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Allegany College Of Maryland Adds Board Members

January 13th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany College of Maryland Foundation added six new board members at the start of the 2023-24 academic year: Jonathan Dayton, Destinee Frankenberry, Michael “Mike” Kerns, Christopher “Chris” Mathews, Juli McCoy and Matthew “Matt” Miller.  

Dayton is the executive director of the Maryland Rural Health Association and a volunteer Firefighter/EMT. He serves on the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council, the Maryland Department of Health State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness, Maryland’s Health Equity Resource Community Advisory Committee, and the Maryland Public Health Association, where he is a board member-at-large. Dayton is a former member of the Mountain Laurel Medical Center Board of Directors. Dayton completed Early College courses through Allegany College of Maryland and teaches a handful of CPR and First Aid courses at ACM. He holds an associate degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University, a bachelor's degree in psychology from Frostburg State University, and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Western Governor’s University. He is a doctoral student at Capella University.  

Frankenberry is the automotive business manager of Barth’s Home Auto Sales. She is a graduate of Leadership Allegany’s Class of 2018. After gaining eight years of automotive industry experience, she enrolled at Allegany College of Maryland. She was a member of the college’s Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. She received the college’s Outstanding Business Student Award and was named to the 2018 All-Maryland Community College Academic Team of the PTK International Honor Society, among her many academic honors. Frankenberry holds associate degrees in business administration and in computer technology-cybersecurity concentration and a letter of recognition in leadership development from ACM and a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.  

Kerns is the owner of Faith, Hope & Images; an embroidery, screen printing, and laser engraving business. He is a retired City of Cumberland Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic. He holds five associate degrees from Allegany College of Maryland in accounting, applied technical studies, business administration, business management, and general studies. While attending ACM, Kerns was president of the Student Government Association and the Omicron Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He was a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Gold Team Scholar and a Maryland Regents Scholar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management studies from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Kerns serves on the board of governors for the Shriners Children’s Erie as the vice chair and was the 2020 Potentate of the Ali Ghan Shriners. He is a member of the Potomac Lodge No. 100 Masons and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Cumberland, where he serves as the Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection and past Venerable Master of the Knights of St. Andrew. He supports and advocates for Allegany County nonprofit organizations and those in need. 

Mathews is the vice president of Wealth Management for First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union. He is a certified financial planner and a retirement income certified professional. Mathews is a longtime member of the Financial Planning Association and the former president of CBIZ Financial Solutions. He is a graduate of Leadership Allegany and of Leadership Somerset County and a member of the Cumberland Rotary Club. Mathews was selected in the Cumberland Times-News Readers’ Choice as the Local Favorite Financial Advisor for 2023. He received recognition for his inclusion in the LPL’s Patriot Club, an elite award is presented to less than 4% of the firm’s more than 21,000 financial advisors in the country. The award signified Mathews as a top advisor nationally. Mathews attended Allegany College of Maryland as a transfer student. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Frostburg State University and a master’s degree in business administration, also in finance, from Youngstown State University.  

McCoy is the president and chief executive officer of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. She is a former executive director of County United Way who began her career at The Greater Cumberland Committee. She is a longtime member of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Allegany Steering Committee and a 2010 graduate of the program, the Downtown Development Commission’s Economic Restructuring Committee, and the Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence's Broadband Workgroup. McCoy serves on the boards of the Allegany County Library System, Allegany County Public Schools’ Center for Career and Technical Education and its executive committee, Allegany County Solid Waste Management, and the Cumberland Rotary Club where she is president-elect. She is also a member of the Western Maryland Local Workforce Development Board of the Western Maryland Consortium. McCoy holds associate degrees in office technologies and in general studies from Allegany College of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Liberty University.  

Miller is the executive director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). He began his career at First Peoples Community Credit Union before joining the CEDC as an economic development specialist. He received the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Young Professional Award in 2019. Miller was presented a Junior Chamber International/Jaycees Senatorship, the highest honor that a member of the Jaycees can receive, by the Western Maryland Jaycees Junior Chamber in 2022. He has received several honors for his work in creating and leading the Tri-State Wing-Off and Music Festival, an annual one-day event that has collectively raised more than $150,000 for local nonprofit organizations. Miller has a Regent bachelor’s degree focusing on entrepreneurship and business management from West Virginia University. He completed the coursework to become a Certified Economic Developer International Economic Development Council and intends to take his final certification test soon.  

Dayton, Frankenberry, Kerns, Mathews, McCoy and Miller join Dr. Audie G. Klingler (president), Carl O. Belt, Jr., (vice president). Elaine K. Solomon (secretary), Robert J. Martin, Jr., (treasurer), David N. Aydelotte, Sr., Bernice A. Friedland, Robert E. Heltzel. Aaron W. Hendrickson, George W. Lapp, Jr., John J. McMullen, Jr., Mary Ann D. Moen, Amanda W. Ruthenberg, Judge J. Frederick Sharer, and Robert J. Smith.  

The Allegany College of Maryland Foundation’s board was founded in 1982 to ensure good stewardship of all donated funds. Members of the board are dedicated to promoting the growth, progress, and general welfare of the college and those it serves.