EDA Staff

Frederick County EDA

Our Team

Patrick Barker, CEcD | Executive Director

Patrick is a Certified Economic Developer and has been involved in an executive leadership position for local economic development efforts for more than fifteen years. Patrick holds a Bachelor's Degree in Regional Planning and Geography from Salisbury State University, a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is a certified planner through the American Planning Association. Patrick serves as co-chair of Bright Futures-Frederick County, is a member and past-president of Virginia Economic Developers Association, and is a member of IEDC's Education and Certification Advisory Committee.

Areas of focus:  Strategic planning, client management, project negotiation, data analysis

Wendy May | Marketing Manager

Wendy has been marketing the Winchester-Frederick County community for more than a decade. She is a graduate of Shenandoah University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She earned certificates in Web Design and Development and Advanced Social Marketing from George Mason University and eMarketing Association, respectively, and is a graduate of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber's Community Leadership Program. She serves on the Top of Virginia Artisan Trail management team, Shenandoah Apple Blossom's Business at the Bloom planning committee, and on Lord Fairfax Community College's Business Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Areas of focus:  YesFrederickVA.com website, brand management, public relations, social media

Donna McIlwee | Administrative Assistant

Donna has served as the EDA Administrative Assistant for nearly 15 years where she manages financial records and provides project support. She retired from Allegheny Power prior to joining the EDA and serves as treasurer of the Virginia Order of the Eastern Star. 

Areas of focus: general inquiries, financial records, project support

Sally Michaels | Existing Business Coordinator

Sally Michaels has served as the EDA liaison to existing business in Frederick County for three years where she leads workforce development initiatives, the EDA's Business Call Team, and the Career Pathways program. Prior to the EDA, Sally worked for two of the area's leading employers, American Woodmark and Valley Health System. Sally has a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from George Mason University and an Associate's Degree from Lord Fairfax Community College. She serves on the Worlds of Work planning committee, on the Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee for the City of Winchester and Frederick County, and is an active member of Winchester Area Society of Human Resource Management. 

Areas of focus: existing business liaison, workforce development, Career Pathways Program, Business Call Team, community forums

Ashley Shickle | Market Intelligence Associate

Ashley joined the EDA team in 2016 after an extensive career in the hospitality industry. Ashley oversees research functions of the EDA and manages Frederick County's database of commercial and industrial properties. Ashley has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration from Coastal Carolina University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Hood College. 

Areas of focus: research, sites & buildings database, project support





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Patrick Barker, CEcD
Executive Director
Wendy May
Marketing Manager
Sally Michaels
Existing Business Coordinator
Donna McIlwee
Administrative Assistant
Ashley Shickle
Market Intelligence Associate

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