Building relationships between Fort Detrick and the Region

Board Members

President

Harold E. Modrow, Ph.D.

Harold E. Modrow, Ph.D.

Dr. Harry Modrow is a Senior Scientist at Leidos (formerly SAIC) in Frederick and Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the Fort Detrick Alliance ....

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Executive Director

Eileen Mitchell

Eileen Mitchell

Eileen retired from Fort Detrick as Deputy to the Garrison Commander after 35 years at Detrick. She managed Installation operations and an annual budget of $200+ million. She supported approximately 42 different Federal agencies at Fort Detrick and provided oversight during three BRAC (Base Realignment).

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Vice President

Cheryl Hull

Cheryl Hull

Ms. Cheryl Hull is the Director of Operations at the Frederick Office of The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF).

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Secretary

James R. Swearengen, DVM, DACLAM, DACVPM

James R. Swearengen, DVM, DACLAM, DACVPM

A resident of Frederick, Maryland since 1994, Dr. Swearengen is currently the Comparative Medicine Veterinarian for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center on Fort Detrick.

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Treasurer

Christine Limparis, CVA, CPA

Christine Limparis, CVA, CPA

With 25 years of experience, Christine, a certified public accountant, leads The Fort Detrick Alliance Finance Committee with expertise in tax and reporting requirements of not-for-profit organizations.

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Board Members

Elizabeth Burmaster

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.

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Frank Blanchard

Frank Blanchard

Frank Blanchard is the Director of Public Affairs for Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. and a board member of the Fort Detrick Alliance.

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Gilroy Gotiangco

Gilroy Gotiangco

Gilroy G. Gotiangco, is President and founder of DeltaStrac LLC, a consulting and technology services company based in Maryland. He has over 25 years of experience in DoD, federal and commercial experience providing project management and information management and technology services.

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Gino Auteri

Gino Auteri

Gino Auteri, Colonel, USAF, Retired is a Senior Director for Military Health System and Veterans Administration Business Development with General Dynamics Information Technology.

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Helen Propheter

Helen Propheter

Helen Propheter was appointed Director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development in 2012.

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Henry "Hank" Abromson

Henry "Hank" Abromson

Henry "Hank” Abromson represents businesses and individuals in a variety of corporate and real estate matters that include the negotiation and preparation of contracts in the purchase and sale of businesses, real estate, and leases. He counsels clients in the establishment of various business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, joint ventures and general and limited partnerships. He also assists clients with federal and state trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection, as well as e-commerce and cyber-law matters such as domain name disputes, software license agreements, and website agreements.

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Kassie Lewis

Kassie Lewis

Kathleen “Kassie” Lewis is Director of the Washington County Department of Business Development. Lewis will serve as the primary sales and development driver for the County and act as staff liaison to the Economic Development Commission Board. Lewis will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategic programs to encourage business relocation, retention, and expansion in Washington County. She will continue building on the work of DBD staff and further forge partnerships with state, local and community organizations while connecting with existing businesses to help them navigate retention and expansion resources.

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Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan

Assistant Treasurer, Linda Morgan is President and Owner of Support Unlimited, Inc. which provides customized bookkeeping and back office support to the small and emerging business community.

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Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D.

Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D.

Maria Green Cowles is Dean of the Graduate School at Hood College. With over 1,000 students, the Graduate School offers programs developed to meet the educational/workforce needs of the larger Frederick community. Since joining Hood College in January 2013, Cowles has promoted new programming, including an M.S. and certificate in Bioinformatics, an M.S. in Counseling (Clinical and School), as well as certificates in Accounting, Financial Management, and Organizational Management. A doctoral program in Organizational Leadership will be offered in 2016, pending final approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

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Matthew Rittler, Ph.D.

Matthew Rittler, Ph.D.

Dr. Matt Rittler is a Manufacturing Innovation Specialist for MedImmune at the Frederick Manufacturing Center and has extensive experience as a scientist in various research & development settings.

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Terry Besch, DVM, MS, DACLAM, DACVPM

Terry Besch, DVM, MS, DACLAM, DACVPM

Terry Besch is the Battelle Operations Director for NIH-NIAID Integrated Research Facility.

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Thomas Gladstone

Thomas Gladstone

Mr. Gladstone is the current past president of the Alliance. Mr. Gladstone recently retired from his position as a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a large technology management consulting firm. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Mr. Gladstone spent over 21 years in the Air Force, specializing in areas such as research program management, arms control, intelligence systems analysis, strategic ICBM’s and cartography

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Richard Griffin, AICP, CEcD

Richard Griffin, AICP, CEcD

Since 2002, Mr. Griffin has served the City of Frederick as Director of Economic Development. An accomplished urban planner and economic developer with 20+ years of professional planning and economic development experience, he is an accredited member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a certified Economic Developer (CEcD).

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