Board Members and Staff

Our leadership team consists of dedicated and focused individuals who care about Cecil County.  Working with members of the community, their knowledge and experience comes together to make a difference for our community.


John has Blonde/Grey Hair with Blue Eyes, Grey Suit, White Shirt and Red and Blue Tie. John Thompson is a Board Member at Large. John comes to us as Executive Director of Deep Roots, in Earleville, and brings with him many years of Board Director Experience as well as an extensive background in Law Enforcement. John loves dogs, and John is also a member of SRLEEA- The Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association.  John enjoys helping others in his community to make a truly positive impact.John Thompson (Board Member at Large) John comes to us with an abundance of new eye-opening ideas, brings amazing energy and expertise to his role as a part of our Board of Directors. John lives in North East, MD and has lived in Cecil County for the past 16 years. John is currently Executive Director for Deep Roots in Earleville, MD. John brings along with him knowledge, understanding and the caring capacity needed to be a force in our local community.


Sam has Long Brown Hair and Brown eyes and is wearing a Floral Shirt that is Blue, White, Gold and Purple. Sam is Smiling.  Sam Kelly is a Board Member at Large:  Sam Kelly is an intersectional story doer, community builder, and accessibility doer. She is an inclusion coach and consultant for more justice and joy, coaching agencies, and companies from the nexus of social impact and social media.Sam Kelly (Board Member at Large) Sam is a seasonal resident of Cecil County and gets to split her time between sunny Florida and Elkton MD. Sam’s favorite character is A.L.F. and she brings with her an abundance of marketing and communication skills as she is a Marketing.


Henry has white/grey hair, blue eyes, a grey/white mustache and has a blue and white colored dress shirt over a green sweater. Henry is smiling. Henry Farkas is a Board Member at Large. Henry is a retiree with a Doctorate Degree and worked with Union Hospital of Elkton. Henry enjoys being a pilot, traveling, giving back and volunteering in his community. Henry Farkas, M.D. (Board Member at Large) – Dr. Farkas has been serving United Way of Cecil County since 1997.  He is a retired ER physician associated with Union Hospital in Elkton (33 years) and was the main hospice doctor for Cecil County for 20 years. He currently sits on the Board of the Union Hospital Foundation. An avid epicure, his 280+ restaurant reviews can be found on Google Maps!


Tyler has short brown hair, and blue eyes. Tyler is smiling and is wearing a grey suit jacket with a white dress shirt and green colored tie. Tylers background is white colored. Tyer Simmonds is a Board Member at Large. Tyler enjoys traveling, back packing, hiking, and flying. Tyler also loves to paint and is a member of the Northeast Rotary Club. Tyler enjoys helping in his community. Tyler Simonds (Board Member at Large) - Tyler is a native of Cecil County and a financial advisor for Edward Jones. He offers a wealth of knowledge from his background and study in finance - which has afforded him the opportunity to empower the families and businesses of our community to reach their financial goals and pursue their passions.


Helene Breza (Bookkeeper/Back Office Manager) -Helene is the owner/operator of Eastern Shore Bookkeeping, LLC.  She's a certified bookkeeper through Bookkeeper Business Launch and a Quickbooks ProAdvisor.  Helene offers a broad range of gifts and skills that contribute to our growth.  We are so grateful to have her as a part of the team! 


Barb has white colored hair, and blue eyes. Barb is smiling. Barb is wearing a blue shirt with white color and white name tag. Barb is clasping her hands together for this photo. Barb Smith is a Board Member at Large. Barb works as Chief Division of Community Partnerships in the Cecil County Department of Community Services. Barb enjoys helping in her community wherever possible, has a love of cats, and all animals. She loves to play pickle ball, and she is a member of the Drug Free Cecil Coalition. Barbara Smith (Board Treasurer) – Barb is Chief of the Division of Community Partnerships for the Cecil County Department of Community Services. In addition to her vital role in the county, Barb shares her support and expertise to countless organizations that benefit the people throughout our region.


Melissa has Brown hair in a bun, wears glasses, and has brown eyes. Melissa is wearing a Black dress with white flowers all over.  Melissa is smiling. Melissa has a Blue Background in her photo. Melissa Tapp is Executive Director for United Way of Cecil County. Melissa has a passion for community engagement, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the inner workings of her community to find the barriers our residents are facing, tackling them at their roots with a lasting fix. Melissa enjoys giving back to the community. Melissa loves sea turtles and dolphins, has a love for painting, is a Board Member of the ESFP Program, and member of the Drug Free Cecil Coalition. Melissa Tapp (Executive Director)Melissa serves United Way of Cecil County with a wealth of energy and enthusiasm.  Melissa is a former Board member of United Way of Cecil County as well as a former employee of Amazon, where she served in the role of “Amazon in the Community” Ambassador for four years. Melissa is a lifelong resident of Cecil County and lives in Elkton with her family.



Are you from

Cecilton · Charlestown · Chesapeake City · Elkton 

North East · Perryville · Port Deposit · Rising Sun

United Way of Cecil County WELCOMES Board applicants representing the

Entire Cecil County area! 

To apply to join our Board, fill out the Board Application and hit “Submit Form.”