ELIZABETH BAUER (Chair)
Elizabeth Bauer and her then very young family moved to Frederick County 27 years ago to live in a rural community and enjoy the virtues of the country where quality of life is in an integral part of day to day living. Today she and her husband live in the Middletown where Elizabeth was actively involved in the development of the Citizens for the Preservation of Middletown Valley and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. She has also served as the President of the Board for the Western Maryland Branch of the Arthritis Foundation for several years. Professionally, Elizabeth is currently retired as a result of disability but worked in the capacity of Director of Human Resources for a government contractor for 30 years. The Bauer’s have two sons. Cameron is the eldest and lives in Glasgow, Scotland where he is a carpenter and his wife is studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Their younger son Brendan is working toward his Master’s degree at the University of Baltimore.
PATRICE GALLAGHER (Vice Chair)
Patrice Gallagher moved to Frederick County from Washington, DC more than twenty years ago, bringing her graphic design business with her. She became involved in local issues not long after arriving, at first to address overcrowding at her children’s elementary school in Jefferson. She has continued her design business in downtown Frederick, contributing time and design skills to a variety of groups and causes including Friends of Frederick County, East Frederick Rising and Hope in South Africa. She is proud to be a founding member of WasteNot Frederick, and currently serves as the President of the No Incinerator Alliance.
ELLEN KREIS (Treasurer)
Ellen Kreis lives in the southern part of the county, in Dickerson. In addition to being treasurer for Kai Hagen’s 2006 and 2010 campaigns for county commissioner, she has worked closely with Friends of Frederick County, including as a board member in 2007, and has been involved with other local groups concerned about land use and planning, the construction of a regional waste to energy incinerator in the county, the siting of the Global Mission mega-Church near Sugarloaf Mountain, and, a few years ago, the proposed closing of the Dickerson MARC station. Ellen is a law librarian at Sidley Austin LLP and is happy to still be able to commute to her job in DC via MARC train from the station in Dickerson.
David P. Gray was born in Canton, Ohio, in 1939 and made Frederick County his home in 1976. He and his wife, Sharon, have raised seven daughters and now have 15 grandchildren. David received his bachelor of electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1963. He worked as an engineer until 1989 when he went into business with his wife as a tax consultant. He has continued studies in business law, accounting, computer networking and corporate and individual tax analysis regularly. He is a licensed NASD Investment Representative and has achieved the status of an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. As an Enrolled Agent, he may represent clients for all tax matters before the IRS with the same privileges as attorneys and CPAs. He served on the Planning Commission from 1979 to 1990 and then served as County Commissioner for three straight terms from 1990 to 2002. He was President of the Board of County Commissioners during his 1998 to 2002 term. David was elected to two more terms in 2006 and 2010, and served as Vice President from 2006 to 2010.
Mark Long was raised in Frederick County and has spent most of his 63 years in the county except for several years in Alexandria, VA and Waynesboro, PA. With a family presence in the county going back 200 years, he is committed to ensuring that our community remains a wonderful and viable place to live, raise families, work and recreate. With a background in home building, Mark has operated his business, Peace of Mind Home Inspections, for the past 11 years. Having a commitment to affordable housing, he serves on the Frederick County Affordable Housing Council, as well as on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Housing Alliance (IHA), a non-profit organization that creates affordable housing opportunities. Mark is also involved with a start up non-profit, “Kitsune,” that intends to develop supportive housing for people on the autistic spectrum, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Thurmont Lions Club. In 2014, he ran for County Council. Mark resides in Emmitsburg with his wife of 42 years, Jill, who is a Family Advocate with YMCA of Frederick County Head Start. They have two adult children, Seth and Meghan, as well a dog Duncan, who loves to take walks with Mark and Jill in the surrounding area.
Karin, her husband, Michael and their two young sons moved to Frederick County 25 years ago. While raising their children in the City of Brunswick, Karin volunteered extensively with the schools, sports organizations, and local government. She attended City Council meetings and educated herself on planning/zoning issues and other aspects of municipal governance. In 1998, Karin took a half-time job in the Children’s Department of the Frederick County Public Libraries, where she worked for 19 years. She is proud of her work with WasteNOT! Frederick in defeating the once-proposed regional trash incinerator project and in advocating for ZeroWaste principles and practices in Frederick County and throughout Maryland. In 2008, she won a seat on the Brunswick City Council. Four years later, she ran for Mayor of the City of Brunswick, and won, serving for four years. The Tome’s sons have grown. And Jesse and Ethan, and their trained Labrador Retrievers, love to go duck and goose hunting with Mike. Karin and Mike live with two cats, which were rescued as feral kittens, but are very content to be house cats now.
Kai is 58 years old. He established a life-long connection to Frederick County as a young boy, visiting his grandparents’ old farm in the Catoctin Mountains. Kai and his family moved to Frederick eighteen years ago, and now live in northern Frederick County. In many ways Kai has been engaged in the civic life of Frederick County since moving here to stay in 1995. In 2006, he was elected to the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners, where he served through 2010.
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