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The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) has selected Róisín Magee of Potomac to participate in its 2006 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB*) Coastal and Ocean Science Training Internship Program (COAST) for her continued interest in the ocean sciences. This internship, given annually, is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the coastal environment in non-traditional ways. This year students traveled to Redwood National Park in California where they conducted several water quality monitoring projects to determine the presence and potential effect of sediment plumes on inter-tidal communities.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra appointed Resa Levy, of The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, as the new Director of Development for the BSO at Strathmore, effective July 17. A longtime resident of Montgomery County, Levy brings to the position more than 15 years of fundraising experience, as well as knowledge of the performing arts and a commitment to community development. As the Director of Development for the BSO at Strathmore, she is responsible for the BSO's fundraising efforts throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Montgomery, an organization which trains community leaders, Levy serves as a commissioner of the Montgomery County Commission for Women. She was Director of Philanthropy and Resource Development for four years at Jewish Women International. A trained dancer and supporter of the performing arts, she served for six years as a board member for the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts. Levy holds a B.A. in education from American University. A mother of four grown children, Levy lives with husband Sam Walinsky, in Olney. She may be reached by phone at 301-581-5215 or by e-mail at rlevy@BSOatStrathmore.org.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has recognized Dave Murray of Potomac, long term care insurance specialist of West Financial Group in Bethesda, as a member of its Excalibur Club for his excellence in their field and for serving as a role model to other insurance professionals. Murray resides in Potomac. He earned a bachelor of arts from Dickinson College.

Maria Sayers of Chevy Chase joins the staff of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), a leader in the preservation of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region, as director of development and communications. Since 1989, Sayers has worked for the National Housing Conference (NHC), a public policy and housing advocacy organization, as director of development. She has been responsible for designing and executing strategies to secure financial support for the activities of both NHC and its research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy. Sayers has worked in several capacities for Congressional Quarterly and the nonprofit advocacy organization the Joint National Committee for Languages. A volunteer for a number of charitable endeavors, she is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Society of Association Executives.

On Sept. 25 at their Annual General Meeting, the Board of Trustees of Imagination Stage (formerly Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts), voted five new members onto the Board of Trustees. They will serve the not-for-profit children's arts organization during its 27th year of operation. Beginning three-year terms are: Timothy G. Davis, VP, the Floyd E. Davis Co.; Wayne Hunley, head of PNC's Corporate Banking business in Washington; Richard L. Moyers, Program Officer for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation's Nonprofit Sector Fund; Mark S. Richardson, Senior Vice President/Principal of Landlord Advisory Services at Transwestern Commercial Services; and Stephanie P. Williams, Coordinator, Policy and Records for Montgomery County Public Schools.