- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2001

Clergyman is president of child welfare group

David Mark Cooper, a 30-year Lutheran cleryman, is the new president of the District's Consortium for Child Welfare board of directors.

This year Mr. Cooper, the executive director of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and former vice president of the Consortium, was selected by the Consortium's members as their board president.

"I feel like it was an honor to be chosen by my peers," says Mr. Cooper, 57, who started his job last month. "I am excited about it."

Mr. Cooper hopes to bring a reflective strategy to the Consortium, a coalition of the District's private, child welfare and family services agencies. He plans to organize a leadership circle that will meet regularly to share experiences and develop standards on the care of children.

Mr. Cooper says he learned a great deal from his predecessor, the board's former president, Vince Gray, the executive director of the District's Covenant House.

Mr. Gray says he was on the committee that unanimously selected Mr. Cooper.

"He clearly is a person who has leadership qualities," Mr. Gray says. "He is organized and works well with people. We are blessed to have people like Mark in this organization."

Mr. Cooper brings a spiritual quality to the organization, along with his experience and commitment, Mr. Gray says.

Mr. Cooper, also the Consortium's representative on the District's Collaborative Council, serves as a board member of the Association of Lutherans Specializing in Pastoral Care Ministries.

In addition to starting his own firm, PCA Discern, which developed models of education and personal growth for individuals, institutions and businesses, Mr. Cooper has developed and led training programs on leadership, career development and integrative medicine.

Mr. Cooper came to the Washington area in 1982 and spent 10 years serving as an assistant administrator and the director of the department of pastoral care at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Cooper earned his doctorate at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.

Mr. Cooper has three daughters and lives with his wife, Sandra, in Fairfax.

Katie Dunn

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECHNOLOGY

• Magellan Health Services Inc., Columbia, Md., named Melissa Rose vice president of investor relations. Prior to joining Magellan, she held positions as a corporate financial analyst with the May Department Stores Co. and Comprehensive Care Corp.

HIGH TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

• ReturnBuy, Inc., the Ashburn, Va., innovation leader in returns services, appointed Steve Kirchner senior vice president of marketing. Mr. Kirchner was senior vice president of worldwide marketing at the Valvoline Co.

• Orbital Sciences Corp., Sterling, named Robert E. Lindberg senior vice president for defense programs. Mr. Lindberg is a 14-year Orbital veteran, having served in senior-level positions in program and operating group management and in business development.

• William Goodison joined B2eMarkets Inc., Rockville, as executive vice president of operations. Previously, Mr. Goodison was with J.D. Edwards as group vice president of industry worldwide sales and marketing.

• Loren Burnett joined Riptech Inc., Alexandria, as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Riptech, Mr. Burnett served as co-founder, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of FutureNext Consulting.

Elad Yoran joined Riptech as executive vice president for corporate development and chief marketing officer. Mr. Yoran was a vice president with Broadview International.

HOSPITALITY & RETAIL

• Classic Residence by Hyatt, Chevy Chase, promoted John M. Higgins to senior executive director. Mr. Higgins joined Classic Residence 1998 as executive director.

• Classic Hospitality named John J. Rish general manager of the State Plaza Hotel in the District. Mr. Rish joined Classic Hospitality from the Hilton Washington Dulles, where he served as rooms executive.

• Randy Goldman was promoted to corporate director of marketing for Phillips Seafood Restaurants. Formerly corporate marketing manager, Mr. Goldman joined Phillips Seafood in 1994.

• Barcelo Hotels and Resorts named Elizabeth Hall food and beverage manger of the Radisson Barcelo Hotel in the District. Most recently, Miss Hall worked at the House of Blues Hotel in Chicago.

Victoria Pagan-McWey joined Radisson Barcelo Hotel as director of sales. Most recently, Miss Pagin-McWey was a national account director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

LEGAL

• Stuart P. Seidel, former assistant commissioner, U.S. Customs Services, Office of Regulations and Rulings, joined the D.C. office of Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the firm's customs law practice group.

