Staff

Staff

Leigh Adams Director

Leigh Adams has more than 10 years of experience in the marketing and public relations field with a background in the nonprofit sector.

At the Ausherman Family Foundation, Adams focuses on connecting organizations, streamlining the grants process and working with other nonprofit entities to develop more robust fundraising that meets the Foundation and community's vision for the future of Frederick County.

She is on the committees for the Frederick Speaker Series, RISE, the Nonprofit Alliance, and the Foundation's annual Nonprofit Summit.

Adams previously was the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, one of the area's largest nonprofit organizations. Her earlier career includes corporate and nonprofit event planning and logistics.

Adams resides in Frederick County with her husband and daughter and is pursuing her Master's in Business Administration degree at Hood College.

Renee Lopez, CPA Investment Advisor

Renee Lopez is the CFO for Ausherman Development Corporation, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Trustee for the Ausherman Family Foundation, and a member of the Grant Committee for the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County. Renee holds a BS degree in Accounting and Management from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and is a certified public accountant with over 25 years of accounting experience including 5 years at Deloitte & Touche.  Before Renee’s promotion to CFO at Ausherman Development Corporation, she not only created and managed the Ausherman Family Office for 3 years but served as the Controller for Ausherman Development Corporation for 6 years.   Renee has successfully balanced her career and home life always making her three children a priority.  Now that her children are independent high schoolers she looks forward to having more time to give, helping those in need in the community.

Lori Perkins Grants Coordinator

Lori Perkins is the Grants Coordinator for Ausherman Family Foundation. She has experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked as the office manager for a children’s residential treatment facility, where she helped to obtain funding for the residents.

Lori joined Ausherman Family Foundation in 2015. She works to improve and streamline the grant application process and works closely with grant recipients and other community funders.

Lori received her BA in Psychology from UNC-Greensboro. She recently moved from West Virginia to Frederick with her husband and younger daughter, and is thoroughly enjoying the community. Lori is a member and officer of Carroll Creek Toastmasters.

Jen Specht Community Relations Coordinator

Jen Specht is the Community Relations Coordinator of the Ausherman Family Foundation. She has 8 years of experience in the marketing field including brand management, corporate partnerships, social media and strategic planning. Jen received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Messiah College in 2010. She is a native of Frederick County and is dedicated to serving her local community. She has been an active member of Frederick Church of the Redeemer for over 10 years and serves on the Community Outreach Team, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry.