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The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce in Frederick named Lauren Hagan communications director, succeeding Jessica Hibbard.


The Howard County Economic Development Authority named Patrick Wynn program director of the Howard Technology Council. Previously, Wynn was managing director, strategic development at the CSO Breakfast Club, vice president of business development at Sabera and national sales director at Ernst & Young Technologies.


Montgomery Hospice of Rockville named the following directors: Lya Karm, service chief, Kaiser-Permanente; Adrienne Kohn, self-employed accountant; Mark Li, primary care physician; Debora McGregor, partner and director, Snyder Cohn; Darren Popkin, Montgomery County sheriff; Lily Qi, special projects manager, Montgomery County Executive’s Office; and Steven V. Roberts, columnist, author, political commentator and professor, George Washington University. Montgomery Hospice also promoted Millicent Higgins to vice president of nursing services from clinical manager, and Robert A. Washington to chief clinical officer from vice president of counseling services. Also, Gerry Vent was named vice president of philanthropy. Previously, Vent was director of advancement for Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. Microlog of Gaithersburg named Jim Shackelford of Warrenton, Va., vice president of sales. Previously, Shackelford was sales manager for F4W and also worked for Envision Telephony, Vianix, Noble Systems, SER Solutions, Interactive Intelligence, AVT and Firepond. Geico of Chevy Chase promoted Nancy Pierce to vice president of mid-Atlantic operations in its Fredericksburg, Va., office, succeeding John Izzo, who retired. Previously, Pierce was vice president for its claims home office operations.Blue Corona of Gaithersburg named Chei Burris marketing and administrative assistant. Previously, Burris was sales and recruiting coordator for the Boss Group. Choice Hotels International of Silver Spring named Louise Slark vice president, compensation and benefits. Previously, Slark was senior director of total rewards and human resources systems for Neustar, and also worked for RSM McGladrey, Verizon Communications, Bell Atlantic, Ernst & Young and KPMG.

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Sigma Space of Lanham named Michael Hagopian senior vice president of engineering and a director. Previously, Hagopian was chief engineer of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.


ManTech International of Fairfax, Va., promoted H. Christopher Goodrich to senior vice president of its Sigint Solutions & Cyber Operations Business Unit in Hanover. Goodrich joined the company in 2010.Ciena of Linthicum named Manuel D. Medina, 59, a director. Medina is founder of Terremark Worldwide and managing partner of Medina Capital Partners. The Classic Catering People of Owings Mills named Jon Lindenauer director of creative research and menu design. Previously, Lindenauer was chef de cuisine for Bon Appetit.Katzen Eye Group of Lutherville named Robert G. Leikin of Owings Mills director of refractive services. Previously, Leikin was clinical director of refractive services for Kameen Eye Associates.Questar Properties of Pikesville named Sheryl McKibben of Baltimore vice president of marketing. Previously, McKibben was vice president of marketing for Bozzuto Management and vice president for BRE Properties, Regis Homes and Essex Property Trust.Embrace Home Loans of Newport, R.I., named Laura Hancock of Salisbury a senior loan officer in its Towson office. Previously, Hancock worked for Wells Fargo.Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore named Molly Shattuck and Jack Wilen to its board of overseers. Shattuck, a previous board member, is founder of Vibrant Living Philosophy and cheerleading coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Wilen is senior vice president-investments at Raymond James.HighBank Advisors of Baltimore named Howard Schwartz a director. Previously, Howard was managing director at Havenwood Capital Markets and vice president at Alex Brown & Sons.Wittenbach Business Systems of Sparks promoted CFO David Kot to president, CFO, and Chris Allio to executive vice president, CFO. GKV of Baltimore promoted Daniel Robinson of Baltimore to senior vice president, director of media services. Previously, Robinson was media director. GKV also promoted Chris Kultzow of Windsor Mill to senior developer, interactive producer. Previously, Kultzow was interactive developer; earlier, he was a database administrator for the Rosen Group. Synergy Financial Group of Towson named Heller Batton administrative assistant and Annie Morrison a financial consultant. Profiles of Baltimore promoted Jamie Watt Arnold of Crofton to vice president from senior acount manager and named Christina Camba a junior account executive. Previously, Camba was marketing director at South Moon Under.The Maryland State Bar Association installed the following officers: John P. Kudel, of counsel to Karp, Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind of Rockville, president; Michael J. Baxter, a partner with Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones of Baltimore, president-elect; Howard County District Court Judge Pamila J. Brown, secretary; and Debra G. Schubert, a solo practitioner in Baltimore County, treasurer.Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler of Baltimore named Joseph A. Pulver an associate in its banking and financial services, and bankruptcy and financial restructuring groups.Send news of promotions and new employees to Names & Faces, The Business Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. By email: Photos — prints and digital — are welcome, but prints cannot be returned. Please include a contact name and daytime telephone number.