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.
Support Program Coordinator – Glorie is a lifelong local of Frederick and dedicated member of the queer community. Glorie graduated from Brunswick High School in 2015 and from Hood College in 2019 with a degree in Social Work and minor in the Study of Women and Gender. During their time at Hood College, Glorie served as the first Diversity Chair of the Student Government Association Executive Board and as a Resident Assistant of Meyran Hall. Glorie received the Epitome Award from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for dedication to social justice in the Hood community. They also participated in the Hood College Improv Troupe, Feminist and Queer Student Unions, acted in ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer’, ‘The Vagina Monologues’, and was Lucy in ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’. Since graduating, Glorie has worked as a Therapeutic Mentor with children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and as a Supports Planner for people with disabilities. Glorie enjoys spending their free time in a hammock with their nose in a book, or on a hike with their partner, Anthony, and dogs, Cheech and Percy. Glorie is thrilled to join The Frederick Center and to work with other members of the LGBTQ Frederick Community.
Martin Scarborough is a returning member of the Frederick County community. Originally from Myersville, Martin graduated from Middletown High School in 2013 and later from Hood College in 2017 with a double major in Global Studies and Spanish. For the last 6 years, Martin has lived abroad in Baltimore City, where he worked in fundraising and development for programs that supported youth education and enrichment, immigration advocacy, and racial justice. He is excited to bring his experience to the Frederick Center, where he can use his talents to support fellow members of the queer community.
In his free time, Martin enjoys creative hobbies, including Dungeons & Dragons, digital artwork, and writing. He is a proud father to a fat, black cat named Mephistopheles, and an axolotl named Ninki.
A native of Frederick County, Alex has always had a passion for people and community health/wellness. Most recently he served two years at the Frederick County Health Department in COVID-19 response. As.an instructor of English as a second language and recent American Sign Language interpreter graduate, he understands the importance of equal access to communication/language, opportunities and resources. Alex identifies as a Bi-racial African American, Cisgender man and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. He has worked closely with individuals and communities impacted by HIV, and seeks to spread an awareness of issues related to transmission, treatment/health care, testing, drug adherence, stigma and the concept of U=U (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable).
Marcia Simpson is a dedicated and outspoken member of the queer community, based in Frederick, MD. She identifies as a Bipoc Trans woman and has been a resident of Frederick for over 16 years. Marcia is a prominent figure in the community as a Trans speaker, community organizer, and Trans support group facilitator. She was also instrumental in organizing Frederick’s first TDOR (Transgender Day of Remembrance) event.
When not advocating for the Trans community, Marcia enjoys spending her free time with her spouse/partner of 27 years and her children. She has a passion for record and retro game collecting, as well as music and art. Marcia’s dedication to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for the Trans community has earned her the respect and admiration of many in Frederick and beyond.
Nenita has lived in Frederick since she was two. She graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 2021 and will be attending Ithaca College in the fall of 2022. Nenita has been an intern with The Frederick Center since the summer of 2020, helping connect The Frederick Center with local GSA advisors. In the past, they have enjoyed spending time volunteering and working with different community organizations in Frederick. With the increased isolation in the past few years, they’re glad to have been a part of keeping Frederick’s queer community connected.
Jordan Costley grew up in Carroll County, Maryland. She is now attending Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and is actively pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work. Once Jordan completes her degree, she hopes to start her post-grad education for a master’s in social work. Jordan’s areas of interest are children and families and the health of pregnant persons. Jordan is active in her community as a lifetime member of the NAACP and has assisted the organization in various ways. Outside of community involvement, Jordan enjoys continuous learning and is currently learning Arabic! Jordan considers herself a busy, hardworking, positive person. She has actively been involved with theatre since the 2nd grade and continues to be involved in theatre through her school.
As an entrepreneur, professional coach, Recovery Coach Professional, and sought-after speaker, Johanna’s passion and mission is to help others awaken to the highest version of themselves. Through in-person and online coaching, support and video training, their clients put into action proven tools, principles, and strategies that raise them up from major setbacks, failure and mediocrity to living lives beyond their dreams.
