Business people

October 19, 2008

Menno Haven

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ronda Layton recently was promoted to controller at Menno Haven Retirement Communities.

Before joining Menno Haven, Layton was employed in the banking and construction industries, and has served as a controller in both industries over the last 16 years.

Occupational Services Inc.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Michelle Lane recently joined the staff of Occupational Services Inc. as employment services manager.

Lane has worked as a career placement specialist, welfare program instructor, special education teacher, residential program specialist and rehabilitation specialist.

In other moves, Linda Mayo has been promoted to assistant executive director and Sharon Hershey has been promoted to youth development counselor.

Synergy Healing Arts Center

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Md. - Margie Schaeffer, director of the Synergy Healing Arts Center and Massage School, recently participated in the CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics workshop offered by The Upledger Institute Inc.


The course was designed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, who developed craniosacral therapy and has taught the technique internationally.

Mount St. Mary's University

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Michael A. Post has been appointed as the new dean of admissions and enrollment management at Mount St. Mary's University.

Post has been employed by Mount St. Mary's since 2005. He was hired as assistant dean of students and was named dean in 2006. Before coming to the school, he worked at Shippensburg (Pa.) University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Post graduated from Mount St. Mary's in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and received his master's degree in counseling/college student personnel from Shippensburg (Pa.) University.


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Darren Ferlisi was the top producer for September at the Middletown office of The Mlend mortgage company.

The Mental Health Center

The Mental Health Center recently recognized the following employees for their years of service.

· Fifteen or more years - Carol Haupt, Kim Holtz, Lynn Metzger, Grace Sprankle and Marilyn Zook

· Ten to 14 years - Constance Anton, Jeremy Cantner and Terri Lancaster

· Five to nine years - Terry Barnes, Gloria Booth, Patti Cooper, Heather Hickok, Mary Livesay, Angie Muller, Orrin Palmer, Jim Unger and Ginger Wolford

RE/MAX Achievers

The following were named top agents of the month for September at the Hagerstown office of RE/MAX Achievers.

· Top agent with commissions - Jim R. Derrick

· Top agent with new listings - Lynnette R. Potter

· Top agent with new sales - Alice J. Guy

· Top team with commissions, new listings and new sales - The Powell Team, consisting of Steven L. Powell, Lisa Zeger, Stephenie Rinehart, Linda Hansen and Steve Souders

VA Medical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mary E. Marshall, a dental hygienist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, recently received the Secretary's Hands and Heart Award.

The award is presented annually to a VA center employee who has demonstrated dedication and compassion in the delivery of patient care.

Marshall has 36 years of service at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, and has been a dental hygienist for 13 years.

R. Thomas Murphy & Associates

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - R. Thomas Murphy, an elder law attorney with the law firm R. Thomas Murphy & Associates, recently presented a seminar titled "The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Planning" to the Allegheny Bar Association on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Murphy presented the seminar as part of a three-member panel regarding the common issues affecting seniors and their families, Medicaid eligibility rules, asset protection strategies in a nursing home, and long-term care situations.

Murphy is a certified elder law attorney by the National Academy of Elder Law of the National Elder Law Foundation and is a frequent lecturer on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

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

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

Frederick County Builders Association

FREDERICK, Md. - Brian Flook, MIRM, CSP, of the Frederick County Builders Association recently was elected to a three-year term on the National Association of Home Builders Institute of Residential Marketing's Board of Trustees.

Flook is the president of Power Marketing & Advertising Inc. in Hagerstown and is a 20-plus-year veteran of the national real estate industry.

Flook received a bachelor of arts degree in leadership development from Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit University.

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