• Heritage Area At a Glance 

  • Advisory Board & Volunteers

  • Staff

     

    Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

    Amber Sanders 2023
    Amber Sanders, Heritage Area Director
    Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
    15 Visitors Center Drive - McHenry, MD 21541
    Office: 301.387.4386
    Direct: 301.387.5238  


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Teresa Larkin, Administrative Assistant

     

    Heritage Area Advisory Board

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

    MD Department of Planning
    Joe Rogers, Regional Planner

    Private Business Rep (Tourism related Chamber member)
    Devin Callis, 3rd Street Diner & Oak-Mar Motel 

    Natural Resources Conservation Specialist
    Melissa Nash, DNR

    Garrett County Agriculture Representative (Member of Ag Community)
    Melissa Bolyard, Natural Resources Business Specialist

    Garrett County Arts Council
    Kathy Beachler, Executive Director

    Private Business Rep (Tourism related Chamber member)
    Lisa Ratliff, Wisp Resort

    Garrett County Historical Society
    John MacGowan

    Garrett County Municipalities Inc.
    Kathy Shaffer, Mayor Oakland

    Garrett Trails Inc.
    Josh Spiker, Executive Director

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

    Garrett County Commissioner Rep
    Sierra Wigfield, Garrett County Economic Development

    Private Business Rep (Tourism related Chamber member)
    Elizabeth Williams, The Fronterra Group 

    Chamber of Commerce Board Rep
    Patty Manown Mash, Pine Lodge Steakhouse

    Maryland Department of Commerce
    Andrew Sargent, Western Maryland Representative
     

    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.
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  • This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.
    However, project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

  • Photo Credits: Tim Jacobsen, Bob Carney, Marcia Warnick, Sarah Myers, Crede Calhoun, Higher Focus Studios, Garrett Historical Society, Sarah Duck, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce