Last Updated on August 5, 2021

Election Results for Residents’ Council 2021

Elected

Diana Dunaw

Diana Dunaway

Moving from Annapolis during the lockdown, opportunities to volunteer were limited. I currently participate in Bingo, Charlestown Quilters, Board Gamers, Boomers, and the Computer Literacy Project. I play Mahjong, quilt, paint, and write. I have been a Banker, Social Worker, Texas Medicaid Director, Real Estate Broker/Developer, Computer Programmer, and Government Program Manager. For more about qualifications to serve, read my book, “101 Ways I Have Tried to Make Money or Things I Learned After It Was Too Late,” available on Amazon or I will give you a copy when we meet. I believe in giving back and will add volunteer activities as Charlestown reopens. That is why I want to serve on the Residents’ Council.

Rosemary Eck

Rosemary Eck

Rosemary Eck retired as Charlestown’s inaugural Director of Gift Planning after 5½ years in July 1995. Before that, she was the major gifts fundraiser for ten years at Maryland Public Television.

A Walters Art Museum docent for 21 years, she’s a former president of the Museum’s docent corps and former member of the Museum’s Board. She’s also a former Baltimore Opera Company Trustee and a current Board member of Baltimore Concert Opera.

Delighted to be a resident since June 2019, Rosemary is VP for the Chapel Concert Series, a member of Fireside Artists, Wood Shop, and the Photography Interest Group.

David Elder

David Elder

Betty & I moved to Charlestown in March of 2019.

I retired from 27 years at HCPSS Building Services and have 50 years of experience with Life Safety and Communications systems.

My Mom was a Charlestown resident for almost eight years, and my visits with her gave me insight into the Charlestown Community.

My experience serving as Co-Chair of the Residents’ Council Communications Committee and participation with the Boomers, Computer, Photography, Model Train, and Board Game Clubs and assisting with ELLIC Zoom Classes will allow me to represent Charlestown Residents with a variety of interests. If elected to the Residents’ Council, I will strive to represent your concerns to other members of the Council and Erickson Living Management.

Carol Eshelman

Carol Eshelman

After 25 years, in a rowhouse in the Federal Hill neighborhood, it was time to give up homeownership. I chose Charlestown for its proximity to family and for the vibrancy of its community.

My work experience includes environmental consulting and nonprofit management. Prior to retirement, I was executive director of a nonprofit community development corporation in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay.

I moved into Charlestown just before the COVID shutdown, so most of my involvement has been through zoom. The cooperation, care, resiliency, and spirit of the community, and staff have confirmed my choice. I look forward to serving.

Sebastian Petix

Sebastian Petix

Charlestown resident since October 2019.
Career experiences included 33 years as a public-school educator/counselor and 25+ years as a real estate agent, investor, owner/ broker Petix Group Realtors. Volunteer experiences included the President of the largest neighborhood association representing residents and commercial establishments in the historic district of Rochester, New York. I served five years on the City of Rochester’s Preservation Board to help maintain the integrity of historic properties, initiated and produced a concert series for 20 years to benefit the restoration of a historic church and support local professional musicians, and served numerous church committees, such as treasurer of the parish council, mentor and tutor to inner-city youth. I am looking forward to using my experiences in community organization and activism to help enrich the lives of Charlestown residents.

John Remias

John Remias

Pat and I moved into Charlestown in October 2020. I am a first- generation immigrant who has established a sister parish relationship with my parents’ church in Slovakia, and I have led five mission trips there. I am a 34-year IT professional that retired from Northrop Grumman in 1998. I have been deeply involved in church and community organizations for over 50 years and would be honored to have the opportunity to serve on our Residents Council. With my wife, we are Charlestown and Dining Ambassadors. With a colleague, I am in the process of establishing a significant student scholarship in our Charlestown scholarship program. The funds will be coming from the dissolution of our professional chapter here in the Baltimore area.

John Yoder

John Yoder

We moved here in April 2020, just as things were being locked down. But Charlestown now begins to feel like home. My graduate degrees are from the University of Virginia. I have been a professor, department chair, dean, and vice president in universities in California, Kansas, Oregon, and Africa and have lectured and consulted at various universities across the world. At Charlestown, I’ve joined the Woodworking shop, Trail Committee, Genealogy Club, Apple Users Group, Photography Interest Group, and Fireside Artists. I’ve helped residents with computer issues and take photographs for the Archives. If elected, I would hope to use the experience gained from a career of working with people and institutions for the betterment of our community.

Alternates

Mary Lee Seaman

Mary Lee Seaman

I moved to Charlestown with my husband in September 2019 thinking we would have several years here together but that was not to be. Bill died in May of 2020. Prior to coming to Charlestown, we lived in Beltsville, Maryland for 44 years. I was active in St. Joseph’s Parish serving on the Home and School Association, the School Advisory Board, and the Parish Council. My professional experience is as an Executive Assistant, Office Manager, and Administrative Coordinator. I was active in the International Association of Administrative Professionals serving in many leadership roles including President of the DE-MD-DC Division.

Justine Parezo

Justine Parezo

My husband and I joined Charlestown in mid-September 2020. To our delight, this is exactly our kind of community. With our apartment finally in order, I am now ready to become an active contributor to the community. My entire career was in the field of Early Childhood Education, working with children and adults, as a teacher, professional trainer, education director in childcare and other educational settings, and program coordinator on the community college level. I am confident that the skills I acquired over the years in communication, relationship building, coordination, and management will transfer in a meaningful way to our wonderful community.