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Talbot County Arts Council Elects New Officers and Members

Written on:May 25, 2017
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Talbot County Arts Council
May 2017

The board of directors of the Talbot County Arts Council has selected its slate of officers for Fiscal Year 2018, beginning July 1, 2017

Elected as president was Robert Forloney of St. Michaels, succeeding Peggy Ford of Easton who retired from the board after the maximum allowable six years of continuous service. Sandy Bemis of Easton was elected as vice president, and she was succeeded as secretary by new Executive Committee member Nancy Larson of Easton, and Carol Gordean of St. Michaels continues as treasurer. The election took place during the board’s annual meeting and strategic planning retreat on Saturday, May 20, at the home of board member Carol Gordean and husband Bill on Solitude Creek near St. Michaels.

The Nominating and Bylaws Committee also proposed candidates for election to the Arts Council’s board of directors. The four new members who were elected to initial three-year terms to replace retiring board members are:

Bill Peak of Easton, the author of The Oblate’s Confession, which has won a number of national awards and been named to Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2015. He is the communications manager for the Talbot County Free Library, and his library column is published on the first Sunday of each month in The Star Democrat. His prose and poetry have been published in various literary reviews and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Bill grew up in Louisville and received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and his master’s from the creative writing program at Hollins University. Before moving to the Eastern Shore in 1994, he worked as a writer for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. Since 1989 he has done free-lance work writing exhibit scripts for area museums. His work can be seen in The National Building Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, among others. He is married to Melissa McLoud, Ph.D., who teaches in the graduate program at Goucher College and works as a guest curator in museums across the country. He served previously on the Arts Council from 2010 to 2016.

Carl Tankersley of Easton was born to an Air Force family in Greenville, South Carolina. They moved frequently in the years following World War II as air bases were closed, and after overseas tours in Tokyo and Paris they eventually settled in Hampton, Virginia. Carl attended the last three years of high school in Northern Virginia and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969. He received a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post-Graduate School in 1974. His 23-year Naval career included three operational tours flying the A-7E Corsair II from aircraft carriers, and shore duty at the Naval Air Systems Command, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition. After the Navy, as a consultant he provided engineering, analysis, and program management support to multiple military aircraft, weapons, and communications systems. He and his wife Nancy owned the South Street Art Gallery in Easton from 2004 to 2016 and continue to run a school providing workshops by nationally-known painters for local and regional artists. He has served as a board member and vice president of the Avalon Foundation and volunteered for the Plein Air Easton and Waterfowl Festivals.

Jolyn Thompson of Cordova is a native of Buffalo. Her fond childhood memories include many evenings at Shea’s Performing Arts Center watching live performances, and tap dancing for 15 years at Western New York Academy of Dance. She attended high school at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and then studied French language and culture at the University of New York at Buffalo. After realizing her passion was with young children, she decided to make a career move and later earned her degree in early childhood education from Salisbury University. After moving to Easton she taught first grade at nearby Chapel District Elementary for five years. During that time she and her students were active participants in the many visiting performer and visiting artist programs at the school sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council. In 2012, she decided to take time off to focus on her family. She loves travel and the fine arts (particularly live plays and dance performances), libraries, cultural anthropology, cooking, multicultural literacy, children’s literature, and teaching young children. She lives in Cordova with husband Lamont and their two young, inspiring, and spirited daughters, Gabriella and Giuliana.

Sheila Wainwright of Oxford was born and raised in Delaware and graduated from Goldey Beacom School of Business. She moved to Talbot County in her early 20s, and in 1985 began a career with William David Hill which has involved the construction of several commercial buildings, managing commercial and residential properties, preparing financial information and performing logistical duties for several companies. She was an organizer and director of Easton Bancorp and Easton Bank & Trust, was a partner in real estate-related enterprises, and attended the Hilton Hotel General Manager training. She serves on the board of Talbot County Paramedic Foundation and was previously board president of Evergreen Cove, memorial chairman of Talbot County Branch of American Heart Association, and on the board of the Maritime Festival. She volunteers for Chesapeake Film Festival, Festival of Trees, First Night Talbot, and the Waterfowl Festival. Since 1998 she has performed on stage and produced, stage managed, and handled technical support for many local performances, including three Talbot County Habitat for Humanity Follies, seven ArtHouse Live productions, and various Tred Avon Players and Community Alliance for the Performing Arts productions.

Photo: Four new members are welcomed to the Talbot County Board of Directors. From left to right, incoming president Robert J. Forloney of St. Michaels, Carl M. Tankersley of Easton, Sheila A. Wainwright of Oxford, Jolyn Thompson of Cordoval, outgoing president Peggy Ford of Easton, and Bill Peak of Easton area.

Four new members are welcomed to the Talbot County Board of Directors. From left to right, incoming president Robert J. Forloney of St. Michaels, Carl M. Tankersley of Easton, Sheila A. Wainwright of Oxford, Jolyn Thompson of Cordoval, outgoing president Peggy Ford of Easton, and Bill Peak of Easton area. – Contributed Photo

Additional information on the Talbot County Arts Council is available by phone at 410-310-9812 or by visiting website www.talbotarts.org.

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