- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 4, 2005


• Lisa Altman was promoted from manager to director of public affairs for the Washington and Virginia region at Comcast Corp., the cable and entertainment company.

• Charles Ruderman was named vice president of sales at Rovion Inc., an Owings Mills, Md., Internet advertising firm. Mr. Ruderman is a former director of business development for Eyeblaster Inc., a digital marketing company with headquarters in New York.


• Kent Guichard was named chief operating officer of American Woodmark Corp., a Winchester, Va., cabinet maker. Mr. Guichard will continue to serve as the company’s executive vice president.


• Deirdre McQuade was named director of planning and information for the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Miss McQuade previously was a grant program analyst in the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.

• Raul Danny Vargas was appointed to the boards of the Northern Virginia Family Service, a group that promotes strong families, and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth. Mr. Vargas is president of Varcom Solutions, a Herndon marketing and consulting firm.


• Don Strehle was named president of BB&T; Corp.’s Fairfax region. Mr. Strehle previously was a retail banking manager for the BB&T;’s Battlefield and Fairfax regions.


• CSSI Inc., an aviation research and consulting firm based in the District, named Mark D. Rogers chief scientist for human system integration and Robbie Leftwich senior separation and safety manager. Mr. Rogers was director of system engineering with the Federal Aviation Administration.

• Francis “Buzz” Raborn was appointed to the board of directors of Proxy Aviation Systems Inc., a Germantown provider of unmanned aircraft systems. Mr. Raborn is a former chief financial officer at United Defense Industries Inc., a subsidiary of BAE Systems, an Arlington defense contractor.


• Gerald J. Mossinghoff was named to the Patent Public Advisory Committee, a division of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Mossinghoff is a senior counsel to Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt PC, an Alexandria intellectual property law firm.

cIrving Pollack and Laurence Storch joined the D.C. office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Mr. Pollack was a commissioner and director of the enforcement and market regulation divisions of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Storch was an SEC enforcement specialist.


• Rafael Roncal was named editor of El Pregonero, a Spanish-language newspaper based in the District. Mr. Roncal was an assistant editor at the paper, where he has worked for 17 years.

• James S. Keat, retired editor of the Baltimore Sun, received the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in support of open meetings and access to public records.

• Discovery Networks U.S., a subsidiary of Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications Inc., named Eileen O’Neill executive vice president and general manager of the Discovery Health Channel and Vivian Schiller executive vice president and general manager of the Discovery Times Channel. Both were senior vice presidents for their respective networks.


• Safeway Inc. named Henry Bash and Brad Spooner vice presidents of retail operations for the grocer’s Lanham-based Eastern division. Mr. Bash was a district manager of the company’s Seattle division. Mr. Spooner was a corporate vice president for the Winn-Dixie grocery store chain.

• Matthew Mendis, a corporate vice president at the International Resources Group, a D.C. consulting firm, was elected to the board of the Global Village Energy Partnership, whose more than 700 organizations around the world look to increase access to energy services in impoverished rural areas.

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