Business people - June 30

June 30, 2013
  • John Menard
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CNB Bank Inc.

John Menard recently joined CNB Bank Inc. as vice president of residential lending.

With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, Menard will work with customers to provide loans for primary residences, vacation homes, home construction and remodeling. He will work throughout the Tri-State area servicing the needs of the communities CNB Bank serves.

Menard has been serving the Tri-State market for 14 years. He was named the top mortgage producer for several years in a row by Fulton Mortgage Co.

Prior to joining CNB Bank, he served as the senior vice president in charge of residential lending at Centra/United Bank, which he helped establish in Hagerstown in 2007.

He has served on the board of directors of Hospice of Washington County for eight years, including as chairman, and served 11 years on the board of directors of the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership/Hagerstown Home Store, for which he currently is vice president. He is a current commissioner and past chairman of the Washington County Gaming Commission; and past board member of The W House and ARC of Washington County. He also is a member of the Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary and volunteers as a coach for the Clear Spring High School football team.

Menard graduated from the University of Maryland, and lives with his wife and son in the Hagerstown area.

Hagerstown Police Department

Stacey Wilson and Jessica Shaffer were selected as the Hagerstown Police Department’s employees of the Month for April. 

While this honor is typically reserved for sworn police officers, these employees have demonstrated an exemplary work ethic, commitment and dedication to the department and the citizens of Hagerstown. Both are civilian employees assigned to the Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory at the police department.

Wilson is a forensic chemist and Shaffer is a forensic technician. Both have been with the regional crime lab since 2007.

On March 5, the Hagerstown Police Department began an investigation into a rape that had just occurred. Shaffer was instrumental in processing the scene for evidence and Wilson spent numerous hours looking for DNA evidence. Through their collaboration with other agencies, Shaffer’s and Wilson’s efforts resulted in the quick identification and ultimate apprehension of the suspect. 


Meritus Health

Dr. Susan Kesmodel and Dr. Emily Bellavance, surgical oncologists, recently joined Meritus Health’s Center for Breast Health.

Voted among Baltimore magazine’s 2012 Top Docs, Kesmodel is board-certified and completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also serves as the director of breast surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Kesmodel is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology and the Association for Academic Surgery.

Bellavance is board-certified and fellowship-trained in surgical oncology through the University of Chicago. She serves as a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Bellavance is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Association for Academic Surgery.


Jamie Rice, RN, was the recipient of Meritus Health’s DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses in May.

A fellow Meritus Medical Center colleague wrote: “In the early morning hours one recent Saturday, a patient came in to the Emergency Department complaining of abdominal pain. He was a truck driver from Minnesota. Once his admission orders were written, he told his nurse about his dog that was out in the truck. At this time, the dog had been in the rig for approximately five hours and the driver was concerned with what was going to happen to him. Jamie went and met with the patient. It didn’t take much for her to volunteer to take the dog home. She took the time to make sure the patient understood that the dog would be cared for and that she was a dog lover herself, with both a golden retriever and a boxer at home. As busy as we are at times, we forget that there is more to the healing process than the physical element. Making sure that patients have the right mental mind-set is also important. Jamie thought about this and in doing what she did, gave the patient a chance to have a favorable outcome after surgery. She gave the patient peace of mind that he may not have had in any other situation.”

Other nominees were Cinda Bonebrake, Michelle Kretzer, Lisa Rihard and Mary Spurgeon.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

Meritus Health’s DAISY nurse recognition program is sponsored by the family of Jean Toms, RN.

Sleep Inn & Suites Hagerstown

Kathy Vrcic, general manager of Sleep Inn & Suites Hagerstown, was presented the Choice Hotels International 2013 Service Hero Award for Community Service in a May 30 ceremony at the hotel.

Vrcic is one of only two Choice Hotels International employees from 5,000 hotels to receive the award.

According to the presentation, “Kathy has worked tirelessly to support a number of community organizations, including Turning Point, a community employment program for individuals with disabilities. Kathy’s involvement in the program has given self-confidence, self-worth and a supportive work environment to many individuals trying to find their way back to a normal life. Many employees have been able to move on to higher- paying jobs because of the professional skills they obtained under her management. Her work in the community is a reflection of the values she holds and has made a difference in the lives she has served.”

Five years ago, Vrcic came to the hotel industry and Sleep Inn & Suites Hagerstown as director of sales. Eleven months later, she was promoted to general manager.

The partnership with Turning Point is only a couple of years old, and 20 percent of the hotel’s staff, in all types of positions, are Turning Point clients.

As part of another community project, Sleep Inn donated linens to the REACH Cold Weather Shelter in Hagerstown, plus sent some to a shelter in Florida and to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts.

F&M Trust

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Kristen G. Appleby recently joined F&M Trust as assistant vice president — consumer lending manager.  

Appleby joins F&M Trust with more than 15 years of experience in the real estate and banking industries. She began her banking career as a financial services representative before becoming an indirect consumer loan underwriter with a local bank in Maryland.

Appleby then embarked on a career in real estate as a licensed Realtor serving Maryland and Pennsylvania. In 2009, she returned to banking as a loan underwriter. Most recently, she was a consumer loan manager. 

At F&M Trust, she assists in developing new consumer lending services and strategies to enhance loan production. In addition to managing the consumer loan production area, she serves as sales manager for the consumer loan origination function, where she is responsible for hiring, managing and coaching the bank’s consumer lenders to attain loan production goals and develop new business.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Appleby holds a Bachelor of Science in business management. She has completed numerous courses offered by the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association and the American Institute of Banking.

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