experience to his new position.

A Martinsburg, W.Va., resident, Slick was most recently with BB&T. Community involvement comes naturally to Slick as he is the past president of the Greencastle (Pa.) Rotary Club and a longtime volunteer at the United Way. He is a graduate of Boonsboro High School in Washington County and a 2000 graduate of Shepherd University. In his free time, Slick spends time with his wife, Beth, and their two daughters, and enjoys golfing and fishing.

Penn National names new course superintendent

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — The Penn National Golf Club and Community recently announced that Jason Frey has been promoted to golf course superintendent.

He previously was responsible for managing the Founders Course, clubhouse and inn grounds.  His new position expands his responsibilities to include management of all golf grounds, buildings, equipment and maintenance personnel.

A graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, he received a degree in turf management from Delaware Valley University. Before coming to Penn National, he worked at Wilmington Country Club for three years.

Frey and his wife Lyndsey live in Chambersburg.

Truck dealer nominated for national award

TYSONS, Va. — John Arscott, who has a Peterbilt store in Hagerstown, Md., and other locations in the eastern half of the country, is one of seven nominees for 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year, a national award that recognizes commercial-truck dealers for business performance, industry and civic leadership and community service.

According to a news release, he has 15 Peterbilt locations in seven states, including Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia., as well as a leasing operation in Knoxville, Tenn., and Ringgold, Ga.

The award is sponsored by ATD, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

Fulton Co. Medical Center Foundation board adds 5

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The Fulton County (Pa.) Medical Center Foundation recently added five new board members.

Three-year terms started Jan. 1 for Chris Ardinger, Jeramy Culler, John Kilduff, Bridgit Martin and David Washabaugh.


• Ardinger is executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, where he also is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. He is a graduate of James Buchanan High School. Ardinger also will serve on the Foundation’s business and industry committee.


• Culler is a business banking manager at F&M Trust. He has completed numerous courses in commercial lending through the Pennsylvania Banker’s


Association. He is a graduate of McConnellsburg High School. Culler also will serve on the Foundation’s planned giving committee.


• Kilduff is the corporate affairs officer at Patriot Federal Credit Union. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in economic crime management from Utica College. He will assist the Foundation with its social media content.


• Martin is the manager for MacDonald’s Pharmacy Wellness Center. She also is a continuing education provider for massage therapists. She completed her certification at the Baltimore School of Massage, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and at the National Institute of Whole Health. She also will join the Foundation’s business and industry committee.


• Washabaugh is in vehicle sales at All Things Automotive. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and McConnellsburg High School. He also will serve on the Foundation’s governance committee.

The Foundation was created in 2008 as the philanthropic arm of the Fulton County Medical Center. The Foundation supports the medical center by raising funds for capital improvements, equipment, programs and services.

Volvo names new president of  Mack Trucks

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Effective June 1, Martin Weissburg will become president of Mack Trucks.

Volvo Group made the announcement. Weissburg, currently president of Volvo Construction Equipment, will continue to be a member of the executive board for the Volvo Group.

Weissburg has served as president of Volvo Construction Equipment since 2014. He joined the Volvo Group in 2005 as president of Volvo Financial Services Americas. In 2010 he became global president of Volvo Financial Services.

As the leader of Mack Trucks, he will be headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.

Weissburg will succeed Dennis Slagle, who has led the company since 2008. Slagle will remain with the Volvo Group as a special projects leader reporting to Martin Lundstedt, president and chief executive officer.

Meritus Health adds five to team

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Five people have filled various positions at Meritus Health in Washington County, Md.


Jessica Casey was recently named the director of volunteer services, responsible for the organization, oversight and use of volunteers for patients and families at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md., and at Meritus Medical Group practices.

Casey previously worked for Nextcare Holdings Inc. in the Coastal Bend region of Texas, managing several urgent care clinics. She has also served as the director


of emergency shelter and respite care for a nonprofit serving the homeless and as an executive director for an organization providing support services to cancer survivors and their caregivers, both in Albuquerque, N.M. Casey holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Rebecca Aronson has joined the Meritus Wound Center staff. Aronson received a medical degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., and completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is certified with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

• Jennifer Burnett, family nurse practitioner, has joined the team at Meritus Family Medicine in Williamsport, Md. Burnett received a master’s degree in nursing and  completed her nurse practitioner program at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. She is certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Arpitha Kalghatgi has joined the Meritus Women’s Health Specialists staff at the Robinwood Professional Center near Hagerstown. She received a medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India, and completed her obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health residency at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. Kalghatgi is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a

member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She is also certified as a menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society.

