Attorneys Named ‘Super Lawyers’

The law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has announced that five of its attorneys were chosen for Super Lawyers Business Edition 2014, a 400-page magazine that “serves as the go-to guide for presidents, CEOs and corporate counsel interested in hiring and validating outside counsel.”

Representing multiple practice areas, the Adelberg, Rudow attorneys are David B. Applefeld, construction litigation; James P. Gillece Jr., employment and labor; Andrew Radding, criminal defense/white collar; David B. Rudow,business/corporate; and Oren D. Saltzman, business/corporate.

Earlier this year, these attorneys were recognized on the 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers list. Only 5 percent of Maryland attorneys are chosen annually for Maryland Super Lawyers. The selection process is multiphased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Humane Society Opens Pet Food Bank

The Baltimore Humane Society opened the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank on Dec. 3. Anyone in need who is unable to pay for their pet’s food is welcome to receive help from the new food bank. Part of the no-kill shelter’s mission is to end the homelessness of pets in our community, and it hopes that the pet food bank will help pet owners who have fallen on hard times to be able to keep their pets.

Two Baltimore Humane Society staff members, cattery manager Claudia Lescalleette and animal care technician Krystal Bopst, came up with the idea for the pet food bank when they noticed a lot of members of the community calling and coming to the shelter looking for help to feed their pets. MaxAir Heating & Air Conditioning donated the shed for
the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank and donated a new HVAC system in the Baltimore Humane Society Spay, Neuter, & Vaccine Clinic.

The organization is asking the community to help support the shelter and its Bmore Kind Food Bank with donations. Because the nonprofit receives no operational funding from any government or national humane society, it relies heavily on the public’s support.   Donations of dry cat and dog food, any brand, are especially desired for the food bank.    Science Diet brand, canned or dry, is needed for the shelter animals.

Maizels Joins JCPA

Acknowledging the interconnectedness between Israel advocacy, Jewish identity and the role of anti-Semitism in the modern world, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs has named scholar and activist Dr. Linda Maizels as its next director of Israel and International Concerns. Maizels will oversee JCPA’s efforts to foster American support for Israel, protect World Jewry and advance international human rights.

“American Jewry plays an essential role in the ongoing partnership between Israel and the Diaspora,” Maizels said. “At the same time, it is our responsibility to foster dialogue and understanding about Jewish issues both within the American
Jewish community and with our allies in the non-Jewish world.Maizels wrote her dissertation on the “new anti-Semitism” and Jewish student identity on American college campuses at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She taught courses on the history of anti-Semitism, modern Jewish identity and the role of “parallel narratives” in the Arab-Israeli conflict at Portland State University, Colby College and the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

New Leadership Baltimore County Board Members

Leadership Baltimore County has announced that four new members have been elected to serve on the organization’s board of directors. The new board members will be installed immediately. Their terms will last through 2017.

The new board members are Kenneth A. Buck, director of the Community College of Baltimore County-Liberty Center; Michelle Denoncourt, regional manager and administrative vice president with M&T Bank in Northern Baltimore; Joy Howard, Chesapeake South director of operations with UPS; and Matthew S. Sturtz, a principal in the Towson office of Miles & Stockbridge.

Now entering its 31st year, the mission of Leadership Baltimore County is to enlighten, engage and empower leaders in business, education, the nonprofit community and government to realize Baltimore County’s potential as the region’s
premier place to do business, live, work and play.

Har Sinai Names Youth Coordinator

Har Sinai Congregation has named Aaron Klaus youth engagement coordinator. In his new position, Klaus leads social, educational and religious activities for students in kindergarten through 12th grades at Har Sinai Congregation. In addition, he oversees the congregation’s madrichim student leadership program and teaches music in the religious school.
Prior to his new position, Klaus worked at Temple Micah in Washington, D.C., as a religious school teacher, Hebrew tutor and song leader. He also worked as a counselor and song leader for fourth- through sixth-grade students at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Eisner Camp. Klaus also has served as the religious and cultural vice president of his youth group as well as a song leader for the North American Federation of Temple YouthñMid-Atlantic Region.

He graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in physics and trumpet performance. He is pursuing a Master of Music in trumpet performance and a certificate in music education at Towson University.

MCRC Honors Consumer Advocates

Former Maryland Commissioner of  Financial Regulation Mark Kaufman, Delegate Steve Lafferty and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lead the list of advocates who were honored at the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s 14th Annual Consumer Awards Dinner on Nov. 13.

