TIMONIUM, Md. — The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. welcomes five new members to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kathleen Beadell, Mr. Lambert G. Boyce, Jr., Ms. Fran Burns, Ms. Valerie T. Connelly, and Ms. Rene D. Heaps were elected at the November board meeting of the non-profit organization.
“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Beadell, Mr. Boyce, Ms. Burns, Ms. Connelly, and Ms. Heaps to the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Board of Directors,” said Chairman of the Board Gerry L. Brewster. “The combination of outstanding business experience, community involvement, and commitment to agriculture, the horse industry and education will further strengthen our board.”
Ferris Allen, III, Mary B. Amoss Kathleen Beadell, Dr. Craig Beyrouty Richard F. Blue, Jr., Lambert G. Boyce, Jr. CPA, David L. Brauning, Jamie Bullock, Fran Burns, Valerie T. Connell, Wayne Gioioso, Jr. Rene D. Heaps, David Hill Matt Hoff, Karen Holloway Chris Hutchins, Donald P. Litz, William F.C. Marlow, Esq., Daniel W. Mast E. Paul McDaniel, Gene Mullinix William Reightler Zach Rose James Steel,James G. Stierhoff Barry F. Williams
Kathleen Beadell, born and raised in the Timonium area, is a civic-minded member of the community who serves on a variety of boards and with many volunteer organizations. A realtor for nearly 33 years, Beadell has earned the honor of Long & Foster Founder’s Club Member by selling in excess of $10,000,000 over several years. She is the Vice President of the Greater Timonium Community Council.
Lambert G. Boyce, Jr., MST, CPA, a former partner of CliftonLarsonAllen, worked in all aspects of corporate, personal and fiduciary taxation. Boyce has served on the boards of various charitable and civic organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club Board of Governors and the Club’s treasurer.
Fran Burns, whose Great Grandfather John M. Dennis was President of the Maryland State Fair from 1923-1936, has been involved with the Maryland State
Fair since childhood as an exhibitor, a volunteer, a supporter, founder and sponsor of the Hellen Burns Smyth Memorial Award, and a racetrack tour guide. Burns, who owns and operates Boxwood Farm, a boarding farm for retired Thoroughbreds in Monkton, MD, is an advocate for off track Thoroughbreds, Maryland Racing, and Thoroughbred rescue and aftercare.
Valerie T. Connelly is Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Relations for Choptank Electric Cooperative. Formerly the Maryland Farm Bureau executive director, she managed board, Farm Bureau and staff operations to achieve the goals of 26,000 volunteer members. Connelly has been an advisor on numerous agricultural, governmental, educational and environmental committees.
Rene D. Heaps has been a Social Studies teacher with the Baltimore County Public Schools for 15 years at Dulaney High School in Timonium. During her time at Dulaney, Ms. Heaps has served as an Advanced Placement teacher, a class advisor, and advisor of the Social Studies honor society. Incorporating 21st century instructional skills in the classroom has helped her meet the needs of all students in the community. Outside of Dulaney, Ms. Heaps has been involved in the horse show community for over twenty years and is a member of the Baltimore County Horse Show Association.
The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1878. The first Maryland State Fair, located at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County, took place September 1879 when a group of farmers held a four-day event designed to promote agriculture and horse racing in Baltimore County. The annual event was temporarily interrupted when the Fairgrounds was used as an U.S. Army storage depot and a vehicle repair center during World War II.
Heading in to its 139th year, the Maryland State Fair has grown in to a vibrant 12 day summer celebration and social epicenter that attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year, with an additional one million visitors visiting the Fairgrounds throughout the remainder of the year. The Maryland State Fair continues to feature an array of educational competitions that showcase thousands of the area’s finest home arts, agricultural and livestock exhibits, Thoroughbred horse racing, midway rides and games, local and national entertainment, and more. For more information, please contact Edie M. Bernier at 410-252-0200, X225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Edie M. Bernier, Maryland State Fair