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December 2013

IBnboxElmStreetElm Street Development Chosen as Residential Partner for Greenleigh at Crossroads
Elm Street Development has been selected as the residential development partner for Greenleigh at Crossroads, the next phase of Baltimore Crossroads, a 1,000-acre mixed-use business community in eastern Baltimore County under development by a joint venture of St. John Properties, Inc. and Somerset Construction Company. Earlier this year, the two firms revealed conceptual plans for Greenleigh at Crossroads, a Town Center configuration that is intended to incorporate a mixture of mid-rise Class “A” commercial office buildings, retail amenities and a range of housing options that reflects the emerging employment and residential opportunities anticipated in the Baltimore County marketplace. Groundbreaking for the first wave of an expected 2,000 residential units, featuring single-family, townhome and multi-family product, is expected to occur in summer 2014.

“Elm Street Development designs and constructs innovative residential communities, has an extremely strong management team and brings unparalleled enthusiasm and passion to every assignment,” says Edward St. John, Chairman of St. John Properties. “The company represents the perfect partner in our strategy to re-energize and enhance the overall character of the community with the addition of residential options.”

InboxFrankKellyBaltimore CEO Frank Kelly Elected To FCA’s Hall Of Champions
Baltimore businessman Frank Kelly III, who has played a major role in the success of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as an athlete, coach, volunteer and donor, has been elected to FCA’s Hall of Champions. Kelly was a member of FCA’s first lacrosse team that played in the prestigious Vail, Colo., tournament 25 years ago, and has played an integral role in the success of both FCA Lacrosse and FCA in the state of Maryland ever since. He has been the chairman of the FCA Maryland board of directors in 19 of the board’s 20 years of existence, coming on as the chairman before FCA even had a full-time staff member in Maryland. Kelly, a former professional lacrosse player who also played football at Cornell and now serves as the chief executive officer of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Inc., Kelly & Associates Financial Services Inc., KTBSPayroll/KTBSWorkComp, and Kelly Integral Solutions LLC, has also chaired the FCA Lacrosse board of directors dating back to the 1990s, and served on FCA’s National Board of Trustees from 1997-2003.

Commission for Women Wins National Award
The Baltimore County Commission for Women won national accolades for their efforts to educate the public and raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking in Maryland. The Commission’s “Power of the Purse” project received an achievement award from the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW). The campaign featured a fundraising event encouraging women to donate gently used purses to benefit the non-profit Samaritan Women’s Restoration Home, which provides services to individuals harmed by domestic human trafficking.

Chesapeake Environmental Management Honored for Corporate Philanthropy
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal awarded Chesapeake Environmental Management the Maryland Business Philanthropy Award in the “Small Employer” category during the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter, Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Baltimore. The program awards businesses, whose philanthropic efforts have made Maryland a better place to live, work and do business. “This program awards provides well deserved recognition to businesses that not only provide jobs and pay taxes, but who also support a wide variety of educational, health-related, homeless and youth activities in our neighborhoods,” says Sheela Murthy, Vice Chair of the Maryland Chamber and President of Murthy Law Firm.

Led by CEO/President Stephanie Novak Hau, Chesapeake Environmental Management company has built its philanthropic program on critical community needs such as education and health. Five percent of its profits are donated each year to nonprofit organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of Harford County, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Habitat for Humanity, Kennedy Krieger Institute and more. Chesapeake Environmental Management recently contributed neo-puffs to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sinai Hospital to help the smallest of patients breathe.

InboxHoutzCommunity Foundation Of Harford County Announces Winner Of Humbert Scholarship
Community Foundation of Harford County is pleased to announce that Bel Air resident Julie Houtz has received the 2013 William A. Humbert Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $5,000, is named in memory of William “Bill” Humbert, a charter member of the Bel Air Community Band and a founder of the Bel Air Summer Concert Series. Houtz is a senior music education major at Towson University. She plays the horn and is an active member of the Bel Air Community Band. She developed a love of music when she was a toddler because music was always a part of her family life. “The scholarship is one of the main reasons I know for certain I will be able to complete my degree,” Houtz says.

Harford Family House Receives $10,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced $270,000 in grants to 12 nonprofits in Baltimore addressing critical needs, including Harford Family House, which in FY 2013 provided shelter to 44 families, or 146 individuals, 96 who are children. “Harford Family House is in the business of moving people from hopelessness and homelessness to self-sufficiency,” says Joyce Duffy, executive director and chief executive officer of the Aberdeen-based non-profit that provides transitional housing and emergency shelter for homeless families with children. “We couldn’t do that without the backing of organizations like Bank of America whose funding will help us support every day work and the expenses we have.” “We’re working to meet the day-to-day needs of those who live and work in our community,” says David Millman, Maryland and Baltimore Market President, Bank of America. “These grants will help nonprofits like Harford Family House continue to address Baltimore’s most pressing needs while helping individuals become more financially stable in the long term.”