• Kendra S. Magner, certified nurse midwife, has joined the Women’s Health Specialist team. Magner earned a master’s degree in nurse midwifery from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics and is a forensic nurse examiner for both adult and pediatric

patients. She is also board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board.

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Family Heritage
Trust Co. hires COO

J. Randall Thompson

FREDERICK, Md. — The Family Heritage Trust Co. recently appointed J. Randall Thompson as its chief operating officer. Responsible for directing future strategic growth initiatives, Thompson will also oversee day-to-day operations. He is one of the original governing board members of FHTC.

Thompson is the founder and senior adviser of ThompsonGas, the 16th largest propane gas company in the United States. He is also the founder of Big Cork Vineyards in Rohrersville, Md., one of Maryland’s largest wine producers.

Sargent, Freas graduate from Leadership Maryland

Andrew Sargent
Dustin Freas

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Leadership Maryland recently announced that Andrew Sargent, senior business development representative for the Western Region with the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Dustin Freas, chief development officer of Flagship Rehabilitation, have completed the professional development program.

Leadership Maryland honored Sargent, a resident of Hagerstown, Md., Freas, a resident of Cumberland, Md., and the entire Class of 2017 at its 25th annual graduation ceremony held Dec. 5 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. They were among 52 applicants chosen by committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. 

Community Foundation of Washington Co. brings on new board member

Mary Ellis Bowman

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. recently elected Mary Ellis Bowman to its board of trustees at its annual board meeting. Bowman retired in 2016 after a long career in health care. Most recently, she worked at Diagnostic Imaging Services for 20 years as an operation specialist. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and worked for Associated Radiologists, Washington County Hospital and as an adjunct professor for Hagerstown Community College.

Leaving the Community Foundation Board of Trustees this year after six years of dedicated service is Brad Pingrey, M&T Bank administrative vice president.

Pavestone employee attends Versa-Lok conference

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Versa-Lok manufacturers from several states, including James T.J. Haislip from Pavestone in Hagerstown, attended training at the company’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., in November.

The group learned about new retaining wall products and accessories from Versa-Lok, as well as design and installation tips that licensed manufacturers can share with their customers, including engineers, landscape architects and designers and landscape contractor firms.

Walker, Riggle to lead Family Healthcare

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dr. Michelle L. Walker has been appointed medical director of Family Healthcare of Hagerstown. Walker has served as interim medical director for the past six months, in addition to providing primary care services for Family Healthcare patients.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner, both from Penn State University, Walker received a doctorate of nursing practice from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

She follows Dr. Donald R. Richter, who had served as medical director since June 2013. Richter is no longer seeing patients because of medical complications.

Also, Dr. Martha A. Pendleton-Riggle has been appointed as quality assurance director of Family Healthcare.

Riggle has served as a primary care physician at Family Healthcare for more than 13 years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the Medical College of Virginia, Riggle received a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia.

Hagerstown pharmacist receives national honor

Dr. Mike Swarner

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dr. Mike Swarner, manager of a specialty Walgreen’s pharmacy in Hagerstown, was honored by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems in the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards.

Swarner received top honors as a speciality pharmacist. He is credentialed through the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist.

The specialty pharmacist award goes “to a pharmacist whose primary focus is to provide specialty services and disease management for patients with complex or rare diseases who are being treated with high-touch, high-cost specialty medications. This pharmacist’s responsibilities include the efficient delivery of drugs that require special handling and storage, patient education, and promoting adherence,” according to Pharmacy Times.


University prof Counselor Educator of the Year

Linwood Vereen

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Linwood Vereen, associate professor of counseling and college student personnel at Shippensburg University, is the recipient of the 2017 North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year Award.

Consideration for the award is based on the individual’s contribution in one or more counseling specialty areas and leadership in state, regional or nation organizations. The award honors the memory of Marijane Fall, a counselor educator who specialized in school counseling, clinical supervision and play therapy.

Sales rep joins BWise

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Joe Steinberger has joined BWise Manufacturing LLC, a leading manufacturer of utility, tilt, equipment and dump trailers based in Chambersburg.

Before coming to BWise, Steinberger was sales and marketing manager for a competing light- to medium-duty trailer manufacturer. Prior to that he worked in construction sales, selling to homeowners and contractors in the local community. He has more than a decade of experience in sales, marketing and customer relations. He prides himself on seeing that each customer is treated with respect and that their needs are addressed in a timely manner.

Steinberger attended Wilson College, where he studied business management. He, his wife and daughter live in Chambersburg.

West Virginia

Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program accredited

Dr. Jonathan M. Kline

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program has been approved for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The Postgraduate Year One pharmacy residency program at Jefferson Medical Center was granted accreditation for six years through 2023 by the ASHP Commission on Credentialing.

