Rev. Jennifer Fenner
Pastor Jennifer Fenner
The Reverend Jennifer Fenner – “Pastor Jenn” – is a native of Fremont, Michigan and a long-time resident of Howard County, Maryland. Currently serving as the Senior Pastor of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD. Reverend Fenner has also served in Nicaragua, Central America, she also served as a liaison with the United Nations while working for the Church Center (part of the United Methodist Church) in New York City, and for two years as a Young Adult Missionary in Residence for the General Board of Global Ministries. Her dedication to diversity and inclusiveness was recognized very early in her vocation, when upon graduating Summa Cum Laud from the Drew University Theological School, Reverend Fenner was honored with the Hebrew Bible Award. Fully bilingual English/Spanish, she is committed to promoting justice and equality for all races and ethnicities.
Pastor Emeritus Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz
Yolanda Pupo -Ortiz
Rev. Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz is an experienced and highly respected member of the Montgomery County faith community and well-known for her achievements in the area of diversity, inclusiveness and multi-cultural empowerment. She is a United Methodist Retired Elder and Pastor Emerita of the Epworth United Methodist Church. She has more than thirty years experience in developing strong inter-ethnic relationships in the local community and has represented the Hispanic community’s interests on the Montgomery County Inter-Ethnic ComRev. Rev. Yolanda is currently Director of the foundation programs leading the Foundation on a day to day basis.
Derek Harps has a long and significant history of marrying his professional expertise in the areas of banking and lending with his personal commitment and dedication to the successful management of not-for-profit efforts in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Retired as Vice President and Team Lead for M&T Bank’s Greater Washington Not-for-Profit Banking Group, Mr. Harps' 41 years of banking experience has served to guide numerous non-profit boards, including his tenures as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Healthy Babies Project, and President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Non-profit Advancement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery College Life Sciences Park Foundation and as Chairperson of the Administrative Council of the Epworth United Methodist Church.
Barbara Pauley CPA
Barbara Pauley has been a member of Epworth United Methodist Church for 42 years. She has served the church in various capacities, most recently as a new member of the Ana A. Brito Foundation, Inc. board. A native of West Virginia, Barbara graduated from West Virginia University in 1973 with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She began her professional career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (then the U.S. General Accounting Office) as an Auditor and later in supervisory positions. Her work history includes that of a tax accountant in a family-owned tax practice, and numerous positions with the Montgomery County Public School System. Additionally, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of a bank in West Virginia until the time of its merger with a larger bank. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Elizabeth Brito Austin
Elizabeth Brito Austin
Elizabeth (Lisa) Brito-Austin has strong ties to the Montgomery County community and a very personal investment in the mission and services of the Ana A. Brito Foundation. Lisa was born in Camaguey, Cuba and together with her parents and sisters, immigrated to the US in 1968 on the last of what was then referred to as the “Freedom Flights.” Her family was sponsored by a local United Methodist church and relocated to Montgomery County, allowing them to acclimate, integrate and finally flourish as productive and successful members of the local community. Together with her considerable experience in the areas of legal practices, local government and project management, Lisa brings her unique perspective – and personal narrative – to the important work of the foundation.