Channel Marker Board

Channel Marker’s new board members include, from left, Graham Slaughter, Curt Hutchinson, Rebecca Loukides, Doris Mason and John McQuaid.

EASTON — Channel Marker Inc., the mental health support services organization serving Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, announced the following appointments to its board of directors:

John McQuaid of Easton currently is with the Eastern Shore Regional Geographic Information System Cooperative, out of Salisbury University, working with the government, non-governmental organizations, vendors and consumers to identify opportunities for adoption and utilization of newly-added broadband capacity throughout rural Maryland. He previously has worked as an independent business consultant and in a variety of management capacities and was the co-founder of Warwick Fulfillment Solutions, a Dorchester County startup fulfillment company. Prior to entering the private sector, McQuaid served as the administrative service director for Channel Marker Inc.

He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Delaware. He lives in Easton with his wife, Debbie, and two children, Sam and Anna. He is a charter member of the Tidewater Chapter of Rotary International in Easton Rotary Club, co-chairman of the Benefactor’s Committee for the 2012 Waterfowl Festival and a member of the Bloodbank of Delmarva’s Mid-Shore board.

Rebecca “Becky” Loukides of Denton began her career with the Caroline County Health Department in June of 1982. From 1982 to 1996, Loukides was the director of the Caroline Counseling Center, the outpatient drug and alcohol program for the health department. In August of 1996 she served as the deputy health efficer of the department.

Loukides holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science from Salisbury University. She has attended numerous trainings in addictions, public health and emergency preparedness. She served on the board of education for 10 years, the board of Care Health of Shore Health System and was a member of the local management board. Loukides currently is on the advisory board for Caroline Mental Health. She is an active member and past president of the Denton Rotary.

Doris Mason of Easton has had a 22-year career in public human services. Sectors in which she has served include child protective services, foster care, family preservation, adoptions, energy and utility assistance, subsidized childcare, adult protective services, adult foster care, adult public guardianship, addictions treatment and criminal justice programs. She has worked as the assistant to the deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. More recently, she transitioned into workforce and economic development, providing oversight to a five-county Career One-Stop region, as an administrator for the Upper Shore Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. She was able to increase the visibility of the system to the local business and economic development communities and partner with others in the field to bring workforce development planning to the forefront.

Mason currently is the executive director for the Upper Shore Regional Council, a planning and development organization, which serves residents of Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

Curt Hutchinson, a Talbot County resident, is a special education teacher at Easton High School who has worked there for the past six years. He taught previously at Easton Middle and at North Dorchester High schools. Before moving to Maryland, he taught for the Kanawha County Board of Education in West Virginia as an itinerant for the orthopedically impaired for three years. He also has worked for the YMCA for the last 12 years as the director of Camp Lazy Days, a camp for special needs children.

Hutchinson’s education includes an undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan in history and government. He received another undergraduate degree in education of the social sciences from the University of Charleston and his master’s degree from Marshall University in the education of the orthopedically impaired. He and his wife, Pam, have three children.

Dr. Graham Slaughter of Dorchester County also joins the Channel Marker board of directors. He is a graduate of The Gilman School in Baltimore, Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Duke University School of Medicine, and he completed his surgical and neurosurgery residency at Duke University Hospital. Slaughter also is a graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art Photography Program. His neurosurgical career took place at Duke and in Baltimore, in both academic and private practice.

Slaughter is married with three children, one stepdaughter and nine grandchildren. Slaughter is enjoying his retirement pursuing his love of photography. He also has an interest in museum quality model ship building, is a master gardener with the University of Maryland and is a member of Rotary. He presently is a medical consultant for IWIF the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund, on the vestry of Old Trinity Church and for many years has been both president and a member of the board of directors for the Dorchester Center for the Arts.

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