Johanna is a graduate of Robbins-Madanes Training Strategic Intervention Institute. They are a member of the International Coaching Federation and completed their coach training under teachers Tony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, Mark Peysha, and Magali Peysha. Over 12+ years, they have developed and run in-person and online trainings/ events for a wide variety of organizations, including: Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers, Ashley Addiction Treatment, Facing Addiction, Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery (CCAR), Recovery Coach Academy UK, the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence Faces and Voices of Recovery UK, and The Communities Project. They were also a [full/part-time] staff member at an urban inpatient and outpatient drug treatment and recovery center where they served as a member of the Clinical Management Team and developed and co-facilitated the first company-wide LGBTQ Equality training across numerous campuses.
They are a board member of the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, the International Association of Recovery Coach Professionals, the Maryland Behavioral Health Advisory Council, the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention, James’s Place Inc. and The Frederick Center (currently Board Chair), writes the Disrupting Bias column for Baltimore Outloud, and the recipient of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader of the Year award. They are also an ordained minister.
A self-avowed watery hippie and boat geek, Ms. Adams came back to Maryland and The Frederick Center after having worked for Amazon.com 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.
Peter Brehm currently serves as Treasurer for The Frederick Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to support, educate, link, organize, and provide outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community of central Maryland. He is also a volunteer with the organization’s Community Services and Community Partnerships Committees. Brehm began his advocacy for LGBTQ issues when he was in college and served as president of the then-named Gay Student Union (GSU). He is also active with the Friends of Baker Park, the Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick, the Frederick HIV Coalition, Friends of Waterford Park, and serves as a coordinator for the Neighborhood Advisory Council 9. He has lived in Frederick with his husband, Jack Day, for fourteen years.
Wil X Graham (he, his, him) comes to The Frederick Center with a wealth of experience in leadership, administration, policy, and organizational development in business and nonprofits. He has led in the teaching and learning sphere, having served as principal and head of school in Washington, DC, and Maryland. An active member of the Frederick County business community as a small business owner. Previous or current experience includes or has served Frederick County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Frederick Community College Foundation Board of directors, Founding Board of Directors member, and Western Maryland Representative to the Maryland Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair on the City of Frederick Disadvantage Business Enterprise Panel. In addition, he is a member of the Southern Frederick Rotary Club, And the Greenview HOA. He is a Large format Print Specialist and a consultant to small minority owned business and schools.
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 5 years, she has worked as a phlebotomist collecting patient blood specimens. As a self described “gay geeky gamer girl”, in her downtime, she enjoys gaming, playing with her pets, reading comic books (her favorite superheroes are The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl, and Jessica Cruz), and binge-watching TV shows online (especially Star Trek!). Jessica currently lives in Walkersville with her cat, Louise, and two cornsnakes, Oblisque and Norbert.
Kitt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Towson University.
Kitt is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) under the clinical supervision of Kate MacShane, LCSW-C.
Kitt is licensed in Maryland and can provide telehealth sessions for clients who are physically located in Maryland. Kitt sees clients in person in our Howard County office.
Kitt is a white, queer, trans and genderfluid therapist who practices from a human rights and anti-oppression framework. Kitt supports clients in developing their emotional and relational skills to strength their connection with themselves and with their families, friends, and communities. They enjoy working “beyond the binary” with all of their clients, working with each client to hold space for multiple truths while also remaining true to themselves.
Kitt has clinical experience working with adolescents and families. They also enjoy working with young adults, couples and partners, and clients in transitional periods. Kitt is particularly interested in working with gender-expansive youth and their families to strengthen their support and facilitate joyful transitions.
