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Power Moves: 10 fall tech hires and promotions around Baltimore

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Dr. David Langer is chief medical officer at Longeviti Neuro Solutions. (Courtesy photo)

Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region, and other people-oriented updates. Got a new hire, new gig or promotion? Tell us:

Neurosurgeon (and Netflix star) Dr. David Langer joined Longeviti as chief medical officer.

Baltimore medtech startup Longeviti Neuro Solutions named Dr. David Langer as chief medical officer.

One of the few surgeons in the country performing cerebral bypass procedures, Dr. Langer is the chief of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He also appeared in the Netflix doc “Lenox Hill,” and has been a commentator on multiple news stations.

He’ll apply expertise to the clinical strategy at Longeviti, a Johns Hopkins-born company that makes devices to help patients that have undergone complex brain surgery to restore “anatomical normalcy.”

“Throughout my career, I’ve always been interested in exploring how innovation can bring new opportunities to both physicians and patients, and Longeviti is the intersection of advanced, dynamic technology and the ability to provide a radically new patient experience,” said Dr. Langer, in a statement. “Patients would have far more insight into their care than ever before, and I’m motivated to help bring this cutting-edge technology to more operating rooms.”

Earlier this year, the Cockeysville-based company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for a product called Longeviti ClearFit Cover, which is designed to replace cranial bone after surgery and monitoring capabilities for doctors. The company opened manufacturing space in Baltimore City at the LaunchPort in Port Covington’s City Garage last year.

Dana Ledyard joined as COO.

Dana Ledyard. (Photo via LinkedIn)

Baltimore’s Dana Ledyard is joining national nonprofit as chief operating officer. works with college students in tech who are historically underserved. It has grown considerably in the last year, doubling its footprint and enrolling more than 5,000 students in its programming that includes 12-week coding courses. It also offers mentorship, and career support.

Ledyard brings experience at the intersection of education, technology and workforce development, having most recently served as VP of strategy at Baltimore-based tech workforce company Catalyte. Prior to that, she was managing director at Girls Who Code, which scaled from serving 20 girls to 10,000 during her tenure. Ledyard serves as the president of the board at Baltimore computer science education nonprofit Code in the Schools, and as an advisory board member at Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.

“People of color and women are largely underrepresented in the tech sector, and we must do more to provide them with the resources and skills to not only enter tech but stay in it,” said Ledyard, in a statement. “CodePath has been fundamentally changing the way that employers think about their recruitment, as well as how universities support students. I couldn’t be more excited to join their mission in building a more diverse talent pipeline and advancing equity in tech.”

Last Mile Education Fund CEO Ruthe Farmer was named a Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow.

Ruthe Farmer. (Photo via Twitter)

The Last Mile Education Fund invests in promising students to help them finish their education in technology disciplines, and enter a career. Now, its CEO is joining a program for inspiring leaders.

Ruthe Farmer was named a Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow, joining a program started by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

“The mission of the Innovation Fellows program is to support extraordinary individuals and teams with potentially transformative ideas to leverage science, technology, and data to solve important societal challenges. The impact that Ruthe is driving with the Last Mile Education Fund meets these criteria, and we are excited to support such an outstanding leader’s work,” said Kumar Garg, senior managing director at Schmidt Futures, in a statement.

The Last Mile Education Fund, which is fiscally sponsored by the Baltimore-based Digital Harbor Foundation, launched earlier this year and is providing rapid-response scholarships to support low-income students who are close to completing technology degrees, but may hit a hurdle on the way to the finish line. Farmer has previously worked on tech inclusion with CSforAll, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Girl Scouts of the USA.

Cerebro Capital added a pair of execs to the team.

Baltimore-based commerical loan marketplace Cerebro Capital recently hired a pair of executives as it works to help middle-market companies navigate the market for corporate borrowing.

“As our team worked hard to become a best-in-class, tech-forward marketplace for corporate borrowing, our need for best-in-class, tech driven leaders became greater and greater,” CEO Matt Bjonerud said in a statement.

The new hires include:

  • Chris Dalo joined the company as executive VP, with a responsibility to lead revenue growth both tactically and strategically, per a news release. He brings experience with Standard Chartered Bank, GE and GE Capital.
  • Michele Hsu is the company’s VP of marketing, bringing over 30 years of experience and a background in database and business analysis.

Delfi Diagnostics named Doug Schenkel as chief financial officer.

Delfi Diagnostics, a Johns Hopkins spinout developing a blood test for early cancer detection, recently appointed Doug Schenkel as CFO. He previously served as managing director and senior analyst at Cowen and Company, leading the firm’s franchise focused on life sciences and diagnostic tools.

It comes in a year in which Delfi raised $100 million in an investment round, and has grown its leadership team. The company also earned a place near the top of’s RealLIST Startups 2021 list for Baltimore.

CyberPoint International appointed Horace Jones as president.

Inner Harbor-based cybersecurity firm CyberPoint International promoted Horace Jones to the role of president, effective Oct. 1. A 12-year veteran of the company, Jones previously served as senior program director at CyberPoint, leading business development and managing programs focused on work with the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community.

“It was immediately evident to me that Horace’s experience, abilities, and business acumen would align very well with our goals for CyberPoint,” Karl Gumtow, CEO of CyberPoint, said in a statement. “As we look to the future, we’re confident that Horace is the right person to lead CyberPoint and carry on our commitment to providing the highest level of service and support to our customers.”

Early Charm keeps hiring.

Pigtown-based venture studio Early Charm is continuing to add to its team this year. Here’s who joined in the last month:

  • Morgan Eichensehr joined as technical writer to craft content in support of investors, partners and portfolio companies. The Baltimore native is no stranger to writing about local startups, having formerly been a reporter at the Baltimore Business Journal covering tech, entrepreneurship, higher education and cannabis.
  • KC Song was hired as a full-stack developer. Previously serving as founder of Jayeon Soft and CTO of Wellxecon, Song will develop web apps for companies in Early Charm’s portfolio.
  • Joining as interns this fall are Loyola University Maryland students Eleanor Kluegel and Grace Li.

Franklin Apprenticeships welcomed Mike Bartkus as VP of sales.

Mike Bartkus. (Photo via LinkedIn)

Amid growth with corporate employers seeking to fill tech roles, Baltimore-based apprenticeship provider Franklin Apprenticeships added Mike Bartkus to its executive team, assuming the role of VP of sales. Bartkus previous held sales leadership roles at Traliant, Montage, gr8 People Inc., Skill Survey and RightAnswers Inc.

The company’s apprenticeships are specifically designed for folks interested in technology careers who don’t have a college degree. The programs offer the opportunity to earn while learning skills and working in roles like cybersecurity analyst, software engineer and network engineer.

Companies: Delfi Diagnostics / Early Charm Ventures / CyberPoint International
Series: Power Moves

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