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Ben Saadatmand

Marlow Ford

Marlow Ford in Luray has announced the hiring of long-time Harrisonburg resident Ben Saadatmand as general manager.

Saadatmand has worked in the automotive industry in Harrisonburg with the Bob Wade organization and in Winchester since 1985. He was formerly owner and chief operating officer of Landmark Motors Inc. in Harrisonburg.

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Christendom College

Christendom College will welcome five new professors to the faculty this fall. They are: Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas, Michael Hahn, Dr. Joseph Brutto, Dr. Kevin Tracy and Dr. Miriam Byers.

• Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas and Michael Hahn will join the department of theology.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Christendom, Tsakanikas earned his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of the Lateran in Rome. He was previously the director of the Institute for Religious Studies at Benedictine College, along with serving as the academic dean for the formation of the permanent diaconate candidates in the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota. His specialty is moral theology. Tsakanikas taught at Christendom last year as a visiting lecturer.

• Michael Hahn earned a bachelor’s degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville before earning his masters of theological studies from the University of Notre Dame. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Notre Dame, Hahn specializes in the study of both St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine.

• Dr. Joseph Brutto will join the department of political science and economics. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Brutto served as a graduate teaching fellow, before joining Princeton University as the 2015-16 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate for the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Brutto specializes in the study of contemporary political theorists heavily influenced by Aristotle.

• Dr. Kevin Tracy, who taught at Christendom last year as a visiting lecturer, joins the department of classical and early Christian studies. Tracy earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Washington & Lee University for one year and Lawrence University for five, the former as an assistant professor of classics. Tracy, who speaks both Latin and Ancient Greek, specializes in teaching the fundamentals of the Latin and Greek languages, as well as teaching students how to read ancient philosophical texts and epic poetry in their original language.

After 15 years of serving the college as an adjunct professor, Dr. Miriam Byers will formally join the department of mathematics and natural science as an assistant professor. An expert in the field of calculus, Byers earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University.


Michael Williams, administrator for Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, has been awarded the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award by the American College of Health Care Administrators in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility for the award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety) and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.

Bank of Clarke County

The Bank of Clarke County has announced the promotion of three bank officers.

• James George has been promoted to senior vice president and senior credit officer. He joined Bank of Clarke County in 2013. Previously, he was the senior credit officer at BB&T. He also held positions with F&M Bank in Winchester and Hamilton.

• Judy Bowman has been promoted to vice president. She joined Bank of Clarke County in 2004 as branch manager of the Boyce branch before becoming a lender in Berryville. She began her banking career in 1986.

• Cindi Trenary has been promoted to vice president. She joined Bank of Clarke County in 2014 and has extensive experience in the mortgage field from positions she held at Summit Bank, Bank of Charles Town, City Bank and BB&T.