Board Of Directors

Board of Directors – 2023/2024

Class of 2026

George Evans


George is a Garrett County native. He and his wife Judith have resided full time in Sky Valley since 1994. He is a semi-retired Human Resource Director with First United Bank & Trust, having spent 33 years in the local banking industry. George also worked as a Program Manager for Northrup Grumman Corporation and spent several years in retail store management. He has been active in numerous community and charitable organizations and currently serves on the Garrett County Health Planning Council. George and Judith enjoy many outdoor summer and winter activities in beautiful Garrett County.

Cindy Stark

Cindy Stark is the President of 1000 Acres, which owns Thousand Acres Golf Club, an 18 hole championship golf course, and is one on the largest landowners in the Deep Creek area. Her family has been coming to Deep Creek for over 20 plus years. Cindy is also a Managing Director of Corstone, an international private equity firm headquartered in London. She has been there for almost 20 years.  Cindy runs special projects, specializes in turn-arounds and the human resources portfolios. She is also actively involved charitable organizations. Bud Hawk and Cindy will be cohosting the Lombardi Gala in 2024 which raises over 5 million dollars every year for cancer research. It is very near and dear to her heart. She is married and has to wonderful children and her two rescue dogs.  Cindy enjoys golf, biking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Greg Harbaugh

Co-Editor of The Dispatch

Greg and his wife Gail purchased their Turkey Neck Loop Lake home in 1982. Their other residence is in Pittsburgh. Greg was a founding member of the Pittsburgh law firm, Houston Harbaugh, PC and is now Of Counsel to the Firm. Greg serves as Director Emeritus for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pittsburgh and as a Board Member for the Jefferson Regional Foundation and the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair. Greg also serves as a trustee for several family trusts through Harbaugh Group, LLC.

Wendell Beitzel

Delegate Beitzel completed four terms in the Maryland House of Delegates.  Was elected in 2006.  Member of the Appropriations Committee, and the Sub-committee for
Transportation and the Environment and Capital Budget; Served a four-year term as County Commissioner for Garrett County, Maryland from 1998 until 2002.

Has over thirty years of administrative experience in both the public and private sectors.  Was Administrator of the Garrett County Sanitary District for eighteen years and
worked ten years in the environmental health field at the Garrett County Health Department.

He and his wife Ruth owned and operated the Point Inn View and other lodging and food service businesses for more than 30 years at Deep Creek Lake and Oakland.

He was born and lives on Rock Lodge Road near Deep Creek Lake. He and his wife, Ruth, have two children and three grandchildren.

Thomas Knapp

Tom and his wife Lee Ann have been residents of Meadow Mountain Lane since 2009. Tom and Lee Ann reside in Bethesda Maryland. They have four children and two grandchildren who also enjoy spending time at the lake. Tom is the Secretary of the Meadow Mountain Lane Association. Tom is the general counsel for gy companies and a board member for a public biotechnology company.

Robert Sutton


Bob Sutton is a Cumberland native who retired from 30 years at PPG R&D in Pittsburgh in 2008 as Manager of Process Research. After a short retirement he worked as a Program Manager for tactical rocket motors at ATK near Cumberland until 2012. He and wife Angie live full time at Sky Valley, Deep Creek where they have had a home since 1971. Bob is an avid water and snow skier and has been President of Sky Valley Association for the last 26 years. Bob and Angie enjoy spending time with their family who also live in Swanton. He was elected President of the POA in late 2019 and enjoys working to maintain and improve the Deep Creek experience!

Class of 2025

Susie Crawford

First Vice President

Susie, a Pittsburgh native, is a senior federal judge and has been a full or part-time
resident of Deep Creek Lake since 1954. She is active with the Board of Trustees of
Bucknell University and New England Law School/Boston, the Garrett College
Foundation Board, the Deep Creek Yacht Club at Turkey Neck, and Therapy Dogs
International, and is a member of the Mountain Host Ski Patrol at the Wisp Resort.

Bob Hoffmann

Past President

Bob retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Brigadier General after serving over 28 years on active duty then worked for a British
security firm and a couple of defense contractors in the Northern Virginia area. He has been a property owner since 2002 and full-time resident since 2010. He is currently retired and lives off Boy Scout Road with his wife Julia. Bob began service on the POA
Board in 2012 and served as POA President from 2013 to 2018. He serves as a permanent member of the Garrett County Board of Zoning Appeals and has served as the Vice President for Fundraising of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation since its formation in 2016.

Walt Malecki

Walt is originally a native of Baltimore, retired from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. He and his wife Karen reside in their home on Beckman’s Peninsula which they have owned since 1983. He is an active member of the Oakland Rotary and the current Treasurer for the Garrett College Foundation Board. Walt enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing in the Garrett County area.

