Board of Directors

Volney Ford

President

Current Occupation/Profession:
President, MultiTech Construction Management Corporation
Managing Owner, Havre de Grace Corporate Center, LLC
Building contractor, construction manager, building inspector
President, Community Projects of Havre de Grace, Inc.
Chairman, Havre de Grace Planning Commission
Chairman, Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project Advisory Board
Past officer/director/ positions:
President, Home Inspectors of Maryland, Inc.
President, Greater Baltimore Chapter, American Society of Home Inspectors
President, Havre de Grace Rotary Club
Vice-chair, Harford County Chamber of Commerce
Director, Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce
Member of Governor's Task Force to draft Home Inspection Licensure Statute

Stephen Gamatoria

Secretary

Secretary – Community Projects of Havre de Grace Inc. since 2004; Secretary / Treasurer – Community Projects of Havre de Grace, Inc. since 2017

Current Occupation/Profession: Chief of Staff – City of Havre de Grace
Former Director of Sales & Operations- Safe Check East, Inc.- Woman Owned Small Business that specialized in Passive Fire Protection Systems for 10 years; American Cyanamid/ Cytec Engineered Materials – 29 Years – Safety & Environmental Compliance & Emergency Response
Elected Member of the Havre de Grace City Council 2006-2008/ 2014-2017
Council President 2008, 2015, 2016

Vice Chair of the Harford County Fire Commission
Former Member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (Governor Appointee)
Former Crew Chief of the Harford County Hazardous Materials Team

40 Year member of the Susquehanna Hose Company, Inc. holding the positions of Director- Deputy Fire
Chief- Assistant Fire Chief- Vice President and Treasurer
Elected to the Harford – Cecil Fireman’s Hall of Fame

Relevant Responsibilities:
Background and leadership in Municipal Government, Small Business Operational Consulting, Manufacturing Management, Employee Safety and Health, Loss Prevention, Emergency Response, Hazardous Materials Mitigation, OSHA Regulatory Compliance, Human Resource Management and ISO
Manufacturing Operational Training. Proven expertise in Government regulatory compliance and recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the development of Site Safety Regulations and Site Emergency Planning.

Jeffery Andrews

Board Member At Large

Education: 2015, Harford Leadership Academy
1987, University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science, Finance
1983, Havre de Grace High School

Occupation: Tidewater/Havre de Grace, Inc., Executive Vice President / General Manager

Membership and Affiliations:
Havre de Grace Youth Sailing Program, Inc. (2018 – Present), Board of Directors
Havre de Grace Tourism Advisory Board (2003 – Present, non-continuous)
Havre de Grace Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project Advisory Board (2014 – Present)
Havre de Grace Yacht Club (1985 – Present) Past Commodore
National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (1995 – Present),
Membership Chairman (2001 – 2012)
Southern Lacrosse Officials Association (1996 – Present), At-Large Director
Harford Sports Officials Association (1982 – 2001), Assignor
Delaware Sports Officials Association (1995 – 1999)

Patricia Cole

Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation Chair

Patricia Cole is a retired Army Colonel currently working at the Pentagon as a Department of the Army Civilian. She is one of the founders of the Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation—an organization created to raise money for the purchase of the school property. She is also a board member of the Historic Hosanna School Museum. She attended Aberdeen Senior High School in Maryland and earned her B.S. from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She currently resides in Manassas, VA with her husband and their three children.

Allen Fair

Board Member At Large

Allen Fair’s bio will be available soon!

Shalonn Lawson

Winter Wonderland Committee Chair

Knowing me is to know, I’ve lived in Havre de Grace, Aberdeen area my entire life.
I am married approaching 32 years.We have a blended family consisting of 3 girls, 3 boys and 19 grandchildren.
My husband is a retired Deputy Chief of Police of Aberdeen, where he was employed for 27 years.I was employed as a bookkeeper for Western Auto in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace for ten years before we both retired and purchased Java by the Bay coffee shop in Havre de Grace. We were the proud owners for 15 years and sold the shop in Oct.2015. I went on to obtain my Real Estate license and have been a realtor with Integrity Real Estate for almost two years.
I have always loved Havre de Grace and remembered the fun decorations and painted store windows from my youth. I am a great fan of the holidays and realized due to budget restraints over the years that the decorating had for all practical purposes become none existent. One of the business groups downtown, with the assistance of Richard Tome, a business owner and former councilman tried to continue the tradition but when Richard moved away it fell short. So after many conversations with a friend about what could be done, I recruited some volunteers and formed the Winter Wonderland Committee. When we realized we needed a non-profit status or sponsor to have fundraisers we were sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street, The Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce and then the suggestion was made that Community Projects of Havre de Grace would be a perfect fit. We were very fortunate to be accepted into the organization and the rest is history.

