Frederick Community College is proactively governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor of Maryland. The Board of Trustees works to ensure the integrity of the College, to develop and periodically evaluate policies and procedures for the College, and to entrust the administration of those policies to the President.
Meet the Trustees:
  • Debra Borden Debra S. Borden

    Chair
    Current Term: 2014 - 2019

  • John Molesworth Dr. John Molesworth

     Vice Chair
    Current Term: 2017 - 2022

  • Ellis Barber Ellis Barber

    Current Term: 2018 - 2023

  • Nick Diaz Nick Diaz

    Current Term: 2016 - 2021

  • Gary Fearnow Gary Fearnow
    Current Term: 2018 - 2023
  • Carolyn Kimberlin Carolyn Kimberlin

    Current Term: 2018 - 2023

  • Tom Lynch Tom Lynch

    Current Term: 2017 - 2020

  • Elizabeth Burmaster Elizabeth Burmaster

    FCC President
    Secretary-Treasurer

  • Janice Spiegel Janice Spiegel
    Education Liaison
    Office of the County Executive
  • BOT Group Photo FCC Board of Trustees
    2018 - 2019
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Debra S. Borden

What do you enjoy most about living in Frederick?
Frederick is the largest small town in Maryland. It’s a place where you get to know people and they get to know you. You can develop relationships as opposed to acquaintances. That’s resulted in a lot of opportunities for me that I wouldn’t have had in a larger, more impersonal environment. I have a long commute to work so people always ask me why I live in Frederick. I tell them because Frederick is beautiful, environmentally and socially. People are open and friendly and they remember you.
 
What role does FCC play in our community?
FCC and all community colleges play a critical role in our democracy. Democracy doesn’t work unless people have the opportunity to advance themselves. Community colleges serve a social, political, and economic purpose and provide individuals the opportunity for upward mobility. There are so many places in the world that don’t have community colleges. I can’t emphasize enough how important they are in this country.
 
How did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 12 years old. I read a novel about a female attorney and I thought “that sounds like the coolest job ever.” The idea of being in court really excited me. The attorney in the novel was developing arguments and debating points, and that’s what I was already doing in my head all the time so I knew it would be a great fit for me. I knew I could also teach with a law degree, which was something I always wanted to do. When you teach, you get to see the enlightenment and joy on peoples’ faces when they understand a new concept. I really enjoy being a part of that. 
 
You have served as an FCC Trustee for almost 10 years and also served on The Community Foundation of Frederick County Board of Trustees for six years. Why have you chosen to serve your community in this way?
Part of being a lawyer is looking for ways to serve your community. I’ve been drawn to board positions because they allow me the opportunity to use my expertise. I can utilize my experience in real estate, board governance, negotiations, and bringing parties together.


Bio
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.

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Dr. John Molesworth

Your family has lived in the Frederick area for six generations. Why is Frederick so special to you?
I think my dad is a large part of why I have always felt so connected to the Frederick community. He was a coach at Frederick High School and Gov. Thomas Johnson High School and rarely a week goes by without someone telling me how he impacted their lives. Our family had a farm in the Monrovia area going back to the early 1800s. I love so many things about Frederick – the historic downtown, the mountains, and the country roads, but most of all, the sense of community.
 
How did you choose to go into emergency medicine?
I always wanted to be a doctor as far back as I can remember. Emergency medicine gives me a sense that I am making a difference. I actually like the intensity and focus of it. I can’t believe I started more than 25 years ago. It goes so fast. I feel very fortunate to have practiced in my hometown.
 
What do you enjoy most about being an FCC Trustee?
I enjoy working with the other board members. I have great respect for them all. We all come from different backgrounds, which is a real asset. Ellis comes with a construction background, which is great when we talk about building trades and certificate programs. Carolyn and Nick both worked many years in the Frederick County Public School system. Debra and Tom have the legal expertise and Gary rounds it all out with financial background. With all the growth in healthcare-related fields, I hope to add some perspective.
 
How does FCC benefit our community?
FCC is critical to our community in many ways, especially when you look at workforce development and training. Two of my children have attended FCC and it’s been wonderful for them. My son, for example, had a fantastic experience at FCC and was able to transfer as a junior into the University of Maryland. I am also especially impressed with the dual enrollment, honors, and adult continuing education programs. No matter what stage of life, FCC has an opportunity for you to learn.


Bio
An active member of the Frederick County medical community for almost 25 years, Dr. John 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.

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Ellis Barber

What do you enjoy about living and working in Frederick?
I’ve lived in Frederick since the late 1970s. It is a great community with a wonderful downtown. It’s an ideal place to raise a family and work. Whenever I do business in Baltimore or D.C., I can’t wait to get back home to Frederick.
 
