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The Frederick Center Board of Directors

Amilynn Adams | Pronouns: She/Her
Nina CarrPronouns: She/Her
Johanna Dolan | Pronouns: She/He/They
Kristopher Fair | Pronouns: He/Him 
Clare MadrigalPronouns: She/Her
Lisa Marcus | Pronouns: She/Her
Stephen Parnes | Pronouns: He/Him
Em Perper | Pronouns: They/Them
Richard StonebrakerPronouns: He/Him
Jessica Tuel | Pronouns: She/Her

Richard Stonebraker, Chair - (Term 2019 - 2021) Has been on The Frederick Center Board since 2017, having served as Vice Chair, Resource Development Coordinator, and Marketing Coordinator and is now serving as Chair of the Board of Directors. 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 and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Hood College. 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!’   

Clare Madrigal, Vice Chair - (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.  

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. 

Amilynn Adams, Treasurer (Term 2020 - 2022) A self-avowed watery hippie and boat geek, Ms. Adams came back to Maryland and The Frederick Center after having worked for as an Operations Manager at a Fulfillment Center in DuPont, Washington. Prior to Amazon, she had served 24 years on active duty in various command, operational, staff, and senior executive roles within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a NOAA Corps Officer.  She is currently employed as a Marine Transportation System Specialist with the USCG in Alexandria, VA.  Ms. Adams proudly served NOAA and the Nation for 24 years while accumulating 14 years of sea duty with many more years of maritime experience gained prior to NOAA in the boat livery, marine salvage, and assistance towing industries operating from the port of Barnegat Light, New Jersey. Her commands include the NOAA Research Vessel Gloria Michelle and NOAA Ships Oregon II and Pisces.  A hawse pipe sailor, she has sailed the waters of the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Northern and Tropical Pacific and the frozen seas of the US Arctic.  Ms Adams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography and biology from Millersville University.  She is also a USCG-credentialed mariner holding an unlimited USCG license and a dynamic positioning operator certificate from the Nautical Institute.A courageous and strategic leader, Ms. Adams leveraged her coming out as transgender in a service-wide announcement on the day that Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the end of the military’s ban on transgender service members.  Her foresight and service-wide messaging in announcing her truth greatly advanced visibility and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people throughout NOAA. Ms. Adams currently resides in beautiful Brunswick, Maryland.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling and continues to plot a course toward opening her own craft brewery.  She is a passionate nature-lover, and can be found recharging her spirit by hiking, cycling, swimming, tubing, or snowboarding in the scenic hills of Western Maryland with her three teenagers. 

Kristopher Fair, Past 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.  

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

Johanna Dolan, B.MSC., SIC, RCP, RPS - (Term 2020 - 2022) The principal and lead trainer of Dolan Research International Johanna brings nearly two decades of personal experience as an entrepreneur, nine years as a professional financial planner, nineteen years as a life coach, and nine years as an ordained minister. Johanna is the weekend program manager at Ashley Addiction Treatment where they started the LGBTQ Group.  Johanna speaks openly and candidly on overcoming issues ranging from addiction, dysfunctional relationships, finances, the effects of long-term chronic illness on life, LGBTQ concerns, and more. Johanna is a member of the International Coaching Federation, a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention, the 2019 recipient of the MD LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leader of the Year award, and a columnist with Baltimore OutLoud.”

Stephen Parnes - (Term 2020 - 2022) Following a career spanning three decades in education in six states throughout the country, Stephen is now a more-or-less full-time community advocate and promoter. During his decade in Frederick, Stephen has served on a number of local nonprofit boards of directors and as a commissioner on the City of Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission. He is essentially a man-about-town: an individual passionate about the arts, fine dining, and domestic and international travel. He is an outspoken proponent and patron of local theater, public art, and arts in education, and he travels extensively and as frequently as he can, in large part to study architecture and historic preservation. Stephen has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Carleton College (MN) and master’s degrees in education and in architectural history & theory from Harvard University. He also possesses an especially strong interest in and commitment to issues concerning the human condition, social justice, and the elevation of human dignity; improving humanity and promoting tolerance and a genuine appreciation for all people is his guiding philosophy, mission, and passion. 

Em Perper - (Term 2020 - 2022) 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.

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.