Our Board of Directors

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Christopher Bennett

Member at Large

Christopher is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is board certified in family psychiatry and addictions. Christopher is happily married and the proud parent of two children.

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Nancy Green

Member at Large

Nancy was part of the visionary team that formed Rise Up Hagerstown. She is a pastor at a local Disciples of Christ congregation and authorized for ministry by the Methodist church. Nancy is happily married and the proud parent of two children, and a proud grandparent. 


Rob Apgar-Taylor


Rob serves as our board Chair, and is a co-founder of Rise Up Hagerstown. He is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and holds a  Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in spirituality. He lives in Hagerstown with his husband (a D.C. Police Officer) and has 5 children and 9 grandchildren. As a progressive Christian leader, Rob believes and teaches that social justice is an expression of our faith.


Tina Fraley

Vice President

Tina is a personal trainer at Zeal Fitness, Life Coach at FitMinded Living, & writer for SASS Magazine. She has a Masters of Community Mental Health & Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Tina is happily married and proud parent of 7 children.

Catherine Messersmith


Catherine works in management at a local cold weather shelter and as a residential supervisor. She is the proud parent of 2 children and 2 grandchildren.