Names in the News

Names in the News

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler will serve as honorary chairman of the Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger of the Maryland Food Bank and the Capital Area Food Bank this year. In the role previously held by former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., Gansler (D) will help the organization raise $200,000.

The campaign, which was conceived 21 years ago in response to the 1986 American Bar Association resolution declaring a "fundamental right to be free from hunger," has raised more than $2.2 million to feed thousands of people in Maryland.

The Maryland Food Bank, which has facilities in Salisbury and Baltimore, supplies more than 14 million pounds of food annually to residents with the help of 1,000 network partners.

The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest public nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington region. Last year the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 20 million pounds of food through more than 700 partner agencies.

Beltsville-based Merrick Towle Communications announced that ReneƩ Yarrington has been appointed account and creative services executive and will spearhead an expansion effort.

She will oversee MTC Southeast from Kennesaw, Ga., and will provide marketing consultation, creative direction and project management services for accounts in that region. Yarrington has a master of arts degree in mass communication and a bachelor of science degree in advertising, both from the University of Florida.

The firm also welcomed John-Paul Vachon, who will work as a production specialist responsible for the purchase of printing and promotional materials. Vachon received his bachelor's degree in business administration from George Washington University. He has also completed internships in marketing and sales with Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive, PC Connection and GWU.

The Laurel Historical Society and Museum named Lindsey Baker last month as its executive director. The Delaware native recently earned a master's degree from the University of Delaware.

The society's membership has grown from 31 in the early 1990s to more than 200. The previously all-volunteer staff now includes a paid full-time executive director and a part-time assistant.

"We're very excited to have Lindsey joining us," said Karen Lubieniecki, president of the historical society. "She is our first executive director and as such has responsibilities for both the Laurel Museum and the Laurel Historical Society. With her help, we look forward to growing our programs and our community outreach."

-- Compiled by AKEYA DICKSON

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