Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County has announced that Matthew Peterson has been hired as the new executive director.
Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Peterson was the deputy to the president and CEO for Project HOPE and the senior manager for volunteer operations. In this position he developed and led volunteer operations strategy.
Before joining Project HOPE, he served for nine years as a medical operations officer for the U.S. Army. Peterson holds a master’s degree in international affairs, is certified in volunteer administration by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and is a member of the Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administrators.
As executive director, Peterson will provide overall leadership for strategy, organizational development, program implementation, financial oversight and fundraising.
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC has announced the election to partnership of Matthew Von Schuch.
Von Schuch joined the firm in 2012 after working in the U.S. Justice Department’s tax division for nearly five years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from James Madison University in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
He was recently recognized by Blue Ridge Legal Services for his pro bono work and was selected as a Top 10 Under 40 Business Professional.
Von Schuch lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons. He is a member of the Bridgewater Rotary Club and is active with the Harrisonburg Education Foundation.
Rapid Rehab at 101 W. 14th St., Front Royal, has announced the arrival of two new doctors of physical therapy — Dr. Catie Sanders and Dr. Allison Bell.
Sanders earned her doctorate at Shenandoah University, where she completed research projects on assessment of balance disorders using the NeuroCom SMART Balance Master and on pediatric cardiac rehab treatment. She is pursuing a certification in manual therapy and has extensive experience treating dysfunctions of the spine and pelvis. She also treats pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
Bell completed her undergraduate program at Christopher Newport University and her doctorate of physical therapy from Shenandoah University. She has completed internships with Fort Worth Cook Children’s Hospital and the Portsmouth Naval Hospital along with working in the Winchester community. She has experience working in geriatrics, focusing on general balance dysfunctions and the physical challenges brought on by neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Bell is also experienced with the McKenzie Method of treatment for the spine.
National Lutheran Family
Tim Peifer has joined the National Lutheran Communities & Services as director of philanthropy for The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester and The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton.
Peifer has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously worked as the vice president retail sales manager for Blue Ridge Bank in Harrisonburg.
Peifer attended Northern Virginia Community College. He and his family have lived in Harrisonburg for 17 years and are active members at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church where he serves as the chair for the finance committee. He is also the board president for People Helping People, volunteers for Rebuilding Together and is a member of the Harrisonburg Lion’s Club.
Christendom College in Front Royal has recently hired Sean LaRochelle as the new assistant director of operations for managing the efficient use of its physical plant.
LaRochelle, a 2014 alumnus of Christendom, will oversee all in-house maintenance projects on campus, ensure the general upkeep of all buildings, manage all transportation for the college, be involved in new building projects, support the operations department in the current construction of the new women’s residence hall and manage a team of work-study students for all special events being held.
Before returning to Christendom College, LaRochelle honed his customer service skills with the Walt Disney Company and was a project engineer for GD Nielson Construction in Napa, California, where he helped with key civil engineering projects across the Napa Valley, including work on state roads and wineries, and handled various contracts for the company.
BotkinRose PLC, a law firm in Harrisonburg, has welcomed Matthew W. Light as a member partner and Michael W. Sharp as an associate.
Light, who graduated from Drew University in New Jersey, received his law degree from Washington and Lee. He will continue serving clients in a number of practice areas, including corporate, wills, trusts and estates, real estate, government law and commercial finance.
Sharp, a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Dickinson School of Law, will practice in the areas of litigation, family law, and wills, trusts and estates.