What do you enjoy most about working in the construction and contracting fields?
I love getting out of the office and spending a few days a week out on our job sites. That’s the best way to get a feel for how projects are going. You can talk to your team and talk to customers to make sure everything is being done efficiently and well. I tell my employees “you can’t take the elevator; you have to walk the stairs.” I like teaching them the right way to do things. You can’t always get things done quickly, but you can get them done efficiently.
 
What do you think has allowed you to be successful in starting and growing your own companies?
I have repeat customers from 35 years ago and I love that. It’s critical to treat customers fairly and be open minded. I think something that has helped my businesses be successful is job pricing. I’m fanatical about job costs. You can’t spend more than you bring in and you always have to look ahead to the future. That mindset can help me as a Board member with construction projects and other items. We always want to provide a good environment for our students and keep the campus as nice as it is.
 
You have seven grandchildren. Is there any advice you would give them as they are growing up about what it takes to be successful in both your career and personal life?
My dad taught my four brothers and me the importance of being a hard worker. That’s something I also want my grandchildren to understand. It’s also important to always do your best and treat people fairly. I’m a big believer in positive karma and that you receive what you put in.


Bio
Ellis Barber graduated from Damascus High School in 1973. He then entered a four-year Metropolitan Electrical Contractors Association (MECA) apprenticeship program. From 1971 to 1982, Barber worked for many construction related companies where he gained broad experience in contracting.

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. Barber holds the position as president.

Barber created another business, CCS, Inc. in 1998. CCS, Inc. is a general contracting company specializing in commercial maintenance. He holds the position as president of CCS., Inc.

Barber 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). He is also 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 on the Board of Directors.

Barber and his wife Cindy have two children and seven grandchildren. They currently reside in Frederick County.

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Nick Diaz

Why is Frederick County special to you?
This is my home and that alone makes it special. I’ve been living in Frederick County for 45 years and for the last 41 years, in the same house near Middletown. All of my kids graduated from Middletown High School and I taught for 30 years for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), including 22 years at Thomas Johnson Middle School. Frederick is a great place to raise a family and a great place to ride a motorcycle. It is definitely the place for me.

What has been a highlight of your time serving on the Board of Trustees?
A highlight for me is attending the graduations and pinning ceremonies each year, especially the Adult Education Graduation and the CNA Pinning Ceremony. I especially enjoy being a part of the Adult Education ceremony because, as an immigrant myself, it really impacts me to see our students who are learning English or who have just become citizens earning degrees and really making something of themselves. I always tell our newer Trustees how important it is to attend these ceremonies to support our students. These ceremonies give you an idea of what FCC is all about.

How did you get into education?
I come from a family of educators. My mother was a teacher for 40-some years. My grandfather was a principal and my grandmother was an elementary school teacher. It was a natural thing for me to go into. I was proud to spend 30 years teaching for FCPS. I taught math for 22 years at Thomas Johnson Middle School and taught at Waverly Elementary School before that. I’ve taught a lot of students who went on to be engineers and scientists. That was my favorite part about teaching – seeing the difference I made in the lives of my students.

What do you enjoy most about serving on the Board of Trustees?
I enjoy being able to represent FCC in the community. I like telling the story of FCC and helping others see the importance of supporting public higher education. 

Bio
Nick Diaz has had a career in public education spanning more than four decades.

He currently serves as Mathematics and Enrichment Consultant for FCPS, 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.

Diaz taught for 30 years in the FCPS 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 award, 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.

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.

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.
 


 
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Gary Fearnow

Why do you enjoy being an FCC Trustee?
I feel like I can make a difference as an FCC Trustee. Our Board is very engaged in outcomes, setting priorities, and making sure scarce resources are allocated well. It’s a constant balancing act to match scarce resources with priorities, but I believe the College does a great job of being very fiscally responsible.
 
What have been some highlights from your two terms as a Trustee?
There have been many highlights but two that come to mind are our most recent Middle States accreditation and the growth of our dual enrollment program. Not only did we get accreditation but we met all 14 standards which only 1 in 5 institutions do. It was great to see the teamwork involved during the couple of years leading up to the accreditation review that helped us get into that special category of meeting all 14 standards. All the parties involved – the faculty, staff, administrators, and the Board – were working very hard, rowing in the same direction. It was gratifying to see through that teamwork, we were able to change and improve a lot of things in a relatively short amount of time.
 
It’s also been wonderful to watch the growth of the dual enrollment program – from the drawing room, to the implementation, to the rollout, and now to including every high school in the county. It’s gratifying to see the success of high school students in dual enrollment earning college credits. Now we’re talking about expanding that program so students can earn an AA degree the same day they graduate high school.
 
