About the Candidate

Why Elect Melissa Atherholt?


The Register of Wills is tasked with stewardship of registered documents associated with estate plans of Frederick County citizens. 

I take this responsibility seriously. Timely, efficient and sensitive implementation of document safekeeping, execution of wills and probate concerns are paramount to my success in this role. As a 22-year Realtor, my work involves estate management and asset disposition. 

As a veteran small business owner, entrepreneur, corporate operations manager, mediator and hospice volunteer, I’m prepared to evaluate office operations and embrace technology for improvement.

I hold a B.A. in Telecommunications from The Pennsylvania State University and I am currently working on a Certificate in Judicial Administration from Michigan State University. I am also a trained Mediator, and a former Toastmaster from my days at Bechtel Corporation.

Frederick has been my family home for 18 years. I have seen the county grow and change in a positive way. In a position like Register of Wills, it is important to have an individual who will cultivate an atmosphere of fairness and equality -- My goal is to infuse this vital role with kindness, energy, enthusiasm and compassionate service for all.


B.A. Telecommunications

The Pennsylvania State University

Candidate, Certificate in Judicial Administration

Michigan State University

Trained Mediator 


Atherholt has lived in Frederick County for the past 18 years. She and her husband Jack have been married 23 years and have 3 children.  "I absolutely love Frederick. It has grown so much in the past 18 years and has amazing educational opportunities, a terrific arts scene, and the events calendar is always thriving!"