Salisbury-area Business Achievers: May 2019

Cone, Egan receive university recognition

Two standouts from Salisbury University have earned the University System of Maryland’s highest faculty accolade: the Regents’ Award for Excellence.

Dr. Randall E. Cone of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department was honored for teaching.

Dr. Chrys Egan of the Communication Arts Department was lauded for mentoring.

Cone, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, is the technical lead for the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology’s new high-performance computer lab. Cone earned his doctorate in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He came to SU in 2015 from the Virginia Military Institute, where he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Egan, Professor of Communication Arts, is president of SU’s Faculty Senate, co-director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, director of the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning’s Youth Innovation Academy and a scholar-in-residence for SU’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network.

Egan’s accolades include being named among The Daily Record’s 2019 Maryland Top 100 Women, and receiving SU’s Distinguished Faculty, Outstanding Research Mentor, Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation, President’s Diversity and Outstanding Faculty awards.

She earned her doctorate in Communication and media from Florida State University.

Merry Mears named to Leadership Maryland board

Meredith M. “Merry” Mears, Chief Development Officer for Gillis Gilkerson in Salisbury, has been elected to the board of directors of Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Mears is a member of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2017.

For more information about Leadership Maryland or program application information, please visit or call 410-841-2101.

Jo Ann Dixon awarded for compassionate care

Jo Ann Dixon, a certified nursing assistant with Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s 3 West unit, recently earned the Sunshine Award for Extraordinary CNAs, PCAs & PCTs. She earned the award thanks to her compassionate attitude toward her patients, exemplified by the care of one special patient.

Dixon was caring overnight for a long-term patient who had been in the hospital for months. In conversation with him, she learned that he loved tuna fish with onion and celery and Kaiser rolls, and he wished the hospital served this specific favorite of his. Because it wasn’t on the menu, Dixon took the job on herself. After a 12-hour shift, she went home and made exactly what he had talked about, even going out and finding the right kind of roll.

For her exceptional service, Dixon was honored in a ceremony before her coworkers, and was presented with fresh flowers, a pin and a certificate recognizing her exceptional care.

Lee Wise named ReStore Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County has promoted Lee Wise to ReStore Manager.

Wise began his affiliation with Habitat about eight years ago, while volunteering on a construction site. In 2016, Lee completed an internship with Wicomico Habitat and in 2017 earned an associate’s degree from Wor-Wic Community College in Business Management. He was then hired as a ReStore associate.

He brings 20-plus years’ experience in manufacturing and property management to the job.

ReStore is a retail outlet that sells furniture, appliances, building materials, kitchen cabinets, windows, doors, hardware, and more. All the items are donated by local individuals and businesses.

Riemann, Frederick named top young professionals

Becker Morgan Group has announced that J. Michael Riemann and Brenden D. Frederick were named to the Engineering-News Record Mid-Atlantic 2019 Top Young Professionals list.

This award recognizes 20 design and construction professionals from across the region under the age of 40 who are leaders in their industry and communities. A panel of industry judges considered criteria including experience, education, career and industry leadership, as well as community service.

Riemann first joined the firm as an intern while in high school. Upon graduating from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, he joined the firm full-time. He was named a Principal in 2018.

Frederick joined the firm after graduating from Tulane University with a master’s and bachelor’s in Architecture. He serves as project manager for a multitude of projects including educational, public safety, healthcare, commercial and multi-family residential.

He serves on numerous civic and professional boards, including being an appointed member of the Salisbury Historic District Commission, President of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County and has served in numerous leadership roles for AIA Maryland and AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Becker Morgan Group provides comprehensive Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina.

Daniel Ash earns master’s in Business

Gillis Gilkerson has announced that its project manager and assistant estimator, Daniel Ash, has been awarded a master’s in Business Administration from Wilmington University.

“Daniel has proven to be an exceptional addition to our project management team,” said Dwight Miller, President, Gillis Gilkerson.  “His attention to detail and structure on each job site is a great example of our expertise in construction management. “

As a project manager and assistant estimator, Ash is responsible for supporting the company’s estimating department, project managers and field personnel.

He maintains estimate and project logs, reviews contracts, generates requests for information, assists in processing shop drawings and submittals, manages the change order process and aids in project oversight and collaboration.     

Andy Ball builds property knowledge

Andy Ball, advisor and property manager with SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate, recently took the Asset Management Track in Washington, D.C., working toward earning his Certified Property Manager Designation.

The Asset Management Track is comprised of skill-based courses that, when taken in sequence, progressively build your knowledge of financing and valuation of real estate assets. “My biggest take away from this opportunity was a better understanding of maximizing the return on investment and the financial analysis of values,” Ball said.

SVN — Miller Commercial Real Estate has offices in Salisbury, Easton and Seaford.

ED Nurse Patterson wins Daisy Award

Behavioral health care requires not only excellent clinical skills but compassion, and Alison Andrews Patterson, a registered nurse in Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department exemplifies these qualities.

That’s why she was recently honored with a Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, based on a nomination from a patient’s loved one.

The nominator wrote: “My friend had suffered an overdose of prescription medicine that was part of a behavioral health emergency brought on by the effects of a broken relationship and long-term PTSD. The entire staff of the emergency room provided him with excellent care but one person stood out. The care Nurse Ali provided was nothing less than phenomenal.”

Patterson was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her for being an extraordinary nurse.

She was also presented with fresh flowers on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

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