Richard Robinson

BETHESDA, Md. — The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, the largest orthopaedic group in the country, has announced the hiring of Richard Robinson as chief operating officer.

Robinson previously worked as region operations director for DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500 health care company, where he was responsible for managing nearly 80 outpatient dialysis centers generating $250 million in annual revenues. His past experience also includes serving as senior manager for Frito-Lay Inc., where he led day-to-day sales operations for multistate and multidistribution locations in Maryland and Virginia, with combined annual sales exceeding $160 million.

With more locations than any orthopaedic group in the nation, the centers’ footprint spans 42 zip codes in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. More than 170 physicians serve patients across 63 clinical locations and 39 physical therapy clinics.

Jennifer Suminski

Jennifer Suminski

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College dental hygiene instructor Jennifer Suminski recently had her research in oral care published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 21, No.3.

In the article titled, “Oral Care: Exploring education, attitudes, and behaviors among nurses caring for patients with breast cancer,” Suminski finds that educating providers comprehensively about prevention, treatment and risk factors of developing oral conditions during anticancer treatments is crucial given the strong associations between educational experiences and actual behavioral engagement with patients.

Suminski is a full-time instructor for HCC’s Dental Hygiene Program. She teaches oral anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, community dentistry, and first year clinic. Additionally, Suminski serves as the president for the Washington/Frederick County Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as a legislative chairperson for the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Allen Dieterich-Ward

Allen Dieterich-Ward

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history at Shippensburg University, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Board of Directors by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The PHC is an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions.

The PHC is governed by a 24-seat board of directors, which is made up of both elected individuals and governor appointees. Dieterich-Ward, an environmental and urban historian with a focus on political ecology and community development, will serve a three-year term.

Christine Royce

Dr. Christine Royce

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Christine Royce, professor of teacher education, was named president-elect of the National Science Teacher Association on June 1.
Royce, who also serves as co-director of the Master of Arts in Teaching STEM Education program at Shippensburg University, will assume the office of president on June 1, 2018.

In her newly elected role, she hopes to focus on increasing a collective voice related to the importance of science, science education and the science teaching profession to future pursuits as individuals, school systems and a nation.

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.