- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009


Vanessa Meccarielli joined RMR & Associates Inc. as a public relations associate in its Rockville office. Ms. Meccarielli most recently worked at Bisnow, a D.C. online media publication, where she covered local stories and events.

Tiffany Wlazlowski was named director of communications at National Association of Truck Stop Operators, an Alexandria trade association. Ms. Wlazlowski previously served as spokeswoman for the American Trucking Associations and director of its communications program.


• The Commodity Futures Trading Commission appointed John P. Riley director of legislative affairs. Mr. Riley previously served as deputy chief of staff to the House Agriculture Committee.

• The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce named Marcia S. Twomey as its new president. Ms. Twomey has previously worked in McLean with the Navy Marine Coast Guard Resident Foundation and Vinson Hall Corp., a retirement community supported by the foundation.

• The Imagine America Foundation, a D.C. nonprofit that provides scholarship, research and training support for career colleges, added three members to its board of directors: Christopher M. Cimino, senior vice president of Nelnet Inc., a student loan service provider in Lincoln, Neb.; Patricia Kapper of Forefront Education Inc., a career-oriented provider of instruction, education and training services based in Barrington, Ill.; and Piper Jameson, who has served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Lincoln Educational Services, a post-secondary education provider in 17 states.

Kay Holcombe of Bethesda and Ronald Brown of Baltimore were elected to the board of directors of Community Health Charities of Maryland. Ms. Holcombe is vice president of government affairs for Genzyme Corp. of Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Brown is director of corporate relations for Towson University in Maryland.


• American Systems Corp., a technology contractor to government clients, named retired Army Col. Mark Wallace to oversee development of the company’s test and evaluation capabilities at its new office in Sierra Vista, Ariz.


• Paley Rothman named David P. Shapiro and Bibi M. Berry principles of the Bethesda law firm. Mr. Shapiro, of Potomac, recently completed his third term as chairman of the business law section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County. Ms. Berry, of Gaithersburg, was recently elected to serve on the bar’s executive committee.

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