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Sullivan honored for client satisfaction

Cynthia Sullivan

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The American Institute of Real Estate Agents has recognized the performance of real estate agent Cynthia Moler Sullivan of Sullivan Select in Hagerstown, Md., as a Two Years 10 Best Real Estate Agents for Client Satisfaction.

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


Optometrist joins Frederick practice

FREDERICK, Md. — Dr. Chad Tiede has joined Dr. Padmini Nathan and Dr. April Miller in their practice in Frederick, Md.

After four years of military service, Tiede returned to the Mid-Atlantic area to pursue his interests in ocular disease and vision management.

Yazbek joins Coldwell Banker Premier


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Jessica Yazbek has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate.

Originally from Los Angeles, Yazbek has lived in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia for more than 17 years. With a background in customer service, Yazbek has developed skills in building relationships, solving problems and listening to people’s wants and needs.

Yazbek is licensed in Virginia and is working on obtaining her West Virginia licensure.

Frostburg names VP for enrollment management


FROSTBURG, Md. — Arlene Wesley Cash, most recently vice president for enrollment management at Guilford College in North Carolina, was named to Frostburg State University’s recently established position of vice president for enrollment management.

Bringing together admissions, financial aid, the office of the registrar, Programs Advancing Student Success, the Center for Academic Advising and Retention and TRIO programs, Cash will bring a student-success focus to the university’s enrollment initiatives.

iHire appoints Flook to CEO

FREDERICK, Md. — iHire has promoted President Steve Flook to CEO.

As president and CEO of the Maryland-based recruitment technology provider, Flook will drive growth initiatives while continuing to lead the company’s day-to-day operations.

Founder and former CEO David MacFadyen will resume his role as executive chair of iHire’s board of directors.

Cardiologist, thoracic surgeon join WVU Heart and Vascular


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute recently hired Dr. Imad Ahmado and Dr. Mark Sullivan to the cardiology practice in Martinsburg.

Ahmado is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Sullivan will help lead the practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Sullivan is a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon.

Four join Foundation’s board


HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Community Foundation of Washington County has elected four new members to its board of trustees.

The new trustees are Todd Baer, Brett McKoy, Tom Newcomer and F. Christian Wright IV, according to a news release from the foudation.

• Baer, a retired, local investor, founded T.A. Baer Inc., T.A. Baer Logistics LLC and Warehouse & Terminal Properties LLC.

• McKoy recently retired after 30 years as a police officer with the Hagerstown Department of Police and a senior pastor of Cutting Edge Ministries.

• Newcomer is the president and owner of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers.

• Wright is president of Wright-Gardner Insurance Inc. and is a certified risk manager and insurance counselor.

Leaving the board this year after many years of service are the Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan, headmaster at Saint James School; Louis Giustini, regional president at The Columbia Bank, John Hershey III, senior vice president of The Hershey-Fitzsimmons Group of RBC Wealth Management; Steven O’Farrell, vice president of William G. Bowen Inc., and Robin Twigg, vice president of Twigg Cycles.


First United names market president for Washington Co.

OAKLAND, Md. — Alan D. Mullendore was recently named Washington County market president for First United Bank & Trust, overseeing the bank’s strategic sales and growth initiatives in the county.

Mullendore brings more than 19 years of banking and customer service experience to the company. Most recently, he was regional operations manager at NautraLawn of America, providing guidance for independently owned franchises within the national system.


FCPS announces new HR director

FREDERICK, Md. — Timothy D. Thornburg has been named director of human resources with the Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools.

He fills the vacancy created following Paula Lawton’s retirement.

Coldwell Banker Premire hires new sales associate


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va — Coldwell Banker Premier recently announced that Paula Lawrence has joined its firm as a sales associate.

A native of West Virginia, Lawrence’s career background includes more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing. She obtained her real estate license in 2005 . The office is at 116 E. German St.

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Karen Coyne

Coyne named to Women’s Advisory Council

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Karen L. Coyne, strategic wealth advisor with Raymond James in Hagerstown, Md., was recently appointed to the Raymond James Women’s Advisory Council.

The council includes advisors from across the country and is behind the firm’s women’s initiatives. Members serve on the council for three years and act as mentors and advisers who support a variety of programs, all with the goal of supporting Raymond James’ women advisors and bringing more women into the industry.

