Caperton named Shenandoah’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

Caperton

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business has honored Gaston “Gat” Caperton, CEO of Gat Creek, a home furnishing company headquartered in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., as its 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Caperton serves as vice chairman of Shepherd University’s board of governors. He co-founded and serves on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, an eco-friendly furnishing organization, and chairs the board of the Natural Capital Investment Fund, an organization that provides loans and support to small businesses along the East Coast, according to a university news release.

He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and lives in Berkeley Springs with his wife, Susan, and three daughters, Eliza, Katie and Evie.

The business employs more than 150 artisans and sells its products in more than 200 independent retail stores.

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Shaffer joins CNB Bank as assistant VP

Shaffer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Steven Shaffer was recently named assistant vice president and cash management officer at CNB Bank.

Shaffer has more than 25 years of experience in his field. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Payments Association.

Shaffer attended Northern Virginia Community College, where he studied business management with a specialization in finance, and is a graduate of the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. He is a member of the chambers of commerce in Morgan and Berkeley counties of W.Va. and Washington County, Md. He is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Berkeley program.

Shaffer lives in Inwood, W.Va., with his wife Nicole and son Emerson.

CNB Bank is a full-service, locally owned community bank with assets of more than $380 million. CNB Bank has eight locations in Berkeley County and Morgan County, W.Va., and Hagerstown and Hancock, Md.

Soto joins construction firm

Soto

FREDERICK, Md. — Triple Crown Construction has hired Cassandra Soto as brand and marketing strategist.

Soto will focus on brand awareness in the construction and hotel renovation industries, as well as the company’s involvement in the local community. She will oversee Triple Crown’s participation in local events, sponsorships and partnerships, and the means by which the company helps the Frederick community continue to thrive and grow.

Before joining the Triple Crown family, she served as project manager for Catoctin Construction Management DC Inc. in Middletown for nearly six years, handling marketing, sales, business development, project administration and other duties.

Soto has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from La Roche College in her hometown of Pittsburgh and serves as the vice chairwoman for Blue Crabs and Blue Prints, an annual crab feast to raise money for Frederick County Habitat for Humanity build projects. She also volunteers at the local Habitat chapter in Frederick.

Plamondon Hospitality expands management team

Martin
Emerson
Tootill

FREDERICK, Md. — Plamondon Hospitality Partners has added three new employees to its management team, one at the company’s corporate office in Frederick and two at the company’s newest hotel, The Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia Fulton, opening later this year.

Joanna Tootill, area sales manager, brings a wealth of hotel experience to Plamondon. Before joining PHP, she worked in the Washington, D.C., market as an area account executive for Marriott International. As the new area sales manager, she will oversee account management for the company’s six hotels in Frederick and Hagerstown.

Meredith Emerson joins the PHP team as the director of sales at the new Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia/Fulton. She formerly served as the dual director of sales for Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott Salisbury, giving her experience with the Marriott brands.

Stan Martin joins PHP as the general manager of the new Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia/Fulton. He brings more than 30 years of hotel experience in a wide variety of management and above property roles, for both independent management companies and Marriott International. Most recently, he served as the interim general manager for Plamondon’s Fairfield Inn & Suites and TownePlace Suites in Altoona, Pa.

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

HCC instructor named to state, national panels

D’Ambrisi

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Richard P. D’Ambrisi, allied health instructor at Hagerstown Community College, was recently appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Technician Forum Educational Steering Committee and the Maryland Pharmacists Association Foundation Board.

Each appointment is for a one-year term.

The ASHP is a national organization that represents pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in an institutional environment.

The MPhA represents all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Maryland.

D’Ambrisi has been a certified pharmacy technician for 19 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the medical device, life science research, and pharmaceutical products industries.

Three join Penn State Mont Alto advisory board

Worthy
Harmon
Bloyer

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Tiffany L. Bloyer, Robin H. Harmon and Linda L. Thomas Worthy will join the Penn State Mont Alto’s Advisory Board.

Made up of of alumni, friends and corporate leaders, the board helps link the campus and surrounding communities. Board members not only serve as ambassadors for the campus and the university, but also as a conduit for community feedback regarding campus programs and activities.

Bloyer is Franklin County, Pa., government director of human resources and a Penn State Mont Alto lecturer in management. She previously served as an employee relations and organizational development specialist for the Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., and was a personnel officer for the State of Maryland in Frederick. She holds a Penn State bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science and two master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, University College, in human resource management and business administration.

Harmon is the site administrator for Pennsylvania CareerLink Franklin County. She previously served as executive director of the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber Foundation, the executive assistant and program coordinator for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and Downtown Chambersburg Inc., and worked at The Manitowoc Co. as an engineer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston’s Northeastern University. In addition, she has completed all but her thesis for a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Penn State.

Worthy is Franklin County Housing Authority executive director. She was previously an education consultant and student development specialist with Worthy Consulting & Training LLC, assistant vice president for University Life at the University of San Francisco, associate dean of students at Bucknell University, and assistant professor in the General Education Department and director of the Black Cultural Center at Berea College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tougaloo College. She also holds a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate of philosophy in education from Washington State University.

Kaseman is executive in residence at Shenandoah

Kaseman

WINCHESTER, Va. — Businessman Dan Kaseman is bringing his industry knowledge to Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business as its newest executive in residence.

Kaseman is a resident of Purcellville, Va. He owns Kaseman Capital Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm that owns and operates buildings in Northern Virginia. He is also the managing partner and co-owner of Middleburg Real Estate/Atoka Properties, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage firm serving Northern Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Kaseman serves on the board of NOVA Parks, which oversees 13,000 acres of parkland in Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax.

The executive in residence is meant to be a liaison between the school and the business community who leverages industry connections to assist students. The executive in residence also does guest lectures and serves in an advisory role providing mentorship and career advice to students in the business school. They also work with the business school’s leadership team to provide input for new programs.

BB&T’s Malfregeot moving to new market

Malfregeot

LANCASTER, Pa. — BB&T recently announced it has named James Malfregeot as market president for Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

He previously served as market president for Western Maryland, based in Hagerstown, Md.

Malfregeot, 30, joined BB&T in 2012 as part of the bank’s leadership development program. He served as a portfolio manager in Alpharetta, Ga., and a business services officer in north central West Virginia before going to the Western Maryland market.

A native of Clarksburg, W.Va., Malfregeot received a bachelor’s degree in finance from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and is a 2019 graduate candidate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

He is a former board member of the United Way of Washington County, Md.

BB&T operates 232 financial centers in Pennsylvania and divides its footprint into community bank regions, each with its own president to keep decisions local and close to the customer.

