Milton Nagel (2017-2027), Vice-Chair
Vice-Chair Milton E. Nagel was raised on the family farm located outside of Federalsburg in Caroline County, Maryland. A 1984 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. While attending the University of Delaware, he was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation. He spent four years working as a CPA for Jefferson, Urian, Doane and Sterner, P.A. at their Georgetown, Delaware office and at the same time served his country as an Army Reserves Military Police Officer. After 29 years, Milton retired from a career in Administrative Services at Caroline County Public Schools in 2021. He is now the Deputy Executive Director at MABE (Maryland Association of Boards of Education) overseeing the daily operation of the Group Insurance Pool, the Workers Compensation Fund and the OPEB Trust. He has been active with several state and regional organizations to include Past President for the Association of School Business Officials for MD, past Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium Health Insurance Alliance, Chair of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Group Insurance Pool and past Vice Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Energy Trust.
Milton married his high school sweetheart, Christina (Tina) Lorenz, in 1988 and they have two sons, who are graduates from Colonel Richardson High School and both attended Chesapeake College. Milton has been very involved in coaching and supporting numerous local sports that both sons were active participants. Milton is a past member of the Idlewild Ruritan Club, and the Federalsburg Lions Club, a Chanel Marker, Inc. Board Member, a past member of the Provident State Bank Advisory Board, and is a member of the class of 2007 of Leadership Maryland.
L. Nash McMahan (2010-2025)
Past Chair of the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees, Mr. McMahan is a third generation McMahan owner in the family business Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc., a 55 year old petroleum/propane marketer headquartered in Federalsburg, Md. He currently is Past President of the Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association, is elected to the Mid Atlantic Petroleum Dealers Association Board of Directors, and serves M&T Bank-Mid Atlantic on their Directors Advisory Council. He served on the Board of Directors for Caroline Chamber of Commerce, the Mid Shore Council on Family Violence and represented Caroline County on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board. Due to the nature of the business he frequents Annapolis during session and is involved with industry associations and serves on various committees.
Mr. McMahan graduated from Towson State University in 1994 with a major in Economics. He and his wife Melanie are lifetime residents of Caroline County, attend Ames United Methodist Church, and reside in Williston with their son, Brennan, and daughter, Rilynn.
Victoria Jackson-Stanley (2016-2024)
Victoria Jackson-Stanley was the first woman and first African-American elected Mayor of Cambridge in 2008. She was reelected to a second term in 2012.
A Cambridge native, she is the oldest of four children born to Betty L. Jackson and the late Frederick D. Jackson Jr. Ms. Jackson-Stanley is married to Jerome T. Stanley. They have one daughter (Ericca) and one grandchild (Jackson C. Stanley).
Ms. Jackson-Stanley, a 1971 graduate of Cambridge High School, earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Salisbury State College (now Salisbury University) and a Master’s of Social Work from Howard University.
Recently retired, Ms. Jackson-Stanley spent her entire career working with various Departments of Social Services on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A recent appointment to the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees, she is a Maryland Mayors Association Past President. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and of the Dorchester Branch of NAACP. She currently serves on the following boards: Salvation Army, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and Mid-Shore Mediation Committee. Among her many honors, she has earned multiple awards from the Dorchester County NAACP as well as being selected Cambridge Branch Rotary International Public Servant of the Year in 2009. She also claimed the 2015 William Donald Schaefer Award-Comptroller of Maryland.
Ms. Jackson-Stanley is an active member of Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, where she serves as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday school teacher, President of the Gospel choir, member of the Celebration choir, Communion Steward, and Missions Committee.
Mary Dennard-Turner (2018-2028)
A resident of East New Market, Ms. Dennard-Turner served for six years in the Army National Guard. Ms. Dennard-Turner worked for the Maryland Department of Corrections for 22 years, and is currently a seasonal park ranger with the Harriet Tubman Visitor’s Center. She is also a former commissioner of East New Market.
She attended both Chesapeake College and Delaware Technical College.
She served on the Dorchester Council of Senior Services, the East New Market Heritage Committee, the Executive Board of People for Better Housing and the Harriett Tubman Conference Committee. She is a lay leader and Evangelism Committee chair at Faith Community Church.
Robert S. Grace (2016-2026)
Immediate Past Chair, Bob Grace is President of Dixon Valve & Coupling Company, a leading manufacturer and supplier of hose fittings and accessories headquartered in Chestertown, MD. Bob has more than 36 years of business experience, and he has spent all but 4 of those years at Dixon. He began his career at Dixon in 1989 holding various positions leading up to President and in 2010.
Bob is active in the community. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Towson University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
Bob and his wife, Joy, reside in Chestertown. They have three children and one grandchild. In his free time, Bob enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with his family.
