PHR Names Interim President

Park Heights Renaissance has announced that Cheo D. Hurley has been named interim president and CEO. Hurley replaces Julius Colon, who recently resigned.

A Baltimore native, Hurley has been with the organization since 2009, most recently as vice president for community and economic development. In his new role, he will oversee all operations of the nonprofit organization, including administration, community relations, financeand real estate/economic development.

“Cheo has been with Park Heights Renaissance for more than five years and understands the community and the unique challenges and opportunities ahead,” said board chairman Larry Jennings. “We feel confident that he is well prepared for this interim role, as we begin a search for a permanent president and CEO.”

Hopkins Names Faculty to Patient Safety Academy

In a new effort to eliminate harm and reinforce a culture of caring in health care, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty members Ellen Ray, Cynthia Foronda and Brigit Van Graafeiland have been chosen to serve in the third cohort of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy.

A program launched to connect health systems and transform the clinical health care setting, the Academy will give 33 Johns Hopkins scholars the opportunity to propose, plan and lead a sustainable, multidisciplinary patient safety or quality improvement project while evaluating its effectiveness on patient outcomes.

“The Academy will bring accountability, continuity and inter-professional collaboration to the table,” said Melinda Sawyer, the academy’s program co-director and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s assistant director of patient safety. “The scholars, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technologists and others will incorporate teamwork and focus on advancing care through every discipline.”

Weinberg Early Childhood Center Opens

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and The Johns Hopkins University opened the Weinberg Early Childhood Center, an innovative space — and the first of five such centers that will be created in Baltimore City — designed to care for infants and educate parents.

The event, which took place on Sept. 10, featured Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University; Gregory E. Thornton, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools; and Ellen M. Heller, chair of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

“This new library and early childhood education center will give more Maryland children the tools they need to climb the ladder of opportunity toward success,” said Brown. “Every child deserves the opportunity to get a world-class education. By working together to invest in our schools and through the dedication of our partners in the private sector, like the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, we’re making real progress toward that goal.”

The Weinberg Early Childhood Center, located in the Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore, is a 30,000-square-foot facility that will focus on children, birth to age 5, their families and community. The center will include a family support center and health and wellness suite ensuring that the children there will have the support and services they need to reinforce the development of their language, literacy and math readiness skills.

Jemicy Head Joins Stevenson Council

Ben Shifrin, head of Jemicy School in Owings Mills, was selected by Stevenson University President Kevin J. Manning to serve on the President’s Advisory Council at the university.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

The President’s Advisory Council was formed to provide a forum for discussing important developments and issues about Stevenson University and is comprised of community leaders, including alumni. The group meets twice a year. At each meeting, a key issue is presented for discussion, and PAC members give valuable feedback.

Weinberg Gives $340K to Charity

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, hosted its eighth annual Employee Giving Program in which 17 employees presented $20,000 to a Maryland nonprofit.

The charities included: Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.;  Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation; Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore; CHANA; Community Conferencing Center; Community Support Services for the Deaf, Inc.; Dayspring Programs, Inc.; Franciscan Center, Inc.; Job Opportunities Task Force, Inc.; Maria’s Hope d/b/a CUPs Coffeehouse & Kitchen; Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Inc./ “Bridges-Baltimore”; Next One Up Foundation; People Encouraging People; Sarah’s House; TurnAround, Inc.; Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.; and Westminster Rescue Mission, Inc.

Leadership Howard County Selects Ostroff

Michelle Ostroff

Michelle Ostroff (FeeBee Photography)

Michelle Ostroff, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, has been selected as a member of the Leadership Howard County Class of 2015.

Forty-nine individuals were selected for the 10-month program that is designed to empower and connect community leaders and keep them engaged in the critical issues facing Howard County and the region. The class members represent business, nonprofit, government and educational organizations.

The leadership program was launched in 1985 to develop capable, well-informed individuals committed to devoting their time and resources for community improvement. The program addresses countywide issues in monthly, daylong seminars, where these concerned citizens meet with established leaders in business, government and community services.

Goldman Joins Berkshire Hathaway

Joel Goldman

Joel Goldman

Joel Goldman has joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Homesale Realty as a full-time Realtor and member of the Yerman Witman and Gaines Team.

A resident of Baltimore, Goldman will specialize in residential sales throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

He attended Vassar College in New York, where he received a B.A. in political science and a Juris Doctorate. He was previously a journalist with The Times of Israel. Goldman will work at Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty’s Baltimore Metro office located at 1425 Clarkview Road.

Cohen Honored with Rosenberg Memorial

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore named Heather Cohen this year’s recipient of the Julius Rosenberg Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to a young person who shows sustained, outstanding campaign leadership through solicitation of others, personal contribution and commitment to the highest ideals of Jewish community building.

Cohen was honored at The Associated’s annual 2015 campaign kick-off event. A native of Chicago, Cohen and her family moved to Baltimore about 15 years ago. She first became involved in The Associated as a member of Dor Tikvah, a two-year leadership development program for women, ages 30 to 45. The program sparked her interest to do more for the community, and she became involved with Jewish Community Services, the Jewish Volunteer Connection, Mitzvah Makers and The Associated’s annual campaign. For the past two years, she served as co-chair of Dor Tikvah.

In addition to the recognition, Cohen will receive a trip to Israel.

Cole Schotz Attorneys Named Best Lawyers

The law firm Cole Schotz has announced that members Gary H.
Leibowitz and Irving E. Walker have been recognized in the 2015 “The Best Lawyers in America.” Both attorneys made the list for their work in bankruptcy, and Walker was
also recognized for bet-the-company litigation.

Leibowitz is a member in the firm’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring and litigation departments, and Walker is managing partner of the firm’s Baltimore office. In total, 36 attorneys from the firm were recognized.

Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Named Best Lawyers

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP has announced that seven attorneys from the firm’s Baltimore office have been recognized in the 2015 “The Best Lawyers in America.” The seven
attorneys are recognized in a total of 14 categories.

Zuckerman Spaeder is the publication’s top-listed firm for white-collar criminal defense.

The attorneys are Herbert Better, recognized in arbitration, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, mediation and bet-the-company litigation; John J. Connolly, recognized in appellate practice and commercial litigation; Martin S. Himeles Jr., recognized in bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and securities litigation; Daniel P. Moylan, recognized in commercial litigation, legal malpractice law for defendants; William J. Murphy, recognized in appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense; Robert T. Shaffer III, recognized in commercial litigation, construction litigation, labor and employment litigation and real estate litigation and Cy Smith, recognized in commercial litigation, healthcare law, legal malpractice law for plaintiffs and ERISA litigation.