Colaianne named director of marketing

Colaianne

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. has named Ken Colaianne to be the company’s director of marketing.

Bringing 28 years of experience to the new position, Colaianne is expected to bring a new focus to Brethren Mutual’s marketing efforts. The plans include building a fully dedicated marketing department that brings value to the overall relationships the company has with its independent agency partners.

Colaianne has both a company and agency background. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, he began his insurance career as an underwriter with Granger’s Mutual Insurance Co. in Middletown, Md. Over the years, he has held sales and underwriting positions with USF&G, St. Paul Insurance Co., Travelers and BB&T/Frederick Underwriters. Before joining Brethren Mutual, he served as assistant vice president of field operations for Frederick Mutual Insurance Company in Frederick, Md.

Colaianne lives in Middletown, Md.

Established in 1897, Brethren Mutual is headquartered in Hagerstown and writes personal, commercial and farm business in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia through independent insurance agents.

Intellectual property law firm hires patent agent

Davenport

FREDERICK, Md. — McBee, Moore, Woodward and Vanik IP LLC recently hired Destiny Davenport as a patent agent.

Davenport
 joins MMWV after serving as a patent agent for eight years at Bayer Corp., supporting the Seeds business, which was recently divested to BASF Corp. Prior to joining Bayer, she worked for a large law firm serving industry and academic clients in a wide range of biotechnology fields, including vaccines, antibodies, cancer detection tools, plant and animal breeding mechanisms, genetically modified plant biotechnology, disease screening tools, molecular markers, and a range of laboratory tools.

Davenport is an alumna of Francis Marion University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She attended the University of South Carolina for her post-graduate program where she received her doctorate in biomedical science. Following graduate school, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences / National Institute of Health.

MMWV is a law firm specializing in intellectual property in a variety of technical fields such as biotechnology, chemistry, engineering and software.

Lowery named ‘distinguished volunteer’

MARTINSBURG, W.Va., — Charles Lowery of CNB Bank recently received the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle.

Lowery has volunteered his time with the Boys & Girls Club since 2010 and currently serves as the club’s president. He is active every year with planning the club’s President’s Day Dance.

In addition to working with the club, Lowery has been involved in Rotary since 2002, serving as a member of the Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary since 2008, along with serving on the board.

Lowery has been with CNB Bank since 2007 and is an assistant vice president/commercial lender.

CNB Bank is a locally owned, full-service community bank with assets of more than $380 million. CNB Bank has eight locations including Berkeley County and Morgan County of West Virginia and Hagerstown and Hancock in Maryland.

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Attorney named to ‘Top 10’ list

Bradley Jay Reed of Hagerstown, Md., has been recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in its most recent list of 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

The institute is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected must pass the organization’s selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, research and the institute’s independent evaluation.

The annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

Shepherd names director of facilities management

Jim King

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — James R. “Jim” King of Charleston, W.Va., has been named director of facilities management at Shepherd University.

King will be responsible for the overall operations of Shepherd’s physical facility assets and of maintenance, grounds, custodial, office and contract personnel. He will serve as the liaison with architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors providing services to the university, oversee the university-wide hazardous waste management program, and oversee and execute the campus facilities master plan.

In addition to his duties as director of facilities management, King will lecture in his area of expertise for courses related to historic preservation and/or architectural history and theory, and environmental studies related to sustainability, energy efficiency and management.

King has served as the director of facilities and sustainability at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission since 2010. He previously served as professor/facilities director at Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University and a master of architecture degree from Virginia Tech University. He currently is in the Ph.D. program at West Virginia University.

He is the owner of Brick Street Architectural Consulting, which offers architectural assistance as well as design and production of residential and selected commercial projects.

Dermatologist joins practice in Frederick

Dr. Kirk Volker

FREDERICK, Md. — Dr. Kirk Volker has joined Warner & Van Meter Dermatology in Frederick.

Warner & Van Meter Dermatology is made up of the family teams of Dr. Larry Warner, Dr. Charles Van Meter and Dr. Jonathan Van Meter. The practice uses procedures such as biopsies, excisions and referrals for Mohs Micrographic skin surgery when necessary.

Volker is a Frederick native and board-certified dermatologist. His focus is on medical and surgical dermatology, with a special interest in the detection and treatment of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Family physicians join WVU Medicine

Brittany Gusic
Kalah Ainsworth

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians recently announced that Dr. Kalah Ainsworth and Dr. Brittany Gusic have joined the physician staff at WVU Medicine Primary Care and Pediatrics — Spring Mills.

Ainsworth is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. She completed a residency in family medicine at the West Virginia University Rural Family Medicine Residency Program in Harpers Ferry and is a member of the medical staff at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Gusic is a graduate of the WVU School of Medicine in Morgantown and completed a residency at the WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency Program in Harpers Ferry. Since 2015 she has been practicing at Berkeley Family Medicine in Martinsburg and is a member of the Berkeley Medical Center medical staff.

Both physicians are accepting new patients at the Spring Mills Medical Building.

Gerlock promoted at Frederick chamber

Jennifer Gerlock

FREDERICK, Md. — The Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce recently announced the promotion of Jennifer Gerlock to vice president of marketing and communications. She has been with the organization for five months.

The vice president of marketing and communications serves as the chief brand officer for the chamber and ensures that all chamber events, services and programs reflect the essential elements of Chamber membership.

BCT promotes Hadley

Kristie Hadley

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT, Bank of Charles Town, recently announced the promotion of Kristie Hadley to vice president, market leader. 

She will oversee business development and operations of the branch network throughout the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia.

Hadley began her career with BCT in 2013. She most recently served as assistant vice president and had previously worked in other leadership positions within the BCT branch network.  

Before joining BCT, she worked in various positions within the financial services industry, including retail and mortgage lending.

Hadley sits on the board of directors for the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce and serves on several committees. Additionally, she has been serving with the Children’s Home Society for the past 11 years and is currently a member of the local and state boards of directors.

Hadley was raised in southern Berkeley County and graduated from Musselman High School. She attended Lord Fairfax Community College in the field study of business management and is currently attending Barrett Banking School in Memphis, Tenn.

She lives in Hedgesville, W.Va., with her husband and three daughters. 

WellSpan appoints incoming CEO

Roxanna Gapstur

Roxanna L. Gapstur will become president and CEO of WellSpan Health on Jan. 2. She will succeed Dr. Kevin H. Mosser, who will retire on Jan. 1.

