Meet the President/CEO
FLORENCE E. “BETSY” BURIAN
Florence E. “Betsy” Burian received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a major in English from West Chester State University in Pennsylvania. Betsy began her career as a teacher and continued in the profession both full and part time for several years. In addition to classroom teaching, her educational experience has included: coordinating and teaching GED, ESL, and Adult Basic Education courses; directing and teaching in the night school program; and working with at risk students in the Community Based Classroom along with developing career and vocational courses for that same program.
While serving as an educator remained an important part of Betsy’s life, she also became involved in local organizations, boards, and service groups. These important interests evolved into a different career path when she became executive director of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, followed by service in that same capacity for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. She was also elected to serve on the non-partisan Bowie City Council and later became the Legislative Aide/Chief of Staff for a former Prince George’s County Council Member – a position which led to Betsy’s appointment as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. Betsy then held the position of executive director of Community Outreach and Foundations for the Dimensions Healthcare System, a position which allowed her to serve as principle staff for three Foundation Boards and to continue her interaction with the community at large. Returning to her roots in education, Betsy then served as Administrator (Principal) for the Bowie Montessori Children’s House. Prior to joining the staff at the Charles County Chamber, she served as a consultant for businesses and individuals in need of guidance and advice regarding the City of Bowie, as well as the County and State. Additionally, Betsy returned to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce to assist with financial matters and events.
Community service has been important to Betsy as can be seen through her involvements with a wide array of organizations, boards, and committees including Soroptimist International, Business and Professional Women, and various boards supporting the Prince George’s Hospital Center and the Bowie Health Center. Additionally, she has received a number of awards – among the most notable of these being the Bowie State University “Legacy of Excellence” Award and “Woman of the Year” for the Business and Professional Women. She was also honored to have been an invited participant in the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, England, for their conference on Women’s Rights and Issues.