Our People


Kara Norman
Executive Director

Leeann Crews
Associate Director

Jade Dunhour
Events & Promotion Manager

Brittany Himber
Marketing Manager

Board of Directors

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Downtown Frederick Partnership is guided by a Board of Directors, which is composed of Voting and Non-Voting Directors that include downtown business owners, professionals, residents, property owners, elected officials, and representatives from partnering organizations. Our FY24 board members are:


  • Derek McGee, President
  • Marién Hornyak, Vice President
  • Carlo Serio, Secretary & Treasurer

Committee Chairpersons:

  • Kate Kuranda, Design Chair
  • Nkem Wellington, Business Development Chair
  • Chris Foreman, Promotion Co-Chair
  • Mindy Cawley, Promotion Co-Chair
  • Marién Hornyak, Organization Chair

Voting Directors:

  • Sandy Dubay
  • Bob Goff
  • Derrick Harrigan
  • Becky Kaler
  • April Lee
  • Karyn Lovins
  • Katie Nash
  • Carly Ogden
  • Cassandra Senn Vaira
  • Danny Severn

Non-Voting Directors:

  • Jodie Bollinger, Frederick County Office of Economic Development
  • Kavonté Duckett, Frederick County Council
  • Jennifer Gerlock, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
  • Anna Lipowitz, Celebrate Frederick
  • Kara Norman, Downtown Frederick Partnership
  • Gabriella Smith, Frederick Arts Council
  • Dave Ziedelis, Visit Frederick

Get Involved

The Partnership is supported by four active committees – each of which focuses on one aspect of the Main Street program. 

Each committee consists of a group of volunteers who attend monthly committee meetings, follow up on assigned tasks, assist with the implementation of action plans and participate in events. Anyone in the Frederick community can volunteer for one of the Partnership’s committees!

Business Development Committee: works to attract, retain and support Downtown Frederick businesses

Design Committee: focuses on the downtown streetscape, policy advocacy and long-term planning

Organization Committee: cultivates the partnerships, community involvement and resources needed to achieve the Partnership’s goals

Promotion Committee: creates unique experiences and events, promotes and brands Downtown Frederick

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