InboxGaryStokesLocal Non-profit Recognizes Volunteers who “Give Back” to Help the Homeless in Harford County
On Nov. 5, Harford Family House recognized its volunteers at a Founders and Friends Volunteer Recognition Breakfast held at the Wetlands Golf Course in Aberdeen. Receiving awards in categories listed were: Bill White, Volunteer of the Year Award; Gary Stokes, ActionCOACH; Shirley Murray, Most Time Donated; Megan Kotrla, Student Volunteer Award; Donna Gustafsson and Jill Duran, Stellar Committee Chair; Gertrude “Bea” Hopkins, Long-Time Server; Jones Junction Toyota, Debra McCollum and Steve Smeltzer, Corporate Supporter Award; Fallston Middle School, Outstanding School Award; Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Outstanding Church Award; and Patrice Ricciardi of Freedom Federal Credit Union, Community Cheerleader Award.

Harvest Moon Fundraiser Nets Nearly $30,000 for Harford Land Trust
Hundreds of supporters filled the Bel Air Armory on Oct. 26 for the Harford Land Trust’s second annual Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction, which raised nearly $30,000 for the non-profit to help protect farms and forests and create community parks in Harford County. According to Harford Land Trust Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction Chair Ann Helton, the event exceeded expectations and she has heard an overwhelming amount of praise from guests and supporters. All funds raised from the event will go to support HLT’s mission to protect important ecosystems of farmland, forests, marsh and coastal land for future generations to enjoy.

Maryland CASA Receives $30,000 Grant from NCASA
Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association has received a $30,000 grant from the National CASA Association to further its efforts to serve more abused and neglected children throughout the state through collaboration with its 15 local CASA programs statewide. It is anticipated that the NCASA funding will increase CASA’s collective capacity in Maryland by a minimum of 10 percent through the recruitment and training of 20 percent more prospective volunteers, and the potential expansion of CASA to two additional jurisdictions. “This grant will greatly help Maryland CASA to fully implement its public awareness plan to recruit more volunteers to serve more of the state’s children,” says Ed Kilcullen, state director of Maryland CASA Associ-ation. “With a growing number of older foster youth in need of assistance as they age out of foster care, we will target individuals who are interested in advocating for teens and young adults as they make this critical transition to adulthood.”

InboxECBCECBC, Harford Community College Sign Education Partnership Agreement
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and Harford Community College signed an education partnership agreement to formalize and expand the scope of their collaboration in encouraging and enhancing the study in STEM disciplines as well as the pursuit of STEM career fields. “This education partnership formalizes a long collaboration between the College and ECBC,” President of Harford Community College Dennis Golladay, Ph.D. says. “The agreement will lead to further opportunities in pursuing our joint mission to expand knowledge and interest in STEM disciplines.”

ECBC has supported the College’s Project Dream Work program and Technology Teens initiative with hands-on experiences that reinforce the real-world application of STEM concepts for middle school students. Making STEM lessons fun and exciting, the Center’s subject matter experts have engaged students in strawberry DNA extraction, building electrical circuits out of lemons and potatoes and unveiling the mystery behind pyrotechnics.

Calvert Hall Robotics Competes at Northwest Maryland VEX Robotics Competition
Five Calvert Hall Robotics teams, under the direction of Renie Brown and Steve Borror, competed in the Northwest Maryland VEX Robotics Competition at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster. All five made it to the final bracket of eight alliances. The team of junior Chris Iler and seniors Danny Kumpf and Nathan Wyand earned the Excellence Award, the highest award presented in a VEX Competition. The team of freshmen Casey Borror, Jake Cassell, Nick Nemphos and Nick Townsley earned the Design Award. Both teams have been invited to compete in the Maryland State Robotics Championships in March 2014.

Center for the Arts Names New CEO
The Board of Trustees of the Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Smith as Chief Executive Officer. “The selection of Kathy Smith as the new CEO for the Center for the Arts marks an exciting and important mile marker in our march from concept to reality. We, as a board, are thrilled to add her distinguished experience and expertise to the project,” says Toby Musser, Vice President of the Board of Trustees. Smith has considerable experience in nonprofit management with significant fundraising experience. She is the Principal and Founder of Smith Associates, a boutique consulting firm specializing in non-profits, strategic planning, governance, and executive coaching.

