- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2001

Russian immigrant heads Jewish group

Misha Galperin will head the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington 25 years after coming over to the United States from the Soviet Union.
As executive vice president of the federation, Mr. Galperin, 43, will be active in fund raising for and supporting communities that funded and in other ways assisted his family in coming to the United States, he says.
"This is the completion of a circle for me," Mr. Galperin says. "I benefited from every aspect of this federation." His indebtedness to the organization stems from his appreciation of this country, where he has been able to practice freedom of religion and thought, pursue an in-depth education as a clinical psychologist and develop professionally, he says.
Mr. Galperin left his job as the chief operating officer at the United Jewish Association-Federation of New York to come to the District because this position will allow him to give back to the federation, he says.
"I am thrilled to be here," he says. "This is one of the largest and growing communities in the U.S., which has a long history of what it does for the Jewish community."
Mr. Galperin believes he was chosen for the job because he has been involved in the field of Jewish community service for 25 years and because his story represents what the federation is all about.
As the chief executive, Mr. Galperin says he will be responsible for making sure the mission of the federation is carried out by developing plans, coordinating institutions and "engaging the community."
The federation provides funding for a variety of institutions in the community, ensures that the needy are cared for, that the Jewish tradition is passed on and that the greater Washington Jewish community remains strong, he says.
Michael Gelman, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, says it will be Mr. Galperin's responsibility to get to know the community's leaders and to work with them.
"We're very excited to have Misha on board," Mr. Gelman says. "Not many people have the qualifications to fill this role."
With a Ph.D. from New York University, Mr. Galperin has the education, energy, reputation and federation experience to lead the greater Washington community, Mr. Gelman says.
Mr. Galperin lives in the District and has two children.
Katie Dunn

ADVERTISING, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

KSK Communications LLC, Vienna, promoted Amy Greenlee to media supervisor and Diana Walsh to media coordinator in the agency's media department.
John Jordan, former senior vice president at Porter Novelli, joined the Aker Partners Inc. in the District as a consulting partner and director of its technology practice.
Laughlin, Marinaccio & Owens (LM&O;), Arlington, appointed Jeff Wright senior art director. Prior to joining LM&O;, Mr. Wright was an associate creative director at Mason & Madison in New Haven, Conn.
Michelle Star, who recently left Capitol Hill as a staff assistant and scheduler for Rep. Anne M. Northup, Kentucky Republican, joined the Soho Group Inc. in the District as the business development and project manager.

ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT & NONPROFITS

Joseph McInerney was named president and chief executive officer of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA;) in the District. Mr. McInerney comes to AH&LA; after serving as chief executive officer of the Bangkok-based Pacific Asia Travel Association.
The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association named Kristina McPhee director of convention services and housing. Ms. McPhee was the sales and marketing manager at Baltimore's Hard Rock Cafe.
Cary Sennett joined the American College of Cardiology in Bethesda as senior associate executive vice president. Most recently, Dr. Sennett was executive vice president for health information services at BenefitNation Inc.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Rockville, elected Michael C. Gelman president. Mr. Gelman is president of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, an accounting firm in Bethesda.
David J. Butler, a 20-year veteran of Jewish fund raising, was elected to serve a two-year term as chairman of its 2002 annual campaign. Mr. Butler is a D.C.-based trial attorney who specializes in commercial litigation.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington installed the following new officers: Ruth Vogel Silberg, vice president for planning and allocations; Stuart S. Kurlander, vice president for Israel and overseas; Meryl B. Rosenberg, vice president for women's coalition; Norman Goldstein, vice president for human resources development; and Mark Lezell, vice president at-large.
Santa Claus Anonymous, headquartered in Baltimore, elected the following new officers: president, James Russell, Severn Graphics Inc.; chairman, Robert R. Booker, Paradign Insurance; vice presidents, John B. Snead, Health Information Technology Solutions; Laurie Columbia, Columbia, Md.; Laura Palmer, RWD Technologies; treasurer, Wayne Walters, Ernst & Young; and secretary, Allan Gushue, Bi-Coastal Mortgage Inc.
New directors elected were David R. Blumberg, Reed Booker, David Stouse, Bill Pisano, Pete Kochanski and Neil Eisenberg.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies appointed Elliott S. Hall, vice president for dealer development, Ford Automotive Operations, chairman of its board of governors. Mr. Hall, who previously served on the board from 1995 to 2000, replaced Andrew F. Brimmer.
The Joint Center also elected five new board members: Glenn F. Ivey, partner in the D.C. office of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP; Joyce A. Ladner, senior fellow in government studies, Brookings Institution; Charles E. Phillips, managing director of enterprise software, Morgan Stanley dean Witter; Thomas B. Shropshire, consultant, Philip Morris Cos. Inc.; and Rodney E. Slater, partner in the D.C. office of Patton Boggs.
Cynthia Samuelson, formerly vice president of Opsis Technologies, joined Tyson Corner-based Logistics Management Institute's Sensitive Assessment Center.

