Allen Named Director of Teen Organization

Signaling its continued growth and increased opportunities to support Jewish teens in 10 local communities across the United States, the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative announced that it has hired Sara Allen to serve as its first full-time director. The collaborative is comprised of 15 national and local funders committed to learning together, to sharing best practices and to investing in community-based Jewish teen education and engagement initiatives in these 10 collaborative communities across the country.

Allen has nearly two decades of experience in both the private sector and Jewish organizational worlds, with expertise in strategic planning, marketing and development, millennial engagement and leadership development and new technology. Most recently, she was senior vice president at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where, among other responsibilities, she led the multimillion dollar NuRoots engagement initiative. Prior to her work there, Allen consulted for Nintendo of America, Skype Technologies and NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, among other organizations and companies.

Along with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, members of the Funder Collaborative include Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston); the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund (San Francisco); the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati; the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta; the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; the Jewish Federation of San Diego County; the Jim Joseph Foundation; the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah; the Marcus Foundation; the Rose Community Foundation (Denver); the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; and the UJA-Federation of New York.

Two Firms Join to Form Foundry19

2fold Collective, a design and brand consulting firm, and Foxtrot Media, Inc., a Web development and website hosting firm, have joined forces to form Foundry19.

2fold Collective, founded in 2012 by Bryna Colley and Rebecca Biello, is a Baltimore-based creative firm that specializes in seamlessly integrating with internal marketing efforts, delivering ongoing creative support when and where companies need it most. Its growing reputation for unique digital design and writing for the Web led them to seek a Web development partner that could execute their designs with superior accuracy.

Foxtrot Media, Inc., founded by Brian Singer in 2005, specializes in custom-built WordPress websites and hosts and maintains more than 120 WordPress sites for clients. Its reputation as a firm that can quickly and efficiently build custom, pixel- perfect solutions makes Foxtrot the perfect complement to 2fold in this joint venture.

During the past three years, Foxtrot and 2fold have partnered on multiple websites for a variety of clients including Johns Hopkins Health Care, Friends School of Baltimore, Greenspring Associates and DataNetworks.

Sholk Elected to AABGU Board

Baltimore resident and venture capitalist Bruce Sholk was elected to the board of directors of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sholk is president and managing partner of the venture capital firm Axcel Partners.

“Bruce’s long-term commitment to Hillel International, JAFI and the Jewish federation system has benefited people in Baltimore, his home community, as well as people throughout the United States, Israel and countries around the world,” said AABGU president Toni Young.

Sholk served as the chair of the executive committee of Hillel International and serves on its board. He is the past board chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

He is a founding board member of Tamid, a campus-based organization that connects students to Israel through their interest in business. Sholk is deputy chair of the Israel Engagement Committee for the Jewish Agency for Israel and served on its board of governors from 2005 to 2013. Sholk also served on the boards of Camp Shoresh and Capital Camps and was a longtime board member of the Jewish Federations of North America.

Brimrose Wins Grant

The Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation, a program funded by the U.S. and Israeli governments, has awarded Sparks-based Brimrose Corporation and Israeli partner File X a $1.6 million, two-year grant to develop a new generation of hyperspectral imagers. One potential application is identifying oil spills in the ocean.

The joint program, entitled “Real-Time AOTF-based Hyperspectral Imaging System for Pollution Detection,” relies heavily on foundational technology Brimrose has developed over the years using its Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter technology, which offers wavelength scanning speeds of up to 16,000 wavelengths per second yet has the ability to precisely focus in on one wavelength.

File X, based in Ness Ziona, Israel, is providing advanced software for the project, which will allow the new instrument to match the real-time wavelength image with images from a database built into it.

The award was highlighted as part of a recent trip by Gov. Larry Hogan to Israel. David Trudil, who directs Brimrose’s Biotech Division, was a member of the delegation.

Rockower Named MedChi President

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, swore in its new president on Sept. 24 at the fall House of Delegates meeting. Dr. Stephen Rockower is the society’s 169th president.

Rockower will work to increase participation of physicians from across the state in medical society affairs by promoting the use of interactive, Web-based video and audio technology. In addition, he will continue the efforts of his predecessors, Drs. Tyler Cymet and Brooke Buckley, in promoting the health and welfare of the residents of Maryland through programs such as Opioid Control, Sugar Free Kids and Tobacco Cessation. One of his principal goals is to combat burnout in physicians, residents and medical students.

Rockower graduated from Muhlenberg College and received his M.D. from Temple University. He did his internship and residency in orthopedics at George Washington University, finishing his chief residency at George Washington and the Washington Hospital Center.

