Meet the Team

Mark M Freestate
Board Chair

Board Chair

Mark M. Freestate is a native of Centreville, Maryland, where he grew up attending the Queen Anne’s County public schools before attending St. James School in Hagerstown, MD. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a BA in English in 1975, and returned to Centreville with his wife, Diane, joining his father in the W. M. Freestate Insurance Agency, later becoming owner and president of W. M. Freestate and Son, Inc. In 2003, his agency was purchased by Shore BancShares and he became an executive vice president with the Avon Dixon Agency and holds that position today. He has two sons, William M. Freestate, II, and John Stuart Freestate (Colleen), and two grandchildren, Claire and Wells Freestate.

Mark has been involved in a variety of community organizations throughout his career. Listed below are a few:

  • Kent School – Board Member and Board President
  • Gunston School – Board Member and Board President
  • Queen Anne’s County Arts Council – Board Member and Board President
  • Centreville National Bank – Board Member and Board Chair
  • St. Martin’s Ministries – Board Member and Board Chair
  • Memorial Hospital Foundation – Board Member
  • Corsica River Conservancy – Board Member
  • Compass Regional Hospice – Executive Committee of the Capital Campaign
  • Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Committee

Board of Directors

Mark M Freestate
Board Chair

Randy Minteer
Board Vice Chair

Audrey Scott

Dr. Jodie E Gray
Board Secretary

Diana Waterman
Board Treasurer

Bruce Bereano
Board Member

Ozer Cuhagil
Board Member

Kendel Ehrlich
Board Member

Jacqueline Henson
Board Member

Denise Lovelady
Board Member

Vernon Spriggs
Board Member


Linda Kohler
Executive Director


Renée Dejewski
Director of Community Relations


Sustaining Partners & Founding Sponsors

Arlene Lee

Bill and Kate Tumulty

Cara Gossard

Chip Brittingham


Jennifer Wargo

International Money Management Group, Inc.

Kathy Sells

Michelle and Michael Clark


Payl and GG Weisenfeld

Paul and Margaret Ann Stearns

The Kohler Family

Wayne Humphries