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Lazdins to Head Howard P&Z

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has appointed Valdis Lazdins to lead the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning. Lazdins replaces Planning and Zoning Director Marsha McLaughlin, who retired after 27 years with the county.

Lazdins currently serves as chief of research and special projects at the Montgomery County Planning Department, a post he has held for the past three years. In this position, he has conducted analyses about the county’s land use related to economic, demographic, housing and other development trends. Throughout his career, his focus has been on land use planning, site design, plan implementation and code writing.

NGC Names Rand VP Ops

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) has appointed Kay Rand vice president of operations for the company’s Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector. Rand will lead a newly-formed part of the organization that integrates sector-wide infrastructure elements.

Valerio Shock Exits CRTC, East Comes Aboard

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) announced that Kris Valerio Shock, the council’s executive director, has submitted her resignation to accept a position with a Baltimore-based public relations company. Shock’s departure comes after seven years with the CRTC. She is credited with successfully transitioning the former Anne Arundel Tech Council to a regional business organization, including growing membership from 200 to more than 300 member companies.

Also at the CRTC, Heather East has signed on as director of membership and operations. East has spent 15 years working for nonprofit organizations and trade groups in the areas of advocacy, communications and marketing.

Hogan Companies Adds Trio

The Hogan Companies, of Annapolis, has added David Katz as chief legal officer, and Keith Fuller and Joe Lomangino as associates.

Katz spent the majority of his professional career in private practice in Annapolis; Fuller was co-owner of The White Warehouse in New York; and Lomangino owned and operated a custom construction company, where he built approximately 200 custom homes and renovated more than 1,000 residences throughout Maryland.

Smith Promoted at M&T

M&T Bank has promoted Greg Smith, vice president, to team leader of the Howard County Business Banking Group. Smith has been at M&T Bank for 11 years and most recently served as a relationship manager in Annapolis.

Schmidt, Watson Join HCC Board of Trustees

Kevin Forrest Schmidt and Courtney Watson are the newest members of the Howard Community College Board of Trustees.

Schmidt is assuming the remaining term for a former trustee and will serve through June 2019. Schmidt is the vice president of government relations for Smiths Group; Watson will serve the board through June 2021. She is the vice president of sales for Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman, a regional insurance brokerage, and recently completed two four-year terms on the Howard County Council.

New Staff Officers at HCGH

Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) has announced two new professional staff officers have accepted two-year terms. They are Mary Pieprzak, M.D., president; Stephen Villanyi, M.D., vice-president and secretary/treasurer.

Pieprzak joined HCGH in 1996. She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center; Villanyi a member of the HCGH staff since 2008, attended medical school and completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Toronto.

Fisher Replaces Logan at WCC

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) has accepted the resignation of Donna Logan as chairman and board member. Randall Fisher, of the Fisher Law Office, has assumed her duties of chairman.

Tong Cited by State CPAs

Howard County resident Dalton Tong recently won the Frank Blacklock Award as Accounting Educator of the Year from the Maryland Association of CPAs. Tong is on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.

Ward Named to Financial Times List

Russell Ward, senior vice president of wealth management at UBS Financial Services, has been named to the 2015 Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors List by the Financial Times. The list recognizes the top financial advisers nationally who specialize in serving defined contribution retirement plans.

Manfredi Named COO at BWFA

Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors (BWFA), of Columbia, recently welcomed Joseph Manfredi as chief operating officer and senior portfolio manager. He is responsible for day-to-day management duties, with a focus on portfolio management, operations and compliance leadership.

Menoken Joins Colliers

Colliers International, of Baltimore, has hired Shiela Menoken as a senior lease analyst. Menoken brings to the position experience in commercial real estate, including lease administration and property management. Prior to joining Colliers, Menoken was a commercial real estate paralegal specialist/supervisor for Sentara Healthcare.

CarneyKelehan Names Kane

Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, a law firm based in Columbia, has named Christina Kane as an associate attorney. She will practice real estate law after joining the firm last year as a law clerk.

Nolis New Hand at Purple Cherry

John Nolis has joined Purple Cherry Architects as senior design architect. He has spent most of the past 30 years designing custom luxury homes for clients in Long Island’s Hamptons region and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

Griffin Joins Comcast’s Beltway Region

Comcast Cable has announced Troy Griffin’s appointment as vice president of customer service strategy and operations for the company’s Beltway Region, which includes Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and two other states. Griffin led customer service efforts in Comcast’s Western New England Region for the past three years.

Award for AACC’s Toman

Robyn Toman, professor of mathematics at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), recently received an Education Excellence Award from the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce for redesigning the pre-college math curriculum. Toman has taught math at AACC since 1999.

M&T Promotes Simmons

M&T Bank has promoted Barbara Simmons to group vice president for the Baltimore and Chesapeake Commercial Real Estate Group. In this role, she manages a department responsible for a $2.5 billion investment commercial real loan portfolio.

NGC’s Greenspan Honored by IEEE

Marshall Greenspan, a distinguished scientist who recently retired from Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC), has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) as the 2015 recipient of the Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications. Greenspan began his 50-year career developing modes for the radars on the Navy’s A6-E aircraft.

Christian Joins Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance, of Annapolis, has hired Ellen Christian as director of marketing and community outreach. She will foster the company’s growth as she focuses on company initiatives and programs, such as hospital-to-home care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method.

HTC Hires New Director

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has named Tracy Turner as director of the Howard Tech Council (HTC). Turner was promoted from her position as director of programs at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), the incubator where the HTC is based.

Crosby Adds Hoehlein

Charles Hoehlein has been added as a connection planning supervisor at Annapolis-based Crosby Marketing Communications. Hoehlein will research, analyze and negotiate advertising and marketing opportunities to create multi-channel media plans for clients.

DARS Welcomes Guzman

Columbia-based Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny (DARS) has announced that Jordana Guzman has joined the firm as an associate attorney in its Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate & Trust Administration practice groups. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Howard County Estate Planning Council.

Ohnmacht Joins Bay Bank

Bay Bank has named Rich Ohnmacht as its Corridor market president and senior vice president. Ohnmacht will be responsible for developing a market presence and generating commercial loan growth throughout Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Fisher to Head Wilhelm Commercial Builders

Annapolis Junction-based Wilhelm Commercial Builders recently appointed Marc Fischer as the firm’s new president and CEO. In this role, he will be responsible for establishing the company’s strategy and vision.

Loyola’s Sellinger School Names Tarrant

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management promoted Patricia Tarrant to program manager of the Professional MBA and Master of Science in Finance programs. Previously, she provided program support at Sellinger.

Windley Cited by CA

Safire Windley, the program coordinator for Columbia Association’s (CA) Youth & Teen Center at The Barn, was honored at the Howard County NAACP Youth Council’s “Honoring our Unsung Heroes” reception and fundraiser. Windley was recognized for her work with the center and around the community.

Marriner Marketing Names Just

Marriner Marketing Communications has hired Chris Just as vice president, executive creative director. Just previously worked, via New Orleans-based Peter A. Mayer, as creative director for CenturyLink, the corporate telecomm concern.

Weichert Welcomes Redman

The Glen Burnie office of Weichert Realtors has announced that Andrew Redman has joined the company as a real estate agent. Redman will serve property buyers and sellers in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and on the Eastern Shore.