- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2001

Environmental lawyer joins D.C. firm Venable

When Peggy Strand joined Venable, a D.C. environmental law firm, she was reunited with some former Department of Justice co-workers.
Ms. Strand, 55, has practiced environmental law for the past 25 years, starting at the DOJ, practicing litigation for 16 years. She then was a partner at environmental law firm Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly. Last month, she joined D.C. law firm Venable as a partner in the environmental group.
"It's just been one of the most satisfying ways to practice law," she says about choosing the environment track. "I felt lucky to start when it was relatively new. This country has seen such remarkable changes in the way it looks at public health and the environment."
She will also be working with two old colleagues from the DOJ, Jud Starr and Jerry Block, who is also a partner at Venable.
"With Peggy anchoring our civil environmental counseling and litigation, that practice, combined with our environmental crimes practice, ranks our environmental group's skills and experience second to none," says Mr. Starr, current chairman of the environmental group at Venable.
Ms. Strand specializes in laws affecting natural resources and wetlands, and speaks with pride about her job.
"Americans want a strong economy and a clean environment, and with a lot of pushing and shoving, we've been able to do that," she says. "After 10 years of having my own private practice, I still feel that way. Everyone wants to do the right thing, even if they don't agree."
Ms. Strand is a longtime resident of Virginia, having lived in the state since 1974. She currently lives in Arlington, and has two grown children, and two grandchildren.
Kate Royce


Walls Communications, based in the District, added Carol Randolph as senior counsel and legal adviser. Prior to joining Walls Communications, Ms. Randolph anchored for Court TV's program, Your Turn.
Frank Merecicky joined Goldberg Marchesano Partners in the District as vice president and director of client development and Janet Schreiber as media director.
Legal PR, Falls Church, appointed Andy C. Szul account executive. Previously, Mr. Szul was at the Media Research Center, where he managed online operations and outreach projects.
Laughlin, Marinaccio & Owens (LM&O;) Advertising, Arlington, promoted Sherri Green to account supervisor. Ms. Green joined LM&O; in 1998 as an account coordinator.


Tove Anderson and Eric Inman joined the D.C. office of Hickok Warner Fox Architects as project architects. Renee Ferrell joined the Vienna office and project architect.
Fred Marcial, Floyd Stoutt, Georges Mohasseb and Marc Deocampo joined Zimmer Gunsel Frasca Partnership in Bethesda as architects.
Kai Y. Tong joined Hopkins & Porter Construction Inc., Potomac, as senior architect and head of the architectural design department. Mr. Tong previously founded and operated KTDA Inc., Architects and Builders in Alexandria.


Cheryl Daly was promoted to program manager in the human resource management group by Logistics Management Institute (LMI) in Tysons Corner. A members of the LMI staff since 1999, Ms. Daly is a former career Air Force officer.
Faye Coleman, president and chief executive officer of Westover Consultants Inc., was named chairman of Leadership Washington for 2001-2002.
William T. Coleman Jr., a senior partner and the senior counsel of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and James Barksdale, founder of the Barksdale Group, have joined the board of directors of the Fund for the Capitol Visitor Center.


Constellation Energy Group, Baltimore, promoted Judy Pensabene to vice President and assistant to the chief executive officer. Ms. Pensabene joined the company in 1995 as director of federal affairs.
USEC Inc., Bethesda, appointed Russ Starkey United States Enrichment Corp.'s Paducah Plant general manager. Mr. Starkey has been a member of the Paducah management team for four years.
Steve Penrod was promoted plant manager. Mr. Penrod joined the staff in 1979 and most recently served as operations manager.
USEC Inc. named Joseph Paquette to the USEC board of directors. Mr. Paquette served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of PECO Energy Company until his retirement in 1997.


First Virginia Banks Inc., headquartered in Falls Church, promoted Heather L. Stalfort, marketing manager, to assistant vice president.
Fort Belvoir Federal Credit Union promoted Joyce Feathers to human resources director.
Southern Financial Bancorp, based in Warrenton, Va., appointed John M. Borak senior vice president in the bank's D.C. branch. Prior to joining Southern Financial, Mr. Borak was senior credit officer, senior vice president of Fleet Boston Financial Corp.
Green Park Financial, Bethesda, named Brenda Dutrow assistant vice president of the closing department. Ms. Dutrow joined Green Park Financial from Reilly Mortgage Group Inc., where she was responsible for all phases of loan closing.


Optinel Systems, Elkridge, Md., appointed Roger Bailey director of business development. Mr. Bailey joined Optinel Systems from Alcatel Optronics, where he served as business development director for North America.


Bruce D. McLeod was named senior vice president at Commonwealth Consultants in Vienna. Mr. McLeod was a vice president at Golin/Harris Washington D.C. Group.
Brunswick Group, a European-based communications advisory firm, named David Shapiro a partner and head of the D.C. office. Most recently, Mr. Shapiro was executive vice president of litigation boutique Bork & Associates.


Beazer Homes, Chantilly, named Kelly Shea new homes sales consultant at Southridge. Prior to joining Beazer, Ms. Shea was a community sales manager and sales assistant with Richmond American Homes.

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