Under the leadership of founder Karlys Kline, the original members of the Women's Giving Circle of Frederick County had the vision and drive to inspire the creation of a new paradigm of support for women facing challenges in our community.
The Circle is governed by the Leadership Circle, consisting of the officers, immediate past Chair, Chair Emerita (founder) and committee chairs. The Leadership Circle is responsible for the Circle's management and operations. The Circle officers serve two-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms. Terms coincide with the Community Foundation's fiscal year, ending June 30th.
Kimberly Chaney joined the Circle at its inception in 2006 and served on the Leadership Circle as treasurer through 2010. A graduate of James Madison University, she received her MS in Finance from the University of Baltimore. She has been a CPA since 1983 and her career includes 15 years in public accounting, initially with a national firm, and subsequently, ten years in positions as Chief Financial Officer at several regional companies. Since 2007, she has owned her own accounting and consulting firm based in Frederick. She has served as a director for Frederick County Bank since 2013; she currently chairs the bank’s Audit and Risk Committee. Kim has been an active volunteer during her entire professional career, serving in leadership positions with The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, The Weinberg Center for the Arts and the YMCA of Frederick County. She also volunteered for Frederick County Public Schools where her children attended school. She and her husband live in Braddock Heights, and she is the proud Mom and Stepmom to six beautiful children, and one amazing grandson (with another on the way). Her hobbies include cooking, reading and walking her dog.
VICE CHAIR (OFFICER)
Linda Roth joined the Circle in 2014 and served as the co-chair of the program committee since 2016. In 2006 Linda moved to Frederick to work for Hood College as the Sr. Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. After 12 years at Hood, Linda recently started a new position at Frederick County Bank as the Community Outreach Program Manager. Linda specializes in board development, capital campaigns, major gifts, annual fund programming, community relations, volunteer management, communications, and marketing. Linda is a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and is currently serving as President of the Club. She has also held community board leadership positions with the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Inc., Heritage Frederick, Downtown Frederick Partnership, and Past- President of the Frederick County Commission for Women. She is a member of the Order of the Good Samaritan at Frederick Memorial Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to Europe and the Caribbean, spending time with family and friends.
FINANCIAL CHAIR (OFFICER)
Elizabeth DeRose joined the Circle in 2016. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she holds a BS in Finance and had a successful first career in the financial sector working in Chicago. Eventually, her love of cooking called to change careers and attend the Culinary Institute of America where she earned a Culinary Arts degree and met her future husband and love of her life, Ralph. She returned to Chicago to work for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a chef and then Director of Operations, before moving here to Frederick in 2001, at which time she joined the national restaurant consulting firm, VSAG, as Vice President for a number of years. She began a new career in the nonprofit sector, serving as the Director of Operations for an organization that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She joined Frederick Community College in 2016 to direct the Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, serves on the leadership council for Community F.A.R.E.'s Farm to School Program, and in her spare time volunteers throughout the community.
Sharon Riser has been a member of the Women’s Giving Circle since its inception in 2006, and has served as chairman of the grants committee, and as President of the Circle from 2015- 2018. Sharon is Co-Owner and founder of the Temple a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Frederick and Annapolis. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Frederick Memorial Hospital Order of the Good Samaritan, The Tivoli Society of the Weinberg Center for the Arts and a board member of the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation for Paul Mitchell School Fundraising Campaign. Her business supports countless other organizations in Frederick County through donations of time, talent and treasure. Sharon resides in Frederick with her husband and children. In her free time, she enjoys, traveling, working out, cooking, giving back to her community, and checking off items off her bucket list in life.
Karlys Kline founded the Circle in 2006. She is a community leader, known for her service and philanthropic activities. She moved to Frederick in 1990. Her earlier career had been successful in New York & Philadelphia with the Jones New York Company. She switched careers completely as Vice President of a large building manufacturing company. By 2009 she retired and dedicated all of her time to helping improve the lives of women and their children in Frederick County. This was accomplished mainly by creating the Women’s Giving Circle in 2006. Karlys has participated on the board or committees of over 42 local nonprofits. Her passion is to ‘connect the dots’ with no agenda or reward. Her only goal is to make the community a better place. A few of her current boards include Frederick County Bank, Frederick Memorial Hospital, Homewood, Frederick Community College Foundation, Sheriff’s Advisory Council and The Family Heritage Trust Company. Her husband, Tom Lynch, encourages her to “spread goodness & joy”. The pair says that they “vacation in Frederick” because they both love their lives and this community. Karlys is grateful every day for the full-time opportunity to spend her days giving back wherever she is needed.