A native of Minnesota, Gapstur currently serves as president of Methodist Hospital and senior vice president of HealthPartners, a $7.2 billion, Minnesota-based integrated health plan and care delivery organization.

The appointment follows a national search that was led by the system’s community board of directors.

Gapstur holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.; a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota; and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Kevin, have four adult daughters. The couple will relocate to central Pennsylvania.

WellSpan Health serves central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization includes a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations.

Russell promoted at BWise

Rob Russell

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — BWise Manufacturing LLC recently announced the promotion of Rob Russell to weld supervisor.

Russell joined BWise Manufacturing in October 2013 on the production line as a trailer welder. He previously held a weld position with Bri-Mar Manufacturing, and before that was employed at a fleet rental company. In his time with Bri-Mar and BWise, he has had the opportunity to weld every model of trailer offered.

His responsibilities at BWise now include direct supervision of a team of small parts and trailer welders. Russell is responsible for maintaining constant contact with the production and sales departments to ensure on-time, quality delivery of weldments and trailers in the company’s Chambersburg, Pa., facility.

In his spare time, Russell enjoys the outdoors, including boating and hiking with his wife of 17 years and their daughter. He also likes hunting, fly-fishing and riding his Harley-Davidson.

BWise Manufacturing is a manufacturer of utility, tilt, equipment and dump trailers based in Chambersburg. BWise manufactures trailers under two brands, Bri-Mar Trailers and BWise Trailers.

Heather Stauffer

Stauffer joins Coldwell Banker Premier

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Heather Stauffer has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate.

Born and raised in northeast England, Stauffer moved to the United States in 2004 and settled in Berkeley Springs in 2008. With a previous career background in the health care industry, Stauffer has developed skills in building relationships and listening to people’s wants and needs.

Law firm welcomes marketing specialist

Lauren Pogue

FREDERICK, Md. — The firm of McBee, Moore, Woodward and Vanik IP LLC has added Lauren Pogue as a marketing specialist.

The marketing specialist’s main goal is to increase brand awareness and engagement with current and prospective clients as well as the community at large. Pogue’s hiring brings the firm’s employee total to 22. Employment is up 38 percent over the past three years.

Pogue previously served as the marketing specialist for Washington County, Md., government for five years. She also performed functions in managing social media, devising and implementing a marketing plan, creating graphics and collateral materials, planning events and serving as a photographer.

She serves on the Leadership Washington County board of directors, the Habitat for Humanity marketing committee and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts membership committee. She holds an associate degree in graphic design from Hagerstown Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in graphic media.

She lives in Hagerstown, Md., with her husband, Matt, and two pugs, Winston and Panini.

Householder joins CNB as senior vice president

Josh Householder

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Joshua Householder was recently named senior vice president/chief banking officer at CNB Bank.

He has served in information technology, credit risk, commercial lending areas, and most recently as a senior vice president/commercial lending division manager.

Householder holds a master’s degree in business administration from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University of Emmitsburg, Md. He also is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Banking, the Risk Management Association Commercial and Graduate Commercial Lending Schools, the American Bankers Association Graduate Commercial Lending School and the Barret School of Banking.

Householder volunteers with United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, where he has served as campaign chair and chairman of the board. He currently serves on the board for Hospice of the Panhandle and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Householder lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., with his wife, Amber, and their two sons.

CNB Bank has eight locations in Berkeley County and Morgan County of West Virginia and Hagerstown and Hancock, Md. 

Washington County names business specialist

Linda Spence

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Linda Spence was recently appointed business specialist in the Washington County (Md.) Department of Business Development. Her appointment began Sept. 18.

 

She began working for the county in 1998 as an administrative assistant and has served as an administrative specialist, a business support specialist and most recently as the business and event coordinator.

Spence is a member of the Maryland Economic Developers Association, the International Economic Development Council and the Regional Manufacturers Institute. She serves as the county’s enterprise zone and foreign trade zone administrator and is a member of the Entrepreneur Council of Washington County.

In her new role, Spence will be responsible for developing and implementing programs to attract business; assist with site tours and selection while providing information to allow for the expansion of the business base; and facilitate the expansion of employment opportunities for citizens.

Williamson reappointed to HCC board

John Williamson

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — John Williamson was recently reappointed by Gov. Larry Hogan’s office to serve another six-year term on the Hagerstown Community College board of trustees.

Williamson has been a member of the board since 2012 and currently serves as the vice chairman. 

“It is a privilege to serve as a trustee, providing governance and helping to shape the strategic direction of an institution that is so important to the future of Washington County,” Williamson stated in a news release

Williamson also is serving as the president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. And 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 University. He is a principal of Veridian Capital Partners, a financial planning and asset management firm affiliated with Ameriprise Financial.

County names new biz development director

Susan Small

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Susan Small was recently named director of the Washington County (Md.) Department of Business Development.

Prior to working for the county, Small was a licensed real estate professional. She joined the county staff in 2014 as real property administrator in the Division of Engineering. Most recently, she served as business leader in the Department of Business Development.

Small has a background in real estate, client relations and business development. She is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, an ex officio on the Washington County Chamber of Commerce board, a committee member of the Greater Hagerstown Committee’s Vision 2.1 Innovative Gateways Success Team, and ex officio on the Airport Advisory Committee. She is also pursuing certification as a certified economic developer.

She is a graduate of Frostburg State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

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Burkholder joins Coldwell Banker Premier

Autumn Burkholder

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Autumn Burkholder has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate.

Burkholder has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution. She relocated to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia 11 years ago.

Burkholder is heavily involved in supporting the Let There Be Rock School, which raises funds to benefit the community, and promotes positive youth behavior and relationships through music.

Two named among best lawyers in America

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Best Lawyers in America ranked Steptoe & Johnson PLLC first in the United States in the area of Energy Law for 2019.

Best Lawyers also ranked 95 firm attorneys in more than 70 practice areas including litigation, energy, oil and gas, labor, health care, workers’ compensation and others. They represent 11 Steptoe & Johnson office locations in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Included in the rankings are the following attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson’s Martinsburg office: Kenneth J. Barton Jr.Tracey B. EberlingEric J. Hulett and Alyssa A. Sloan.

Steptoe & Johnson has more than 300 attorneys practicing in 13 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.

Bear promoted at Plamondon Hospitality

Sharon Bear

FREDERICK, Md. — Plamondon Hospitality Partners has announced the promotion of Sharon Bear to director of sales and revenue management.

Bear joined Plamondon in 2006 as general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Frederick. Throughout her time with the company, she has served in many different roles and has supported a variety of job functions.

