Leadership


Executive Committee

Timi Hadra
Partner, IBM | TGCC Chair
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Timi Hadra is a Partner at IBM and serves as IBM’s Senior State Executive for West Virginia. She leads IBM’s regional client innovation center in Rocket Center, West Virginia, where she led the expansion of the workforce by more than 47% in just over three years. Much of Timi’s work is focused on creating STEM and workforce development opportunities in under-served regions. In 2018, Timi led IBM’s launch of the first Application Developer Apprenticeship program in West Virginia. In addition to workforce issues, Ms. Hadra is a transformational leader providing relevant and compelling solutions to government clients’ missions in the areas of agile transformations, application innovation, and cloud migration. She has over 17 years of experience serving our Federal Government clients in various capacities including contract management, program management and business development.

Timi was born and raised in the Rocket Center region and is committed to supporting its economic revitalization. She is active in the economic development and education communities and serves on several local community organization boards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Frostburg State University, a Master’s of Science in Regional Economics from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Contract Management from the American Graduate University.

Cliff Wendricks
Business Manager, Ironworkers Local 568
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Cliff Wendricks currently holds the office of Business Manager for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local Union 568 additionally serving the office of Secretary-Treasurer for the Western Maryland Building and Construction Trades Council. He has served numerous roles over the past decade, having served a 4 year apprenticeship and various positions within this organization marking 22 years as a Union Member.

Cliff’s various other roles include 1st Vice President of the Iron Workers Mid Atlantic States District Council, Trustee to North Central WV Building Trades, Executive Board for The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC) and as an appointee to the West Virginia Region VII Workforce Development Board. He remains a strong advocate of human rights and donates time to helping with the efforts of the County United Way. Having seen the impact firsthand of how United Way dollars help the local community overcome hardship, this has helped him stay grounded in the community in which he and his wife Amy have lived for the past 40 years. When he is not working or volunteering in the community his passion is enjoying the solitude of nature as an avid fisherman, artist and outdoorsman.

Roy “Bucky” Whiteman, Jr., MBA, PT
Owner, Progressive Physical Therapy
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A graduate from West Virginia University School of Physical Therapy in 1985, Bucky worked as a staff physical therapist at Memorial Hospital and Medical Center of Cumberland from 1985 to 1988. Bucky also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, from Frostburg State University and has served as an instructor and clinical instructor at Allegany College of Maryland in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, and clinical instructor and guest lecturer for West Virginia University in the Physical Therapy Program. Bucky is President/Co-founder of Progressive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center. His areas of expertise include the evaluation and treatment of biomechanical foot and ankle dysfunction as well as lower extremity (foot/ankle) rehabilitation.

In addition to post-surgical foot care and trauma and overuse injuries of the foot and ankle, other areas of special interest include sports-related injuries, and acute/chronic orthopedic injuries to the knee, shoulder and spine. Bucky is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic, Sports Medicine, and Private Practice Sections. He has also served as an Executive Board member of the Physical Therapy Providers Network of Maryland and West Virginia.

Philip Rodeheaver
Market President, First United Bank and Trust
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Philip L. Rodeheaver has been in the financial services industry for 25 years, and is the Market President for First United Bank and Trust, a community bank headquartered in Oakland MD. He oversees the retail sales operations of 10 branches in Garrett & Allegany counties Maryland, and Mineral county, West Virginia. He also leads the Bank’s call center and sales teams in these regions. In addition to his banking career, he serves the community through his involvement as a board member (past Chairman and Treasurer) of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, and as Treasurer of The Greater Cumberland Committee. He previously served on the board of Garrett County Community Action Committee, Garrett County United Way, and as a member of the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club. He is a member of Oak Grove Church of the Brethren.

A Northern High School and Garrett College Graduate, Phil has his Bachelor of Science degree (accounting major) and his MBA from Frostburg State University. Phil attended the Maryland Bankers Association Emerging Leaders program and graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking where he also earned a Wharton Leadership Certificate. Phil resides in Oakland with his wife, Sherry, and their two children, Austin and Paige.

