The Frederick Arts Council’s Board and Team members bring together a wide variety of experience which is combined in service of advancing and supporting Frederick’s creative community. We are proudly connected to our mission and we believe that Frederick’s flourishing depends on the flourishing of the arts.

Bruce Zavos, Zavos Architecture + Design LLC

Linda Roth, VP FCB Bank
Vice President

Andrew Rosenfeld, Mount St. Mary’s University

Terri Almacy, Almacy & Co. CPAs

Lusmerlin Lantigua, Chemical Engineer and Painter

John Bekier, CEO, M&RR
John D’Amore, D’Amore Partners
Richard Davies, Retired, Frederick County Bank
Jessica Fitzwater, Frederick County Council
Karlys Kline, Founder, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County
Tim Kueberth, Edward Jones
Sharon Kuebbing, Maryland Licensed Psychologist

Donna Kuzemchak, City of Frederick
Ted Luck, Hood College
Robert Robey, Civil Engineer
Ted Robinson, Monocacy River Photography
Paula Rubin-Wexler, Paula Rubin-Wexler Fine Art
Bill Watson,  Artist and Illustrator

Louise Kennelly, Executive Director

Ms. Kennelly joins the Frederick Arts Council after nearly five years as Executive Director of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, a membership organization dedicated to providing access to world class arts for all public school students which functioned as the formal arts education partner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Prior to that position, she was a Director at the federally funded National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research. Ms. Kennelly is a published poet and painter and a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a North Carolina State Arts Council Grant, and is qualified as a Maryland Artist in the Schools through the Maryland State Arts Council Arts in Education Artist-in-Residency program. She was an adjunct faculty member of Hood College and is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has an MFA from the University of North Carolina.


Gabriella Smith, Director of Operations

Gabriella received her Cultural Studies degree in 2016 from Towson University. Her career focus is community outreach with the inclusion of the arts for underserved youth and young adults.  Smith spearheaded an exhibition installation at Towson University’s MFA gallery for “Mission Universe: A Cuarnaut’s Journey” in Summer 2016, and she has been a student of classical ballet since she was very young.

Nicole Ringel, Public Art Program Manager

Nicole Ringel (b. Frederick, MD) studied studio art and contemporary art history at McDaniel College. Nicole received her B.A. in 2016, and completed an M.F.A. in Intermedia and Digital Art at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her interdisciplinary artistic practice employs printmaking, bookmaking, installation, and guided walking experiences to contemplate embodied social and ecological histories in shared landscapes. In 2019, Nicole founded Sense of Press, a publishing and printmaking studio based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Nicole taught print media, drawing, and design at McDaniel College and UMBC from 2018-2021 before joining the Frederick Arts Council as the Public Art Project Manager.

Gabriela (Gabby) Latta, Communication & Outreach Coordinator

Gabriela (Gabby) Latta recently graduated with a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she specialized in marketing and community engagement for arts organizations. Gabby has worked with organizations such as WYEP (a branch of NPR), the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Mattress Factory to build and develop their digital and physical community presence. With Gabby’s knowledge of art history, her mixed-racial heritage, admiration for cultural celebration and her new found appreciation for data analytics, she hopes to connect art organizations with their neighbors for a more vibrant, expressive and inclusive future. Gabby is excited to join the Frederick Arts Council and continuing to learn and develop the local art community.

Emily Holland, Communications Associate

Emily is a 2014 graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in English. She has completed journalism internships at the Frederick Gorilla and The New Republic, and spent a year after college as an AmeriCorps volunteer literacy tutor in a DC Title I elementary school. She has a varied arts background in dance (ballet) and music (piano and voice), and she also enjoys writing fiction.


Maura Parrott, Sky Stage Curator 

Maura trained in art history with an MA from George Washington University, and early work in collections research and documentation for the Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art. She has served on the Rockville, MD Cultural Arts Commission, the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the Southern Nevada team of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative toward arts access and integration in K-8 education. Maura particularly enjoys community collaborations on all incarnations of art in public spaces.

Katie Barnes, Sky Stage Coordinator

Katie graduated with a BBA in Music Business from Belmont University in May 2020. She has experience working in artist management, creative sync, event management, music publishing, PR, production, radio, and social media marketing in Nashville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, and Frederick, MD. She enjoys spending time discovering new music and helping songwriters connect with industry professionals through the Speed Pitch. Having grown up in Egypt and Kazakhstan, she is passionate about bringing cultures together through various forms of art and entertainment.  Katie joined the FAC as an intern in 2020 helping with grants, inventories, overseeing the art center, and various FAC events. She continues post-internship as an associate with FAC with a focus on Sky Stage.

David Dooley, Volunteer

David Dooley is a tradesman of many years with experience in many facets
of home improvement and commercial construction. He has a background in microcomputer technology and music, and since 2017 has facilitated events at Sky Stage as a sound technician and barkeep. During that time, Dave has built custom props for a musical production at Sky Stage, tree planter-boxes, and a video projection housing for a art installation. He has managed the facility for private events, sealed the bleachers, and facilitated the replacement of the trees among a hundred other odd jobs. If you’ve been to Sky Stage, you’ve probably seen Dave!

Logan Waters, FAC Associate

Logan Waters has managed and run sound for Sky Stage and designed sound, lighting and projection for Frederick Arts Council events since 2018, adding live-streaming to his services in 2020 to help bring shows to a wider audience as the pandemic reduced our capacity at Sky Stage. He is the owner of Semi Audio, a Frederick-based event sound company, and has over 30 years’ experience as a sound engineer, in studio, on tours, and for many live events in the UK, continental Europe, and Washington, DC. Since settling in Frederick his company has also run event production and sound for New Spire Arts and other venues.

Gregory Svedberg, Volunteer

Gregory Svedberg is a musician, dj, sound and video producer who also works as a technician for Tech Data Corporation.  Greg has been assisting with concerts at Sky Stage since the start of the 2019 season.  He operates Buzz Entertainment Productions, and has produced video from Make N’ Music’s “Local Live” shows featuring interviews and performances by local musicians and bands, as well as videos of local venue live performances, and concert videos with Seven Arts Archives.


FAC Internship

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