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Executive Director

Since 1997, Jacob "Jake" Frego has served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore AHEC resulting in extensive experience in grants management including program monitoring and fiscal accountability. From 1988 to 1997, Mr. Frego was the Executive Director of Chesapeake Planning System in Cambridge, MD. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and he successfully completed the Mid-Atlantic Health Leadership Institute from John Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Frego has served on numerous rural health boards including Maryland Rural Health Association, MidShore Mental Health Association, the Regional Health Planning Board, Delmarva Education Foundation and the Community Advisory Committee to the UMD Comprehensive Center for Health Resources, Training and Outreach.



Clinical Education and Geriatric Program Coordinator

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Health Careers Coordinator

Damaris Bourland joined the ESAHEC in August of 2016.  Her extensive background in healthcare and adult education prepared her well for the Health Careers Coordinator position. In addition to her career as a Registered Nurse, Ms. Bourland worked with Chesapeake College where she developed the curriculum for the Associate Degree in Applied Science – Massage Therapy, served as Director of the program for nine years and served as the coordinator for healthcare continuing education for ten years. Ms. Bourland earned her nursing degree in Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Salisbury University. 


Grant Administrator

Since 2014 Steffanie Malkus has worked for Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center as their Grant Specialist and Project Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland in Speech Communications with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Malkus began her career in public relations and marketing working with high-tech start-up clients seeking venture capital. She also has extensive experience in technical writing. She moved to the Eastern Shore fifteen years ago and currently resides in Cambridge, Maryland with her two young sons.



Office and Data Administrator

In 2014 Courtney Robinson join the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center as a part-time Office Assistant and quickly made her way to a full-time Data & Office Administrator. Ms. Robinson is a Registered Certified Nursing Assistant and is experienced in Public Relations. She is a born resident of Dorchester County and enjoys spending her time capturing the Eastern Shore with her photography business .

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Administrative Officer and Fiscal Manager

 Since 2011, Erica Tracy has been providing office, administrative, and technical support services for all aspects of the ESAHEC. Prior to this position, Ms. Tracy began her career as an accounting assistant. Her earlier work experience includes a Staff Accountant for a Baltimore-based retailer and Office Manager/Assistant for an entrepreneur specializing in retail and service industries. 

She moved to the Eastern Shore in 2005 and when not in the office Ms. Tracy enjoys fishing with her husband and son. 


Children's Oral Health 

Caitlin joined the ESAHEC team in 2018 as the Oral Health Outreach Coordinator and continues to ensure the success of the much loved and adored Tooth Fairy’s Helper Program. She brings with her 17 years of dental experience and a strong desire to give back to the community that helped shape who she is today. Caitlin graduated from Salisbury University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. While working as a dental assistant she pursued another Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry where she graduated in 2013.  Caitlin is a Dorchester County native and when she is not busy spreading Tooth Fairy Helper words of oral health wisdom, she enjoys spending time outdoors and on the water with her husband, daughter and English Bulldog Delilah Mae.


Education Coordinator and CHW Trainer

Sara Smith possesses a Master Degree in Healthcare Administration from UMUC, a Bachelor Degree from SUNY Oswego, and an Associate Degree from SUNY Orange in New York State. Sara also obtained her certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy, in 2015. She has worked for over 13 years with the geriatric population as a Physical Therapist Assistant, with extensive experience in long term care settings.

The last five years, prior to joining the ESAHEC 2020, Sara had dedicated her time to directing and managing therapy departments in various skilled nursing facilities. 

She moved to the Eastern Shore in 2017 where she resides with her husband, son, and assortment of pets. 

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