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Board of Directors

The Frederick Center Board of Directors

Kristopher Fair, Board Chair
Peter Brehm, Vice Chair, Grants & Fundraising
Kathy Fay, Secretary

Susan Leathery, Treasurer

Maureen Connors, Youth Services Coordinator
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Grants & Fundraising
Araminta Finn
Lisa Algazi Marcus, Membership Coordinator
Emily Perper, Outreach/Training Coordinator
Tony Soltero
Richard Stonebraker, Marketing Coordinator

Jeff Poirier
Brian Ward


BIOS
  • Kristopher Fair (Chair)- 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.
  • Peter Brehm (Vice Chair) - 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.
  • 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 4 years. She has spent the last 27 years of her career working in public accounting firms in Montgomery County. Susan was the former Chairperson of Finance at Damascus United Methodist Church from 2013-2015 and served as the Treasurer of the Fairfield Condominium Association from 2015-2018. She is looking forward to retiring near the beach someday.
  • Maureen Connors -Has lived in Frederick MD for the last 25  years, 15 of them with her 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 the 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 DanielSenior 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 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 Stonebraker - Has been on The Frederick Center Board since 2017, currently serving as the marketing coordinator (he is sorry for all the emails!) 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 FCPS. He lives in New Market with his husband and their Guinea pigs. 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!’   
  • Jeff Poirier - Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he works closely with Casey colleagues to conceptualize and manage research and evaluation investments related to youth and young adults.  Previously he was at the American Institutes for Research where, as part of his role, he designed and delivered training and technical assistance around the U.S. to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth.  Dr. Poirier has developed various resources to improve human service system capacity and practice for LGBTQ youth and young adults and is co-editor of a 2012 book, Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals.  He also completed The George Washington University’s LGBT Health Policy and Practice Graduate Certificate, serving on its faculty teaching its LGBT Youth Well-Being course.  He moved to Frederick in 2015 and joined the Frederick Center’s Board in April 2018.
  • Brian Ward - Brian Ward is a businessman that currently owns and operates two retail convenience stores in Western Loudoun County Virginia.  He has been self-employed since 1986 and besides being in the retail business he also invests in real estate in Frederick MD and Loudoun County VA.  Brian graduated with honors from Shepherd University in 2002 with a double major in Accounting and Economics.  Brian was nominated by the Economics Faculty for Shepherd Universities Highest Academic Award and was named a McMurran Scholar in 2001.  Brian and his husband Michael have been together for 24 years and got married as soon as Maryland legalized gay marriage in early 2013. Michael is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is Director of Behavioral Health at Meritus Medical Center.  In addition to his interest in advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, he serves on the Board of Directors of Advocates for Homeless Families as Treasurer.