Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Equality Maryland, Inc. Board of Directors

Scott Bowling, Chair

 Scott Bowling is a lifelong Marylander, born and raised in Prince George’s County. He currently lives in Annapolis with his husband Dave, and their three Shelties (Mickey, Boomer, and Sophie).

He has 10+ years of expertise in public policy and non-profit management, is an Attorney with the Department of Defense, serves as President of the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association, Inc. in Silver Spring, and is a notable part of the political landscape in both Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. In 2006, Bowling was the first openly gay candidate to run for the State Democratic Central Committee in Anne Arundel County, and in 2009, he sought a seat on the Annapolis City Council. Bowling has been appointed and served on several public Boards and Commissions.


Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein,Vice Chair 

Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota.  She received a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and an M.S.W. from Catholic University. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  Prior to attending rabbinical school, she was a clinical social worker for 23 years.  Rabbi Bernstein was a lay leader and past president of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC. She works for the Union for Reform Judaism as the teacher and coordinator for Introduction to Judaism classes in the greater Washington, DC area, and is a chaplain with Jewish Social Services. She is the Study Guide writer for The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She also is adjunct rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Va.

Rabbi Bernstein was Yom HaShoah guest scholar at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City and delivered the Celia and Audrey Resnik Memorial Lecture at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland: “By the Merit of Righteous Women: Women of the Wall and the Redemptive Power of Female Audacity in Jewish Tradition.”  Rabbi Bernstein serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and Jews United for Justice.  She lives in Bethesda with her husband, Henry Winokur, and is the mother of Sara and Joseph Bernstein.



Karen Blood, Treasurer

Karen Blood has been an entrepreneur almost since birth, counting herself lucky to have been born in time for the digital age. She founded her first IT company in 1979, grew it, sold it and is now on her fourth, GraceBlood LLC, delivering business integration services and consulting to supply-chain companies nationwide since 2003. Active in national, state and local politics including election as a delegate for Western Maryland to the Democratic National Convention, Karen has served in leadership positions with the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Way Station Inc (a Sheppard Pratt subsidiary), and Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore. Karen and her longtime partner, Amy Grace, live in Baltimore and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren and eleven nieces & nephews.


Pegeen Townsend, Secretary

Pegeen Townsend is corporate vice president of Government Affairs for MedStar Health. In her role, Townsend oversees all government relations activities in Maryland, the District of Columbia and at the federal level for MedStar Health. She is charged with building MedStar’s relationship with local, state and federal officials to elevate the system as a key provider in the region, pivotal to the healthcare industry.  Prior to joining MedStar Health, Townsend was the senior vice president for Legislative Policy with the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) where she led the association’s legislative team in its advocacy efforts in Annapolis and Washington.  She assisted with several MHA priorities and initiatives, including the creation of the state’s Medicaid managed care program, establishment of the state’s children’s health insurance program and the Maryland Health Care Foundation to enhance access to care for Maryland’s uninsured population, and streamlining Maryland’s healthcare regulatory system. Townsend also served nine years as counsel to the House Environmental Matters Committee in Annapolis.  Townsend earned her undergraduate degree in political science from James Madison University and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law. In addition to her professional and academic accomplishments, Townsend serves as a member of the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board and the CASA Maryland Board. She is also a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee.


Steve Pippin, At Large

Bio forthcoming


Tim Williams, At Large

Tim Williams has over 25 years of experience in public policy and management of non-profit organizations. He serves as Managing Director for a large environmental association based in Alexandria, VA. In this role he represents the association before legislative and regulatory bodies and works to involve the association’s members in the policy process. Tim has managed large coalitions and has been responsible for the successful completion of grant-funded programs in excess of $10 million. A lifelong Marylander, Tim grew up in Prince George’s County and received a BS degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park. He worked in state and local political campaigns and as a legislative staffer for the Maryland General Assembly and the United States Senate. He has served on the Boards of a cooperative preschool and a neighborhood association, a County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Equality Maryland Legislative Committee. He is also a member of Foundry United Methodist Church. Tims is most proud of his two daughters, one a public special education teacher and one a college senior and teacher-to-be. Tim and his partner of 10 years, Jessie Scribner, live in Anne Arundel County.


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Isabella Firth, Chair

Since 1994 Isabella (Izzy) Firth has been president of Mid-Atlantic LifeSpan, an association comprised of 300 senior care organizations that deliver housing, healthcare, and related services to over 45,000 seniors in Maryland & D.C. Member organizations include continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, assisted living, senior housing and community-based programs. LifeSpan is the largest and most diverse senior care association in the mid-Atlantic region and is affiliated with several national senior care associations including LeadingAge and ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America). LifeSpan is the parent of several subsidiary organizations including The Beacon Institute which provides education and training to senior care professionals and seniors in the community, and LifeSpan Products and Services, which saves senior care organization’s money through group purchasing programs. Izzy received her Bachelor’s degree in American Government from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Prior to coming to LifeSpan, Izzy staffed the Maryland Senate Finance Committee in Annapolis, Maryland.


