Holly was previously the Executive Director for Venture Lititz, Downtown Lititz’s Nationally-Accredited Main Street Program. She was responsible for various downtown events such as the Taste of Lititz and Lititz Fire & Ice. In this role, she was responsible for the overall economic and community development projects and programs for Lititz and also served as a board member of the Lititz Regional Community Development Corporation.
Prior to moving to Lititz, Holly worked in economic and community development for the City of York and managed the city’s Redevelopment Authority and the Blight Task Force. In her role, she helped developers identify buildings for redevelopment and work through the financing options for projects. She also worked with various neighborhood associations within the city, working on blight remediation projects, youth programs, and crime prevention. Holly coordinated the designation of York’s 2nd Elm Street Program. Holly worked for Royal Square Development and Construction, managing redevelopment of blighted buildings, writing grants for historical tax credits and New Market Tax Credits used in the redevelopment of market district projects totally over $10 million dollars.
With an extensive career in marketing, nonprofit management, and downtown redevelopment, Holly plans to use her skills and experience to further the redevelopment of the Easton downtown and community.
Douglas (Doug) S. Walker represents numerous local, regional and national financial institutions, as well as investment funds, in all aspects of commercial financing transactions, restructurings and collection matters. His practice includes representation of financial institutions throughout the State of Maryland, in connection with loan closings, loan sales or acquisitions, participation agreements, workouts, reorganizations, troubled debt restructures, foreclosures and bankruptcy.
Doug also regularly counsels businesses and developers in a variety of corporate and commercial real estate matters and serves as general corporate counsel for many regional and closely held businesses. His business practice includes representation businesses of all sizes in various industries, as well as equity investors, in a wide variety or corporate and business matters, including, but not limited to, mergers and acquisitions, sales, reorganizations, spin-offs, joint ventures, drafting and negotiating employment agreements and buy-sell agreements as well as general day-to-day business and succession planning.
His real estate practice includes representing owners, developers, borrowers, private equity funds and lenders in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including real estate development, leasing, financing, construction contracts, acquisition and the preparation and negotiation of declarations, easements and other real estate development documents.
Prior to founding McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker (MDSW), Doug practiced with Miles & Stockbridge P.C. for nine years, four of which as a partner, and prior to that spent five years practicing at Royston, Mueller, McLean and Reid, LLP in Towson, Maryland. Doug lives with his wife and three daughters in Easton, Maryland and enjoys spending time with his family throughout the Eastern Shore exercising, playing or coaching sports and fishing.
As someone who was partially raised by books and television, Lance has always been intrigued by the power of language. He is compelled by stories and discussions that connect people and hopes to create some of his own. Throughout his many jobs and his college career, he strived for bettering his environment and putting everything he had into his work. He hopes to help the EEDC highlight the rich history of Easton to its natives and visitors and keep communication a constructive force. He has a Bachelors in English literature and, like most people of that discipline, an alarming number of books and movies. He is happiest when watching an old movie, reading a graphic novel, or singing badly in an isolated area.
Natalie Slater serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and the Chesapeake Harvest team. She brings years of administrative, marketing and project management experience to her role.
As a former Eastern Shore retail store owner, Vice President and Co-Founder of a Delmarva magazine, non-profit volunteer and former board member of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, she understands the responsibilities and challenges of business ownership, non-profits as well as the corporate world.
Natalie’s entrepreneurial propensity gives her the ability to embrace the fast-paced environment of Easton Economic Development and Chesapeake Harvest. With her passion for learning, she is eager to tackle the newest software programs to bring efficiencies into the
Natalie loves all things nature and enjoys cooking vegetables and herbs from her garden. When not in the garden, you can find her on the golf course or reading a good book.
Tracy Ward was hired in April 2014 to make great things happen for Easton Economic Development Corp. The Board of Directors tasked her with launching project initiatives that support the organization’s goals, and she has quickly made progress on key projects that anchor the organization’s mission.
Tracy has over 27 years of experience as an economic and community development leader, devoting her career to urban transformation through collaborative public/private partnerships and cross-disciplinary strategies. Tracy has led major housing and neighborhood development initiatives throughout the Baltimore region. She was instrumental in the creation of over 1,000 housing units in downtown Baltimore, implemented the nation’s first combined residential and commercial special taxing district, helped hundreds of families transition to home-ownership, and has created community master plans that are still being used today. Later, at Fannie Mae, Tracy provided technical assistance to communities in five states, originating and underwriting over $100 million in debt and equity investments for transformative housing projects in targeted communities identified for growth.
In 2004, Tracy founded Urbanite, an award-winning glossy magazine with a circulation of over 60,000 in the Baltimore metropolitan area. During her tenure, Urbanite’s circulation tripled and annual revenues grew by double digits each year. In 2013, Tracy took a “sabbatical year” to travel and work on farms to learn about agriculture and the production of local food.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition & Foods from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Maryland.