It takes a village. Meet our Board of Directors, Officers, and Staff.
Maureen Lawrence, Chair
Ms. Lawrence is a retired executive who held positions as CEO and vice president of marketing in technology companies in the Boston area and Silicon Valley. She was also a general partner in the venture capital firm Lucent Venture Partners that invested in early stage technology companies. She currently serves on the board of the SPCA Eastern Shore, as a trustee for the Eastern Shore Public Library system and a board member of the Friends of the Northampton Free Library and IM Dance Company. She was a former board member of the Barrier Islands Center and lives with her husband, horses and dogs in Machipongo.
Ellen Papetti, Vice Chair
Ms. Papetti, a native of Annapolis, MD, has been a resident on the Eastern Shore for almost 50 years. She is retired owner of Glick’s of Four Corners, a women’s clothing store. Ms. Papetti has been involved in a number of community activities including service on the fundraising committee and the first board of the Eastern Shore YMCA in Onley. She served as the first chairperson of the Hospital Ball for Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, chairperson of the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Antiques Show. Ms. Papetti is a resident of Onancock.
Kelly Conklin, Treasurer
Mr. Conklin, along with his wife Robin, own and operate the Island Creamery in Chincoteague. He is a past president and currently treasurer of the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Mr. Conklin is a past president, vice president and treasurer of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Chincoteague Recreation and Convention Center Authority and is a past chairman of the organization. Mr. Conklin is a former board member of Mercantile Farmers and Merchants Bank and Mercantile Peninsula Bank. He makes his home in Chincoteague.
Mr. Bloxom recently completed 31 years in State government with 26 years as a member of the House of Delegates and 5 years as Virginia’s first Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. He was active in the establishment of Eastern Shore Community College and served as the first chairman of the College Board and the College Foundation. Mr. Bloxom has served as president of the Eastern Shore Jaycees and the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Boards of Eastern Shore Community College Foundation, Barrier Islands Center, Project Discovery and a newly appointed member of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission. He is active in Mappsville Baptist Church, and lives near Mappsville.
Ms. Nottingham, a 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, is a partner in the firm of Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp in Accomac. She is former treasurer of the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Fall Antique Show, a position she held for 10 years. Ms. Nottingham is also a past board member of the Eastern Shore Literacy Council, a member of Franktown United Methodist Church and the Debedeavon Garden Club. She is a resident of Franktown.
Mr. Thibodeaux isthe President of Kellam Energy, Inc. He has previously worked for Bay Shore Concrete Products of Cape Charles, and Kellam Companies of Belle Haven. In 2005, he was named Outstanding Citizen of the year by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Melfa, Virginia with his wife Nancy S. Thibodeaux, and together they have four children and six grandchildren. They are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church and active in church affairs.
Richard F. Hall, III
An Eastern Shore native, Rick farmed for many years in addition to managing commercial real estate on the Eastern Shore. He has been supportive of many local non-profits including the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District, Broadwater Academy, the Francis Mackemie Society, the ES Public Library, the SPCA, and many others.
Samuel H. Cooper
Mr. Cooper has served Accomack County as Clerk of the Court since 1983. An Eastern Shore native, Mr. Cooper is a licensed funeral director and also active in Macedonia AME church, the North Street Playhouse, and several other community organizations. He resides in Onley with his wife.
After retiring as President of Old Dominion Peanut Corp., a confectionary manufacturer, the Brown family relocated to their farm on Hunting Creek near Greenbush. Since then, Tim has dedicated his efforts to restoring habitat for wildlife and waterfowl. He is active in Ducks Unlimited, is a past Board member of the Barrier Island Center and is past president and current treasurer of the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust.
Julie M. Badger, CPA, Executive Director
Mrs. Badger has been a Shore resident for almost 30 years, moving here after growing up in Texas. Most of those 30 years were spent in the banking industry where she was Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor, Chief Financial Officer as well as working in bank operations and Commercial Banking. Mrs. Badger has served on many local non-profit boards through the years. Most notably, she co-chaired the fundraising drive for the Shore Cancer Center, is currently a board member of the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Foundation and volunteers weekly with Una Familia and Dos Santos tutoring programs for Hispanic children. She lives in Melfa.