Face Time for September 2018

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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.

Face Time for August 2018

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


Miller becomes global luxury property specialist

Adam Miller

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

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

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

Akonni Biosystems appoints Firestone as CFO

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

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

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

LeFevre joins Morgan-Keller staff

Chris LeFevre

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

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

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


GDC appointments Jackson to VP role

Michael Jackson

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

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

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

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

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


Pogue becomes marketing manager at Valley Mall

Lauren Pogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morris joins F&M Trust as assistant vice president

Casey Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Professor selected as Fulbright Scholar to Russia

Patrice Flynn

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

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

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

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


Mount St. Mary’s names Franklin as VP

Bernard Franklin

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

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

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

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

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


Frostburg names Wyden to VP post

Leon Wyden

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

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

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

WVU Medicine welcomes surgeon

Kevin Hibbitt

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

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

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

U.S. Silica appoints Miers

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

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

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

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

Anderson joins photographers’ council

Melanie Anderson

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

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

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

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


Kifer joins Insurance Brokers of Maryland

Patrice Kifer

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

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

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


Schroyer named VP, CIO at Brethern Mutual

Robin Schroyer

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

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

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

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

She lives in Waynesboro, Pa.

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

Real estate firm lists ‘high five’

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

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

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

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


CNB Bank salutes graduates

Two CNB Bank staff members recently completed training programs.

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

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

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

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

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

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. announces promotions

Paul Previti
Juliette Wallace
Brianne Dickinson
Alex Courtney

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

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

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

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

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

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


Carter becomes bank’s office manager

Misty Carter

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

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

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

Jefferson Security Bank is an independent community bank. It is a West Virginia state-chartered bank that was formed and opened for business on May 19, 1869, making it the oldest bank in Jefferson County, W.Va.


Volvo makes executive board changes

Volvo Group has announced changes in its senior management team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bennett joins Family Healthcare

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

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

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

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

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

Shenandoah University names new trustees
Cecil Pruitt
Randall Minchew
Kyle Feldman

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

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

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

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

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

Retired Inova CEO joins Byrd School
J. Knox Singleton

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

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

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

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

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

First United promotes Shelton
Jamie Shelton

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

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

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

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

Haluska F&M’s corporate communications officer
Dustin Haluska

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

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

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

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

Bishop joins F&M Trust in treasury management
Jennifer Bishop

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

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

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

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

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

Family Healthcare of Hagerstown adds dentist
Dr. Tiffani Graves

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

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

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

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

Buchanan joins Platinum PR staff
Ellen Buchanan

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

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

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

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

Postern promotes McManimon
Kelsey McManimon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buterbaugh earns certificate
Jeff Buterbaugh

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

Buterbaugh was recognized for earning a certificate in orthopaedic surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. He is one of nine PAs in Maryland to earn a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

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

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

Winners are as follows:

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

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

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

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

Shippensburg associate dean to use Fulbright grant
Mary Burnett

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

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

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

Baxter Group graduates from Goldman Sachs program

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

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

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

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

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


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Family Heritage appoints Twenhafel
David Twenhafel

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

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

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

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

F&M Trust hires two, promotes two

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

Natasha Koons

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

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

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

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

Ray Wills

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


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

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

Lance Bernecker

The bank also announced two promotions.


Lance Bernecker was promoted to credit analyst II.

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

Sean Zabrucky

Sean Zabrucky has been promoted to BSA/OFAC analyst.

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


WVU welcomes 2 doctors

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

Sarika Bagree

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


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

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

Sanaz Soltani

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

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

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

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


Trucking group names Levin Person of the Year
Howard Levin

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

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

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

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

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


Recker honored for research
Stephen Recker

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

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

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

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

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


Dentist to join Waynesboro practice
Jackie Fogal

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

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

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

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


WVU Medicine health care workers honored

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

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

Wanda “Sue” Jacobs

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

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


Henningsen promoted at Plamondon Hospitality
Michael Henningsen

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

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

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

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


Two Realtors graduate from academy

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

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

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

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


Manpower salutes associate of the year
Mary Ann Harne

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

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

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

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

Four individuals were recognized by their peers for exceptional performance.

