Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Board & Staff

Carol Heck

Carol Heck

Chair, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

carolh@shoreanswer.com

Carol is the Co-Founder of WBYC 107.3 Community Radio in Crisfield and has served as the Chair of 4th Saturday Bay Stroll from 2016 to 2020.   She is the past Chair for the Phill Rayfield Memorial Run/Walk. She has been a previous board member for Crisfield Heritage Foundation and the Crisfield Library Foundation. Carol is the Owner of Shore Answer, LLC and Manager of Redi-Call Communications.

Claire Otterbein

Claire Otterbein

Vice Chair, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

claireotternein@yahoo.com

Claire is the Community Impact Manager at United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and is the past Executive Director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation (CHF). CHF's J. Millard Tawes Museum is one of the anchor attractions for the proposed A & E District. Claire brings more than a decade of nonprofit leadership experience to her position, including serving as Executive Director of the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, Md. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Towson University, where she was a member of the Honors College, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in art history, with a minor in English literature.

Jim Neal

Jim Neal

Treasurer, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

jim@jdneal.com

Jim is a ten-year veteran of the U.S Naval Submarine Service, has a bachelor’s degree in Education Training and Development. He has been an instructor of many specialties for over 30 years. He has worked for technology companies in the Communications. Data, and Medical Imaging fields. Jim currently works for FUJIFILM in the non-destructive text providing digital radiography solutions for companies specializing in electronics, oil and gas, aerospace and the military.

Bruce Stasi

Bruce Stasi

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

bruces@redicall.com

Bruce has diverse experience with teaching, education, and the arts. He holds a degree specializing in early Childhood Education. He has been a school teacher and has volunteered in the teaching field as well. He has also served on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona working for Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Bruce has worked in London, England for CineBuild Pty Ltd. a special effects company for film and television. In 2003 Bruce partnered with Carol Heck to start Shore Answer LLC, an answering service company, in Georgetown, DE. He has lived in Crisfield since 2003 and in 2013, with Carol, he started WBYC 107.3 Crisfield Community Radio.

Terri Baker

Terri Baker

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project 

bakerlehan@yahoo.com

Before moving to Smith Island in 2004, Terri served 25 years with the Department of State Foreign Service, both in Washington DC and in U.S. embassies abroad. 


On Smith Island, while serving as PTA president for Ewell School PTA, Terri led the effort to fund raise and sought grants, which more than doubled the funds provided by Somerset County Schools for playground replacement. She also obtained a state grant to fund an engineering study of the six water wells of Rhodes Point and Ewell.

Terri currently works as a sale agent with Wilson Realty in Crisfield, seeking new owners for properties in Crisfield and on Smith Island that are in need of new ownership.

Linda Singh

Linda Singh

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

linda@sitaracollections.com

Linda brings more then twenty years marketing experience and deep knowledge of the consumer packaged goods space. She has worked with multi-nationals as well as with start up organizations and espouses an entrepreneurial but easygoing working style. She is the Founder of Marketing Launch Partners, a consulting firm specializing in helping innovative startups scale their business to take advantage of the tech accelerators and investment opportunities. She is also the Owner of The Bay Gift Vault and Bay Gift Boutique - specialty boutique serving local residents and tourist located in Crisfield, MD. She serves on the board of the Greater Crisfield Action Coalition (GCAC). The Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, and the Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District.

Linda Singh

Nicole Barkley

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

nicibl67@gmail.com 

Nicole lives in Severn, Maryland and grew up mostly in Germany while my father was stationed there. She later joined the Air Force as an Arabic translator/language instructor. She retired in 2014 and since then have held different jobs, including as an election judge trainer for this last election cycle. She graduated early 2020 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a Bachelor's in Language, Communication and Culture with the emphasis on Arabic and a minor in German. Currently Nicole is enrolled in graduate school at UMBC for a Master's in Learning and Performance Technology. This degree encompasses both the curriculum development as well as the technology and mechanisms to deliver learning.

 

Nicole is married Michael Mysik, who is a typesetter and graphic illustrator. They have four children combined, two in Germany, one in Ohio and one just starting to spread his wings to move to Baltimore.

Linda Singh

Jackie Miller

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

jackiemiller5463@comcast.net

Jackie lives with her husband in Marion Station, just a few minutes’ drive from Crisfield.  She graduated from Spring Woods High School-Houston, Texas with an Art Major. She has worked with Chesapeake Publishing, The Avenue Newspaper, and The Baltimore Guide Newspaper. Currently, she is a freelance commercial artist for commissioned works. She works well in all mediums and specializes in watercolors. Her subject matter ranges from house portraits to still life to landscapes and wildlife. She has won awards in many juried shows in Maryland as well as hosting several solo shows.  Jackie also serves as a board member of the Somerset County Arts Council and Gallery and is published in Artist of the Mid-Atlantic.

Linda Singh

Hitesh Patel

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

somerscovemotel@aol.com

Hitesh is an active community member, serving on the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce as second Vice President.  He is the owner of two businesses in Crisfield: Somers Cove Motel, and Big Willeys.  Hitesh also serves as the Treasurer for the Board of the non-profit organization Friends of Crisfield.

Linda Singh

Jennifer Merritt

Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project Coordinator

jmerritt@crisfieldcityhall.com

Jen serves as the Crisfield A & E Coordinator.  Her experience includes organizing many large fundraising events in former roles including the Wildlife Educator at the Delmarva Discovery Center and while serving as the Executive Director for the Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Jen has experience grant writing and administering grants through her former positions as the Technical Coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and as the Circuit Rider and grant writer and manager for the City of Crisfield, and grant manager for Pocomoke.

Linda Singh

Deborah Bechtler

Artist Workshop Facilitator

crisfieldarts@gmail.com

My notebook sees more action than my laptop.

I'm a buffet grazer because I love not having to choose just one.

My favorite book is my thesaurus for the same reason.

I fish without a hook because worms and fish ruin the ambiance.

I am laid back in a take charge kind of way,a Drill Sergeant who doesn't belittle.

I married my polar opposite.  We have fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle for 36 wonderful years.

And I believe creativity rocks!

arts@crisfieldcityhall.com

Corbin Studio & Gallery

4 E Main Street

Crisfield Maryland 21817

443-397-8707

Mailing address:

Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

PO Box 107

Crisfield, MD 21817