Business People

March 12, 2006

The Herald-Mail Co.

Sherri Fritts and Lauren Spencer have been hired as outside sales representatives in the Advertising Department of The Herald-Mail Co. Fritts previously worked as an advertising account executive with the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Journal and as a mortgage consultant with 1st American Mortgage, among others.

Spencer, a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in marketing, most recently worked as a direct mail manager for the National Geographic Society. She also worked as marketing coordinator for Thompson Publishing Group.

In the Circulation Department, Jerry Smelgus has been hired as a home delivery zone manager. A graduate of Anne Arundel Community College, Smelgus has served The Herald-Mail in an independent contractor, delivery capacity for the past year. He's also worked for Zep Manufacturing and Accurate Property Management LLC.

In part-time moves, Mary Ann Hughes, Amber Robinson, Andrew Robinson and Robert Staley have joined the Packaging & Distribution Department as inserters.


Observing a milestone service anniversary in March is Chris Copley, who's marking five years with the company. Copley, assistant Lifestyle editor in the newsroom, previously worked for the Cadillac News in Cadillac, Mich.

EXIT Realty Prosperity Group

FREDERICK, Md. - Kelly Lange has recently moved to EXIT Realty Prosperity Group.

A Frederick County, Md., resident with past experience in real estate and running her own business, Lange's focus includes both residential real estate and land development.

She is a member of the Realtors Land Institute.

CoxHollida LLP

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Kathi Zimmerman was awarded CoxHollida LLP's Plus Award for the period of September through December 2005.

The Plus Award recognizes individuals who have exceeded the expectations of clients, other firm members or the firm as a whole. It is given each trimester to a firm member.

Zimmerman, a senior accountant, received the award for her work on several large engagements, for her review work and for her staff training.

Runner-up for the award was Felicia Woodson, paraprofessional.

Sagittarius Salon

April Toms and Brandon Dasilva, members of the Sagittarius Salon Design Team, recently completed the Tony and Guy spring-summer 2006 collection in advanced hair color and design, held in New York City.

Marsha Knicley, artistic director and president of Sagittarius Salon and Spa, recently promoted the following members of the artistic design and color team to a higher level: Heather Hoffman, Jess Crawford, Codie Calvert, Loree Wesley, Lorah Nye, Pam Nichols, Phaedra Kart, Michelle Hughes, Brandon Dasilva and April Toms.

The promotions were a result, in part, of the stylists' national training.

Brook Lane

Brook Lane has named the following employees as Employees of the Month for January 2006: Kenyatte Mason, behavioral specialist in the Laurel Hall School, and Lois Sword, Housekeeping.

Judith L. Boyer-Patrick, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed to the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission by Gov. Robert Ehrlich. The commission was created to improve access to health care for Marylanders.

Boyer-Patrick is the director of Brook Lane's Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents.


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - BB&T has promoted Amanda M. Burkhart to banking officer.

Burkhart, who joined the bank in 2003, is a financial center manager based at 110 Main St.

The Hedgesville native is a 1994 graduate of Hedgesville High School.


Officer Jerry Keplinger has been named the Maryland Correctional Training Center's Employee of the Month for March.

Officer Keplinger has always maintained a professional attitude as well as a professional appearance along with a can-do attitude, a release says. Keplinger spearheaded the organization of a candlelight vigil for a fallen comrade. This task was completed in about 12 hours and resulted in more than 200 people gathering in support.

Keplinger began his career with the division on May 6, 1998.

R & R Massage Therapy

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Reflexologist Kate Bennett, R.N., has joined R & R Massage Therapy of Greencastle.

Bennett, of Greencastle, received her certification from Synergy Healing Arts Center/Massage School and the International Health Institute of New York in 2004.

She retired from the Washington County Health Department after 16 years with the agency.

Bowers Insurance

Heidi Hendershot, of Hagerstown, has joined Bowers Insurance Inc. as finance manager.

Hendershot's responsibilities include end of the month reconciliation, various accounting duties including forecasting, budgeting and cost analysis.

Hendershot previously worked as a credit analyst at GST AutoLeather Inc. in Hagerstown. She held a similar position at Phoenix Color Corp. in Hagerstown.

She has taken accounting and bookkeeping continuing education courses at Hagerstown Community College.

Lori Divelbiss, of Clear Spring, has been hired as the receptionist at Bowers Insurance Inc.

She is responsible for greeting and guiding clients, answering and directing phone calls and processing payments.

Divelbiss previously was a banking sales associate at M&T Bank in Clear Spring.

Divelbiss holds a Series 6 License through the National Association of Securities Dealers and a Life License issued by the Maryland Insurance Administration.

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