Yvette Brown

Keystone Health doctor receives teaching award

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Dr. Yvette Brown, medical director and obstetrician and gynecologist at Keystone Women’s Care in Chambersburg, Pa., has received the 2018 Penn State College of Medicine Affiliate Site Teacher of the Year Award.

Each year, clerkship directors identify one faculty member and recognize that person for excellence and commitment to the education of medical students.

Stoner named to FCMC Foundation board

Heidi Stoner

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. —Heidi Stoner has been named to the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors.

Stoner lives in Mercersburg, Pa.,  with her husband, Mark.

They own Stoners on the Square, where she focuses on marketing and finance.

Stoner joins the 11-member FCMC Foundation Board, which is in its 11th year. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Fulton County Medical Center. Its mission is supporting health and wellness in the community.

Sales director joins exclamation labs

Amy Reisdorf

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Amy Reisdorf, an operations and marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience in sales and client relationship management in the financial industry, has joined Exclamation Labs to help grow the company’s identity access management product.

At Exclamation Labs, Reisdorf will lead sales efforts for Provision, which is identity access management software geared toward mid-sized banks and credit unions.

SEK announces promotions

Barry Lyons
Gabriella Lucas

SEK recently announced the following promotions:



Gabriella O. Lucas was promoted to senior associate in the Carlisle, Pa., office. She has experience in corporate auditing, financial reporting and internal control standards, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance requirements, risk-assessments and data analytics.

Barry C. Lyons was promoted to senior associate in the Carlisle office. Lyons provides audit services to nonprofit, governmental, health care and real estate development clients.

Stephanie Shepard
Kevin C. Grimm

Kevin C. Grimm was promoted to senior associate in the Hagerstown, Md., office. Grimm provides tax, payroll, financial statement preparation and accounting service work to clients.


Stephanie E. Shepard was promoted to senior associate in the Hagerstown office. Shepard provides tax and accounting services as well as QuickBooks software services for individual and small business clients.

Stephen J. Wishard was promoted to senior associate in the Hanover, Pa., office. He focuses primarily on tax compliance and tax planning for closely-held business and individuals.

Craig Witmer
Stacy Maun
Stephen Wishard

Stacy G. Maun was promoted to administrator in the Chambersburg, Pa., office. Maun is part of the firm’s Retirement Plan Services Group.


SEK also announced that Craig E. Witmer, a member of the firm, completed the certification process with the American Institute of CPAs to earn the Advanced Single Audit Certificate.

The program provides a way for audit practitioners to demonstrate their competencies surrounding single audit engagements and to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.

Ashley Cordelli

MVB names Cordelli branch manager

BOONSBORO, Md. — Ashley Cordelli has been named banking officer and retail branch manager of Middletown Valley Bank’s branch in Boonsboro, Md.

Cordelli started her MVB career in 2017 as a customer service manager at the Boonsboro branch. She most recently served the Hagerstown community as a customer service manager at MVB’s Eastern Boulevard Branch and will assume her new role in early 2019.

Nicole Houser

Houser named executive director at clinic

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Community Free Clinic of Washington County announces Nicole Houser as the new executive director for the organization. Houser began her partnership with the agency in mid-November 2018.

The clinic is also expanding mental health services and partnering with other agencies in the community. The Community Free Clinic’s mission is to make health care accessible to all uninsured citizens of Washington County, Md.

Christina Williams

Williams joins Leadership Washington County

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Christina Williams has joined Leadership Washington County, a nonprofit leadership development program, as its full-time director of graduate engagement.

Williams, who had been executive director of the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation, will be in charge of planning and administering programs and generating funds to develop graduate engagement.

Eric Schwartz

Schwartz published on political science website

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College political science instructor Eric Schwartz recently had a scholarly article published on the website, PoliticalScienceNow.com, a site maintained by the American Political Science Association, to cover people, research and news in political science.

The article, “Navigating Partisan Differences in Class Discussions: Engaging Students’ Policy Recommendations,” was written in response to a call for submissions related to educational reflections on the 2018 election.

Russell Miller

Quality service award recipient announced

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Russell Miller, of the interventional radiology department, was recently named WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s Quality Service Award winner for November 2018.

