Board of Directors

Judy LancasterPresident and Treasurer

With a master’s degree in business administration, Judy is responsible for the operations of Lancaster Craftsmen Builders, a company she jointly owns with her husband, Mark. An avid supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Judy served on the Greater Maryland Chapter’s Board of Directors for six years and chaired its “Dancing Stars” annual fundraiser. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Weinberg Center for the Arts. Caring for her father, who suffered from dementia, has given Judy a personal understanding of what it means to be a family caregiver.

Katie DarrSecretary

Katie Darr has been a volunteer for SOAR since 2015. She serves on the Golf Classic committee, A Toast to the Holidays committee, and acts as our volunteer event coordinator. Katie wears many hats here at SOAR, however, she’s mainly responsible for our administrative work and keeping things running behind the scenes. Katie brings years of healthcare experience to the team and is happy to be a part of the SOAR family.

Rebecca FullBoard Member

Rebecca is a ninth generation Fredericktonian. She has her MBA from Frostburg State University and spent her career predominately in finance & accounting. Most recently, she was the Program Manager for the VITA free tax program at United Way of Frederick County. This program offers free tax preparation for low income clients. In 2020, Rebecca was given United Way’s BRAVO award for service to the VITA program. She also has been involved in the financial ministry at her church for many years. Rebecca has been the caregiver/POA for a severely brain-injured family member for almost 30 years, in addition to losing grandparents to Alzheimer’s & dementia. These experiences have inspired her to help those that cannot speak for themselves.

Tricia CashBoard Member

Tricia is currently employed with Frederick Health as a pharmacist, working with community physicians and other providers through the Frederick Integrated Health Network. She has worked in the long term care environment, a federally funded community health center,in both retail and hospital practice, and as an editor for pharmacy publications. She feels blessed to work at Frederick Health with an interdisciplinary team who makes a difference in patient’s lives daily.

Jason TopperBoard Member

A veteran of the senior care industry, Jason is familiar with the types of challenges seniors face as they age. Now a financial planner for Turning Point Financial in Frederick, MD, Jason helps individuals and couples prepare for the unexpected. Jason realizes that there are many seniors in our community who, due to circumstances out of their control, require help from an organization like SOAR. Helping our seniors maintain their dignity and independence as long as possible is his goal. Jason 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. He is also a board member for the Frederick Volleyball Club and enjoys playing when he has a chance.

Stacy RenoBoard Member

Stacy is a local Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Redwood Realty here in Downtown Frederick. She is also the co-owner of Limelight Staged Homes and stages all of her listings for free. She is also a ILR instructor at Frederick Community College and teaches a class in Downsizing. Stacy is a member of the Women's Giving Circle, Impact Club and volunteers weekly at I Believe in Me, where she uses her former 1st grade teaching skills to tutoring students in reading. She is honored to be helping local Seniors through the SOAR program.

Bud OtisBoard Member

With a double Major, Religion Business from Andrews University, Bud dedicated 15 years directing the sales of the churches literature and became President of the Churches Publishing House. Subsequently, the Chairman of Religious Affairs for the Soviet Union asked him to come to Russia and build a Religious Publishing House. They are the only Religious Publishing House in Russia to this day!

Following his retirement, he was asked to become Chief of Staff for a Congressman and began his 11-year career of serving the citizens of District Six in Maryland.

Following his second retirement, he ran for election to serve as County Councilman for Frederick County. He was then elected President of the Council by his fellow Council members. He served four years and retired. Bud was then asked to be the Site Director for Partners in Care and has served our seniors for two and half years. He is now happy to join the board of SOAR and lend his knowledge and support to serving seniors of Frederick County.

Leigh CadleBoard Member

Leigh Cadle is the Community Outreach Coordinator for 2nd Family Home Care and Support Services. As a lifelong resident of Frederick County, she’s incredibly passionate about helping senior citizens in and around the local Frederick area. Because of Leigh’s passion for helping local seniors, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology and Aging Services to further pursue her mission to assist our elders.

As a member of the board of directors of SOAR, her focus will be advocating for seniors as they navigate the complexities of aging while promoting elder justice in the Frederick County community. She is a committee member for the organization's annual fundraising event, A Toast to the Holidays.

