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Maria-Teresa Shuck, Director

Maria-Teresa Shuck, raised and educated in Managua, Nicaragua, is a longtime resident of Frederick County. Ms. Shuck is nationally certified as a Spanish language interpreter and translator and is currently employed at Frederick Memorial Hospital serving as their lead interpreter and LEP services coordinator. At FMH she chairs the Community Outreach subcommittee as part of the FMH Diversity Advisory Council.


Ms. Shuck has spent years serving and advocating for the immigrant community in Frederick and is a founding member and active volunteer for Centro Hispano. She served many years as Centro Hispano’s Board secretary, and currently serves as Centro Hispano’s director. Ms. Shuck and her husband Steve live in Adamstown and are proud parents of three sons.



Dan Blum, Chair

A resident of Frederick for 30 years, Dan has been working with Centro Hispano since 2017, starting as a volunteer teacher.

He is a business analyst at NIH, helping to design and develop software to support research and grant management at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

Danielle "Dani" Adams

Danielle is the Executive Officer of the Frederick County Building Industry Association, having joined FCBIA in 2021 from a family that has been in the building industry over 50 years.  


As a native personally and professionally of Frederick County, Danielle’s career has spanned the financial, legal, educational, and nonprofit sectors.  She is a builder of valuable and lasting relationships, advocating for needs of FCBIA’s members to be informed, engaged, and successful.


Manny Casiano

Manuel “Manny” Casiano practiced general surgery for 23 years in Frederick, and then completed an MBA at Hood College in 2004.

He served as a director on the Frederick Memorial Hospital Board for six years and later moved into an administrative role, serving as Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for 14 years. Among other things, Manny was charged with overseeing population health throughout the health system, including managing the organization’s COVID-19 efforts internally and in the County.

Manny and his wife Carmen raised their two children in Frederick and continue to live in Frederick City.


Lane Gregory

Lane Gregory is the Director of Marketing for STULZ North America, one of the largest employers in Frederick County. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business at Hood College, where she received her MBA. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Frederick and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Frederick such as; the Elder Service Provider Council, FABnet, Episcopal Orphan House Scholarship Fund.

Lane resides in Frederick City with her wife Anna and two teenage daughters Justice & Nia.  



Megan Kirk

Megan is a Senior Consultant at Ellucian, a global higher education technology provider.  She has a background in public service strategy and management consulting, human resources, and public administration.  With her strategy and management consulting background, she has experience helping public service organizations develop sustainable strategies and transforming that strategy into action through collaborative initiative development, process improvement, and project management. Megan received her MPA from George Mason University located in Fairfax, VA.

Megan moved to Frederick in March 2020 with her wife, Amanda, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community she now calls home.  


Art Rathell

Arthur L. Rathell, III is Senior Vice President/Residential Mortgage Manager at ACNB. Mr. Rathell is responsible for  residential mortgage lending, including sales and processing, throughout the Bank’s southcentral Pennsylvania and central Maryland footprint. He works with the Bank in Frederick County.


Art has more than 20 years of experience in the residential mortgage lending industry and for many years has been active in advocating for the Hispanic immigrant community.



Luis Rugeles

With a 30 plus year career that encompasses doing business in over 50 countries, Luis is a technology executive that focuses in all aspects of development and commercialization, strategy in particular. His work has also included varied types of organizations, and startups to Fortune-listed enterprises such as Motorola, and current-day Telefonica of Spain and Viavi.

As resident of Frederick since 2007 and most recently, Luis cofounded the I-270 Innovation Labs, and led it for the first 4 years as CEO. He has also served the Government of Frederick County both in the transition team of incoming County Executive Jessica Fitzwater, and spearheading the technology and life science initiatives at the Office of Economic Development.

Luis received his MBA from Vanderbilt University, and his B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from a top ranked university abroad. In addition to his extensive professional work across geographies and cultures, his and his family’s perspectives are continuously enriched by immigration across generations, and by maintaining strong ties to both Europe and Ibero-America.

Aaron Vander Meer


Aaron Vander Meer has more than fifteen years of experience in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Social Work from Calvin College and his Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Aaron holds an advanced clinical social work license in Maryland and is a nationally credentialed work incentives planner. He also holds a national certificate of achievement in employment services.

Aaron has worked both nationally and internationally, designing and implementing person-centered programs. He has a background in non-profit leadership, program development, and community partnership building.

Aaron is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Coalition of Families and a member of Hood College’s Social Work Advisory Committee.

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