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The Frederick Center Board of Directors

Peter BrehmPronouns: He/Him
Nina CarrPronouns: She/Her
Joy ChristakisPronouns: She/Her 
Kristopher Fair | Pronouns: He/Him 
Clare MadrigalPronouns: She/Her
Lisa Marcus | Pronouns: She/Her
Em Perper | Pronouns: They/Them
Tony Soltero | Pronouns: He/Him
Richard StonebrakerPronouns: He/Him
Ronnie TaylorPronouns: She/Her
Jessica Tuel | Pronouns: She/Her


BIOGRAPHIES 
  • Kristopher Fair, Chair (Term 2019 - 2021) - Kris Fair is a lifelong Frederick County resident who graduated from Linganore High School in 2002, Frederick Community College in 2008, and Hood College in 2012. Kris has worked on civil rights and other community challenges for the past twenty years. He has been active with organizations including The Frederick Arts Council, The Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP), MOM's Demand Action, The Frederick Center, The Golden Mile Alliance, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, The Greater Frederick Advertising Federation, Frederick County Democratic Party, and Weinberg Center for the Arts. In recognition of his strategic planning abilities, leadership skills, and contributions of many volunteer hours, Kris has been honored with the Community Foundation of Frederick County’s Wertheimer Award, The Human Relations Commission's Lord Nickens Public Service Award, and Hood College’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Award. He has been named the Frederick County Democratic Party volunteer of the year and was recently featured in Frederick Magazine's People to Watch. Kris currently lives in Frederick City with his husband, Dominick.
  • Lisa Marcus, Secretary (Term 2019 - 2021) - 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. 
  • Tony Soltero, Treasurer (Term 2018 - 2020) - 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. 
  • Peter Brehm - (Term 2019 - 2020) Pride Committee Lead for 2013 and Co-lead for 2015.  He has lots of event/meeting planning 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.
  • Nina Carr - (Term 2019 - 2021) Nina Carr joined the Frederick Center's Board of Directors in 2019 and has volunteered with the Frederick Center Youth Group since January 2017. Her professional career has been dedicated to the issues of relationship violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and sex trafficking, through supporting survivors and educational outreach. She has a passion for prevention work, applying creativity to educate youth and equip them with skills for healthy relationships and sexual experiences. Nina believes that safe communities are affirming and inclusive, and she has been an advocate for change within the local human services sector. Nina holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland. Currently, she is employed by Hood College, where she is also pursuing an MBA. To learn more about Nina Carr, click here
  • Joy Christakis - (Term 2019 - 2021) Joy moved to Frederick County fifteen years ago from Montgomery County, and quickly fell in love with the area. She received her BS in Behavior Science at UMUC. Currently she works as a provider enrollment specialist, while pursuing a master’s degree at Hood College, for school counseling. She has a passion for the outdoors, and moved to Brunswick Maryland two years ago with her husband and two children. They enjoy the small town and the beauty of living right off the C&O canal. She is an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and hopes that she can help make Fredrick County more inclusive so that all children,of any race, gender, and sexuality, can see a bright future ahead.
  • Clare Madrigal - (Term 2019 - 2021) Clare has been an Emergency Room nurse for 12 years,and also serves as the LGBTQ Resource Nurse, and LGBTQ Committee Co-Chair for Sibley Memorial Hospital of Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, she provides LGBTQ health education for staff, community outreach, and advocacy for patients, as well as, employees. Also, an Emergency nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Clare has implemented LGBTQ health education, and continues to encourage inclusive practices within the organization. Clare is also certified in Plant Based Nutrition, and passionate animal rights advocate. Clare lives in Frederick with her wife, Cheryl, and dog, Pumpkin.
  • Em Perper - (Term 2018 - 2020) 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.
  • Richard Stonebraker - (Term 2019 - 2021) Has been on The Frederick Center Board since 2017, currently serving as the Resource Development Coordinator. A lifelong resident of Frederick County, this farm boy turned Glamour Girl (no lie, he won the Miss Glamour Girl Pageant back in 2013- you should see his legs!). Richard is dedicated to supporting and advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families in Frederick and beyond. With a background in agricultural sciences, Richard is a high school teacher for Frederick County Public Schools. He lives in New Market with his husband and their menagerie of animals. When not working on TFC activities, you can find Richard leading the New Market Grange (another great community service organization) as its President, perfecting his green thumb, or cooking up a mess of something in the kitchen. When asked if there is something Richard cannot do, his reply is “I cannot sit still!’   
  • Ronnie Taylor - (Term 2019 - 2021) Ronnie Taylor is one of the newest additions to The Board of Directors for The Frederick Center. Ronnie is a proud transgender woman of color. She is honored and excited to getting more involved in the Frederick community. Ronnie is a native Washingtonian, she has lived in the Frederick area going on two years now. She is an Administrative Assistant for Academic Services, the Dual Enrollment Coordinator and coaches the step team at Hood College. Ronnie brings background from the fields of the nonprofit sector, customer service and case management. She has worked with the organizations SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League), HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) and THE (Transgender Health Empowerment) Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors for The Wanda Alston House Foundation. She is very passionate about social justice and fighting for equality. When not working Ronnie enjoys spending time with her husband LaShawn, their Jackabee Tinker, spending time with loved ones, crocheting blankets or binging out on Netflix. 
  • Jessica Tuel - (Term 2019 - 2021) A lifelong resident of Frederick County, Jessica is a proud transgender woman. She has a passion for advocating for progressive causes, especially for the LGBTQ community. For the past 2 years, she has worked as a phlebotomist collecting blood donations. As a self described “gay geeky gamer girl”, in her downtime, she enjoys gaming, playing with her pets, reading comic books (her favorites are The Flash and Green Lanterns), and binge-watching TV shows online. Jessica currently lives just off the Golden Mile in Frederick with her fiancee Rachel, their cat Jasper, and their snake Oblisque.