Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Board & Staff

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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

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.  

Vice Chair, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

George Friedley

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

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.

Secretary, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Claire Otterbein

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

 Rick Pollitt is a 9th generation Somerset/Wicomico Countian
with more than 40 years of public service.  A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, he was elected to two terms as Wicomico County's first county executive and has spent more than 30 years as a city manager and county planning and zoning director.  He's said that he has never seen the level of enthusiasm and volunteer spirit from any community that he has seen create the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District.  He's happy that the Crisfield Mayor & City Council have given the CAED it's hearty and unanimous endorsement and is proud to be their staunch community partner.

Ex officio Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Richard Pollitt


Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

Terri Baker


Board Member, Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project

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

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