“Former Commissioner Kaufman and Delegate Lafferty have done exceptional work to protect families facing the loss of their homes,” MCRC executive director Marceline White said. “We think it’s important to honor those working to protect the many Maryland families still struggling to survive the foreclosure crisis.”

MCRC’s 2014 award winners are as follows: Consumer Advocate of the Year: Mark Kaufman; Legislative Achievement of the Year: Del. Steve Lafferty; Federal Champion of the Year: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Legal Champion of the Year: Louise Carwell; and Consumer Volunteer of the Year: Tisa Silver.

Weinberg Foundation Names New Position

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has announced that Sheryl Goldstein has been promoted to the newly created position of managing director, programs and grants.

Goldstein joined the foundation in the summer of 2013 as the program director for U.S. Education. She will continue this work and expand her role to include providing leadership and day-to-day support to the foundation’s program and grants team. Goldstein will also assist the foundation’s leadership in the management of specific grants that serve the Jewish community throughout the United States.

Since joining the Weinberg Foundation, Goldstein has recommended nearly $11 million in grants that have been approved by the foundation’s board of directors. As part of that work, she recommended a new strategic plan for the foundation’s education funding.  Goldstein has also directed the development of the foundation’s early childhood and summer youth initiatives. Through the early childhood initiative, the Weinberg Foundation approved new funding commitments of $4,665,000 over three years that will enable an additional 650 children and 900 families to receive high-quality early-childhood and family-support services. The summer youth initiative provided $951,275 in grants to 28 programs that served more than 3,500 children in Baltimore City this summer.

Schwartz Appointed to JA Board

Lisa Schwartz (provided)

Lisa Schwartz (provided)

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland has appointed Lisa Schwartz to a three-year term on its board of directors.

As M&T Bank’s business banking regional manager for Greater Baltimore, Schwartz leads the lending and servicing team that supports the branch network in Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties. She also is responsible for the loan and deposit portfolios, as well as the development of new business.

Bringing 26 years industry experience, she previously spent 15 years as a retail regional manager overseeing 12 to 21 branch managers. Earlier in her career, she taught an economics class at Western High School while working for Equitable Bank.

“I am pleased to join the JA board,” Schwartz said. “To me, financial literacy is the cornerstone to ensuring that our future leaders are prepared to make responsible personal and professional decisions.”

KatzAbosch Named a Top Firm

INSIDE Public Accounting recently presented its fifth annual ranking of the IPA 200 public accounting firms. KatzAbosch was named to the list for the third time.

“With more than 540 firms participating in the IPA annual Survey and Analysis of Firms this year, along with many CPA firm associations contributing to the search to identify the IPA 200, this prestigious group joins the IPA 100 as the definitive ranking of the nation’s largest public accounting firms,” said Kelly Platt, principal of The Platt Group, the publisher of IPA.

For the most recent fiscal year, IPA 200 firms range in size from $14 million to $31 million, and from 60 to 235 staff. These firms employ more than 12,000 staff across the nation, up 9 percent from last year.

Founded in 1969, KatzAbosch is one of the largest CPA and business consulting services in the mid-Atlantic region.

Hopkins Leaders Recognized for Influence

Modern Healthcare, a leading industry publication, has named Johns Hopkins Medicine dean and CEO Paul B. Rothman and patient safety expert Peter J. Pronovost to this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list. The list recognizes individuals deemed by their peers and experts as leaders in the industry.

“The answers to complex questions must be addressed through a team approach and stem from cross-collaborations,” said Rothman. “I am honored to be listed and to be able to work in an industry where our remarkable discoveries and medical breakthroughs allow us to improve the lives of our patients.” A distinguished physician, scientist, educator and academic health care leader, Rothman is responsible for the governance of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s $7 billion academic medical center and global health system.

Rothman and Pronovost were selected by the publication’s editors and readers for their leadership and impact in the health care industry. Nominees were chosen from government agencies, health care systems, providers and professional associations. Readers voted for their top five candidates from a list of 300 nominees. Pronovost also appeared on Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare list.

Chosen for his national and international contributions to quality and patient safety, Pronovost is most known for his development of a scientifically proven checklist for reducing deadly bloodstream infections associated with the insertion and use of central lines to deliver drugs and take blood samples from critically ill patients.