Catherine N. Smoot-HaselnusCatherine N. Smoot-Haselnus, MD


In addition to currently chairing the QHS Board, Dr. Smoot-Haselnus has served the public and professional healthcare community in several capacities.

She is Founder and President of Chesapeake Eye Center, PA, and is a member of: the American Board of Ophthalmology, board certified; American Academy of Ophthalmology; American Medical Association; MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society (Past President and Board Member); Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (President, Vice President, and Board Member); Lower Shore Medical Society (President and Executive Board); and the Maryland Medical Political Action Committee (Board of Directors).

Dr. Smoot-Haselnus has also served on the National Board of Medical Examiners (1986) and as a Commissioner on the Health Care Access and Cost Commission (1997-2000) and the Maryland Health Care Commission (2000-2002).


John MurrayJohn Murray, Esq

Vice Chair

Mr. Murray is a member of the Maryland Bar and is a counsel with Miles & Stockbridge PC, a regional law firm with offices in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Tysons, Virginia. With a BA degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and a JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Miles & Stockbridge between 2001 and 2014.

Mr. Murray’s activities include: President, Talbot County Chamber of Commerce; Secretary and Director, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage; Vice-Chair, Chesapeake Country Economic Development Corporation; Director, Upper Shore Manufacturing and Business Council; President, Talbot County Bar Association; Treasurer and Director, Pickering Creek Environmental Center; and Chair, Talbot County Economic Development Commission.


Margaret (Peggy) Scott SchiffMargaret (Peggy) Scott Schiff, CPA, MBA


Ms. Schiff retired from The Washington Post after working in the industry for over 30 years. During her last 20 years at the Post, she served as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, part of the Corporation’s senior executive team. Prior to joining the Post, she was an independent auditor with Price Waterhouse & Co.

Along with the QHS and Delmarva Foundation (DF) boards, Ms. Schiff serves on the Audit and Finance Committees of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland and is a Trustee for the University of Maryland College Park Foundation along with other not-for-profit advisory boards (such as the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and The International Women’s Media Foundation).

Recognized in 2002 as one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women,” Ms. Schiff has a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland, an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University, and maintains an active CPA license in Maryland.


Norman ConwayNorman H. Conway

Mr. Conway is a former politician who represented district 38B in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was chairman of the House Appropriations committee and had been in the Maryland General Assembly since 1987.

Delegate Conway graduated from Salisbury University in 1965 with a BS in education. While working as a teacher, he continued his education, earning an MS in education administration. As principal of an elementary school, Conway ran for political office, winning a seat on the Salisbury City Council in 1974. He was later elected the council’s President by its members and served in this position from 1982 to 1987.

As a delegate, Conway was Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations committee when his Chairman and mentor, Howard “Pete” Rawlings, died and Speaker Michael E. Busch named Conway Chairman of the House’s most powerful committee. As Appropriations Chairman, he oversaw the state’s $30 billion budget and was a member of the Spending Affordability Committee, the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, and the Legislative Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee in 1991 he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.


Brenda CrabbsBrenda L. Crabbs

After a career in Baltimore County government and economic development, Mrs. Crabbs worked as a consultant for the corporate business community in Owings Mills, Maryland. She served as a volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation for 15 years, both as Chair of the Maryland Chapter and on the Board of Trustees of the national organization with an emphasis on patient advocacy and medical research.

Mrs. Crabbs was appointed as a member of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission by the Governor to help create a program for state-funded research and has also served on the Council for Arthritis and Related Diseases as well as the Board of Trustees of the Hannah More School—a school for developmentally and emotionally disabled youth.


George Matthew DrewGeorge Matthew Drew

Mr. Drew has over 24 years’ experience in engineering and management with an exclusive focus on project management and engineering design as well as analysis for the industrial manufacturing sector.

Working as both a consultant and owner representative, Mr. Drew started his cooperative engineering work at one of the world’s largest manufacturing corporations. He began his career working for General Motors, Rubberset Company (Sherwin-Williams), and Solo Cup Corporation. He joined AWB Engineers in 2001 and was elected to the firm’s Board of Directors in 2003. He is principal engineer and Executive Vice President of the company.

He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, and is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.


George Matthew DrewMaggi Gallaher, MD

Dr. Gallaher recently retired as Medical Director for the Public Health Division of the New Mexico Department of Health where she spent over 20 years working in areas including: access to care; services for children with special health care needs; family planning; injury prevention; and communicable disease prevention.

