Marvin E. Ausherman Chairman & Co-Founder
Marvin Ezra Ausherman, a native of Frederick County, received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1974.
After a successful career as a second-generation residential homebuilder/developer completing 30 communities and 5,000 homes over the last 40 years, he has been for the past 15 years a commercial developer/investor and devotes much of his time to the family's philanthropic endeavors, having created the Ausherman Family Trust in 2000 and the Ausherman Family Foundation in 2006.
Marvin has and always will be involved in many Frederick County organizations and projects for the betterment of the Frederick community. Examples are serving on the County's Affordable Housing Council as Chair, on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation, YMCA, Federated Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Frederick Memorial Hospital System, FCC and others. He is the founder of BlueRidge Bank, a local Frederick County community bank, and also a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Frederick Rotary Club.
Justin E. Ausherman Vice Chair & Secretary
Justin Ausherman, a Frederick County native, attended schools at every level in the County, graduating from Thomas Johnson High School in 1996. He continued on to Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, graduating in 2001 and later with an MBA.
Since graduating from college, Justin has worked in many facets of the construction industry, beginning with employment at Ausherman Homes. He worked at Ausherman Properties from 2007 to 2012 and in 2013 he founded Rockpoint Commercial with a focus on commercial real estate development, property management and full service commercial brokerage.
Justin has been a member of the Carroll Creek Rotary Club, served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and as President of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County. He lives in Frederick with his wife Lauren and his sons Cayden and Noah.
Kari A. Ausherman
Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Kari Ausherman currently resides in colorful Colorado. A life-long learner and passionate traveler, Kari’s enthusiasm for education and her diverse set of interests have led her into various studies across the country including psychological research, agricultural economics, and information technology. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee (2004), a Master of Arts Degree in Human Sciences with an emphasis in experimental and research psychology from Hood College (2009), and is currently in a Master of Science program for Information Technology Management at Regis University in Denver.
While now in the field of Informational Technology (IT), Kari’s endless list of interests and excitement for new experiences has gained her a well-rounded and interesting career path from residential counseling for youth and young adults, dairy farming, commercial land development and market research, to website development and information systems analysis and design.
Kari has always been driven by a desire to contribute to and constantly improve the business aspects of organizations. Over the course of the years Kari has involved herself in a multitude of philanthropic and professional organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing (or perhaps, trying to dance), crafts, baking, and spending time in the mountains snowboarding and fishing.
Nicholas A. Branic
A native of Frederick County, Maryland, Nick graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and earned a Master's of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2012. He is pursuing a doctorate in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.
As an undergraduate, Nick became a member of the Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honors Society and served as vice president of the American Criminal Justice Association (JMU chapter). He also volunteered at the Gemeinschaft Home, a transitional therapeutic community located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The program focused on rehabilitating non-violent ex-offenders and helping them to re-establish positive social ties in the community, which contributed to lower risks of reoffending and stronger neighborhood solidarity.
Nick continues to cultivate his passion for service and social change in his graduate studies. At USF, he was a member of the Criminology Graduate Student Association, which fundraised for and supported a number of local youth charities such as Guardian ad Litem, Metropolitan Ministries, and the Kinship Center. In addition, he worked with the Lifepath Group Project, a within-prison reentry program that helps participants to better their lives and forsake crime through self-empowerment and communal support.
More recently, Nick participates in several service committees within the Criminology, Law and Society department at UCI. These committees focus on managing professional seminars for students, arranging academic presentations within the department, and organizing educational materials for fellow doctoral students. He also serves as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses, which includes working closely with students and fostering educational development.
Nick also works within the Irvine Lab for Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC), a UCI-based research lab that studies the spatial functions and relationships of crime. A key goal of this lab is to understand social change and how the evolving social landscape affects residents throughout Southern California. Some current projects include examining the effects of fringe lending institutions on communities and exploring the social implications of neighborhood gentrification.
As an academic, Nick fosters several research interests that coincide with his philanthropic goals. He maintains a strong interest in studying the community context of crime and social inequalities. Nick also studies prisoner reentry programming and reintegration efforts into the community with a particular focus on increasing successful reentry and reducing criminal reoffending.
Elizabeth Cromwell is the President and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. With 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Cromwell's background includes marketing, public relations, public/private partnerships, corporate sponsorship, advocacy, and large-scale, municipal event management.
Prior to her work at the Chamber, Cromwell was Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for Frederick County Public Libraries, where she was responsible for system-wide programs, often requiring substantial private-sector investment through corporate partnerships to support library events. She also co-founded Frederick's literary celebration, Frederick Reads, a collaboration of more than 30 organizations.
James B. MacGillivray
Jim MacGillivray, a native of Washington, DC, has been a Civil Engineer for more than 40 years after graduating from Bucknell University in 1976. Jim devotes most of his time to volunteer endeavors throughout the United States. Now self-employed, he worked most recently for the Ausherman Development Corporation in Frederick, MD. His career has included construction, design, public works administration and management.
Jim is a life director of the Frederick County Builders Association. He is a member of the advisory board for the Frederick Rescue Mission. Jim is a member of the Cimarron United Methodist Church. Hehas served for more than two decades as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves on the Philmont Scout Ranch Committee in New Mexico. Jim resides in Ute Park, NM.
Joseph S. Welty, Esq.
Joseph S. Welty has been practicing law in Frederick County, Maryland since 1974 when he began as an associate with Rosenstock, Burgee, Bower & Philips, P.A. After having become a full principal in two years, the firm later became reorganized and known as Rosenstock, Burgee & Welty, P.A. in 1981. This firm merged with the 220-lawyer, Baltimore-based, regional law firm of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on January 1, 1987. Mr. Welty served on the Board of Directors of Miles & Stockbridge from 1988 through 2012, and served in the capacities of President and Chairman from 1996 through 2001.
Over the period of his practice, he has focused primarily on business and tax issues, including but not limited to sale and commercial transactions of every nature and commercial loan transactions for banks and for borrowers. He has served on many boards over his career, including the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Frederick County, the Board of Directors of St. John’s Literary Institution at Prospect Hall, the Board of Trustees of The Merle Thorpe Charitable Trust, the Board of Directors of BlueRidge Bank, and the Board of Directors of The Family Heritage Trust Company.
A lifelong resident of Frederick County, he obtained a B.S. in Economics from Mount St Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland (1971), and a J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary (1974).
Renee Lopez, CPA
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.