A Week In Business

Realtor Completes Course

OCEAN CITY – Brenda Truelove with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ocean City has just completed a highly specialized course, “Short Sales and Foreclosures,” presented by the Council of Residential Specialists. The one-day course earns one unit of core credit toward the Certified Residential Specialist Designation.

The course gives agents the practical tools and skills they need to counsel clients about these types of transactions. The course explains the intricate steps involved with these transactions as well as the roles of lenders, sellers, buyers and cooperating agents. It includes dialogues and systems agents can use when they work with financial institutions and other owners.

“The contents and resources provided to me by this course will be invaluable to me and to my clients. Working more proficiently with lenders, title companies, buyers, sellers, and REO’s, I am now better equipped to assist in my daily practice of today’s changing Short Sale & Foreclosure environment,” Truelove said.

The Council of Residential Specialists is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors® comprised of more than 40,000 members. It awards the CRS Designation to experienced Realtors® who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.

Foundation Names New Members

SALISBURY – The Wor-Wic Community College Foundation recently welcomed Kelley M. Selph and Tom Wisniewski of Salisbury, Ethel M. Hines of Ocean Pines and Winslow “Jay” Parker of Princess Anne as new members of the board of directors.  

Hines is a retired educator who received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Alabama State University in Montgomery and her doctorate from Auburn (Ala.) University. Hines is director emeritus for the Berlin Heritage Foundation and is a founding member of the Magi Fund. She serves on the Local Management Board in Worcester County and is a member of the Democratic Women’s Club, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Delta Sigma Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Community United Methodist Church of Ocean Pines.

Parker is the interim executive director of the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council in Salisbury. He is a member of the board of directors for the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and the McCready Foundation. Parker is also a member of the vestry for St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Princess Anne.

Selph is a financial advisor at Edward Jones in Salisbury. He received his associate degree from Wor-Wic and his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University. Selph is president of the Eastern Shore Running Club and past president of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County.

Wisniewski is president of Avery Hall Insurance in Salisbury. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore. Wisniewski is a board member of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development.

Donations Save Lives

SALISBURY – The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland recently announced that 23 individual lives were saved in 2009 thanks to the generous donation of eyes, organs and tissues from six donor families at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

“We’re proud to support The Living Legacy Foundation and privileged to assist families in making the decision to save lives through organ and tissue donation,” said Mary Beth Damico, director of Critical Care Services at Peninsula Regional. “Our ICU staff takes great pride in working compassionately with families and sharing the importance of sustaining life through these important and increasingly necessary donations.”

In October of 2009, Peninsula Regional was one of just five Maryland hospitals-and the only on the Eastern Shore- recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a Medal of Honor for substantially raising organ and tissue donation rates. The Medal of Honor was presented to hospitals and organ procurement organizations nationwide who achieved lifesaving organ donation rates of 75 percent or more for a sustained 12-month period.

“Peninsula Regional continues to be a leader in raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation within the Medical Center and the community it serves,” said Jennifer Gelman, Director of Professional Education for The Living Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization which helps facilitate the donation and recovery of human organs and tissues for transplantation and research along with providing advocacy, family support and comprehensive public and professional education. "The commitment by all of our partner hospitals, and many others in Maryland, to increase organ and tissue donation at their institutions has helped many transplant recipients in our community and will continue in assisting the nearly 1,900 hopeful recipients who are currently waiting in Maryland.”