Business People

October 14, 2007

The Shook Home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Heather Carey, an occupational therapy assistant, has won the customer service award from Genesis Rehab Co., the contracted therapy service from which Shook Home and The Quarters at The Shook receive their therapy services.

Carey, of Greencastle, Pa., was selected for the award from among 200 people nominated.

She was nominated by her supervisor and physical therapist, Jan Benedict.

The award is based on customer service, leadership skills, flexibility and the promotion of a positive attitude.


FREDERICK, Md. - Aduro, a full-service marketing firm, announced that it is under new ownership. Ellie Whims, previously the company's managing partner, purchased the six-year-old company and will assume the title of president.

The company, formerly Robin Jones Marketing, also recently announced its name change to Aduro.

Whims joined the firm as director of public relations in 2004. In August 2006, she became managing director, handling the company's day-to-day operations. In March, she took over as managing partner.


Whims has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing communications.

She has worked for companies and clients in a variety of industries, including arts and entertainment, biotechnology, computer forensics, consumer electronics, enterprise software, financial services, interior design and high-end furniture, health care, insurance logistics, and more.

She is a graduate of California State University.


The Washington County Commissioners have appointed Robin "Rob" L. Ferree as deputy director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC).

Ferree has served as business development specialist for the EDC since October 2004.

In his expanded role, Ferree will remain focused on the EDC's business development efforts, along with coordinating the marketing and public relation functions of the agency.

As deputy director, he will have responsibility for attracting and recruiting quality employers who will expand job opportunities for residents and increase investment in the community.

Ferree has a business marketing/management degree from James Madison University. He had extensive private industry experience, including 20 years with Grove Worldwide, where he was vice president, International Sales and Government Marketing.


The Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagers-town recognized LeeAnn Crawford, acting office secretary II, and Kalena N. Lapole, office secretary I, as Employees of the Month for providing secretarial support to four units in the case management department during recent staff shortages.

They assisted staff and worked the hours necessary to meet deadlines.

Crawford has been employed by the State of Maryland since 1984 and Lapole since 2006.

· MCI-H recognized Russell Ambrose, correctional supply officer supervisor, as Supervisor of the Quarter.

As supervisor in charge of commissary, Ambrose has dealt with numerous issues to provide services to the inmate population. In addition, he detected what he considered to be a security threat and, upon investigation, his concern was validated, according to a prepared release.

Ambrose has been employed by the State of Maryland since 2000.


Linda Tritsch, RN on the 4-12 shift, was named the Maryland Correctional Training Center's Employee of the Month for October.

On Sept. 14, Tritsch performed CPR on an inmate who was without signs of life and eventually restored the inmate to the point where he could carry on a conversation. Staff and inmates on the scene said they believed that if she had not been present, the inmate might not have survived.

Tritsch has worked at MCTC since 1997.

24/7 Dance Studio

Employees of 24/7 Dance Studio Hagerstown recently were certified and/or recertified in CPR and first aid.

BJ Ostrum, Kristie Culler, Gina Korrell, Zelda Darby, Cindy Hsu, Sheila Lowman, David Loy, Jean McCauley, William Morris and April Sipe from the Hagerstown studio took part in the training.

The training took place at the Frederick, Md. studio. The course was funded by studio owner Gina Korrell. The studio requires its teaching professionals to have the needed tools to provide emergency response for their students, if needed.

Service Coordination

FREDERICK, Md. - Service Coordination, a nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities in Central and Western Maryland and Montgomery County has elected new officers to its board of directors. They are:

· Dawn Hammond, vice president of international client services for Wells Fargo Bank, president.

· Scott Runkles, vice president with the Mortgage Markets Group of Wells Fargo Bank, vice president.

· Kathleen Bands, associate dean of the graduate school at Hood College and a professor in the Education Department, secretary.

· Robert Harvey, chief financial officer at Carter Control Systems, treasurer.

· Roberta Strosnider, a consultant in the disability field, past-president.

Other directors re-elected to the board are Kenice Fleming, Dennis Johnson, Valerie Sharpe and Susan Bosworth. Newly elected directors are Lynn Rogers and Kathy Rama Tellis.

Edward Jones

Edward Jones financial advisor Shelby Penn has announced that financial adviser Syl Tipson has joined her office in Hagerstown.

Tipson will work out of Penn's office at 33 W. Franklin St., Suite 101, for several months, then will continue serving investors throughout the area.

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