Why do you think FCC is vital to our community?
I am a numbers guy. I am always impressed with the economic impact that FCC has on Frederick County. I hark back to the 2016 economic study that showed FCC and its students generated $348 million in income that year to the Frederick County economy. It also showed that for every $1 students spent at FCC, they gained $3 in lifetime earnings. For every $1 spent by taxpayers, they gained $3.30 in added state revenue and social savings. That side is very impressive. What’s just as impressive is the fact that FCC offers opportunities to such a broad section of people. It’s telling to see the break down of students, especially how many first-generation college students we have. I’m impressed with the impact FCC has on its students and their individual income level.  
 
You volunteer at First Fruits Farm in Parkton, Md. How did you get involved with this organization and what do you do there?
I retired in 2011 having worked my whole life indoors. I wanted to find an opportunity to work outdoors, get exercise, and give back. A friend in the investment business started First Fruits Farm 20 years ago, and after volunteering there, I realized it was the perfect combination of what I was looking for to spend my time. It’s an all-volunteer non-profit organization that grows 17 types of fresh vegetables, all of which are donated to food banks and soup kitchens. I work there four or five times a week March to November driving equipment, helping harvest, and doing other duties. Last year, we donated 1.7 million pounds of fresh vegetables.


Bio
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 advisor 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.

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Carolyn Kimberlin

Why is Frederick a special place to you?
I have been here 42 years. Everything about Frederick is beautiful to me, especially the people and the landscape. From being a principal at Thomas Johnson and New Market middle schools, I have had the experience of learning about other cultures. I love the diversity of our students in Frederick and I have learned so much from all of my students.

How do you feel that you can best contribute to the Board and the success of FCC?
I am committed to helping our Board fulfill our greatest mission, which is student success. I have been an educational leader for more than 35 years, which has prepared me well for my role as a Trustee. I am a strong believer that one of the secrets of success is being a strong leader who can share those skills with others. I hope to help our Board by bringing in that leadership experience.

Why do you feel FCC is a critical part of our community?
FCC offers our community the opportunity to thrive. FCC is so valuable because it provides students the ability to build a better future for themselves.

You were a principal and educational leader for FCPS for more than 30 years. What did you enjoy most about that time?
It was a real honor to watch students and teachers be successful. Being a teacher is hard. You could work 24 hours a day and still feel like it isn’t enough. It was a privilege for me to support teachers and help them find ways to succeed so that our students could succeed.

Bio
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.
 

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Tom Lynch

What makes FCC special?
The College is truly a community and I feel a part of it. I’m very grateful for that. FCC has great educators and a great administration. It is a critical piece of the education equation for all students in Frederick County. FCC provides a quality education at a very reasonable cost. Students can start taking classes while still in high school and can save a fortune in long-term education expenses. I also appreciate that FCC is a place that has a real commitment to lifelong learning. As a result, the student body can be from 15 years of age to as old as you can count. It’s wonderful.

What have you learned about FCC from your time as a Trustee?
I learn something new about FCC every day and that’s one of the great joys of being a Trustee. I have come to appreciate more fully how FCC is a resource to the Frederick business community in many different ways. The College offers workforce training, retraining, and of course student internships. We provide expertise when businesses call on us for assistance. FCC is the avenue that provides multiple pathways for learning, development, and training that lead to positive employment opportunities.

How did you get into law and how does it help you in your role as a Trustee?
I love problem solving – that’s the long and short of it. I went into law to develop skills that would enable me to make a positive difference in the world in some way.  Thankfully, I learned that I have a mind that operates with logic and discipline. As you get more senior, one of the blessings that comes with experience is patience and the ability to make better judgments and be a better problem solver. Your skill set grows as your maturity grows. Being a lawyer requires strong listening and communication skills. When you work as a lawyer, you deal every day with differences of opinion. You learn to digest and understand different opinions without personalizing or demonizing. You learn that sometimes people will have an honest difference of opinion, and that’s okay. You work to build consensus knowing it’s not about the individual people, it’s about the problem and how to solve it.

Both you and your wife, Karlys Kline, are very involved in community service. Why is it so important to you to find ways to support and serve the community?
Karlys and I do our best to be a team for good. We love Frederick County so much that we hardly ever want to go away on vacation because we’d rather be here. We try to make Frederick a better place each day, whether it’s through supporting the Community Foundation, the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Women’s Giving Circle. There is so much beauty that comes from giving of yourself. What you give in service comes back to you 1,000 times over in joy and satisfaction.

Bio
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 Bachelor of Arts 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.

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Elizabeth Burmaster

Bio
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, Wisconsin.

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.

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Janice Spiegel
Education Liaison/Office of the County Executive
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FCC Board of Trustees
The 2018-2019 Frederick Community College Board of Trustees
Debra S. Borden, Chair
Dr. John Molesworth, Vice Chair
Ellis Barber
Nick Diaz
Gary Fearnow
Carolyn Kimberlin
Tom Lynch
 
President/Secretary-Treasurer
Elizabeth Burmaster
 
Education Liaison/Office of the County Executive
Janice Spiegel
Contact Phone
301.846.2442