Business people

July 27, 2008

Washington County Free Library

Mary Baykan, director of the Washington County Free Library, has been appointed to the Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Baykan will represent Maryland's public libraries on the coalition, which will design a blueprint for transferring oversight of adult education and literacy programs, the GED Testing Office and adult correctional education from the Maryland State Department of Education to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Workforce Development.

Baykan was chosen for her work with the General Assembly and her contributions to enhancing library service across the state. She was National Librarian of the Year in 2007.

Callas Contractors

The Safety Committee at Callas Contractors has chosen the following employees as its Safest Employee winners for April and May:


Wayne Southerly has been with the company for 28 years and has never had a lost-time injury. Kenny Binkley has been with the company for 31 years. Travis Guettler has been with the company for two years. Rocky Riffle has been with the company for two years.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Linda Wigfield, a sales associate with the Hagerstown office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, recently was named Realtor of the Year by the Pen Mar Association of Realtors (PMAR).

Wigfield has served on PMAR's Grievance Committee for three years and is on PMAR's Professional Standards Committee. She has been a member of the Washington County Landlords and Property Owners Association since 1995 and is a member of Coldwell Banker's President's Club.

Wigfield earned her Maryland real estate license in 1985. She started her real estate career at VanMater Real Estate, then went to Clover Real Estate and O'Conner, Piper and Flynn, which ultimately became Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

West Virginia Writers Inc.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jay B. Tabor has been appointed to the position of regional representative for Region 10 of West Virginia Writers Inc.

West Virginia Writers Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting writers and artists in West Virginia. Region 10 includes Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Grant, Mineral, Hardy and Hampshire counties.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Matt Gunder and Paul Gunder of the Waynesboro office of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA were recognized for excellent performance in June.

The decision was based on the number of new listings, sales and referrals, attendance at real estate meetings and workshops, and customer satisfaction reports.

Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Khaled Amleh, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Mont Alto, presented a paper entitled "A Robust Approach to Channel Estimation and Detection for Multicarrier Systems" at the 2008 International Conference on Communications in Beijing in May.

Amleh's presentation focused on block transmission techniques that have received much research interest for their ability to eliminate the intersymbol interference problem associated with continuous transmission.

Amleh earned a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and received master's degrees in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and in applied computer mathematics from Long Island University.

Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Linghao Zhong, an assistant professor at Penn State Mont Alto, recently received a Research Collaboration Fellowship grant from Penn State University.

Zhong will partner with James Kubicki, associate professor of geosciences at University Park and a member of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment, to research the production of ethanol.

Zhong earned a doctorate degree in biophysical chemistry from the University of Rochester in 2003. He earned both a master's degree in physical chemistry and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Nanjing University in China.

State police superintendent appoints new bureau chiefs

PIKESVILLE, Md. - Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Terrence B. Sheridan recently announced the promotions and appointments of new bureau chiefs for all three bureaus of the department.

Colonel Sheridan announced that Maj. Stewart W. Russell, Maj. William M. Pallozzi and Maj. G. Robert Turano, of Saint James, were promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, effective July 1.

"These new bureau chiefs are all individuals who have excelled throughout their careers with the Maryland State Police," Col. Sheridan said. "They have proven through years of command and leadership experience that their expertise and abilities make them uniquely qualified to assume these positions."

Turano, 45, has served with the state police for 22 years. He was most recently an assistant chief of the Field Operations Bureau, responsible for the 10 barracks in the western half of the state. Prior to his promotion to major, he served as captain and troop commander of the Western Troop. Turano replaced Lt. Col. Matt Lawrence, who retired on July 1.

Monumental Life Insurance

Monumental Life Insurance of Hagerstown recognized Linda Caudell as Agent of the Month for June. She was the office's leading salesperson for the month of June.

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