Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Children’s Inn CEO wins Bravo Award

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Kathy L. Russell, CEO of The Children’s Inn at NIH, a nonprofit ‘‘place like home” for seriously ill children involved in research at the National Institutes of Health, has won a ‘‘Bravo! Women Business Achievement Award.”

During a July 25 reception marking the first annual Bravo! Women Business Achievement Awards, Russell was honored for her dynamic leadership by Washington SmartCEO Magazine, which initiated the award. Russell and 25 businesswomen in the Greater Washington region received awards

As both a founding member of The Inn and a visionary champion of its future success, Russell is widely respected among colleagues and employees for her compassion and commitment. With more than 25 years experience as a health care administrator, Russell now oversees a staff of 17 full-time employees, 10 part-time employees, 250 volunteers and more than 1,200 families of seriously ill children.

Under Russell’s leadership, The Inn’s programs and services for families have been widely expanded to include financial assistance for families in crisis, educational programs for siblings and residents and a comprehensive spiritual wellness program.

Russell has initiated incentives and programs for employees, including benefits for part-time employees, paid leave for volunteering in the community and tuition reimbursements for career advancement.

COMMAND! Associates, opens in Bethesda

COMMAND! Associates, LLC, a new consulting firm focused on helping businesses improve planning processes and staff productivity recently opened in Bethesda.

The firm was formed by two former career naval officers with 75 years collective experience in consulting, business ownership and management, senior military command and staff positions and teaching at the university level.

Their business is centered on their ‘‘Seven Steps to Success Through Empowerment,” based on a time-tested planning process used by the Department of Defense.

Visit www.commandassociatesUSA.com.

Bethesda ad agency earns award for publication

Martin Schaffer, Inc., a Bethesda advertising agency won an award in the 2006-2007 International Technical Publications Competitions of the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

The agency’s winning entry — a promotional product catalog that the firm developed for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists — had won the highest level of recognition in STC’s Washington, D.C. chapter competition earlier in the year, and was eligible for the international competition, in which it competed with other winning entries from STC chapters throughout the world.

The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of technical communications. The annual competitions are designed to encourage excellence and creativity in technical communications.

Founded in 1983 by Tina Martin and Mita Schaffer, Martin-Schaffer, Inc. has served hundreds of regional, national and international organizations in a wide range of fields.