Face Time around the region – October 2019

Shenandoah hires ‘Santa Girl’ director Blayne Weaver


WINCHESTER, Va. — Director Blayne Weaver, who directed “Santa Girl” at Shenandoah University, brings Hollywood know-how to the university as the school’s first director in residence.

A resident of California, Weaver wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning thriller “Cut to the Chase” (with Lance Henriksen) and the romantic comedy “6 Month Rule” (alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins). Previous films he’s written and directed include “Weather Girl” (with Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch) and “Outside Sales.” He also co-wrote and acted in “Manic” (with Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Weaver most recently wrote and directed “Santa Girl,” a holiday film co-produced by Shenandoah University and Los Angeles-based Capital Arts Entertainment that stars Hollywood actors Barry Bostwick and Jennifer Stone. Approximately 60 Shenandoah students were involved in the project, serving as a majority of the cast and crew.

Illumine8 founder named to 40UNDER40 list


FREDERICK, Md.​ — I​llumine8 Marketing & PR​, a marketing consultancy in Frederick, has announced that founder and chief marketing officer Christina May was recognized as a 2019 DMN 40UNDER40 honoree.

Each year, ​DMN​ — a leading resource for marketing and senior sales professionals that covers all aspects of digital and data-driven marketing analysis, research, and content — highlights “40 of the world’s best, most accomplished, high-level leaders in the business of marketing” that are under the age of 40.

WVU Medicine East names new board director

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The board of directors of WVU Medicine East, Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Lindsey Hash to the health system board.

Hash works for the Berkeley County prosecuting attorney’s office as a victim’s advocate. She provides a range of services for victims and witnesses of crime including advocacy and referral services. She also assists with testimony preparation, arranging meeting with prosecutors and managing arrangements for victims.

Hash, a resident of Charles Town, W.Va., was appointed to a three-year term on the WVU Medicine East board. The 15-member board includes representatives from Berkeley and Jefferson counties as well as Morgantown.

Steptoe & Johnson named to ‘Best Lawyers’ list

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Best Lawyers in America ranked Steptoe & Johnson PLLC first in the U.S. in the area of Energy Law for the fourth year in a row. Best Lawyers also included 88 firm attorneys in its 2020 rankings in practice areas including litigation, energy, oil and gas, labor, health care, tax and others. They practice throughout Steptoe & Johnson locations in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Included in the rankings from Steptoe & Johnson’s Martinsburg office are Kenneth J. Barton Jr., Tracey B. Eberling and Alyssa A. Sloan.


First United promotes Spralls to VP

OAKLAND, Md. — First United Bank & Trust has promoted Donna Spralls to vice president and community relationship manager.

Spralls has 18 years of financial services experience. Currently, she serves as manager for two different branches in Frederick, Md.

Real estate firm welcomes Waynesboro agent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Twelve real estate agents recently affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in central Pennsylvania.

The list includes Emily Hopkins, a new agent who has joined the firm’s office in Waynesboro, Pa.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage operates 14 offices with approximately 600 affiliated agents in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties in central Pennsylvania.

Walsh joins Shenandoah Community Health


MARTINSBURG, W.Va — Shenandoah Community Health recently hired Belinda Walsh, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

She will join the clinical staff of SCH Behavioral Health in Charles Town W.Va. She brings over 20 years of clinical experience with her as well as training for Medication Assisted Therapy, as required by law, to prescribe medications for opioid use disorder.

WVU Medicine East welcomes neurosurgeon


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently announced the addition of Dr. Mark A. Lyerly to WVU Medicine Brain and Spine in Martinsburg, operated by University Health Associates.

Lyerly, a board certified neurosurgeon, is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, an assistant professor for the WVU School of Medicine and a member of the medical staff at Berkeley Medical Center.

Vrcic joins Coldwell Banker Innovations


HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Kathy Vrcic has been added to Coldwell Banker Innovations’ roster of professional real estate agents serving Maryland and Pennsylvania.

She joined the Baldyga Group located in the firm’s Hagerstown office. She also runs a professional networking group in the Tri-State area that supports local businesses and raises funds for several nonprofit organizations. Her primary focus will be residential sales in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Brown a Chartered Financial Consultant

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Jerred Brown of Antietam Wealth Management has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation from The American College of Financial Services.

Before joining Antietam, Brown was a financial advisor with Edward Jones and a commercial loan officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mathis receives regional leader award


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Scott Mathis, facilities manager at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center, was recently recognized by the American Society for Health Care Engineering at its 56th annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Baltimore.

Mathis received the ASHE’s Regional Leader Award for Region 3, which recognizes 10 people from each ASHE region for their leadership skills and commitment to the field of health care facility management through their local and/or national involvement with ASHE.

Meritus Medical Center recognizes employees

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Two nurses and a nurse’s aide from Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md., were honored recently.


Jennifer Toman, an aide from the hospital’s operating room area, was selected as the summer 2019 winner of the Champion Nursing Assistant award. The award is given to a nursing assistant who has gone above and beyond, providing a patient with a positive health care experience. Toman’s nomination from a coworker noted, “Jen demonstrates dedication to the OR team, embodies exceptional work ethic and exhibits distinguished interpersonal skills. She is self-motivated, attentive and completes all of her duties. In an emergency situation, she is calm and collected.”


Cathy Ware, a registered nurse serving in the infection control area, was selected as a Nurse of the Year 2019 Health Care Hero this summer by The Daily Record, based in Baltimore. The awards honor those who have made an impact on the quality of health care within Maryland and were selected by business and health care leaders. Ware and other winners were recognized at a special event held in partnership with the Maryland Hospital Association.


May Hoffman, a registered nurse from the hospital’s critical care unit, was selected as the June 2019 Daisy Award Winner. Her nomination by a co-worker noted her recent efforts going above and beyond patient care: “May extended her compassion to an elderly man whom she met in a grocery store parking lot. The man was lost, but was wearing a visitor badge from Meritus Medical Center which provided her his name. When she asked about visiting the hospital, he was able to tell her that his wife was a patient in the hospital, but upon leaving the campus, he became confused. May immediately got on the phone, called the resource nurse in her unit and was able to connect to the man’s daughter who was still at the hospital. May stayed with the gentleman until his daughter arrived.”

Palliative care now offered at Western Maryland Health


CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System recently welcomed palliative care physician Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, who has been practicing since mid-August in the Medical Arts Center.

Palliative care is specialized care provided for someone with a serious life-limiting illness at any stage — not necessarily just at the end of life. It provides patients time to get a good idea of the process of the disease they have.

In addition to discussions and spending time making decisions, Goldstein also helps with symptom management and works with curative treatment for patients with diseases like cancer and heart failure.

Coldwell Banker Premier agent earns certification


FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Melinda Ball with Coldwell Banker Premier recently earned the Pricing Strategy Advisor certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the PSA certification to realtors, as determining property values depends on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives.

The required course for the PSA certification provides realtors with knowledge and skills to select appropriate comparables and make accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through the details of comparative market analyses and the underlying pricing principles that inform them, and interact effectively with appraisers.

Ball can be reached at Coldwell Banker Premier’s Front Royal office.