Our Mission

Habitat for Humanity Choptank works in partnership with God and all people to transform communities and the lives of qualifying families in Dorchester and Talbot Counties by building simple, decent and affordable homes.

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Board of Directors

Habitat Choptank boasts a dedicated Board of Directors consisting of Dorchester and Talbot County residents. As part of their role, Board members serve on or serve as chair of at least one committe and actively participate in board meetings; many volunteer on the building sites and take on special projects. Learn more about our directors:

Paul D. Brant, OD, President

Paul is self-employed with Cambridge Family Eye Care, LLC and has been in private practice since 1981. He earned a BS in Biology from Bucknell University and his OD from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  He has been a member of the Maryland Optometric Association for 39 years serving on the Board of Directors for 13 years, two of which as president. Paul received MOA’s ‘Optometrist of the Year’ in 1992 in recognition of dedicated and loyal service to the profession. He also maintains membership in the Eastern Shore Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Paul’s community service has included membership in the Cambridge Lions Club and service on the Boards of Dorchester County Library and Dorchester General Hospital completing a term as President with each. Most recently, he was a director on the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Board to which he also completed a term as President. He and his wife, Jennifer Goddard Brant PA-C, live in Cambridge.

L. Jeffrey Joseph, Vice-President

Jeff is a Senior Vice President in PNC Bank’s Real Estate Banking division. He and his wife Jennifer reside in St Michaels, and Rehoboth Beach. Jeff has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for over ten years, holding various positions with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (DE), Choptank Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International. Jeff has a BS in Economics from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Wilmington University.

George Dappert, Treasurer

Prior to retirement George accumulated over 30 years of financial and operational experience in both manufacturing and service companies. He is a Director and previous VP and CFO of SBP Holding, one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. Previously he served as VP and CFO of Airpax Corporation in Cambridge, President of Berkshire Corporation in Massachusetts and spent many years with Kraft Foods and Scott Paper Company. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Cornell University. George joined the HFHC Finance Committee in 2017 and is also a seasonal construction volunteer with Easton’s Tuesday Crew. George and his wife, Judy Wixted, split their time between Cordova and Winter Garden, Florida.

Jennifer Grier, Secretary

Jennifer recently retired from Craig’s Drug Store where she had worked as a Pharmacist for over 28 years.  She continues working in the field several days per month as a substitute pharmacist across the Eastern Shore.  Jennifer and her husband Lee live in Cambridge. Over the years, she has been involved with many community organizations and projects such as the American Cancer Society and the Area Health Education Center.  She currently serves on the Health Ministries Committee at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cambridge.  With Habitat Choptank, she has joined the Faith Relations Committee.

Mary Ellen Bauer

Mary Ellen graduated from Penn State with a Masters in Education. She has been employed as a teacher and an elementary school guidance counselor. Following her teaching assignments, she served as the Director of the Red Cross office at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Her husband is retired from the US Navy and they now live in Cambridge, Maryland with their two children. Mary Ellen has volunteered in many capacities within her children’s school, Saints Peter and Paul in Easton as well as with other nonprofit organizations such as Cambridge Main Street. She has been a member of the Habitat for Humanity Women on Wednesday Crew (WOW) and has served on the Neighborhood Revitalization committee for Habitat Choptank since its creation this past year.

Charles F. Bohn, Immediate Past President

Charlie is retired as a Senior Credit Officer of Citibank and Managing Director and Group Executive of the Global Power, Energy, Chemicals and Mining Group of Citi’s Corporate and Investment Bank. He was responsible for delivering Citi’s Corporate Bank services to approximately 500 global clients in those industries. He and his wife Jan live in Easton where he is active in the community serving as vice president and treasurer of the Talbot County Taxpayers Association, President of the Ratcliffe Farm Home Owners Association, and as past Treasurer and then Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Charlie is a volunteer mediator with Mid-Shore Community Mediation Center. With Habitat Choptank, Charlie serves on these committees: Executive, Finance and Resource Development.

Jodi A. Cavanaugh Jews, Esquire

Jodi currently operates her own private law practice out of Baltimore specializing in mediation, family/domestic law representing parents and children with special education issues. She also serves as Staff Attorney for Mid Shore Council on Family Violence located in Easton. She received her B.A. from the College of Notre Dame followed by her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. She has additional training in mediation, with an emphasis on family law; marital property and child access. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She and her husband Melvin reside in Cambridge with their two children.

Roy Cowdrey

Roy is Of Counsel to the firm of Booth Booth Cropper and Marriner P.C., prior to which he was a founding member of Cowdrey Thompson, P.C. and its predecessors. He retired from full time practice in 2012. His practice was largely devoted to the defense of health care providers in professional liability claims. Roy obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maryland. He resides in Easton with his wife Dael. Roy has been active in active in Talbot County for over 40 years, serving on multiple boards and participating in various activities to benefit local youth.

