John H. Balch
President & Owner of The PharmaCare Network
John H. Balch, RPh, is the President and Owner of Bedford Road Pharmacy, Inc. dba PharmaCare of Cumberland which operates retail, institutional, compounding and infusion pharmacies plus home medical equipment and respiratory care. Mr. Balch earned his B.S. in Pharmacy at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and has owned and operated PharmaCare since 1977.
John has served as Commissioner, Long-Term Care Task Force Chairman, Executive Board member and President of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. In addition, he is the Chairman of Cardinal Health’s National Retail Advisory Board and a member of the LeaderNet Managed Care Panel. He also serves on the Owners’ Advisory Council for Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. and along with PharmaCare was named 2014 MSI Franchisee of the Year. John is a member of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, along with membership with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and Maryland Pharmacists Association.
In our local community Mr. Balch was the Founding Chairman of The Greater Cumberland Committee, the Capital Campaign Chairman for the Cumberland YMCA’s Riverside YMCA Project, and served on Western Maryland Health System’s Capital Campaign Cabinet and as the WMHS Foundation Chairman. He currently serves as a Board Member of The Children’s League, Frostburg State University Foundation, Standard Bank Advisory Board, along with President of the Catholic Community Foundation Board and Chairman of the Bishop P. Francis Murphy Educational Endowment for Western Maryland. He was a member of the Class of 1999 of Leadership Maryland!
Dr. Cynthia Bambara
President of Allegany College of Maryland
Dr. Cynthia Bambara was appointed Allegany College of Maryland’s (ACM) fifth president in March of 2011 and the first woman to lead the Cumberland-based community college in its more than 50-year history.
Dr. Bambara came to ACM from Virginia, where she was a veteran community college administrator. During her tenure, Dr. Bambara served as interim president at Central Virginia Community College and as vice president of student success at Lord Fairfax Community College.
Dr. Bambara received her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, her M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Alabama and her B.S. in psychology from Juniata College.
Dr. Bambara serves the community in various capacities including the Cumberland Rotary Club (board member and past president), The Greater Cumberland Committee (Executive Committee and Education Workgroup Chair), the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (board member) and the Western Maryland Health System Community Advisory Board. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Allegany!
Dr. Bambara and her husband Michael reside in Frostburg. They are the proud parents of two sons, Timothy and Thomas.
President of Exclamation Labs
With an extensive design and marketing background, Jonathan Hutcherson founded Exclamation Labs as a full-service web agency in 1996. The company has grown steadily over the past 20 years due to its unparalleled work in enterprise level digital development, user experience optimization, and web analytics. Jonathan’s team is made up of over 20 full-time employees who design and implement large mission critical infrastructure and execute the marketing programs that make them successful. Headquartered in Cumberland, Maryland, Exclamation Labs has focused on corporate customers such as Gerber Life Insurance Company, Choice Hotels International, DuPont, and the National Science Foundation.
Jonathan was the recipient of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Spirit award in 2012. The award was presented in recognition of his passion for developing new technologies and finding innovative ways to serve the needs of the community as the leader of a progressive local business.
Locally, Jonathan is the convener for the Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence, an entity that links regional Information Technology industry leaders with economic development leaders to encourage business retention, expansion, and the attraction of new business within the IT sector in Western Maryland. Both job readiness and incumbent IT training as well as the overarching goal to present Allegany County as “Technology Ready” is the main focus of the Center. He also serves on the Western Maryland Health System Board of Directors.
Jonathan is proud to call Western Maryland his home, and resides in Cumberland with wife, Amy and daughters, Grace and Eve. Choosing to locate his office in a historic house, he is reminded daily that what we make matters.
Business Unit President for CBIZ Employee Benefits of Maryland and Western PA
Mike Marchini is the Business Unit President for CBIZ Employee Benefits of Maryland and Western PA with management responsibilities for client service and new business. Mike has over 30 years of experience in the Employee Benefit Consulting field with specialties in large group (500+employees) benefits consulting including self-funding and underwriting. Mike and his family relocated from Baltimore to Cumberland 20 years ago to join CBIZ (formerly BGS&G).
