Business People: Delmarva Veteran Builders growing fast

Delmarva Veteran Builders among fastest growing

Delmarva Veteran Builders, the region’s only commercial construction firm dedicated to bringing employment to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, announced it has been ranked 740th in the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies in the United States.

Making the Inc. 5000 list is an honor and being ranked within the top 1,000 is truly energizing and renews my commitment to entrepreneurship,” said Chris Eccleston, Delmarva Veteran Builders. “It takes a team. I congratulate my entire team for their service, dedication and ability to push the boundaries for our clients and our community.”

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a three-year period. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of the starting calendar year, and therefore able to show three full calendar years of sales.

Chesapeake Health Services announces new providers

Chesapeake Health Services has recently hired some new providers at each of its medical offices:

Sheila Kerpelman — Family Nurse Practitioner. Kerpelman received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. She began her nursing career in 1985 as a hospital based registered nurse in a wide variety of settings and then moved on to community health care preparing for the role of family nurse practitioner, graduating in 1995.

She continues to serve her patients with comprehensive knowledge of health promotion and wellness, nutritional and medication management, home exercise programs; acute and chronic disease management, wound care and hospice care.

She is practicing at our Adult and Family Medicine facility in Pocomoke City.

Walt Torchon — Mental Health Therapist. Torchon  received his Bachelor’s in Sociology, and his Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

He is an avid sports fan, and is very involved in basketball and soccer in the community. He is now practicing at the Princess Anne facility.

Mary D. Harris — Mental Health Therapist. Harris received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., and her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia.

She is practicing at two sites: Princess Anne and in Pocomoke City.

Lisa J. Rekos — Mental Health Therapist. Rekos earned both her bachelor’s and master’s in social work from Salisbury University. She is working in the  Mental Health Department at Healthway Drive in Salisbury.

Donna L. Baer — Registered Dental Hygienist. Baer received her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. She is now practicing at the Princess Anne Dental Facility.

Lisa Dixon — Mental Health Therapist. Dixon received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University.

She also received her Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University. She is practicing at the Mental Health facility on Healthway Drive in Salisbury.

Coastal Hospice welcomes Marceline Brooks

Marceline Brooks, MSW, MDiv., has joined Coastal Hospice as a bereavement counselor and will provide grief support to the Wicomico and Dorchester County communities. Brooks is currently leading the grief support group in Cambridge and will be leading the grief support group in Salisbury beginning in the spring.

Brooks grew up in Salisbury until her family moved to Glen Burnie, and is a graduate of Glen Burnie High School. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years, Brooks began her multi-year career in telecommunications, receiving her degree in the field from Howard University. While at Howard, she felt “called to chaplaincy,” Brooks said, and received degrees in Masters of Divinity and Masters of Social Work from the university. She then worked for the Maryland Department of Social Services in Prince George’s County.

Brooks became interested in hospice work after Coastal Hospice cared for her stepfather.

“It is my goal to bring comfort to someone who needs it,” she said. “An early mentor told me to ask myself, ‘Who are you touching?’ You always need to be touching somebody in this life.”

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice At The Lake.

Brooks Morris joins ReMax in Delmar

Remax Coast and Country, located in Delmar, has welcomed back Brooks Morris to its sales team.

Morris has held his real estate license since 2012, and is licensed in both Delaware and Maryland.  He has lived in Delmar all of his life and is familiar with the surrounding areas.

Morris can be contacted 302-846-0200.

Meredith Mears graduates from Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland announced that Meredith Mears, Director of Economic Development for Worcester County, has completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Mears, a resident of Salisbury, and the entire Class of 2017 at its 25th annual graduation ceremony held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Mears was one of 52 applicants chosen by committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, call 410-841-2101 or email

Cody Kile joins Keller Williams Select Realtors

Cody Kile, a prominent Realtor in the Eastern Shore market has joined Keller Williams Select Realtors.

Kile prides himself on being an excellent negotiator and an expert at explaining things in an understandable way.

He has lived in both Dorchester and Wicomico counties and is familiar with the area, which allows him to specialize in providing strong knowledge in those locations. In addition, he has performed several whole home renovations and knows a good deal about construction.

Kile can be contacted at 443-205-9338 or 410-972-4000.

Becker Morgan Group announces new hires

Becker Morgan Group welcomes three Designers to its Salisbury to support increased project demands and add to our growing staff of 89.

“These new team members bring a fresh enthusiasm for architecture which will help support the firm’s growth as we continue to work to exceed client expectations; we’re excited for their contribution,” said Brad A. Hastings, Vice President of Becker Morgan Group.

Benjamin P. Dealy graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Marywood University and is currently supporting the educational design studio on the new Showell Elementary School in Ocean Pines and the new J.M. Tawes Technology & Career Center in Westover.

A Stephen Decatur High School graduate, Brooke A. McGrath was a summer intern over the past three years and the firm was eager to bring her onboard full time upon graduation with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Her previous experience at Becker Morgan Group allowed her to quickly begin working on various projects including the Park Place Hotel in Ocean City.

A Marywood University Bachelor of Architecture graduate, Dalton A. Deardorff has also been using his skills on the new J.M. Tawes Technology & Career Center in Westover and the new Showell Elementary School in Ocean Pines.

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit

Jess Kling elected President of Maryland Jaycees

Salisbury Jaycees member Jess Kling of Delmar has been elected president of the Maryland Jaycees.

Kling joined the Jaycees in 2011, serving her first term on the chapter’s board of directors the next year. She became one of only two members in Salisbury Jaycees history to twice serve as chapter president, in 2013 and 2016. Both years, the chapter was recognized with the Maryland Jaycees’ Henry S. Giessenbier Memorial Award as the state’s No. 1 chapter.

During her tenure in Salisbury, Kling has chaired multiple projects, including the Jaycees’ involvement with the Wicomico County Fair, Pork in the Park, 3rd Friday and Relay For Life of Wicomico County.

She also is a member of the Maryland Jaycees Crab Corps charitable organization and an honorary lifetime member of the Maryland Jaycees through the Maryland Jaycee Militia. She has represented the Salisbury and Maryland Jaycees at a number of national and international conventions, including the 2016 JCI World Congress.

Currently, she serves as the Maryland Jaycees’ membership vice president. Upon taking office in January, she will become the third Salisbury member to preside over the Maryland Jaycees in three years.

Preneta joins Wor-Wic

Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed Will Preneta of Salisbury as Facilities Manager.

Prior to joining Wor-Wic, Preneta was the facility manager for Wicomico County since 2011.

He has 25 years of experience in mechanical, technical and supervisory roles.

Preneta is a master electrician and holds a welding certification from Wor-Wic.

Valerie Whitcomb joins SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate

Brent Miller, Executive Managing Director of SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate, has announced the addition of Valerie Whitcomb to the team. She will be working as an Advisor and Business Broker and teaming up with Advisor Ed Rommel.

Whitcomb is a full-time academic program designer at Salisbury University and also runs Global Training Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing micro-entrepreneurship training to transitioning and disabled veterans and their spouses.

She will focus on the sale and acquisition of businesses when real estate owners operate a business on premise. She has extensive experience providing management consulting on exit strategies, growth initiatives and diversification of revenue for organizations of various types. Whitcomb has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration and a doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences.

“Business brokerage requires a unique set of skills and together with Ed Rommel we create an excellent resource for business owners interested in buying, selling, or expanding,” said Whitcomb. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to use my background as an entrepreneur and management consultant to help the local business community, and I am thrilled to be able to collaborate with SVN-Miller in this capacity.”

To contact Valerie, email or call 410-543-2440.


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