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Business briefs: Carroll Hospital selects ‘SuperStar’ honoree; McDaniel professor honored

Sheila Deriso, R.N., Carroll Hospital
Sheila Deriso, R.N., Carroll Hospital (Courtesy Photo)

Carroll Hospital selects ‘SuperStar’ honoree

Registered nurse Sheila Deriso was selected as Carroll Hospital’s September SuperStar of the Month. A team member for seven years, Deriso was chosen for going above and beyond her duties to assist a family through their grieving process in the emergency department.

Each month, Carroll Hospital, in Westminster, recognizes the achievements of members of the Carroll Hospital staff with a program called WOW Service Awards. From those nominated to receive WOW Service Awards each month, one SuperStar of the Month is chosen. From a year’s worth of winners, one SuperStar of the Year is selected. Community members and hospital employees are encouraged to nominate a hospital team member who has demonstrated a special dedication and devotion to their job. For more information, call 410-871-6833.

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Dana Ferraris, McDaniel College
Dana Ferraris, McDaniel College (Courtesy Photo)

McDaniel chemistry professor honored

Dana Ferraris, associate professor of chemistry and the John Desmond Kopp Professorship in the Sciences at McDaniel College, is the 2021 recipient of the George L. Braude Award from the American Chemical Society, Maryland section. He is the first McDaniel College professor to receive this honor.

The award, which was established in 2003, recognizes the science faculty member at a Maryland college or university who works closely with students as a mentor and encourages research. Ferraris received a plaque during an American Chemical Society award ceremony Oct. 20 at McDaniel and $3,500 to help support further student research.

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Ferraris, of Sykesville, began teaching at McDaniel College in 2015 as a visiting professor before joining the faculty as associate professor in 2017. He teaches organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. He mentors undergraduate students completing student-faculty research and has most recently worked with students on research to discover drugs to fight COVID-19.

A synthetic medicinal chemist, Ferraris spent more than 15 years doing drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry and received FDA approval in 2020 for cedazuridine, a cancer drug he invented more than a decade ago. He has been involved with the American Chemical Society since 1994.

Prior to joining McDaniel, he taught at Stevenson University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Ferraris earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Lura Renninger, Steven J. Sless Group of Primary Residential Mortgage
Lura Renninger, Steven J. Sless Group of Primary Residential Mortgage (Courtesy Photo)

Renninger joins Steven J. Sless Group of PRMI

Lura Renninger, of Westminster, has joined The Steven J. Sless Group of Primary Residential Mortgage as a loan processor dealing exclusively with reverse mortgages. Working from the firm’s Owings Mills headquarters, she is responsible for facilitating and managing a loan pipeline, analyzing documentation and loan scenarios, communicating with the underwriting team, engaging with investors and strategic partners, and maintaining customer service levels.

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Renninger began her career as a banker with Bank of America for seven years before transitioning to the mortgage sector. After serving as a traditional mortgage processor for three years, she switched to reverse mortgage processing with HomePoint Financial, 1st Nation’s Reverse Mortgage. For the past three years, she was a title processor with Real Estate Settlement & Escrow.

Business briefs offer information about Carroll County-based companies, employees and their operations, news of awards, promotions, new business openings, new hires, etc. Send your release to the Carroll County Times, P.O. Box 169, Westminster, MD 21158, or cctnews@carrollcountytimes.com.

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