Leslie Schultz, Founder and President
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 community in the Whittier Development. Leslie is a graduate of the 2016-2017 class for Leadership Frederick County. She is a past member of the Commission on Aging in Frederick County, a past board member of the Elder Services Provider Council and a 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 is a lifelong resident of Frederick County, Maryland. He earned his J.D., LL.M. in Taxation, and Estate Planning Certificate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Sean has practiced estate planning and elder law at his Middletown law firm, O’Keefe Legal, since 2010, and brings his knowledge and experience in working with non-profit organizations to the SOAR board. Outside of work he enjoys fly-fishing, running, hockey, and serving his community through various organizations such as the local chamber of commerce and bar association.
Christine Laurich, Secretary
Christine has worked in the community relations industry her entire career and attributes her penchant for community service to her parents who modeled a positive ‘what goes around comes around’ philosophy. As an ‘Army Brat,’ she carries this sense of giving back into her role as an active member of the Frederick community. She is a long-time member of the Woodsboro Historical Society, Frederick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Post 282 American Legion Auxiliary. She served as a Frederick County Chamber Ambassador, mentor in the Women to Women Mentor program and on a variety of fundraising and scholarship committees for local non-profit groups. Chris has a BA degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University, where she met her husband, Brian. The couple has two grown daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, genealogy, writing, travel, yoga and being an advocate for veterans and seniors. Chris has a real passion for our senior population and considers it an honor to serve on the board of SOAR.
Judy Lancaster, Lancaster Craftsmen Builders, 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 is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter. 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. Judy served as the chair for the annual gala 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.
Jason Topper, Turning Point Financial
Jason is a Financial Advisor for a local investment and financial planning company Turning Point Financial. There he works with clients to help them make good financial decisions and plan for retirement. He also coaches for Frederick Volleyball Club. Jason was excited to join SOAR because of the great work they have done for senior residents in the county. Jason completed his BS at Lock Haven University and continued to George Washington University for his MS Degree. Jason and his wife Jen had the pleasure in dancing in the Alzheimer’s “Memory Ball” in 2014. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing volleyball, and cooking.