Gloria MacGowan has been a full time resident of Garrett County for fourteen years and a part-time resident since the 1970’s. Her volunteer activities have included United Way, Hospice, Mountain Laurel Garden Club, Our Town Theater Summer Barter Camp and more recently Garrett Mentors. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia. Her career included teaching elementary school, supervising a variety of Adult Education programs, and training for the American Council on Education. She is retired and lives in Swanton with her husband, John.