Dunkirk attorney Alonzo Barber, III, Calvert Cliffs executive George Gellrich and Huntingtown banker Donald Parsons, Jr. have joined the board of directors for Calvert Memorial Hospital. CMH board members are all volunteers and play a vital role in ensuring that the organization meets the needs of the community.
“We’re excited that Mr. Barber will be joining our board,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “His background and desire to give back to the community are exemplary. We look forward to his outstanding leadership.”
For his part, Barber said, “I’m pleased to be part of such a respected organization. I can’t think of a better way to give back.
“They provide such a great service to the community,” he said. “I welcome the opportunity to add value in whatever way I can.”
Barber, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, obtained a master’s in engineering from Old Dominion University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He has been with Black Entertainment Television for seven years as counsel and senior manager for contracts, rights and compliance.
Active in the community, Barber has served on the Calvert County Economic Development Commission, Board of Appeals and Liquor Board as well as the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. He lives in Dunkirk with his wife, Kiaisha, and their three children and enjoys coaching youth sports, biking and basketball.
Gellrich has 30 years diverse management and leadership experience in the nuclear power industry and has been site vice president of the Lusby plant since 2010. Additionally, he has served on numerous nuclear safety review boards for other plants.
“Mr. Gellrich’s experience in nuclear energy management will be very beneficial to us as our hospital continues to enhance performance improvement in our own organization,” said Xinis. Constellation and the hospital are the two largest employers in the county and have collaborated on many joint radiation safety efforts.
Gellrich said the hospital and the nuclear power industry have a lot in common. “Both have high standards and provide an important service to the community,” he said. “I see this as an opportunity to share with each other to make both of us stronger.”
Gellrich obtained his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. He lives in Annapolis with his wife, Mary. They have three children. He enjoys basketball, spending time at Bethany Beach and is an avid University of Maryland sports fan.
Parsons is returning to the board after stepping down in 2008. He previously served for nine years and was the youngest board chairman in the history of the hospital.
“We’re very fortunate to have Mr. Parsons on our board again,” said Xinis. “His passion for the hospital and its role in the community is at the highest level.”
Parsons has a strong financial background and is well respected in the community for his work with Patuxent Habit for Humanity. He is currently vice president and senior loan officer for Calvert County at Community Bank of Tri-County MD and is a licensed Realtor®.
“I’m actually very excited about coming back on the board,” said Parsons. “There are a lot of financial challenges facing health care today. I’m very interested in preserving access to quality care for all Calvert County residents.”
Parsons lives in Huntingtown with his wife, Jackie and son, Chester. They also have three grown children. His interests include reading, sports and spending time with Chester and his six grandchildren.
The board also named officers for the coming year. They are Sally Showalter, chairman; Laurie A. Uherek, vice chairman; Henry S. Trentman, secretary and Kevin J. Nietmann, treasurer.