Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation

Board of Directors

Members Appointed by the Governor

Dr. Howard Leathers (Chair)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics
College Park, MD
Representing Public Finance

Ms. Mary Shank Creek (Secretary/Treasurer)
Farm Owner/Manager
Representing Commercial Food or Fiber Processing

Dr. Faith Elliott-Rossing
Director of Economic Development & Agriculture (Retired)
Queen Anne's County
Representing Rural Economic Development

Mr. James C. Falletta
Regional Manager
M&T Securities, Inc.
Representing Commercial Lending Institutions I/ Open to Non-Farm Credit Organizations

Mr. John Jastrzembski
Allegany College of Maryland
Allegany County
Representing Timber and Forest Products Industry

Ms. Megan Keyes (Vice Chair)
Business Manager, Keyes Creamery
Aberdeen, MD
Representing Agricultural Producers II

Mr. Aden King
Principal, King Partners
Baltimore, MD
Representing Commercical Seafood Harvesting and Processing Industry

Mr. Mark C. Krebs
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
Farmers and Merchants Bank
Representing Ag, Forestry or Seafood; or Economic Development

Dr. Douglas Lipton
Senior Research Economist
National Marine fisheries Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA)
Silver Spring, MD
Representing Aquaculture Industry

Mr. Wayne Richard
Area Lending Manager
MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Representing Commercial Lending Institutions II/ Farm Credit Organizations

Mr. Charles M. Wright
Owner, Wright's Market
Hebron, MD
Representing Agricultural Producers I

Agency Representatives

Mr. Steve Connelly
Assistant Secretary
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Representing MDA (Ex Officio)

Dr. Donald Darnall
Executive Director
Maryland Food Center Authority
Representing MFCA (Ex Officio)

Ms. Charlotte Davis
Executive Director
Rural Maryland Council
Representing Rural Maryland Council (Ex Officio)

Ms. Darla Garrett
Program Manager
Maryland Department of Commerce
Representing Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (Ex Officio)

Dr. James C. Hanson
Associate Dean & Associate Director,
University of Maryland Extension (UME)
Representing University of Maryland Extension (Ex Officio)

Ms. Emily Wilson
Director of Government Affairs
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Representing MD DNR (Ex Officio)

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