Board of Directors

Easton Economic Development Corporation is served by an esteemed Board of Directors comprised of business leaders from a variety of industry sectors.

Herbert S. Miller – Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Miller is the CEO of Western Development Corporation (WDC), a real estate development firm that he founded in 1967. WDC has completed many high profile mixed-use projects, including Georgetown Park, an award-winning retail office and residential project in Washington D.C. Mr. Miller also led WDC to launch the “Mills Concept” of value-oriented super regional malls. Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Virginia was the first such project to be completed, and it was quickly followed by three others throughout the United States.

In 1995, Mr. Miller was tapped to lead the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Interactive Downtown Task Force, a 100-member economic development committee that produced $6.2 billion in private and public investment including 5,242 new housing units, 9 million square feet of office space, and a new $834 million Convention Center. Mr. Miller was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in 2006. Presently, Mr. Miller is a Co-Founder and Co-Vice Chairman of Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, a regional collaborative to advance innovation in energy, life sciences, and security in the “Chesapeake Crescent” Region of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Ted Bautz – Chairman

Mr. Bautz is a Principal of Oxford Commercial Realty, LLC, a full service real estate firm specializing in brokerage, development, consulting, and property management. Mr. Bautz has extensive expertise in negotiating major real estate contracts and has consulted on a wide variety of asset management issues. Prior to joining Oxford Commercial Realty, he held positions of increasing management responsibility in the telecommunications industry, most recently with Verizon Communications. Mr. Bautz is the immediate past Chairman of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, serves as the current Chairman of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Easton and the National Association of Realtors. Mr. Bautz holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Widener University and is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Haines — Vice Chairman

Amy Haines is the Proprietor and General Manager of Out of the Fire, a restaurant located in the Town of Easton.  Before that, Amy served as the Director of Marketing for the Neurex Corporation where she was responsible for the strategic and tactical development and implementation necessary to assist a 60 person sales force in launching and selling the company’s first commercial Biotech product to the prescribing community.

Anthony P. Kern – Treasurer

Mr. Kern is a recognized industry expert in the field of technology, media and telecommunications with extensive experience in management consulting and strategy across numerous industries. He has provided business counsel to boards and senior management of some of the top companies in the world and advised on issues related to corporate finance, M&A, restructuring and innovation. Most recently he served as U.S. Deputy Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and the firm’s Global Managing Partner of Innovation.

He has successfully started and sold several companies in the communications, technology, and energy industries, as well as taught advanced industry seminars on the future of consumer interactions with new technology, traditional media and telecoms. As a recognized and respected speaker in the industry, he has been interviewed by the press including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CNBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, Dow Jones News-Wire and Fortune Magazine. During his career, Mr. Kern has made legacy predictions and forecasts regarding wireless networks, applied internet solutions, social media, and the energy industry.

Charles H. Thornton Ph.D., P.E., Hon. ASCE, Hon. AIA, NAE – Secretary

Dr. Thornton is the Chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, LLC, an engineering consulting firm he founded in 2005. Previously, Dr. Thornton spent over 40 years with Thornton-Tomasetti Group (TTG) and its predecessor firms. During his tenure, Dr. Thornton transformed the company from a 50 person local firm to a 500 person global engineering firm with annual revenues exceeding $60 million. Under his guidance, the firm opened ten offices throughout the United States and developed a reputation for providing innovative engineering solutions and management strategies. Dr. Thornton is internationally renowned in his field, and his firm is ranked 150 in the ENR top 500 design firms.

Ward Bucher

W. Ward Bucher, AIA, has built a career designing and preserving spaces people love. Ward is a registered architect in DC, Maryland and Virginia and has extensive experience in historic, new, and green building design. Ward has been the lead project architect on numerous adaptive reuse projects for nonprofit’s, museums, offices, retail, and multi-family housing. With over forty years of experience as a registered architect, he has worked with buildings at all levels of historic designation, from local to National Historic Landmarks. Ward meets the Professional Qualifications for both Architecture and Historic Preservation under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines. Ward has won numerous awards in his architectural practice. Ward received his Bachelor of Building Science and his Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. He wrote The Dictionary of Building Preservation.

