Business people - April 28

April 28, 2013
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Innovative Inc.

Several staff members at Innovative Inc. in Hagerstown recently completed additional certifications and other honors:

Jason Rappaport, president/chief executive officer, and Jeremy Downie, sales manager, recently received their recertifications for LifeSize Video Conferencing.

Alex Samuel, network engineer, and Tyler Snyder, technical operations manager, recently received their Barracuda certification. The course covered topics that include design and evaluation of deployment scenarios; installation and configuration of the Barracuda spam and virus firewall; best practices and optimal policies; ongoing maintenance and monitoring; planning for expansion and ongoing growth; and working with Barracuda Networks support tools. Snyder also recently renewed his Cisco Express Foundation for Field Engineers certification for the third time.

Richard Hinsley, systems technician, recently received a LifeSize Technical Support Certification and Allworx Phone Technical Certification, and is now an official Microsoft Certified Professional. He also received his Certified Cisco Network Associate designation.

Corey Ridge, systems technician, recently passed his Allworx Technical Exam. Allworx is one of the phone systems with which Innovative Inc. partners.


Adam Warner, systems technician, recently passed his Apple Certified Support Professional 10.8 exam and his Apple Certified Associate.

Brad Steshoski, system engineer, recently passed his Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices exam.

Carrie Mahoney, sales account executive, recently received her certifications in Microsoft Sales Specialist Server Platform accreditation, Sales Specialist Exchange accreditation and Sales Specialist Midmarket Solution Provider accreditation. She also recently was inducted into the Williamsport Rotary.

The staff has more than 100 years of combined voice and data technology experience. The company’s technicians and engineers are industry-certified and specialize in designing solutions tailored to meet customers’ specific needs.

Cheeatow & Lobley LLC

Local attorneys Andrea Cheeatow and Victoria Lobley recently opened a law practice in downtown Hagerstown.

Cheeatow & Lobley LLC is at 111 W. Washington St., next to Discovery Station in what was formerly the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce building.

Their practice focuses on family law matters such as divorce, custody and visitation, as well as criminal defense matters, such as DUI/DWI, misdemeanors and felony charges. The majority of their cases are in the district and circuit courts of Washington County.

Cheeatow and Lobley are former assistant public defenders who represented the indigent citizens of Washington County in district and circuit courts. Several years ago, they left the Office of the Public Defender to pursue private practice with firms in Washington County.

During those years, they successfully litigated numerous felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases. They also gained experience in divorce and custody litigation, wills and estates, and other related civil matters.

Cheeatow earned her Bachelors of Arts from Drew University and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School. She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2004 and the Maryland Bar in 2006.

Lobley earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Maryland, her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore and her Master of Law from Georgetown University School of Law. While attending law school, she served as articles editor for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Law Review. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2002.

PenMar Development Corp.

Doris “Dori” J. Nipps, executive director of the PenMar Development Corp. at Fort Ritchie in Cascade, recently was named to The Daily Record’s 2013 list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

She also was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2010.

The Daily Record’s annual list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women was created to recognize outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring.

Nipps is a longtime volunteer in Washington County. She began her work in education at Old Forge Elementary School, serving as PTA president. She was elected president of the Washington County Council of PTAs in 1989 and served on the Maryland State PTA board of directors from 1989-94.

In 1994, Nipps was elected to the Washington County Board of Education, serving until 2002, when she was elected to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

She held that position until 2006. During her tenure as a county commissioner, she served on numerous commissions and boards, including the Historic District Commission and the Washington County Commission for Women, and was liaison to the Maryland Association of Counties Legislative Committee.

From 2001-07, Nipps worked at Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, assisting families to qualify for homeownership.

She is president of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors, serves on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Washington County, and is on the board of directors of Women At The Table, or WATT, a group that encourages women to run for public office and serve on local community commissions and committees.

WATT is recognizing Nipps in May with a Life of Leadership Award for her contributions to the community.

Nipps is a graduate of Kaplan University and the Leadership Maryland program, Class of 2005.

She lives in Hagerstown with her husband, Jim, and is the mother of twin sons, Scott and Tom.

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