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

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

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

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

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

Landscape company adds manager
Gary Huntsberger

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

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

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

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

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

He can be reached at ghuntsberger@eastcoastgreen.net.

Edler promoted at MVB Bank
Brianna Elder

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

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

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

She lives in Martinsburg with her son, Reese.

Healthcare Foundation elects officers

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

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

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

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

Accounting firm announces personnel moves

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

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

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

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

Promotions, new hires at Baxter Group

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

Heather Bess was promoted to director of operations.

Jason Young was promoted to indoor environmental consultant.

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

Melissa Geyer was promoted to foreman for the mold division.

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

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

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

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

For more information, www.BaxterGroupInc.com.

WVU Medicine East expands executive team
Justin Ruble
Anna Buchanan

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

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

Both appointments are effective April 2.

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson president elected to CIC post
Barbara Mistick

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

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

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

Rydbom Joins F&M Trust
Chad Rydbom

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

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

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

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

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

WVU honors Rankin
Kelley Rankin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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F&M Trust promotes three

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

Jeramy Culler

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

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

Lisa Hogue

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

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

Rainbow Hopkins

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

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

Shippensburg prof named to Pa. sheriff, deputy board

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

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

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

Herman to direct Brook Lane marketing

Julie Herman

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

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

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

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

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

D’Vinci adds technical project manager to team

Mickey Meredith

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

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

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

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


Company recognizes employees for seniority

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

Employees receiving tenure awards included:

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

• 10 years — Terry Toms, sales

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

• 20 years — Greg Wagaman, overhead door mechanic

• 40 Years — Jerry Rohrer, lead mechanic/fabricator


DeLorenzo receives satisfaction award

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

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

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

Worx owner makes ‘people to watch’ list

Laura Wallace

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

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

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

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

Worx Graphic Design can be reached at worxgraphicdesign.com.


Frederick golf pro earns certifications

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

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

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

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

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


Hood instructor named Educator of the Year

Laura Jones

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

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

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

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


Boulton to lead Hood graduate school

April Boulton

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

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

Boulton was selected after a nationwide search.

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

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

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


Yeh joins Medical Eye Center practice

Dr. David L. Yeh

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

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

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

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

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

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Two join d’Vinci staff

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — D’Vinci Interactive, a company specializing in learning solutions, has added two people to its team.

Christine Kurtz

Christine Kurtz joins d’Vinci as a project manager/instructional designer. Kurtz brings a blend of project management and instructional design skills to the team and is focused on helping clients create engaging, successful training courses.

She previously worked as a solution architect using technology to develop and deliver leadership training to leading global corporations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from Susquehanna University and lives in Harrisburg, Pa.

Nathan Carmona

Nathan Carmona joins d’Vinci as a web developer. He develops scalable and reliable enterprise web applications that deliver what the company called “a meaningful user experience.”

Previously, he worked as a software engineer for a large enterprise company focusing on analytics. He holds a degree in computer science from Hagers-
town Community College and lives in Hagerstown.


Neal joins Tri-County Pump Service
Crystal Neal

BOONSBORO, Md. — Crystal Neal recently joined Tri-County Pump Service Inc. and Griffith Plumbing to pursue business development.

The company reported she has proven to be instrumental in creating long-lasting customer relationships. She has begun commitments to a Business Networking International group based in Hagerstown, Md., as well as a variety of chamber connect groups in Frederick and Washington counties.

When she’s not in the office or on the road for Tri-County Pumps, she’s out on the town with her children, enjoying their involvement in Boy Scouts Pack 23 and Boonsboro (Md.) Lady Warriors basketball.

First United welcomes Spralls
Donna Spralls

FREDERICK, Md. — Donna Spralls has been named community relationship manager at the Riverside Community Office of First United Bank & Trust in Frederick, Md.

Spralls, who holds an associate degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College, has 18 years of financial services experience.

She began as a teller and personal banker in Hampton Roads, Va., and progressed through a series of increasing responsible and challenging assignments as a branch manager with regional financial services companies in various locations in Virginia.

Most recently she served as vice president and branch manager at two branches of a national financial services company in the Frederick market, improving the performance of both branches during her tenure, especially in improving customer experience.

Spralls lives in Frederick.