Ron Engle

Ron Engle was elected Councilman for the Town of Easton, Ward 3 in 2015. He is a private consultant in Traffic Safety. He recently retired after 10 years as the Director, Traffic Safety, for The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distilled spirits companies and dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking.

Ron has more than 30 years of service with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he served in a number of management, policy development and program implementation positions. He managed and directed the development and implementation of the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program and the Drug Recognition Program for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Prior to his joining NHTSA, Ron served eight years in law enforcement. The last two years, he was the Enforcement Coordinator for the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department Alcohol Safety Action Project. Most of his professional experience is directly related to combating the drunk driver.

Rabbi Peter E. Hyman, M.A.H.L, D.D.

Rabbi Peter Hyman is Rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel in Easton MD, a warm and welcoming liberal congregation serving Talbot County and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rabbi Hyman is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters as well as a Doctor of Divinity degree.

Rabbi Hyman is very active in the Easton community teaching, serving of various boards and championing a number of social justice issues. He is a past president of TACL, the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity. Rabbi Hyman is also very active with the Boy Scouts of America serving on National and International scouting committees. He is the immediate past National Jewish Chaplain of the Boy Scouts of America.

Rosalee S. Potter

Rose Potter is a Trappe Town Commissioner.  Rose has been an Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for the Triumph Baptist and Union Baptist Churches in Easton, MD.   In addition to the administrative duties, Rose was a liaison between the ministries within the church, acted as a representative for the Pastor in attendance to offsite meetings, maintained contact with other churches when requested, and created special programs for church sponsored events.  In addition, Rose has organized, planned, and correlated seminars and speakers for other community special events.  Rose has volunteered on a number of boards, and currently is on the board of The Neighborhood Service Center, Good Samaritan Fund, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Commission on Aging, Mid-Shore Regional Council, and Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity.

Rose is a Cum Laude graduate of Salisbury University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. Before retirement from the State of Maryland, she was employed by the Department of Social Services and The Higher Education Commission.

John Trax

John R Trax is a retired Civil/Environmental Professional Engineer. John managed engineering programs for the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency and directed engineering programs for the National Rural Water Association. In Talbot County, John has served as a board member and Chair of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission and as a member of the Talbot County Planning Commission. John also has served on several volunteer community organizations and boards including the Church of the Brethren, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot County Farm Bureau, Easton Ruritan Club and Chesapeake Fields. He has participated in many study groups associated with agriculture issues in Talbot County and maintains a family farming enterprise.

Robert C. Willey

Mr. Willey is the current Mayor of the Town of Easton. Mayor Willey is a life-long resident of Talbot County, and he spent 41 years working at Waverly Press until his retirement in 2002. His primary responsibilities at Waverly included book fulfillment, traffic, employee safety, environmental compliance, permits, and establishing a worldwide distribution system. A member of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department for 52 years, Mayor Willey has been involved in numerous other civic activities. He is a past President of the Kiwanis Club, a past Board member of the Safety Council of Maryland, and past President of the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities. He has served on several important committees including the Governor’s Task Force on Solid Waste Regulations and the Government Advisory Committee for the Chesapeake Bay Commission. Mayor Willey was inducted into the Maryland Municipal Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ann Harvey Yonkers

Ann Harvey Yonkers is co-founder and co-executive director of FRESHFARM Markets. A lifelong environmentalist and local-food advocate, Ann is one of the early leaders in the movement to transform the way Washingtonians eat. She is compelled by the idea that eating locally makes sense from every point of view –flavor, the environment, health and sustainability. Ann has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades including being named one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington, DC, by Washingtonian magazine. In 2012, Washingtonian again recognized Ann and FRESHFARM Markets co-executive director Bernadine Prince as “Green Giants.” That same year, she and Bernadine were also recognized by Mayor Vincent Gray with the Mayor’s Sustainability Award for their dedication to providing fresh, healthy food to neighborhoods in the District of Columbia for more than a decade.

Nationally, Ann has been recognized as a “Woman Who Inspires” by Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. She is the past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and holds a professional culinary degree from L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD. She has appeared in local and national media including Cooking Light, Natural Home, Chesapeake Life, Washington Business Journal and the Washington Post. She and her husband, Charlie, own Pot Pie Farm, outside of St. Michaels, MD, where they raise laying hens on pasture and grow vegetables and fruits using organic methods.