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.
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.
Abdoul A. Konare is an attorney based in Frederick, MD and has been working with Centro Hispano since 2012.
Mr. Konare practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law, concentrating on issues related to removal and deportation proceedings. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Michigan and is admitted to practice before the 4th Circuit of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Since 2014, Tony has held the position of board member and treasurer of Centro Hispano – responsible for ensuring the compliance of all federal and state regulations required of a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. He also helps in other areas such as notary services, grant management, and new business consultation and registration.
Tony is also a Board Member of The Golden Mile Alliance which is tasked with the business revitalization and development along Route 40 in Frederick, Maryland. Tony owns a private accounting practice located along The Golden Mile in Frederick, Maryland.
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.