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Champions of the East

East Frederick Rising is a non-profit collective of businesses; local, state, and federal government, thought-leaders; and residents who are championing the revitalization of this incredibly special area of Frederick. One that spans the eastern edge of the city through the historically industrial district and eastward to the Monocacy River (including the Frederick Fairgrounds and the Frederick Municipal Airport.)

But perhaps, most importantly, we are members of the community who love this city and making it even better. We’re moving Frederick forward by moving it eastward. Not just for what it means right now. For what it means one year from now. Ten and 20 years from now. Generations from now.

This isn’t just another neighborhood. This is a renaissance. East Frederick Rising is the organization that is helping businesses, residents, and visitors make the most of this incredible opportunity.

Join the movement. East.

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Vision

East Frederick Rising is a non-profit organization guiding a vision for East Frederick revitalization that melds 21st century livability, infrastructure, and technology with the character, heart, and charm of historic downtown Frederick.

Meet the Board

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

President

I am a principal at a professional service firm specializing in state and local governments’ financial, regulatory, and operational needs. I am a resident of the Eastchurch community located in East Frederick, and my wife Stephanie and son make East Frederick our place to live, work, and play.

Robert Robey

Robert Robey

Vice President

I am a Civil Engineer, and have been part of East Frederick Rising for over 5 years. I am currently Vice President. I have lived in the city for over 5 years and enjoy working on issues of interest to the community that will preserve the City’s character and livability.

Heather Goddard

Heather Goddard

Heather Goddard is a strong leader in the East Frederick community as a mother, wife, business owner and an advocate for her community. And this is evident when you walk into her Mexican restaurant, Café Bueno which she owns alongside her husband. She enjoys living and working in the East Fredrick Community and is excited to continue seeing it move forward.

Vicki Understein

I am a recent retiree from the property/casualty insurance industry and a resident of East Frederick. I am excited to be a part of East Frederick Rising and to work towards the betterment of East Frederick. 

Richard Griffin

Richard Griffin

Director of Economic Development for the City of Frederick

Mr. Griffin serves the City of Frederick as Director of Economic Development – a position he has held since 2002. In that role, he oversees the staff of the City’s economic development department, downtown parking system, municipal airport, and Weinberg Center.

Dave Ziedelis

Dave Ziedelis

Executive Director of Visit Frederick/Tourism Council of Frederick County

Dave Ziedelis is the Executive Director of Visit Frederick/Tourism Council of Frederick County which is the designated destination marketing organization for Frederick City & County. Dave’s dedication and involvement with East Frederick spans over 17 years. Dave also has over 33 years in experience with professional sports and 17 years as the General Manager of the Frederick Keys.

John Bare

John Bare

Frederick County Ag Society and Great Frederick Fair Director

I am a 78 year old Frederick Native who has lived and worked in Frederick City and County except for 2 years of military service. As a Frederick County Ag Society and Great Frederick Fair director I am very concerned about the future. I am chairman of the Off Season rental committee, a member of the parking-traffic-security committees (primarily I work with law enforcement to manage traffic and parking at fairtime), and I was the founder of the beer garden which I still manage. I own and manage two city blocks of commercial property on E. Patrick St with multiple tenants along with 6-1/2 acres of heavy industrial zoning on Reichs Ford Road also with multiple tenants. Even though I have semi-retired, I still own and operate H.B> Duvall (founded in 1945) located on E. Patrick St and maintain an office at 901 E Patrick St. I have been concerned about the future of all of the “core” businesses in E Frederick ever since the beginning of EFR. When we were told : We’ll find places in the county for you !! Ask Potomac Edison (Alleghany Power) ? Rather than rambling on, I would be interested in meeting with you to give more background of East Frederick.

Kara Norman

Kara Norman

Downtown Frederick Partnership Executive Director

The work of the Partnership overlaps with the work of East Frederick Rising and I really appreciate the opportunity to work in partnership.

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