The GSSD is independently governed by a Board of Directors comprising business property owners and operators, residents, representatives of institutions and other stakeholders within the district, as provided for within the bylaws that govern the Germantown Special Services District. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the GSSD and hires and overseas the staff who administer the SSD on a day-to-day basis.

The purpose of the board is to develop the plan and budget of the our Special Services District, hold meetings which are open to the public to engage the business community and residents and other stakeholders as the daily work of the GSSD is executed. Members of the board serve terms lasting for five years, which can be renewed as appointments are approved by City Council.

The Board of Directors oversees seven committees which work with the board and the Executive Director and other staff to execute the missions and plans of the organization. Learn more about our Committees.


Ingrid R. Shepard - Chair/President*

Germantown resident, owner of Shepard Consulting, LLC and Executive Director of THE ONE LESS FOUNDATION. Appointed in October 2013 to the board and previously served as the Treasurer for the board.

Cornelia Swinson - Secretary*

Germantown resident, Former Director of G’Town Restoration CDC and Executive Director of the Johnson House Historic. Appointed in June 2013, to the board and selected to be Secretary for the board.

Dr. Francine Fulton

Founder/CEO of Imani Education Circle Charter School (GSSD Property Owners).

Appointed in June 2013 to the board.

Janis Daniels, co-owner of Rose Petals Café and licensed Realtor at Entourage Elite Real Estate.

Appointed in June 2014 to the board

Patrick Jones

Patrick is a resident of the Northwest and is the Director of Constituent Services/Zoning Specialist for Councilwoman Cindy Bass.

Kathy Paulmier

Germantown resident, Director of Community Involvement at Germantown Friends School.

Appointed in June 2014 to the board

Trapeta Mayson

Executive Director of Historic Germantown, and a local Germantown resident.

Appointed in June 2016 to the board

Daniel Conner, Esquire

Germantown resident and attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel Conner.

Appointed in June 2016 to the board

Justin DiBerardinis

Germantown Resident, Director of Community and Government Affairs at Bartram’s Gardens.

Appointed in June 2014 to the board


* Executive Committee Member