Greenaway and Viniar to Speak at Nonprofit Board Chair Roundtable

All nonprofit Board leaders – Chairs & Presidents – are invited to join the conversation on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Talbot Hospice offices, 586 Cynwood Drive in Easton when Kristen L. Greenaway, President of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum joins Barbara Viniar, Ed.D, President of Chesapeake College to share their insights and expertise about strategic planning.

This facilitated discussion will begin with a brief networking reception at 5:00 pm and will conclude at 7:00 pm. Diane Rohman, President of Talbot Hospice Board of Directors will host the Roundtable; Teri Bordenave, founder of the Board Chair Roundtable, will facilitate this session. Diane says, “The Roundtable is a wonderful forum to exchange ideas, questions and concerns amongst local nonprofit board leaders regarding the challenges that we all face in trying to better serve our community. A huge thanks to Teri for facilitating this effort which brings together some of the very talented people we have in our area so we can benefit from their knowledge and experience.”

The nonprofit sector has always faced challenges; those challenges have increased in recent years thereby putting more pressure on the governing bodies of these organizations. Effective Board leadership is essential to sustaining successful, viable nonprofit businesses. The Nonprofit Board Chair Roundtable offers an opportunity to strengthen governance leadership skills and knowledge, to develop a peer learning network, and to provide support for these key volunteer leaders.

The Roundtable, which has been meeting since the spring of 2010, was initiated and is facilitated by Teri Bordenave of The Thalia Group LLC. Since that time, Teri has continued to offer her services to this effort pro bono. Teri has more than 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector as a CEO, Trustee, and governance consultant. Topics for these lively sessions are driven by Roundtable participants. The Roundtable meets quarterly around the Mid-Shore region.

There is no cost to participate, participation is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Teri Bordenave at 443.249.3268 or

LaCorte joins CBMM as Director of Development

LaCorteLiz LaCorte of Cordova, Md. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Director of Development. LaCorte is responsible for helping to further CBMM’s mission through management of CBMM’s membership and various giving programs.

LaCorte brings more than fifteen years’ experience working for private foundations and other non-profits to CBMM, with a focus on major gifts, along with planned and annual giving. LaCorte most recently served as Director of Development at Wye River Upper School in Centreville, Md. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director at the Key Biscayne Community Foundation and in multiple positions at the American Cancer Society in Florida, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“We are very excited to welcome Liz on board,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “All of the great achievements of CBMM are made possible through our generous supporters. With Liz on board, we’ll be able to match donors and grantors with programs that fulfill their philanthropic goals while forwarding our mission in very meaningful ways.”

LaCorte’s connection to the Chesapeake Bay began with visiting extended family in Annapolis more than a decade ago, moving to the area with her husband five years ago. They are members of the Miles River Yacht Club, with plans for their sons to learn to sail–they have already participated in the Sink or Swim program.

“I am thrilled to join the team at CBMM,” LaCorte said. “This place has been part of my family’s introduction to Eastern Shore life, and one we truly enjoy. I love the idea of helping CBMM continue to impact our community through our educational programs and the philanthropy of our generous donors.”

LaCorte’s volunteer work includes serving on the boards of Talbot Mentors and Temple B’nai Israel, and as a previous grant reader for the Women and Girls Fund. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Maryland, a year-long program for state leaders that presents and discusses the current issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the state and its diverse regions.

Through donor support, CBMM provides affordable or free educational programming for K-12 school children, college students, and adults, including CBMM’s curriculum-based Crab Cakes program and Rising Tide after-school youth boatbuilding program.

Easton Business Alliance Awarded Grant from State

The Department of Housing and Community Development recently awarded the Easton Business Alliance a grant of $20,000 through their Main Street Improvement Program. The money has been awarded to help fund the salary of the EBA’s manager, allowing the EBA to reallocate some of its administrative budget toward more marketing for the Town of Easton.

“Winning this grant from the DHCD allows our organization to use more of our funding toward our mission—marketing and community development for the Town of Easton,” Easton Business Alliance manager Ross Benincasa said. “We have made a concerted effort over the past six months to diversify our funding resources, and it’s great to see some of those efforts recognized and awarded by the State of Maryland.”

