Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Chamber hosts networking

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A business after-hours sponsored by the Silver Spring chamber will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Pyramid Atlantic's Community Arts Store, 924 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. Cost $10 for nonmembers; members admitted free. RSVP by Aug. 25 by calling 301-565-3777.

Wheaton & Kensington chamber happy hour

A happy hour networking event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 1894 Café and Restaurant, 10417 Armory Ave. in Kensington. The event is sponsored by the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce. There is no entrance fee, each person buys their own beverages and appetizers. RSVP to Maureen Carrington, at 301-651-3257 or Maureen@

TheRefiLady.com.

Promotions and hires

The American Nurses Association of Silver Spring promoted Mary Jean Schumann from director of nursing practice and policy to chief programs officer. Previously, Schumann was executive director of both the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention and the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also was chief nursing officer at Tomah (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications of Silver Spring, promoted Coni Rechner from vice president of marketing to vice president of digital sales in Evanston, Ill. Previously, Rechner worked for United Learning. Discovery Education also named Kurt Fichtman sales director in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, Fichtman worked for The Princeton Review and owned Kurt Thomas Group LLC. Jeanie Staton was named sales manager in Charlotte. Also, Lori McFarling, divisional marketing officer in Silver Spring, was named a director of the National Education Association Foundation. The Montgomery Housing Partnership named Maureen Sarver manager of its apartment assistance program. Previously, Sarver was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

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