Tonya has more than 25 years of experience working collaboratively to build successful businesses in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Tonya joined the board of advisors for the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program in 2011 and later became the Program Coordinator. In 2015, Tonya became the Executive Director.
Tonya is the first in her family to earn a college degree, graduating from Frederick Community College and Towson University. She began her career in banking and investing at age seventeen and worked her way up the leadership ladder, ending her career in the financial services industry as Assistant Vice President with T. Rowe Price.
Tonya owns and operates a global business with Arbonne International where she has served as an Executive Leader since 2005. Tonya has grown her team of leaders, consultants, and clients to over 1,200 people, around the globe.
Tonya serves on the Strategic Leadership Committee for Million Women Mentors for STEM-Maryland. She volunteers at St. John’s Regional Catholic School.
Tonya is married to her husband, Greg, and she has two sons, Jayden and James.
Rick has been the President and CEO of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce since 2018 and provides the vision and strategic direction for the organization. Rick collaborates with economic development partners, educational partners, elected officials and major employers to build the brand and the reputation of Frederick County’s diverse business community. The mission of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is to create value for our members through leadership, education, advocacy and networking, and to move the business community forward by promoting shared interests. The Frederick Chamber of Commerce also serves as the voice of business and provides strategic leadership and engagement in building the future of business and the community through information, collaboration, advocacy and services on behalf of the employers in our community. Our members include small businesses, corporations, associations, non-profits and individual professionals. Since 1912, the Chamber has worked diligently with local government, education, private industry and a host of other agencies and organizations to improve the business environment and promote Frederick County as a premier community in which to live, work and do business. Rick and his wife, Amy, live in Brunswick.
MaryLynn, and her husband, Ed, are two of the Co-Founders for the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County, a non-profit community organization that addresses the urgent needs of the hundreds of youth encountering homelessness. The Frederick County community came together in late 2013 after learning that there were literally hundreds of children within FCPS that were encountering homelessness each year. The name was chosen with much attention to our collective intentions – SHIP has taken the initiative in the community and have partnered with individuals, organizations, human service agencies, businesses, and government to advocate and provide for these forgotten and often-overlooked children. Over the years SHIP has added several new programs to its organization, including New Horizons, a year-round counseling program for homeless unaccompanied and homeless youth, the New Horizons Summer Academy which hosts homeless students to earn credit and life skills toward graduation, and our THRIVE Host Home Network that locates safe, stable and supportive temporary host homes for our homeless unaccompanied youth. None of this success and level of activity would be possible without the support and generosity of our 5,034 Shipmates, our boots on the ground volunteers, who help us steer this SHIP for hope and change every day.
Hermine has been the Program Coordinator for the Frederick Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB) since November 2013. After increased awareness about hunger among Frederick’s school children, BIAB began feeding 210 children In January 2014. Now in its 6th year, BIAB currently feeds 3,000 in 20 local schools. The BIAB mission is to mobilize community resources to feed children who might otherwise go hungry over weekends, school breaks, and weather-related closings when school meals are unavailable. BIAB volunteers work passionately to raise awareness about childhood food insecurity, both in Frederick County and beyond. It costs $100 to feed an individual for an entire school year and all money raised is used to feed local children. The more money raised, the more children they can feed. Hermine and her husband, Fred, have lived in the Frederick community for the past 25 years.
Jean has been a member of Women's Business Network (WBN) since 2010 and currently serves on the board as president. Founded in the early 2000's, WBN is a non-profit organization dedicated to inform, encourage, and support women in their quest to grow their businesses. WBN also participates within the Frederick community to support other non-profits both monetarily and through volunteer service with its members. Jean is a sales professional, currently employed by WDVM TV as an account executive. She is also a member of the Leadership Frederick County class of 2013. Jean and her husband, Tom, have two grown children and live in Spring Ridge.
Inga James, MSW, PhD, is the President and Executive Director of Heartly House, the only organization in Frederick County providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse. Dr. James has more than thirty years working within the human services and nonprofit sectors, as both a consultant and within executive leadership positions. Dr. James has sat on several boards dedicated to family violence, including the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, on which she currently is the President. In 2019, she was appointed to the Governor’s Workgroup to study visitation and custody decisions made when child abuse or domestic violence are alleged. Dr. James has a BA in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, and an MA and PhD in organizational psychology.