CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Tricia A. Baney has joined F&M Trust as a credit recovery officer.
Baney brings nearly 14 years of experience in the financial-services industry to F&M Trust. She began her career with American General Financial Services, where she was assistant branch manager and branch manager. Most recently she was director of credit recovery at Patriot Federal Credit Union, where she previously served as assistant vice president — loan quality and senior branch manager.
At F&M Trust, Baney will be responsible for ensuring policy and procedures are maintained to monitor and control credit, operational and compliance risk. In addition, she will be making recommendations to reduce risk exposure and ensure the quality of the bank’s loan portfolio.
Baney holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed a variety of banking courses offered by the American Institute of Banking and through the National Credit Union Association.
She is active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
A native of Roaring Spring, Pa., she lives in Newburg, Pa.
Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA’s Waynesboro office recognized Paul Gunder, Karen Stewart, Joan Sidoli and Kurt Wetzel for their excellent performance in January.
The decision was based on their high production, including new listings, sales and referrals.
Gunder has been a licensed Realtor since 1979, and holds licenses for Pennsylvania and Maryland. He is among the top 2 percent of NRT’s Sales Professionals, based on gross income. He specializes in residential and developments.
Stewart and Sidoli are known as The Preferred Team and are consistent top producers. They are licensed in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and specialize in residential, commercial, relocation and referrals.
Wetzel earned his Realtor designation in October. He was named rookie of the month, which is awarded to agents in the business for less than five years.
Origami Owl Custom Jewelry
SMITHSBURG — Julie Wishard of Smithsburg has become an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a direct-sales company.
Wishard holds interactive events, during which she helps guests create personalized jewelry.
Origami Owl was founded by a 14-year-old entrepreneur. Inspired by the desire to create jewelry that would be beautiful, meaningful, whimsical and fun, Isabella Weems launched the company with the goal of saving enough money to buy her first car. In 2010, she introduced the Living Locket, a necklace that can be customized with meaningful charms that represent things that are important to people.
Contact Wishard at 301-824-5333; send email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to www.juliew.origamiowl.com.
RE/MAX Achievers announced the top agents for January.
• Top agent with commissions: Jeanine K. McVicker
• Top agent with new listings: Caryn Simms-Williams
• Top agent with new sales: Sherry L. Gosnell
• Top team with commissions: The Sandy Snyder Team, consisting of Sandy Snyder and Charlotte Ashton
• Top team with new listings and new sales: The Powell Team, consisting of Steven L. Powell, Stephenie Rinehart, Linda Hansen and Steve Souders
Grosh’s Lawn Service
Tom Grosh, owner of Grosh’s Lawn Service, received a certificate of merit award from the Washington County Board of Commissioners by commissioners President Terry Baker on Jan. 31.
Grosh also was awarded Commissioner Jeff Cline’s Washington County lapel pin.
Three years ago, Grosh came up with the idea to have the students in the county school system collect and recycle used phone books so they could be kept out of the waste stream. The contest also raises awareness about the importance of recycling. Grosh met with Harvey Hoch, the county’s recycling coordinator at the time, and they agreed to hold the contest in conjunction with Earth Day.
Grosh’s Lawn Service was the only sponsor for the first two years of the contest, and with Grosh’s help, two more sponsors joined last year.
In 2011, more than 9,700 phone books were collected by 13 participating Washington County public schools. The efforts helped save 62 trees, 233 gallons of oil, 153 gallons of gas and 11 cubic yards of landfill space.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Megan DuBois was recently appointed as operations manager and education coordinator for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Fairfax, Va., DuBois is a violinist and recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a Master of Arts Management. She graduated cum laude from Washington and Jefferson College with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in music.
Fountain Head Country Club
Fountain Head Country Club recently appointed BJ Ostrum as membership director.
Ostrum served as the community relations specialist for Kool Smiles dental office in Hagerstown for the past two years and was promoted to a national trainer.
Ostrum serves on several nonprofit boards, including Community Action Council, Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation, Children in Need and Miss Washington County Scholarship Program.
Ostrum attended Towson University on numerous dance scholarships and will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership from Mountain State University.
She is a certified Zumba instructor and is certified by the International School of Protocol to teach children’s etiquette classes.