- The Washington Times - Monday, October 22, 2001

Interior designer mixes fun with her projects

There are the architects who design buildings, and there are architects who design rooms.

But don't confuse them with interior decorators.

Jerri Lynn Wilson is a new project architect for Hickok Warner Fox Architects, a commercial interior architecture firm with offices in Tysons Corner and the District.

Mrs. Wilson, 26, has been at the firm for about six weeks, and says working at Hickok Warner Fox is a nice change from what working at an architecture firm is typically like Hickok Warner Fox comes with a relaxed dress code, and a game room with a foosball table.

"It's a progressive firm for architects, and it promotes the development of architects," she says. "Lots of times, you work long hours to succeed, but everyone here works hard and plays hard."

Bob Fox, a principal of the firm, says Mrs. Wilson was hired not just for her skill.

"Her personality fits in well with everything," he says. "With her design side, we put her into the deep end, and she's been doing well. She hit the floor running."

In her job, she has to pay attention to everything she uses to design a room, from the color of an office's wallpaper, to what material tables in a lobby are made of. These choices all need to be pulled together to form a cohesive, positive image.

"If it's a high-tech company, then you'll want something more interactive," she says. "But if it's a law firm, you'll want something with lots of presence. There'll be lots of wood used."

But her job differs from an interior designer's job in that she also helps design the layout of an office, and then does the construction for it.

"When you think of an office building, we're the ones who think of where the conference rooms and the waiting areas for clients should go," Mr. Fox explains. "It's everything from how big the desks should be, to whether to use private offices versus open dynamic spaces."

Mrs. Wilson lives with her husband, Brian, in Chantilly.

Kate Royce

ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT & NONPROFITS

• The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department named Lisa Bass director of the Office of Public Information. Ms. Bass joined the department after working as an independent communications and marketing consultant.

• C. Williams Jones of Easton, Md., was elected to the board of directors of the National Retiree Legislative Network Inc., headquartered in the District. He retired from NYNEX in 1990.

• The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) addedElizabeth Stallman, wildlife scientist, to the organization's wildlife and habitat protection staff. Ms. Stallman joined the HSUS from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

• Norton Garfinkle was elected president of the National Hospice Foundation, headquartered in Alexandria. Mr. Garfinkle is chairman of Oxford Management Corp., an investment company headquartered in New York.

• John R. Thomas joined the Internet Security Alliance, Arlington, as director of strategic initiatives. Most recently, Mr. Thomas served as president of Titan Vigil Inc.

• The Rubber Manufacturers Associations, headquartered in the District, elected James M. Micali chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Micali is chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc.

• Marie Buchwalter, vice president and senior relationship manager of private financial advisers of Wachovia Bank in Northern Virginia and Gloria Bozeman Herndon, president and chief executive officer of G.B. Herndon and Associates were elected board co-chairman for the Women's Business Center Inc. in the District. Linda Collyer, partner, Snyder, Cohn, Collyer, Hamilton and Associates PC in Bethesda, was elected treasurer and vice-chair.

• Tim McShea was named to the board of directors of the Maryland/DC Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Mr. McShea is chairman and chief executive officer of McShea & Co.

• The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, appointed Michael Swetnam chief executive officer. Mr. Swetnam founded the Institute in 1994 and served as its president.

Dennis K. McBride, who had served as the Institute's executive vice president since April, was named president.

The Institute's board of directors appointed Ray Cole vice president for technical operations and Diane Larriva as vice president for administration.

• Antonio C. Martinez II, vice president of government relations and consumer health products legal counsel at American Specialty Health Inc., was elected as vice president of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, as a private sector officer of the organization. He will be based in the District.

EDUCATION

• The Catholic University of America named Monsignor John F. Wippel the Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy and Monsignor Robert S. Sokolowski the Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy.

Katherine Davis Boone was appointed director for housing and residential services at the Catholic University of America. Ms. Boone was the associate director of residence life and housing at Kean University.

• Susan Hallenbeck was named dean of admissions at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Ms. Hallenbeck most recently served as director of admissions at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Bonnie Owens was named assistant director of adult and transfer admissions at Hood College. Prior to joining Hood, Ms. Owens was an academic adviser for Hagerstown Community College.

FINANCIAL

• EagleBank, headquartered in Bethesda, elected Phyllis D. Thompson to its board of directors. Ms. Thompson is a partner in the D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling.

• Riggs Bank NA appointed key senior managers in the relationship banking group:

Glenn E. Kinard was appointed senior vice president of general administration and business banking. Most recently, he was executive vice president of retail banking for United Bank, Fairfax.

Michael E. Williams was appointed senior vice president and manager of the corporate and commercial division. Most recently, he was vice president and manager of the National Bank of Canada's Baltimore office.

Douglas T. Brown was named group vice president of government contracting. Most recently, he was senior vice president and portfolio manager, business credit, for Bank of America, McLean.

Loriana Cipolletti was named group vice president of government contracting. Most recently, she was vice president, government contract finance for Wachovia Bank, McLean.

Riggs Bank NA announced the following promotions: Susan D. Rogers was promoted from group vice president to senior vice president, commercial real estate lending.

Patricia A. McKeown, group vice president and manager of personal banking, was promoted to senior vice president and manager of personal banking.

Miles S. Powell, wealth management sales officer, Riggs & Co., was promoted to senior vice president and corporate sales director.

• First Virginia Banks Inc., headquartered in Falls Church, promoted Joseph S. Blount to senior vice president and special projects manager for First Virginia Operations Services Inc.

• Jeannette Johansson and Renee Smith joined Fort Belvoir Federal Credit Union as its new trainer and business development officer.

• Bid4Assets Inc., Silver Spring, named Phillip J. Fuster senior vice president, sales and business development. Prior to joining Bid4Assets, he founded and managed FedBid.com.

• The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond appointed Kenneth C. Lundeen a director of the Baltimore office. Mr. Lundeen is president of C.J. Langenfelder & Son Inc.

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