Brenda W. Shorter (2016-2025)
After retiring from teaching English at Kent County High School, Mrs. Brenda W. Shorter is still active in the Kent County Public School system. She mentors new, 2nd, and 3rd year teachers at Kent County Middle School, she teaches students who are home or hospital bound, and teaches English in the Kent County Blended Learning Academy (KBLA). She is a member of the Kent County Retired School Personnel Association; and treasurer and member of the Administrative Council for her church, New Christian Chapel of Love in Worton.
Mrs. Shorter's education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C. and credits towards Master’s degree work in English Literature from Washington College in Chestertown, and the University of Delaware. She resides in Chestertown with her husband, Bruce, and young adults, Tyra and Landon.
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Michael J. Mulligan (2016-2024)
Michael Mulligan retired from the US Marine Corps as a Colonel in 2009 and is currently working for BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest global defense companies. As a Marine, Mr. Mulligan served 26 years and started out as an infantry officer and served as a platoon commander, company executive officer in the 1st Marine Division, executive officer in the 3rd Division, and company commander on the east coast in the 2d Division. His staff tours included instructor duty in Quantico, VA, joint duty in Command Center Seoul, Korea and three program management assignments at Marine Corps Systems Command Quantico, VA where he procured both tactical wheeled vehicles and later infantry weapons systems. Mike’s command tours include Commanding Officer of Instructor Battalion, The Basic School and Commanding Officer, Weapons Training Battalion, both in Quantico, VA. His overseas tours include Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College in Queenscliff, Australia and National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces located on Fort McNair, Washington DC.
Mr. Mulligan earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Salisbury University (formerly Salisbury State College) and has two defense related masters degrees. His leisure time is spent hunting, fishing, skiing, and some travel. He is married to the former Nancy Laurenzano of Bowie, MD and they have six children.
Christopher Garvey, (2016-2027)
Past Chair, Christopher Garvey of Chester was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Programs, Planning and Outreach committee. A Severna Park native and Queen Anne’s County resident for 29 years, Mr. Garvey is President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chesapeake Shores Chapter in Annapolis. Mr. Garvey also serves as Director of the Chesapeake Construction Education Apprenticeship Trust, a member of Governor Hogan’s Construction and Development Road To Recovery Roadmap Covid-19 Taskforce, a Board member and past Treasurer of ACE Mentoring Annapolis, and a member of the construction management advisory councils of both Anne Arundel Community College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. As a nationally respected advisor on board management and strategic planning, Mr. Garvey was Chairman of the ABC Chapter Presidents Executive Council and founder of the ABC NextGen peer group. Prior to his ABC positions, Mr. Garvey worked extensively in the construction industry and served on several volunteer boards.
Mr. Garvey earned a bachelor’s degree in history and visual arts at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He and his wife Christine have three adult children. When not working, Mr. Garvey enjoys boating, photography, traveling with his wife, and memories of his many years as a youth sports coach. The Garveys are members of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church.
Reza Jafari (2018-2028), Chair
Current Chair Reza Jafari is the Chairman, CEO and Founder of e-Development International; an executive advisory group based in Easton, Maryland. Mr. Jafari currently serves as a member of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission; a Board member of the India, China and America Institute; a Founding Board member National Sailing Hall of Fame; the Co-Chairman of Connected City Advisory Board of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and the Co-Managing Editor of “Connected City Blueprint” for WBA.
Mr. Jafari has served as a Commissioner of Maryland Economic Development Commission and was Chairman of its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee; the Chairman of Annapolis Economic Development Corporation; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITU TELECOM; a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development; and a board member of GSMA Ltd. He held various senior executive positions at Electronic Data Systems (now HP) including Group President of EDS’ Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Industry Group. Mr. Jafari’s career also includes the Founder, President and CEO of Satellite Conference Network, Bankers-TV Network and CPA-TV Network in New York City offering continuing and professional education to the banking, public accounting and healthcare industries. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards for Innovation from the International Tele-Conferencing Association and the Council for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Education.
Mr. Jafari earned his M.B.A. degree in 1976, Specialist in Education degree, Post graduate in 1980 and his ABD/PhD in Instructional Systems Technology and Innovation in 1981, all from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Jafari and his wife Dale Greenhawk Jafari reside in Talbot County.
Blenda Armistead (2011-2026)
Dr. Armistead's career has focused on local government and higher education. She served as County Manager and Finance Officer for Talbot County for 17 years. Prior to her appointment as County Manager, she was the Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs in the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also served the Virginia higher education system in several capacities at both the State Council of Higher Education and the Virginia Community College System. Dr. Armistead has been actively involved in the Talbot County community for many years and was named the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year in 1994.
After graduating from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1972 with a major in Economics, Mrs. Armistead earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Fellow. She was awarded a W. K. Kellogg Fellowship to attend Florida State University, Tallahassee, and received a Ph.D. in Management and Higher Education from the institution in 1977.
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April 13, 2017 Workshop (9 a.m.)
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March 9, 2017 Board Retreat (8:30-10 a.m. Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Easton, MD)
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