Miller was nominated by the parents of a young child who needed to undergo a procedure to allow for extended home IV antibiotics. According to the patient’s mother, the child already had hospital anxiety. Russell immediately went to work, not only in his medical role but in calming the young boy.

Cynthia Sullivan

Sullivan receives real estate awards

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Cynthia Sullivan of Sullivan Select LLC has been honored with three awards from HomeLight, a service that analyzes real estate data to determine top agents within a certain market area.

For 2018, Sullivan was awarded top 1 percent producer, top 1 percent seller’s agent and top 1 percent sells for more.

Other real estate associations also recognized Sullivan. The American Institute of Real Estate Agents recognized her as one of the Ten Best Real Estate Agents for the state of Maryland for 2018-2019. America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents also welcomed her to their self-titled group of esteemed agents throughout the entire nation, Sullivan being in the top 1 percent.

Nicholas Damoulakis
Kimberly Chaney

Chaney to lead Frederick County Bank board

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Bancorp Inc., the parent company for Frederick County Bank, announced the appointment of Kimberly Chaney to chairwoman of the board of directors and Nicholas Damoulakis to vice chairman of the board.

The previous chairman, Raymond Raedy, is stepping down to serve as a member of the board. He joined the board when the bank opened in 2001 and was appointed chairman in 2012. He has decided to take on a smaller role within the bank due to his permanent residency in North Carolina.

The former vice chairman, Denny Crum, also will continue to serve the bank as a member of the board.

Grover “Zach” Kerns

WVU Medicine East names chief financial officer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Grover “Zach” Kerns was recently named vice president of finance for Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center.

Kerns has been employed at WVU Medicine East as the system’s controller since May 2018.

McGreevy named to Century Club

Matt McGreevy

FREDERICK, Md. — Morgan Stanley recently announced that Matt McGreevy, a senior vice president, financial advisor and senior portfolio manager in its wealth management office in Frederick, has been named to the firm’s Century Club, an elite group composed of the firm’s top financial advisors.

The appointment recognizes McGreevy’s consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to his clients.

MVB names Hagerstown branch managers

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Middletown Valley Bank has named leaders for its two branches in Hagerstown, Md.

Danielle Chappell

Kelly Michael

Kelly Michael has been named banking officer — retail branch manager of MVB’s Eastern Boulevard Branch, and Danielle Chappell has been named banking officer — retail branch manager of the Paramount Branch.


Kathy Stevens, current vice president and retail branch manager of the Eastern Boulevard Branch, will now play an active role in both branches as vice president — client relationship officer. In that role she will oversee both offices and the Hagerstown market.

Three physicians join Meritus

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Meritus Medical Group recently welcomed three doctors.

Dr. Maria D. Merzouk
Dr. Hussein Hijazi
Dr. Rose J. Griffin

Dr. Rose J. Griffin is the newest member of the team at Meritus Primary Care in the new Meritus Medical Plaza, 13620 Crayton Blvd.  Griffin is board certified in family medicine with the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a special interest in prevention and health education.

Dr. Hussein Hijazi recently joined the team at Meritus Family Medicine in Williamsport, Md.  Hijazi is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Maria D. Merzouk has joined Meritus Women’s Health Specialists.  Merzouk is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of obstetrician and gynecology by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Caleb A. Hutzler

BCT Investments welcomes Hutzler as investment rep

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT Investments recently announced the appointment of Caleb A. Hutzler as investment representative.

His responsibilities include client development as well as managing investment strategies for individuals in the markets served by Bank of Charles Town and its affiliates.

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WVU Medicine hires physical medicine, rehab specialist

Shoji Ishigami

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently announced the opening of the Interventional Spine Care Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and the addition of Dr. Shoji Ishigami to the medical center staff.

The Interventional Spine Care-Procedure Based Management program, a part of WVU Medicine Brain and Spine, focuses on the safe and accurate performance of spine injection procedures to ease acute pain and ensure patient comfort.

Some of the conditions treated include degenerated, bulging or herniated discs; stenosis; whiplash; osteoporosis; spinal and pelvic fractures; and facet joint or hip joint arthritis.

