Board of Directors and Staff


Elizabeth Bauer and her then very young family moved to Frederick County 28 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 GallagherPatrice 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 (Gallagher Design), 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 Frederick Zero Waste Alliance.

KARIN TOME (Treasurer)

karintome115x154Karin, 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 (Jesse and Ethan) have grown up and currently enjoy big city life in Baltimore and New York City. Mike still enjoys duck and goose hunting with their two trained Labrador Retrievers. In addition to the dogs, Karin and Mike live with two cats, which were rescued as feral kittens, but are very content to be house cats now.


marklong115x154Mark Long was raised in Frederick County and has spent most of his 66 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 sustainable place to live. With a background in home building, Mark has operated his business, Peace of Mind Home Inspections, for the past 14 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 a founding member of a startup non-profit, Kitsune, Inc, that intends to create more options for independent living and ongoing education in life skills for a growing population of adults with special needs. In 2014 and 2018, he ran for County Council. Mark resides in Emmitsburg with his wife of 45 years, Jill, who is a Family Advocate with YMCA of Frederick County Head Start. They have two adult children, Seth and Meghan, who both work professionally as advocates for the environment and renewable energy. Mark serves the town of Emmitsburg as a member of the Planning Commission, Green Team and Sustainable Communities Board.


Barb TraderBarb retired to Frederick, with her husband, Mark Gregory, after a 40 year career in disability services and advocacy. With degrees in recreation therapy and vocational rehabilitation counseling, she has expertise in federal disability policy related to employment, education, healthcare and civil rights, as well as non-profit administration, community integration and group facilitation. She was the first director of a wheelchair division included in a major road race, led the effort to bring the Paralympic Games to the U.S. and served on the leadership staff of the ’96 Paralympic Games, VSA arts and Easter Seals. A speaker and writer, other interests include travel, hiking, biking, running, quilting, environmental stewardship and local political engagement. She and her husband live in downtown Frederick and have four grown children in Maryland and Virginia. She’s a board member of the Student Homeless Initiative Partnership, the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination and Envision Frederick County, and co-founder of the Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards of Frederick County. She’s a member of the Frederick Steeplechasers, the Catoctin Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

SAM KEBEDE (Secretary)

Sam Kebede is a political and environmental activist and lifelong Maryland resident. A graduate of Hood College in Frederick, he pursued and succeeded in getting a composting program started at the school. He also devoted much of his non-academic time to advancing the causes and campaigns of pro-science groups and political candidates. Since graduating he has continued to stay involved in their causes and is pleased to do even more with Envision Frederick County!


Linda has lived in Frederick County since 1987, when she moved here to join the Frederick News-Post as a reporter. She lives with her husband Eric on a hilltop they call Harmony Hill between Frederick and Myersville.

She was director of the Frederick County Recycling Office from 1989-1999, where she grew the program from its inception; and worked at Canam Steel Corporation in Point of Rocks as US Director of Communications. She has been a media and public relations consultant specializing in sustainable companies over the years, and began the web/social media site in 2017. She also is advocacy, corporate relations and chapter relations director for the US Composting Council.

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