Dave Lynch

Board Member at Large

David Lynch
4135 Quailway
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Current Occupation/Profession:
Senior Manager of Procurement Maryland Transit Administration
Board Member Havre de Grace Community Projects
Past officer/director/ positions:
Procurement Administrator for ATK 7 years
Inventory Control and various positions for Cytec Engineered Materials 29 years
President and Coach of Havre de Grace Rec Soccer (Boys and Girls)
President Meadowvale Elementary School PTA
Coach for Havre de Grace Rec Lacrosse (Boys and Girls)
Coach for Bel Air Rec Lacrosse (Girls)
St Patrick’s Parish Council

Camay Murphy

Ernest Burke Statue Committee Chair

Family
Sons – Peter Brooks and Christopher Brooks
Grandsons – Cochise and Ali Brooks

Education
Undergraduate – New York University, B.S. Elementary Education
Graduate – University District of Columbia – M.A. Guidance Counseling
Doctorate – University of Maryland, College Park – Education Administration (not completed)

Professional
Teacher – (Private) Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
One of first African-American teachers at White school in VA
Mayflower School, Ikenne, Nigeria, West Africa (2 years, 1962)

Teacher Supervisor, Principal, Arlington, VA Public Schools
Established first Montessori Program in a Public School in US

Principal – Ashlawn Elementary – won honors as a National Blue Ribbon School
Retired 1988
Boards
– Served 4 years Baltimore City School Board
– Joshua Johnson Council – Baltimore Museum of Art
– Eubie Blake Cultural Center Board Member – Later Acting Director
– Cab Calloway Jazz Institute – Coppin University
– Maryland Historical Society
– Maryland Historic Area Board Co-Chair
– Negro League Museum – Ernest Burke Statue Committee

Church Affiliation
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Havre de Grace, MD

Statement
Have developed a lifelong interest in arts, history and architecture. Involved in many projects which highlight the skills, creativity and intellect of African-American citizens.

Present Projects:
Assisting students and families in the understanding of the artistic contributions of famed Black artist Romare Bearden.
Henderson-Hopkins Elementary School, Baltimore, MD
Community Projects of Havre de Grace, Committee to erect a statue to Ernest Burke, Negro League Baseball Player, Marine (WWII), teaching children athletic and life skills, born in Havre de Grace

Don Osman

Thanksgiving Community Dinner Committee Chair

Donald R. Osman
1032 Chesapeake Dr. Apt.7B
Havre de Grace MD 21078

Age 71
Retired Harford County Public Schools (Teacher 40 years)
-Oakington Elementar Schoo (l2 years, 5th grade)
-Havre de Grace Middle Schoo (l6 years, Language Arts, Reading Specialist)
-Havre de Grace High School (32 years, English, Drama, Reading Specialis, Math)
-Chairman,Annual Havre de Grace Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Community Projects of
HdG, Inc.)
-Chairman, Annual Havre de Grace Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Community Projects of
HdG, Inc.)
-Senior S.M.I.L.E.S. coordinator and volunteer at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center
-Volunteer at St. John's Cupboard
-Member of Harford County Board of Education (2009 -2011)
-Former member of Susquehanna Lock House Museum Board of Directors
-Former member of Steppingstone Museum Board of Directors
-Former member of Havre de Grace Arts Commission
-Founder and Coordinator of Havre de Grace High School S.M.I.L.E.S. organization
-Sophomore and Junior Class Advisor
-Founder and Coordinator of CARE-PAIR-SHARE mentoring program
-Coordinator of drama productions
-Member of the School Improvement Team, the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Student-
Faculty Advisory Committee and the Committee on Volunteers, Community Services and
Partnerships
-Coach for junior varsity and varsity wrestling and varsity girls' softball teams
-Havre de Grace High School Outstanding Educator Award {1989)
-Harford County Teacher of the Year and Maryland Teacher of the Year Finalist (1990)
-"Maryland You Are Beautiful" Honoree (1993)
-Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Havre de Grace Rotary Club (1993)
-Harford County Public Schools Service Learning Star (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007)
-Havre de Grace PATCH People of the Year Award (2011)
-Harford County Public Schools Hall of Fame Inductee (2012)
-Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Inductee (2015)

Al Peterof

Citizens Against Trash (C.A.T. Club) Committee Chair

Founder of the Havre de Grace CAT Club, a volunteer
litter pick up group in Havre de Grace with over 50 members.
The "Citizens Against Trash" are on a mission to make our fine city
the cleanest in the state.
They have weekly outings and special events though out the year.
They also encourage neighborhood participation.
 