Brianna Willetts
VP of Strategic Development, Aeon Technologies, LLC.
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Bri LaVorgna is VP of Strategic Development at Aeon Technologies, LLC. Aeon is a new biotechnology laboratory located in Frostburg, Maryland. Aeon will be providing COVID-19 diagnostic services to the region and hopes to expand to include analytical testing. In addition, Aeon hopes to continue to serve the region by connecting with both Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland by creating a Center for Laboratory Excellence. The Center will be a working and teaching & learning center designed to bring hands-on learning opportunities and customized workforce development focusing on laboratory science. Prior to this role, she served as VP of Strategic Development at Willetts Tech. In this role, Bri helped mental and behavioral health companies assess their current practices to see if technology solutions can make workflow more efficient and effective and/or safe and secure. Before this position, Bri served as Dean of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Easter WV Community & Technical College. There, she worked with industry and community organizations to assist with fulfilling the mission of the college which is to provide accessible and affordable educational opportunities for academic, technical, workforce training and life-long learning for the Potomac highlands regional community.

Bri’s professional origins, though diverse, are rooted in education, for she served as a Vice Principal at Central York High School in PA and a high school English teacher in Worcester County, Maryland. By using her leadership skills from VP and Dean as well as her assessing talent from being a teacher, Bri is able to provide strategic direction to different industries to help them not only thrive but also grow. Additionally, Bri holds a doctorate from Frostburg State University, a master’s degree from Wilmington University and a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University.

Al Delia
VP for Regional Development and Engagement, FSU
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Al Delia is the inaugural vice president for regional development and engagement at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. He oversees the University’s efforts to help advance the region it serves through engagement with business, industry, community organizations and government. Prior to his return to Maryland in 2018, Al served in a variety of positions in academe and in government in North Carolina. Positions he has held include service as Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services; Senior Advisor and Policy Director to Governor Bev Perdue; CEO of North Carolina’s Eastern Region Development Commission; and East Carolina University associate vice chancellor for research, economic development and community engagement. Most recently, Al was director of health access at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Al is a political science graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is married to Cecelia Karas and lives in Cresaptown, Maryland. He has two adult sons, Jordan and Alex.

Colleen Peterson
Retired, North/South Appalachian Highway Chair

Colleen T. Peterson has 40 years of experience as an administrator in higher education and not- for-profit management. Her career includes serving as Vice President for a University Advancement at Frostburg State University (Maryland) and Executive Director of The Greater Cumberland Committee. Currently, she provides consulting services to businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning and capacity development. Her clients include Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, United Way, Frostburg State University, and the YMCA of Cumberland.

Ms. Peterson is an active member of her community and has served or is serving on a number of boards including the Allegany County Visitors Bureau (Chair, Board member), the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce (Board member), the Senator J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs (Secretary, Board member), Frostburg First Main Street Program (Board member), Allegany Arts Council (Board member), the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (Communications Committee Chair, Board member), Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (Board member), Canal Place Authority (Board member), and the North/South Appalachian Highway Work Group (Chair).

Dr. Cynthia Bambara
President, Allegany College of Maryland
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Dr. Cynthia Bambara was appointed Allegany College of Maryland’s (ACM) fifth president in March of 2011 and the first woman to lead the Cumberland-based community college in its more than 50-year history. Dr. Bambara came to ACM from Virginia, where she was a veteran community college administrator. During her tenure, Dr. Bambara served as interim president at Central Virginia Community College and as vice president of student success at Lord Fairfax Community College. Dr. Bambara received her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, her M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Alabama and her B.S. in Psychology from Juniata College.

Dr. Bambara serves the community in various capacities including the Cumberland Rotary Club (board member and past president), The Greater Cumberland Committee (Executive Committee and Education Workgroup chair), the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (board member), and the Western Maryland Health System Community Advisory Board. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Allegany! Dr. Bambara is an Evaluation Team Chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She serves as the chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Bambara represents the State of Maryland as a board member for the Community Colleges of the Appalachia. She also serves at the Maryland Representative on the President’s Advisory Board of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Shawn Bender
Chief Operating Officer, Beitzel Corporation/Pillar Innovations
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Shawn is the Chief Operating Officer of Beitzel Corporation and Pillar Innovations. Operating out of various locations across the United States, Beitzel and Pillar provide construction, service, and support to the industrial sector, including energy, mining, and manufacturing. Shawn joined the Beitzel Corporation team in 2003 to develop the excavation side of the business. Since then, he has held various roles in the Beitzel/Pillar team, as it has grown to employ over 500.

Shawn was a member of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative (2011-14) and also served on various local advisory committees focused on shale gas development. Shawn and his wife Sarah have four daughters and live on a small farm north of Accident Maryland.

