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300-A South Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727


Catoctin CASS Advisory Council

The Catoctin CASS Advisory Council is an advisory board to the Catoctin CASS Coordinator. The Council is presently made up of the following nine individuals that represent nine different agencies and/or governments in the Catoctin area.
Eve Taglang, CSC/AD
Frederick County Health Department
Wanda Severance,
Principal, Frederick County Public Schools
Emmitsburg Elementary School
300 S. Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
240-236-1750 fax 240-236-1751
Jim Hoover
Emmitsburg Town Government
Emmitsburg Town Office
P.O. Box 990
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
301-447-2313 fax 301-447-6208
Mike Kassakatis, Supervisor
Frederick Co. Parks & Recreation
Catoctin Recreation Center
118 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Debbie Wivell Swiderski
Catoctin CASS Coordinator
Telephone: 240-236-1770
Rick May
Thurmont Town Government
Thurmont Town Office
P.O. Box 17
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7313 fax 301-271-2155
Wade Martin
Thurmont Ministerium and Emmitsburg Council of Churches
Troy Angel
Thurmont Police Department
Thurmont Town Office
P.O. Box 17
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7313 fax 301-271-2155
Melissa Main
Mount Saint Mary's College
Community Service and Service Learning
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
301-447-5223 fax 301-447-5868
John Soffe, M. A.,
Executive Program Director Mountain Manor 
P.O. Box 136 (US Route 15)
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
301-447-2361 fax 301-447-6504

The primary purpose of the Council is to provide advisement and advocacy to the Catoctin CASS program. Examples of advisement and advocacy include:

  • Needs assessment of the Catoctin families

  • Netweork to determine existing services

  • Critical feedback to the Coordinator when discussing specific program development and future vision for Catoctin CASS

  • Coordination of specific projects as needed (i.e. fund raising)

  • Represent Catoctin CASS in the community by speaking about CASS to the public when needed

  • Other duties as determined by the Council and the Coordinator

The Catoctin CASS Advisory Council meets quarterly at the Catoctin CASS office in Emmitsburg, on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bill Derbyshire, Catoctin CASS Coordinator, chairs the meetings.