Our Board of Directors

Catherine Messersmith

Secretary

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.

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.

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

President 

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.

Michael Jones

Treasurer

Michael serves as our Treasurer and as a member of the board, and is a co-founder of Rise Up Hagerstown. He also volunteers his time and expertise as our administrator. Michael served with the Marine Corps and Maryland Army National Guard as an administrator, and currently serves various churches in the Hagerstown area. He is passionate about serving others as an expression of humanity and of his faith.

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