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Mission & Leadership

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100% Committed to Providing Worcester County Students Equal Access to a Digital Education

Board Members

Front Row (from left): Hope Palmer, Patti Miller, Todd Ferrante, Lou Taylor, Toni Keiser,

Back Row (from left): John Quinn, Chris Woodley, Ray Thompson, Kari Berger, Shirley Sultani, Susan Trimble, Janet Morse, Lee Chisholm, William Gordy, Chad Vent

(Missing from picture: Greg Shockley, Jack Burbage, Deborah Anderson, Todd Burbage, Al (Hondo) Handy, Tara Miller and Angie McCracken)

Steering Committee

Angie McCracken
Angie McCracken

Angela D. McCracken, a proud educator for Worcester County Public Schools, currently holds the position of Response to Intervention Coach. Mrs. McCracken holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from Salisbury University. An employee of Worcester County Public Schools for eight years, she has worked in the northern and southern ends of the county in various roles. Beginning her career as a 4th grade teacher at Berlin Intermediate School, she quickly developed a love for literacy, integrating the arts, mentoring pre-service teachers, and meeting the needs of diverse learners. Mrs. McCracken’s passions led to her current role as an instructional coach servicing Worcester County’s Title I schools. Currently, in her spare time, she provides professional development for new teachers and serves as an adjunct lecturer at Salisbury University.

Lou Taylor
Lou Taylor
Lou TaylorLou Taylor

Louis H. Taylor, a lifelong resident of Worcester County, currently holds the position of COO/Assistant Superintendent for Administration of Worcester County Public Schools. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School (SDHS), he went on to pursue his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at Salisbury University. He is a 31-year employee of the Worcester County Public School system, where he served as the principal of SDHS for 17 years (1995-2012). During his tenure there, SDHS became the first Maryland Blue Ribbon School for Worcester County. Additionally, Mr. Taylor was the 1998-1999 Principal of the Year for the State of Maryland. Currently, in his spare time, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Atlantic General Hospital, Board Member for both Hudson Health Services and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, and a director for Calvin B. Taylor Bank.

Greg Shockley
Greg Shockley
Greg ShockleyGreg Shockley

Greg Shockley opened his popular Irish restaurant, Shenanagans, on the boardwalk 20 years ago. He is past president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and is a founding member of Ocean City’s Boardwalk Development Association, which implemented $5 million in improvements to the boardwalk. As president of Ocean City Development Corporation – a local nonprofit – and a former member of the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s board of directors, he is active in promoting Ocean City’s hospitality industry. He currently serves on the Maryland Tourism Development Board, representing Ocean City and Worcester County. He and his wife Susie have twin boys.

Patti Miller
Patti Miller
Patti MillerPatti Miller

Patti Miller has resided and developed numerous successful businesses in Ocean City, with her husband and business partner of 35 years, Peck Miller. She has served on the AGH Foundation, the board of the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, and numerous other business and charitable organizations. She is an active supporter of the Arts and Education. She currently serves as an Ambassador of the American Red Cross, Co-Chair of the Ocean City Cultural Arts Advisory Board and serves on the Worcester County Education Foundation Executive Committee. Patti met her husband while studying Architecture at Va. Tech. She is extremely proud of her three daughters who have developed successful business careers, which she attributes to their excellent education in the Worcester County Public School system, followed by four year college degrees in Business Management.

Toni Keiser
Toni Keiser
Toni KeiserToni Keiser

Toni Keiser is the Vice President of Public Relation for Atlantic General Hospital and Health System. She has served in a leadership role with the local community hospital for the past 20 years overseeing marketing, communications, community health education, the hospital’s auxiliary, and fundraising where she has with the support of the foundation and the community has successfully conducted 3 capital campaigns to increase hospital programs and services.

Toni is also a member of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving on the Chambers Executive Committee, Legislative, Scholarship and Special Events Committees; Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Prevention Committee, American Cancer Society Tri-County Leadership Committee, Maryland Hospital Association Community Connections Advisory Board, Maryland Association of Directory of Volunteers, AGH Foundation Board of Directors, AGH Junior Auxiliary Group, and St. Mary’s by the Sea/Holy Savior Capital Campaign Executive Committee.

Toni resides in West Ocean City with her husband and two sons, one who is a student at Stephen Decatur High School, and one who is a graduate of Decatur currently studying computer science at Virginia Tech.

