Business People - Jan. 16

January 14, 2011

MVB Bank

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — R.B. Seem, vice president of retail banking and client services of MVB Bank, recently announced another addition to the MVB East lending team.

Lauren Epperly has been promoted to branch manager and retail lender for the Martinsburg office of MVB. Epperly graduated from Shepherd University with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. She has been with the MVB team for three years. In her previous role, she served as deposit officer.

"Promoting Lauren to retail lender is going to serve our Eastern Panhandle clients well," Seem said. "She has proven she is committed to giving her clients the best service possible."   

Involved in her community, Epperly is president of the Martinsburg chapter of Referral Networking Exchange (RNE), a hospice liaison, graduate of Leadership Berkeley, member of the Chamber of Commerce Women's Network, member of the Christians in Business (CIB) Leadership Team, and is currently serving as a coach for Upward Basketball.

Epperly will work from MVB's Martinsburg office, at 651 Foxcroft Ave.

She resides in Martinsburg with her husband, Todd.

MVB is a West Virginia community bank with offices in Berkeley, Jefferson, Harrison and Marion counties.

Ocker & Associates PC

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Michael Ocker, CPA, and Nina Thiessen, CPA, of Ocker & Associates PC, recently attended a Multistate Tax Conference. The conference was presented on behalf of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and focused on current tax developments and issues that might affect businesses operating in multiple states. 

Ocker & Associates PC is a public accounting firm whose services include accounting, financial planning and tax preparation for corporations, partnerships and individuals. The firm has offices in Fayetteville and McSherrystown, Pa.


Maryland Correctional Institute-Hagerstown

Maryland Correctional Institute-Hagerstown named Officer Hartle as the January Employee of the Month.

Hartle is assigned to Tower 3 and his job requires him to be reliable, observant, and able to make objective and judicious decisions.

On Oct. 6, 2010, he observed an inmate in the yard chasing another. Minutes later, an inmate went to Post 5 and informed the officer he required medical assistance (he was stabbed and bleeding). Additional staff members were assembled and approximately 260 inmates were searched prior to leaving the yard. While searching one inmate, Hartle radioed staff performing the pat down and informed them to make sure they checked that individual well. After a thorough search, it was discovered his knuckles were swollen and he had a cut on one. Because of his attentive actions, the suspected assailant was apprehended.


Maryland Correctional Institute-Hagerstown

Glenroy Robinson is being recognized as Supervisor of the Quarter for his role as lead psychologist at Maryland Correctional Institute-Hagerstown. Although the Psychology Department remains understaffed, Robinson has striven to provide efficient and effective treatment services to the institution and inmate population. He has implemented a major restructuring of mental- health services at MCI-H. These changes include a full-time counselor to the segregation unit, decentralizing most mental-health inmates into the general population and the addition of three therapy groups. Robinson has evidenced exemplary leadership skills, which have made him not only a valuable asset to MCI-H, but to the Division of Correction and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Hagerstown Suns

The Hagerstown Suns are pleased to announce the addition of six new front-office employees. Sara Grasmon and Rechelle Bischoff will head the Suns marketing campaign.

Grasmon studied public relations and journalism at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and has spent the last two seasons in media relations with the Kansas City T-Bones.

Bischoff attended The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, where she earned a degree in digital media before working as a morning radio show co-host for a station in Findlay.

Tony Iovieno will be responsible for stadium operations, and food and beverage. He has a government and international relations degree from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and has five years of experience in event operations with the Boston Red Sox.

Josh Mastin, Ben Scheffel and Chris Vierling will lead the sales department for the Suns.

Mastin attended the State University of New York at Cortland and earned a degree in sports management. He interned with the Auburn Doubledays and Batavia Muckdogs before moving to Hagerstown.

Scheffel studied sports management and communications at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He interned with the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Vierling earned a degree in entertainment management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and interned with the Springfield Wolf Pack and Missouri State soccer team.

The Hagerstown Suns are a Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. The Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball LLC.

Season tickets, mini plans and sponsorships are now available.

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