EDUCATION

The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law appointed Margaret A. King associate dean for institutional advancement. Ms. King is a 1980 alumna of Catholic University and currently seeking a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University.
American University's board of trustees elected George J. Collins chairman. Mr. Collins is chairman of the Collins Foundation Inc. and former chairman, chief executive officer and president of T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.
Leslie E. Bains, senior vice president with HSBC Bank USA, was elected as board vice chairman.
Three new trustees joined the board: David M. Carmen, chief executive officer and chairman of the Carmen Group Inc.; Gary D. Cohen, partner and managing director of commodities, Goldman Sachs & Co.; and Pamela M. Deese, partner in the intellectual property group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.
American University's College of Law named John P. Cerone executive director of its International War Crimes Office. Most recently, Mr. Cerone was a legal adviser for the Human Rights Policy Bureau and human rights officer in the Mitrovica region of Yugoslavia with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.
Curt Crossley joined American University's Washington College of Law as public interest coordinator. Most recently, Mr. Crossley was with the Public Service Law Network Worldwide.
Green Acres School, Rockville, appointed Barbara Andrews as lower school head. Ms. Andrews joined Green Acres from George Mason University where she was an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education.

FINANCIAL

Susan Milligan joined the D.C. office of the Options Clearing Corp. as first vice president and special counsel, government relations. Ms. Milligan comes from the New York Stock Exchange Inc., where she worked as counsel, government relations.
Ronald K. Hobson joined Provident Bank, headquartered in Baltimore, as vice president in commercial banking for the D.C. region. Mr. Hobson served as the associate deputy administrator for government contracting and minority enterprise development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Provident Bank promoted Christopher Mayer to vice president. Mr. Mayer is a commercial loan officer for the D.C. region.
CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services of Maryland Inc., Cumberland, appointed Mike Mayers regional vice president with the CBIZ National Risk Management Division in Northern Virginia. Caroline Raneri succeeds Mr. Mayers as regional manager of CBIZ Pennsylvania offices in Johnstown and Uniontown.
Brian McCloskey was named regional manager for the Western Maryland region of CBIZ's Property Casualty Division.
Lisabeth Joy was promoted to Western Maryland supervisor of support services in the CBIZ Cumberland office.
CBIZ promoted Wendy O'Baker to regional manager and payroll specialist.
Karen Foglepole was named director of defined benefit services in the CBIZ Cumberland office.
Lisa Fairbanks was promoted to account manager in the CBIZ Cumberland office select department.
First Virginia Banks Inc., headquartered in Falls Church, promoted Scott P. Fisher to assistant vice president and security officer; Lianne L. Wang to assistant vice president and compliance officer; and Susan N. Ansary and Kathryn E. Kettering to vice president of First Virginia Bank.
First Virginia Operations Services Inc. promoted Christine Cauley, manager of the customer information processing department; Jo M. Lively, senior collection supervisor in the loan collections division; and Veronica C. Trotta, supervisor in the loan collection division, to assistant vice president.
The board of directors of Riggs Bank Europe Limited, elected Steven B. Pfeiffer chairman and managing director. Mr. Pfeiffer practices in the D.C. office of Fulbright & Jaworksi and heads the firm's international law department.
Thomas B. Lowman was promoted to chief actuary for retirement plan services for the Baltimore-based investment consulting firm Bolton Offutt Donovan Inc. Mr. Lowman has been at Bolton Offutt Donovan since 1996, most recently as senior actuary.

HIGH TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Convera, Vienna, appointed Ben Plummer senior president of marketing. Mr. Plummer joined Convera from Cognos Corp., where he was vice president of marketing.
Comcast Cable Communications Inc., Silver Spring, promoted Charles Mann to director of marketing for its Chesapeake Bay Group Systems. Most recently, Mr. Mann was manager of sales and marketing for Comcast's Maryland-Delaware region in White Marsh, Md.
Longitude Systems, Chantilly, appointed Mike O'Dell, formerly UUNet's chief scientist and senior vice president, to its technical advisory board.
Cryptek Secure Communications, Chantilly, appointed David M. Hollis senior vice president in charge of sales and marketing to the government sector. Most recently he was vice president of government and telecommunications sales at Vigilinx Digital Data Security.
Sylvan Learning Systems Inc., Baltimore, appointed Jeffrey H. Cohen president of its Education Solutions division. Mr. Cohen currently serves as senior vice president for business unit management at Thomson Prometric. He will handle the current duties of Paula Singer, who has been named president and chief executive officer of a new division, Online Higher Education.

LEGAL

Mary Anne Sullivan rejoined the D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson as a partner in the energy group. Ms. Sullivan left Hogan & Hartson in 1994 to join the U.S. Department of Energy, most recently serving as general counsel.
YoichiroYamaguchi was elected an equity partner of the D.C. intellectual property firm of Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC. Mr. Yamaguchi was an appeal examiner and patent examiner of the Japanese Patent Office.
Sanders & Dempsey LLP added Mona Meeker, formerly general counsel for the JBG Companies, as of counsel in its Tysons Corner corporate and commercial real estate practice.
Robert Wise, formerly senior vice president of business development for Discovery Communications Inc., rejoined Mitchell & Silberberg & Knupp as a partner in its entertainment and new media practice. Mr. Wise will maintain an office in the D.C. area.
Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP elected Stanley B. Green to partnership and will be resident in the firm's D.C. office. In addition, Michael L. Lovitz, Thomas F. Poche, Patrick J. Wells and Larry J. Hume joined the firm as associates.

