For 24 years, Jacob “Jake” Frego served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore AHEC (ESAHEC). Prior to that position, from 1988 to 1997, he was the Executive Director of Chesapeake Planning System in Cambridge, MD.

Jake 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. He 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.

Jake was a true friend to his sister AHECs in Western and Central Maryland, often offering support and ideas. He was a collaborator with deep history, deep concern, deep understanding.

Jake was a true Renaissance man and enjoyed lively conversations (debates) on several topics. He was a staunch advocate for rural healthcare and rural Maryland and had a profound impact on the health of Maryland’s Eastern Shore residents.

Jake was a dedicated husband to his beloved wife of 62 years, Marian, and a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather to his three sons, nine grandchildren and one great grandson. He held a special place in his heart for all dogs and would often determine a person’s character on whether they too shared his passion for canines.

Jake thought of the ESAHEC staff not only as employees, but as family members. He will be tremendously missed not only by his family, but staff, colleagues, and friends