Board of Trustees

College 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 Administration Hall. 
The 2015-2016 Frederick Community College Board of Trustees
Myrna R. Whitworth, Chair
David F. Bufter, Vice Chair
Debra S. Borden
Nick Diaz
Gary V. Fearnow
Timothy J. Wesolek
Roger A. Wilson
Elizabeth Burmaster
Education Liaison/Office of the County Executive
Janice Spiegel

Myrna R. Whitworth, Board Chair

Myrna R. Whitworth
Chair, Current Term - 2013-2018

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 - the highest ranking non-political position at VOA. In that capacity, she was 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. At VOA, she was recognized on numerous occasions for the initiative, dedication and innovation she brought to the positions she held. 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 and represented the United States on numerous international broadcasting committees.

Since her retirement, Whitworth has tutored ESL students through the Literacy Council of Frederick County and volunteers at the Frederick Food Bank. She is an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary's University teaching courses in Global Journalism. She also has 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.

David F. Bufter, Vice-Chair

David F. Bufter
Vice-Chair, Current Term - 2013-2018

David Bufter serves as Treasurer and Executive Vice President for Administration with SAIC-Frederick, Inc., and as SAIC-Frederick's Chief Administrative Officer for its Operations and Technical Support Contract in support of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR).

He has been associated with the FNLCR for more than 36 years. In his current position he has administrative responsibility for SAIC-Frederick's 10-year, $5.3 billion contract with the National Cancer Institute which supports 1,900 employees.

He previously served in leadership roles with the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Frederick Community College Foundation Board, Mount Saint Mary's Business Advisory Committee, the Fort Detrick Alliance Board of Directors, and the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors.

Bufter received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Western Maryland College in 1974 and his MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1976.

Debra S. Borden

Debra S. Borden
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 Chair of the Board of Trustees for FCC, she is Chair of the Governance Committee for the Community Foundation for Frederick County. 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.

Most recently, 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 will elect its first County Executive.

Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz
Current Term - 2011-2016

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 teaches a Maryland State Department of Education mathematics course to teachers and a seminar for parents who want to better help their children with mathematics.

Born in Cuba, Diaz arrived in the United States in 1960 and became a citizen in 1972. He began teaching mathematics and social studies 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 earned his bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of Dayton. He also received education certification through coursework at Wright State University, Hood College, and Frederick Community College.

Gary V. Fearnow

Gary V. Fearnow
Current Term - 2013-2017

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 DetuscheBank 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.

He began his professional experience at Ingram's Men's Shop, a family-run business in Hagerstown, Md., where he worked for 20 years. He expanded the business as owner/president from 1972 to 1981 when he sold it to a family member. The business celebrated 83 years of service in 2013.

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.

Timothy J. Wesolek
Current Term - 2015-2020

Having been a member of the FCC Board of Trustees from 2004 - 2009, and Board Chair from 2007 - 2009, Tim is happy to return to the FCC Board of Trustees. Additionally, he has served on the Frederick Historic Preservation Commission for two terms.

Tim has been married for 31 years to his wife, Julie, and has lived in Frederick for over 22 years. He has three children (all attended FCC) and two grandchildren. Tim grew up in Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana and has worked in commercial/political advertising sales for the local TV station, WHAG-TV, also for the past 22 years.

As a guest lecturer at The Leadership Institute Candidate and Campaign Managers School in Arlington, VA, Tim has shared vital information regarding the laws and practices governing the "ins and outs" of political advertising for television.

He is an avid photographer, who loves to capture fast action, as well as beauty, and has been published numerous times. His photographs have appeared in the former weekly, Winston Cup Scene, and once as an award winner in Popular Photography. He loves to travel, and loves to hear about the Frederick of yesteryear from former community leaders over lunch. He welcomes the opportunity to once again serve the students, faculty, and staff of Frederick Community College.

Roger A. WiIson

Roger A. Wilson
Current Term - 2013-2018

Roger Wilson was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Martin O'Malley in July 2013. He has more than 20 years of management consulting experience at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and is currently employed at IBM as a Senior Industry Consultant. Many of Wilson's clients are in the Department of Defense (DoD), healthcare and life sciences, and retail industries around the world. Wilson also has an expertise in smarter commerce, project management, and business strategy and transformation.

He has served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the United Way of Frederick County; served as a Commissioner for the Frederick City Planning and Fair Housing Commissions; and a member of the Advisory Board for Continuing Education at FCC. In addition, he has served as a mentor for the Good Guides, Good Will mentoring program. Wilson is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland. In addition, he holds several industry certifications.

Elizabeth Burmaster, President

Elizabeth Burmaster

Elizabeth Burmaster began as the 10th president of Frederick Community College in August 2014. A Frederick native who graduated from Governor 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. From 2001 to 2009, she served as the elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In that capacity, she also served as president of the national Council of Chief State School Officers. Earlier in her career, President Burmaster was a teacher and principal at all levels -- elementary, middle, and high school. She served on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, the Wisconsin Technical College System State Board, and the Governor’s Council on Workforce Development, as well as numerous national educational boards.

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 three grandsons.

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