MEDIA

• Mark Ewing Luther joined Discovery Networks U.S., Bethesda, as account director for the affiliate sales and marketing division. Prior to joining Discovery Networks, Mr. Luther served as national accounts director of content, sales and marketing for Cidera Inc.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

KPMG LLP elected the following professional to partnership: Harry P. Argires, financial services, Tysons Corner; Deborah A. Fields, Washington National Tax; M. Kate Harper, financial services, Tysons Corner; and Norwood J. Jackson and Jeffrey J. Norris, health care and public sector, the District.
Sturn Wagner Sacclaris & Lombardo LLC, Baltimore, promoted Julie Olivero to supervisor of accounting services and James A. Cardillo to supervisor of tax services at the firm's Annapolis office.
Steve Scordo, Chris Patterson and Ed Montgomery joined the D.C. office of Jefferson Wells, a professional services firm. Mr. Scordo was with Business Telecomm Inc. as a major accounts partner. Mr. Patterson was with Global Management Systems as a financial systems consultant. Mr. Montgomery was with Brann Worldwide as a regional marketing director.
Debbie Kissire, currently Ernst & Young's vice chairman of sales, will succeed Dick Dugan as mid-Atlantic area managing partner. Ms. Kissire joined the firm n 1979 and was promoted to partner in 1990.
Tom Cahill joined Current Events International as an account executive for the D.C. location.

KUDOS

Rodney Pratt, a law clerk at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, won the George Washington University Law School's 2001 Jacob Burns Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Mr. Pratt also received the Patricia Roberts Harris Award for his dedication and service to the George Washington University Law School community.
Three MedStar Health hospitals were ranked among the best in the nation in the 2001 edition of America's Best Hospitals, issued by U.S. News & World Report. Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital and Washington Hospital Center were cited for excellence in a total of 14 of the 17 specialty areas.
Fanning/Howey Associates Inc., a McLean-based educational facilities planning and design firm, has been awarded the 2001 Crow Island Citation by America School & University magazine for the firm's winning project in Fort Recovery, Ohio. The firm also received two 2001 Gold Citations for the design of the media center at the Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Ind., and the learning center at Deerfield Elementary School in Novi, Mich.
Candace Kaplan, a financial professional for Mony Life Insurance Co. and Mony Securities Corp. in Bethesda, has been elevated to the Million Dollar Round Table's Top of the Top.
Kevin G. Bradley of Rockville has been awarded the Personal Financial Specialist designation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Bradley is a registered representative of H.D. Vest Investments Securities Inc.
Focus Telecommunications Inc. of Burtonsville, Md., has been honored with the 2001 Award of Excellence. The award is presented by the Association of TeleServices International for providers of telecommunications and call center services.
OPcX, a strategy and design firm located in the District, has been named as one of the Zweig Letter's Hot Firm 2001 Winners. ZweigWhite is a management consulting and publishing firm for the design, engineering and construction industry.
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., director of the Office of Management and Budget, was awarded the Hudson Institute Medal of Honor for Outstanding Leadership. Mr. Daniels was honored for contributions to both government and community.
The Bozzuto Group, a full-service real estate firm based in Greenbelt, announced that the following staff professionals won top honors at the first annual Pro's Award, co-sponsored by the Maryland National-Capital and Northern Virginia Building Industry Associations. The staff honored include: Steve Reid, Bozzuto Construction Co., best project manager, high production builder; Dave Mandes, Bozzuto Construction Co., best superintendent, high production builder; Tom Fox, Bozzuto Homes Inc., best customer service, field; and Susan Thompson, best customer service, office.
Ceyoniq, formerly known as Treev Inc., a provider of content life cycle management solutions in the District, has been awarded a 2001 Best Practices Award for a solution at the County Clerk of Courts in Cleveland. The national award is given by the Association for Information and Image Management.
Bay Bridge Technologies, Annapolis, has received the Best of Show Award from Call Center Magazine for its CenterBridge call center modeling, analysis and performance improvement software.
Advantis Real Estate Services Co., McLean, named Donald E. Mercer Jr. to Advantis' 2000 President's Council as the top Northern Virginia agent and the No. 6 for the company.
MHI Communications, an advertising agency located in the District, has been named a national winner in the 2001 Silver Microphone Awards. The award was presented in the healthcare/medical products campaign catogery, and recognizes the campaign that MHI Communications developed on behalf of Alase, a laser hair removal specialist.
Dorothy J. Verdon of Verdon Consulting, a marketing communications firm in Alexandria, has received her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation from the Society for Marketing Professional Services.


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