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Board of Directors

The Frederick Center Board as of January 2017

Kristopher Fair, Board Chair
Maureen Connors, Vice Chair, Youth Services Lead
Open, Secretary
Peter Brehm, Treasurer, Grants & Fundraising
Ruth Bushnell, Frederick Pride 2017 Co-lead
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Grants & Fundraising
Kathy Fay, Grants & Fundraising, Safe Space Healing
Emily Perper, Outreach/Training Lead
Tony Soltero, Adult Services Lead
Eugene Stanton, Membership
Brian Walker, Marketing Lead


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.
  • Maureen Connors (Vice Chair) - Has lived in Frederick MD for the last 20 years, 12 of them with partner, Sue. She has two grown children. She has an extensive background in operations and distribution for the publishing industry.  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.
  • Open - Secretary.
  • Peter Brehm (Treasurer) - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kathy Fay - 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 Directer 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.
  • 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 - coming soon
  • Eugene Stanton - Gene has lived in Frederick County for the past 10 years. He is legally married to his husband Leonardo DeValoes for the past 6 years. Gene and Leo have been together for the past 25 years, as of May 28, 2015. Currently, Gene teaches High School Social Studies in Montgomery County. Prior to teaching, Gene and Leo successfully owned and operated three hotel properties in South Florida. Gene has also worked for Pan American World Airlines, the Denver Post, the Miami Herald, and he owned a video rental business with his father. Gene ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 4, in 2014. Gene & Leo have authored two books, "Our Beautiful World Volume I" and "Our Beautiful World Volume II." As of March 2015, Gene has traveled to 129 countries around the world. Gene has campaigned for a number of political campaigns and is a member of Equality Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign. Gene attended Florida International University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education. He has also received a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Maryland and a Masters Plus 30 Equivalency with classes at Hood College in Frederick.
  • 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 conference for 500 attendees.  Also currently on the Board of Central MD PFLAG. 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.