State’s Chief Judge Appoints Staff Chief

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has named Suzanne Schneider as her chief of staff. Schneider, who had been the assistant court administrator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, began her new duties March 11.

As chief of staff, Schneider reports directly to Barbera and will manage the daily operations of the chief judge’s chambers. In addition to leading the state’s highest court, Barbera is the head of Maryland’s  judicial branch and is responsible for the administration of the state court system, overseeing a budget of
$468 million with nearly 300 judges and about 4,000 employees.

“Suzanne brings a wealth of varied experience and skills to this role,” Barbera said. “She has an impressive track record of problem-solving, prioritizing, multitasking and consensus-building. These wide-ranging attributes and abilities make her an outstanding choice to help achieve the Judiciary’s goal of improving service to all the people who have business with our courts.”

A member of the Maryland bar since 1993, Schneider has served as assistant court administrator, differentiated case management coordinator, family division coordinator and juvenile division coordinator for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.

Letzer New Historical Society Director

The board of trustees of the Maryland Historical Society has named Mark B. Letzer as its new executive director. Letzer brings to the Society more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of museum operations, including exhibitions, fundraising, community outreach, publications and management. Letzer will begin his new position on July 1.

“Mark [brings] an in-depth knowledge of the opportunities and challenges that we will face in the coming years,” said vice chairman Richard Tilghman, “All of us are confident that Mark will be an outstanding leader as the Society moves forward.”

Letzer has been associated with the Maryland Historical Society for the better part of two decades. In 1995, along with historian Jean B. Russo, he began work on the “Diary of William Faris,” an Annapolis clockmaker and silversmith, which was published by the Maryland Historical Society Press in 2003. He was also curator of the exhibition “A Gardeners’ Tale: The 18th Century World of Annapolis Silversmith William Faris” in 2006. Since that time he has served as deputy director of community relations followed by his role as chief development officer since 2010.

Letzer replaces Burt Kummerow, who is changing roles after more than five years as president and CEO at the Society.

Bogen Named MICA Provost

The Maryland Institute College of Art has announced the appointment of David Bogen as the college’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs, beginning in August.

Bogen brings 20 years of diverse experiences in higher education program development, research strategies, partnership building and internationalization to MICA. He currently serves as vice president and provost at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. He previously served as the associate provost for academic affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design and as the executive director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College in Boston. His
appointment underscores the college’s push to develop programs that cross creative boundaries, embrace multiple media platforms and become educational models of the 21st century.

“David Bogen has distinguished himself as an interdisciplinary scholar and innovative educator adept at
creating a rich interface between the arts, design, hard and social sciences, humanities and technology. His vision and skills are uniquely aligned with MICA’s surging academic leadership in groundbreaking curricular design,” said MICA president Samuel Hoi. “At MICA, we aggressively find new ways to honor traditions while expanding the stage for artists and designers to engage, contribute and succeed in society culturally, socially and economically. Leading our already trailblazing faculty, he will contribute powerfully to delivering educational outcomes that position today’s art and design students to be shapers of tomorrow.”

A social theorist and philosopher of language by training, Bogen has broad experience in pioneering interdisciplinary programs based on diverse pedagogical models, including project-, studio- and community-based approaches and the integration of digital media in instruction. He was also instrumental in the development of major research initiatives and partnerships at his former institutions involving health design, social practice, art and science collaborations, digital fabrication and materials analysis.

UMMC Appoints Board of Directors

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), has announced its newly elected board of directors.
UMMC serves as a destination campus for the most complex levels of patient care in the State of Maryland. This unique role places UMMC in a central position of influence within the rapidly changing health care marketplace. The new governance structure will elevate

UMMC’s ability to strategically position its services and innovations to bring patients highly complex,
efficient and compassionate care.

The new UMMC board is accountable for the Medical Center’s mission to deliver superior health care,
train the next generation of health professionals and discover ways to improve health outcomes worldwide. The board’s responsibilities include establishing strategic direction, monitoring performance related to quality and safety, patient satisfaction, regulatory compliance and elevating mission effectiveness and community benefit.

The UMMC board will be led by chair Louise Michaux Gonzales, a partner and co-founder at Hylton & Gonzales, a law firm specializing in trusts, special needs trusts, estate planning and probate.

Other members are Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric; Harriet E. Cooperman, a partner at Saul Ewing LLP, where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice; Carol L. Coughlin, CEO of BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc.; Mark L. Joseph, CEO of Transdev North America; Tim Regan, president and CEO of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; and Deborah Trautman, CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The board also includes six ex-officio voting members.

Levin: FPMA President

Baltimore native Dr. Stephen Levin was recently named incoming president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association.