Angela Chase joined the Giving Circle in 2012 and currently serves on the Leadership Circle team as the chair of the all-important membership committee. She loves getting people together and has been working at that in one form or another for most of her adult life. She graduated with a BS in Business Management from Marymount University in 1990 before returning to Frederick to work in the family business. A 3-year move to Indiana and subsequent return to Frederick for the past 23 years have been filled with various volunteer positions in community organizations. In 2008, after several years of substitute teaching, she returned to school to obtain a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Mount St. Mary’s University, which was followed by 5 years as a Technology Education teacher. She left teaching in 2016 to spend more time with her family and return to community volunteering. She often says she is a jack of all trades, but a master of known- always eager to learn new skills and become more knowledgeable. She and her husband are members of the Order of the Good Samaritan at Frederick Memorial Hospital. In her free time, Angela and her husband travel extensively and spend many of their weekends on the shore of Deep Creek Lake.
Dr. Lois Jarman joined the Giving Circle in 2016 and currently leads the Giving Circle Grants Committee. She has been a world language educator for more than twenty years. She has taught English, French, Spanish, and Latin on a secondary and post-secondary level. Dr. Jarman received her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, her master’s degree from Hood College, and her doctoral degree in second language acquisition from Shenandoah University. Dr. Jarman has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. She has led student travel tours, hosted exchange students from a number of different countries, and created and directed the Cannes Film Festival student internship program at Shepherd University. Dr. Jarman is currently the director of International Affairs at Shepherd. She has participated in Woman To Woman Mentoring, past president of the Commission for Women, and currently serves on the Frederick County Board of Education. She is the mother to Tiffany and Tim, and the grandmother to Chloe, in addition to being the human Mommy to a host of fur babies.
Bonnie Swanson joined the Circle in 2006 and took on the role of Program co-chair in 2016. She currently serves on the Circle Leadership team as the chair of the Program Committee. In this role, she directs the planning and execution of the Circle quarterly events. Bonnie has been in the event planning business since 1994, working for event venues as well as co-owner of an event planning business. For the past 10 years, she has been the Event Sales Manager at Musket Ridge Golf Club overseeing and managing all events at the club. She completed the George Washington University Event Management Certificate Program in 2001. She served as Chair and Co-Chair of the “Evening on the Riviera” fundraising gala for close to 20 years, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and is currently serving on the Board, as well as a Board member of Color on the Creek. Besides always being active in the community, Bonnie has served on the Board of the Weinberg Center and Evening on the Riviera. Her favorite things are Rotary, WGC, traveling, enjoying friends and family whenever possible……and being Mimi!
Harriet Langlois joined the Circle in 2010 and currently serves on the Circle Leadership team as the Communications Committee chair. A graduate of the University of Washington, Harriet holds degrees in Botany, Forest Ecology and Computer Science. For over 30 years, she worked in the satellite communications field as a software engineer, retiring as Assistant Vice President from Hughes Network Systems in 2012. Harriet is an active member and past officer of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, volunteering in a number of roles including race coordinator. In that role, Harriet directs the Frederick Women's Distance Festival 5k, which has raised over $136,000 for the Circle since 2010. Harriet shares a love of running, hiking, camping and volunteering with her husband of 23 years and is a doting grandmother to four young grandchildren.
Carole Heine joined the Circle in 2010 and currently serves on the Circle leadership team as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role, Carole liaises with community groups that would like to interact with the membership and/or support the Circle through fundraising activities. Carole is originally from Upstate NY and found her way to Frederick as a Hood College student. She returned to Frederick in 2000 with her husband and four children and could not imagine raising a family anywhere else. Her previous work experience includes sales, contract negotiations, non-profit board leadership, and Director, Tour de Frederick. She is currently the Director of Business Development for OneClick.chat, a new interactive video technology. Her free time includes cycling, hiking, traveling to visit family and lending a helping hand in the community.
Photo credit: Thank you to Charles Studio Photography for photographing our leadership team