Todd Ferrante
Todd Ferrante
Todd FerranteTodd Ferrante

In 1996, after 12 years in the Telescope photography business, Todd Ferrante started a jewelry store on 5th street and the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland and called it Michael Jewelers. It was his goal to have the best jewelry and best customer service in Ocean City. Three years later he opened Park Place Jewelers between 2nd and 3rd street and the boardwalk. It was this year that his soon to be wife, Jill, joined him in his endeavor and he expanded to his location in West Ocean City in the Ocean City Factory Outlets. The Ferrante’s primary goal is making their customers happy with the unique one of a kind jewelry and down to earth, friendly customer service. After 10 successful years in business you will still find Jill or Todd working day and night to ensure that this tradition is carried on by their wonderful staff.  Ferrante currently serves on the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Directors.

Foundation Board

Susan Trimble
Susan Trimble
Shirley Sultani
Shirley Sultani
William Gordy
William Gordy
Duke Marshall
Duke Marshall
Janet Morse
Janet Morse
Lee Chisholm
Lee Chisholm

Lee Chisholm is the Loan & Business Development Officer for the southern region of Taylor Bank’s service area. This area primary includes Snow Hill, Pocomoke, and northern Accomack County. He has been employed with Taylor Bank since 2006 and currently works out of their Snow Hill office.

Since joining Taylor Bank, Lee has become very involved in the local community. He is currently involved in the following organizations:

  • Furnace Town Foundation – Treasurer
  • Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce – Vice President
  • Snow Hill Rotary Club – Member
  • Mar-Va Theatre – Board Member
  • Worcester County Education Foundation – Board Member

Lee holds a degree in Economics with a minor in Business from Frostburg State University. In 2012, he graduated with honors from Maryland Banking School. Lee is also an alumnus of Snow Hill High School.

Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson

Mr. Raymond M. Thompson has been employed by the Bank since October 1997. Mr. Thompson served as Vice President of the Bank from January 1999 to his election as President in May 2002, and as Treasurer of the Company from February 2000 to his election as President in May 2002. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank as of January 1, 2006. Mr. Thompson serves on the boards of the Maryland Bankers Association, Southern Eastern Shore Revolving Loan Fund, and the Maryland Financial Bank. He is a Corporation Member of Atlantic General Hospital Corporation Board of Directors. Mr. Thompson is a member and past Treasurer of the Berlin Lions Club.

Al Handy
Al (Hondo) Handy
Al HandyAl (Hondo) Handy

Al (Hondo) Handy, presently the Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Ocean City and has been employed by the Town of Ocean City for over 30 years.  He is a graduate of Flower Street Elementary and Stephen Decatur High School, where he was named the Athlete of the Year.  He received his undergraduate degree at Salisbury University.

He is a Certified Youth Sports Administrator and a Certified Recreation & Parks Professional.

He has received the Citation Award, Maryland Recreation & Parks Association’s Top Designation.  He also was name the Citizen of the Year by the Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Youth Sports, based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.  He currently serves as the First Vice-President for Salisbury University Maroon & Gold Club.  He also serves as the Vice Chair for the Ocean City Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee and Vice Chair for the Play It Safe Committee. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Worcester County Recreation & Parks Department,  He has served as the National Global Gear Drive Coordinator for the National Alliance for Youth Sports Certified Youth Sports Administrators Alumni and the Ocean City All American City Committee.

He lives in Ironshire with his wife, Regina.

Todd Burbage
Todd Burbage
Todd BurbageTodd Burbage

Todd E. Burbage is a developer, builder and owner of commercial and residential properties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, and has recently expanded his portfolio to include Live Wire Media, an event production and marketing firm. A few of his many current projects include Bethany Beach Ocean Suites in Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Commander Hotel remodel in Ocean City, Maryland and the Resort at Massey’s Landing campground in Delaware.

He serves on the board of directors for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, the Worcester Preparatory School, Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation, as well as the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Mr. Burbage sits on the Board of Directors at Taylor Bank and is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lower Eastern Shore Program.

Mr. Burbage is a graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in Business Marketing. He and his wife Amy live in West Ocean City with children Chase and Caroline.

Jack Burbage
Jack Burbage
Jack BurbageJack Burbage

John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. is a resident of Berlin, MD, and co-owner of Blue Water Development Company. The Stephen Decatur High School graduate has deep roots in the community and is a member of the Lions Club, the Economic Development Corporation and Maryland Coastal Bays. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Taylor Bank and is a member of the Maryland Builders and the Maryland Bankers Association. He has two sons and two grandsons.

Kari Berger
Kari Berger
Kari BergerKari Berger

Kari Berger, originally from Pennsylvania, she has lived in Ocean City since 1989, where she met her husband; Dr. Lenny Berger.  She is a licensed Registered Nurse in Maryland and Delaware.  As an active volunteer in the community, Kari has dedicated her time and resources to the American Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and is a strong supporter and volunteer for Women Supporting Women.  Kari is very proud of her two lovely daughters; Shannon 17 and Karlie 15.  She’s very active in her daughter’s lives and spends much of her time volunteering at their school.

