Board of Directors - 2019/2020

Emeritus Board Members

Lou Battistella

Past President
Greensburg, PA is Lou's full time residence where he is the President of Adam Eidemiller, Inc, a land developer and contracting company founded in 1925. Deep Creek has been part of Lou's life since 1953. His and his wife Sue's lake home is in the Cherry Creek Cove area. Lou served as POA Secretary and then President from 2009 to 2011, on the DCL Policy and Review Board, and is currently Chairman of Garrett County's Emergency Services Board and Emergency Planning Committee. He has 20 years with the Greensburg Fire Department and 40+ years overall as a volunteer firefighter.

Mike Belmonte

Past President
Mike came to Deep Creek Lake in 1965 as a summer resident. After retiring from Westinghouse Electric in 1986 he became a full time resident.  He served at the POA president from 1993 to 1996.  He enjoys sailing every summer. He is a founding member of GLAF, served on the Garrett College Foundation board and was a member of the organizing committee for the 1989 World Kayak and Canoe Championships on the Savage River.

Troy Ellington

Past President

Troy is a retired engineer from the space industry and lives on Pergin Farm on the south end of the lake. He built his first home here in 1986 and moved here full time in 2000. Troy is a past president of the POA and is Chairperson of the Garrett County Planning Commission. Troy and his wife Betty are skiers.

Jan Finkel

Past President
Jan began coming to Deep Creek Lake as an infant.  He and his wife Judy, along with their two children, moved permanently to their home on the lake in 1987. Jan served as POA president from 1990 to 1993.

Class of 2019

Susie Crawford

First Vice President

Susie, a Pittsburgh native, is a retired federal judge and an independent director of Resources Connection, Inc.  She has been a full or part-time resident of Deep Creek Lake since 1954 and lives in the Hazelhurst area.  She is active with the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University, the Garrett College Foundation Board, Therapy Dogs International, and is a Mountain Host at the Wisp Ski Resort.

Bob Hoffmann

Past President

Bob retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after serving over 28 years on active duty then worked for a couple of defense contractors in the Northern Virginia area until 2010.  He has been a property owner since 2002 and full time resident since June 2010.  He is currently semi-retired and lives off Boy Scout Road.  He is active working as a mentor with Garrett Mentors, serves as the POA representative to the DCL Policy and Review Board, is a member of the DCL Watershed Management Plan Steering Group, and is an alternate for the Garrett County Board of Zoning Appeals, Deep Creek Watershed.

Lauren O’Brien McCann

Lauren was raised in her family home on Deep Creek Lake. She now resides in McHenry, on Marsh Mountain, and manages her family business, Silvertree Marine. Lauren's family has owned and operated multiple businesses for over 75 years in Garrett County . Her grandparents built and still currently live in one of the oldest homes on Deep Creek on Rock Lodge Road. She is a graduate of Northern Garrett County High School and Frostburg State University. She has both professional and recreational interests in Garrett County, especially Deep Creek Lake. Lauren enjoys summer and winter outdoor activities in Garrett County.

John Quilty

John is retired (almost) from the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit company chartered to advise the federal government on electronic and information system matters. He and his wife Helen had been vacationing at Deep Creek Lake, with their two children, since the late 1970’s. They purchased lake property in 1998 in the Turkey Neck/Hickory Ridge area, built a home shortly thereafter, and now share almost equal time between their lake house and their residence in northern VA.  Both water and snow skiing are part of John's and Helen's life at the lake.

Walt Malecki

Walt is originally a native of Baltimore, retired from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. He and his wife Karen reside in their home on Beckman’s Peninsula which they have owned since 1983. He is an active member of the Oakland Rotary and the current Treasurer for the Garrett College Foundation Board. Walt enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing in the Garrett County area.

Karen Myers

Karen is a 10th-generation native of Garrett County, her ancestors were the early settlers along the Youghiogheny River in Friendsville in the mid-1700s. She has been active in mnay business areas around the county since the 1970's.

