Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Board & Staff

The community is encouraged to participate in committee meetings, email arts@crisfieldcityhall.com to be added to the mailing list.

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

Chair, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Carol Heck

Carol Heck

Claire is the past Executive Director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s J. Millard Tawes Museum, 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.

Vice Chair, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Claire Otterbein

Claire Otterbein

Jim is a ten-year veteran of the U.S Naval Submarine Service, has a bachelor’s degree in Education Training and Development, has worked for Communications and Data Technology companies, Medical Imaging companies and now works in the NDT industry supporting non-destructive testing solutions for oil and gas companies, the transportation industry, the military, and many aerospace companies.

Treasurer, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Jim Neal

Jim Neal

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Secretary, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Linda Singh

Jeanne van Hekken

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.

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Bruce Stasi

Bruce Stasi

George is a US Navy Vietnam War Veteran and experienced electrician.  His out of the box thinking and hands-on attitude for projects are a great resource for the CAED Project.  His experience with local non-profits includes the Crisfield Citizens on Patrol and the Friends of Crisfield.  

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

George Friedley

George Friedley

 Joyce Morgan is the City Treasurer and serves as an ex-officio board member.

Ex officio Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Richard Pollitt

Joyce Morgan

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


After moving to Smith Island in 2004, served as PTA president for Ewell School PTA the year Somerset County Schools provided funding for playground replacement and obtained a state grant to fund an engineering study of all the six Rhodes Point and Ewell water wells. 


Terri currently work as a sales agent with Wilson Realty in Crisfield.  Her goal in this endeavor is to find new owners for properties in Crisfield and on Smith Island that are in need of new ownership.

Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Terri Baker

Terri Baker

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Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Linda Singh

Linda Singh

Jen serves as the paid staff member and A & E Coordinator through Department of Housing and Community Development Circuit Rider  grant.  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 managing grant applications and grant reporting through her former position as the Technical Coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and her current position as Circuit Rider for the Cities of Pocomoke and Crisfield.

Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Coordinator

Jennifer Merritt

Jennifer Merritt

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