Board of Trustees
A seven-member Board of Trustees oversees Frederick Community College. The board usually meets the third Wednesday of every month (excluding July and December) in the Chris T. Matthews Board Room (A-201) in Annapolis Hall.
The 2016-2017 Frederick Community College Board of Trustees
|Myrna R. Whitworth, Chair
|David F. Bufter, Vice Chair
|Debra S. Borden
|Gary V. Fearnow
|Roger A. Wilson
Education Liaison/Office of the County Executive
Myrna R. Whitworth
Current Term - 2013-2018
David F. Bufter
For 28 years, Myrna Whitworth was employed at the international broadcasting organization, the Voice of America. When she retired in 2002, she was the Director of Programs responsible for the daily programming of 1,200 employees broadcasting on radio, television and the Internet to a worldwide audience in 54 languages.
Whitworth served twice as Acting Director of VOA - including in 2001 during the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In 1992 as VOA's first director of the Office of Affiliate Relations, she expanded dramatically the number of local stations in countries around the world carrying its programs. Whitworth also revitalized audience research and developed media training programs for foreign broadcasters. Earlier in her career, she worked in the VOA newsroom and was Executive Producer of VOA's hour-long flagship news program, World Report. She traveled worldwide advocating for the Voice of America and represented the United States on numerous international broadcasting committees and organizations.
Since her retirement, Whitworth has tutored ESL students through the Literacy Council of Frederick County and volunteers at the Frederick Food Bank. She was an adjunct professor for eight years at Mount St. Mary's University teaching courses in Global Journalism and taught journalism at the American University Osher Lifelong Learning Center where she also moderated a lecture series on the Middle East.
Whitworth has been involved in local politics since moving to Frederick County in 2002. In addition to actively working on political campaigns, she has served as Vice President of the Women's Democratic League and Vice President and President of the United Democrats of Frederick County. She was elected to a four-year term as chair of the Democratic Party Central Committee in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
Vice-Chair, Current Term - 2013-2018
Debra S. Borden
David Bufter currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Frederick Community College Board of Trustees.
Bufter recently retired from Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. after 39 years of service. He serves as Treasurer and Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer of its Operations and Technical Support Contract for the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR).
He previously served in leadership roles with numerous community organizations and in other activities, including on the Walkersville Board of Zoning Appeals (Chair), Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Board Chair), Frederick Community College Foundation Board (Board Chair), Mount Saint Mary’s Business Advisory Committee, Fort Detrick Alliance Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, YMCA Board of Directors, Frederick County Business Development Advisory Council, Hood College MBA Advisory Committee, and as a United Way Loaned Executive. Bufter also served as adjunct faculty at Hood and FCC.
In 2014, he was the recipient of the 19th George Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council. He was also recognized in 2007 as Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Bufter received his BA in Economics from Western Maryland College (now known as McDaniel College) in 1974 and his MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1976.
He and his wife Kate Mercer Bufter reside in Frederick.
Current Term - 2014 - 2019
Debra Borden is the lead attorney in the Prince George's County Land Use Group for the Office of the General Counsel of the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission. She advises the Prince George's County Planning Board and Planning Staff, reviews legislation and supervises the attorneys and administrative staff in the Upper Marlboro office. Currently, she is working on a project to rewrite the Prince George's County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.
Previously, Borden worked as an Associate with Linowes and Blocher LLP, a real estate firm in Bethesda, Md., with deep roots in local land use law. Prior to joining Linowes, she was in private practice in Frederick, Md., and previously worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Frederick. She has advised local municipalities on zoning matters, real property transactions, police liability matters and litigation-related issues.
Borden is a graduate of Montgomery County public schools, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BA Economics), and the University of Maryland, School of Law (JD). In addition to serving as a Trustee and former Chair of the Board of Trustees for FCC, she is Chair of the Community Foundation for Frederick County. Borden also serves as the Northeast Region representative on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). She has been Vice-President of the Frederick County Commission for Women and has taught as an adjunct professor in law-related courses at Montgomery College and the University of Maryland, University College.
Borden served on the Charter Board of Frederick County, which was tasked with drafting a Charter to change the form of government for the County. As a result of the work of the Charter Board, and unprecedented community support, the Charter was approved by the voters in 2012, and in 2014 Frederick County elected its first County Executive.
Current Term - 2011-2016
Gary V. Fearnow
Nick Diaz has a career in public education spanning more than four decades.