Scott named FSU business alumnus of the year

FROSTBURG, Md.Wayne Scott, a graduate of the class of 1989, was recognized as Frostburg’s 2018 College of Business Alumnus of the Year in May, acknowledging his significant contributions to the College and its students. Today, Scott is senior director of internal audit for SourceAmerica’s Washington, D.C., field office.

A member of the College of Business Advisory Board since September 2017 and vice chair since fall 2018, Scott leveraged 15-plus years of experience as vice president of internal audit for Universal Service Administrative Co. to help the college shape and implement the new Business Analytics concentration for the MBA program.

Karstetter earns top health care management credential

Jamie Karstetter

CUMBERLAND, Md. Jamie Karstetter, vice president and chief nursing officer at Western Maryland Health System, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Bushong joins Bowen Realty

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Berkshire Hathaway Bowen Realty recently announced that Jamie Bushong has joined the company as a Realtor.

Now licensed in Maryland, Bushong also holds an inactive real estate license from North Carolina.

Home Builders Association has new director

Kris Detrow

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Home Builders Association of Washington County recently announced that Kris Detrow as the organization’s new executive director.

Detrow is working to organize and promote the 2019 Home Show at Hagerstown Community College in March and also hopes to attract new members to the Home Builders Association of Washington County.

SEK announces staff changes

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — SEK CPAs & Advisors recently announced that two managers were promoted to members of the firm.

Kevin Stouffer
David Maaskant

David L. Maaskant, a CPA, provides business valuation and tax services to clients. He performs valuations for a variety of purposes, including buying and selling a business, federal estate taxation and planning, personal goodwill analysis, forensic accounting, and commercial loan underwriting for Small Business Association.


Kevin B. Stouffer, a certified public accountant, has focused his professional career on the local governmental industry. He is an instructor at SEK’s in-house training programs on governmental accounting, which include topics such as uniform grant guidance, fraud avoidance and internal controls.

The company also announced that the following staff members were promoted to manager:

Evan Wabrick
Daryl Staley
William Souders

William H. Souders,
a CPA, works in the Hagerstown office where he serves business clients in a variety of sizes and industries, working closely with nonprofit, governmental and for-profit entities. His expertise includes performing single audits and financial statement audits for nonprofits.

Daryl L. Staley, a CPA, is part of SEK’s accounting, consulting and tax services department. He works with closely held businesses and individuals focusing on tax planning and compliance, financial statement preparation and general business consulting. Staley also works in a variety of industries, including construction, retail, manufacturing, professional services and restaurants.

Evan M. Wabrick, a CPA, works in the tax department and assists the accounting services department on various bookkeeping jobs. He works with clients in a variety of industries, including medical practices, construction, manufacturing, retail and distribution, real estate, financial services and individuals.

The firm also announced that three staff members were promoted to supervisor. They include:

Hillary Grove
Whitley Gladfelter
Victoria Fiorino

Victoria A. Fiorino, a CPA, primarily focuses on tax compliance, state and local taxes and tax planning for closely held businesses and individuals.

Whitley R. Gladfelter works on governmental, nonprofit and employee benefit plan audits.

Hillary M. Grove primarily provides tax and accounting services. She also assists with payroll and on-site audits.

Ashley Holloway

SEK, CPAs & Advisors has regional offices in Hagerstown, Md., and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover and York, Pa.

Holloway to lead plan review, permitting in Washington Co.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently announced the appointment of Ashley R. Holloway as director of the division of plan review and permitting.

Wood to manage Heidler Roofing division in Md.

Ashley Wood

YORK, Pa. — Heidler Roofing Services Inc. has named Ashley Wood as general manager of its Hagerstown, Md., Division.

Wood joined Heidler in 2015 as project manager, then was promoted to assistant manager in 2017. She is working to continue developing relationships with local organizations, schools and trade organizations to encourage employment in the trades.

Shenandoah University hires new business school dean

Astrid Sheil

WINCHESTER, Va. Astrid Sheil will join Shenandoah  University as the new dean of the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business on July 1.

Sheil will be the sixth dean of the business school and the first woman to serve in the role. She is currently  the dean’s fellow for program outreach and promotion and a tenured professor of communication and business at California State University San Bernardino.

