BHC Honored

Bonnie Heneson Communications, a full-service marketing communications firm, won a Gold 2016 Aster Award for a physicians’ directory that the agency created for Howard County General Hospital.

The Directory of Physicians is a publication distributed to Howard County residents that BHC writes, coordinates and designs listing nearly 800 physicians who practice at Howard County General Hospital.

The Aster Awards program recognizes health care marketing professionals across the nation. Competition criteria include creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

Gorelick Joins JCPA

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) announced that Melanie Roth Gorelick joined the JCPA team as a vice president of the organization. Gorelick brings 10 years of experience as a leader in the Jewish community relations field to her new position.

Most recently, she has served as the director of the community relations committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro-West N.J. She is also founder of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking and has worked professionally as an advocate for Israel, social justice and humanitarian concerns at both national and international levels.

“I am thrilled at this opportunity to work with the esteemed staff of JCPA to help strengthen the community relations field and continue to ensure that the Jewish community is a leader on important policy concerns that are shaping the world at a time of great change,” she said in a news release. “Based on Jewish values, and with a rich history of working in close collaboration with interfaith and interethnic groups, JCPA has a crucial role to play.”

JCC Names Rabbi to Direct Teen Engagement

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the JCC of Greater Baltimore announced the appointment of Rabbi Dena Shaffer as executive director of the Jewish Community’s new Center for Teen Engagement (CTE).

As the executive director of CTE, Rabbi Shaffer will provide visionary and strategic leadership for the implementation of the center’s goals and objectives. Her primary responsibilities will include planning, development and evaluation of existing and new initiatives that will help advance the vision for increased numbers of teens engaged in Jewish life throughout Baltimore. The CTE is the culmination of a community-wide planning process led by the Associated to create new and innovative ways to engage more teens in Jewish life and learning, co-funded by a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Over the last four years, Rabbi Shaffer has served the Reform Jewish community as associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Conn., where she has played a leadership role innovating, implementing, and supervising youth engagement initiatives. She also holds a certificate in Jewish education for adolescents and emerging adults through the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has expertise in adolescent development, experiential education, relationship building and community structural change.

“Much of my time is spent reimagining what is possible for Jewish youth and teens, helping young people to discover their own individual points of entry into Jewish life, and marketing and branding Jewish experiences in a way that is attractive to teens and their peers,” she said in a news release.

JCS Names New Executive Director

The board of directors of Jewish Community Services announced that it has selected Joan Grayson Cohen to become the agency’s next executive director.

Cohen, who is currently the director of economic services, has been a staff member of JCS and Jewish Family Services, one of its founding agencies, for 22 years. During this tenure, Cohen was responsible for the creation and management of a diverse array of programs and services. She will succeed Barbara Levy Gradet, who announced earlier this year that she is stepping down on June 30 after 12 years as executive director.

On behalf of the JCS board of directors, president Ronald Attman said, “The board is elated that Joan has accepted our offer to lead the agency. Joan is a proven leader who has earned the respect of the board and of the JCS staff through all of the good work that she has done on behalf of the people in our community. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished and visionary leader to guide us into the future. I also want to thank the members of the search committee, chaired by Allison Magat, for the many hours of conscientious work that they did leading to this excellent result.”

Cohen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker certified by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. Cohen and her husband are active members of Beth El Congregation and they have three adult daughters. In 2009, Cohen was awarded the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service award by the Darrell Friedman Institute.

Knott Appointed to BCEDC

James Knott (Photo provided)

James Knott (Photo provided)

The Baltimore County Economic Development Commission has appointed James F. Knott Jr. as its new director.

Knott serves as president of Knott Realty Group. He is responsible for all facets of the company, including financing, development, construction, leasing and property management.

He has developed and constructed approximately 2 million square feet of office and industrial product and residentially, he has rezoned and developed over 750 home sites. Knott also works directly on building and land transactions, land development, budget management, and building construction — both inside and outside of Maryland.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College. In the past he was seated on the board of the Knott Foundation and served as vice president of the Greater Ruxton Area Foundation. Knott is past president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, MD (NAIOP), an advisory board member of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Hecht Earns Zelda Award

Hecht Earns Zelda Award

In recognition of his dedication and commitment to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual campaign, Brad Hecht was presented with the Zelda Miller Award, which honors young adult leaders for their dedication to the annual campaign.