He currently serves as Mathematics and Enrichment Consultant for Frederick County Public Schools, and coordinates the middle school mathematics competition and the high school Academic Tournament. He also conducts informal sessions and seminars with elementary school teachers to enhance their knowledge and understanding of mathematics.
Born in Cuba, Diaz arrived in the United States in 1960 and became a citizen in 1972. He began teaching mathematics to sixth and eighth grade students in 1969 at the Immaculate Conception School in Dayton, Ohio.
Diaz taught for 30 years in the Frederick County Public School system before retiring in 2003. He began at Waverley Elementary School in 1973 and finished the latter part of his career at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School. He worked as a coach for the countywide MATHCOUNTS competition. Diaz came out of retirement to teach mathematics at The Barnesville School and St. John Regional Catholic School, before taking on his current consultant role.
He has been recognized as an outstanding educator, receiving the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for Frederick County, the Frederick County Maryland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Middle School Teacher, and Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award for Outstanding Teacher of Secondary Mathematics (runner-up). Diaz is also a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Community in Middletown.
Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2006, Diaz has served as vice chair (2008-2009) and chair (2009-2011). He began his third and final five-year term as a Trustee on July 1, 2016. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the newly-formed Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Council.
He earned his bachelor's degree in 1969 at the University of Dayton. He also received education certification through coursework at Wright State University, Hood College, and Frederick Community College.
Current Term - 2013-2017
Roger A. Wilson
Gary Fearnow has an array of business management experience in the financial services industry where he served as a financial adviser and manager. At Alex Brown and Sons in Frederick, he provided investment advice to hundreds of clients. Later in his career, he became part of Brown's management team and was named National Manager of Mutual Fund Department and Managing Director.
In the mid-1990s, he was promoted to Brown's Head of Product Support and Marketing for their retail division. Additionally, he grew his expertise internationally at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, where he provided investment advice regarding US market trends before retiring in 2001. Fearnow came out of retirement two years later to join Brown Investment Advisory and was named a partner in 2005 and retired in 2011 as Head of External Manager Research.
Upon retirement, Fearnow served as a volunteer with First Fruits Farm in Parkton, Md., a nonprofit organization that grows fresh vegetables and donates them to food banks in Maryland. He has also served on several boards including the board of directors for Hagerstown Community College, board of directors of Community Rescue Service, and board of directors for the Frederick Community College Foundation.
Fearnow has a BA from University of Notre Dame.
Current Term - 2013-2018
Roger Wilson is the Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the Office of the County Executive, Frederick County Government. Roger is responsible for managing governmental affairs for Frederick County, including serving as a liaison to the County's 12 municipalities, the County Council, as well as the State and Federal Delegations. In addition, Roger supports the County Executive with advancing public policy initiatives in collaboration with local, state, and federal officials. He is the host of a community talk show, “All Around Town” aired daily on the local cable channel.
He began his career with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and later joined IBM in 2000 with IBM Software Group supporting the Lotus brand. In 2003, Roger transitioned over to IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) to focus on leading IT infrastructure and supply chain solutions supporting the Defense, Life Sciences, and Retail industries.
Roger received several IBM Service Excellence Awards for delivery excellence and support of Defense and Life Sciences clients. In 2008, Roger represented IBM Public Sector as the key orals presenter for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA) proposal effort headquartered at MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL.
Prior to Governor Martin O’Malley appointing Roger to the Board of Trustees in July 2013, he volunteered serving on boards with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and the United Way of Frederick County; serving on the Frederick City Planning and Fair Housing Commissions; and a member of the Advisory Board for Continuing Education at FCC. He is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Roger is married and the father of three beautiful daughters. He earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Burmaster began as the 10th president of Frederick Community College in August 2014. A Frederick native who graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, Burmaster returned home after decades of educational leadership roles in Wisconsin.
Before assuming her presidency at FCC, President Burmaster was the president at Nicolet College since 2009, where she led the college’s strategic plan efforts and helped reorganize academic and support programs to ensure student success. From 2001 to 2009, she served as the elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In that capacity, she also served on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, as president of the national Council of Chief State School Officers, and numerous national educational boards.
Earlier in her career, President Burmaster was a music teacher and principal at all levels – elementary; middle; and, for nearly a decade, was the principal of a 2,100 student urban high school in Madison, WI.
President Burmaster holds honorary doctorates from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Burmaster earned her Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She and her husband, John, have three adult children and four grandsons.