- The Washington Times - Monday, May 14, 2001

Service brings success for APTS executive

Mark Erstling's entire career has been spent in public television broadcasting. He feels the medium holds a special purpose to the public.

Mr. Erstling, 50, was named chief operating officer of the Association of America's Public Television Stations (APTS) in the District April 1. He had previously been the association's senior vice president.

"We always like to be recognized for the work we do, and I found [being promoted] to be a positive affirmation from our new leader," Mr. Erstling says. "I'm very pleased by it."

APTS is a nonprofit organization of the country's public television stations. It also provides advocacy for the stations at the national level.

"Mark has been a great asset to the association, especially during the transition, says John M. Lawson, APTS president.

One of his duties will be to spread the word about public television by providing services to its members and overseeing APTS' corporate functions and business activities. He also plans to undertake the project of converting the stations to digital broadcasting.

For Mr. Erstling, advocating public television seems to be a way of life.

"In college, I worked for the university's public television station, and in public radio," Mr. Erstling says. "I found I enjoyed the values of public television, and I stayed in that direction. The focus is on how you serve the public and your community, and all of the resources are focused on that front."

Mr. Erstling graduated from the University of Florida with a journalism degree. He has also worked at WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM, the public broadcasting stations of Penn State University, as general manager. He also served as the university's director of communications. He also worked at public stations in Springfield, Mass., and Jacksonville, Fla.

Mr. Erstling lives in Rockville, with his wife, Jean, daughter, Samantha, 22, and son, Matthew, 12.

Kate Royce

HIGH TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

InforMax Inc., Bethesda, promoted Stephen E. Lincoln to executive vice president, product development, and chief scientific officer. Mr. Lincoln was previously the senior vice president of Life Science Informatics.
Richard Melzer was promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing and J. Rollins was named vice president of sales. Mr. Melzer was vice president of global sales for InforMax. Mr. Rollins was previously president and chief executive officer of Sales Tactics Inc.
Integic Corp., Chantilly, named Bruce McIntosh director of business development for its electronic-commerce practice. Mr. McIntosh managed marketing and sales within state and local operations at Information Systems and Networks of Bethesda.
Integic Corp. promoted Gary Stevens to vice president of sales for its electronic-commerce practice. Mr. Stevens previously served as deputy practice area leader.
Anthony Alatis joined SettlementRoom Inc., Falls Church, as vice president. Mr. Alatis was a field sales representative for Rogue Wave Software.
Arlington-based TeleCorp PCS Inc., an AT&T; Wireless affiliate, named Hamid Alipour chief information officer.
Srinivasan Rangarajan joined the Worldspace Corp., headquartered in the District as senior vice president, broadcast networks implementation. Mr. Rangarajan joined Worldspace from the Indian Space Research Organization.
Thales Communications Inc., Rockville, promoted Richard J. Brockway to vice president, public safety products.
Micros Systems Inc., Columbia, Md., appointed A.L. Giannopoulos chairman of the board of directors, adding to his current position of president and chief executive officer.
Vastera, a provider of solutions for global trade management based in Sterling, Va., appointed Mark J. Ferrer president. Mr. Ferrer will retain his position as chief operating officer.
ScoreBoard Inc., Herndon, named Mary Ellen Seravalli senior vice president and general counsel. Before joining ScoreBoard, Ms. Seravalli was with Orbcomm Global LP as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.
Steve Kolodney, the former director of the Washington State Department of Informational Services, joined American Management Systems in Fairfax to lead its digital public-sector initiatives.
John D. LaFaver, the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue and most recently director of the U.S. Treasury Department's international tax advisory program, joined American Management Systems as vice president with its state and local solutions group.
Guardent, a provider of security and privacy programs for Global 2000 organizations, named former special presidential assistant Ronald Sable vice president of its public sector practice in its D.C. office.

