Who is FrostburgFirst?
FrostburgFirst Executive Director, Deirdre Robertson
A native of Keyser, WV, Deirdre grew up going to swim meets at Frostburg University and doing community theatre at the Palace. Robertson completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Shepherd University, and then completed a Master of Journalism and Mass Communications degree at Marshall University, with a concentration in public relations. As a student, she worked at the Marshall Artists Series in the public relations and marketing department and got to see firsthand the benefits of a strong relationship between a university and the surrounding community. Deirdre taught public speaking, public relations, and other communications courses at Shepherd University for several years, and upon her return to the Keyser area, she worked as a library assistant at Keyser-Mineral County Public Library. As a result of this experience, Robertson pursued a second Master degree in Information Science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. While completing her degree, Robertson worked as a museum/archives technician with the National Park Service (NPS) at Harpers Ferry Center in the NPS History Collection and the NPS Commissioned Art Collection, which fostered her interest in historic preservation and community identity. Robertson is thrilled to be a part of a thriving community and working together to implement a collaborative vision for downtown Frostburg, and hopes to contribute to making Frostburg a destination for arts and entertainment, cultural heritage, economic vitality, and historic significance.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Dana Bridges
Dana Bridges, a 29 year old Frostburg native, has been involved in the local arts community and area events for over a decade. Graduating Mountain Ridge High School in 2009 they went to graduate summa cum laude from Frostburg State University in 2013 with a degree in International History and minors in sociology, psychology, and cultural anthropology. Following college they began to work as the Assistant Director of Mountain City Traditional Arts and the FSU Appalachian Festival. In 2015 Dana and a few coworkers started the Frostburg Winter Famers Market which is going strong. Dana has worked for and volunteered with the Allegany Arts Council and is on the board of Cumberland’s Whiskey Rebellion Festival. Dana has also been very involved in local community theatre through the last decade working as an actor, stage manager, costumer, production assistant, and director. They have a passion for the arts and culture of Western Maryland and are excited to bring their skills to FrostburgFirst and gain new experience.
Board Members of FrostburgFirst:
Diana Iman – President (Funky Repurps and More)
Meg Roque – Vice President (Carter and Roque)
Jacki Dixon- Secretary (Mountain City Center for the Arts)
Dr. Joseph M. Hoffman- Treasurer (Frostburg State University Representative)
Donny Carter (Mayor and Council Representative)
LJ Bennett (City Staff Representative)
William Mandicott (Frostburg State University Representative)
Bill Bingman (Children’s Literature Centre)
Lauren Pappas (Princess Restaurant)
Abby Lindner (Madison Paige Boutique)
Kyle Durbin (Frostburg United Methodist Church)
Meghan Guthrie (LG’s Pizzeria)
Paul Maxey – Web Design & Development (Maxey Web Development LLC)
Ed DeWitt – Photo Contributor – Check out Ed’s facebook page for more information on his photography!