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KIMBERLY FINCH

Kim Finch has joined the ESAHEC staff as the Geriatrics and Clinical Education Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Radford University and worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for five years. Her jobs and responsibilities included providing support services to adults with developmental disabilities and brain injuries in both residential and day program settings.

Kim went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Towson University and holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Elementary Education from the State of Maryland. Kim has over 12 years of experience in the classroom, where she created lesson plans that focused on specific student learning styles. She made interactive learning a priority to ensure student engagement. She integrated modern instructional techniques across all subject areas and planned and organized academic events and activities, both on and off school property. She established positive relationships and collaborated with students, parents, peers and the administrative staff.

Kim lives in Easton with her family and is looking forward to bringing and integrating her experiences and knowledge as she embarks on her new adventure with ESAHEC.

SHAKIRA ABDULAI

Shakira Abdulai joins ESAHEC and continues her passion for public health as the Public Health Initiatives Program Manager. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Delaware. In 2019, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Health and Health Services from the University of Delaware. Shakira went on to complete her Master of Public Health degree from Penn State College of Medicine. Her experience includes working with vulnerable populations within the fields of geriatrics and mental health, as well as providing supplemental instruction to undergraduate sociology students. Her most recent project explored the connection between racism in health care and its impact on maternal health outcomes for African American women. Shakira is excited to begin her new journey in working to improve community health! She will be managing the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Community Health Worker Program at ESAHEC, as well as other public health special projects.

Erica Copper

ERICA COPPER

Erica Copper joins ESAHEC as the Administrative Specialist. She was raised in Delaware but moved to the Eastern Shore almost ten years ago. Her schooling as a paralegal, coupled with experience in the real estate and design industries, taught her a lot about how to ensure processes run smoothly. She has worked well with architects, legal and medical staff, facilitating seamless communication and ensuring clients’ needs were always handled in a timely and efficient manner. She has always provided exceptional support to staff and clientele. She is passionate about helping others and showing people that she cares, and she is dedicated to using her strong interpersonal skills to help further ESAHEC’s initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, playing card games, reading and going to the beach.

JENNIFER HUDSON

Jennifer Hudson joined ESAHEC as the Finance Manager in January 2024. Previously, she worked as an office manager at a large construction company and held multiple roles over 28 years with an accounting firm. She brings a wide variety of skills with her to ESAHEC, including specializations in billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, mid-level tax preparation, payroll and specialized reporting. She also has an extensive knowledge of multiple accounting software systems. She looks forward to bringing her finance management and accounting skills to ESAHEC. Jennifer has lived on the Eastern Shore in Caroline County her entire life and enjoys farm life with her family and all of their animals when not working.

LISA WIDMAIER

Lisa Widmaier joins ESAHEC as the Executive Director. Previously, Lisa served as the geriatric program coordinator and community health worker lead trainer from 2012 to 2018.

In her tenure at the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, Lisa educated health professionals about geriatrics and team-based care as well as helped lead the development of the community health worker workforce in Maryland. She held state appointments including with the Maryland Workgroup for Workforce Development of Community Health Workers and most recently the Community Health Worker Training Program Application Review Committee.

Prior to rejoining the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, Lisa served as clinical coordinator at Easterseals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she led a staff of nine including pediatric therapists and support workers. Widmaier directed noncredit health care programs at Chesapeake College where she managed programs for certified nursing assistants, dental assistants and clinical medical assistants as well as supervised full-time staff members and part-time instructors.

Previously, she was a public-school teacher.

Lisa graduated from the Shore Leadership program in 2022. She holds a Master of Education from Penn State University and bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching from Lebanon Valley College. She lives in Dorchester County.

COURTNEY THOMAS

Courtney has worked in the health care field since 2021, previously serving Talbot County and the surrounding areas with Covid-19 relief efforts at the Talbot County Health Department. Specializing in record keeping, vaccinations, testing protocol, and community outreach. In her free time, Courtney enjoys attending concerts and sharing her knowledge of skin care. Courtney is extremely excited to serve the Eastern Shore in her role as the Special Initiatives Program Coordinator.

SHAY LEWIS-SISCO, BS, GCDF

Shavonte (Shay) Lewis-Sisco, also known as ShaySpeaks, born and raised here in Cambridge, Maryland. Shay has served in Public Service for over ten years as a Workforce Development Specialist III for the Maryland Department of Labor, Community Engagement Coordinator for Moving Dorchester Forward, and Family Investment Specialist for the Department of Social Services. In addition, she is active in serving and engaging the community through volunteerism, as the Host of Candid Crucial Community Conversations and as an executive board member for the non-profit agency, “For All Seasons Behavioral Health.”

Shay also served in the Dorchester County Public Schools as a former Character Counts Coach, Sandy Hill Parent Advisory Council, and a member of DCPS District Parent Engagement for Title I School. In addition, she has served at Chesapeake College as a Student Life Liaison to promote student retention and success and as a Multicultural Advisory Committee member. She was a featured speaker for DCPS Community Forum, on the Kirwan Commission in 2019, the Moving Dorchester Forward Community Forum with the State Superintendent, and the Youth Expo led by Omeakia Jackson. She has been featured in a series of news broadcasting publications, including the August 2022 edition of the What’s Up Eastern Shore “The Real Deal” magazine.

Shay graduated from Chesapeake College, where she studied Behavioral Health Sciences. She continued her educational journey at the University of Maryland Global Campus, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. Shay is committed to building and strengthening communities through engagement, education, and empowerment by connecting them with resources, programs, and the services needed to thrive.

Shay is excited to bring her leadership, relationship management, community organizing, communication, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation skills to ESAHEC as the Community Impact and Engagement Manager.

EMMA DAY

Emma Day manages BHC’s client accounts and specializes in social media strategy and management, website development, digital marketing and content creation. She joined BHC in 2017 as a social media account executive.

Previously, she worked as the communications and program coordinator for the nonprofit ORANS and its parent company, Baltimore Mediation, where she managed both companies’ websites and social media. She also maintained the companies’ blogs, regularly writing articles and creating content.

Emma earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in sociology from Goucher College in 2015.

KYRI JACOBS

Kyri L. Jacobs joined BHC in 1992 and has spent nearly 30 years as a communications, public relations, advertising, media and marketing professional. She has provided counsel and led major campaigns for many of BHC’s largest clients throughout Maryland. As owner of the agency, she is integral in the company, successfully managing agency operations for the past 20 years.

Prior to joining BHC, Kyri worked for the Pennsylvania-based Ohio Valley General Hospital. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

CAITLIN DONOHUE-VEGA

Caitlin Donohue-Vega, RDH, BS has served as the Oral Health Outreach Coordinator with the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) since 2018 and also practices clinical dental hygiene 3 days a week in a periodontal specialty practice. Mrs. Donohue-Vega has worked in both general and specialty dental practices as well as the public health sector for a total of 20 years in the dental field. She is a strong advocate for education and has a passion for breaking down the barriers by providing oral health education and services to our most vulnerable populations. She has a strong desire to give back to the community that helped shape who she is today. Mrs. Donohue-Vega is a 2009 graduate from Salisbury University with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She then went on to pursue her dental hygiene degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013. For help with oral health resources, program information and/or questions please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Donohue-Vega via email at cvega@esahec.org.