In 2010 she was promoted to dual general manager of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Hagerstown and the Courtyard by Marriott Hagerstown. She later returned to Frederick as an area general manager, overseeing the company’s four Frederick hotels. In April 2016 she was promoted to regional manager, overseeing all of the company’s Maryland hotels.

In her new position, Bear will take on a more active role in overseeing the sales teams at the company’s four Frederick hotels; two Hagerstown hotels; two Altoona, Pa., hotels; one Grovetown, Ga., hotel; and the hotel opening later this year in Fulton, Md. She will also be responsible for directing revenue management and sales strategies for the company’s entire hotel portfolio, which spans three states and several brands.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and development company. Its portfolio includes several Marriott and Hilton properties across three states.

Anderson named bronze medalist

Melanie Anderson

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Melanie Anderson of Anderson Photographs in Hagerstown, Md., was named a bronze medalist during the Professional Photographers of America’s 2018 International Photographic Competition.

Her work will be displayed at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from Jan. 20 to 22. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

A panel of 32 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,073 entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,622 images were selected for the General Collection and 513 (roughly 10 percent) were selected for the Loan Collection — the best of the best.

The Loan Collection images will all be published in the “Loan Collection” book and over 365 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

Anderson was named a bronze medalist by earning a merit — a mark of quality and honor — for each of the four images in her entry case to the International Photographic Competition.

Nolan receives adjunct faculty award at Allegany

Susan Nolan

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Susan J. Nolan, adjunct professor of English and speech communication, has received Allegany College of Maryland’s 2018 Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nolan began teaching off-site English and speech communication courses for ACM in 1989. She now teaches at ACM’s Cumberland campus, where she also serves as a test reader and writing coach.

Nolan taught in Allegany County Public Schools from 1976 to 2014. A certified reading specialist, she holds a master’s degree in education-reading and a bachelor’s degree in history and English secondary education from Frostburg State University.

The Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award is given to a part- or full-time adjunct faculty member who demonstrates teaching and learning excellence in the classroom, fosters an environment conducive to student learning, offers service the department or institution and demonstrates strong interpersonal relationship skills.

Two join BWise Manufacturing staff

Gena Reath
Dean Frey

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Dean Frey and Gena Reath have joined BWise Manufacturing in Chambersburg.

Frey is a parts flow specialist with more than 30 years of inventory management experience. Before joining BWise, he was purchasing agent and inventory manager for a multi-location retail pool and spa store. He managed the parts department, receiving, shipping and purchasing. Prior to that, he was the customer service manager for Lowes, responsible for customer relations, inventory management and internet sales.

Frey attended Michigan State University, where he studied business management. He and his wife, Ruth Ann, reside in Chambersburg. They enjoy traveling and are actively involved in music and missions outreach at their church.

Reath is part of the BWise purchasing department, working as a buyer. She has more than 25 years of procurement and purchasing experience.

Before joining BWise, Reath held procurement positions for worldwide stone manufacturers for the past 10 years. Prior to that, she was an entrepreneur in the retail/restaurant industry for 15 years. Her responsibilities at BWise will include maintaining contact with vendors to ensure service, quality and competitive pricing.

Reath is a nature lover who delights in gardening and cooking. She has enjoyed living in the Pittsburgh area, North Carolina and Virginia. Her roots brought her back to Pennsylvania and her family’s orchard.

BWise Manufacturing is a manufacturer of utility, tilt, equipment and dump trailers. BWise manufactures trailers under two brands, Bri-Mar Trailers and BWise Trailers.

The company has a 400,000-square-foot facility and employ 120 people.

Joy joins Strata Realty

Barbara Joy

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Barbara I. Joy has joined Strata Realty in Hagerstown, Md.

A resident of Hagerstown, Joy has more than 33 years of experience in the real estate market, helping clients with buying and selling homes.

She is licensed to sell real estate in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She also has an office in Martinsburg, W.Va., with Weichert Realtors, Blue Ribbon Realty.

Joy is a member of the National Association of Realtors and Pen-Mar Realtors Association.

Pediatrician joins WVU Medicine Family Medicine

Dr. Nirupama Seemaladinne

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians recently announced that Dr. Nirupama Seemaladinne, has joined the staff at WVU Medicine Family Medicine — Ranson.

Seemaladinne, a pediatrician, is a graduate of Kurnool Medical College in Kurnool, India. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, W.Va., and her master’s degree in public health at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Seemaladinne, a member of the medical staff at Jefferson Medical Center, is accepting new patients.

Small promoted to senior wealth advisor

Shane Small

OAKLAND, Md. — First United Bank and Trust has promoted Shane M. Small to senior wealth advisor serving the Washington County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa. markets.

In addition, he maintains several relationships within West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Small, who has an office in Hagerstown, Md., has more than 17 years of local trust, investment and insurance experience. He began his financial services career as an insurance sales manager after graduating from Shippensburg University. From there, he progressed through various trust and investment roles and most recently served as vice president of trust and investments.

He is NASD Licensed in Series 7 and 66 as well as property and casualty and life and health Insurance. Small continues to counsel his clients with investment management, estate and tax concerns, and financial planning through a consultative relationship in which his customers’ experience is tailored to their needs and not product-driven.

Small is a member and tournament organizer for the PB Knickers Group, a nonprofit organization raising funds for local military charities. He is also a past member of the Mercersburg (Pa.) Rotary Club.

Kline joins Smith Elliott Kearns

Kevin Kline

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Kevin J. Kline, a CPA, has joined the Camp Hill office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC as a member of the firm.

This addition strengthens SEK&Co’s audit practice, one of the firm’s core practice areas, and adds further depth to the firm’s offering, the company reported in a news release. Kline will serve clients from all of the south-central Pennsylvania offices of SEK&Co.

Kline is a 2002 graduate of Penn State University and has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting, including working with regional, national and Big 4 firms. He has significant experience working with manufacturing, distribution, construction, life sciences, technology and private equity/investment companies.

He most recently led the central Pennsylvania commercial audit practice at a national firm.

Kline was recognized as one of Central Pennsylvania’s “Forty Under 40” by the Central Penn Business Journal in 2015. He supports the local community as a board member and audit committee member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area, and Modern Transit Partnership. Additionally, Kline is a member of the Fund Distribution Panel and the Bridges Society for the United Way of the Capital Region as well as a classroom instructor for Junior Achievement. 

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Hagerstown, Md., and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover and York, Pa.

Jepson joins orthopaedics practice

Dr. Matthew Jepson

BETHESDA, Md. — Dr. Matthew Jepson recently joined The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics as a primary care sports medicine physician.