The Main Street Improvement Program is a grant provided under the broader category of the State’s Operating Assistance Grants. The grant’s purpose is to stimulate the economic development of Maryland’s Main Street districts through a broad range of initiatives aimed at supporting the development and revitalization of these historic districts.

In September 2016, the Town of Easton recertified as a Main Street Maryland community and a Main Street America affiliate. There are only 28 districts across the State of Maryland recognized as Main Street communities, and Easton is the only one in Talbot County.

“We view the Main Street Maryland and Main Street America designations as vital components of Easton’s growth moving forward,” Benincasa said. “Not only do these programs provide support for our community and independent merchants, but the recognition from the State of Maryland and the National Main Street Center opens doors for more funding opportunities to help our town grow.”

About Easton Business Alliance: EBA is a marketing, promotion and events non-profit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.  The mission of EBA is to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of Easton’s independent merchants which benefit business owners, residents and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles.

For more information regarding Easton Business Alliance, please visit or email Stay connected to the Easton Business Alliance on social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Discover Easton.

Landfill Gas goes GREEN!

Easton Utilities has officially commissioned a Landfill Gas to Electric Generator, which is currently utilizing methane gas and converting it to green energy. “This project is mutually beneficial for the environment, our customers, and the Town of Easton,” stated Hugh E. Grunden, president and CEO of Easton Utilities.

img_1888Easton Utilities purchased a previously operated generator from the Worchester County Landfill, which created a very cost-effective solution. The expected life of the project in Easton is approximately eight to ten years, depending on the landfill’s ability to produce gas. Currently, landfill gas is extracted continuously and most of the gas is sent to the generator, which can produce up to one megawatt of electricity – enough to power approximately 700 homes. Maryland Environmental Service (MES) installed compressors at the landfill and is handling the logistics regarding supply and flow. “In the true sense of an ideal partnership, MES and Easton Utilities collaborated on this project from concept to completion,” added John E. Hines, Supervisor of Electrical Engineering and Design for Easton Utilities.

“MES, along with our partner Midshore Counties (Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot), is excited about our partnership with Easton Utilities, which will allow us to use landfill gas from the Midshore Landfill to generate clean energy,” stated Steven Tomczewski, Environmental Operations Executive Director for MES. “This project is part of a much larger commitment by MES to strengthen public and private partnerships which reinforce the State of Maryland’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship.”

landfill-gasThe Landfill Gas to Electric Generator is just one component of the Easton Sustainability Campus, located at Easton’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. Construction of a two-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar array is set to begin in the coming months and will produce approximately 100% of the Wastewater Treatment Facility’s annual electrical consumption. “This 2 MW solar array is the most cost effective way to bring solar energy to every single Easton Utilities electric customer, regardless of housing situation, income, location, homeowner or renter,” added Grunden.

Co-located at the Town’s Enhanced Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Facility, these projects create a system of multiple, diverse, renewable energy sources within our own community.

Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area. Please visit or call 410-822-6110 to learn more.

Silver Linings’ Limited Edition Jewelry Benefits PWEC

Silver Linings, a sterling silver and gemstone jewelry store with two locations in Talbot County, presented a check for $500 to Kelley Phillips Cox, Executive Director of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC). The donation represented a portion of the proceeds from the sale of a custom designed sterling silver jewelry collection.


Silver Linings of St. Michaels store manager Ellie Mickey presents a $500 donation to Kelley Phillips Cox, Executive Director of PWEC.

Every Fall, to coincide with Easton, Maryland’s Waterfowl Festival, Silver Linings introduces an exclusive sterling silver collector’s bead and charm. This year’s design commemorated the northern diamondback terrapin, Maryland’s state reptile.

Aida Leisure, owner of Silver Linings and DBS Fine Jewelers, selected Phillips Wharf Environmental Center to receive the donation because they provide valuable education and hands-on experience with animals and plants that
inhabit the Chesapeake Bay region.

Easton Velocity Provides Gigabit Connectivity

How does a town like Easton help spur economic development and appeal to technology-savvy businesses? While the charm of our Town may be a driving force, there is one more compelling component. Gigabit connectivity. The expansive fiber optic network throughout the Town of Easton is providing gigabit speed to entities such as public health and education.