Mary Ann Lisanti Reappointed to Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council
As a member of the Council, Mary Ann Lisanti, along with 25 other members, will consult with the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service on matters related to the trail, including trail management, public access, recreation opportunities, and natural and cultural resource conservation along the trail route. “The people appointed to serve on the Advisory Council will contribute in many ways to the implementation of a rich educational and recreational trail experience for the public,” says John Reynolds, Advisory Council chair. “This Council is anxious to get people outside enjoying the trail, on land and water, while also working to protect special places along the trail.”

Lisanti has been executive director of Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway since 2003. During that time, the organization has been able to secure public and private funding totaling more than $15.5 million, preserve 120 acres of land, protect significant historic resources and enhance public recreational opportunities and public access to local waterways. “It is an honor to be reappointed to the Smith Trail Advisory Council,” Lisanti says. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Council on making the trail experience the best it can be for visitors exploring this historic area.”

Thymly Products Opens New Warehouse in Havre de Grace
Thymly Products, which supplies the food and pharmaceutical industries with specialized food ingredients ranging from enzymes to phosphates, in order to accommodate company growth, opened a second line at the plant in Colora, Md., and a distribution warehouse located in Havre de Grace. The Havre de Grace Facility recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

inboxAileenEskildsenAileen Eskildsen, CPA Appointed To Legacy School Board; Promotions Announced at Ellin & Tucker
Aileen M. Eskildsen, CPA, a Director and Professional Development Coordinator at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Legacy School located in Eldersburg, Md. The Legacy School is a non-profit school that offers an educational solution for students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and language processing difficulties. The overall goal of the school is to remediate students and equip them to be successful life-long learners.

Additionally, the company announced that Patricia Kirchner, CPA and Travis Klein have been promoted to Senior in the Tax Department of the Firm. Kirchner held an internship position at Ellin & Tucker and was subsequently hired immediately following her graduation from Towson University in 2012 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Klein joined Ellin & Tucker in 2012 and was previously employed as an accountant for a certified public accounting firm located in Towson. Klein graduated from York College of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Office of Economic Development Wins Tourism Award
Harford County Tourism & Marketing Manager Wini Roche was selected as the Maryland Tourism Council’s Tourism Person of the Year for 2013. The Maryland Tourism industry’s highest honor culminates the annual award ceremony held at Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit. Roche has stepped up time and again to take a leadership role in MTC’s largest legislative event, Tourism Day in Annapolis. She united hundreds of tourism leaders in the state capital. She has served on MTC’s board since 2003, and the Maryland Tourism Development Board since 2011.

She has coordinated and spearheaded an advocacy campaign Tourism Works for Maryland, engaging every major tourism industry association and destination marketing organization in Maryland. In her current role in the Harford County Office of Economic Development where she has served since 2006, she has worked to promote the amateur sports market and is best known for her video blog series “Where’s Wini?” that highlights Harford County attractions on the website and to a monthly e-mail subscription base of over 20,000 viewers. “Wini is an accomplished and respected professional and we are fortunate that her drive and determination benefit the industry and Harford County,” says Harford County Office of Economic Development Director Jim Richardson.

inboxFreedomFCFreedom Federal Credit Union Recognizes Third Quarter “Core Values Award” Recipient
Freedom Federal Credit Union is proud to announce David Bielecki, as the winner of Freedom’s 2013 third quarter “Core Values Award.” The “Core Values Award” recognizes Freedom employees who continuously demonstrate support of unique core values, as a vision and guidance for all employees in their commitment to serve Freedom members, fellow employees and the Harford County community. The award is based on employee nominations and chosen by a volunteer committee of Freedom employees.

Business Volunteers Maryland Announces Promotion of Dana Schwartz
Business Volunteers Maryland, the nonprofit organization that connects businesses and individuals to meaningful volunteer opportunities, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dana Schwartz to Manager of its Board Matching Programs. In her new role, Schwartz will manage the organization’s flagship Board Leadership Program, which has connected more than 600 business professionals with nonprofit boards of directors in the Central Maryland region since 2003.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to continue supporting the missions of many of our nonprofit partners with whom I have built strong relationships during the last four years in my previous roles at Business Volunteers Maryland,” says Schwartz. “I know my new role connecting leadership-level volunteers to nonprofit boards of directors will truly make a positive impact not only on our community, but on the individuals and nonprofits affected by each board match.”

