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Coyne completes investment work

MARTINSBURG – Martinsburg-based financial adviser Karen L. Coyne has completed Level II of the Institute of Investment Management Consulting Certification Series.

She works for Florida-based Raymond James Financial on Rock Cliff Drive, where she specializes in guiding clients through life transitions such as retirement or sale of a business.

2 join Free Clinic board

RANSON – A lawyer and a bank manager have joined the board of directors of the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic.

Julie R. Shank is an associate attorney at Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love in Martinsburg.

She earned her law degree from West Virginia University College of Law and previously served as clerk for Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.

She is a member of Bowles Rice’s business litigation group.

Shank will fill a one-year vacancy on the board and will serve as the chairwoman for the board’s risk management committee.

Melissa Knott is a branch manager for City National Bank in Charles Town. She grew up in England and moved to Jefferson County in 2005. She has been active in community events and local non-profit organizations.

She completed Leadership Jefferson and served as the executive director for Birthright and Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle. She began volunteering at the Free Clinic in 2006.

She will fill a two-year term on the board and will lead the fund development committee.

The Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic provides primary health care to low-income, uninsured members of the community.

Racing operations exec cited as ‘impact player’

CHARLES TOWN – The vice president of racing operations for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is named as one of the Top Ten “impact players” in the thoroughbred racing industry by this month’s Blood Horse magazine.

Erich Zimny came to Charles Town as an intern in 2008 after graduating from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry program and working as a lawyer in New York.

The magazine notes Zimny’s role in propelling racing at Hollywood: “Charles Town had a year-round racing program with little national exposure despite paying more than $30 million a year in purses. Zimny … was instrumental in retooling the track’s stakes schedule with a focus on ‘big event’ programs.”

Today, largely due to Zimny’s efforts, Charles Town has a “grade II stakes event that will this year carry a total purse of $1.5 million. It trails only the Kentucky Derby … in purse money in North America,” the magazine reports.

The article also points out that Zimny has introduced his ideas at fellow Penn National Gaming properties, including Sam Houston Race Park, where the $400,000 Houston Ladies’ Classic was run in January, and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, where the $500,000 Penn Mile will launch in June.

Jefferson Memorial honors 2 workers

RANSON – Two employees have been honored as Jewel Award winners by West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Maureen Joy, registration specialist, was honored with the hospital’s Ruby Award, which represents warmth in the delivery of care and a willingness to assist patients, staff and others.

Rachel Green, a registered nurse with the emergency department, was given the Diamond Award, which represents the ability to withstand great pressure and temperature.

Christina Coad, chief administrative officer at the hospital, presented the fourth-quarter awards.

N.J. native named to parks post

HARPERS FERRY – A 24-year-veteran of the National Park Service has been named superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail office in Harpers Ferry.

Wendy Janssen has worked management, ranger and planner positions in 11 facilities nationwide, including parks, recreational areas, historical sites and monuments.

The Somerville, N.J., native will take over her new position next month.

Pamela Underhill retired from the job in November.

Janssen’s duties will include supervising 10 employees and working closely with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. It maintains the 2,220-mile hiking trail from Georgia to Maine.

Janssen’s background includes serving as superintendent of the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument and the Minidoka National Historical Site in Idaho.

She served as a planner in the Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center in the early 2000s.

Edward Jones wins for training

CHARLES TOWN – St. Louis-based financial services firm Edward Jones again has been honored both for its training programs and as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2013.

John Williams is a financial adviser with the Edward Jones office at 120 W. Washington St. in Charles Town.

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