LEGAL

Paula M. Junghans, outgoing head of the tax division of the Department of Justice, joined Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP as a partner resident in the firm's D.C. office.
Robert Pitofsky, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will return to the law firm of Arnold & Porter after completing six years as FTC chairman. Before becoming chairman, Mr. Pitofsky was of counsel to Arnold & Porter.
Victor E. Schwartz heads the group of new lawyers joining the D.C. office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. Mr. Schwartz and partner Mark A. Behrens, formerly with Crowell & Moring LLP, will start a new group called the public policy group. Two other lawyers from Crowell & Morning, Leah Lorber, of counsel and Rochelle M. Tedesco, associate, will join them.
The Tysons Corner office of Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins added Allison Taylor Legge and William M. Vermette as associates in its banking practice. Both lawyers were with Rees, Broome & Diaz in Vienna as associates.
Mark F. Brzezinski, the former director of southeast European affairs for the National Security Council, joined McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in the firm's D.C. office. Mr. Brzezinski is a member of the corporate services department.
Matthew G. Ash and Edward B. Crosland Jr. joined the D.C. office of Cozen and O'Conner as members, and Ellen J. Abromson as an associate. The three lawyers joined the firm from the D.C. office of Kutak Rock and will practice in the area of banking, securities and corporate law.
Steven S. Rosenthal, Alan K. Palmer, Jeffery A. Tomasevich, Kenneth L. Marcus, all formerly with the litigation boutique, Cooper, Calvin & Rosenthal, joined the D.C. office of Holland & Knight as partners. Douglas A. Tucker joined the firm as an associate.
Five graduating students from Catholic University's Columbia School of Law were accepted to the U.S. Department of Justice's Honors Program for the class of 2001. Honors program recipients are: Danielle Adgerson, Federal Bureau of Prisons; Caroline La Fiura, Drug Enforcement Administration; Christopher Maietta, tax division; Jeffrey VanHooreweghe, antitrust division; and Efthimia Pilitsis, Executive Office for Immigration Review.
George S. Bardmesser joined the Tysons Corner office of Greenberg Traurig as an associate in the intellectual property group. Mr. Bardmesser was an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

MEDIA

Lifetime Television named Victoria Gusciora vice president of finance and promoted Christa Horan from director of strategic planning and operations to vice president of finance.
Joseph B. Bruns was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of WETA. Mr. Bruns is currently chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for KQED in San Francisco.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Kevin T. Foley, formerly deputy director of the U.S. Secret Service, joined Vance International Inc., headquartered in Oakton, as senior vice president of the security consulting firm.
The Corporate Response Group Inc., Arlington, named David Griffith vice president. Before joining CRG, Mr. Griffith held senior positions with EIS International.
Kenneth Stipcak joined Mark G. Anderson Consultants in the District as technology group director. Most recently, he served as senior project manager for PSINet.
Capitol Advantage, Fairfax, named Mary Dennis director of client services and Trey Rust director of business development. Ms. Dennis was operations manager for the Motley Fool. Mr. Rust was most recently with PoliticsOnline.com as director of business development.
The Bethesda office of Aon Consulting Worldwide named Robert V. Wolff vice president and newest member of Aon Consulting's sales team for the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Wolff worked for Willis Inc. in the firm's employee benefits practice.
Ndubuisi Oparaoji joined the D.C. office of Clifton Gunderson LLP as a federal contracts manager. Antone Bundidge, George Franklin Kingston, Kathlyn Lam and Doreen Shute joined the firm as staff accountants.

REAL ESTATE

Lowe Enterprises Inc. appointed Michael S. Balaban president of Lowe Enterprises Mid-Atlantic Inc. (LEMA). Mr. Balaban joined Lowe in 1994 and most recently served as executive vice president for LEMA.
David G. Dolan joined the commercial leasing team of Commercial Brokers & CommercialBrokers.com in Bethesda. Mr. Dolan was formerly with the Chevy Chase Land Co.

KUDOS

Westbound + Associates Inc., McLean, received two gold awards at this year's Society of National Association Publications (SNAP) awards competition. The media kit for Digestive Health & Nutrition took home the gold in the media kits category. In the category of magazines most improved, SNAP awarded Westbound the gold for World- atWork's magazine, workspan.
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has been selected as the recipient of the Small Business Administration's Eisenhower Award for Excellence in recognition for its achievement in utilizing small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
An employee of the D.C. office of Bovis Lend Lease, D.K. Brockett, was honored at the second annual building construction recognition banquet, sponsored by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Mr. Brockett received the Outstanding Minority in Construction award.
The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) honored five most recent graduating companies on the University of Maryland's College Park campus. The companies represent several fields of technology and have developed and secured commercial space. The honored are Claragen Inc., Mark Zimmer, president and chief executive officer; Marketplace Television, Michael Lee, president and chief executive officer; Neuralstem Biopharmaceuticals Inc., I. Richard Garr, president and chief executive officer; IncoImmunin Inc., Beverly Packard, president; and Xenotran LLC, Derrick Page, president.
World Architecture magazine has ranked the architectural and engineering firm of Fanning/Howey Associates Inc., McLean, sixth among educational facilities design in the world.
The editors of Conde Nast Traveler magazine selected Butterfield 9 as one of the hottest 100 new restaurants in the world. Butterfield 9 is the only restaurant in the District, and one of 17 in the United States, to receive the honor.
Baltimore has been named the hottest up-and-coming destination for groups in 2001, according to the Best and the Rest survey of motorcoach and tour operations conducted by the American Bus Association. In addition, Baltimore was awarded second place in the category of the city/area that works hardest to accommodate group tours.


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