TRAPPE — Habitat for Humanity Choptank welcomed four new members to its board of directors during its July 16 annual business meeting.

Mary Ellen Bauer, Jodi Cavanaugh-Jews, George Dappert, and L. Jeffrey Joseph have been voted in and will serve together with twelve other board members in an effort to further the Habitat mission by offering their hard-working dedication and time-honored talents in the service of both the Talbot and Dorchester County housing communities.

Mary Ellen Bauer graduated from Penn State with a master’s degree in education. She has been employed as a teacher and an elementary school guidance counselor. Following her teaching assignments, she served as the director of the Red Cross office at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Her husband is retired from the U.S. Navy and they now live in Cambridge with their two children. Bauer has volunteered in many capacities within her children’s school, Saints Peter and Paul in Easton as well as with other nonprofit organizations such as Cambridge Main Street. She has been a member of the Habitat for Humanity Women on Wednesday Crew (WOW) and has served on the Neighborhood Revitalization committee for Habitat Choptank since its creation this past year.

Jodi A. Cavanaugh Jews currently operates her own private law practice out of Baltimore specializing in mediation, family/domestic law representing parents and children with special education issues. She also serves as staff attorney for Mid Shore Council on Family Violence located in Easton. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Notre Dame followed by her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She has additional training in mediation, with an emphasis on family law; marital property and child access. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She and her husband Melvin live in Cambridge with their two children.

Prior to retirement, George Dappert accumulated over 30 years of financial and operational experience in both manufacturing and service companies. He is a director and previous vice president and CFO of SBP Holding, one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. Previously he served as vice president and CFO of Airpax Corporation in Cambridge, president of Berkshire Corporation in Massachusetts and spent many years with Kraft Foods and Scott Paper Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA in finance from Cornell University. Dappert joined the HFHC Finance Committee in 2017 and is also a seasonal construction volunteer with Easton’s Tuesday Crew. He and his wife Judy Wixted split their time between Cordova and Winter Garden, Fla.

L. Jeffrey Joseph is a senior vice president in PNC Bank’s Real Estate Banking division. He and his wife Jennifer live in St Michaels and Rehoboth Beach. Joseph has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for over ten years, holding various positions with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (DE), Choptank Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International. Jeff has a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Wilmington University.

The officers of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Choptank were also reelected to serve another one year term. Officers include George Fox, president; Paul Brant, vice president; Larry Neviaser, treasurer; and Jennifer Grier, secretary. Other discussions and presentations at Habitat Choptank’s annual business meeting included a review of new home production techniques, quarterly targets for success, a newly established Helping Hands Revolving Loan Fund, volunteer and business outreach efforts, as well as new product lines being launched at the organization’s ReStore located on Commerce Drive in Easton.

About Habitat Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 80 families and currently partners with 16 local homebuyers. At present, 14 more homes are under construction in Dorchester and Talbot Counties. Income qualifying homebuyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s project inventory. After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of homeownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its homeownership program throughout the year. For more information, to make a donation that benefits our local community, or volunteer, call 410-476-3204 or visit

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