There has been significant media buzz recently highlighting the impressive speed of gigabit, and various cities across the US are claiming designation as a ‘gigabit city’. The Town of Easton can tout they are a “gigabit town” thanks to Easton Utilities. Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities, had a proactive mindset years ago when upgrading the cable system. “Broadband is as critical to Easton as electricity, gas and water, especially for businesses,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Cable and Communications for Easton Utilities. “We recognized the expectation for increasing speed early on and made gigabit speed available to those for whom it was essential.”

In 2002, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Systems required an enhanced technology infrastructure to enable each multiple facilities to connect seamlessly with one another. Easton Velocity created a customized network to support the wide variety of needs. The network was upgraded in 2015 to include gigabit services. “Our constant demand to send confidential information between providers can only be met with the level of speed gigabit offers. We are fortunate Easton Velocity can deliver this technology, as this directly impacts our commitment to our patients’ satisfaction,” said Robert Frank, Regional SVP of Operations at UM Shore Regional Health.

Talbot County Board of Education’s main offices and all schools have been connected via a fiber optic network since 2010, providing fast and reliable data transmissions and distance learning opportunities. In 2015, the school network was upgraded to include gigabit services. “We believe students living in rural areas should have the same opportunities as are found in metropolitan areas,” added Book.

Easton Velocity will continue to roll out enhanced services to businesses in order to maintain the economic vitality in Easton. As it is important to focus on the needs of the business community in the Town of Easton, system plans are being established to respond to requests from residents as well. Easton Velocity strives to continue offering the latest technology and innovations to its entire service territory.

Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities, is committed to keeping our community connected and current with a variety of service offerings designed to meet the needs of both residential and commercial customers. Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area.

 Please visit or call 410-822-6110 to learn more.

Washington College’s Finance and Administration Team Gets a New Leader

Washington College President Sheila Bair today announced that Rahel Rosner, whose diverse background has encompassed K-12 education as well as serving as a director at the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, will become the College’s new Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Rahel Rosner

Rahel Rosner

Most recently, Rosner has been for the past seven years the director of finance and operations at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the daily operations of the 1,075-student school on two urban campuses with an operating budget of $44 million. With a BA from Swarthmore College in religion and biology, she has an MBA focusing on marketing, operations, and information systems from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, and an MS in education, specializing in adolescent education in science and biology, from Mercy College.

“Rahel is a seasoned professional with extensive experience overseeing campus planning and real estate projects, finance, human resources, data management, and physical plant and operations,” says President Bair. “From a pool of over 90 applicants, she stood out clearly with the breadth and depth of her experience across multiple disciplines. I’m thrilled she’ll be stepping in to lead our finance and administration team.”

At Georgetown Day School, Rosner led the team to negotiate, finance, and purchase major properties with a value of $44 million, managed the team that developed a new 240,000-square-foot school building and a retail residential complex—with the goal to reduce the school’s dependence on tuition revenue—and cut expenses by $2.5 million per year for her first two years through contract renegotiations and procurement changes.

Previously, Rosner was chief operating officer at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale, NY, and she has also been a 9th- and 10th-grade teacher at Wings Academy in the Bronx. She spent two years in Japan, helping the Montessori School of Tokyo develop a model to expand and studying Japanese culture and language. Before her switch to education, Rosner spent eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she served as an operations manager of Unifi, as well as director of operations for Global Human Resource Solutions Practice for the Americas.

“I look forward to serving the students, faculty, staff, administration, and the board at Washington College, while becoming part of the Chestertown community,” says Rosner, who will take her new position in February 2017. “I am energized by the vision articulated by President Bair and excited to work as part of the team implementing her strategic priorities.”

President Bair also lauded the efforts of Chief of Staff Joe Holt, who served as the interim VP during the search process and enabled the Finance and Administration team to maintain momentum at a critical time for the College.

“If it weren’t for Joe, we would not have been able to make the transition in leadership of Finance and Administration so smoothly,” says President Bair.“In fewer than four months, Joe and the Finance and Administration team brought to fruition numerous major projects. As in all of his contributions to Washington College, Joe has served the College superbly. We owe him a deep debt of gratitude.”


