Board of Trustees

You may contact any member of the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees by writing to the member at the following address:

Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees
9733 Healthway Drive
Berlin, MD 21811-1151

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Hugh T. Cropper, IV, Esq., Chair

Hugh Cropper, IV is the descendant of a long line of Worcester County natives. He was born and raised in Worcester County and his grandfather, Hugh T. Cropper, was the former Mayor of Ocean City. He holds dear the best interests of Berlin and the surrounding areas. Cropper is a graduate of Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Maryland Law School. Hugh practices as an attorney, and he is a Partner in the Law Firm of Booth Booth Cropper and Marriner, P.C. Hugh has represented local clients in and around Worcester County for nearly 29 years, including numerous charitable and pro bono clients. Hugh is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Bank of Ocean City and also for the Lower Shore Land Trust. He was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, and he is a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the First Circuit. Hugh has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic General Hospital since 2007, and he is currently the Chairman of the Quality Committee. He lives in the Berlin area with his wife, Jennifer, and his twins, Myra and Hugh Thomas. He is an active commercial fisherman and he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and fishing with his family.

Lou Taylor, Past Chair

Lou Taylor is the Superintendent of the Worcester County Public Schools, the Bishopville native's alma mater. He sits on the board of directors of Calvin B. Taylor Bank and Hudson Health Services. Taylor is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a lifetime member of the Friendship United Methodist church in Berlin. He formally served the community on the Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Lou is a graduate of Salisbury University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education. "I have a deep concern for good healthcare in Worcester County," he said. "I am extremely honored to have been asked to serve on the board of directors of Atlantic General Hospital and give back to a community that I am proud of and that has given so much to me during my lifetime." Lou loves to golf and is a season ticket holder for the University of Maryland College Park basketball and football.

Heather E. Stansbury, Esq., Vice Chair

Heather Stansbury is a partner at Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A. located in Ocean City where she focuses on family law matters which include matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, guardianships, adoptions and criminal matters. Presently Heather is the attorney for Ocean City Board of Zoning Appeals and the Ocean City Board of Adjustment and Appeals. She is a member of the Trial Court Judicial Nominating Committee, First Judicial Circuit of Maryland, the Board for Rackliffe House and a member of the grant committee for the Women's Fund.

Greg Shockley, Treasurer

Greg Shockley, owner of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub in Ocean City, Md., was the 2012 recipient of the Paul Hazard Award, named after one of the original Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) members. Shockley is a founding member of the Boardwalk Development Association, helping to implement $5 million in boardwalk improvements, and serves on the Maryland tourism development board. He has also served as president of the Ocean City Development Corporation and the OCHMRA.

Will E. Esham, III, Secretary

Will E. Esham was admitted to bar 1991. He completed his education at Washington-Lee University (B.A., 1987); University of Baltimore (J.D., 1990). Esham has spent time as Law Clerk to Honorable William R. Buchanan, Sr., and in Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, 1989-1991. He is a member of the Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations.

John M. Andes, Ed. D.

Dr. Jon Andes, Professor of Practice at Salisbury University is also Executive Director of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium. He is a member of the American Association of School Administrators and American Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Andes holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Maryland College Park and is very active in local community organizations including the Snow Hill Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, Delmarva Pets on Wheels, and Ocean City Pipes and Drums. He earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards and was named a National Distinguished Eagle Scout and Maryland Superintendent of the Year. Andes adds, “serving on the Board of Atlantic General Hospital provides me with an opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to my family.”

James Ryan Bergey, III

James Ryan Bergey, III is a Berlin native, certified public accountant and a member of Bergey and Company, P.A., with offices in Berlin, Md. He has been a practicing accountant since 2006 and holds bachelor's degrees in both accounting and finance from the University of Maryland. Bergey is a member of the finance committee of Atlantic General Hospital, and is on the board of directors of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co., and Hudson Heath Services, Inc.

Cory Carpenter, M.D., Vice Chief of Staff

Cory Carpenter, M.D. is Vice Chief of Staff at Atlantic General Hospital and currently holds a position with Emergency Services Associates, PA and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he received his Medical Doctorate from Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Carpenter moved to the area with his family in 2006 and practices at Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Edwin Castaneda, M.D.

Edwin Castaneda MD, FACP , is an Internist/Hospitalist at Atlantic General Hospital, received his medical degree from St. Louis University Medical School and an Internal Medicine residency at Hackensack University Medical Center (a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey program ) in Hackensack, N,J. Dr. Castaneda is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. He is an immediate past Chief of the Medical Staff and a former Chief of Medicine., He provides Internal Medicine care in his private practice in Berlin.

Charlotte Kerbin Cathell

The Honorable Charlotte Kerbin Cathell was first sworn into office as the Register of Wills for Worcester County on December 3, 1998. A lifelong resident of Worcester County, Cathell is married to Judge Dale R. Cathell (retired). She is on the AGH Foundation board of directors and the corporate board. Cathell was a founder and president of Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), is currently a member and former vice-president of the Worcester County Commission for Women and is on the board of directors of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co. Cathell has resided in Ocean Pines for over forty years and is the first countywide-elected official from Ocean Pines.