Rockower, a partner in Capitol Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Rockville, Md., specializes in joint replacements, including partial knee replacements and reconstructive surgery.

UMD Cancer Centers Recognized

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center have been recognized by the National Pancreas Foundation for their treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer. The two hospitals, both part of the University of Maryland Medical System and its University of Maryland Cancer Network, are the only two in Maryland to be designated as NPF Centers for their expertise in treating pancreatic cancer.

NPF Centers are premier health care facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a view toward the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. Pancreatic cancer is one of the more difficult cancers to treat, and patients benefit from receiving a multidisciplinary team approach to care.

People coping with pancreatic cancer or other pancreatic disorders often face inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. An NPF Center designation helps facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

Science Center Receives $1.5M Gift

The Maryland Science Center has announced a $1.5 million gift from Baltimore philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting to fund and expand its Ready, Set, Go Science program, a year-long community outreach initiative serving preschoolers in Baltimore City Head Start.

Through Ready, Set, Go Science, MSC develops science-based kindergarten readiness in children ages 3 to 5 with eight monthly visits to Head Start classrooms. The program provides hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences, at-home enrichment opportunities and teacher workshops.

Baltimore City Head Start is a federally funded early-development program for low-income children and families.

The gift from Mary Catherine Bunting allows the MSC to expand Ready, Set, Go Science by 10 classrooms and 170 children in Baltimore, reaching a total of 83 classrooms and 1,400 students a year. These are two-thirds of all the children in Baltimore City who participate in the Head Start program. The MSC-developed curriculum is now delivered through 664 total classroom visits and take-home activities.

The gift also supports Family Nights in which Ready, Set, Go Science students and their families enjoy an evening at the Maryland Science Center with free admission.

Gordon Feinblatt Names New Members

Baltimore law firm Gordon Feinblatt LLC has announced that Jonathan Montgomery and Michael Ziccardi were elected as members of the firm.

Montgomery is a member of the health care and technology and intellectual property practices. His health care practice includes providing counsel to physicians, physician group practices, insurers, hospitals, non-hospital health care facilities and other health care entities regarding various business and regulatory matters.

Ziccardi is a member of the personal injury practice. He focuses his practice on personal injury matters and related litigation including representing plaintiffs in actions including motor vehicle collisions, premises liability incidents, pool drownings and animal attacks.

Christopher Rahl was named chair of the firm’s financial services group. He works with businesses in the financial services industry, providing legal advice concerning compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations applicable to financial institutions and FinTech providers; transactional matters; corporate governance issues; and litigation avoidance and management. He counsels clients in connection with lending, deposit, debt relief, credit service business, money transmission and privacy issues.

Twenty-five of the firm’s lawyers were named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list. Ned Himmelrich, chair of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group, was named 2017 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year for information technology law. Lawrence Greenwald, senior members of the firm’s litigation practice group, was named 2017 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in arbitration. Michael Powell, managing member and COO, was named 2017 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in environmental litigation.

Gartner Named Ambassador of the Year

Randy Gartner, who runs advertising company Integrated Marketing Services, has been named Howard County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year.

“We help clients sort through the maze of advertising options available so that [they]can focus on running [their] business,” he said in a statement.

A University of Maryland graduate, Gartner is a longtime Howard County resident with his wife Judy. They have two daughters who are both registered nurses. Gartner is a graduate for Leadership Howard County’s class of 2006 and is a third-degree mason.

Scheinker Honored by Forbes

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a leading full-service wealth management, financial services and investment banking firm headquartered in Philadelphia, announced that Gerald Scheinker, executive vice president of wealth management and senior partner of Baltimore-based Scheinker  Investment Partners, has been named to the 2016 America’s Top Wealth Advisors published by Forbes. This recognition was awarded to only 200 of America’s most successful financial advisors.

Scheinker, whose career spans 50 years with expertise primiarly in equity research and fixed income allocations, has been awarded with honors from various industry affiliates. He was named a Barron’s Top Advisor in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a Top 400 Financial Advisor by Financial Times in 2013. A member of Janney’s premier CEO Roundtable, Scheinker is a graduate of Mount Vernon School of Law and the Institute of Investment Banking at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased to congratulate Jerry for being included in this listing,” said Jerry Lombard, president of the firm’s Private Client Group. “Forbes is an excellent indicator of  talent and for one of our advisors to be named, not only speaks to quality of advisors at our firm, but the excellent service our clients, who place their trust in us to manage their  assets, can expect to receive.”