Army Alliance Holds Annual Breakfast
The Army Alliance, a non-profit civic organization founded in 1998 for the well-being of the programs and organizations of APG, held its annual breakfast on Nov. 22 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. The well-attended event included a status report presented by Jill McClune, president of the Army Alliance. The report, titled “Challenges of the New Normal,” touched on the uncertainties facing APG and the DoD. The impact of sequestration – delays in job creation, $2-$6 billion in lost economic output, halted federal loans, disruption of the private sector funding, and how contracts to small businesses have dropped by almost 30 percent and spending by almost 40 percent, were all presented. McClune added that while APG has fared better than many other bases, the impact has still been significant. One of the more positive elements of the status report was the incredible successes by the Aberdeen Science and Math Academy, where 100 percent of graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges. Col. Scott Lathrop, Ph.D., Deputy of Advance Concepts and Technology Development at the U.S. Cyber Command, also gave a presentation on the importance of cybersecurity.

InboxArmyArmy Analysts Win 2013 Army Acquisition Excellence Award
Members of the Stryker Double-V Hull Army Test and Evaluation Integrated Product Team, including two U.S. Army Research Laboratory employees, recently won the 2013 Army Acquisition Excellence Award in the category “Equipping and Sustaining Our Soldiers’ Systems.” The Army Acquisition Excellence Awards recognize an Army acquisition workforce individual or team, from senior management to newly hired interns, whose performance and contributions set them apart from their peers. The awards directly reflect the outstanding achievements in support of the Soldier and the Army’s business transformation efforts.

The members of the Stryker DVH IPT demonstrated great initiative, creativity and skill in designing and conducting streamlined test and evaluation efforts in support of rapid fielding of eight improved survivability Stryker combat vehicle variants to our soldiers in Afghanistan. Richard zum Brunnen, an operations research analyst in ARL’s Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate, served as ARL’s representative to the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Center’s Stryker ATEC System Team.

InboxHarfordDayHarford Day Names New Head of School
Harford Day School has announced that Gray Smith will become its seventh Head of School on July 1, 2014. He will succeed Su Harris, who is retiring after heading the pre-K-8 independent school in Bel Air for the past 21 years. Dr. Smith will come to Harford Day from the Severn School in Severna Park, where he has been Middle School Head for the past six years. Prior to that, Dr. Smith was the Assistant Upper School Head and Dean of Students at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Gray’s experience, energy, and talent come to Harford Day,” says Richard Foard, President of the Harford Day School Board of Trustees. “Su Harris leaves a legacy of accomplishments and a solid foundation upon which Dr. Smith can build.” Saying that he was honored to be selected, Dr. Smith says, “As an educator, I have long been aware of Harford Day’s excellent reputation in the independent school community. On my visits to the school, I met bright, hard-working, friendly girls and boys taught by an experienced faculty who challenge and support them to reach their personal best.”

CFHC’s Zavislan Accepts Pioneer Award
Tamara W. Zavislan, executive director of the Community Foundation of Harford County, accepted the Pioneer Award from the Grant Professionals Association on behalf of the Maryland Community Foundations Association. The award was presented in Baltimore on Nov. 15 at the 15th annual conference of the Grant Professionals Association.
The Pioneer Award recognizes a grantmaker that has impacted and improved the way grant professionals do their work. The Maryland Community Foundations Association, which represents 14 community foundations across the state, was nominated by the Maryland Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association for community foundations’ efforts to provide training and resources to nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising and grants management.

Tiny Toes wins Bel Air Business of the Year Award
The Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission held its annual Business of the Year and Archer-Bull Design Awards banquet on Nov. 14, at the Liriodendron Mansion. Tiny Toes, located at 4 N. Main St., took home top honors as the 2013 Business of the Year. Owners Karen Jacobs and Tina Lewis were on hand to receive the coveted award, which is bestowed upon the business and individuals that contributes the most during the year in terms of volunteer service and community development in Bel Air.
The ECDC also presented the “Archer-Bull Award,” named after prominent 19th century Bel Air architect George Archer and master builder Jacob Bull. Bel Air Liquors received the award for overall design excellence for their newly constructed, environmentally friendly building at 315 S. Main St. Innovative Building Solutions, who designed and built the project, was also acknowledged for their work.

InboxBankAmerBank of America Charitable Foundation Contributes $12,000 Toward The Head Family’s Home
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna recognized Bank of America for a $12,000 contribution that completed the construction of a home for the Head family, who has been living in a hotel after an electrical fire burned their apartment. The contribution bridged a financial shortfall allowing the construction to proceed. Thanks to Bank of America and other generous contributors, the home was dedicated to Putasha Head and her four teenage children on Nov. 8. Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna raised $36,000 to complete the Head family home.
“We can’t thank Bank of America and the community enough for coming together and supporting this urgent cause. We have moved Putasha and her children into their forever home, just in time for the holidays,” says Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Karen Blandford. I95