Todd Ferrante, Foundation Board Chair

Michael A. Franklin, President/CEO, FACHE

Michael Franklin joined Atlantic General Hospital and Health System as President and CEO in October 2005. Mr. Franklin has guided the leadership team at AGH through the process of establishing a unique, cyclical strategic planning process that incorporates the input of all the key stakeholders of the hospital and health system (physicians, associates, community). This “customer-based” focus has led to the successful development of programs such as the “ER 30 Minute Promise”. Prior to coming to Atlantic General Hospital, Michael served as the Chief Operating Officer of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD, and has served in healthcare management for over 20 years. Michael is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. He currently lives in Worcester County with his wife, Marianne, and their two children.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones is a Salisbury University graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, with a minor in Psychology, in 1996 and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing-Leadership in 2008. Her areas of expertise include leadership and systems training, policy development, and program and financial planning and management. With 16 years of experience in community health with the Worcester County Health Department, she currently represents the Health Department on the Worcester County Commission on Aging Board of Directors. She is also part of the outstanding Care Coordination Team whose standards of excellence and innovation earned the Worcester County Health Department national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2014-making it one of the first health departments to be accredited in Maryland. Rebecca and her husband, Lewis, have been married for 20 years. They have one daughter and reside in Newark, MD.

Jeffrey Greenwood, M.D.

Dr. Greenwood is board certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians and president of Emergency Services Associates. Greenwood is an emergency medicine physician employed by Emergency Service Association and serves as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Atlantic General Hospital. Dr. Greenwood received his bachelors of Science from Salisbury University and his Doctorate from University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Greenwood serves on the board of directors with the bank of Ocean City, and is the president of Emergency Service Associates.

Michael S. Guerrieri

Michael Guerrieri, Guerrieri Venture Partnership L.P., is also on the foundation boards at Salisbury University, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and Wor-Wic Community College, as well as supporter of the Wellness Community. Michael, who grew up in Salisbury/Ocean City, graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in finance. After graduating, he worked for his family’s business, Showell Farms Inc., an integrated poultry company, until it was sold in 1995. Currently, his family office is located in Ocean City, Md.

Doug Cook

Doug Cook is the Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President at Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company. Over the years, Cook has been involved in Atlantic General Hospital by serving on the Finance Committee and also on the board for AGH ImmediCare. Cook also serves as a trustee member for the Life Crisis Center. “The betterment of our community is important to me. AGH is the most vital asset to our area,” Cook stated. Cook holds a masters of business administration degree from Salisbury University and a bachelor of sciences degree in finance from Regis University. He served in the United States Army as well. Cook and his wife Lisa have two children, Garrett and Austin.

G. Hale Harrison

G. Hale Harrison, an Ocean City native, is vice president of operations and real estate for Harrison Group Resort Hotels in Ocean City, Md. Harrison serves as a director and is past president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA), and is on the board of directors of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co. He has also served as a member of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation Board, the Town of Ocean City’s Tourism Advisory Board, the Town of Ocean City’s Tourism Commission, and the Ocean City Development Corporation Board of Directors. Harrison has an extensive background in the hospitality industry and knowledge of commercial real estate operations and finance.

Michael James

Michael James is current President and COO of Hospitality Partners; a Maryland based Hotel Management Company. Mr. James has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, managing a wide array of hotels, both independent and franchise. In the spring of 2000, he was named Managing Partner of the Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condominiums and has since grown the organization to what is now known as The Carousel Group - an umbrella for five well known Ocean City resort hotels. In addition to his position on the AGH Board of Trustees, Mr. James also currently serves as President of the Governor’s Economic Development Committee for Ocean City, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Tourism Commission and the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Michael and his wife, Marilyn, have three children and reside in Ocean City.

Harriet L. Johnson

Harriet graduated from nursing school at Jersey City Medical Center and continued her education at Seton Hall University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. Johnson attended graduate school at Rutgers Graduate School of Education and received her Master of Science at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Harriet has served as an instructor at New Jersey State Hospital at Marlboro, Jersey City Medical Center Hospital School of Nursing, Hospital of Joint Disease, New York University Medical Center and Rutgers University College of Nursing.

Lois Sirman

Lois Sirman, stockholder and officer at J.W. Shockley and Sons, Inc, received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Common Wealth University. She serves on the board of directors for the Farmers Bank of Willards and Osprey Point Homeowners Association, on the Finance Committee of The Community Church of Ocean Pines, and a former member of the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the Worcester County Library Board of Trustees.

Bob Thompson

Thompson, an executive with more than 25 years of experience building and managing organizations in a range of industries, is chief operating office of Blue Water Development Corporation, a real estate developer specializing in commercial and hospitality properties operating in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Thompson oversees operations of the Berlin-based development firm and its extensive portfolio of properties including three luxury RV resorts, four hotels and three recreational venues.

Thompson joins Blue Water from Ocean Pines Association, Inc., where he served as general manager and chief administrative officer since 2010, managing operations for the community of 12,000 year-round residents and 25,000 seasonal residents and vacationers.

A West Ocean City native and current resident of Ocean Pines, Thompson holds an associate’s degree in business administration, management and operations from Wor-Wic Community College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He serves on the board of trustees for Atlantic General Hospital and is an executive board member and chair of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

Alae Zarif, M.D., Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Surgical Services, Alae Zarif, MD, performs the gastric banding and gastric sleeve procedures for Atlantic Bariatric Center, joined Atlantic General’s medical staff in April 2006. He has been in practice since 1996 when he finished his residency at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut, a Yale-affiliated surgical training program. Dr. Zarif is certified by the American Board of Surgery and performs multiple advanced laparoscopic procedures and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.