Jepson is board-certified in family medicine with a certificate of added-qualification in sports medicine. He works with a variety of patients, but his areas of interest include acute and chronic sports injury and prevention, concussion evaluation and management, athletic event coverage and ultrasound-guided procedures.

He completed a residency with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship with the University of South Carolina. While in South Carolina, he completed a training with the school’s athletics department, working alongside NCAA Division I sports teams daily.

Jepson has brought his passion for sports medicine to the area, covering four area schools as the fall sports season picks up. He maintains open hours in his schedule to immediately see patients, and he staffs Saturday morning hours to see patients who may have been injured during competitions on Friday nights.

In addition, his family medicine background allows him to see a variety of patients and recommend the best course of action for a range of injuries. He has worked with patients of all ages and athletic abilities.

CAO has multiple locations, and Dr. Jepson works from offices in Hagerstown, Frederick and Urbana, Md.

CNB staffer joins SHRM board

Hanna Kenney

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Hanna Kenney has joined the Society for Human Resource Management Eastern Panhandle Chapter Board. 

SHRM is a professional human resources membership association. It promotes the role of HR as a profession and provides education, certification and networking to its members. The local chapter offers seminars to professionals in the area.

Kenney has worked at CNB Bank for 10 years in various positions. She currently serves as the bank’s human resource generalist.

Kenney holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), which makes her a recognized leader and expert in human resources.

A lifelong resident of Berkeley County, W.Va., she lives in Martinsburg with her husband, Devin, and her dog, Roxie.

CNB Bank is a locally-owned, full-service bank with assets of more than $340 million. The bank has eight locations, including Hagerstown and Hancock, Md., and Berkeley County and Morgan County, W.Va.

Accounting firm announces staff changes

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell, a certified public accounting and business consulting firm, has announced several staff changes.

Lori Mertz has been promoted to supervisor. Mertz is a resident of Maugansville, Md.

The firm also announced the additions of:

Sharon Stambaugh of Middletown, Md., as an accounting associate.

Charlene Parrill of Waynesboro, Pa., as an accounting associate.

Patricia Driver of Hagerstown, Md., as a senior accountant.

Christina Lee of Martinsburg, W.Va., as a staff accountant.

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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

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

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

Christopher Keegan

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

Deb 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

John Williamson

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

Gemma Manino

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

Bryan Decker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

David Hope

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.

Judy Diller

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,

Miranda Weaver

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!”

Susanne Winslow

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

Alexandra Penn

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

Linda Buckel

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

Dr. Craig Clark

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

Dr. Jan Kletter

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

Edmund Dunn

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

Sabrina Rebrook

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

Frank Cholewicki

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.

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Miller becomes global luxury property specialist

Adam Miller

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Adam Miller of Coldwell Banker Premier has earned the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM Property Specialist designation.

To date, only 10 percent of the more than 91,000 sales associates affiliated with Coldwell Banker have been awarded this designation. The luxury program is a marketing curriculum designed specifically for marketing luxury residential properties. The course provides learning, networking, marketing strategies and mentorship, pairing the experience and first-hand knowledge of successful luxury agents with industry-leading resources.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Miller has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker Premier for four years. He is part of the Miller Team, which includes his mother and fellow Global Luxury Property Specialist Paula Miller, as well as Sales Associate/Transaction Specialist Tiffany Brooks.

Akonni Biosystems appoints Firestone as CFO

FREDERICK, Md. — Akonni Biosystems recently announced the appointment of Lawrence Larry Firestone as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Akonni is a molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures and intends to market advanced molecular diagnostics systems. In a news release, the company said Firestone’s appointment “highlights the company’s continued commitment to executing on its corporate goals of commercialization and significant revenue growth following the recent announcement of our strategic partnership in China.”

With more than 35 years of experience, Firestone has tenures as a CEO, CFO and COO. He has a track record of turnaround and positive transformation in companies ranging from startups to mature, publicly held global companies, including multiple successful initial public offerings.

LeFevre joins Morgan-Keller staff

Chris LeFevre

FREDERICK, Md. — Chris LeFevre has joined the Morgan-Keller Construction team as a business development manager.

LeFevre has more than 15 years experience in commercial and residential construction. His primary focus will be on the expansion of Morgan-Keller’s Northern Virginia market.

Established in 1955, Morgan-Keller Construction is a general contracting and construction management firm with offices in Frederick and Columbia, Md.

 

GDC appointments Jackson to VP role

Michael Jackson

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Global Data Consultants LLC, a managed IT solution and staffing technology provider headquartered in Chambersburg, Pa., has appointed Michael E. Jackson to vice president of enterprise solutions. 

Jackson brings more than 35 years of academic and professional experience in development, sales and delivery of technical services. His career includes successful execution of senior-level roles (CEO, COO, vice president and director) in operations, sales, marketing and business development on both the client and provider side (domestic and international).

He is focused on expanding GDC’s portfolio of enterprise services and clients by ensuring that GDC offers solutions that deliver measurable value and customer satisfaction.

Prior to joining GDC, Jackson was a director with Dell, vice president of international business development with Convergys, and COO/CEO of eLynxx Solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Akron.

An Ohio native, Jackson is a golf enthusiast and lives in Chambersburg with his wife, Nikki, and their three children, Brady, Tanner and Marlee.

  

Pogue becomes marketing manager at Valley Mall

Lauren Pogue

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Lauren Pogue has been named marketing manager at Valley Mall by mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust.

She is charged with creating and implementing marketing and public relations programs to increase the shopping center’s visibility and help generate increased sales for its retailers. She will focus on building the social media platforms for the center and building relationships with shoppers through a range of customer services and special events.

Pogue also is committed to partnering with the community on different levels to help sustain and improve the shopping, lifestyle and retail experience for local and regional residents of Hagerstown and beyond.

Currently enrolled at Wilson College, Pogue is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in graphic media while working full-time.

She graduated in December 2016 from Hagerstown Community College with an associate degree in graphic design. Pogue comes to the Valley Mall with a wealth of experience in marketing, advertising, social media and the retail environment. She lives in Hagerstown, Md., with her husband and two pugs.

Anchored by JCPenney, Old Navy, H&M and, soon, BELK, Valley Mall near Hagerstown features more than 100 national, regional and local retailers and restaurants.

Morris joins F&M Trust as assistant vice president

Casey Morris

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M Trust recently hired Casey Morris as assistant vice president/commercial services relationship manager.

Morris will be responsible for business development within the local market area as well as managing existing commercial relationships.

