Business people

December 21, 2008

First United Bank & Trust

Richard L. Kidd has been hired as vice president and commercial loan officer at the Hagerstown community office of First United Bank & Trust.

Kidd has more than 32 years of banking experience. In his role as a commercial loan officer, he will deliver customized financial solutions to businesses in Hagerstown and the surrounding area.

Kidd is a graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.

Kidd is a member of the Greencastle (Pa.) Rotary Club and SCORE. He also is a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, where he previously served as past president.


Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Angela Hissong, an occupational therapy instructor at Penn State Mont Alto, received the 2008 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Academic Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) and a scholarship from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and AARP for Aging-in-Place Specialist certification.

Hissong received the award from POTA to recognize her commitment to and creativity in teaching that promotes student learning and her involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy education and those served by the profession.

Hissong received the scholarship from AOTA and AARP in June to attend certification training in Washington, D.C., to become an Aging-In-Place Specialist. She was one of 10 occupational therapists across the country to receive the scholarship, and is one of 35 occupational therapists to receive the certification.

Hissong also was chosen to be the primary occupational therapist contributing editor for two TRP Wellness videos - "Occupational Therapy in the Home" and "Occupational Therapy in the School."

Prudential Franklin Associates Realtors

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bob Barton and Kevin Cohick of the Chambersburg office of Prudential Franklin Associates Realtors were named top real estate agents in November.

Barton has been with Prudential Franklin Associates Realtors for seven years. He earned his Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) professional designation from the Pennsylvania Realtors Institute.

Cohick joined Prudential Franklin Associates Realtors a year ago.

Leadership Maryland

Gregory B. Murray, Washington County administrator; Cynthia L. Perini, senior vice president and district executive of Sovereign Bank; and John Michael Stouffer, commissioner of correction in the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, recently completed an eight-month-long leadership development program sponsored by Leadership Maryland.

They were among 50 business and government leaders statewide who were honored Dec. 2 at a black-tie reception and banquet at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

Miller & Hecker, LLC

WESTMINSTER, Md. - E. Suzan Miller, a partner in the law firm of Miller & Hecker, LLC, was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 8 at a formal ceremony before all nine Supreme Court justices.

Miller, daughter of Bob and Betty VanLaningham of Hagerstown, has 22 years of experience in business and corporate law. She was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 1997, 1999 and 2007 by The Daily Record.

Callas Contractors

Jay Doyle and Jim Leather were named safest employee winners for November at Callas Contractors Inc.

Doyle and Leather both have worked at Callas since 2006.

Also, Alex Wiedel recently received the LEED AP (Accredited Professional) designation.

Wiedel has worked as an estimator for Callas for more than a year.

Con-way Freight

Daniel Helmick, a driver sales representative for Con-way Freight recently reached the 1 million accident-free miles milestone.

Helmick, of Martinsburg, W.Va., drove 1 million accident-free miles for Con-way Freight between 1998 and 2008.

Helmick has been a professional truck driver for 23 years.

Tastefully Simple

The following local residents have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet products.

· Heather Ashkettle of Hagerstown at

· Elizabeth Morris of Sharpsburg at

Totem Pole Playhouse

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Five new members recently joined the board of the Totem Pole Playhouse.

· Victoria Bartlett of Gettysburg, Pa., an accountant with Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. in Gettysburg.

· Dolores Brake of Chambersburg, Pa., an associate broker with Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA in Chambersburg.

· Sal Prezioso of Gettysburg, owner of a travel consolidator.

· B.J. Small of Gettysburg, editor of the Gettysburg Times.

· Celeste Snavely of Chambersburg, a Doncaster wardrobe consultant.

National Purchasing Institute

FREDERICK, Md. - Harold Good, CPPO, director of the Frederick County Department of Purchasing, recently was elected to serve a one-year term on the National Purchasing Institute's national board of directors and as a member of the membership and marketing teams.

The National Purchasing Institute (NPI) represents purchasing officials employed by national, state and local governments, educational institutions and tax-supported and public entities throughout the country.

The Frederick County Department of Purchasing also was named a 2008 winner of the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from NPI.

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