Levin is certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He served as the president of the Hillsborough County Podiatric Medical Association for 10 years and was selected a Young Practitioner of the Year in 2005 by the FPMA.

Levin studied at Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine and then completed a two-year medical and surgical residency at Montgomery Hospital Medical Center in Norristown, Pa. He moved to Tampa, Fla., and after being in practice with other podiatrists for several years, he opened his own private practice

Carefirst Gives $250K to Training Facility

The University of Maryland Medical Center has announced that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has awarded a $250,000 grant to the capital campaign for the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education, under the leadership of medical director Samuel A. Tisherman, professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, further extends the robust training tradition at Shock Trauma. Historically, Shock Trauma has provided world-class educational opportunities for faculty physicians, medical and nursing students, visiting health care professionals, emergency medical personnel and other specialists in the management of critically ill and injured patients. Additionally, Air Force surgeons, nurses and technicians have been coming to Shock Trauma for training since 2001 through the Center for Sustained Trauma and Readiness Skills program.

Shock Trauma’s Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education has a 10,000-square-foot medical simulation area with four reconfigurable labs and three adjacent classrooms and debriefing areas. The simulation center supports the development, implementation and continuous evaluation of courses related to trauma and critical-care management. Specifically, CareFirst’s gift will help fund essential training software as well as a clinical mannequin called a “SimMan,” which can physically mimic real-life injuries and distress.

Saltzman Joins CAC Board

Oren D. Saltzman, managing member of the regional law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, was elected to the board of trustees of the Community Action Council of Howard County.

The CAC “provides programs and services to low-income residents of Howard County in order to alleviate the effects of poverty; to promote self-sufficiency as a means of interrupting the cycle of poverty; and to stimulate increased awareness of, and responsiveness to, the needs of the low-income population on the part of the larger community.”

Saltzman, who works from Adelberg, Rudow’s downtown Baltimore and Howard County offices, was named 2012 Maryland Attorney Advocate of the Year by the Baltimore District of the Small Business Administration. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business, commercial and corporate law, taxation, mergers & acquisitions, banking,
estate planning and administration, bankruptcy and guardianship.

Leadership Maryland Names Class of 2015

Leadership Maryland announced the Class of 2015, consisting of 50 business leaders from across the state chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated
to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting our state’s brightest leaders.

The Class of 2015, Leadership Maryland’s 23rd class, reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. This year’s class is unique in that it features a younger median age than past years, with 11 members under the age of 39 years.

These 50 individuals will complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multiculturalism/diversity. These sessions will
be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education and the
nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The selection process for the Class of 2015 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée M. Winsky, president and CEO of Leadership Maryland. “The 50 selected participants represent a broad spectrum of highly qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

LifeBridge Names Blavatt as Chair

LifeBridge Health announced that Jason A. Blavatt is now serving as the chairman of its board of directors. As one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of health-related services to the people of Maryland, LifeBridge Health consists of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital and related subsidiaries and affiliates.

“We are thrilled that Jason brings his energy, experience, intelligence and commitment to this leadership role on the board of LifeBridge Health. Jason is truly an inspiration to everyone who knows him. Although there are only 24 hours in a day, you would think there were 100 hours with everything he accomplishes,” said Neil Meltzer, CEO of LifeBridge Health.

Blavatt has a long association with LifeBridge Health. He is a past chair and a current member of the Levindale board of directors. He currently sits on the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore board of directors and the Northwest Hospital board of directors. Additionally, his generosity is evidenced in many ways including membership in the LifeBridge Health Circle of Life Society and the LifeBridge Health Family Society.

“I am proud to support LifeBridge Health, an organization that is committed to keeping people healthy and building the future of health care,” said Blavatt. “Along with offering the finest medical care, LifeBridge Health embodies the ideal lifelong partner for health, from prevention and wellness to senior care. I am confident that we will continue to make great strides in advancing the LifeBridge Health mission to improve the health of people in our communities.”

Media Works Expands Client Roster

Media Works, Ltd., the Baltimore-based integrated marketing agency, announced the addition of seven new clients and the expansion of two current accounts, totaling more than $7.5 million in billings to kick off 2015. The agency is expanding its team and office space to accommodate this growth.

The company has been named the agency of record for: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Offenbacher’s, BUBBLES Salons, the White House Historical Association, Chase Brexton Health Services and ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers (a LifeBridge Health partner). Additionally, the agency’s work on behalf of the National Aquarium and The Van Tuyl Group has been expanded.

“Coming off our 25th anniversary, 2015 is looking to be our best year yet,” said Jody Berg, CEO of Media Works, Ltd. “I am so proud of Media Works’ success, and that wouldn’t have been possible without my team and our incredible clients.”