He was most recently an owner/consultant for Endurance Strategies and part-owner and director of business development for Encore Ventures LLC. Previously, Morris served as assistant vice president/commercial relationship manager with BB&T (formerly Susquehanna Bancshares Inc.) from 2012-2016.

Morris holds a master’s degree in business administration from Frostburg State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He lives in Hagerstown, Md. A  graduate of Leadership Washington County, he has volunteered with the Humane Society of Washington County. 

Morris will be based in the bank’s Memorial Square office at 20 S. Main St., Chambersburg.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with approximately $1 billion in assets. It has 22 locations in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton and Huntingdon counties.

 

Professor selected as Fulbright Scholar to Russia

Patrice Flynn

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Patrice Flynn, a professor of business and economics and the Morrison Professor of International Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board of the U.S. Department of State to be a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Russia.

Flynn will spend the spring 2019 semester on the campus of South Ural State University, a national research university along the eastern Ural Mountains in Siberia. She will work with Russian scholars to develop teaching materials for their business, finance, economics and management programs. Because private business development is relatively new in Russia, South Ural State University lacks the curriculum to “pass on the business spirit to students and educate a new breed of businessperson” as desired by South Ural administrators, faculty, and students.

Flynn is one of only six scholars nationwide selected for a Fulbright in Russia during the 2018-19 academic year.

Flynn holds a doctorate in economics from University of Texas Austin, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree on social work from Catholic University of America.

 

Mount St. Mary’s names Franklin as VP

Bernard Franklin

EMMITTSBURG, Md. — Mount St. Mary’s University has hired Bernard Franklin as vice president for student life, effective Aug. 1. 

Franklin currently is special assistant to the president and assistant vice president for student life at Kansas State University.

At Mount St. Mary’s, he will serve as the leader of the student life division. Franklin also has experience in supporting students of color and first-generation students in successfully navigating college, a strength that will benefit the increasing number of students from underrepresented populations at the Mount. In academic year 2018-19, students of color are projected to make up 42 percent of the freshman class, up from 25 percent in 2013-14.

Earlier in his career, Franklin served as president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and of Junior Achievement of Middle America. As assistant to the president at Donnelly College, he was responsible for the strategic planning of the urban Catholic two-year college.

Franklin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a doctorate in counseling and higher education administration from Kansas State University, and a master’s degree in counseling and behavioral studies from the University of South Alabama.

 

Frostburg names Wyden to VP post

Leon Wyden

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowaczyk has named Leon Wyden as FSU’s new vice president of Administration and Finance.

Wyden, a CPA, comes to FSU from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. He brings experience working in financial management positions in higher education, in the manufacturing and supply industries and in financial auditing.

Frostburg’s Division of Administration and Finance encompasses 21 departments.

WVU Medicine welcomes surgeon

Kevin Hibbitt

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians announce the addition of Dr. Kevin Hibbett, a general surgeon, to WVU Medicine Surgery – Jefferson in Ranson.

Hibbett received a medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in general surgery and chief surgical residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. Prior to joining WVU Medicine, he practiced at Reedsburg Area Medical Center in Reedsburg, Wisc. He has held positions in various medical practices since 2001.

WVU Medicine Surgery is across from Jefferson Medical Center at 201 E. Fifth Ave. in Ranson.

U.S. Silica appoints Miers

FREDERICK, Md. — U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. recently appointed Daniel Miers to be president of its wholly-owned subsidiary, SandBox Logistics.

Miers succeeds former SandBox founder and President Josh Oren, according to a news release. Oren has agreed to stay on until the end of the year as a consultant to support Miers in the transition.

Miers will join the company’s extended leadership team and report to Brad Casper, executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

Miers served most recently as the chief operating officer for Gulfstream Services, a supplier of tools and services to the oil and gas industry. He previously worked in various positions of increasing responsibility at Key Energy Services.

Anderson joins photographers’ council

Melanie Anderson

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Melanie Anderson of Anderson Photographs in Hagerstown, Md., has been elected to the Professional Photographers of America Council for 2018-2021.

A nonprofit international association with more than 30,000 members, PPA is governed by its members through such council representatives.

PPA councilors are professional photographers who volunteer their time and service to guide and act as the voice for their state’s PPA members. Duties include discussing and voting on changes to the bylaws and the leadership of the association. Councilors also play a crucial role in sharing the PPA message to existing, new and prospective PPA members in their state.

Anderson is the current chairwoman and former president of the Maryland Professional Photographer’s Association.

 

Kifer joins Insurance Brokers of Maryland

Patrice Kifer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Patrice S. Kifer, a property and casualty insurance agent, has joined the staff at Insurance Brokers of Maryland – Hagerstown.

Kifer has 28 years of insurance experience in both commercial and personal lines. She has been a top producer in State Auto’s Pace Setter Program.

Kifer serves on the church council at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. 

 

Schroyer named VP, CIO at Brethern Mutual

Robin Schroyer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. recently named Robin Schroyer to be vice president of information services and chief information officer.

Schroyer joined Brethren Mutual in 1988. One year later, she was named the company’s first programming manager. In 2015, Schroyer was promoted to information services manager.

In her new role, Schroyer oversees Brethren Mutual’s operations, programming and quality assurance areas of Information Services.

Schroyer is a 1985 graduate of Shippensburg (Pa.) University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

She lives in Waynesboro, Pa.

Established in 1897, Brethren Mutual is headquartered in Hagerstown, Md., and writes personal, commercial and farm business in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia through independent insurance agents.

Real estate firm lists ‘high five’

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Long and Foster Real Estate of Martinsburg W.Va., recently announced its High Five in closings and contracts for June 2018.

Top sales and closings were determined on dollar volumes. The under contract category is measured in units.

Those honored for sales and closings were: The Butch Cazin Team, Aaron Poling, Tanya Noll, Jodee Arndt and Brenda Kendrick.

Those honored for under contract included: The Carol Harold Team, Donya Sanbower, The Butch Cazin Team, Anna Brewster and Brittney Rice Greene.

 

CNB Bank salutes graduates

Two CNB Bank staff members recently completed training programs.

Karen Richards graduated from Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. The 2018 graduating class had 65 students from 23 states. The coursework covers a variety of banking topics, including company culture, marketing, financial analysis, lending, and an advanced bank simulation.

Richards has worked for CNB for 14 years and recently expanded her role from branch manager to assistant vice president in marketing/public relations. She serves on the board of Senior Life Service of Morgan County and of JuMP in the Eastern Panhandle.

Also, Laura Gentile graduated from the Leadership Berkeley program. Leadership Berkeley is a year-long program of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s class had 27 graduates. The program covers areas such as leadership, team building, community culture, education and a trip to Charleston, W.Va., for a module on government.

