Board of Directors


Elizabeth Chung

Elizabeth Chung is a native of Hong Kong who immigrated to the United States in 1970 and has been a strong advocate for minority health for the past 30 years, focusing on cultural and language proficiency for Limited English Proficiency populations. Ms. Chung received her MS in Public Health and Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University. She currently resides in Frederick, Maryland with her husband, Dr. Stanley Chung, an orthopedic surgeon.

She was the Project Director and author for Southeast Asian Regional Community Health Project and was also a Federal consultant for Train the Trainer on Substance Abuse Prevention in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Ms. Chung is currently the Executive Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick which has been the lead agency for the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance Program with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It aims to educate within the community to reduce health disparities.  While AACF has been engaged in promoting public health with local coalitions, Ms. Chung has been involved in several areas at the state level, such as Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Navigator Advisory Committee, Standing Advisory Committee, and Community Health Worker Work Group. She has also worked with a plethora of other initiatives, commissions and committees within Maryland.

During her volunteer work Ms. Chung has received numerous awards. In 2013 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Frederick County Human Relation Commission, Community Leadership Award by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Frederick Chapter and in 2014, Mrs. Chung received the Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Frederick County Society of Human Resource Management.


Gurpreet Kaur

Gurpreet Kaur

Gurpreet Kaur is an experienced special education teacher with a distinguished career and a diverse background of work experience. She has 20 years of teaching experience in the United States and India. In the United States, she has spent 11 years teaching students with autism and related developmental delays and disabilities. For the first 2 years she taught in the Frederick County’s “Challenges” programs that serves the needs of students with autism and severe communication disorders. For the past 9 years she has been teaching at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD. In India, she taught high school geography and was also a team leader and the head examiner for Geography for the Indian Certification of Secondary Education (ICSE) board, New Delhi.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, History, and English from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Annamalai University, Madras, India. She has two Masters Degrees from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland that includes Master of Science degree in Special Education (K-8), and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology (Human Sciences).

Her passion involves social work and community service. She has volunteered her time to help a wide range of organizations both in the United States and India, including the UNESCO Center for Peace, Frederick Chapter, the Mental Health Association, Frederick in the US and the Red Cross Society, the Hospital Welfare Society, and the Rotary International District 3070 in India. In 1993, she was a Group Study Exchange (GSE) awardee for France by the Rotary International, District 3070.

Ms. Kaur is a member for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and was the recording secretary for CEC, Hood College Chapter from 1998-1999. She has served on the board of Interfaith Housing Alliance, Inc. for two terms from 2005-2011. She has also served on the board for Teach Autistic Children Today, Inc. (TACT) from 2007-2011. She has been the President of the Indian Association of Frederick (IAF) in 2004 and has served on the IAF Executive Committee from 2002-2005. She is a member of the Diversity Committee at Frederick Community College since 2006. She has served on the board of Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF) since its inception in 2004, and then known as Learning Institute for Enrichment & Discovery (LIFE & Discovery). Currently she is serving as the Interim President of AACF.


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Clara Dinterman

Clara is a graduate of Hood College with both a B.A. in Human Resources and a B.S. in Interior Design, and has served as President of the Interior Design Honor Society for four years. She took this experience to Danke Furniture, Ethan Allen and Heritage Knoll Interiors. Later, she would teach courses at Frederick Community College in word processing and interior design.

Clara also worked at the State Highway Administration and the Veteran’s Administration for six years. After taking a hiatus to raise her children, Clara was a Program Coordinator at the National Cancer Institute Frederick Cancer Research Center, assisting five laboratories in the AIDS Vaccine Program, until she retired.

As a member of the Asian-American Center of Frederick’s Board of Directors, Clara has served as Secretary and Vice President and has worked on various committees and subcommittees. She has been a vital part of the center’s Annual Health Fair as Hospitality/Registration Chair for the last five years. Part of her focus while at the Asian American Center of Frederick has been advocating for the developmentally and physically challenged, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Finally, Clara has served as a commissioner on the Human Relations Commission, taught English as a Second Language and has been a board member of the Decade Of Disabled.


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Carolann Britton is a native of Delaware who came to Maryland in 1991 to teach in the (FCPS) Frederick County Public School System.  She has been a strong advocate for education for the past 30 years, focusing on helping every child live healthy, happy lives.

Ms. Britton received her BS in Elementary Education degree from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. In 1997, she received her MS in Curriculum & Instruction from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. As a life-long leaner of education, Carolann went back to McDaniel College and in 2011 and obtained a MS in Counseling.

She has also worked for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services as a Principal for eight years.  In addition, she worked with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Developmental Disabilities Administration as the Southern Maryland Deputy Regional Director for Montgomery, Prince George’s, Cecil, Charles and St Mary’s counties.

Currently, Ms. Britton is employed with FCPS as a school guidance counselor.  Here she is continuing her love for helping students live happy lives. Her passion involves community service.  As a resident of Frederick County she has volunteered her time in different capacities serving the Frederick Community.

Carolann currently lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband, Michael.  She does her very best to live by the words of Corinthians 10:31which states, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the Glory of God”.


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Dr. Shahid Rafiq

Before coming to the United States, Dr. Shahid Rafiq, MD first practiced medicine in Pakistan and South Africa as an Internal Medicine Doctor. He developed a background in treating his patients as a whole in addition to concentrating on his area of expertise: neurology.  He also taught for medical schools, which fostered his interest in education, new interventions, and neurological research.

Dr. Rafiq is a board certified neurologist with additional board certifications in Vascular Neurology and Sleep Medicine.  He received his training in Neurology from Seton Hall University, NJ Neuroscience Institute in Edison, and completed his fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Texas, Health Science Center in San Antonio.

As an active member in the stroke education community, Dr. Rafiq is the founder and director of the Frederick Memorial Hospital Stroke Center, which is Frederick County’s only Certified Stroke Center, and he is spearheading a movement to reduce healthcare disparities in minorities in Frederick County. He is on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Center of Frederick, the founder of Frederick Youth Council, and is the Neurology and Stroke Director for Holy Cross. He is also an engaged member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Stroke Association, and American Heart Association.