Hecht has long-standing involvement in the Jewish community through The Associated. After graduating from the Young Leadership Council (YLC), he chaired IMPACT365, then the IMPACT campaign. He now serves in his third and final year as chair. Under Hecht’s leadership, IMPACT’s campaign almost tripled, raising approximately $175,000 for The Associated’s annual campaign. Hecht eagerly pursues active roles outside IMPACT, serving on the campaign cabinet and The Associated real estate committee.

Outside The Associated, Hecht sits on the Israel Bonds advisory board and is serving as a volunteer recruitment chair for the community playground build at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Professionally, Hecht has been involved in the financial industry in Baltimore for over 10 years. For the past eight years, he has worked at M&T Bank where he currently serves as a relationship manager to middle market companies in Greater Baltimore.

A native of Baltimore, Hecht currently lives in Pikesville with his wife and two sons.

Recipients of the Zelda Miller Award are chosen by campaign professionals. This honor is made possible by the friends, family and colleagues of Zelda Miller who, as administrative assistant to two campaign directors, inspired volunteers and staff with her enthusiasm and dedication.

Alex Cooper Unveils Renovated Showroom

Alex Cooper Auctioneers has unveiled its renovated showroom at its facility on York Road in Towson. The $3 million update to the space marks another milestone in the company’s 90-year history.

Since its founding in 1924, Alex Cooper Auctioneers has concentrated its talents on the auction, real estate, appraisal and Oriental rug business. As its business continued to grow, the Cooper family continued to purchase showrooms until it unified all of its operations at its current space at 908 York Road. The current interior has not been updated since it was purchased in 1982. The renovation includes a new rug showroom and a 20,000-square-foot space for art and antiques.

“Our specialty is preserving and passing down pieces of history,” said vice president Paul Cooper. “We’re excited to unveil the renovation to our showroom, which we consider to be a milestone in our business’s history. We hope the renovation shows our commitment to the business and to the Towson community.”

MICA Awarded $600K Grant

The Maryland Institute College of Art has been awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to launch the development of Up/Start MICA, a collegewide entrepreneurship initiative that will capitalize on the unique talents of the college’s students and recent graduates.

“We are greatly impressed with president Samuel Hoi’s vision to encourage entrepreneurship among the students and alumni at one of the
nation’s finest arts and design schools,” said James D. Wright, co-trustee of the Ratcliffe Foundation.

MICA will use the funds to establish programming and provide guidance, support, tools and investment resources — of up to $100,000 annually — to students and recent graduates who are looking to grow businesses or launch startups.

This past fall, award-winning business owner and serial entrepreneur Monyka Berrocosa joined MICA as its “entrepreneurship evangelist.” Berrocosa works directly with students and alumni by providing expert business guidance and advice and cultivating resources and relationships to further the reach for these burgeoning ideas.

Yelp Awards SBLC $5,000

The South Baltimore Learning Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation, having been nominated and voted in by community members in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest.

Of the many nonprofits considered for recognition, only three in the Baltimore area were nominated to participate, which awarded $10,000 total to local nonprofits. SBLC was the first-place winner.

“The Yelp Foundation’s support for SBLC’s adult literacy efforts means that more adults in Baltimore will have the opportunity to begin their journey toward achieving their Maryland high school diplomas,” said SBLC executive director Annmarie Westerfield. “These funds allow us to serve more learners through our off-site class partnerships. By bringing pre-GED and GED classes to Baltimore neighborhoods most in need of our service, we are able to remove the transportation barriers for our students and increase their access to education, life-skills training and
career counseling services.”

Runge Joins RS&F

Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander, LLC, a business consulting and accounting firm, has announced it has hired Andrew J. Runge as its director of forensic, litigation and valuation services.

With more than 25 years of experience in forensic accounting/investigation, economic damages, insurance and litigation support services, as well as business valuations, Runge joins RS&F from Circle Forensic Consulting, LLC, where he led a boutique forensic accounting, business valuation and litigation services practice. His practice spanned various service segments in regions throughout the United States.

With Runge’s hiring, Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander is expanding its forensic accounting, litigation and business valuations service offerings. The firm’s expertise in forensic accounting includes economic damage analysis, fraud determination and embezzlement, divorce property settlements,
reorganization and recapitalization, search for unreported transactions and assets, settlement negotiations, shareholder disputes, charitable contributions, compensation arrangements and goodwill impairment.