Gentile has worked for CNB for five years and is a credit analyst in the commercial department. She is active in the Women’s Network and the Wellness Series with Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce.

CNB Bank is a full service bank with assets of more than $340 million dollars. It has eight locations including Hagerstown and Hancock, Md., and Berkeley County and Morgan County, W.Va.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. announces promotions

Paul Previti
Juliette Wallace
Brianne Dickinson
Alex Courtney

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC has announced the promotions of four staff members in its Hagerstown, Md., office.

Alex P. Courtney was promoted to senior associate. He provides individual and business tax preparation, accounting services and financial statement preparation services. Courtney graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is working toward a master’s degree in accounting at Wilson College.

Brianne R. Dickinson was promoted to senior associate. She provides audit services to nonprofit and for-profit entities, as well as ERISA audit services. Dickinson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration with concentrations in economics and finance from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Juliette M. Wallace was promoted to senior associate. She provides tax and accounting services to clients in a variety of industries. Wallace graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Paul P. Previti was promoted to staff associate. He provides tax, payroll and financial statement processing services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Maryland University College.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Hagerstown and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover and York, Pa.

 

Carter becomes bank’s office manager

Misty Carter

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. — Jefferson Security Bank has added Misty Carter as the office manager of the downtown Shepherdstown location. 

Carter is responsible for managing daily operations and promoting customer service. Carter joins JSB with more than 15 years of local banking experience, serving in many roles including financial services advisor, retail loan officer and branch manager.

A resident of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Carter and her husband, Josh, have two sons; Trevin and Mason.

Jefferson Security Bank is an independent community bank. It 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.

 

Volvo makes executive board changes

Volvo Group has announced changes in its senior management team.

Jan Gurander, current deputy CEO and CFO, will continue his work as deputy CEO with the task of leading Volvo’s strategic and operational activities together with President and CEO Martin Lundstedt. Gurander will assume responsibility for a number of the Group’s key challenges and strategic issues.

Jan Ytterberg has been appointed chief financial officer and will become a new member of the executive board. Ytterberg most recently served as chief financial officer of the Swedish company Husqvarna Group and has almost 30 years of experience from the automotive industry from his various positions at truck manufacturer Scania. The date on which Ytterberg will take up his new position had yet to be decided.

In addition, Kerstin Renard, executive vice president group human resources, will step down at the end of the year. The process of recruiting her successor has been initiated.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. It employs almost 100,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets.

Volvo Group has facilities near Hagerstown, Md., and Shippensburg, Pa.

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Goodrich BCT’s executive VP, chief lending officer
Raymond Goodrich

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Potomac Bancshares Inc., the one-bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, named Raymond F. Goodrich as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.

Goodrich, formerly executive vice president and chief lending officer with Chain Bridge Bank, N.A., in McLean, Va., and senior vice president at M&T Bank (formerly Provident Bank), brings more than 33 years of financial services experience to his new position. He began his banking career in First Virginia Bank’s management training program. Goodrich has expertise in lending at all levels with a foundation in commercial lending.

In his spare time, Goodrich enjoys running, swimming, tennis and competitive golf.

Bank of Charles Town has seven offices serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Loudoun County, Va., and Washington County, Md.

Bennett joins Family Healthcare

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Family Healthcare of Hagerstown has announced the addition of nurse practitioner Christopher Bennett to the practice. 

He will join a team of mental health professionals that serve Family Practice patients at the 201 S. Cleveland Ave. location.

Bennett is a certified registered nurse practitioner — psychiatric mental health. His credentials allow him to diagnose, provide therapy and prescribe medications in multiple mental health settings.

He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in 2007 and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2009. He also received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee in 2004.

Bennett has provided somatic or psychiatric care for 14 years, the last five in Maryland.

Shenandoah University names new trustees
Cecil Pruitt
Randall Minchew
Kyle Feldman

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University has named Kyle W. Feldman, J. Randall “Randy” Minchew and Cecil Pruitt Jr. to Shenandoah University’s board of trustees effective April 19.

Feldman, a physical therapist at Physical Therapy Specialists of Winchester, earned his undergraduate degree in 2011 and a doctorate in physical therapy in 2014 from Shenandoah. He also serves as secretary of the Shenandoah University Alumni Association board of directors.

Minchew is an attorney and managing shareholder for the Loudoun County, Va., office of Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates for six years representing the 10th District, and during his tenure, he was an advocate for Shenandoah University to maintain and enhance the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant.

He was also supportive of the university’s growth in Loudoun County, where the university’s Scholar Plaza-Loudoun site and Inova Loudoun Hospital are located, in the 10th District.

Pruitt, founder of the Pruitt Corp. of Chantilly, Va., has been involved with Shenandoah University since the late 1990s, serving as a significant donor contributing to an endowed scholarship, the Cecil and Nancy Pruitt Scholarship Fund; the Brandt Student Center building campaign; and the James A. Davis Scholarship. Most recently, his foundation has contributed to the Health & Life Sciences Building fund and the annual Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business’ Business Symposium.

Retired Inova CEO joins Byrd School
J. Knox Singleton

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business announced that J. Knox Singleton, the recently retired CEO of Inova, has joined the school as its health care executive-in-residence.

Inova is a nonprofit health-care system in the Washington, D.C., region, serving more than 2 million people annually.

Singleton joined Inova in 1983, taking it from a three-hospital, $500 million organization to a $3.5 billion health-care system, with five hospitals and more than 100 ambulatory service locations.

Inova and Shenandoah have a relationship that spans more than 20 years, including Inova’s commitment to invest $5 million to support Shenandoah-led educational programs at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, Va., including programs in pharmacogenomics and precision medicine, health information technology, public health and nursing.

Singleton is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1970. He received a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University in 1973.

First United promotes Shelton
Jamie Shelton

OAKLAND, Md. — Jamie Shelton has been promoted to community relationship manager at First United Bank and Trust’s Myersville (Md.) Community Office.

Shelton has 17 years of financial services experience. She began her financial services career at First United as a part-time customer service representative while completing her college education. She has been a head teller, customer service officer and senior relationship adviser.

She was also selected to serve as part of the team that  implemented First United’s new Universal Banker and Technology design at the Cannery Community Office in downtown Frederick. Most recently, she held the position of senior relationship advisor at the Cannery Office. 

She holds an associate degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix.

Haluska F&M’s corporate communications officer
Dustin Haluska

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Dustin Haluska has been named corporate communications officer at F&M Trust.