Kitt practices therapy from a developmental, trauma-informed, and feminist-liberation lens. Kitt has a passion for reproductive justice, and is open to working with clients who are making decisions about pregnancy and parenting. Kitt also has experience working as a legal advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence and as a sex educator. They are kink-affirming and comfortable working with many relationship configurations and styles, such as polycules and non-monogamous partners.
Justine holds a BA in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Social Thought & Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker under the supervision of Kate MacShane, LCSW-C.
Justine is licensed in Maryland and can provide telehealth sessions for clients physically located in Maryland. She sees clients in person in our Frederick office.
Justine is a white, queer, transfeminine therapist. Her approach to treatment is compassionate, irreverent, and strengths-based. She enjoys helping teenagers, adults, and partnerships deepen their relationships with themselves and others. As a transfeminine therapist, she considers the ways in which structural oppression impacts individual well-being. She works with people of all identities, especially LGBTQ+ individuals, non-monogamous and kinky folks, and neurodivergent people.
Justine draws upon psychodynamic, narrative, humanistic, transfeminist, and other liberatory approaches in her work with clients. Bringing enthusiasm and joy to each connection she builds in practice, she strives to create a gentle, supportive space for those who have experienced formative and ongoing traumas. Justine regards therapy as a laboratory for discerning and developing life change. She believes that by considering therapy, clients already possess the innate capacity and bravery to pursue healing and growth.
Justine brings previous experience working in special education settings and leading LGBTQ+ affirming care initiatives at Behavioral Health Network’s Empowerment Project for Gender and Sexual Minorities in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her approach is informed by her time as a community educator and organizer for gender-affirming policy in institutions of higher education. She has previous tenure in performing arts, creative and scholarly writing, and culinary arts, all of which she continues to grow and develop throughout her own journey as a therapist and a person.
Emma holds a BA in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.
Emma is independently licensed to practice clinical social work in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and is able to do telehealth with clients physically located in those states. In-person clients are seen in her office in Frederick, Maryland.
Emma is a queer, white therapist who practices from an anti-oppressive and relational framework with a warm, open approach. She values creating spaces where people can talk about parts of their identities that they haven’t been able to explore previously. Emma enjoys working with clients to improve self-advocacy, develop meaningful connections in their relationships, and explore identity. She is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults who are exploring the complexities of life transitions and independence.
Emma has experience working with veterans with a focus on PTSD, complex trauma, and moral injury. Emma also worked with youth in the Boston metro area providing in-home family therapy while centering the strengths of her youth clients.
Emma has received post-graduate training in sex therapy from University of Michigan. She participated in a fellowship program with the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis in 2020. She also received a Certificate of Human Sexuality in 2019 from the San Francisco VA, which included training in sensate focus therapy, sexual trauma, and supportive letter writing for trans adults.
M holds a BA in Anthropology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida, and an MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. M is a Licensed Masters Social Worker under the clinical supervision of Kate MacShane, LCSW-C.
M sees clients in person and via telehealth from our Frederick office.
M is licensed in Maryland and able to offer telehealth sessions for clients physically located in the state of Maryland. They see clients in person in our Frederick office.
M is a white, queer, non-binary therapist. Their practice is rooted in an anti-racist, critical social work perspective that centers on collective relationship-building rather than upholding hierarchies – within and outside of clinical practice. M aims to collectively build bridges towards a more just world through radical growth, self-love, and self-knowledge. M’s therapeutic practice centralizes individual experience, while honoring collective traumas from institutionalized and structural oppression, and seeks to help build people up by highlighting the experiences, strengths, and hopes of each individual coming into therapy.
Prior to attending University of Maryland’s School of Social Work, M worked for a non-profit organization that provided employment and rehabilitative services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After seeing a dearth in therapeutic support for neurodivergent folks and people with disabilities in general, they turned their focus to clinical social work.
M is passionate about providing compassionate and empathetic therapeutic support to neurodiverse and gender expansive folks. They have studied individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, structural oppression, and feminist theory. They have also completed training in kink and poly affirming care and is interested in providing support to folks who have experienced harm from their religion.