When Leigh isn’t focusing on her senior outreach efforts, she likes to stay physically active. She’s previously owned and operated two companies that provided fitness programs to ages 2-100. She no longer runs those businesses however, she still actively creates and implements corrective exercise programs for seniors.

Lindsey McCormickBoard Member

Lindsey McCormick has many years of health care industry experience that she brings to the company. In her experience, she’s mainly focused on older adults to ensure they’re getting the health care that they deserve. Recently, Lindsey has become a passionate advocate for brain health. In February 2021, Lindsey founded the Maryland Center for Brain Health which utilizes a systemic, functional, and research backed approach to address the root causes of cognitive dysfunction. The center’s main goal is to aid clients in achieving optimal brain health and improve their quality of life. Lindsey is very excited and proud to bring this research-based protocol to the East Coast and teach people that a dementia diagnosis does not mean all hope is lost.

Lindsey is delighted to be a SOAR board member and hopes to make a difference in lives our our seniors in the community through helping through positive change.

Ryan MinerBoard Member

Ryan Miner began his career in the senior services industry in 2016 where aided in senior home healthcare. His goal was to create a comfortable and loving environment for seniors and their family through specialized home health support. Currently, Ryan is the Founder & Creative Director of Delta Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency that supports local businesses and organizations with specialized marketing and brand awareness campaigns.

Along with his years of experience, Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McAnulty College and a Graduate degree in Liberal Arts from Duquesne University. To further advance his knowledge and experience, Ryan obtained his MBA from the Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary's University. With his expansive experience in business and healthcare, Ryan will help SOAR continue to grow its mission and impact in the Frederick County area.

Ryan and his wife live in Gaithersburg, MD with their two children are huge mental health advocates. Ryan is proud and excited to be apart of the SOAR family and looks forward to the growth to come!

Kimberly HeatonBoard Member

Kimberly Heaton is a Property Management Marketing Specialist with years of experience handling large portfolios of both new community development and repositioning properties. She currently manages two communities, one market rate and the other affordable independent housing for people 55 and older. Kimberly likes to stay active in her communities through hosting fun events, coordinating vaccination clinics as well as volunteering at the new book club for the seeing impaired.

When Kimberly isn’t working, she likes to keep busy in the community on a few of her passion projects. Inspired by SOAR and the great work they do, she decided to join the team of Board Members to further assist seniors in and around the Frederick County area. With her years of experience in housing, marketing, and training, Kimberly is a great addition to the SOAR team of Board Members and hopes to continue working in the community to assist our local seniors and their families.

Tracy RatanaBoard Memeber

Tracy Ratana has over 20 years in Property Management, currently employed with Ross Management, where she assists in overseeing a 55+ senior living community and a market rent luxury community. She’s a graduate of the Traphagen School of Fashion under NYU, with a Bachelor’s in Business and Fashion Design. In school, she interned for the late Geoffrey Beene on his women’s Haute Couture Collection and worked for Butterick Vogue as a Fashion Illustration Artist.

Tracy is a former Adjunct Professor for Prince George's Community College, Laurel Community College and Anne Arundel Community College. She is an author and course creator of a multi course makeup and fashion curriculum.

As an innovator and creator, Tracy is the Owner and Founder of Reflections In Art, LLC featuring customized Giclée hand-painted and 3-dimensional bejeweled canvas heirloom art keepsakes.

Tracy is a former Board member of the Miss Maryland America Organization and an active Board member of the Secotan First Nation American Indian People. With great honor, Tracy’s role as an active Board member with SOAR will allow her to assist with new senior programs, fundraising, marketing, and promoting the abundance SOAR is offering to the seniors in Frederick, MD.

Mary EllisBoard Member

Mary is new to the SOAR Board but not to SOAR. She volunteered during its first year and has been a strong advocate within the community. Since 2021, she has helped with writing grant applications, formulating budgets, and governance issues.

Mary spent over 25 years working in the federal government, both as a U.S. Senate Press Secretary and a senior manager. For several years, she served as the Managing Director and CFO of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, working with families and communities to honor fallen heroes.
Since her retirement in 2005, she has been a volunteer at many local nonprofits, assisting with grant writing, marketing, special events, and free tax preparation. She serves as the United Way Board Governance Chair.
Caring for her parents and a close friend with Parkinson’s, she learned firsthand the challenges caregivers face and the struggles of far too many seniors. She is proud to help SOAR elevate its programs and continue to fill a void in our community.