Prior to CBIZ Mike worked for CIGNA HealthCare and Metropolitan Life and is a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Mike resides in Cumberland with his wife Laurie. They have two sons, Ryan and Josh.
In his role as Business Unit President for CBIZ Mike is constantly tasked with making business decisions requiring a strong familiarity with corporate accounting, business investments, personnel and staffing challenges and the overall financial management of the CBIZ MD operation. Mike brings those skills to the CEDC to review proposals and initiatives with an eye to returns on investment, financial viability and the best use of funding sources to deliver the greatest benefit for the Cumberland community.
Cumberland City Councilman
Seth D. Bernard is a native of Cumberland, Maryland. He is a 2005 graduate of Fort Hill High School, and a 2011 graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in National Security and Intelligence. Seth is employed by IBM as an Information Systems Security Officer in Cyber Security at its Mineral County, West Virginia Rocket Center Campus. Seth and his wife, Jewel, reside in Cumberland with their two children.
Seth was elected in November, 2014 as Councilman, and he was sworn into office on January, 2015. He serves as the City of Cumberland’s representative to the CEDC’s Board of Directors. Seth also serves on the City’s Historic Preservation Commission and its Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as, the Board of Directors for the Allegany County Historical Society, the Fort Hill Scholarship Committee, and the South Cumberland Civic and Business Association.
Seth is passionate in his belief that economic development must be the cornerstone of Cumberland’s future. He has diligently worked during his tenure as Councilman to, among other things, promote increased economic development collaboration among the City, Allegany County government, State government, and local stakeholders; to identify and help secure traditional and non-traditional funding sources for economic development efforts; and to identify matters negatively effecting the quality of life for citizens and businesses and to help develop both short and long term solutions.
Barry P. Ronan
President & CEO of WMHS
Barry received a B.A in Administration of Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration both from University of Pittsburgh.
Barry began his career in Cumberland as Vice President of Operations at Memorial Hospital in 1989 and became the Memorial President & CEO in 1994. Barry was integral in the forming of Western Maryland Health System in 1996 and became President & CEO in 2000. Prior to arriving in Cumberland, Barry held a variety of health care positions in the two largest hospitals in Pittsburgh, PA.
In addition to his role in forming WMHS, Barry led the building of a new medical center in Cumberland in 2009 and introduced a new care delivery model at WMHS in 2010. He continues to serve on numerous boards both locally and on a statewide basis, is the recipient of many leadership awards and is nationally recognized for transitioning care delivery at WMHS to a value based model.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in community service, strategic planning, governance and business development to the CEDC.
William E. Freas, Jr., CCC A/SLP
Chief Executive Officer for CareVentures Inc.
Bill has a business, speech-language pathology, and audiology background. With over 40+ years of experience in the healthcare industry, he has owned and operated several rehabilitation companies throughout the east coast. Bill has distinguished himself as an outstanding and innovative problem-solver and leader who is well respected within the Long Term Care industry and the greater healthcare community.
Bill is a tremendous asset to the CEDC and City of Cumberland as a business leader, a community partner and an experienced entrepreneur.
Allegany County Administrator
Brandon Butler is the newly appointed County Administrator of Allegany County, Maryland, a position that he has held since March 2018. In his short tenure, Butler has implemented a major initiative to reorganize local government, established a summer fellowship program for local government, and created the county’s first Regulatory Reform Commission to focus on planning and zoning issues.
Prior to that, Brandon served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning at Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. While there, Butler led efforts to craft Maryland’s State Workforce Plan. In addition, he was part of the team implementing the Department’s youth apprenticeship initiative, was named as a co-chair of a national policy committee convened by the Aspen Institute and served on Governor Larry Hogan’s Two-Generation Family Economic Security Commission. Butler earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.