He will be responsible for developing strategies to support the bank’s internal and external communications as well as assisting in activities committed to community involvement.

Haluska has more than 17 years of professional media experience. Most recently he was executive editor at The Record Herald in Waynesboro, Pa.

Haluska will be based in the F&M Trust’s corporate headquarters at 20 S. Main St., Chambersburg.

Bishop joins F&M Trust in treasury management
Jennifer Bishop

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — F&M Trust has hired Jennifer Bishop as treasury management relationship manager II.

Bishop will be responsible for growing F&M Trust’s treasury management services, commercial deposits and noninterest income.

She was most recently a regional account executive with Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp. Bishop was selected by Elavon’s senior executive team to represent the company’s sales advisory council for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Bishop volunteers with Generosity Feeds, a community outreach program that prepares 20,000 meals a year for needy children in Berkeley County.  She also enjoys spring baseball with her son as well as gardening and volunteering at her church. She resides in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Bishop will be based in the Memorial Square office at 20 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

Family Healthcare of Hagerstown adds dentist
Dr. Tiffani Graves

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Family Healthcare of Hagerstown has added a new dentist, Dr. Tiffani Graves.

Graves has joined a pediatric dentist, two other general dentists and three dental hygienists at the operation. They serve patients at the 201 S. Cleveland Ave. location and the Healthy Smiles in Motion mobile dental units. Graves will provide care at both, serving children and adults.

Graves completed her residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., after earning a doctorate from the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, N.J.

Her post-baccalaureate program requirements were fulfilled from Monmouth University in Long Branch, N.J., and her bachelor’s degree in public health was awarded from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

Buchanan joins Platinum PR staff
Ellen Buchanan

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Ellen Buchanan has been named a communications assistant at Platinum PR.

Buchanan attended school in the Middletown, Md.,  area. She graduated from Shepherd University in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication and new media. She served as a game day public relations intern for the Washington Redskins during the 2017 season.

Selected by her professors, Buchanan assisted in the development of content for the Communication Department at Shepherd University. She was also a part of the National Millennial Community, a global organization with the purpose to “change the conversation” about the millennial generation. Through this, Buchanan traveled to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. to speak with top executives at companies like Sony Entertainment, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, and others.

Platinum PR was founded in 2002 and now has offices in West Virginia, Maryland and Colorado. 

Postern promotes McManimon
Kelsey McManimon

FREDERICK, Md. — Postern, a full-service advertising agency in Frederick, Md., has promoted Kelsey McManimon from graphic designer to digital marketing designer.

In this new role, McManimon will continue to be the lead designer on the agency’s website design and development projects and also will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic digital marketing plans for clients.

McManimon has been employed by the company since 2015. She has certifications in Google AdWords, and has honed her knowledge of search engine optimization, online advertising and Google Analytics.

Most recently, McManimon has designed and launched websites for Downtown Frederick Partnership, Plamondon Hospitality Partners and The Literacy Council of Frederick County, among others. Many of her recent projects have earned significant industry awards, including three Graphic Design USA web design awards and one American Advertising Award.

Staiger named associate provost at Mt. St. Mary’s
Jennifer Staiger

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Jennifer Staiger, Mount St. Mary’s University’s interim dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, has accepted a position as associate provost of graduate, continuing and professional education programs, based at the Frederick campus.

Staiger will officially take on her new responsibilities July 1, when Carol Rinkoff steps down  as dean of graduate, continuing and professional studies. At the same time, Kraig Sheetz, currently vice dean of operations at the United States Military Academy at West Point, will begin service to the university as dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Buterbaugh earns certificate
Jeff Buterbaugh

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Jeff Buterbaugh, a certified physician’s assistant who works at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics — Robinwood Division in Hagerstown, Md., has been nationally recognized for earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Buterbaugh was recognized for earning a certificate 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 nine PAs in Maryland to earn a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

Coldwell Banker agents receive sales awards
Submitted photo
Team Whitehead with Coldwell Banker Premier has been named the No. 1 Coldwell Banker team in West Virginia. Posing, from left, are Steve DuBrueler, the president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Premier along with Kerry Whitehead, Jacklynn Morrison, Mannen Sosa and Lisa McNeill of Team Whitehead.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has announced its award winners for 2017 sales production, and 19 area Coldwell Banker agents and teams have received awards.

Winners are as follows:

• The late Wendy Thrane was inducted into the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite. Only the top 2 percent out of more than 91,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide qualified to be part of this group.

Rick Kucharski, Teresa Seville, Tracy Link, Team Cales/Evans and Team Whitehead have joined the International President’s Circle. This membership has been awarded to the top 5 percent of all sales associates and teams worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Craig Alexander, Matt Bradley, Eric Reploeg, Judy Wolfrey, Keith Kirk, Terry Walker, Holly Goode and the Miller Team have earned membership in the company’s 2017 International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 11 percent of all sales associates and teams worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Heidi Rutz, Karen Fried, Missi Boober and Nettie Seaton have entered into the company’s 2017 International Sterling Society. This award was given to the top 17 percent of all Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.

Shippensburg associate dean to use Fulbright grant
Mary Burnett

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University has earned its first International Administrators Fulbright grant.

Mary Burnett, associate dean of students and director of International Programs, will travel to Germany to attend an International Education Administrators seminar.

During the two-week seminar, Burnett will have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks with U.S. and international colleagues that will enhance her service to international students and prospective study-abroad students.

Baxter Group graduates from Goldman Sachs program

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Jocelyne Melton and Baxter Group Inc. received a certificate in entrepreneurship and became an alumnus of Babson College after completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.

Baxter Group was one of the 20 percent of applicants accepted into the program’s Spring 2017 Cohort. Applicants must intend to increase employment with their companies.

Melton was part of the national cohort of scholars from the United States and Puerto Rico. All participants were on full scholarship from Goldman Sachs valued at $50,000.

Baxter Group has expanded from an asbestos abatement company into testing for environmental concerns. The company offers asbestos inspections and removal, mold assessments and remediation, lead testing and paint removal, radon testing and remediation, indoor environmental testing and remediation, as well as HVAC duct cleaning and damage restoration.

The 10,000 Small Business Program is guided by an advisory council on which Babson College President Kerry Healey serves. It is co-chaired by Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein; Bloomberg L.P. founder, president, and CEO, and 108th Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg; Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet; and the Initiative for Competitive Inner City’s Michael Porter. The National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also are represented on the council, among other groups.

 

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Have a Face Time item?

Submit your new hires, promotions, awards and other people items to facetime@crossroadsbizjournal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131.

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
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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.