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Business People - Feb. 19

February 19, 2012
  • Dr. Philip J. ODonnell
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University Cardiovascular Associates

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Dr. Philip J. O’Donnell, a cardiologist with University Cardiovascular Associates in Martinsburg, recently was awarded diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, or ABCL.

The ABCL is a nonprofit certifying organization dedicated to reducing morbidity and mortality from cholesterol disorders and related disease by assessing qualifications and certifying knowledge of professionals in lipid management.

Professionals in lipid management, or “lipidologists,” specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cholesterol disorders known as dyslipidemia, which might cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

O’Donnell is one of 600 physicians nationwide to achieve the certification.

To obtain diplomate status with the ABCL, O’Donnell completed a range of continuing medical education requirements and successfully passed a rigorous examination. He has extensive training in cholesterol management, cardiovascular risk assessment and intervention.

This month, O’Donnell and University Cardiovascular Associates will team up with WVU Hospitals-East to launch a new heart disease and stroke-prevention screening program. The first screening date is Feb. 29. 

For more information, call 304-596-5750.



Kent Nutrition Group

Jeremy Ruckman recently was promoted to plant manager at Kent Nutrition Group — Feed Division. 

He joined the company in 1997 as a packer operator, holding a variety of positions since then, most recently as production manager. 

Ruckman is a native of Waynesboro, Pa., and served four years in the U.S. military. He and his family live in Greencastle, Pa.

The Kent Nutrition Group Inc., a division of Muscatine Foods Corp., headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, serves customers through its pet products and animal feed divisions. The feed division, operating throughout the Midwest, mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New York, has pioneered the development of innovative products, feeding concepts and programs to improve efficiency and performance in animal nutrition.



Leadership Washington County

Tara Horst has been named the full-time executive director for Leadership Washington County, a position that previously was part-time.

In her new capacity, Horst will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization, including the planning and administration of programs to develop leadership in the community. She also will maintain fiscal and budgetary accountability for the organization, and will seek new sources of funding and resources to support Leadership Washington County and its goals.

The executive director also is responsible for coordinating public-relations efforts and participating in community activities.

Horst was a faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s University from 2000-07 and at the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg (Pa.) University from 2007-10. She earned an undergraduate degree in education and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Frostburg State University, and a doctorate in adult education from Penn State University.

She graduated from Leadership Washington County as part of Class 21 in 2008.

Horst is a recent graduate of the Leadership Maryland program, following eight months of training.



Mercersburg Academy

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Brian H. Hargrove has been named Mercersburg Academy’s assistant head of school for advancement, effective June 4, 2012.

He succeeds Mary K. Carrasco, who told Head of School Douglas Hale in the spring of 2011 that she and her husband intended to relocate.

Hargrove is the director of development for St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas. An alumnus of St. Mark’s, Hargrove has served as director of development since February 2004, and directs all development operations, including capital-campaign planning and giving, annual fund, advancement services and alumni relations.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg (Pa.) College, where he was president of the student body, and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas State University.

He, his wife Linda, and their four young children will move to Mercersburg this summer.

Prior to working at St. Mark’s, Hargrove was an account executive with PCI, a Dallas company that provides data, publishing and software products to universities, colleges and independent schools. Prior to that, he was a vice president and partner with Heyman Associates, an executive search firm in New York City.



West Virginia University Hospitals-East

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The board of directors of West Virginia University Hospitals-East recently announced the appointment of Dr. John A. Draper Jr., Jackee Long and Suzanne Shipley to the WVUH-East health system board.

Draper, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, represents the City Hospital medical staff on the board as its newly elected president. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedics at Emory University Hospital in Georgia. A longtime member of the City Hospital medical staff, Draper has an orthopedic practice at 309 Medical Court in Martinsburg.

Long is the president of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association and is past coordinator of service personnel for Berkeley County Schools. She represents more than 9,000 paraprofessionals, secretarial/clerical, school transportation, custodial/maintenance and food-service employees in 55 West Virginia counties. Long is a member of the AFL-CIO, American Federation Education Innovation Zones and is a past member of the board of directors of the Berkeley County Schools Federal Credit Union. She lives in Martinsburg and is an active member of Second Southern Baptist Church. 

Shipley, a Shepherdstown resident, is the 15th president of Shepherd University. With an academic career beginning at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, Shipley also worked in Arizona and Maryland before moving to West Virginia in 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in German from the University of Texas and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in German from Texas Tech University.

The 15-member WVUH-East board includes representatives from Berkeley and Jefferson counties, as well as individuals from WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown, W.Va.



J.P. Trucking Inc.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. — J.P. Trucking Inc. held its quarterly safety breakfast on Jan. 29 at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport.

The following awards were presented:

• Safe driving and longevity: John Riner, two years

• New driver for the last quarter: Howard Keesecker



Turning Point Real Estate

FREDERICK, Md. — Eric Steinhoff has joined Turning Point Real Estate.

Steinhoff comes to Turning Point Real Estate with more than 25 years of experience in the franchise industry, including the management of real estate transactions. He has been active in buying, remodeling and selling his own properties for more than 20 years.

After traveling internationally and living in five other states, Steinhoff and his family moved to Frederick in 1989.

Turning Point serves the Greater Washington Metropolitan real estate market, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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