Soon thereafter on September 1, 1975, she was hired as an Instructional Aide by then Executive Director Mary Lou Boyd.
As Chesterwye grew/expanded, Janet took on more and more responsibilities, and was promoted numerous times, including: Instructor, Work Crew Assistant, Work Crew Supervisor, Vocational Coordinator, Day Supervisor and into her current position as Assistant Director. She has also served as Acting Executive Director on three occasions.
Janet’s many accomplishments and contributions to the people of Chesterwye have gained her recognition. In 2003 she was named “Maryland’s Most Beautiful” by Queen Anne’s County, and in 2012 the “Pillar of Character Community Award by Queen Anne’s County Character Counts.
She will retire on November 3, 2017, after serving 42 years and 2 months with the 51 year old nonprofit
Husband of 35 years: William Akers. They are residents of Grasonville, MD.
Daughters and son in laws: Captain (USArmy) Jessica and Michael Cornell (Queenstown, MD) and Julie and Wayne Darling, granddaughters Elizabeth, Brianne and Carolyn (Centreville)
Janet, a lifelong resident of Queen Anne’s County, is the daughter of Elizabeth and James Melvin. She is a graduate of QACHS and also attended Chesapeake College. Her brothers, Wayne and Jim Melvin, are residents of Grasonville, and her sister Judy Edelheit lives in Price MD.
Janet’s plans for retirement will keep her extremely busy. While she is retiring from her fulltime job at Chesterwye, she plans to continue working part-time job at Fisherman’s Inn and Crab Deck where she is a familiar face to diners since 1972. Her plans also include providing day care for her granddaughters.
Janet explains it will be hard to leave the people of Chesterwye, but that she will continue assisting the organization as a member of the annual Ewing Dinner and Auction committee, which she has been a part of since the beginning of the event in 1978. The 2018 dinner auction is set for Friday, April 13 at the KIVFD.