Business people - Jan. 22

January 18, 2012
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Veterans Affairs Medical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — James Edwards and Dr. Ethelann Murray were named the January employees of the month at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

The award recognizes employees who not only fulfill their duties, but consistently show cheerfulness, tact, friendliness and understanding to patients and fellow employees.

Edwards is a grounds laborer for Facility Management Service. His responsibilities vary from cutting and hauling a tree after a storm to repairing a frozen pipeline.

Ethelann Murray, chief of medical service, is implementing e-consults, electronic consultations between physicians and patients, to ease health care communications for veterans. She and her staff practice an open-door policy, resulting in increased patient satisfaction scores. Despite manning shortages, she maintains full ICU coverage, encourages staff through recognition for their teamwork and leadership, and devotes additional hours to manage her patient load and administrative responsibilities.

High Rock

High Rock, a full-service marketing agency, announced the addition of three members to its strategic/creative, project management and administrative teams.

As of the first of the year, High Rock expanded the team to include Jess Ruzz, brand strategist and copywriter; Kristen Grove, project manager; and Rebecca "Beccy" Cottrill, receptionist.

Ruzz is a veteran of regional and national advertising and marketing agencies, and is a former attorney who worked as in-house corporate counsel in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.

Grove, an illustrator and designer, is High Rock's new project manager for clients of the agency's LeftBrain website design solution. She has worked as an art assistant at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, Pa., and as a freelance illustrator. She is pursuing a master's certification in digital art, with concentrations in illustration and Web design.

Cottrill has more than 15 years of business administration and management experience. Her background includes human resources, payroll, contracts, domestic and international credit analysis and sales, as well as veterinary management.

First United Corp.

First United Corp. announces the retirement of Ray Hinkle from its board of directors.

Hinkle was a board member for Myersville Bank from 1988-95, when it was acquired by First United Bank & Trust. Hinkle continued to serve on the First United Board until his retirement at the end of 2011.

He is the treasurer for the Town of Myersville, Md., and is the president of the Myersville Volunteer Fire Department.

He resides in Myersville with his wife, Ruth.

Hinkle was honored for his retirement from the board of directors with a $500 check. Hinkle donated the check to Pastor Tim Ritchey-Martin of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren in Myersville to assist the church in its work with the Foods Resource Bank, a Christian organization dedicated to alleviating world hunger.

Antietam Call Center

Bill Bosch, president of Antietam Call Center, announced that Damion Rutherford was hired as director of sales and marketing effective Jan. 9.

In that position, Rutherford will be responsible for increasing the company's exposure to potential clients, as well as handling new sales efforts within the company.

Therapeutic Massage for Health

Martinsburg, W.Va. — Pam Rockwell Licensed Massage Therapist/Therapeutic Massage for Health has moved to 93 Crimson Circle, Martinsburg.

For more information or an appointment, call 304-279-5650.

City of Hagerstown

The City of Hagerstown recently hired Andy Hoffman as its recreation services coordinator. 

Hoffman previously owned Game Time Hagerstown, where he organized teams and developed leagues for games like basketball, kickball, dodge ball and Ultimate Frisbee.

Hoffman is a graduate of Williamsport High School and earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has previous experience as a teacher, restaurant manager, sports official and marketing specialist.

Hoffman will assist in managing the golf pro shop and golf course programs, developing and scheduling events and leagues, and creating promotional and advertising material to enhance the recreational programs like those offered at Potterfield Pool and Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run. In addition, he will provide direction to employees at the Jonathan Hager House and the Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park.

He plans to add more recreation activities to current city events, like the fireworks at Fairgrounds Park, and he'll also coordinate with and complement the recreational activities developed by the county.

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