United Bank promotes Kolb
Tyler Kolb

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — United Bank, a subsidiary of United Bankshares Inc., recently announced the promotion of Tyler Kolb to branch manager of its Spring Mills location.

Kolb, who previously served as a senior trainer, will oversee the profitability of the location, hire and coach employees and promote the bank’s products and services.

A native of Martinsburg, Kolb received bachelor’s degrees in business and economics from Shepherd University. He is a member of the Berkeley County Chamber, Leadership Berkeley and a business partner with Spring Mills High School.


Shenandoah Community Health selects next CEO
Michael “Mike” Hassing

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Michael “Mike” Hassing has been named the next CEO of Shenandoah Community Health by the organization’s board of directors.

Hassing succeeds David Fant, who was CEO for more than 21 years.

Hassing brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care delivery system. He served as CEO for 10 years at Family Health Centers, a Community Health Center in Okanogan, Wash. Prior to accepting the CEO position, he served as a community health center consultant. Other roles in the health care arena have included chief financial officer, technology consultant and analyst for a managed care organization.

He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Hassing and his wife, Linda, relocated to Berkeley County from Washington state. They have three adult children, five grandchildren and extended family, some of whom live on the East Coast.

Brooks a sales associate at Coldwell Banker
Tiffany Brooks

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier recently announced that Tiffany Brooks has become a licensed sales associate. Brooks has been working with the company as an office administrator for more than four years, and has a total of nine years’ experience in the real estate industry.

She will be joining the Miller Team, partnering with Realtors Paula and Adam Miller. Paula Miller has been a real estate agent since 1987, has won numerous sales awards, and has served as president of both the West Virginia Association of Realtors and the Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors.

Her son Adam is a West Virginia University business graduate who holds a general contractor license and also offers facilities management services.

Brooks works out of Coldwell Banker Premier’s Shepherdstown office at 116 E. German St.

Aaron elected to Brethren Mutual Insurance board
Tammy Aaron

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. recently elected Tammy Aaron to the company’s board of directors. Aaron is Brethren’s first female board member in the company’s 121 years of history. She is also the youngest board member currently serving on the board of directors.

Aaron joined Brethren Mutual as an accountant in August 1993. In 2017, she was elected to serve as both board treasurer and corporate secretary. In addition to her board duties, Aaron currently oversees Brethren Mutual’s accounting and human resources departments.

Aaron is a 1984 graduate of Clear Spring High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in mathematics from Shepherd University in 1989. She became a certified professional accountant in 1991.

Aaron lives in Clear Spring.

Shenandoah prof named president of Oregon college
Miles Davis

WINCHESTER, Va. — Miles Davis, dean and professor of management at Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business, has been named the 20th president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Davis will succeed Thomas L. Hellie, who will depart Linfield on June 30 after serving 12 years as president of the college. Davis will begin his new appointment on July 1.

Davis is the first college president to come out of The Ph.D. Project, a network that helps members of underrepresented communities attain doctorates and become leaders in higher education. He will be the first African-American president in Linfield College’s 160-year history.

He joined Shenandoah’s faculty in 2001 as assistant professor of business management and founding director of the Business Institute for Entrepreneurship. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and to professor in 2012, the same year he was appointed dean.

Salvatore joins Coldwell Banker in Winchester, Va.
Tom Salvatore

WINCHESTER, Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier recently announce that Tom Salvatore has joined the firm as a sales associate.

Salvatore has been a licensed Realtor since 2014, and his background includes multiple facets of housing, sales and production. He enjoys giving back to the community by coaching and officiating youth sports.

Salvatore can be reached at Coldwell Banker Premier’s Winchester office at 1682 South Pleasant Valley Road.


Gateway Gallery promotes Young, fills two positions

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Gateway Gallery Auction, a personal property and specialty auctions business, has promoted Blair Young to marketing director and added James Harding and Emily Heckman to its team.

Young has been with Gateway since January 2016, serving as marketing assistant. In her new role she will take on the development and implementation of the company’s marketing strategies, communications and public relations.

A 1992 graduate of Shippensburg University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism.

Harding, the new properties acquisitions manager, will brings 15 years of property handling and moving experience to his position at Gateway.

Heckman joined Gateway as executive assistant in September. She graduated from Shippensburg in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in geography and earth science.