• Roy L. Kaufmann joined the D.C. office of Jackson & Campbell PC as counsel to the firm's real property and asset management practice and business groups.

• The D.C. office of Hunton & Williams enhanced its governmental relations practice by adding Luis Lauredo, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and U.S. Coordinator of the Summit of the Americas; James F. Miller, a former tax official in the first Bush Administration and a tax, foreign affairs and health care lobbyist; and Roderick B. Hastie, director of government relations for Oglethorpe Power Corp. in Atlanta.

• David N. Baumann joined the D.C. office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC as a partner in the communications, technology, business and finance practice groups. Mr. Baumann will maintain his position of chief executive officer and chief technology officer of TechNexxus LLC.

• The D.C. office of Hale and Dorr LLP elected Jeffrey C. Dorsey and Nancy K. Stade junior partners.

• Robert T. Novick, formerly general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, joined the D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering as a partner.

• Patricia J. Paoletta joined the D.C. office of Wiley Rein & Fielding as partner in the firm's communications practice and will head its international telecommunications group. Previously, Miss Paoletta was with Level 3 Communications Inc., where she served as vice president of government relations.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

• Interstate Worldwide Relocation, Springfield, appointed John D. Morrissette vice president of Interstate Relocation Services Inc. Most recently, Mr. Morrissette was vice president of domestic services for the Interstate Service Group.

• The D.C. office of Clifton Gunderson LLP promoted Gregory J. Bussink III and Peter L. Pupshis from supervisors to managers, and Warren Master was promoted from senior consultant to manager. Flora H. Milans was promoted from supervisor to senior consultant.

• Watkins Consulting Inc., the District, appointed Robert B. Scrino, retired deputy chief counsel of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, senior adviser for financial services.

• The D.C. office of Langan Associates promoted Mark Flynn to the accounting services staff; Mary Hanson to accounting services manager; Tanisha Lewis and Alvin Seecharan to accounting services senior; Karen Mooi to audit senior; and Amanda Simmons to audit manager.

• Avendra LLC, Rockville, named John Maier vice president of sales to lead the golf and business club division. Most recently, Mr. Maier served as vice president of Professional Golf Commerce.

Mark Thush joined Avendra as director of strategic contracting for club, retail and grounds maintenance from the Pebble Beach Co.

• Peter Niestroy joined Beers & Culter, based in the District, as a tax director and Joe Bonner as a senior manager in the consulting group.

• Steven I. Butler joined Kroll Lindquist Avey as a principal in the D.C. office. Prior to joining Kroll, Mr. Butler operated his own consulting firm.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

• The OBcC Group, which has headquarters in the District, appointed Mary Ellen Bahret a principal of the firm. Most recently, Miss Bahret was manager of Senate legislative affairs for the National Federation of Independent Business.

REAL ESTATE

• Manekin LLC, Columbia, Md., named Laura Westervelt senior sales and leasing associate in its brokerage division. Prior to joining Manekin, Ms. Westervelt was a leasing associate for MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services LLC.

Don Schline joined Manekin LLC as an investment sales associate. Mr. Schline was an institutional equity trader for North Coast Securities in San Francisco.

• David Bucher joined Bozzuto Development Co., Greenbelt, as a development analyst. Prior to joining Bozzuto, Mr. Bucher was an institutional relationship manager with PNC Real Estate Finance.

• William R. Norton III was named construction manager for Clarksburg, a 268-acre community of homes, offices and shops being built by Terrabrook in upper Montgomery County.

• David B. Gast joined the Tysons Corner office of Insignia/ ESG as managing director. Prior to joining Insignia/ESG, Mr. Gast was an associate vice president with Cambridge Property Group LP.

John Hanrahan joined the Northern Virginia office of Insignia/ESG as an associate.

• Zita McLean joined the Baltimore office of Trammell Crow Co., relocating from the company's national headquarters in Dallas. Ms. McLean, a senior vice president and principal, has been with the firm since 1988.

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