• Advisory Board & Volunteers

  • Staff

    Jen Durben
    Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area
    Heritage Area & Groups Director
    Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
    15 Visitors Center Drive - McHenry, MD 21541
    Office: 301.387.4386
    Direct: 301.387.5238
    jen@garrettchamber.com

    Heritage Area Advisory Board

    Garrett County Community Action
    Peggy Jamison, Grant Resource Director, Chairperson

    MD Department of Planning
    David Cotton, Principal Planner, Marketing Committee

    Private Business Rep (Tourism related Chamber member)
    Matt Cedro, FireFlyFarms Creamery & Market

    Natural Resources Conservation Specialist
    Wade Dorsey

    Garrett County Agriculture Representative (Member of Ag Community)
    Cheryl DeBerry, Natural Resources Business Specialist, Grants Committee Chair, Marketing Committee

    Garrett County Arts Council
    Karen Reckner, Executive Director, Grant Committee

    Private Business Rep (Tourism related Chamber member)
    Lori Nelson, Inn at Deep Creek

    Garrett County Historical Society
    John MacGowan

    Garrett County Municipalities Inc.
    Robin Jones, Administrator, Town of Grantsville

    Garrett Trails Inc.
    Ashlee Boyd, Executive Director

    Garrett College
    Cherie Krug, Director, Garrett College Foundation, Inc., Development Committee

    Garrett County Commissioner Rep
    Cindy Sharon, Garrett County Economic Development, Development Committee, Grant Committee

    Private Business Rep (Tourism related Chamber member)
    Amy Clinton, Wisp Resort

    Chamber of Commerce Board Rep
    Patty Manown Mash, Smiley’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, Marketing Committee, Development Committee

    Maryland Department of Commerce
    Andrew Sargent, Regional Specialist for Garrett, Allegany and Washington
     

    Volunteers - Heritage Area Committees

    The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area invites you to become part of our various committees.  A brief summary of the committees are listed below. If you are interested in joining a committee, please fill out the form below and let us know which committee interests you the most.

    • The Education Committee focuses on planning, developing and executing educational programs to promote the heritage area. 
    • The Marketing Committee assists the Director in developing a Marketing plan to raise awareness of the heritage area including its resources and programs.
    • The Development Committee generates and implements ideas to raise funds with the goal of enabling the heritage area to be self-sustaining and increase support for the mini-grant program.
    • The Grants Committee reviews project and mini-grant grant applications in addition to assisting the Director in identifying new grant opportunities.