O’Donnell Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Shawn O’Donnell of Newcomb, Md. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Vice President of Operations. In this new position, O’Donnell is responsible for oversight, implementation, and management of CBMM’s strategies for its guest services, marina, Museum Store, charity boat donation program, and boatyard operations.

cbmm_odonnellshawn_2016O’Donnell has more than 30 years’ experience in operations management. A former U.S. Navy surface officer, he was commissioned at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. After naval service, O’Donnell’s career focused on chemical manufacturing and process safety management in the private and public sectors.

“As a third generation naval officer, it is a great honor for me and my family to serve the public and the remarkable staff and volunteers of the maritime museum,” said O’Donnell.

A native of Talbot County, O’Donnell and his family have always been connected to the Chesapeake Bay, spending vacations sailing, hunting, and crabbing on the Miles River. Returning to live on the Newcomb Hall family farm—with his wife of 30 years, Suzanne, and his mother, Mary Len Trippe—is a lifelong goal of O’Donnell’s recently achieved.

“We are thrilled to have Shawn working with us,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “His management experience and collaborative work with all departments will be key in helping CBMM achieve high standards of excellence in all our operations.”

O’Donnell is a longstanding volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, serving in numerous capacities. As a Cubmaster he ran day camps, and as a Scoutmaster, skippered co-ed groups to Florida Sea Base for week-long schooner cruises, and quarter-mastered troops at national jamborees at Fort AP Hill, Va. He is a member of the Eastern Shore chapter of the Navy League, the Izaak Walton League, and the Oysters for the Bay Recovery Initiative.

CBMM’s previous Vice President of Operations Bill Gilmore is now serving as the museum’s Vice President of Facilities Management, a newly created position.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to the museum’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at

Scott Evans Graduates from Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland announced today that Scott W. Evans, Executive Director of the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children, recently completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Evans, a resident of Church Hill, and the entire Class of 2016 at its 24th annual graduation ceremony held December 6 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.


Benedictine School for Exceptional Children Executive Director, Scott Evans, graduates with Class 2016 from Leadership Maryland.

Evans was one of 49 applicants chosen by a selection committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The Class of 2016 reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I congratulate the Class of 2016 for a memorable year, and I encourage each of them to think of this milestone not as the end of their program, but as the beginning of their membership in a very special club,” said Leadership Maryland Board Chairman Eric Brotman ‘09, president and managing principal, Brotman Financial Group. “Each of these individuals is now armed with new relationships and perspectives which will serve them as leaders, and therefore will serve organizations of all types across the state for many years to come.”

About Benedictine

For more than 55 years, the mission of Benedictine has been to help people with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential. Today, Benedictine provides more than 200 children and adults with special education, vocational training, supported employment and home like residential living options on our main campus and in the community. For more information call 410. 634.2292 or visit

Caroline Foundation Signs Management Agreement with Mid-Shore Community Foundation

In July of 2016, the boards of the Caroline Foundation and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) entered into a management agreement that will significantly expand support for the charitable organizations providing medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.

Under the direction of the Caroline Foundation Board, the Caroline Nursing Home and the Gables were sold to a privately owned company specializing in health management.  All proceeds from the sale are owned and invested by the Caroline Foundation, to be distributed as grants to charitable organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland.


Caroline Foundation Directors and Caroline Hospice Representatives.

Terry Mead, President of the Caroline Foundation Board of Directors, noted that the Board wanted to minimize overhead costs for the Caroline Foundation while taking advantage of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s not-for-profit expertise.  MSCF will provide accounting services, marketing support and will manage the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.

Buck Duncan, President of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, expressed excitement about the new collaboration – the first of its kind for MSCF.  “A new and substantial capacity for charitable support has been created for Caroline County and we are very pleased that the Caroline Foundation has partnered with MSCF. Through this collaboration, we are able to minimize administrative expenses, making every possible dollar of this resource available for grants to charities.”

In October, the Caroline Foundation made its first grants, $100,000 to Caroline Hospice Foundation for patient services and $9,000 to Caroline County Family YMCA for a Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Caroline Foundation will seek out opportunities for matching grants to further leverage these resources and invite donors to consider additional gifts to the Foundation.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants from the Caroline Foundation can find the application online at The deadline for the Caroline Foundation’s next grants cycle is July 1, 2017.  For additional information, contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation at (410) 820-8175.