I am running for re-election to the Board of Education for Frederick County. I am currently serving as President of the Board and have been President the past 4 years. I have a deep passion for education and also a life-time experience working in the financial field. Managing an over $600 million dollar operating budget and dealing with current capital projects of over $100 million takes someone that has the financial experience to make the right decisions on how the Board’s budget is being spent. We have to make sure that every dollar is spent where it will have the most impact on our children’s education. I believe that I am that person to do that and I would appreciate your support!
I am a Certified Financial Planner and have run my own business Maryland Financial Planners over the past 17 years in Frederick. Before that I spent 15 years in banking working for Farmers & Mechanics National Bank and FCNB Bank. In addition, I am an adjunct Professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University teaching Corporate Finance, Investments and Personal Finance. Both of these experiences give me the experience necessary to evaluate and make critical budgeting decisions. Too often short term budget solutions are made that hurt our children’s education.
My passion for education began with my parents. Both of my parents started as teachers in FCPS. My mother, Carol Young served as a Principal in Frederick County for over 30 years. She always knew that she was there for the kids and that they were the most important factor in every decision she made. That is how the BOE must operate! I have been very active through volunteering in the classroom, teaching Junior Achievement, and being very active with the Academy of Finance through the Career and Technology Center. In addition, I coached softball at Walkersville High School for 7 years and also coached at Hood College for 8 years. I also visit and guests speak at many schools throughout the county. Through these activities, I have first hand experience on what goes on in our schools and where improvements can be made.
I served 15 years on the Board of Trustees of Frederick Community College including 3 years as chair of the board. I also served 6 years on the state board of community college trustees, (MACC) serving 1 year as its chair. I also served 7 years on the board of the national association of community college trustees, (ACCT), including serving as its chair. I also served 6 years on the advisory board of the Universities at Shady Grove. This is a satellite campus for the state higher education institutions. Though my vast board experience, I am well prepared and experienced on how Boards should work and will continue to bring that experience to the Board of Education in Frederick County.
With my deep passion for education and my financial background, I believe that I am the right person at the right time to continue to bring leadership to the Board of Education. I am from Frederick County. I understand the needs of Northern Frederick County and I have and will continue to advocate for them on the BOE. I appreciate your consideration and would appreciate your vote!