Beth Creek – Youth Empowerment Source
Beth Creek is the Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Source, known locally as YES. Working with nearly a thousand youth annually, YES has designed intervention and prevention programs to meet the specific needs of at-risk children, youth and families in Cecil County.
A former classroom teacher, she has worked in youth serving non-profit agencies for nearly a decade. Beth also serves in leadership roles with several local coalitions focused on preventing underage drinking and drug use, and is the chairman of Drug Free Cecil.
Morgan Miller – Cecil County Public Library
Morgan Miller is the Director of the Cecil County Public Library. CCPL was awarded the 2015 National Medal, the nation’s highest honor for libraries, for achieving extraordinary impact in their work to transform the community through the delivery of life-changing library services to veterans, entrepreneurs and small business owners, children and youth. Other organizational achievements include the Cecil County Branch NAACP’s 2016 Freedom Fund Award for Visionary Leadership in Education and both the Cecil County and Maryland State Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Partner in Business Awards.
Morgan is a graduate of the Cecil Leadership Institute, the Maryland Library Leadership Institute, and Harvard University’s executive program on the Future of Library Design, where she will return this summer to speak about the public library’s role in advancing entrepreneurship. Morgan is actively involved in state legislative advocacy for libraries and recently co-authored a chapter in the University of Maryland edition Reenvisioning the MLS titled “Creating a New Era of Opportunity: How Librarians Will Lead Us There.” She was awarded the Maryland Library Association’s Emerging Leader Award in 2013. Locally, she serves on the board of directors of Union Hospital, the Economic Development Council, and the Local Management Board. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. A lifelong Cecil Countian, she enjoys exploring the beauty of Cecil County’s waterways, hiking and biking trails with her husband and two children.
Sharon Pelham – APGFCU
Sharon F. Pelham is the Business Development Director (Cecil County) for APG Federal Credit Union. Prior to joining APGFCU, Sharon was a counselor with the Small Business Development Center based at the Cecil County Office of Economic Development. Sharon has worked in several industries throughout her career, primarily in communications and public affairs with DuPont, State Farm Insurance Company and Rohm and Haas. She is a proud graduate of Temple University and has completed graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sharon and her husband Sgt. First Class Kevin Ishmeil Barnett, Sr., (Ret.) are the proud parents of a daughter, Samantha, and four sons, Kevin, Isaiah, Charles and Darrius. Sharon and Kevin reside in Newark, Delaware, with their 9-year-old Havenese, Pepper.
Matt Roath – The Roath Agency – Allstate
Matt Roath is the owner and agency principal of The Roath Agency, an office of Allstate Insurance in Perryville, MD. Matt opened The Roath Agency in February after 15 years in various positions within the insurance and financial services industry. The Roath Agency specializes in property and casualty insurance lines along with life insurance, financial services and business insurance. Matt and his team put a strong emphasis on serving local needs with attentive, friendly customer service being their number one priority.
Matt is also owner and operator of Camdyn’s Yard Weddings and Events. Named as a tribute to his daughter, Camdyn’s Yard is a beautiful, cost effective outdoor wedding and event venue able to host up to 200 people on two and a half acres.
In addition to his businesses, Matt currently serves on the board for the Bainbridge Development Corporation. He also serves as an advisor to and community liaison for Delegate Kevin Hornberger. In additional, he served on the steering/development committee for the local US Green Building Council (Cecil & Harford), and he was the director for Perryville’s Spring Fling, Fall Appreciation Parade and Autumnfest Festival for four years. Matt has previously served as the President of The Greater Perryville Chamber of Commerce, and he is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of the Cecil County Chamber.
Matt is a lifelong resident of Cecil County and a proud graduate of Salisbury University where, in addition to his business degree, he lettered in baseball and football. He grew up in Perryville, graduated from Perryville High and married another lifelong resident, Mary, a school teacher at North East Elementary school. Still residing in Perryville, Matt and Mary have built a life rooted in community activism and volunteerism. They will soon welcome their second child, a boy, in September of 2018.
The full Board of Directors for 2018-19 is comprised of:
Jason Lim, Chair
John Hassiepen, Vice Chair
Denise Piemontese, Acting Treasurer
ODEC – Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Jack Schammel, Past Chair
Leading Logic, LLC
Youth Empowerment Source
Kiwanis Club of Elkton
Bill De Freitas
Connections Marketing Group / Cecil Guardian Online
Cecil County Public Library
Minihane’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
The Roath Agency – Allstate
Baker, Thomey, and Emrey, P.A.