Trustees

Ausherman Family Foundation’s Board of Trustees is a diverse group of family members and community stakeholders who are committed to strengthening the Frederick Community.

Marvin E. Ausherman

Marvin E. Ausherman

Chairman & Co-Founder

Marvin Ezra Ausherman, a native of Frederick County, received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Miami University of 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

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 Blackwolf Commercial. Blackwolf focuses on commercial real estate 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.

Renee Ausherman, CPA

Renee Ausherman, CPA

Renee Ausherman is the former CFO for Ausherman Development Corporation where she was employed for over 14 years. She holds a BS degree in Accounting from Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA. She began her work experience at Deloitte and Touché where she worked for 5 years and obtained her CPA license. In 2017, after over 25 years of a successful accounting career, Renee retired to spend more time with her husband. She is dedicated to her family of 3 children and 2 step children and their families, enjoying social time and travel with them. Renee has been a trustee for the Ausherman Family Foundation since 2011. She currently serves on the General Grants Committee, the Focus Grants Committee, and the Finance Committee. She finds great pleasure in working with Frederick County nonprofits to support the needs of our local community and retirement has given her more time to do so.

Kari A. Browning

Kari A. Browning

Kari Ausherman, a Frederick County native, obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts Degree in Human Sciences with an emphasis in experimental and research psychology from Hood College, and studied in a Master of Science program for Information Technology Management at Regis University in Denver.

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. Kari’s endless interests and excitement for new experiences have allowed her to work in a variety of fields including residential counseling for youth and young adults, dairy farming, commercial land development and market research, 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. She has been involved in a multitude of philanthropic and professional organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family.

Jeremy Holder

Jeremy Holder

Jeremy Holder received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1995. He currently serves as the Vice President of Ausherman Properties where he is involved in all aspects of the development process including acquisition, entitlement, design, construction management, builder contract negotiations, builder relations and homeowner’s association oversight.  Mr. Holder was inducted as a Life Director of the Frederick County Building Industry Association’s Land Use Council in 2014. His involvement in planning and overseeing Ausherman Communities in Frederick and Washington County, MD allows him to connect deeply with local consultants, government processes, policies and the political landscape which are critical to every successful development transaction.  Jeremy also leverages this experience to support the Ausherman Family Foundation’s efforts in advancing Community Benefit Projects such as Square Corner, New Spire Arts, 7th Street Fountain and more. Jeremy has been a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek since 2011 and serves as a Life Member and Committee Chair for the Mason Dixon Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Kerry McHugh

Kerry McHugh

Kerry McHugh, a lifelong resident of Maryland who adopted Frederick as her hometown in 2014, is the Program Officer of the Helen J. Serini Foundation. There, she manages partner relationships with nonprofits and funders across the state to effect systemic change around issues of poverty and income inequality. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked in advertising and communications with government and non-profit clients, with a specific focus on behavior change and community-based marketing campaigns. Kerry also serves on the board of Exponent Philanthropy, a national association for funders who operate with few or no staff. She works with partners across the sector on supporting the engagement of the next generation of non-profit and philanthropic leaders, including facilitating Exponent Philanthropy’s annual Next Gen Fellows program and co-leading the Rising Leaders Affinity Group at the Maryland Philanthropy Network. An avid trail runner, she serves as the Membership Chair for the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club and regularly explores new parks and trails across Frederick County.

Joshua Pedersen

Joshua Pedersen

Joshua has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit industry for 23 years. He led the implementation of the 211 service throughout Utah, has served as Director of Services for the Utah Food Bank, as Vice President of United Way of Northern Utah, CEO of United Way of Frederick County, Maryland and most recently as President & CEO of 211 Maryland. Today, Joshua works as the 211 Director of Network Operations & Performance for United Way Worldwide. 

Joshua has served on multiple boards including, 211 Maryland, the Frederick County Local Management Board, Catholic Community Services, West Valley City’s Cultural Arts Foundation, Murray City Arts Council, the Utah State Commission on Volunteers, Salt Lake Community College Thayne Center for Service & Learning, and as board president for the Utah Nonprofits Association. 

Today, he serves on the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism, Frederick County Health Care Coalition, Hood College Enactus Business Advisory Board, and First United Bank’s Frederick Advisory Board and as Vice Chair of the Board of Maryland Nonprofits. Joshua has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Weber State University. 

Joseph S. Welty, Esq.

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 becoming 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 purchase of businesses and real property of all kinds, as well as 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).