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Kerry J. Clune, named senior vice president at insurance broker Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes, Richmond.

Clune has been with the firm for 17 years. (News release)

Evan Easton, named director of business development for Strategic Marketing Solutions LLC, Richmond. He was with

Southern California Edison. (News release)
Peter Gruenberg, named national director of employee benefits, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, Richmond. Gruenberg had led the

employee benefits private sector practice at Banc of America Corporate Insurance Agency, acquired by HRH in 2007.

(News release)

Rosalyn Hobson, named associate dean for graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of

Engineering, Richmond. She joined VCU’s electrical engineering faculty in 1996. (News release)

Jill D. Jacobson, named co-managing partner of the Richmond office of the law firm Bowman and Brooke LLP. (News


Vishwa B. Link, named partner in the Richmond law firm McGuireWoods. Link practices with the energy and utilities

department, dealing with litigation before public administrative bodies. She was senior counsel for Dominion

Resources Services Inc. (News release)

KimMarie McGoldrik received the 2008 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education.

McGoldrik is a professor of economics at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. (News release)

Michael G. Phelan, named partner in the Richmond law firm Butler Williams & Skilling PC. Phelan has 20 years of

trial experience and focuses his practice on litigation involving catastrophic injuries involving product liability

issues. (News release)

Craig Rader, named associate principal and senior vice president at the Richmond office of the architectural design

firm HKS Inc. (News release)

Donna K. McMahon, named senior vice president for TowneBank Peninsula at Oyster Point. She has more than 30 years

of experience in the banking industry. (News release)

William D. Mellon, named senior vice president of corporate communications, AmeriGroup Corp. in Virginia Beach. He

was managing director of corporate communications for Northwest Airlines. (News release)

Wiley F. Mitchell, awarded the “Distinguished Member Award” by the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

Mitchell is a former president and current executive committee member for NARTC, an association of attorneys who

specialize in defending railroad litigation. He is a member of the Willcox & Savage law firm in Norfolk. (News


Ann Palmateer, named to the Virginia Realtor Hall of Fame. Palmateer is with GSH Real Estate in Virginia Beach and

received Virginia’s Realtor of the Year Award in 1999 and served as state president in 2002. (News release)
Neil L. Rose, chosen as chair of the elder law section of the Virginia Bar Association. Rose is a member of the

Willcox & Savage law firm in Norfolk. (News release)

Van Rose, named a “Legend of Residential Marketing” by the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National

Association of Home Builders. Rose is president of Virginia Beach-based Rose & Womble Enterprises and the New Homes

Division of Rose & Womble, which he has led since its inception in 1985. (News release)

Brian K. Skinner, named president of TowneBank Peninsula in Oyster Point. Skinner has 16 years experience in the

banking industry. (News release)

Jeffrey L. Stredler, senior vice president and senior litigation counsel, AmeriGroup Corp. in Virginia Beach.

Stredler was a partner in the law firm Williams Mullen where he was co-chair of litigation in the Norfolk office.

(News release)

Mary Swetits, named director of business development for Rhodes Communications Inc. of Norfolk. She has been with

the company since 1999. (News release)

Beth Doughty, named executive director of the Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership. Doughty had

previously served in the post from 1992 to 1999. Since 1999 she has been president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber

of Commerce. (News release)

Samuel Long of Miller, Long & Associates in Roanoke has been elected chairman of Region V of the Appraisal

Institute. (The Roanoke Times)

David Rogers, named controller of Waldvogel Commercial Properties in Roanoke. He will manage the financial and

reporting functions for the property management division and the company. (The Roanoke Times)

Beth Wilson, a sales associate with ReMax Valley Realtors, has been named 2007 Realtor of the Year by the Roanoke

Valley Association of Realtors.  (The Roanoke Times)

John Casciano, named president of OMNISEC International Investigations Inc., a subsidiary of OMNIPLEX Inc. in

Chantilly. Casciano was senior vice president and COO of Lexis Nexis Special Services Inc. He retired from the Air

Force in 1999. (News release)

Edward Ghafari, named government consulting director and vice president for the Net-Centric Systems Engineering

Division of American Systems in Chantilly. Ghafari had led the enterprise-enabling solutions unit at SRA

International. (News release)

Fred Hetzel named to the Virginia Realtor Hall of Fame. Hetzel is with Coldwell Banker Leesburg. He served as

president of the Virginia Association of Realtors in 1985. (News release)

Michael E. Larkin, named executive vice president and general manager of the space systems group of Orbital Science

Corp. in Dulles. Larkin was senior vice president and deputy general manager. He joined Orbital in 1994. (News


Scott Miner, named client partner in the global technology market group of Korn/Ferry International in Reston.

Miner was director of business development with Aegis Consulting. (News release)

L. Reuven Pasternak, named CEO of Inova Fairfax Hospital and executive vice president of academic affairs for Inova

Health Systems in Falls Church. Pasternak was executive vice president and chief medical officer of Health Alliance

of Greater Cincinnati. (News release)

John Vinson, named vice president of human resources for Citizant in Chantilly. He was vice president of human

resources for Modular Space Corp. and held positions with a number of other firms, including Headstrong Inc.,

Sallie Mae and Concept Five Technologies. (News release)

Eric S. Bendfeldt was awarded the 2008 Extension Service Award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council. Bendfeldt

has been an extension agent in Rockingham County since 1999. (Daily News Record)

Daniel Blosser, elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Valley District. Blosser is

construction group sales manager at Riddleberger Brothers Inc. in Mount Crawford. (Daily News Record)

John H.H. Graves, elected president of the Luray Caverns Corp. of Luray. Graves has worked in the business for 25

years and succeeds his father, H.T.N. “Ted” Graves, who remains chairman of the board. (News release)

G. Otis Mead III, chosen for the Virginia Realtor Hall of Fame. Mead, of Mead Associates Inc. of Lexington, is a

past president of the Lexington and Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Association of Realtors. (News


Gary McBride, elected first vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Valley District.

McBride is vice president of operations for Nielsen Builders Inc. of Harrisonburg. (Daily News Record)
John Noftsinger, promoted to vice provost of research and public service at James Madison University. Noftsinger

retains oversight of research development, economic devel­opment and technology transfer and will assume

responsibility for the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Outreach Programs. (News release)


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