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April 12, 2004

Library Director Valerie Gross named `Mover & Shaker'

Valerie J. Gross, director of the Howard County Library, was selected as a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" for this year. The trade publication announced the winners of its third annual Movers & Shakers Awards, recognizing librarians for their innovation and commitment, last month.

Gross was honored for her success in making the library visible to the public and for building partnerships with other institutions, notably her "A+ Partners in Education" initiative, linking libraries to education.

A supplement published by Library Journal honoring this year's winners is available to subscribers and at www.library

Columbia Foundation hires program officer Sabina Taj

Sabina Taj has been hired by The Columbia Foundation as the organization's first program officer. She will manage the community foundation's grant program and donor services.

Taj developed and managed the grant program for Share Our Strength in Washington as part of that agency's The Great American Bake Sale campaign.

As former program director of the Congressional Hunger Center, she managed the organization's hunger fellowship program and conducted a national evaluation of domestic violence agencies at The Urban Institute.

Karen Woodley wins Verizon excellence award

Karen Woodley, lead coordinator of the federal accounts support team for the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region of Verizon Wireless, was recently honored by the company with a President's Excellence Award.

Woodley, a Howard County resident who works in Laurel, handles invoicing for Verizon Wireless' federal government operations organization, a team focused on the needs of government agencies doing business with the company.

Woodley received the honor from Verizon Wireless Regional President Patrick Devlin for her success in improving internal billing processes that helped save the company nearly $50,000 last year.

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