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Our Mission

To create and provide healthy lifestyle and leisure activities, foster community traditions, and promote cultural development through the arts, education, sports, technology, and natural resources to enhance the quality of life for the residents and users of Fort Ritchie and surrounding communities.

Leadership Team

Buck Browning

Executive Director

Buck Browning joined the Fort Ritchie Community Center team in January of 2014. Buck graduated from Shepherd College with a degree in communications and has previously worked in the news media and youth development programs. He and his wife, Paula, have one daughter, Sarah, who is a third grade teacher in Washington County. Buck was honored to be named the 2018 Non-profit Leader of the Year by the Community Foundation of Washington County, MD.

headshot of Samantha PhillipsSamantha Phillips

Director of Operations

Samantha (Sam) joined the Fort Ritchie Community Center team in April of 2020. A graduate of Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication & New Media, Sam brings 6 years of marketing experience to her role at the Community Center. As a lifelong resident of the Cascade area, she is excited to be able to give back and help the Community Center grow and prosper! In her free time, Sam enjoys exercising, baking, and spending quality time with her daughter, Lydia.





Brenda Walker standing in front of Butterfly with Lake Royer in the backgroundBrenda Walker

Director of Wellness

Beverly Coyle

Event Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Brandi Wiegle, President
  • Jim Kirkpatrick, Vice President
  • Mike Wight, Secretary (prior president)
  • Julie Sanders, Treasurer
  • Dori Nipps
  • John Montgomery
  • Sally Stanley
  • Paul Sanders
  • Pat Hunt
  • Terry Gladhill

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