- The Washington Times - Monday, July 16, 2001

Georgetown hospital hires liaison executive

Regina Knox Woods is becoming the assistant vice president for external relations at Georgetown University Hospital after 27 years with the D.C. government.

Mrs. Woods, 50, left her position as the director of the District’s State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) this month to assume her newly created position at Georgetown.

“I am very excited,” Mrs. Woods says. “A lot of my role entails interacting with the community. We want to work with the community. We want to be good neighbors.”

In her new role Mrs. Woods says she will oversee business, legislative, civic and community relations for the hospital. It will be her responsibility to identify opportunities for partnerships and collaborations to support the hospital. As the hospital works on improving services, relationship-building issues with its community are going to be very important, she adds.

In her new position, she will look for ways to earn and establish the trust of her neighbors and get involved in activities they care about. For example, she says a community run for breast cancer might be something that the hospital and its neighbors could promote.

“I’m the right person for this job,” Mrs. Woods says. “I have good management and political skills.”

Good management skills were exactly what John L. Green, executive vice president of MedStar Health’s corporate services, was looking for. Mr. Green decided to create Mrs. Wood’s new position when MedStar began its partnership with Georgetown’s hospital last year.

Mrs. Woods has professionalism, an ability to work with people and extensive knowledge of how city governments work, says Mr. Green, who has known her for 15 years and sought her out for the position.

Mrs. Woods began her career in the correspondence office of the D.C. mayor, working her way up to management. She became the deputy director of the SHPDA in the late eighties and in 1990 she became the agency’s director.

Mrs. Woods has an MBA in organizational communication from Howard University. She has a BA in English from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Woods lives with her husband and two children in Washington.

Katie Dunn


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Michelle Semones joined Dittus as associate director. Most recently, Ms. Semones served as press secretary to Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and co-chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus.

• Richard Gilroy joined the D.C. marketing communication agency Kircher as creative director. Mr. Gilroy was most recently an associate creative director for Earle Palmer Brown-Washington.

• Crosby Marketing Communications, Annapolis, added Melissa ThompsonCurrier as director of its new interactive services group. Previously, Ms. Currier was a founding partner of AP Partners.

• The SheaHedges Group, McLean, added three associates to the staff: Nick Findlay, Scott McKeen and Melanie Goldfader. Mr. Findlay was previously a public relations manager at Cvent. Mr. Scott joined the firm from Gearboxx Interactive Studios. Previously, Ms. Goldfader served as intern for the technology and communications team at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.

• Harte-Hanks Baltimore named Randy Larzelere vice president of operations. Mr. Larzelere was regional director of operations for Advo.

• John Jordan, former senior level vice president at Porter Novelli, joined the Aker Partners Inc. in the District as a consulting partner and director of its technology practice.


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• Thomas Baum joined Bozzuto Development Co., Greenbelt, as executive vice president. Most recently, Mr. Baum was senior vice president for the mid-Atlantic region for Summit Properties.

The Bozzuto Construction Co. promoted Robert Burt to director of operations.


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• Carmen Boston joined Washington Performing Arts Society as youth education manager. Ms. Boston was previously education manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festive in Beckett, Mass.


• The Academy for Educational Development, the District, elected six new vice presidents: Jean Baker, vice president and director, Center for Family Health; Richard Bossi, vice president and director, Center for Environmental Strategies; Elvis E. Fraser, vice president and co-director, Center for Applied Behavioral Evaluation Research; Suzanne Prysor-Jones, vice president and director, Center for Health Policy and Capacity Development; Barney Singer, vice president and co-director, Center for Social Marketing and Behavior Change; and Suzanne P. Ripley, vice president and director, National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

• Kay Coles James was named director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Ms. James previously served as State Secretary of Health and Human Resources under former Virginia Gov. George F. Allen.

• Roger A.Enrico, former chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo. Inc., was elected to the National Geographic Society’s board of trustees.

• Risa Greendlinger, national manager of business development, public sector, for Ceridian, was elected to the Metropolitan Washington Work/ Life Coalition.

• Carl Brooks, the retired vice president of human and technical resources for GPU Energy in Reading, Pa., was named president of the Executive Leadership Council in the District.

• William C. Pegues, senior associate and head of specifications of Weihe Design Group in the District, was elevated to Fellowship in the Construction Specifications Institute.

• Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, the District, promoted Henry Chamberlain from senior staff executive to chief staff executive. Mr. Chamberlain began his BOMA career as director of communications.

• Scott Patrick Burns, a partner at Tydings & Rosenberg LLP in Baltimore, was installed as president of the Maryland Defense Counsel. Mr. Burns focuses his practice in the area of complex litigation.

• Maryland state Sen. Paula Colodny Hollinger, Baltimore County Democrat, was appointed to the board of trustees of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation Inc.

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• The International Facility Managers Association, Falls Church, elected officers to serve the Capital Area chapter. Among those elected are: president, Richard Fanelli, Fanelli McClain Design Studios; vice president, Christopher Hodges, Facility Engineering Associates; treasurer, Mark Schnurr, vice president, Cavalier Maintenance Services Inc.; and secretary, James Kahn, facilities planner, CH2M Hill.


• American University appointed Larry Kirkman dean to oversee the university’s School of Communication. Mr. Kirkman was president of the Benton Foundation.

• Lovey L. Hammel,president of Employment Enterprises Inc., was elected chairman of the George Mason University Foundation board of trustees. The board also elected Paul E. Kyle, president, King Wholesale Inc., as vice chairman; Carson Lee Fifer Jr., partner, McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe, as treasurer; and Teresa M. Klaassen, founder and executive vice president, Sunrise Assisted Living Inc., as secretary.

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Re-elected to a second three-year term are Marshall H. Groom, chairman, Potomac Bank of Virginia; Carolyn Peterson; William Soza, chairman and chief executive officer, Soza & Co. Ltd.; and Ernst Volgenau, president and chief executive officer, SRA International Inc.

Re-elected to a third three-year term are Lucy C. Church; Bernard H. Clineburg; Lawrence K. Doll, president, Lawrence Doll Co.; and Bruce E. Johnson, physician, West End Women’s Center.

Daniele C. Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was reappointed to serve a one-year term; and Mark F. Grady, dean of the School of Law, was appointed to a two-year term.

• Joanne Ferchland-Parella was chosen to lead alumni and fund-raising efforts at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. Most recently, she was executive director of development at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I.


• First Union Securities announced that Edward H. Carter, vice president and investment officer in the firm’s private client group, has relocated to its Old Town Alexandria office. He joined the firm’s D.C. office in 1993.


• Teleglobe, Reston, promoted Randolph Ivey to vice president of Internet engineering and operations. Mr. Ivey previously served as executive director of Internet engineering and operations.

• George Pawlak joined Electric Tronics Inc. (ETI), Bethesda, as account executive. Most recently, he was vice president and network administrator for F&M Bank in Fairfax.

• Dave Flyer joined Highwheel Design Group, a D.C.-based Web site design firm, as chief operating officer and general counsel. Mr. Flyer formerly served as general manager and general counsel of Viaduct.

• Convera, Vienna, appointed Ben Plummer senior vice president of marketing. Mr. Plummer was formerly vice president of marketing at Cognos Corp.

• FOLIOfn, Vienna, named Donald S. Cody vice president of institutional sales, FOLIOfn Institutional. Mr. Cody joined FOLIOfn from Scudder Weisel Capital, where he was responsible for sales of its proprietary alternative investment products to institutions.


• Former Rep. Daniel E. Lungren, California Republican, was named a partner in the D.C. office of Venable. Mr. Lungren also served as California’s attorney general from 1991 to 1999.

• The D.C. office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell named Stephen E. Roth chairman of the firm’s commercial litigation group.

• The D.C. office of Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP added Kenneth K.D. Vu, Perry E. Van Over and Raymond Millien to the firm’s intellectual property group.

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• Diane Hansen Shute was named a global government group principal of Grant Thornton LLP in the firm’s Vienna office. Ms. Shute joined Grant Thornton as a manager in 1996.

Grant Thornton named Travis C. Sherman a tax partner. Mr. Sherman joined the firm in 1999, specializing in the technology and government contracting industries.

• Mary Karen Wills joined Beers & Cutler in the District as a partner leading the consulting services practice. Ms. Wills was previously the partner responsible for Arthur Andersen’s government contract practice.

• Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPA, Bethesda, promoted William M. Murphy to director of finance and administration, Jesse D. Burns to controller, Jacqueline A. Oneto to audit manager, Andreas A. Alexandrou to audit supervisor and Troy A. Turner to tax supervisor.

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

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