Frank Burgess came to Encore in 2014. He was a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1983 through 2013. During his tenure, he presided over criminal, civil, tax, family, probate and tax cases. He served as Presiding Judge of the court’s Criminal Division and Presiding Judge of the court’s Probate and Tax Division. Among committee posts, he was Chairperson of the court’s Rules Committee. He is now retired.
Prior to joining the bench, Frank was a staff attorney at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, and served for one year as the Chief of its Appellate Division. Before joining the Public Defender Service, he was an associate at the firm of Palmer & Dodge in Boston, Massachusetts. He was law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell when Judge Campbell was both a United States District Judge and United States Circuit Judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Frank holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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Janie Powers joined Encore in 2010. She currently sings with Annapolis ROCKS and with the Chorale at AACC, where she is Co-Chorale Master. Janie served on the Board of Queen Anne School, an independent school in Upper Marlboro, where, for several years, she chaired the school’s annual fundraising auctions. Janie also served as both Board Member and Treasurer of The Roedown Races and The Marlborough Hunt Club.
At age 50, Janie chose to begin a career as a Mediator. Janie is a Harvard Law School trained Mediator and holds a Certification by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution. To augment her mediation skills, Janie earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. For the last 22 years, Janie has maintained a private Mediation practice focusing primarily on property, financial, and domestic disputes and serves on the Circuit Court Panel of Mediators.
Janie brings a sincere love for Encore and the desire to maximize and enhance each singer's Encore experience through the process of lifelong learning. Janie places a high value on the opportunity to contribute to the Board and, more importantly, serve each Encore singer.