A private practice attorney and member of the Maryland State Bar, Chris Llinas spent several years as corporate counsel for Royal Plus, Inc., a disaster-restoration firm in Snow Hill, Maryland. In his free time, Chris Llinas participates in marathons and Ironman competitions; in 2012, he raised more than $5,000 for the nonprofit organization Diakonia through his participation in Ironman Florida.
A nondenominational humanitarian organization established by the Mennonite church, Diakonia provides housing and emergency food services for homeless individuals and families in Worcester County, Maryland. In addition, Diakonia strives to connect people with counseling and educational resources to help them become self-sufficient and independent.
To fund the operation of two shelters in West Ocean City, Diakonia operates a thrift store that sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household items. Located in the Sunset shopping center, the Used to Be Mine Thrift Store is staffed exclusively by Diakonia volunteers, and all donations of merchandise are tax deductible.