Lauren O’Brien McCann

Lauren was raised in her family home on Deep Creek Lake. She now resides in McHenry, on Marsh Mountain, and manages her family business, Silvertree Marine. Lauren’s family has owned and operated multiple businesses for over 75 years in Garrett County . Her grandparents built and still currently live in one of the oldest homes on Deep Creek on Rock Lodge Road. She is a graduate of Northern Garrett County High School and Frostburg State University. She has both professional and recreational interests in Garrett County, especially Deep Creek Lake. Lauren enjoys summer and winter outdoor activities in Garrett County.

Karen Myers

Karen is a 10th-generation native of Garrett County, her ancestors were the early settlers along the Youghiogheny River in Friendsville in the mid-1700s. She has been active in many business areas around the county since the 1970’s.

John Quilty

John is retired from the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit company chartered to advise the federal government on electronic and information system matters. He and his wife Helen had been vacationing at Deep Creek Lake, with their two children, since the late 1970’s. They purchased lake property in 1998 in the Turkey Neck/Hickory Ridge area, built a home shortly thereafter, and now share almost equal time between their lake house and their residence in northern VA. Both water and snow skiing are part of John’s and Helen’s life at the lake.

Class of 2024

Grant Callery

VP, Communications

 Grant and his wife Jackie have been property owners in the Timberloft community at Deep Creek Lake since 1993 and reside in Bethesda Maryland. Their two children and
six grandchildren also enjoy spending time at the lake. Grant serves on the Timberloft Council of Unit Owners. Grant retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority (FINRA). Since that time, he has served as a member of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Exchange Review Council for the Nasdaq family of exchanges, as a member of the Board of Trustees of
Marietta College and the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Tom Craven

Co-Editor of The Dispatch

I have spent vacation time in Garrett County for more than 70 years, mostly on Deep Creek Lake. Following my retirement from the Circuit Court for Montgomery County we have been able to spend much more time here, living in the cabin my parents purchased in 1972 and cruising around the Lake. We hope to see that that the Lake remains quiet, safe and fun for all and continues to be a source of the County’s prosperity.

Morgan France

I came to Deep Creek in the ’50’s with my family for vacation. When I was student teaching I met three fellow boy Scouts who had built a sailboat in Hopwood, Pa. They offered to teach me to sail if I would haul their boat to Deep Creek. That was in 1964. In 1970 I got a job with Sandy Douglass building Flying Scot sailboats and moved to Oakland from Greensburg, Pa. In 1974 I sold my interest in the boat company and started a land surveying business in Oakland. In 1988 I moved to the lake where I live now. I am mostly retired and spending time on the lake I love.

Chris Nichols

Asst Treasurer/VP Membership

Chris works as analyst for the U.S. Department of Energy in Morgantown, WV. Previously, he served as a nuclear engineering officer in the US Navy.  He is a Deep Creek Lake native, and lives with his wife Lisa and their two boys in the cabin his grandparents built in the 1930’s. He is an active member of the Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club, the Editor of the Garrett County Historical Society’s publication the Glades Star and a Board Member of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Shafer

Gary is a retired pharmacist in Oakland, MD, having lived there for over 25 years, and a summertime lake dweller in the McHenry area since 1957 as a child. He owns the Christmas Chalet at the lake. Gary has been active in the Oakland-Mountain Lake Park Lions, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys golfing and snow skiing and is an avid WVU Alumni supporter.

Karen Smith


Karen is a native of Maryland and has many fond memories of camping and fishing on Deep Creek Lake as a chld. She and her husband have owned a home on Red Run cove since 1994 and currently spend the summers at DCL and winter in Florida. Karen is a retired attonery with the firm of Offit Kurman. She is a past member of the Board of Dancing Classrooms of the Alleghenies.

Emeritus Board Members

Lou Battistella

Past President

Greensburg, PA is Lou’s full-time residence where he is the President of Adam Eidemiller, Inc, a land developer and contracting company founded in 1925. Deep Creek has been part of Lou’s life since 1953. His and his wife Sue’s lake home is in the Cherry Creek Cove area. Lou served as POA Secretary and then President from 2009 to 2011, on the DCL Policy and Review Board, and is currently Chairman of Garrett County’s Emergency Services Board and Emergency Planning Committee. He has 20 years with the Greensburg Fire Department and 40+ years overall as a volunteer firefighter.

Jan Finkel

Past President

Jan began coming to Deep Creek Lake as an infant. He and his wife Judy, along with their two children, moved permanently to their home on the lake in 1987. Jan served as POA president from 1990 to 1993.