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 2018-2019 Frederick Community College Board of Trustees
|Debra S. Borden, Chair
|Dr. John Molesworth, Vice Chair
Education Liaison/Office of the County Executive
Debra S. Borden
Chair, Current Term - 2014 - 2019
Dr. John Molesworth
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.
Vice Chair, Current Term - 2017-2022
An active member of the Frederick County medical community for almost 25 years, Molesworth has held multiple positions at Frederick Memorial Hospital, most notably Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Chief of Medical Staff. He is the current president of the Frederick County Medical Society. Molesworth also served as the President of Emergency Physician Associates and on the Clinical Faculty for the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, mentoring numerous medical students through the years.
Molesworth has served as a board member for community organizations such as the American Red Cross of Frederick County, YMCA of Frederick County, Frederick Memorial Hospital, and The Weinberg Center of the Arts.
Molesworth graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1982 and received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. Molesworth received a master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a Certified Physician Executive.
Molesworth is a Frederick native whose family has lived locally for six generations. He and his wife Debbie have three adult children. His son, Jack, attended FCC and is transferring to the University of Maryland this fall. His daughter, Kelly, is a current FCC student. His daughter, Laura, graduated from Seattle University last year.
Current Term - 2018-2023
Ellis graduated from Damascus High School in 1973. He then entered a four-year MECA (Metropolitan Electrical Contractors Association) apprenticeship program. From 1971 to 1982, Ellis worked for many construction related companies where he gained broad experience in contracting.
Ellis Barber started Cindell Construction Co., Inc. in 1983. Cindell is a commercial contractor specializing in metal framing, heavy gauge framing, drywall, acoustical ceilings and carpentry work. Ellis holds the position as president.
Ellis created another business, CCS, Inc. in 1998. CCS, Inc. is a general contracting company specializing in commercial maintenance. Ellis holds the position as president of CCS., Inc.
Ellis is active in many professional associations. He’s a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI).
Ellis is an active community volunteer. He served on the advisory board of Frederick Memorial Hospital in 2011 and 2012. He became a member of The Frederick County Bank in July of 2012 where he serves as Board of Directors.
Ellis and his wife Cindy have two children and seven grandchildren. They currently reside in Frederick County.
Current Term - 2016-2021
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 - 2018-2023
Gary Fearnow is serving his second term on the Board of Trustees. He previously served from 2013-2017.
Fearnow has an array of business management experience in the financial services industry, having served as a financial adviser and manager. At Alex Brown and Sons in Frederick, he provided investment advice to hundreds of clients and served as the Manager of Mutual Fund Department and Managing Director.
In the mid-1990s, Fearnow 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 U.S. 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. He retired in 2011 as Head of External Manager Research.
Fearnow volunteers at First Fruits Farm in Parkton, Md., a nonprofit organization that grows fresh vegetables and donates them to food banks in Maryland. He currently serves on the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation of Frederick County. He has also served on several boards including the board of directors for Hagerstown Community College, the Community Rescue Service, and the Frederick Community College Foundation.
Fearnow holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
Current Term - 2018-2023
Carolyn Kimberlin is a longtime local educator who has served Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) for more than 30 years. She is a former principal of both Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School and New Market Middle School and a former assistant principal of Walkersville Elementary School. She has served as the Director of Student Services, a classroom elementary school teacher, and a reading specialist for FCPS, as well as a consultant in the College Readiness Division of The College Board.
In addition to her professional experience, Kimberlin also serves on a variety of local boards. She is a founding committee member of the Women’s Giving Circle and serves on its Circle Grants Committee. She is also a member of the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee and the Frederick County Retired School Personnel Association. She has previously served on the YMCA Board of Directors, including on its Finance Committee and as the YMCA Chairperson for its “Campaign for Kids.”
Kimberlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts from West Virginia University. She completed post-graduate work at Hood College.
She received the 2002 Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award and a Lifetime PTSA Membership Award.
Kimberlin has been a Frederick County resident for 42 years. She and her husband, Richard, have a daughter and granddaughter.
Current Term - 2017-2020
Tom Lynch has been an active member of the legal profession and the Maryland State Bar Association for 40 years, 36 of which have been spent with the law firm of Miles and Stockbridge, P.C., where he is now a principal.
Lynch’s diverse legal experience includes concentrations in litigation, environmental law, and business advisory work. He also has been involved for years as a neutral in dispute resolution, including serving as a mediator and arbitrator.
Lynch is also known for his broad knowledge and experience on ethics issues. He has participated as a member of the Maryland State Bar Ethics Committee since 1990, making him the longest current serving member. In addition, he serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc., a board appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
He has served in leadership roles for numerous community organizations such as Chamber of Commerce of Frederick County (Executive Committee member and Board Chair), the Frederick County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (member and then Chair), the Frederick County Board of Education Ethics Committee (member and then Chair), the Community Foundation of Frederick County (Board member), the YMCA (Board member), Daybreak Adult Day Care, Inc. (Board member), the Church of the Brethren Learning Center (Board member), and the Committee for Frederick County (Chair). He currently serves on the Business and Industry Cabinet of the Frederick County Executive.
In 2003, Lynch was honored as the recipient of a “Leadership in the Law” Award from The Daily Record and, in 2011, was honored by the Frederick County Bar Association with the W. Jerome Offutt Award for Professionalism.
Lynch received his B.A. in Government and Philosophy from Harvard University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1974 and his law degree from Boston College Law School (Cum Laude and Order of the Coif) in 1977.
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.