- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001

Ex-radio anchor picked for communications job

Cathy Imus has been a radio anchor, a lobbyist for Bethlehem Steel, and worked for a number of trade association during her 20-year-long career.

On Aug. 15, she added the position of vice president/group manager of the public affairs practice at Stanton Communications Inc., a D.C.-based communications consulting firm.

The company created the new position with her specifically in mind, says Peter Stanton, president and founder of Stanton Communications. The company was founded in 1989, and started creating practice group disciplines within the firm two years ago. A technology group was started two years ago, but Mr. Stanton says that developing the small public affairs practice took longer because Ms. Imus was working elsewhere at the time.

"We want to make sure we have the right person to build around, and Cathy's that person," he says.

Ms. Imus will be responsible for initiating the company's strategic planning, grass-roots mobilization, and building coalitions for various groups.

Ms. Imus, 43, left her job in radio and came to the District to be closer to her fianc, Scot, with whom she is now married.

While she had a degree in political science and mass communications, she says she fell into her next jobs as a legislative assistant for a Kentucky congressman and a lobbyist for Bethlehem Steel. She then joined a public affairs firm in California.

"I enjoyed doing radio, but found D.C. to be much larger and more competitive," she says. The overnight shifts she would have to work also didn't appeal to her. "I just thought 'What the heck, let's try Capitol Hill."

Ms. Imus says moving to the District allowed her the opportunity to have a resume that varied widely, and she tells young people looking for career advice to come to the District.

"D.C. is fascinating. It really allows you to do a lot of interesting things," she says.

Ms. Imus lives in Lorton with her husband and their daughter Taylor.

Kate Royce


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Kristen Jorstad joined Upstart Vision as an account executive. Most recently, Ms. Jorstad worked at Affinity Marketing in Richmond.

• Jeffery C. Jackson joined Conquest Communications, Richmond, as director of business development. Broc B. Johnson joined the firm as an account representative.

• Stateside Associates, Arlington, named Jennifer M. Alfisi manager, state issues; Todd J. Cohn, manager, legislative information services; Kate V. Paleczny, manager, state and local issues; Erik M. Ridley, manager, legislative information services; Charles E. Scott, manager, state issues; and Mark C. Wills, senior legislative associate.


• Gregory J. Black joined W R Systems Ltd.'s Norfolk division as program liaison. Mr. Black started with W R Systems at the company's headquarters in Fairfax and most recently served as special operations division director.

• Brian Frommer joined the Korth Cos. Inc., a full-service general contractor, as project manager.


• Helga E. Rippen, director of medical informatics at Pfizer Health Solutions in Santa Monica, Calif., joined RAND as director of the research institution's D.C.-based Science and Technology Policy Institute.

• Presidential Classroom alumnus, Maj. Rich Morales, will serve as a White House Fellow in the Office of Management and Budget.

• The Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), Alexandria, named Harold Salters senior director of government relations. Mr. Salters joined PCIA in 1999 as a director of government relations.

• Boyd K. Rutherford was named associate administrator for the General Services Administration's Office of Enterprise Development. Mr. Rutherford most recently directed business development for Kelly Law Registry in the District.

• Jeff Trask will lead the government relation program of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) as vice president of government relations, based in the association's D.C. office. Mr. Trask joined MEMA from the American Petroleum Institute.

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

• The Washington Ballet added seven new members to its board of directors for the 2001-2002 season. Board officers are: Kay Kendell, president; J. Roderick Heller III, first vice president; Gordon T. Dale, second vice president; William B. Harwood, second vice president; Carol Butler, secretary; and Michael G. Carberry, treasurer.

New board members include: Lizette Corro, manager director, Orr Associates; Sylvia A. de Leon, partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; W. David Lawson, managing director, J.P. Morgan's D.C. office; Karen Montgomery, former director of development, Olney Theater Center for the Arts; Jim Moss, founder and managing director, PRM Consulting; Eve A. Lilley, diagnostician, Educational Assessment Associates; and Nina Zolt, creator, founder and president, in2Books.

• John Martese joined Monroe Litho as an account executive, working with the company's clients within the Baltimore-Washington area. Prior to joining Monroe Litho, Mr. Martese was associated with Corporate Press.

• Warner Construction Consultants Inc., Rockville, promoted Christopher R. Bryant, Brian G. Laush and JoAnn B. Coleman from senior to executive consultant in its disputes resolution group. John Pasley joined the company as senior consultant and Ketan S. Tipnis as a consultant.

