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The Frederick Center, Frederick County’s sole provider of services dedicated to support, educate, link, organize, and provide outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community of central Maryland, announces the election of a new chair, a new vice-chair and three new members of the board of directors.

Richard Stonebraker is the new chair of the board of directors. Stonebraker is dedicated to supporting and advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families in Frederick County and beyond, having served on the board since 2017. He is a high school teacher for Frederick County Public Schools and is currently pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership at Hood College. He also currently serves as the Garden Guild Manager on the Heritage Frederick Garden Committee, vice president of the New Market Rotary Club, president of the New Market Grange, and in several other volunteer capacities for organizations around Frederick.

He previously served on the Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission as the agricultural representative and has appeared on and off the stage in several Other Voices Theatre productions and at The Frederick Center’s annual World AIDS Day fundraiser, “A Little Song A Little Dance.”

Clare Madrigal is the new vice-chair of the board of directors. She has been an Emergency Room nurse for 13 years and serves as the LGBTQ+ Resource Nurse for two Johns Hopkins Medicine hospitals, providing LGBTQ health education for staff, community outreach, and advocacy for patients and employees. She is also an Emergency nurse at Frederick Health Hospital, where she implemented LGBTQ+ health education and continues to encourage inclusive practices within the organization. In addition, she is the owner of REACH: Rainbow Education And Consulting for Health, LLC, which provides LGBTQ+ health training for organizations, private practices and businesses.

Amilynn Adams, who is The Frederick Center’s new treasurer, is employed as a marine transportation system specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alexandria, Virginia, having served for 24 years on active duty as a Corps Officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as an operations manager for She came out as transgender in a service-wide announcement on the day that former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the end of the military’s ban on transgender service members, advancing visibility and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people throughout NOAA.

Johanna Dolan is the principal and lead trainer of Dolan Research International, a consultation and training company working to inspire and support leaders to move past barely surviving into the thriving, flourishing life of which they dream. She has decades of experience as an entrepreneur, a professional financial planner, a life coach, and an ordained minister, and she is also the weekend program manager at Ashley Addiction Treatment, which recently established an LGBTQ group for its patients.

Stephen Parnes is a local community advocate and volunteer, following three decades as an independent school educator. He is also an active architectural historian, historic preservationist, and arts patron. He possesses an especially strong commitment to issues concerning the human condition, social justice and the elevation of human dignity, aiming to improve humanity and promote tolerance and a genuine appreciation for all people.

In spite of, and in active response to, the pandemic that we all face, The Frederick Center is continuing its commitment to providing services to our community and exploring new ways to serve the residents of Frederick County. For more information, email [email protected].