Board of Directors
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 serves as the Founder and President of SOAR. 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. Leslie is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Frederick class of 2017. 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, 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, 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.
Debra Lee Savageau
Debbie is a founding member of SOAR and was instrumental in getting SOAR off the ground. Debbie has been employed at Country Meadows Retirement Community in Frederick, Maryland for over seventeen years and is the Director of Marketing, focusing on business development and community connections.
Debbie has been actively involved in many volunteer and aging organizations throughout Frederick County. She is currently a member of the Elder Services Provider Council, the Aging Network Alliance, and has worked tirelessly for the Alzheimer’s association, both as a past co-chair of their annual Forget-Me-Not Gala, in addition to being a monthly Alzheimer’s
/Dementia support group leader as well as a past Alzheimer’s Walk organizer and volunteer. Debbie also served a three year term in the Frederick County Commission on Aging.
Debbie says that each day it is an absolute privilege and honor to work with the senior population and their families. She loves helping others, especially those of our “greatest generation” and believes in SOAR and its mission to the senior citizens of our county.
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.
Terri is a founding member of SOAR and has been a valuable contributor to the success of SOAR and it’s mission by sharing her knowledge of the needs within the Frederick Community for our seniors. She is a Licensed Social Worker and works for Frederick Memorial Hospital. Terri has been a member of “A Toast to the Holidays” planning committee since inception. Terri is happy to be a part of making a difference in her community on behalf of seniors in need.
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.
Tonya has worked in the banking industry in Frederick County for 11 years, specializing in Commercial Lending. 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.
John M. Billé
John Billé is currently the Director of Administration for Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland and has been with Woodmont for over 36 years. John is also the Membership Chair of the New Market Rotary Club. John first got involved with Seniors with dementia in the early 2000’s when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and both John and his father started to regularly attend monthly dementia support groups at Country Meadows led by Debbie Savageau.
Thru Debbie, John later got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and their Forget-Me-Not Gala and later in 2013 danced and won the “Your Our Star” Mirror Ball Trophy for raising the most money for the Alzheimer’s Association. John later joined the Gala Committee and in 2018 Co-Chaired the Gala and watched while his daughter and her dance partner also won the “Your Our Star” Mirror Ball Trophy as well as a Mirror Ball Trophy for the best Swing Dance.
Along with several ladies at Woodmont, John runs their Alzheimer’s Golf and Tennis Tournament, with just completed its 8th year and has raised more than $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
John has a passion for his family as well as running, traveling and enjoys volunteering for several of the organizations he belongs to.
John attended the first “Toast-To-The-Holidays” Fundraiser and has always been impressed with how SOAR makes such a difference in the lives of senior population in Frederick, Maryland. SOAR provides those seniors in need with essential and life sustaining needs to live.