Al was Born in Philadelphia 1963 youngest of 10 kids
Moved to Perryville 1992
Moved to Havre de Grace 2008
 
Father of 3 children (Al coached indoor and outdoor soccer)
Step Father of 2 children
Grandfather of 1 so far...
 
Works at RE/MAX Elite Realty in Havre de Grace
Resides in Havre de Grace with wife, Suzanne Chadwick
Past President Cecil County Board of Realtors
Realtor since 2003
Serving now on several committees and boards including:
Havre De Grace Community Projects Inc.
Susquehanna Holding Company
CCBOR
Political Affairs, Community Service and Professional Standards
 
Al is also a longtime musician and composer
with over a dozen original albums to his credit.

Sara Rider

Farmers' Market Chair

Sarah, along with her husband, is the owner and operator of Flying Plow Farm in Rising Sun, Cecil Co, MD. It is a diverse, organic farm supplying their 150 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member families and attending several farmers markets in the region.

The farm has been a vendor of the Havre de Grace Farmers Market since 2010 and was part of the vendor initiative to move the market under the umbrella of Community Projects in 2015. Sarah joined the board of Community Projects of HdG in 2016.

Tamara Stickler

Stray Streets TNR Committee Chair

Tamara L. Stickler
Bel Air, Maryland
c. 443.310.5061, StrayStreetsTNR@gmail.com

Community Organizer:

Stray Streets TNR a committee of the Community Projects of Havre de Grace, Inc., 501c3 nonprofit organization (2015 – present) Chairperson of SSTNR & Board Member –CPoHdG. Organized group of volunteers and established a trap, neuter (& vaccinate), release program to humanely combat the over population of stray and community cat colonies in Havre de Grace. Educate communities on humane solutions to disposing of unwanted animals. Provide accessibility to low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics to residents. Provide communities with tools necessary to care for and sterilize community cats. Identify and secure private and state funding for spay/neuter/vaccinations and other needed veterinary care for Havre de Grace’s community cats and other stray companion animals. Raise donations to provide food and limited shelter for community cats in low-income communities. Organize residents to provide daily care and to identify newly abandoned animals in need of sterilization.

ArtQuest (1994-2002) served as Publicity chairperson and Event Organizer for nonprofit annual art event showcasing Harford County professional and amateur visual and performing artists, art workshops, musical and performance productions. Event was designed to be free to juried artists and the public. AQ was created to celebrate the talents of local artists and encourage public participation in creativity.

The Animal Network (1992-93) Founding Board Member and Director. The Animal Network, a 501c3 nonprofit, was a group of volunteers who functioned to disseminate rescue, animal behavior and veterinary services information to the inquiring public. TAN was formed as a free telephone resource network of volunteers, pre-internet, to research, compile, network, distribute information and connect pet owners and individual rescuers in need to professional organizations who could provide answers and services. Nonprofit was discontinued with the growing availability to connect to the internet.

Other Volunteer & Employment Experiences:

Independent animal rescuer, TNR, caregiver (1982-present) – volunteering as needed with various animal rescue and TNR groups to provide humane relief to injured and abandoned companion animals in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil Counties.

Operations Manager: MultiTech Construction Management Corporation, and The Havre de Grace Corporate Center (2002 – present), Havre de Grace, MD

Gallery Director: RiverView Gallery (2002 – present), Havre de Grace, MD

Toy Designer: Curiousity Kits, Inc. , Hunt Valley, MD

Academics Tutor & Art Therapy Instructor: F.A.C.E.T.S. Inc., Fallston, MD

Education:

G.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Bill Watson

Public Art Committee Chair

William Watson lives and works in Havre de Grace and is President of Elementary Design by Watson, Inc. a local marketing firm that provides a wide latitude of multimedia creative services. His company provided creative direction and production for the Havre de Grace, MD Tourism Office Destination Guide “Journey to a Simpler Time” winner of Maryland Tourism Council’s “Best Printed Promotional Material Award” for 2009.
He provides pro-bono and reduced fee services to local non-profit organizations including designing identity packages, collateral materials and instituting graphic standards protocols.
He serves on municipal and private boards as a volunteer. He is a member of the Havre de Grace Tourism Advisory Board (Chair- 1996-2017), Havre de Grace Ethics Commission and is a board member of the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, Inc.. He served as past President of Havre de Grace Main Street, Inc.(2007-2010) and former chairman of the Havre de Grace Arts and Entertainment Committee under that organization.
Bill is an accomplished fine artist and member of the Arts by the Bay Gallery where he has multiple works on continuous display.