Dr. Jonathan M. Kline, director of Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program, said the residency program is balanced between two practice sites, Jefferson Medical Center and Harpers Ferry Family Medicine. It is designed to provide an intensive, focused and independent practice experience for clinical pharmacists interested in working in a hospital or ambulatory care clinic.

Ward joins Family Medicine, Harpers Ferry

Dr. Richard Ward

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians recently announced that Dr. Richard Ward has joined the staff at Family Medicine, Harpers Ferry.

Ward is board certified in family medicine and a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, N.Y. He completed his family medicine residency and health services management fellowship at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Indiana University of South Bend in Indiana.

Prior to joining UHP, Ward worked as an academic hospitalist for the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. He is a member of the medical staff at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, and an assistant professor for the WVU School of Medicine.

Expert Network tabs Shively in real estate

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Adam Shively, founder and lead agent of 4 State Real Estate, has joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals.

Shively was chosen as a distinguished real estate professional based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

Shively, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University, was recently featured in Top Agent Magazine and maintains a five-star rating on both Zillow and Trulia.

He focuses on the real estate market of West Virginia’s Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, as well as nearby urban centers in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Family Heritage Trust Co.
Wanda Mounts

FREDERICK, Md. — Wanda Mounts has been promoted to Family Heritage Trust Co.’s vice president of trust administration, which correlates with her increased responsibilities in administering individual and business accounts.

Mounts has served as the primary trust administrator for FHTC since the organization opened its doors in January 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Shepherd University and received her certified trust and financial adviser certification from ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University.

Middletown Valley Bank

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Brian Ropp recently became chief financial officer of Middletown Valley Bank. Previously, he was an investment analyst at T. Rowe Price for nearly 15 years where he was responsible for analyzing the U.S. and Canadian banking industry as well as other industries. Ropp’s experience also includes roles in accounting, corporate treasury and finance. He also maintains a certified public accountant designation in the state of Maryland.

Ropp earned his MBA from the University of Chicago with a concentration in accounting and finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. His community involvement include serving as treasurer for the Maryland School for the Blind, as first vice president of the Weinberg Center for the Arts Inc. and as treasurer of Mountain Valley Baseball Inc. Little League in Myersville, Md.

Salvatore & Morton LLC

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Salvatore and Morton LLC recently announced that founding partner John Salvatore has been named as the top lawyer on Hagers-town Magazine’s 2017 Hot List. Additionally, the law firm of Salvatore and Morton was recognized as one of the top law firms in Hagerstown.

Salvatore, a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, has been practicing since 1972. Salvatore and Morton LLC is a full-service, general-practice law firm that regularly practices in Washington and Frederick counties and in all Maryland Courts including District Court, Circuit Court and the Court of Special Appeals.

C&O Canal Trust

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — C&O Canal Trust recently welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors: John Schnebly, Anthony Stacy and Anne Wallace.

Schnebly is from Hagerstown, where he served as president of Keller Stonebraker Insurance for 37 years, as well as on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Stacy of Alexandria, Va., is presently employed by Booz Allen Hamilton and has more than 25 years of experience working at the top levels of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors as well as in higher education.

Wallace, a longtime resident of Potomac, Md., was a trustee on the board of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for 12 years, including four years as board chairwoman.

Heidler Roofing Services Inc.
Ashley Wood

YORK, Pa. — Heidler Roofing Services Inc. recently named Ashley Wood as assistant manager at the company’s Hagerstown Division. Wood has been with Heidler Roofing for two years as a project manager. She was instrumental in successfully managing numerous concurrent projects, safety compliance and field-personnel hiring and allocation. In her new role she will continue to develop and improve all project phases to include cost control and quality, and continue assisting in hiring and safety compliance.

In addition, Benjamin Knox, foreman at the company’s Hagerstown Division, has completed the NRCA – ProForeman Certificate Program. The program consists of more than 20 elements ranging from in-person programs to online modules in different categories critical to a foreman’s job. Knox has been with Heidler Roofing for four years.

First United Bank & Trust
Denise D. Phelps

OAKLAND, Md. — Denise D. Phelps recently was promoted as Berkeley County market president at First United Bank & Trust, overseeing the bank’s strategic sales and growth initiatives in Berkeley County, W. Va.

Phelps has more than 20 years banking expertise and experience with First United. She started her career in Martinsburg, W.Va., as a customer service representative. She served as a customer service officer in 1997 and was quickly promoted to a mortgage originator for the Martinsburg area. In 2007, she was promoted to the sales and service leadership manager.

WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians
Dr. Naseem Alexa Jahdi

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians recently announced the opening of WVU Medicine Rheumatology in Martinsburg and welcomed Dr. Naseem Alexa Jahdi to the practice.

Jahdi, a board certified rheumatologist, is a graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa. She completed fellowship training in rheumatology at Nova Southeastern University Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, Fla.

For the past three years, Jahdi has been an attending physician for rheumatology practices in Annapolis, Md., and Fredericksburg, Va. As a UHP physician, she has joined the medical staffs at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg and Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson.

WVU Medicine Rheumatology is in the McCormack Center, 2000 Foundation Way, Suite 3650 on the Berkeley Medical Center campus in Martinsburg.

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center
Joanna Gaither
Bethany Barahona Hudson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Bethany Barahona Hudson, environmental services, was recently named WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s Quality Service Award winner for August.

Joanna Gaither, environmental services, was recently named WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s Quality Service Award winner for September.

Each month, the hospital’s Service Award Committee selects a Quality Service Award recipient. Multiple nominations were received on Hudson’s behalf. One department commented, “She goes above and beyond to ensure our department is clean. Bethany is friendly with all staff, always polite and has a smile. She takes the time to put extra effort into her work.”

Gaither was chosen because she demonstrates and exhibits initiative and effective time management in completing her tasks in a timely manner. Recently, she took it upon herself to learn how to use the buffer to clean and polish floors in the hospital’s main lab area.

WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center
Crystal Lillie-Mauck

RANSON, W.Va. — Crystal Lillie-Mauck, special care unit nurse, was recently named WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center’s Quality Service Award winner for the third quarter 2017.

According to colleagues, Lillie-Mauck consistently follows the values of the organization, including quality, teamwork and respect.

Each quarter, the hospital’s Service Award Committee selects an employee to receive the Quality Service Award.

WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center, University Healthcare Physicians
Dr. John W. Miles

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians welcome Dr. John W. Miles, board certified anesthesiologist, to the Eastern Panhandle and the hospital’s medical staff.

Miles is a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. He completed his residency in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, and fellowship training in pain management at University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Since 2010, Miles has worked as a staff anesthesiologist in practices in Tennessee, California and Nevada. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the American Osteopathic Association.

Jefferson County Development Authority
Nicolas “Nic” Diehl

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Development Authority recently announced Nicolas “Nic” Diehl has been named executive director. After an extensive search, the JCDA selected Diehl from a group of many qualified candidates from across the United States. Diehl has spent the past 12 years working with the West Virginia Department of Commerce in various capacities. Most recently, Diehl was a regional manager for business and industrial development, focused on business expansion and retention in the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia.

F&M Trust
Marisol Feliciano

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M Trust recently announced that Marisol Feliciano has been promoted to community office manager at the bank’s Memorial Square office in Chambersburg.

Prior to F&M Trust, Feliciano managed the call center for another financial institution. As community office manager, she will be responsible for consumer lending, business development, deposit services, customer service and strengthening relationships within the community.

Feliciano is involved in the Centro Hispano-Americano de Chambersburg’s Harvest Festival and teaches a bilingual Sunday School class at her local church.

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Arbonne International

Jessie Kretzer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Jessie Robinson Kretzer, a native of Hagerstown, has promoted to regional vice president of Arbonne International, a health and wellness, anti-aging skin care company. Kretzer has been active in promoting the downtown business movement, as well as other community projects, including mentoring young women, and creating a memorial fund in honor of her mother to help those suffering from cancer. She also offers free workshops on entrepreneurship. As part of her position, she was awarded a white Mercedes Benz at a celebration Oct. 6 at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, as well as a trip to Riviera Maya.



Herrera Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Aryeh Herrera

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dr. Aryeh Herrera of Herrera Reconstructive Surgery in Hagerstown, is celebrating 25 years as a board certified plastic surgeon on Nov. 6. Herrera is a graduate of The City College of New York and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed residencies in general surgery and reconstructive surgery with fellowships in burn trauma/critical care, microvascular surgery, hand surgery, and head & neck cancer surgery. Herrera started practicing in Hagerstown in 1989.






Edward Jones

Brian Yurek

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — Brian Yurek with financial services firm Edward Jones in Williamsport, has achieved the professional designation of accredited asset management specialist (AAMS). Yurek successfully completed the professional education program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam, and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the AAMS designation. This advanced training offers investment professionals the hands-on information needed to provide comprehensive financial services.






Steptoe & Johnson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Steptoe & Johnson PLLC recently announced that Katherine M. Moore has joined the firm’s litigation team. She practices in the firm’s Martinsburg, W.Va. office. Moore recently served as judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Gina M. Groh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. She was also a legal extern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia and intern for the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Moore earned her law degree and undergraduate degree from West Virginia University.


