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Board of Directors

The Frederick Center Board as of August 2017

Kristopher Fair, Board Chair
Peter Brehm, Vice Chair, Grants & Fundraising
Ruth Bushnell, Secretary, Frederick Pride 2017 Co-lead
Susan Leathery, Treasurer
Kathy Fay, Grants & Fundraising
Maureen Connors, Youth Services Lead
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Grants & Fundraising
Araminta Finn, Membership Lead
Lisa Algazi Marcus
Emily Perper, Outreach/Training Lead
Tony Soltero, Adult Services Lead
Richard Stonebreaker
Brian Walker, Marketing and Technology Leads


BIOS
  • Kristopher Fair (Chair)- A lifelong Frederick County resident, graduating from Linganore High School in 2002, Frederick Community College in 2008 and Hood College in 2012. He has worked on civil rights and community involvement challenges for the last fifteen years. Kris has assisted organizations including The Frederick Arts Council, The Frederick Center, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, The Greater Frederick Advertising Federation, Frederick County Democratic Party and Weinberg Center for the Arts. Kris was recently awarded the Community Foundation’s Wertheimer award for excellence in volunteerism and was named the 2015 volunteer of the year by the Frederick County Democratic Party. Additionally, Kris completed a three year tenure as director of The Frederick Festival of the Arts‎.
  • Peter Brehm (Vice Chair) - Pride Committee Lead for 2013 and Co-lead for 2015.  He has lots of fundraising experience. His career has included serving in technical, meeting planning, and management roles for non-profit organizations. He is currently employed at Hood College, and serves Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick and President of Friends of Baker Park. He is a NAC 6 / NAC 9 Coordinator.  He lives with his husband, Jack, in the College Park neighborhood between Hood College and Baker Park.
  • Kathy Fay (Secretary) - Kathy has lived in Frederick for 25 years with her husband, Neil, and has been an active community volunteer in the Frederick County Public Schools, Literacy Council of Frederick County, the Garden Club of Frederick, and Friends of Baker Park. Kathy works as the Administrative Director of the Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities, a non-profit organization of statewide agencies managing local mental health and substance use disorder services. Kathy and Neil are the proud parents of two adult children and are overjoyed to be new grandparents.
  • Susan Leathery (Treasurer) - Has lived in Frederick near Baker Park for the last 2 1/2 years with her college-aged daughter, Emma Mazzuca, and 2 cats.  Spent 25 years of her career working in public accounting firms in Montgomery County. Formerly served as  Chairperson of Finance at Damascus United Methodist Church from 2013-2015. Currently serves as Treasurer for Fairfield Condominium Association. Is looking forward to retiring near the beach someday.
  • Ruth Bushnell - Born and raised in Connecticut.  Attended Hood College in Frederick, MD, and has remained in the area since.  Ruth has been working at a private vaccine research company for thirteen years, where she is currently the Laboratory Manager.  Ruth attends Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick, MD, where she is one of the Children’s Church School teachers, as well as a ministry leader for one of the Church’s outreach programs.  Since 2014, Ruth has been a member of the Frederick Pride Festival Committee and for 2017 is co-lead.
  • Maureen Connors -Has lived in Frederick MD for the last 25  years, 15 of them with spouse, Sue. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. She has an extensive background in operations and distribution for the publishing and supply chain industry and is currently a partner in a logistics solution company.  Her passion for social justice and politics evolved as she worked for Catholic Church issues regarding women’s ordination and total acceptance of LGBTQ people in all aspects of church. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Food Bank, working to end hunger here in Maryland.
  • Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel -

    Senior Pastor of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ (UCC) in Frederick, Maryland, a position she has held since July 2006. During her first year in Frederick,
    Dr. Daniel led the congregation to approve its declaring itself “Open and Affirming, “ one of a growing number of UCC churches developing ministries with the gay and lesbian community. ERUCC was a critical voice and force in efforts to pass Marriage Equality legislation in Maryland. Barbara serves as a trustee of Catawba College and on the Pension Boards of the UCC. A native of Philadelphia, Barbara holds degrees from Catawba College and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Barbara lives in Frederick and is married to Ken Daniel. They are parents two adult sons.

  • Araminta Finn - Araminta Finn has lived in Frederick County for over 20 years.  She is an active volunteer with Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program, and Other Voices Theatre.  Previously, Araminta has chaired the Public Service Committee for the American Advertising Federation Greater Frederick and served on the Board of Directors for Global Wildlife Trust.  Araminta holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and has co-owned Digital Bard Zesty Video Marketing since its founding in 2004.
  • Lisa Algazi Marcus - Dr. Lisa Marcus has been a professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies at Hood College since 1994. Lisa became involved with the Frederick Center after her teenage son came out as transgender and serves as an advocate and a resource for trans youth and their parents both at Hood and in the Frederick area, as well as volunteering at Frederick Pride. She was named Ally of the Year for 2016 by the Frederick Center.
  • Emily Perper - A freelance writer and editor with a passion for feminism and queer advocacy. They are a contributing editor at Longreads; a bookseller at Curious Iguana, downtown Frederick's independent bookstore; and a company member with Maryland Ensemble Theatre. They live in downtown Frederick with their partner and their hypoallergenic cat.
  • Tony Soltero - Originally from Puerto Rico, Tony holds a degree in computer science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has been a Maryland resident since 1986 and a Frederick County resident since 2002, and moved to the city in the fall of 2016.  He is currently employed as a systems engineer in northern Virginia and is a member of the Frederick County Democratic Party Central Committee. Besides his political involvement, he is an avid sports fan and history enthusiast.
  • Richard Stonebreaker - Moved to Frederick in 2001 and since then has assisted many organizations including the Frederick Historic Preservation Commission, Maryland State Grange, Maryland FFA, New Market United Methodist Church, and others in reaching their goals. Richard currently works as an Accreditation Officer with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Richard holds a B.S. in Agricultural Science and a M.A. Ed in Adult Education and Training.
  • Brian Walker - One of the founders of this organization.  Born in Maine and grew up in Connecticut. A 1990's president of a 501(c)(3) LGBT social/educational group in Connecticut, which had over 100 paying members and organized an annual LGBT conference for 500 attendees.  Was Frederick Pride committee lead for 2012.  Currently a small business owner, his first career was in IT management.  In 2010 married husband Jerry, they have been together since 1998.