Frederick's Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders Revealed

Frederick’s Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders were revealed today in a special publication of the January 2024 edition of Frederick Magazine.

“Frederick’s Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders list recognizes outstanding leadership in Frederick County. These individuals are making a difference in our community by contributing to Frederick County’s economy, and to the culture that brings people to Frederick County and makes them want to stay. We are also pleased to be able to produce this publication in partnership with Frederick Magazine for the seventh year in a row,” said Lara Fritts, Director of the Division of Economic Opportunity.

FCOED received 233 nominations! It is a significant accomplishment to be recognized for this award.

Frederick’s Top 50 were selected based on testimonials and stories of leading by example. This list highlights Frederick County’s diverse community and includes entrepreneurs, executives, certified professionals, published authors and more. The final selection also included criteria based on the individual’s responses on the following:

  • Professional awards and achievements
  • Contribution to a company’s success and/or creation of a company
  • Involvement in the community
  • Tenure of leadership position(s)
  • Total count of individual nominations

If you see a Top 50 EmPOWERED Leader, be sure to congratulate them and thank them for their contributions to our community.

Click here to read the full digital publication. 

Here are Frederick County’s Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders!

Alysia Birkholz

Bill Johnson

Ryan Bonheyo

Sara Johnston

Jarad Bowens

David Kalman

Nathan Brown

Machelle Lee

Dante Brown

Nisha Manikoth

Rachel Bur and Moe Zaw

Jaime McKay

Belinda Burrier

Caitlin Morris

Erlin Cruz

Shauna Mulcahy

Sherri Daniels-Ames

Sherry Myers

Carrie Delente

Mansi Oza

Shantay DeMar

Sebastian Palacio

Sandy Dubay

Savita Prabhakar

Kavonte Duckett

Ángel and Crystal Rivera

Kris Fair

Ariel Rodriguez

Christie Gilkes

Denise Rollins

Patrick Haley

Ashleigh Rossi

Tina Harper

Serina Roy

Theresa Harrison

Santhanalakshmi Shanmugam

Danielle Haskin

Ali Sharifzadeh

Sandra Hofmeister

Tammi Simpson

Marien Hornyak

Alex Uphold

Susan Hough

Natasha Valencia

Sarah Hurwitz Robey

Ashley Vancleef

Emma Jagoz

Rachel Anne Warren

Lisbet Jensen Young

Julie Yoder