John Smyth, CPA/PFS, CFP, RFC
Senior Managing Director, CBIZ/Smyth & Pyles
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John R. Smyth, Jr. is a Certified Public Accountant/Personal Financial Specialist, a Certified Financial Planner, and a Registered Financial Consultant. He has received a Certificate of Educational Achievement in Business Valuation from the AICPA. Mr. Smyth has prepared business appraisals for the past thirty-three years and has consulted with business clients regarding acquisitions and dispositions for small business interests for the past forty-four years. In addition to business appraisals, he specializes in taxation, business consulting, succession planning, litigation support, financial planning, and wealth management. His formal education includes a Bachelor's of Science degree from Frostburg State University (1975). He has attended special training in financial management, financial analysis, personal and corporate income taxes, appraisal techniques, and methodology, and numerous other business and accounting related subjects. He has been a frequent speaker and lecturer on various tax and financial related subjects. Mr. Smyth has written many newsletters on business and tax matters. Mr. Smyth has appeared numerous times as an "expert witness" regarding business valuations and accounting related issues and has acted as a valuation arbitrator in a dissenting shareholder case.

Mr. Smyth is employed as a managing director for CBIZ MHM, LLC and is a shareholder in Smyth & Pyles, LLC (an independent CPA firm). Mr. Smyth is a member in good standing of: The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Institute of Business Appraisers, Inc., The Institute of Certified Financial Planners, and The International Association of Financial Planners. He is a member of The National Association of Securities Dealers and holds a Series 7, 65, and 66 licenses with the organization. In addition, he is a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC. He holds a variable and fixed-life insurance license and is registered as such in various states.

David Turnbull
President, Turnbull, Hoover and Kahl
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David W. Turnbull, graduated summa cum laude from Frostburg State University in May, 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. That same year he obtained his license as a CPA. David served in the audit and tax departments of an international accounting and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. before returning to Turnbull, Hoover & Kahl, P.A. where he currently serves as President of the company. David has been actively involved in over 25 community organizations including leadership roles in Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Cumberland Committee, Fidelity Bank (now PNC Bank), church council, Greater Allegany County Business Foundation, City of Cumberland Economic Development Commission, Frostburg State University Board of Visitors and MACPA Western MD Chapter.

David utilizes over 35 years of experience to review and deliver individual and corporate income tax planning and related return preparation engagements, direct audits in the governmental, nonprofit, and ERISA plan industries, supervise the preparation of interim and year end financial statements, and consult with small and medium sized businesses including business formation, ownership transitions, and business development.

Kim Leonard
Retired

Kim Barclay Leonard grew up in Hyndman PA. One of Kim’s most cherished accomplishments while growing up in Hyndman was attaining the Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. From 1962-1967 Kim earned both a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Penn State University. Upon graduation, Kim joined the U.S. Army and used his leadership skills as captain serving in Viet Nam. For his valor he was awarded a Bronze Star. Upon return from Service abroad, Kim worked at the Corporate Headquarters of Container Corporation of America in Chicago. In 1972, Kim and Marion moved to Cumberland and Kim joined his father at Aircon Engineering Inc. which is a distributor of heating and air-conditioning products in a four state area. Kim served as president and CEO for 30 years.

He served as president of the Cumberland Rotary Club, The Western Maryland Health System (WMHS), the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, the Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America, the WMHS Foundation Board, and still continues his active participation in these organizations. Kim played a pivotal role in local health care, serving on the Board at Memorial Hospital and as chairperson helped forge the Western Maryland Health System and now serves on the UMPC Western Maryland board. While busy with the WMHS, he also became a trustee of Allegany college of Maryland and now chairs the Allegany College Board of Trustees. Kim also chaired the Greater Cumberland Committee pursuing regional economic growth and most recently been involved in the North South Highway project. In 1996 Aircon Engineering was recognized by the Chamber as The Business of the Year. Then in 2003 the Chamber recognized Kim as the “Individual of the Year.” In 2006, Kim was honored with the Henrietta Schwarzenbach Community Service award. In 2008 the Potomac Council Boy Scouts of America, recognized Kim’s dedication to the Scouts with the Silver Beaver Award representing the highest volunteer award in Scouting. In 2011 Kim and Marion Leonard were honored by the Allegany County Chamber for the Community Service Award. In 2016 Kim and Marion Leonard were honored by the Community Trust Foundation for the Humanitarian Leadership Award. At this time Kim continues to dedicate his time and energy to UMPC Western Maryland, Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland Rotary Club, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Cumberland Committee and the Boy Scouts.