Chris Woodley
Chris Woodley
Chris WoodleyChris Woodley

Christopher T. Woodley is a partner with the law firm of Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, L.L.P.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care.  He obtained his law degree from The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.  Chris resides in West Ocean City with his wife and two children.

Jerry Wilson
Jerry Wilson
Jerry WilsonJerry Wilson

Superintendent Jerry Wilson, Ph.D., has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his 38-year career as an educator, having served as a Superintendent of Schools for the last 21 years. Joining Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) in 2012, Wilson has brought with him a wealth of experience – having worked as an educator in four different states (Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming), as well as abroad in England, and having served as Superintendent in districts as small as 650 students and as large as 25,500.

In the school systems where Wilson has served, he has been most passionate about developing and implementing a strategic direction toward continuous improvement, remaining focused on student performance, people, and processes.  Wilson believes that the classrooms of today should resemble the workplaces of tomorrow. To that end, Wilson is dedicated to providing students with a world-class education which results in academic success for every student, offers multiple pathway opportunities, provides digitally-enhanced learning environments, and emphasizes critical-thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

WCPS has accrued significant accolades while Dr. Wilson has worked in partnership with WCPS faculty. In 2014, for example, 91 percent of WCPS students scored proficient or advanced on the Maryland School Assessment. This level of achievement has consistently ranked WCPS at the top in the state, out of 24 districts. In addition, 58 percent of Advanced Placement tests administered in WCPS were scored at mastery (a 3 or higher) in 2013, well above the state average. With a goal to implement initiatives aimed at producing system savings, WCPS saved $200,000 during the 2013-2014 school year as a result of the new Energy Conservation Program. In addition to leading the district in a digital conversion with the goal of having a one-device to one-student ratio, Dr. Wilson has also implemented the Celebrating Innovation recognition program, recognizing those who implement innovative practices or processes which lead to evidence-based improvement.

Wilson is currently the legislative liaison of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) and a member of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium (ESMEC), Snow Hill Rotary Club, and the Greater Salisbury Committee.

A Maryland “Terp,” Wilson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He graduated from Idaho State University with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision and earned his Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming – where he also earned an Educational Leadership degree.

Although his passion for teaching and educational leadership has taken him across the country, Wilson is a Marylander.  He spent his youth in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. As a child, Wilson and his family frequently vacationed right here on the Eastern Shore.

Wilson lives in Ocean Pines with his wife Liz. The Wilsons have three daughters who live in three different states: Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He enjoys reading, hiking, boating, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Chad Vent
Chad Vent

Chad T Vent, a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, is now a partner with Faw Casson Certified Public Accountants and Business Consultants. Chad obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from Salisbury University, He has been serving the Ocean City and surrounding areas since 2000 as an active in his community, donating his time as the Chair of the Worcester County Advisory Board for Eastern Shore Junior Achievement and to the Ocean City Recreation Department as a coach.

Chad will do whatever he can to be outside. Whether it’s with his family grilling and relaxing, playing with the kids out on the beach or going out with the guys for some fishing and golf, as long as he’s outdoors he’s a happy man. He treasures his quality “Dad Time”, coaching his children and reading with them. He assures that regardless of his work load, his family knows they are always his top priority.

John Quinn
John Quinn
John QuinnJohn Quinn

John Quinn, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer Worcester County Public Schools

Dr. Quinn started his position with the Worcester County Public School System in October 2013 after a brief stint as Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is committed towards instituting and supporting district initiatives that will result in more graduates who are college and career ready.

Prior to working for Worcester County, Dr. Quinn worked for 31 years with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), serving as a teacher, coach, high school principal and finally as the Coordinator of Secondary Science and STEM Project Director.

Following his work in Howard County, Dr. Quinn took the position of Executive Director of STEM for the Baltimore County Public School System (BCPS) where he served from 2009 until 2013. During his time with BCPS, he partnered with the Community College of Baltimore County to create the Baltimore County STEM Alliance and he oversaw the creation and implementation of numerous technology enhanced instructional programs.

Dr. Quinn is a native of Staten Island, New York and holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University. He earned a masters degree in technology education from the Johns Hopkins University and received his doctorate in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland College Park.

Dr. Quinn is a member of numerous professional organizations and is a guitar player and music enthusiast. He currently resides locally with his wife Lorraine and has two children who reside in New York City, NY, and Boulder, CO. He is a proud grandpa to an energetic 18-month-old grandson.