Sullivan among top real estate agents in America

Cynthia Sullivan

HAGERSTOWN, Md. —  Cynthia Moler Sullivan of Sullivan Select Real Estate Services was recently named one of America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents for 2019.

Selection to the list is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most esteemed and skilled real estate agents and brokers with a history of routinely selling homes above market value.

WVU Medicine names quality service award recipients

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has named monthly quality service award winners for August, September and October.

The hospital’s service award committee selects a recipient for each month.

Criteria for the award include demonstrating a consistently high level of productivity and quality of work.

The winners:

Andrew Brown
Michelle Mongan
Chelsea Welch

• For August, Chelsea Welch of central sterile.

• For September, registered nurse Michelle Mongan of orthopedics.

• For October, Andrew Brown of care management/social services.

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Family Healthcare of Hagerstown adds pediatrics


Dr. Mutsa Nyakabau

Dr. Mutsa Nyakabau, known as “Dr. N,” a pediatrician, has joined Family Healthcare of Hagerstown and is seeing patients at 201 S. Cleveland Ave. in Hagerstown.

Nyakabau was born in Zimbabwe and trained in the United States. He completed a pediatric residency at Geisenger Health System in Danville, Pa., and received a medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was awarded a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in infectious diseases from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Nyakabau has earned multiple honors, awards, and scholarships throughout his educational career.

Along with pediatric care, the office provides onsite dental care, integrated mental health, lab and pharmacy services, case management, and classes on an array of health topics.

Cancer center chief appointed to state council

Ben Kosewski

CUMBERLAND, Md.Ben Kosewski, executive director of the Schwab Family Cancer Center at Western Maryland Health System, was recently appointed to the Maryland State Council of Cancer Control.

The council is a 25-member body appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan.

It consists of members from state agencies and administrations involved in cancer screening, prevention and treatment services, as well as members representing the general public, the business community and the health and scientific disciplines concerned with cancer control.

As a member, Kosewski attends quarterly meetings that includes a statewide annual conference held in Annapolis. The Council advises the Governor, other government officials, public and private organizations and the general public on comprehensive state policies and programs necessary to reduce and control the incidence and mortality of cancer in Maryland.

Sheetz names president, COO

ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz, a family-owned and operated convenience store chain, recently announced that Travis Sheetz has advanced from executive vice president of operations to president and chief operating officer.

He is the first COO in the 66-year history of the company.

His brother, Joe Sheetz, will remain Sheetz’s CEO.

Sheetz also named Adam Sheetz, grandson of founder Bob Sheetz, and representing the company’s third generation, as its new vice president of operations.

Harriger to lead Chambersburg chamber foundation

Virginia Harriger

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.Virginia Harriger has been named executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, joining the chamber’s leadership team.

Harriger most recently served as the general manager of the Public Opinion in Chambersburg for 22 years.

A native of Lancaster County, Pa., Harriger holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

Her background as the general manager/advertising director with Gannett (publisher of the Public Opinion) included overseeing a $10 million budget, leading a 20-member team through significant operational transitions, developing relationships with community decision makers and thriving in a fast-paced environment.

Harriger has volunteered extensively, including involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, Chambersburg Area School District booster clubs and St. John’s United Church of Christ. Most recently, she completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador program through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Prior to moving to Franklin County, Harriger’s early career took her to Cincinnati in the hospitality and weight loss sales/management industries. She and her family moved to the area in 1996 when her husband accepted a teaching position with Wilson College. In her spare time, Harriger enjoys catching up on the latest news or watching baseball. She and her husband Dana have two sons.

Real estate agent named a ‘warrior’

Sharon Cales

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier recently announced that Sharon Cales has earned the American Warrior Real Estate Professional designation, upon successful completion of a special training course in October.

The objective of the American Warrior Initiative is to provide a platform to train and equip real estate professionals to handle the home-purchase needs of active-duty and former military clients. The course also makes real estate professionals aware of the unique challenges facing military men and women when returning from combat areas.

It also has spearheaded more than 50 give-back for wounded heroes of America, helping them obtain mortgage-free housing, business grants, home upgrades, service dogs and more.

SEK leader named chairman of Allinial Global Board

John R. Schnitzer

HAGERSTOWN, Md.John R. Schnitzer, CPA and managing member of SEK, CPAs & Advisors, has been appointed as chairman of the Allinial Global Americas’ Regional Board for 2019.

