MTR Appoints Director

Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc. has announced the appointment of Cathy Rosenbaum as executive director of the Crownsville facility. Most recently, Rosenbaum was an integral part of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy team, managing the $7 million restoration of the Washington Monument in Baltimore.

Rosenbaum’s personal horse was in a therapeutic riding program for several years, and she was fortunate enough to see firsthand the profoundly positive impact equine therapy can have in breaking down barriers and improving the lives of people with special needs.

Maryland Therapeutic Riding is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine-based therapies and activities. In 2015, MTR’s certified instructors, licensed therapists, volunteers and specially trained horses provided more than 3,000 equine-assisted therapy hours.

Gordon Feinblatt’s Rahl Honored

The law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC has announced that Christopher R. Rahl has been named a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award.

Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The qualifications for this recognition focus on a lawyer’s ability to add real value to clients’ businesses above and beyond the other players in the market. Law firms and partners can be nominated for the award only by corporate counsel.

Rahl is a member in Gordon Feinblatt’s Financial Services Practice Group. He provides legal advice concerning a broad range of legal issues
including compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations applicable to financial institutions and debt relief providers; transactional matters; corporate governance issues; and litigation avoidance and management. Rahl advises clients in connection with lending, deposit, debt adjustment/management, credit service business, money transmission and privacy statutes and regulations.

Sless Named Home Point Branch Manager

Home Point Financial Corporation has announced that Steven J. Sless has joined as branch manager of its Towson branch to focus on the continued expansion of its reverse mortgage channel. Sless will manage the day-to-day operations, hold local events and connect with potential borrowers by expanding on his innovative seminar series.

Previous to his new position at Home Point Financial, Sless was a managing partner at Bayshore Reverse Mortgage and an originator with Maverick Funding’s Reverse Mortgage Network. He has built a reputation as a skilled communicator through public workshops, industry publications and
national media spotlights.

GBCA Announces New Board Members

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance board of directors have announced the election of seven new members, as well as the appointment of Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director of the Walters Art Museum, as president, and the appointment of Sheri Parks, associate dean for research, interdisciplinary scholarship and programming at the University of Maryland, as vice president.

The new board members are Chuck Adkins, chief financial officer at Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts; Kevin Apperson, chief information officer at Maxim Healthcare Services; Randi Benesch, senior managing director at Gordon Center for Performing Arts; Navasha Daya, performing artist and co-founder/director of Youth Resiliency Institute; Hana S. Sharif, associate artistic director at Center Stage; Lee Kappelman, principal at m/Oppenheim Associates; and Ron M. Melton, chief operating officer at Visit Baltimore.

Carroll Hospital Honored

SC&H Capital, an investment banking and advisory firm focused on middle market and growth companies, has announced that one of its 2015 deals, the Carroll Hospital Center Merger with LifeBridge Health, has been named a Deal of the Year finalist by the Association for Corporate Growth ñ Maryland Chapter.

SC&H Capital served as the exclusive adviser to Carroll Hospital Center in its affiliation agreement with LifeBridge Health. In this agreement, LifeBridge Health made a commitment to implement Carroll Hospital Center’s strategic plan for growth and advancement in areas such as cardiovascular, cancer, hospice/ home care, surgery, women and infants and outpatient services.

ACG’s Deal of the Year award recognizes the transactions that have taken place over the past year that stand to have the most impact on the economy in Maryland. ACG will announce the winners at its 11th Annual Deal of the Year Gala on March 16, at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Since 2007, SC&H Capital has represented 13 ACG Maryland Deal of the Year award finalists and the past five winners.

MIDC Welcomes Lipert

The Maryland/Israel Development Center has named Adam Lipert its MIDC’s business development manager.

Adam grew up in Washington, D.C. He moved to Israel, served in the Israel Defense Forces and completed a Bachelor of Arts in government at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzilya. Lipert holds a master’s degree in global security from Johns Hopkins University.

Upon completion of his master’s, Lipert moved back to Israel and was drafted into the Israeli army and served two years as a non-commissioned officer in the Economics and Commerce Department for the Coordination and Liaison Administration for the Gaza Strip. In 2015, he returned to the United States and lives in Washington, D.C.

New Shopping Center Coming to Owings Mills

Hill Management Services, Inc. has unveiled plans for Red Run Station, a 10,368-square-foot retail center at 11050 Red Run Boulevard in Owings Mills. Featuring roadside visibility from Red Run Boulevard and offering up to six retail spaces as well as two pad sites, the Baltimore-based real estate development company anticipates initiating construction on the project this spring with an expected delivery date by the end of 2016.

Red Run Station will feature tenant spaces ranging from 1,500 to 2,100 square feet of space, which are suitable for restaurant uses and retail and service businesses. The shopping center is positioned directly in front of the Your Space Storage facility, which was developed and is managed by Peak Management, an affiliate company of Hill Management Services.

Jazz Alliance Names President

The Baltimore Jazz Alliance has named Ian Rashkin as its new president and Michael Raitzyk as its new vice president. Both officers are active musicians and bandleaders in the Baltimore area, Rashkin on bass and Raitzyk on guitar.

Aside from jazz groups, Raitzyk also leads the band Charm City Klezmer. Robert Shahid continues as BJA’s treasurer and Liz Fixsen as its secretary.

BJA’s mission is to promote and support the growth of the Baltimore jazz scene. The nonprofit produces a monthly newsletter, and its website,, features a calendar of live jazz through the Baltimore metro area.

Art with a Heart Names Friedman President

Alyson Friedman has been elected president of the board of directors for Art with a Heart, a 15-year-old Baltimore-based nonprofit that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people in need through the use of visual art. Friedman has been a member of the board since 2011.

Art with the Heart achieves its mission through the execution of art classes in schools, community centers, group homes, permanent housing facilities, shelters, hospitals and senior centers. More than 10,000 separate classes are held on an annual basis, providing more than 182,000 visual art experiences. The organization has also served more than 550 young adults in its summer job program, and its community service and public art initiatives provide accessible and meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Friedman also serves on the board of directors for The Associated; is an inaugural member of the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation including its past-president; is immediate past-president of CHANA Baltimore; and serves on the board of directors of Associated Women, the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership and the National Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federations of North America. She also volunteers with groups and institutions including Israel Bonds, Garrison Forest School and Jewish Women International.

Associated Honored by Israel Bonds

On Jan. 31, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore became the first federation to be presented with Israel Bonds’ Israel68 Commemorative Medallion Award.

The award was presented to The Associated in recognition of its work in the greater Baltimore Jewish community as well as Israel, where it has a sister- city relationship with Ashkelon and a long-standing relationship with Israel Bonds. Since 2008, the organization has partnered with Israel Bonds Maryland by being a 100 percent match partner for all Israel Bonds purchased during the High Holidays.

Israel68 Award recipients embody the highest standards of leadership as demonstrated by their exceptional dedication to Israel and perpetuation of Jewish values and ideals.

Associated president Marc B. Terrill and chair Mark Neumann accepted the award, given at the Israel Bonds Prime Minister’s Club Dinner in Boca Raton, Fla. The Associated is among 13 honorees receiving this award.