D.L. Martin Co.

Benji Brown

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — D.L. Martin Co. recently recognized Benji Brown as Employee of the Month for September. Brown lives in Hagerstown and has been with the company for one year. A painter in Building 4, he is being recognized for his suggestions that extended the useful life of airline and paint supply line hoses; reduced the amount of thinner used to clean spray guns; increased the amount of rack space available for painting small parts; reduced paint usage and overspray; reduced the number of filter changes required in the paint booth and the amount of used filters generated for disposal.

The company also recognizes Jeff Ficks, Ken Hege, Cory Kaiser, Derrick MacDowall and John Miller for their suggestions implemented through the Continual Improvement Program in the month of September.


Baxter Group Inc.

Greg Crider

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Greg Crider of Baxter Group Inc. hit his 10-year anniversary with the company in September. Originally from Waynesboro, Pa., he serves as project foreman and asbestos abatement supervisor. In his free time, he likes to play a round of golf. Baxter Group CEO Jocelyne Melton in a news release that she commends Crider on his loyalty to the company, dedication to his team and devotion to improving the environment for the community.





Middletown Valley Bank

Jim Fahey

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Jim Fahey joined Middletown Valley Bank as a commercial relationship manager on Oct. 2. He had served as director of athletics at Saint James School for five years. He was also owner and general manager of Hub City Builders in Hagerstown for more than 20 years. Fahey is a graduate of Shippensburg University and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. He has been married to his wife, Sue, for 27 years and they have 3 grown children.





WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians

Dr. Alexandria “Nikki” Arvon

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians recently announced the opening of Primary Care — Pendleton and welcomed Dr. Alexandria “Nikki” Arvon to the practice. Arvon, who is board certified in family medicine, is a graduate of the WVU School of Medicine and the WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency program at Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Since April 2015, she has worked for UHP providing inpatient care at Berkeley Medical Center. WVU Medicine Primary Care — Pendleton is at 299 Medical Court in Martinsburg.





F&M Trust

Frank Severa
Kofi Odoom
Joe Maxwell

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M Trust recently made several new hires. Joe Maxwell is vice president, investment and trust services relationship manager. He will provide investment, trust, administration, estate planning and retirement planning services in the Carlisle area.

Kofi Odoom, credit analyst, is responsible for completing analyses and assessments with regard to credit for prospective and current F&M Trust commercial customers.

Frank Severa Jr., commercial credit recovery officer, is responsible for managing F&M Trust’s legal, financial and reputation risk associated with collection of the commercial loan portfolio.

First United Bank & Trust

Laura Lowery

OAKLAND, Md. — Laura C. Lowry was recently promoted to vice president and community relationship manager at First United Bank & Trust.

Lowry has more than 36 years of business experience and joined First United in 2005. She began as a staff accountant and investment assistant. She also held positions ranging from marketing coordinator, retail banking manager and assistant to the director of finance for the City of Hagerstown. She is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College with a degree in applied science, majoring in accounting and business management. She also maintains a state of Maryland Producer Insurance license.

Lowry also serves on the Horizon Goodwill Industries Board of Directors and is the Finance Committee chairwoman. She also serves on the Operations Committee for Goodwill. Lowry is also a member of the Ambassador Committee with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

R. Troy Linton was recently hired as wealth adviser serving the Frederick County for First United Bank & Trust.
Linton will counsel his clients through investment management, retirement concerns and financial planning. He more than 20 years of local trust and investment experience. He began his financial services career as a wealth investment adviser after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a master’s degree in business management from Mount St. Mary’s University. From there, he progressed through various trust and investment roles.

Linton, who lives in Woodsboro with his wife Cathy and their son Connor, is a board member for the Woodsboro Medical Center as well as a good Samaritan for the Frederick Memorial Hospital. He also serves as treasurer for the Church of the Brethren. In addition, Linton received a certificate of recognition from the Frederick Affordable Housing Council for his work bringing corporate attention to diverse, not-for-profit organizations.

Success Mortgage

Chris Corno

WINCHESTER, Va. — Success Mortgage recently hired Chris Corno as vice president of operations.

Corno got his start in the mortgage brokering field with Success Mortgage more than 14 years ago and later moved out of state with his family. He returns to Success with more than 20 years’ experience in mortgage banking, mortgage brokering and financial industry concepts. He will be responsible for talent attraction and leadership, driving revenue, marketing and business strategies, daily operations, compliance, licensing and more.
Success Mortgage, at 27 West Jubal Early Drive in Winchester, provides financing services to customers in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.