The St. Michaels Community Center recently announced five new members have joined its Board of Directors, with this year’s officers also named.
Board officers are Chair Langley Shook, Vice Chair Lori Morris, Secretary Karen Footner, and Treasurer Parker Spurry. Newly elected to a two-year Board term are Directors Pam Bernstein, Chris Moyer, Lisa Sweetney-Swint, Susan Thomas, and Joan Wetmore.
Remaining on the Board are Shauna Beulah, Cheri Bruce-Phipps, Joe Brummell, Christian Chute, Travis Johnson, Hon. Edward Kasemeyer, Connie Pullen, Jeffrey L. Quartner, MD, and St. Michaels Chief of Police Anthony Smith.
“We count our Board of Directors among the volunteers who serve at the core of everything we do,” said St. Michaels Community Center Executive Director Patrick Rofe.“We’re grateful for our Board’s leadership, direction, and fundraising to help ensure local children and families have the resources they need.”
“This is an exciting time for the St. Michaels Community Center,” said SMCC Board Chair Langley Shook. “Our total building renovation project is well underway, and we expect everything to be finished with a ribbon cutting ceremony next winter.
“Then, we’ll roll out new programs and activities like our new Culinary Arts and Hospitality Workforce Training Program,” says Shook. “Programs that were not possible in our unimproved warehouse building.”
Photo: St. Michaels Community Center has recently announced five new members have joined its Board of Directors, with this year’s officers also named. SMCC’s Board of Directors include from left, SMCC Board Chair Langley Shook; Board members Lisa Sweetney-Swint, Shauna Beulah, and Christian Chute, Treasurer Parker Spurry, new Board member Susan Thomas, Secretary Karen Footner, Board member Joe Brummell, and SMCC Executive Director Patrick Rofe. Not shown include Vice Chair Lori Morris, new Board members Pam Bernstein, Chris Moyer, CED, and Joan Wetmore, and Board members Cheri Bruce-Phipps, Travis Johnson, Hon. Edward Kasemeyer, Connie Pullen, Jeffrey L. Quartner, MD, and St. Michaels Police Chief Anthony Smith.
Pam Bernstein of St. Michaels has earned Master’s Degrees in Finance from Georgetown University and Business Administration from the University of Bridgeport. She served for 40 years in executive finance and administrative positions with several prominent national and international law firms with offices in Washington, D.C. Now retired, Bernstein lives in the St. Michaels community of Martingham with her husband Dave. She brings financial expertise, rich board experience, and a deep commitment to the community to the position, with her volunteer experience including work with the SPCA of Annapolis, Talbot Humane, Pickering Creek Audubon Society, and more.
Chris Moyer, CEC, CRC, of St. Michaelsis the Corporate Executive Chef for Perdue Foods, LLC. He has 31 years of professional food service experience. Moyer graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and later joined the Ashley Hotel group at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels and Llangoed Hall, a four-star luxury hotel in Wales, United Kingdom. Moyer additionally held chef positions in Beaufort, N.C., and Key West, Fla. Moyer stepped into the food service equipment arena in 2000 and worked for equipment brands including Market Forge, Amana, Bakers Pride, and Imperial. Moyer also served as Regional Executive Chef for Alto Shaam covering the Mid-Atlantic Region – Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia. He continues his 18 years of service with Perdue Farms, working with some of the largest food brands in the world.
Lisa Sweetney-Swint of St Michaels is a leader who is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equity. She received a Women in Leadership certification from Cornell University and has participated and collaborated with various organizations as a champion for women’s rights. She has considerable experience on nonprofit boards and a background in project management and architecture. Sweetney-Swint is a resourceful and dedicated leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, devoting several years as a volunteer with the Lake Forest, Ill. and the Solon, Ohio school districts as a parent-teacher liaison. She also served on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Forest, Ill. Her volunteer experience includes serving as a hospice liaison and fundraiser coordinator. She is currently an active member of the National Organization of Professional Women, International Professional Women, and Women of Color. She is the recipient of various accolades and awards and is a graduate of the Academy of Art University and Carlow University.
Susan Thomas of St. Michaels began her career as an elementary school teacher, but after earning an LCSW-C at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, she became an individual, marital, and family therapist in Baltimore, retiring after 35 years. She was also an adjunct at Goucher College teaching courses in self-esteem and family of origin. Thomas has extensive development experience as the Chair of the United Way of Central Maryland Women’s Leadership Council. She served as president of the Roland Park Garden Club and was a volunteer with the Adult Literacy Program in Baltimore City, St. Michaels Elementary School aftercare program, and Christmas in St. Michaels.
Joan Wetmore of Neavitt has extensive nonprofit experience derived from her professional work at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and in establishing the first development department and numerous programs at Washington D.C.’s Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens. Her past Board memberships include Talbot Preservation Alliance and Talbot County Historical Society. Wetmore is currently a realtor with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from American University and Howard University, graduating magna cum laude. She holds a Master of Arts degree in visual arts from Goddard College.
The St. Michaels Community Center is currently campaigning for donations supporting the renovations of its building at 103 Railroad Ave., with expanded programs and services to include its new culinary arts and hospitality workforce training program. The renovations support SMCC’s mission to serve, empower, and connect the community, with year-round programs and activities. Architectural renderings of the new building and more about SMCC’s capital improvements are at www.stmichaelscc.org/future.
Donations to SMCC and proceeds from its Treasure Cove Thrift Shop on Railroad Ave. in St. Michaels help the nonprofit ensure children and adults from the Newcomb bridge to Tilghman Island have the resources they need. More is at www.stmichaelscc.org.