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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.

Samantha Phillips

Director of Marketing

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.

Carrie Lowe

Program Director

Carrie joined the Community Center staff in August of 2015. Exercising skills learned during her studies in elementary education, Carrie plans and coordinates the Community Center's youth programs, including Kids's Club, Parents Night Out, and Summer Camp. She enjoys serving youth and young adults through her role at the Community Center and her church. Carrie love to make memories with her husband Curt and their two daughters, Cylee and Casey. Carrie played an integral role in the Community Center receiving the Non-profit Leader of the Year award in 2018.

Beverly Coyle

Event Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Mike Wight, President
  • Brandi Wiegle, Vice President
  • Ed Orndorff, Secretary
  • Julie Sanders, Treasurer
  • Beth Bryant
  • Jim Kirkpatrick
  • Joe Lee
  • John Montgomery
  • Dori Nipps (prior president)
  • Sally Stanley