Leslie Schultz, Founder and President of SOAR
Leslie has worked in human services in Frederick County since 1995 and has been working in the senior industry since 2000 in human resources, management and sales & marketing. She currently works as the Executive Director at Somerford of Frederick an Assisted Living and Memory Care community. Leslie is a past member of the Commission on Aging, past Chair of the Aging Network Alliance, past board member of the Elder Services Provider Council, and past Chair of the Elder Expo. She has a passion for working with and for older adults and strives to be a vehicle for change in the senior industry. She envisions a time when older adults live in a world where they feel loved, respected and recognized for the contributions to their families and communities. She hopes others will join in this mission to help older adults live their lives with dignity and have their essential needs met each day.
Sean O’Keefe, Vice-President
Sean O’Keefe, Esq. is a lifelong resident of Middletown. He was awarded his J.D., Certificate in Estate Planning, and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Baltimore School of Law. At UB Law he was recognized for concentrating in Estate Planning and Real Estate Practice, served as president of the Real Estate Law Association, and tutored students in Civil Procedure. When not working at his estates and trusts law firm, O’Keefe Legal Services, L.L.C., Sean enjoys officiating at high school track meets, fly fishing, running with his dogs, and hockey. He is an active member of the American, Maryland, and Frederick County Bar Associations where he has held various positions and currently co-chairs the Disaster Relief Committee. Sean also serves as treasurer for the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce, and on the Planned Giving Committee for Hospice of Frederick County. He began his involvement with SOAR in 2016, and is always eager to use his skills to help benefit seniors in Frederick County.
Judy Lancaster, Treasurer
Judy, along with her husband Mark, own Lancaster Craftsmen Builders in Middletown, Maryland. With a master’s degree in business administration, Judy is responsible for the operations of the company including all accounting, cost and sales management. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, from June 2011-2017. Judy and Mark participated as “Dancing Stars” at the 2010 Forget-Me-Not Gala, bringing home the coveted “Mirror Ball” trophy for raising the most funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. She served on the planning committee for the annual gala from 2011-2017, and co-chaired the event from 2012-2017. Judy’s dad suffered with dementia before his passing in 2015, and she knows too well the emotional and financial toll it takes on families to compassionately care for the elderly. She is proud to be aligned with SOAR and is confident that it will make a difference in the lives of seniors in our community.
Chris Laurich, Secretary
Christine Laurich has spent her career in the community relations and marketing field for nearly 30 years. She is currently the Community Relations Director at Somerford of Frederick an Assisted Living and Memory Care community. Chris is an advocate for seniors and veterans and enjoys spending time with her family. She is proud to serve on the board of SOAR and be a part of making an impact for seniors in the Frederick community.
Jason Topper, Board member
Jason works for Turning Point Financial which is a Financial Planning and Investment Firm here in Frederick, MD. He encourages planning for life events that you may or may not see coming in your future. These “Turning Points” in life can often be dealt with more easily, if you are prepared for when they happen. Jason realizes that there are many seniors in our community that due to circumstances out of their control, they are put in extremely difficult situations that require help from an organization like SOAR. Jason had previously worked in the senior care industry and is very familiar with the types of challenges that our seniors face as they age. He and his wife Jen danced in the Frederick Alzheimer’s Association’s “Memory Ball” in 2014 and were awarded the “Best Swing Dancers” for the event. Jason is also a board member for the Frederick Volleyball Club and enjoys playing when he has a chance. Helping our seniors maintain their dignity and independence as long as possible is his goal.
Ryan Geiger, Board member
Ryan grew up in Frederick and graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High school in 2000. In 2004, he graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in history and minor in business administration. He completed his mortuary science degree in 2010 from Catonsville Community College. He works for Keeney & Basford Funeral Home located on Church Street in Downtown Frederick. He lives in Myersville and has wife, Krista and sons, Jameson and Patrick. Ryan joined SOAR because he feels the desire to help the senior population get the necessary resources to allow them to live the quality of life that they deserve.
Sara Littleton, Board member
Sara is a Registered Nurse currently serving as Manager of Care Transitions, Frederick Integrated Healthcare Network Care Managers, and the CARE Clinic with Frederick Regional Health System. Prior to this role she spent the majority of her career caring for seniors. Sara grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Nursing. She is currently working towards a Masters in Health Policy and Administration. Sara lives in Fairfield, PA with her husband Walt and two sons Austin and Gavin. Sara loves the outdoors and when she does have down time enjoys camping with her family. Sara has a deep passion for and commitment to caring for those that need it the most, especially senior citizens. This passion and commitment is why she has enthusiastically joined SOAR’s Board of Directors and looks forward to helping the organization fulfill its mission.
Tonya McLane, Board member
Tonya has worked in the banking industry in Frederick County for 11 years, specializing in Commercial Lending. She currently works at NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, as the Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. She is responsible for building commercial customer relationships and providing commercial lending primarily in the Frederick market. Tonya loves helping people obtain their dreams in business and in real estate investment. Tonya has lived in Frederick County, MD for 24 years and currently resides in Walkersville. She has three children Colton, Jordan and Mariah. Earlier in her career, she taught high school English for six years and served on the School Improvement team for Frederick County Public Schools. Tonya earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA where she was nominated as woman of the year by her professors, and attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA for a Master’s degree in English Literature and Education. Tonya participates in a number of business and professional organizations including Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Frederick County Association of Realtors, Frederick County Building Industry Association, and Tech Frederick Networking. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Walkersville. Tonya joined SOAR in the hopes of Serving Seniors and providing seniors in need with life sustaining services in a welcoming and supportive environment within our community.