JPL brings new finance VP on board
Matthew Grams

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Matthew Grams has joined JPL, an integrated marketing agency, as its new vice president of finance.

He replaces Mary Boyer, who recently retired.

Grams will provide additional financial expertise to JPL’s leadership team and lead the company’s financial operations. In addition, he will oversee the financial performance of JPL’s subsidiary, d’Vinci Interactive in Hagerstown, and its corporate partnership, Paskill, Stapleton & Lord, an enrollment marketing firm near Philadelphia.

Grams previously served as chief financial officer at High Five Ventures, a private-equity-owned group of entities that included media technology businesses. He also served as vice president of operations at Soccer Shots Franchising and was an auditor at KPMG.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Messiah College.


Cumberland, Md., man joins SHIFT Society

BALTIMORE — SHIFT, a Baltimore-based management consulting and recruiting company, announced recently that Jonathan Hutcherson, president of Exclamation Labs in Cumberland, Md., has joined SHIFT Society, one of its core businesses.

SHIFT Society bills itself as “the world’s only mission-driven, localized, invite-only entrepreneurial membership community.”

The organization strives to create meaningful, sustainable change in communities and solve issues facing the world.

For more than 20 years, Hutcherson has developed Exclamation Labs with a team of technologists, experience designers and digital consultants.The company focuses on the insurance and financial sector.

A 1993 graduate of Frostburg State University with a degree in graphic design, Hutcherson serves on the board of Marketing EDGE, a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to educate, develop, grow and employee college students in the field of marketing.


Shippensburg grad wins public relations award

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society recently awarded the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations to Lori Baker Pizzarro, sole proprietor of The Design Department.

Pizzarro started The Design Department, a full-service design firm in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 1997.

After graduating with honors from the Communications/Journalism program at Harrisburg Area Community College, Pizzarro enrolled at Shippensburg University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations/communications, with an emphasis in graphic design, again graduating with honors.

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Coldwell Banker names sales director, assistant

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

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

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

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

First United brings on new director

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

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

Family Heritage Trust Co. names vice president

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

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

Cardiologist joins WVU Heart & Vascular

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

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

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

Callas Contractors celebrates anniversaries

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

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

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

Center for Advanced Orthopaedics PA honored

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

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

Bank of Charles Town hires new vice president

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

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

Penn National names new course superintendent

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

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

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

Frey and his wife Lyndsey live in Chambersburg.

Truck dealer nominated for national award

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

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

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

Fulton Co. Medical Center Foundation board adds 5

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Volvo names new president of  Mack Trucks

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

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

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

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

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

Meritus Health adds five to team

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Face Time for January 2018


Family Heritage
Trust Co. hires COO

J. Randall Thompson

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

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

Sargent, Freas graduate from Leadership Maryland

Andrew Sargent
Dustin Freas

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

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

Community Foundation of Washington Co. brings on new board member

Mary Ellis Bowman

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

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

Pavestone employee attends Versa-Lok conference

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

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

Walker, Riggle to lead Family Healthcare

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

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

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

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

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

Hagerstown pharmacist receives national honor

Dr. Mike Swarner

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

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

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


University prof Counselor Educator of the Year

Linwood Vereen

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

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

Sales rep joins BWise

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

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

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

West Virginia

Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program accredited

Dr. Jonathan M. Kline

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

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

Ward joins Family Medicine, Harpers Ferry

Dr. Richard Ward

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

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

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

Expert Network tabs Shively in real estate

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

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

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

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

Face Time for December 2017

Family Heritage Trust Co.
Wanda Mounts

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

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

Middletown Valley Bank

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

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

Salvatore & Morton LLC

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

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

C&O Canal Trust

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

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

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

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

Heidler Roofing Services Inc.
Ashley Wood

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

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

First United Bank & Trust
Denise D. Phelps

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

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

WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians
Dr. Naseem Alexa Jahdi

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

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

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

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

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center
Joanna Gaither
Bethany Barahona Hudson

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

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

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

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

WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center
Crystal Lillie-Mauck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jefferson County Development Authority
Nicolas “Nic” Diehl

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

F&M Trust
Marisol Feliciano

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

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

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