Allinial Global is a membership association comprised of 137 legally independent accounting and consulting firms in North America and throughout the world who share resources such as education, client service, best practices, marketing and various ranges of expertise.

Schnitzer joined SEK 32 years ago after graduating from Shippensburg University. He was elected managing member in 2010. He provides overall leadership and guidance to the firm and specializes in providing business planning and consulting services to closely-held businesses, contractors, healthcare providers and manufacturers.

SEK has six regional offices in Hagerstown, Md., and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, and York Pa. The firm was founded in 1963.

Schnebly graduates from Leadership Maryland

Mark A. Schnebly

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Leadership Maryland recently announced that Mark A. Schnebly, senior vice president and loan operations manager at MidAtlantic Farm Credit, has completed the professional development program.

Leadership Maryland honored Schnebly, a resident of Clear Spring, and the entire Class of 2018 at its 26th annual graduation ceremony Dec. 4 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Schnebly was one of 50 applicants chosen by committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities.

Meritus Medical Group welcomes new providers

Dr. David J. Rossi

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Meritus Medical Group has welcomed two health care providers.

Dr. David J. Rossi, D.O., joined the team at Meritus Primary Care.

Rossi received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now known as Rowen University, in Stratford, N.J.

He received internship training in family medicine at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford, N.J., and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, N.J.

Rossi is board certified in family medicine with the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Meritus Primary Care is located at the new Meritus Medical Plaza that recently opened north of Hagerstown.

Wendy M. Orfan

Meritus Endocrinology Specialists recently added nurse practitioner Wendy M. Orfan.

Orfan received a master’s degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner from Walden University, an online institution headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. She is a certified diabetes educator and has her board certification in advanced diabetes management.

Orfan is a member of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Obesity Medicine Association and American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is also board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Gynecologic oncologist joins WVU Medicine

Dr. Neil B. Rosenshein

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center announces the opening of the Gynecologic Oncology Center in Martinsburg and the addition of Dr. Neil B. Rosenshein to the medical center staff.

Rosenshein, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist, received his medical degree from the University of Florida Medical School in Gainesville, Fla. He completed his residency in gynecology/obstetrics and fellowship in gynecologic oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Rosenshein, who has practiced in the Baltimore area for many years, has devoted his medical career to advancing surgical techniques to treat female tract cancers including ovarian, cervical, uterine and endometrial. His surgical precision minimizes incision size and patient time in surgery.

Known nationally for his lifetime commitment to gynecology and women’s cancers, Rosenshein has written books, published articles, conducted medical research and won numerous awards.

The Gynecologic Oncology Center is in the McCormack Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus, 2000 Foundation Way, Suite 3650.

Daisy Nurses named at Meritus Medical Center

Melissa Pennington

HAGERSTOWN, Md.Melissa Pennington of the medical/surgical, renal oncology and palliative care unit at Meritus Medical Center was selected as the August Daisy Nurse.

The wife of a patient nominated Pennington, stating, “My husband has cancer and was hospitalized on his birthday. Melissa was his nurse, found a blue ribbon and pinned it on him, offering a ‘Happy Birthday!’ Later, we walked down the hall to a beach birthday party including a plate of ice cubes arranged in the shape of a cake because my husband could only have liquids! Melissa reflects everything a good nurse should be — kind, considerate, helpful and patient. She took a very hard time and brought a ray of sunshine to his day.”

The September Daisy Nurse award was shared by Kayla Mayes of the staffing office and Tami Steiner of the infusion center.

Tami Steiner
Kayla Mayes

A husband of a patient nominated the pair, writing, “We entered the infusion treatment area and met Tami and Kayla, two nurses who delivered exceptional care to both my wife and the many other patients who were in the center. They provided medical care with smiles, humor and professionalism — literally jogging between patients! In between delivering care, they took time to interact with the patients on a personal level. When you are really sick, human touch makes all the difference in the world. These two nurses get it!”

Patients, visitors and employees may nominate a deserving nurse for the Daisy award by picking up a form at Meritus Medical Center or visiting meritushealth.com to print one.

Caperton named Shenandoah’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 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.