• Peter Pond, a member of the board of directors of Reston-based Maximus, was named chairman of the board. Mr. Pond is a founder and general partner of ALTA Equity Partners LLC.


• American University Kogod School of Business named Ann E. Donahue associate dean for external relations. Ms. Donahue was previously director of executive education at Kogod.

Kristine Korva joined the American University Kogod School of Business as director of career services. Ms. Korva joined Kogod from the Empyrean Management Group in Alexandria, where she worked as a consultant.

• Hood College, Frederick, announced the promotion and addition of several staff members. The new staff members are John Kendrick, major gifts and corporate relations officer; Stephanie Bowen Fitz-Enz, assistant director of alumnae programs; and Monica A. Hahn, assistant director of the Hood College Annual Funds.

Debra A. Hess was promoted to director of Hood College Annual Funds. Monica C. Hobbs was promoted to coordinator of reunions and Mimi Mack was promoted to major and planned giving associate.


• TheraMed Inc., Rockville, added Joseph Lehnen as chief financial officer and Eric Richman as vice president of corporate development. Prior to joining TheraMed, Mr. Lehnen was chief financial officer for InforMax, Maryland-based bioinformatics company, while Mr. Richman's experience includes marketing and commercialization for MedImmune, Inc.

• Patricia Mueller was named regional medical director for Aetna's mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Mueller previously served as director of the health care consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


• Signal Corp., Fairfax, promoted Kevin Wideman to executive vice president for the information services engineering division. Mr. Wideman joined Signal in 1996 and was most recently senior vice president, GSA Eastern Zone Operations.

• Joseph Moore joined Ultraprise Loan Technologies Inc. (ULT), Frederick, as vice president of sales. Mr. Moore joined ULT from Eastern Software, where he served as regional sales director.

Randy Chadwick and Richard Eller joined ULT as regional account executives.

• Biznews24, Arlington, named Lynly Boor vice president of sales. Ms. Boor most recently served as a vice president at Energy Ventures Group.

• Donnie R. Marshall, former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), has been named vice president for operations at DynCorp International LLC, a DynCorp subsidiary. Since June 1999, Mr. Marshall served as administrator of the DEA.

• Viewgate Networks Inc., Alexandria, announced the appointment of Jeff Osborn as chairman and the addition of Robert Sansom to its board of directors. Mr. Osborn is founder and principal of Osborn Capital LLC. Mr. Sansom co-founded Fore Systems and served as its chief technology officer.


• Grayson P. Hanes joined the McCammon Group, a Richmond mediation firm, as a member. Mr. Hanes is a partner in the Fairfax office of Reed, Smith, Hazel & Thomas.

• Ruth Espey-Romero, formerly an of counsel with the D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, was named a shareholder and will continue to practice in the firm's international and corporate practice groups.

• Linda Hall Daschle, James C. Duff and J. Keith Kennedy, of the D.C. office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, were named as co-chairmen of the firm's public policy practice group.

Ms. Daschle was the acting administrator and deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Duff was chief of staff to the Supreme Court. Mr. Kennedy was majority staff director for the Committee on Appropriations.


• Kathryn Kross was appointed as CNN's D.C. executive editor and deputy bureau chief. Most recently, Ms. Kross worked at ABC News as the Washington senior producer for World News Tonight.


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• Karen Feld, a nationally syndicated columnist, broadcaster and Washington editor of the Delta Shuttle Sheet, was awarded Best TV Presentation for Off the Fence by the National Federation of Press Women. Ms. Feld also won in the TV Interview-Talk Show category with Millennium Party on Fox Morning News. Her Cuba Report on the Jim Bohannon Show received honors in the Radio Interview-Talk Show category.

• Sr. Helen Amos, executive chairman of the board of trustees for Mercy Health Services Inc., Baltimore, has been named recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Arthritis Foundation.

• Trex Company Inc., a Winchester, Va.-based manufacturer of Trex decking, the leading non-wood decking lumber in North America, has won the 2001 Golden Hammer Communications Award for Business-to-Consumer Advertising. The award, sponsored by National Home Center News and ProDealer Magazines recognizes excellence in the area of Home Improvement & Building Materials Communication.

• Starbucks Coffee Co. was recognized for its work with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in the establishment and ongoing support of the Starbucks Memorial Fund. The award presented by the victim witness assistant unit of the United States attorney's office was given to groups providing exemplary service and assistance on behalf of crime victims.

• Convera, Vienna, has been included in Forbes B2B Best of the Web issue, featuring an overview of the United State's most promising business-to-business companies. Convera provides products and solutions for managing multimedia digital content.

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