Class of 2020

Lulu Gonella

VP, Communications
Lulu Gonella is an Executive Coach and Human Resources Consultant for LWG Consulting LLC which she founded in 2007 after spending nearly 20 years in Big 4 accounting firms.  She and her husband, Geoff, bought a house in Thousand Acres on Green Glade Cove in 2009 after having spent many summers with their two sons renting summer homes at the lake.  She has been on the board of the Thousand Acres Association since 2011.  She and her family permanently reside in Kensington, Maryland.
Ed King

Past President

Ed, a property owner since 1965, camped here in his childhood.  A graduate of WVU and Carnegie Mellon, he is retired from American Bridge Division US Steel.  Moving here permanently in 1984 he and wife Jean began a real estate career, in which Ed is still active.  Ed served in Air Force, is active in county planning and zoning, lake management, Deep Creek Lions Club and other boards and committees.  He loves outdoor activities, has authored short stories titled “I Love Deep Creek Lake” and has written a book titled "Famous Boats of Deep Creek Lake."

George Evans

George is a Garrett County native.  He and his wife Judith have resided full time in Sky Valley since 1994.  He is a semi-retired Human Resource Director with First United Bank & Trust, having spent 33 years in the local banking industry.  George also worked as a Program Manager for Northrup Grumman Corporation and spent several years in retail store management.  He has been active in numerous community and charitable organizations and currently serves on the Garrett County Health Planning Council.  George and Judith enjoy many outdoor summer and winter activities in beautiful Garrett County.  

Thomas Knapp

Tom and his wife Lee Ann have been residents of Meadow Mountain Lane since 2009.  Tom and Lee Ann reside in Bethesda Maryland. They have four children and two grandchildren who also enjoy spending time at the lake. Tom is the Secretary of the Meadow Mountain Lane Association.
Tom is the general counsel for gy companies and a board member for a public biotechnology company. 

Robert Sutton

Bob Sutton is a Cumberland native who retired from 30 years at PPG R&D in Pittsburgh in 2008. He and wife Angie live full time at Sky Valley, Deep Creek where they have had a home since 1971. Bob is an avid water and snow skier and has been President of Sky Valley Association for the last 18 years.

Class of 2021

Grant Callery

Editor of the Dispatch

Grant and his wife Jackie have been property owners in the Timberloft community at Deep Creek Lake since 1993 and reside in Bethesda Maryland. Their two children and six grandchildren also enjoy spending time at the lake. Grant serves as President of the Timberloft Council of Unit Owners.
Grant retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) he currently serves as a member of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Marietta College and of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)

Tom Craven

Tom has spent the last 60 summers at Deep Creek. Now I spend about half of my time following retirement from Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  We live on Turkey Neck across from Poland Run where we love to sail & cruise. It is our hope that we keep the lake quiet, safe and fun for all and to see Garrett County prosper

Morgan France

I came to Deep Creek in the '50's with my family for vacation.  When I was student teaching I met three fellow boy Scouts who had built a sailboat in Hopwood, Pa.  They offered to teach me to sail if I would haul their boat to Deep Creek.  That was in 1964.  In 1970 I got a job with Sandy Douglass building Flying Scot sailboats and moved to Oakland from Greensburg, Pa.  In 1974 I sold my interest in the boat company and started a land surveying business in Oakland.  In 1988 I moved to the lake where I live now.  I am mostly retired and spending time on the lake I love.

Chris Nichols 

Asst Treasurer/VP Membership

Chris works as analyst for the U.S. Department of Energy in Morgantown, WV.  He is a Deep Creek Lake native, and lives with his wife Lisa and their two boys in the cabin his grandparents built in the 1930's.  He is an active member of the Deep Creek Lake Lion's Club and volunteers with the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society.

Gary Shafer

Gary is a retired pharmacist in Oakland, MD, having lived there for over 25 years, and a summertime lake dweller in the McHenry area since 1957 as a child.  He owns the Christmas Chalet at the lake.  Gary has been active in the Oakland-Mountain Lake Park Lions, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  He enjoys golfing and snow skiing and is an avid WVU Alumni supporter.

Karen Smith

Karen is a native of Maryland and has many fond memories of camping and fishing on Deep Creek Lake as a chld.  She and her husband have owned a home on Red Run cove since 1994 and currently spend the summers at DCL and winter in Florida.  Karen is a retired attonery with the firm of Offit Kurman.  She is a past member of the Board of Dancing Classrooms of the Alleghenies.
In memoriam

Paul Weiler

Past President
Paul servePaul has been a DCL property owner since 1973.  He and his family have spent every summer here during that time and now, in retirement, Paul and his wife Pat live at the lake for at least half the year if not longer.  Paul is also on the Boards of GLAF and The Garrett College Foundation. Paul has served the past year  -editor of the Deep Creek Dispatch.  Paul is a retiree of both IBM and Lockheed Martin where he worked as a Program Manager and Quality Systems auditor.