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 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 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 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.

Linda Singh

Jeanne van Hekken

Secretary, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

jvanhekken@comcast.net

Jeanne recently retired with the sale of our 30-year business, Select Shelter Products , a rep , agency serving the Northeastern United States. The foundation of the company was to provide innovation, value-added products and logistics to OEM's, and she successfully competed against national companies by assessing underdeveloped needs and then providing a viable solution. Prior to Jeanne's 10 years with SSP, she held positions in sales marketing, sales management and real estate. She holds BS from Penn State and additional in interior design, sales and real estate. 

Jeanne and her husband Frans now split our time between homes in Crisfield and Lancaster, PA. Their love of the Chesapeake Bay and boating lead them to Crisfield. She feels a real connection to the Crisfield community and wants to contribute to its growth through the A and E organization. Jeanne is also currently active in. the Crisfield Lioness Club and has worked on several committees. 

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.