Board Members

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!

Jonathan M. Hutcherson, Chairman
Founder & CEO 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.

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.

Raymond Morriss
Mayor of Cumberland

Ray was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Cumberland in November 2018.

Ray is a fourth generation railroader and after college started his career as a locomotive engineer. In September of 1983 Ray came to live in Cumberland for the first time when he was assigned as an Assistant Terminal Trainmaster. Ray received several promotions that took him away from the area until he returned in 2004.

As the Terminal Superintendent with a $13 million annual budget, Ray was responsible for directing and coordinating all activities of transportation, implementation of key performance improvements, managing payroll, overtime time claims, and administrative functions.

Ray is involved in many community organizations including the Rotary Club, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Board of Directors, the Western Maryland Health System Community Advisory Board, and a lifetime member of the Allegany Arts Council.

Ray retired from the railroad after 38 years in 2017. He resides in the city with his wife Brenda and their dog Winston. He enjoys traveling, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends.

Jacob C. Shade 
Commissioner of Allegany County

Jacob C. “Jake” Shade, a native of Cumberland, was re-elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2018 for a second four-year term. He was first elected in 2014. He is the President of the Board of County Commissioners.

Commissioner Shade earned a Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland in 2015. He also earned his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Government and Politics, from the University of Maryland in 2013. Commissioner Shade is a graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a professional development program associated with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.

Commissioner Shade also works in the insurance industry in Cumberland with a life and health license as well as Series 6, 63, and AHIP Medicare Certifications. Commissioner Shade formerly worked in the Maryland General Assembly as a Legislative Director.

During this term of office Commissioner Shade and his fellow County Commissioners serve on the Allegany County Board of Health and are members of the Cumberland Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF). Commissioner Shade also serves on the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Legislative Committee, The Greater Cumberland Committee, and The Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Inc.

Commissioner Shade is a member of Queen City AF & AM Masonic Lodge #131 and The International Churchill Society. He is a former member of the Allegany County Republican Central Committee. Commissioner Shade resides in Cumberland.

David J. Caporale 
Commissioner of Allegany County

David J. “Dave” Caporale, a native of Cumberland, was elected to the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County in 2019 for a four-year term. County Commissioner Caporale was first elected to public office in 2012 as a member of Cumberland’s City Council and served until he became an Allegany County Commissioner.

Commissioner Caporale earned his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Frostburg State University. He is a graduate of Bishop Walsh High School. Commissioner Caporale is enrolled in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a professional development program associated with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.

Caporale operates his family’s business, Caporale’s Bakery. This Cumberland entity was founded in 1906.

During this term of office Commissioner Caporale and his fellow County Commissioners serve on the Allegany County Board of Health and are members of the Cumberland Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF). Commissioner Caporale is a member of the Western Maryland Consortium (Allegany County One Stop Job Center). He also serves on the Allegany County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Allegany County Social Services Board of Directors, and the State of Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Commissioner Caporale is a member of the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association, The International Order of Alhambra Wamba Caravan #89, the Goodfellowship Club and Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Commissioner Caporale and his wife, Melissa, reside in Cumberland with their children, Michael and Julia.