Angie McCracken
Angie McCracken

Angela D. McCracken, a proud educator for Worcester County Public Schools, currently holds the position of Response to Intervention Coach. Mrs. McCracken holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from Salisbury University. An employee of Worcester County Public Schools for eight years, she has worked in the northern and southern ends of the county in various roles. Beginning her career as a 4th grade teacher at Berlin Intermediate School, she quickly developed a love for literacy, integrating the arts, mentoring pre-service teachers, and meeting the needs of diverse learners. Mrs. McCracken’s passions led to her current role as an instructional coach servicing Worcester County’s Title I schools. Currently, in her spare time, she provides professional development for new teachers and serves as an adjunct lecturer at Salisbury University.

Lou Taylor
Lou Taylor
Lou TaylorLou Taylor

Louis H. Taylor, a lifelong resident of Worcester County, currently holds the position of COO/Assistant Superintendent for Administration of Worcester County Public Schools. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School (SDHS), he went on to pursue his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at Salisbury University. He is a 31-year employee of the Worcester County Public School system, where he served as the principal of SDHS for 17 years (1995-2012). During his tenure there, SDHS became the first Maryland Blue Ribbon School for Worcester County. Additionally, Mr. Taylor was the 1998-1999 Principal of the Year for the State of Maryland. Currently, in his spare time, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Atlantic General Hospital, Board Member for both Hudson Health Services and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, and a director for Calvin B. Taylor Bank.

Greg Shockley
Greg Shockley
Greg ShockleyGreg Shockley

Greg Shockley opened his popular Irish restaurant, Shenanagans, on the boardwalk 20 years ago. He is past president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and is a founding member of Ocean City’s Boardwalk Development Association, which implemented $5 million in improvements to the boardwalk. As president of Ocean City Development Corporation – a local nonprofit – and a former member of the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s board of directors, he is active in promoting Ocean City’s hospitality industry. He currently serves on the Maryland Tourism Development Board, representing Ocean City and Worcester County. He and his wife Susie have twin boys.

Patti Miller
Patti Miller
Patti MillerPatti Miller

Patti Miller has resided and developed numerous successful businesses in Ocean City, with her husband and business partner of 35 years, Peck Miller. She has served on the AGH Foundation, the board of the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, and numerous other business and charitable organizations. She is an active supporter of the Arts and Education. She currently serves as an Ambassador of the American Red Cross, Co-Chair of the Ocean City Cultural Arts Advisory Board and serves on the Worcester County Education Foundation Executive Committee. Patti met her husband while studying Architecture at Va. Tech. She is extremely proud of her three daughters who have developed successful business careers, which she attributes to their excellent education in the Worcester County Public School system, followed by four year college degrees in Business Management.

Toni Keiser
Toni Keiser
Toni KeiserToni Keiser

Toni Keiser is the Vice President of Public Relation for Atlantic General Hospital and Health System. She has served in a leadership role with the local community hospital for the past 20 years overseeing marketing, communications, community health education, the hospital’s auxiliary, and fundraising where she has with the support of the foundation and the community has successfully conducted 3 capital campaigns to increase hospital programs and services.

Toni is also a member of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving on the Chambers Executive Committee, Legislative, Scholarship and Special Events Committees; Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Prevention Committee, American Cancer Society Tri-County Leadership Committee, Maryland Hospital Association Community Connections Advisory Board, Maryland Association of Directory of Volunteers, AGH Foundation Board of Directors, AGH Junior Auxiliary Group, and St. Mary’s by the Sea/Holy Savior Capital Campaign Executive Committee.

Toni resides in West Ocean City with her husband and two sons, one who is a student at Stephen Decatur High School, and one who is a graduate of Decatur currently studying computer science at Virginia Tech.

Todd Ferrante
Todd Ferrante
Todd FerranteTodd Ferrante

In 1996, after 12 years in the Telescope photography business, Todd Ferrante started a jewelry store on 5th street and the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland and called it Michael Jewelers. It was his goal to have the best jewelry and best customer service in Ocean City. Three years later he opened Park Place Jewelers between 2nd and 3rd street and the boardwalk. It was this year that his soon to be wife, Jill, joined him in his endeavor and he expanded to his location in West Ocean City in the Ocean City Factory Outlets. The Ferrante’s primary goal is making their customers happy with the unique one of a kind jewelry and down to earth, friendly customer service. After 10 successful years in business you will still find Jill or Todd working day and night to ensure that this tradition is carried on by their wonderful staff.  Ferrante currently serves on the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Directors.

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