Dr. Gallaher earned her BS and medical degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Services, from the University of Washington. She completed residencies in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and served as a pediatrician for four years with the Indian Health Service. She also provided volunteer pediatric clinical services to indigent children (1990-1993); was Preceptor for the University of New Mexico Primary Care and Family Practice Programs (1993-1997); was a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico (1996-1998); and was an Acting Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (1998-2000).


Melvin D. GeraldMelvin D. Gerald, MD, MPH

Dr. Gerald completed his undergraduate education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Howard University School of Medicine, and completed a family medicine residency from Freedmens-Howard University Hospital. He also obtained a Master of Public Health degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene.

For a period of time Dr. Gerald was involved in academic medicine, but later established primary care group practices. He is currently President and CEO of Gerald Family Care in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland areas, as well as G&G Family Care in North Carolina.

During his distinguished medical career, Dr. Gerald served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians for three years and has received numerous outstanding awards and recognition for his service, contributions, and altruism for humanity.


Regina WoodsRegina Knox Woods

Ms. Knox Woods is Vice President, Government Affairs, for the District of Columbia for MedStar Health and oversees all government relations activities, including those from the legislative and executive branches on behalf of MedStar’s District hospitals—Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center.

She oversees the business, civic, and community relations for the Georgetown University Hospital, serving on the boards of high-profile neighborhood organizations and works closely with the leadership of the District of Columbia Hospital Association serving in leadership roles on such critical committees as the Government Relations and Financial Planning and Emergency Preparedness Committees.

Ms. Knox Woods provides professional guidance to MedStar Health leadership on District-related legislative, program, and policy matters. She continues to identify collaborations and partnerships that support the goals of MedStar Health for its District of Columbia facilities and other operations.

Ms. Knox Woods holds an MA in Organizational Communications from Howard University and a BA in English from Dickenson College.


Amanda NealAmanda M. Neal

Having previously served as the Director of Contracting and Procurement for United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Ms. Neal has used her skills as a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a Six Sigma Lean Professional, and a Change Management Specialist in multiple industries, including Legal, Information Technology, and Finance.

She has a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland and, prior to joining the QHS board, Ms. Neal served on the Board of Associates for Kids Peace Foster Care in Baltimore, Maryland.


Veronica SharpeVeronica Sharpe

Ms. Sharpe has served as the President of the District of Columbia Health Care Association since 2003. Prior to that, she worked as a healthcare consultant, hospital administrator, and a nuclear medicine technologist.

As a consultant, she provided consulting and executive management services to healthcare providers in various settings and currently serves as a member of the District of Columbia Medical Care Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the American Health Care Association Quality Committee.

Ms. Sharpe received her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and has a Master’s in Health Services Administration and a Master’s Certificate in Long-Term Care Management from the George Washington University.


Veronica SharpeSenora D. Simpson, DrPH

Dr. Simpson is the Chair for the Board of Trustees of Delmarva Foundation and is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. She was a Board Member of the Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia in 2009 and Chair from 2011 until the two boards were merged in 2013. Her current term is 2016-2017.

Dr. Simpson is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Public Health Administration (Mental Health Emphasis) and Boston University Sargent College in Physical Therapy. She has completed course work in Physics at Hunter College and Abnormal Psychology at George Washington University.

In addition to her work at Howard University, Dr. Simpson has been an Instructor at George Washington University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, School of Physical Therapy. Among her many other positions and responsibilities, she retired in 1989 as Director of Regional Operations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In a career spanning 58 years, she has an extensive list of organizations where she has been both a leader and volunteer at the national level. She has put forth the same dedicated effort supporting the people of the District of Columbia serving on multiple committees and councils dedicated to improving the lives of those in the District.


Jeffrey F. TurnerJeffrey F. Turner, BS

Mr. Turner is a Senior Banking Officer having previously served as Regional President of PNC Bank, President/CEO of Mercantile Peninsula Bank, and President/CEO of Peninsula Bank, Mercantile Bankshares. His community affiliations include Trustee of Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Director of Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.


J. Bruce WilliamsJ. Bruce Williams, BES

Mr. Williams is the former President and Owner of Carl J. Williams & Sons, Inc. construction company; Partner at O’Neill & Williams commercial property management; Board of Directors for The BowMar Millwork Corporation; Chairman of the Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals for the City of Salisbury, Maryland; Member of the Advisory Board for Maryland State Bank; Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board; and Past President of Eastern Shore Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.