- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009


Amanda J. Visek, an assistant professor at George Washington University, was elected head of the public-relations and outreach division of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Miss Visek, of Arlington, is an assistant professor in the department of exercise science in the GWU School of Public Health and Health Services.


• Former Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican, joined the D.C. office of international law firm DLA Piper as a partner in its government affairs practice. In addition to his four years in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Martinez served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Stephen K. Gardner is leaving the D.C. office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP to join the D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as a partner in its energy, environment and natural resources practice group. Mr. Gardner will counsel clients on regulation, utility tariffs, purchasing, hedging and derivatives, dispute resolution and litigation and appear before state public utility and energy commissions.

David Dean is joining Tully Rinckey PLLC as director of public relations for the firm’s D.C. and New York offices. Before joining Tully Rinckey, Mr. Dean was a detective sergeant and media relations liaison with the Troy Police Department in New York.


• J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the commercial and investing banking firm, named Mary Ann Best vice president and senior private banker in its D.C. office. Miss Best will provide advice on investments, wealth transfer and philanthropy to high-net-worth clients and foundations. She comes to J.P. Morgan from Bernstein Global Wealth Management, an asset management and research firm, where she served as a principal and financial adviser.

Wesley Rosati was promoted to executive chef for Lansdowne Resort in Loudoun County, Va. Mr. Rosati, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served as banquet chef at Lansdowne and managed the kitchen operation for the resort’s banquet program.

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