Carlesha Green Halkias

Carlesha Green Halkias

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University recently named Carlesha Green Halkias as executive director of its Office of Social Equity.

Halkias previously served as director of risk management and affirmative action officer for the City of Harrisburg, Pa. Prior to that, she served as Harrisburg’s director of human resources and labor counsel.

She earned her law degree from Dickinson School of Law, Penn State, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kutztown University. She is a member of the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar associations.

Kerry Whitehead

Kerry Whitehead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Kerry Whitehead with Coldwell Banker Premier received the 2017 Realtor of the Year Award from the Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors.

The Realtor of the Year Award is the board’s top honor. The 2017 Realtor Awards were presented March 10 at Heritage Hall in Inwood, W.Va.

Whitehead ranks among the top-producing real-estate agents in the region and has several years of industry experience. He is a certified distressed property expert, a certified real finance advocate and a graduate of the Realtor Institute. He also served as president of the EPBR in 2015.

Jonathan Gilkerson

Jonathan Gilkerson

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics received a $30,095 grant from the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence to purchase a Bio-Rad CFX384 Real-Time PCR Detection System.

Jonathan Gilkerson, assistant professor of biology, said the machine offers the opportunity to use the latest technology for a variety of research projects.

Gilkerson said he’s using quantitative PCR to study gene expression, the process by which cells use information encoded in genes to direct the synthesis of proteins via an RNA intermediate. What genes are expressed determines an organism’s traits. Quantitative PCR measures the abundance of the RNA intermediate as a way to assess if a particular gene is turned on or off under different conditions.

Ryan Stryker

Ryan Stryker

WINCHESTER, Va. — Ryan Stryker joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate.

Stryker’s career background includes additional positions in sales, marketing and customer service. He graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree and earned an associate degree from Lord Fairfax Community College.

For many years, he has prioritized giving back to the community by volunteering with Kare 4 Kidz and local food pantries. Stryker also enjoys playing and coaching basketball, outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and their 9-month-old daughter.

Gordon M. Cooley

Gordon M. Cooley

FREDERICK, Md. — Gordon M. Cooley, former commissioner of financial regulation for the state of Maryland, was named First United Bank and Trust’s Frederick County market president, overseeing the bank’s strategic sales and growth initiatives in Frederick County.

Cooley brings 30 years of banking and financial-services experience to the company. In his position as commissioner of financial regulation, he supervised banks, credit unions and trust companies throughout Maryland, as well as more than 16,000 other lenders, brokers, originators and financial-service providers.

Prior to his time in state government, Cooley held the position of regional president at PNC Bank, as well as positions with PNC predecessors in Maryland, Farmers & Mechanics National Bank and F&M Bancorp, where he served as general counsel and in various capacities as a member of the executive management team, and Mercantile Bankshares Corp., where he served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel.

Boyce C. Williams

Boyce C. Williams

FROSTBURG, Md. — Boyce C. Williams, a nationally renowned educator in the field of public and teacher education, has been named Frostburg State University’s interim dean of the College of Education.

Williams most recently was president and CEO of the National Alliance for Learning Inc., a higher-education consulting agency. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief of staff at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Her background also includes working in public-school administration in East Lansing, Mich., and in teacher education at Elizabeth City State University, part of the University of North Carolina system.

Williams also has worked in education policy matters on Capitol Hill and in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and taught at a university in the United Arab Emirates.

Williams will serve for the coming year as the university conducts a national search for a new dean following the retirement on June 30 of Clarence Golden, who is retiring after 18 years at FSU. Williams was to arrive in Frostburg in June and work with Golden in ensuring a smooth transition in the College of Education’s departments of educational professions and kinesiology and recreation, and with the college’s many educational partners, especially among regional schools.

Dr. Reza Keshmiri

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Kool Smiles dentist Dr. Reza Keshmiri traveled to Bolivia recently with CHOICE Humanitarian, where he spent a week providing dental care to children in the country’s rural Altiplano region.

The humanitarian trip was part of Kool Doctors Giving Back, a global outreach initiative that aims to bring quality, compassionate dental care to underserved communities at home and abroad. Keshmiri and other members of the volunteer dental team conducted dental examinations, extractions, fillings and cleanings in a rural village.

Sandra L. Sullivan

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg appointed Sandra L. Sullivan as the new associate director of patient-care services (nurse executive), effective Feb. 5.

Sullivan began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2012, as the associate chief nurse of geriatrics and long-term care at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center.

Sullivan’s career began following Sept. 11, 2001, when she assumed the role of first bioterrorism coordinator/public health emergency planner at the Washington County Health Department in Maryland.

She received a Master of Science in health services leadership and management, along with a post-master’s teaching certificate in nursing and health professions in May 2008 at University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. She completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, in May 1999, and completed her Associate of Science in nursing at Hagerstown Community College in May 1991.

Beth Henson


Beth Henson of the Henson Nationwide Insurance Agency has earned the On Your Side Basic Farm Certification designation from Nationwide, the leading farm insurer in the United States.

The designation is intended to help farmers and ranchers recognize agents who have made a commitment to understanding the complex risks faced by the agriculture industry. Agents must uphold education and service commitments to retain their certification.