Rev. Daniel Dunlap

Reverend Dan Dunlap serves two parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Easton (Old Trinity Church and St. John’s Chapel). He has also served parishes in Philadelphia and Exeter, England. Reverend Dunlap has a strong background in both the administration and pursuance of education. He earned his doctorate at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford in 2001 and served for 10 years as Professor of Historical Theology & Worship at the Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he also took on the role of Dean of the Faculty for five years.  Rev. Dunlap also teaches Science & Religion and History at the Institute of Adult learning at Chesapeake College.

Frederick R. Haller

Fred is retired from Icelandic USA, Inc. (formerly Coldwater Seafood) where he served as purchasing/supply manager.  Fred achieved certification as a purchasing manager and was a member of the Institute for Supply Management, a global network of supply management professionals. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics.  Fred and his wife Sally live in Cambridge.  He first got involved with Habitat Choptank as a construction crew volunteer and now chairs the Building Committee.

Adrian R. Holmes

Adrian Holmes has over 15 years of military management, signal analysis and leadership experience for her time serving in the U.S. Air Force. She has served in various capacities within the Department of Defense mainly in the Air Force Space Command and Electronic Security Command, but found her niche in a more creative forum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Adrian is the founder and program director of Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation (AGCDC), a nonprofit organization which strengthens and enriches neighborhoods by utilizing a community’s unique history to inspire conversation, embrace and celebrate diversity; leading to sustainable economic development. AGCDC provides programs that help connect our community through the shared experiences of art and culture, working from within the community to build unity where there has been a long history of division. Adrian was also the co-owner of Liv Again furniture store and the Art Bar, where she managed the day-to-day business affairs while continuing to promote culture, diversity, inclusion and enlightenment.

Kate Mansfield

Kate recently retired from Mansfield & Associates, LLC after a 35-year career working with dozens of not-for-profit organizations with emphasis in the management of direct mail fund raising programs. Linda currently serves on the boards of directors of United Fund of Talbot County and Soldier On. Inc. of Pittsfield, Mass and is a member of the Talbot Hospice Faith Initiative committee. She graduated from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., where she recently served as a member of the board of trustees for 13 years including seven years as chair of the board. She resides in Easton, Maryland.

Duane Marshall

Duane is currently the CEO of M&M Refrigeration, a position he’s held since 2013. Duane has served as the CEO of Maryland Wire Belts (1988-1996), the CEO of Cambridge International (1996-2003), the CEO of Tri Gas & Oil (2003-2009), and as the Managing Director of Bel Art Products (2009-2012). He has also held numerous volunteer and board positions. Duane resides in Dorchester County.

Kevin Moran

Local 1880 Bank Executive Kevin Moran has a solid background in both the financial sector and the service arena. Mr. Moran serves as the Executive VP of 1880 Bank and is responsible for credit policy administration and oversight of the credit underwriting and approval process. He also works as the Coordinator for St. Luke’s UMC group’s service with the Interfaith Shelter, as Treasurer for the Bay 100 Youth Task Force, and on the Board of the Londonderry Retirement Community.

Phyllis P. Rambo

Phyllis lives in Oxford with her partner Gordon Graves. In her most recent employment prior to retirement, she worked as a project manager and principal consultant for Ciber Enterprise Solutions Group in Denver, CO. She studied Psychology at Temple University, Management at Rider University and holds a BS in Management of Human Resources from Thomas Edison University.

Phyllis began volunteering with Habitat Choptank in 2006. She has served as co-chair of the Family Selection Committee, volunteered at the ReStore, and most recently chaired the Women Build Committee for the Women Build house. She volunteered on the construction crew, helped with fundraising, and tackled administrative duties for the project. Her community involvement includes membership of the Oxford Garden Club, of which she is a past Vice-President and President, the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, and Talbot County Master Gardeners. Phyllis served as a trustee of the Oxford Community Center from 2007-2015. As Vice President with the Center, she worked on the capital campaign to plan and oversee a $3.5 million dollar restoration of the facility.

Charles J. Weber, Jr.

Chuck is retired as director of the Dorchester County Department of Public Works. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Maryland College Park and is licensed in the state of Maryland as a professional engineer. Chuck is an active member of his congregation at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Cambridge and also serves as Treasurer for Chesapeake Walk to Emmaus. He is a regular construction volunteer with Habitat Choptank as a member of the Wednesday Crew, chairs the Faith Relations Committee, and was a lead force with the Dorchester County Ecumenical Build. Chuck and his wife Cathy live in Cambridge.

Emeritus Board Members

Jo Merrill

Larry Neviaser

Hugh Smith