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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Deborah L. Palmer



A native of Pennsylvania, Debbie made Maryland home with her son in 1972. After college she worked in Management until going to work for Campbell Soup Co. in Salisbury MD. Debbie worked for Campbell Soup until the plant closed in 1993. In 2001 Debbie designed ADA program for Shore Transit and became a board member for United Needs & Abilities (formerly the Epilepsy Association). Debbie brings a sense of determination to the board. And as she states "When I see the smiles of the people we serve, when I hear the laughter I know that we are doing good work for many deserving people. We are making a difference". Now retired Debbie stays busy with her family; husband, step son, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and one great grandson. With her work for United Needs & Abilities, many friends and family there is little time for retirement.

David Waters


First Vice-President

David Waters was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Pocomoke City. He currently resides in Salisbury, MD with his wife Emily. David first became involved with United Needs & Abilities in the early 1980's playing in tennis tournament fundraisers held by the agency. David has worked with individuals from preschool (HeadStart) to senior citizens (Day Care for the Elderly) along with a 29-year career in corrections, retiring in 2010; the last 19 years in case management. Looking for community service opportunities, David joined the Board of Directors in 1997. Retirement has given David more time to spend with family and friends, as well as his interests in tennis, music, and travel. David brings a passion for quality of life for the people we serve and our staff to the board.

Rosemary Thayer


Second Vice President

Bio coming soon.

Joyce Davis



She was born in Baltimore and moved to the Eastern Shore in 1976. Joyce has been employed by the state of Maryland since 1978 doing various jobs; she was an Employment Specialist from 1978 until 1982 working with clients to find employment. She then began working for Social Services as a caseworker for the Family Investment Program. In 1987 decided to pursue a Masters in Social Work and worked for Queen Anne’s County Health Department in the hospice program. Upon graduation began her career as a social worker working with the adult population. Joyce currently lives in Chestertown with her husband.

Craig Walter



Craig A. Walter currently serves as Treasurer for United Needs & Abilities (formerly the Epilepsy Association) Craig was elected to the Board of Directors sixteen years ago, serving as President as well. Craig is a CPA and Partner, of Anthony Walter Duncan LLP in Easton MD, a firm of 20 years. Craig's most recent associations are with SSPP girls varsity soccer coach and Board of Directors of Easton Rotary Club. Craig brings to the board his financial wisdom as well as his genuine care and concern for the people we serve. Making a positive impact on the organization and the lives of many.

Ann Fink


Immediate Past President

Ann was born and raised in Caroline County, MD.
Presently Ann lives in Preston, MD with her husband Mike Fink,
enjoying time with three beautiful grandchildren and her son Andrew.
Ann worked as a special education teacher on the Western Shore
of Maryland for many years. Ann then worked for the Caroline County
Health Department for the Developmental Disabilities Administration
before retiring in 2012. As though Ann was not busy enough throughout
life she was also employed for the Mid Shore Special Education Consortium in Queen Anne's County, MD as a Transition Specialist for the Caroline County Public Schools. Ann now works part-time in the Career Readiness Program while enjoying retirement with her husband and two dogs.

Board Members

David Donohoe


David has served on the board since 2006.

Brian "Pete" Cosby


Board Member

Pete has been an attorney in Worcester County for 32 years. He has many hobbies and interests, including: restoring antique boats, sailing and boating, gardening, oil painting, bicycling/hiking, to woodworking. Pete has a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University. He is married with two children and a granddaughter.

Ryan Weitzel


Board Member

Ryan was born in 1987 in Salisbury, MD and graduated from James M Bennett HS in 2005. He has worked in the energy efficiency field for the past 9 years throughout both Texas and New York.

Ryan holds two certifications, Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, through the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI is an organization that certifies individuals, accredits companies, and sets working standards throughout the Northeast and the entire country. Currently he is in the process of becoming certified to design, install, and manage Photovoltaic Systems and hopes to do the same for Geo-Thermal HVAC work within the coming year.

Aside from his work in sustainable energy and building efficiency, he is studying Political Science and Spanish at the College of Staten Island. Upon completion of his degrees, Ryan would like to get involved with policy development at the national level, especially in the fields of foreign relations and clean-energy independence.

“I want to give something back to my community, I believe serving on the board of United Needs and Abilities is a notable way to develop ideas and put them into action to help those with disabilities, and our community.”

Chuck Shorely


Board Member

Real Estate

Dr. Richard Bird


Board Member

Dr. Richard Bird has practiced Neurology in Salisbury since 1978 and is a founding Board Member of The Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore, now UNA. He sees many patients with Epilepsy and other Developmental Disabilities.

Kristin Marshall


Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Scott Shores


Board Member

Bio coming soon

You can make a difference!

Are you willing to share your talent and experience by considering a board appointment to United Needs & Abilities? Since you are visiting our web site, you must already be interested in our programs.

Presently, our volunteer board is extremely diverse and consists of people from all walks of life, namely, accounting, legal, real estate, insurance, medical, as well as persons with epilepsy and their family members. While we are anxious to identify potential volunteers throughout the Eastern Shore, we have a particular need for representatives from Queen Anne's county.

Please contact a board member, contact us or call Mike Dyer at 410-543-0665, to explore what it means to be a Board member for United Needs & Abilities.