J. Matthew Gilmore, Esq.
Geppert, McMullen, Paye, and Getty

J. Matthew (“Matt”) Gilmore has been a practicing attorney in the State of Maryland since 2002. Matt is a native of Cumberland, graduating cum laude from Frostburg State University in 1999 and the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2002. Matt has been an attorney with Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty since 2007, and currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. His practice focuses primarily on healthcare law and civil litigation. In February 2016, Matt was appointed General Counsel for UPMC Western Maryland, formerly Western Maryland Health System. UPMC Western Maryland is the largest employer in Western Maryland, with approximately 2300 employees. As General Counsel, Mr. Gilmore oversees all legal matters pertaining to UPMC Western Maryland, including governance, regulatory matters, mergers & acquisitions and litigation.

In his civil litigation practice, Matt has represented numerous business entities and individuals in complex legal matters. He has successfully tried cases in both Maryland State Courts and the United States District Court of Maryland. Matt also represents other businesses throughout Western Maryland. Matt is very active in his community, where he supports nonprofit organizations focusing on food insecurity, education and the arts. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Frostburg State University Foundation. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Maryland Food Bank. Matt resides in Cumberland with his family.


TGCC Staff

Jennifer Walsh, Esq.
Executive Director, The Greater Cumberland Committee

Jennifer is the Executive Director of The Greater Cumberland Committee, a regional economic development organization whose mission is to create a vibrant and prosperous five-county, tri-state region (all within the Appalachian Region) by serving as a convener, facilitator and catalyst for actions that will develop into long-lasting economic development strategies. Born and raised in New Mexico, Jennifer graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001. Following law school, she served as a Law Clerk for Justice Joseph Baca at the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then for Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, D.C. Jennifer worked as a Legislative Assistant at the United States Senate for former US Senator, Jeff Bingaman, before moving to Cumberland, Maryland in late 2003.

Jennifer has been practicing law in Cumberland since 2004 and currently practices part time in the areas of estate and long-term care planning at the Law Firm of Geppert McMullen Paye & Getty. Jennifer is a Fellow in the inaugural 2019-2020 Appalachian Leadership Institute Class.

Sharon Corwell
Executive Assistant

Sharon Corwell has been the Executive Assistant for The Greater Cumberland Committee since January 2017 where she focuses on organization and efficiency in a non-profit that collaborates for the greater good of a five-county, tri-state region.

Prior to that, she and her husband, Paul, owned and operated Corwell’s Prime Cuts, a custom cut meat market and deli in Cumberland, Maryland. Sharon has also worked for Frostburg State University in the Office of International Student Services, and for Chessie Federal Credit Union as an Assistant Computer Operator. She resides in Mineral County, West Virginia.

Dave Moe
Transportation Consultant

Dave has been the President of the Oakland Rotary Club, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Garrett County Development Corporation. During his term at the Oakland Rotary Club he oversaw the complete tear down of the Club’s famous French Fry Booth at the Garrett County Fairgrounds and the complete rebuilding of it to accommodate the flow of raw potatoes to the final product of french fries and sodas. 

As President of the then Garrett County Chamber of Commerce he advocated for the merger of the then Deep Creek Lake Promotion Council and the Chamber into one business and tourism based organization now known as the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. As President of the Garrett County Development Corporation he oversaw the re-payment of a million dollar loan to the Board of Garrett County Commissioners. He has been an advocate of the North-South Application Corridor Project since the mid-1990s and joined The Greater Cumberland Committee in that effort which resulted in an act of Congress that helped all Appalachian States work to complete their unfinished Appalachian Development Highway System roadways.

Delanie Blubaugh
Digital Media Consultant

Delanie Blubaugh is a junior Political Science and Legal Studies double major with a minor in International Studies at Frostburg State University. She serves as the Editor in Chief of The Bottom Line, FSU’s independent student news source, and Student Affairs Chair of the Student Government Association.

Delanie is a Political Science research assistant, Public Relations Officer of the Debate team, Bobcat Ambassador, and Student Alumni Ambassador. She joins TGCC after completing two political internships, with the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the 2018 David Trone for Congress campaign. She is excited to learn more about the greater Cumberland region so she can give back to her home in the future!