N.J. environmental group honors Camden activist

The New Jersey Environmental Federation recently honored honor activist Mangaliso Davis, chairwoman of the Camden City African American Commission, at its annual conference at Rutgers University.

Davis, of Camden, has documented the rich historic legacy of Petty's Island - which includes Native American, Quaker and African slave-trade roots - to its current status as an endangered species habitat. His research led to the filing of an application with the state and federal government for historic designation, which would preserve Petty's Island from development.

Virtua Health names new director of media relations

Peggy Leone has joined Virtua Health as director of media relations.

Leone, of Merchantville, has more than 20 years experience in public and media relations. In her position at Virtua, she will direct media relations activities and assist the department with additional projects.

Leone, who joined Virtua from Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden, held four positions with increasing responsibilities during her tenure with the organization.

Virtua Health is a multi-hospital health-care organization with headquarters in Marlton.

Westmont resident joins Mount Laurel law office

Kevin J. Riefenstahl of Westmont recently joined the workers' compensation department at Capehart Scatchard law firm's Mount Laurel office.

Riefenstahl represents insurance carriers and employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims at all stages of litigation.

Among his professional activities, he is a member of the American, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He also is a volunteer for the Homeless Advocacy Project of Philadelphia.

Riefenstahl earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law; his MBA degree from West Chester University; and his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Cardiologist from Cherry Hill named Kennedy's chief of staff

Cardiologist Jerome M. Horwitz of Cherry Hill has been elected chief of staff of Kennedy Memorial Hospitals - University Medical Center. Urologist Robert I. Barsky has been named vice chief of staff, and nephrologist Anthony Brown has been elected treasurer. All three terms are for two years.

The medical staff officers represent the interests of Kennedy physicians, and work closely with administration in planning and other health-care delivery issues. They are also responsible for heading community service activities sponsored by their constituents.

Alice Paul Institute appoints Cherry Hill woman as a director

Valerie K. Buickerood of Cherry Hill has been named administrative director of the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel.

Buickerood will provide administrative support, manage membership and volunteers, handle sales items, and assist with tours, events planning and program development.

Buickerood's background includes experience in teaching, research, events and programs. Previously, she was a teaching and research assistant in the history department of Temple University.

The Alice Paul Institute was established in 1985 to enhance public awareness of the life and work of the Quaker suffragist.