Katheryn King, Vice Chair

Katheryn King is the Vice-Chair of U.S. Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, an organization charged with transforming the bank’s culture to be as diverse and inclusive as possible.  The Council works through a business case approach to optimize U.S. Bank’s workforce, workplace, customer products and services, and shareholders alike.  Katheryn has worked the  past 14 years in the financial services industry payments sector, and since 2004 is the Regional Vice-President who manages the Department of Defense Purchase Card Program Relationship Management Team. Katheryn’s professional work history is extremely diverse and includes being a Russian and French linguist in the U.S. Army for 10 years.  Having lived in and visited many foreign countries, Katheryn continually strives to experience the world and gain cross-cultural experiences and competencies.  A 1984 graduate of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Katheryn now lives in Baltimore with her life partner of 16 years, Renee. They have a 9-year old god-child Simone and a 2-year old grandson, Marcus.  Her memberships and community involvement includes the Human Rights Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition, The Den – Baltimore, an organization for LGBTQ youth, as well as Autism Awareness and Fundraising.





Marilee Lindemann, Secretary

Marilee Lindemann is an associate professor of English and director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies ( at the University of Maryland, College Park. Maryland’s program in LGBT Studies is nationally distinctive in that it stands on its own rather than being housed within a larger department. Lindemann has served as director since the program was founded in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has taught at Maryland since 1992. She has published extensively on novelist Willa Cather and other queer American writers. Her more recent scholarly work is focused on how blogs and other social media tools are transforming the ways we read, write, think, and create change in the 21st century. Her blog, Roxie’s World (, is an experiment in comic punditry that often takes up LGBT issues and concerns. She has served on the editorial boards of American Literature and American Quarterly and held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In 2007, she was awarded the Michael Lynch Service Award from the Gay/Lesbian/Queer Caucus of the Modern Language Association in recognition of her contributions to building LGBT/Queer Studies. Since 1986, Lindemann has lived in Takoma Park with her partner, Martha Nell Smith.


Chris Apple, At Large

Chris Apple is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young (EY). Chris is a key member of EY’s Information Security Center of Excellence. He has over 24 years of experience as a consultant, manager, solutions architect, technologist, and researcher spanning the Telecommunications, Internet Technology, IT Consulting, Software, Information Technology, Pharmaceutical, Defense Contracting, Financial Services, Nonprofit, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Hospitality, Publishing, and Hi-Tech Manufacturing industries. He has worked with domestic and global organizations, developing security solutions and strategies. Chris is also the President & CEO of the Maryland Corporate Council, a Maryland-based LGBT professional networking organization formed during 2011. Within EY, Chris also holds several leadership roles within Beyond (Ernst & Young’s LGBT Employee Resource Group) and has held similar roles within AT&T’s LEAGUE organization.


Lisa Bianco, At Large

Lisa currently serves as the Chief of Staff to John K. Delaney (MD-06), and has worked in his office since his swearing-in in January, 2013. Previously, she served as the Maryland Political Director for Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05). Before working for Congressman Hoyer, Lisa worked in another Hill office, as well as on the Kerry/Edwards and Gore/Lieberman campaigns, as well as on Senate, House and municipal races around the country.

Lisa currently serves on the Boards for the Voter Empowerment Action Project, Democraitc GAIN and Equality Maryland.







Valeria Carranza, At Large

Valeria Carranza is a first generation Salvadoran-American, who is passionate about organizing, mobilizing, and advocating for her community. As a local activist, Valeria has spoken at the University of Maryland, Radio America, and Western Maryland Democratic Summit on the intersectionalism of LGBT and immigrant communities.

In recognition of her leadership in advancing progressive issues, Valeria was chosen by the Front Line Leaders Academy as one of twenty young professionals from across the nation.Valeria currently serves as the Legislative Assistant and liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA). In her former role as Deputy Chief of Staff to Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer, Valeria advised the Councilmember on legislative and policy-making decisions; this was in addition to staff management and community outreach. Valeria has also done legislative research and constituent outreach for U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer (D-MI). Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Valeria earned the Center for Progressive Leaders Fellowship and interned in The White House under the Obama Administration.

Valeria and her fianceé, Lauren Wetherell, have put their roots down in the Long Branch community of Montgomery County, MD.



Woody Derricks, At Large

Woody Derricks attended college at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He earned his degree in Government and Politics with a Minor in History.  Shortly after graduation, he and his now wife, Heidi, moved to northern California.  While in California, he started work as a financial advisor.  Since then he has served as an advisor, a mentor, and as a manager.  He started Partnership Wealth Management in 2005 and has his CFP® and Accredited Domestic Partnership AdvisorSM designations.

In addition to being a member of the Equality Maryland Foundation Board of Directors, he is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Bronze Pioneer), a Partners member of HRC, the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, the first member of Maryland’s Green Registry, Pride Planners, the Canton Community Association, the treasurer of the Canton Dog Park, and the founder/president of Paws for a Cause, Inc.

Woody and his wife enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling with their dogs, Fenway & Roxy.  They’re also expecting their first child, a daughter, in June 2014!




Dick Fredericks, At Large

Dick has more than 45 years of experience in marine salvage, transportation and environmental protection. He serves as President of Maritime Solutions, Inc., whose mission is the introduction of more effective solutions to marine environmental problems including ballast water treatment and is headquartered in New York, NY. He also serves as a consultant to SMIT Salvage with which he has a four decades long relationship from offices in Linthicum Heights, MD. He also serves as Vice President–Marketing and Sales for Donjon-SMIT, LLC, an OPA-90 marine salvage alliance headquartered in Alexandria, VA. And he serves as Executive Director of the American Salvage Association, a trade association headquartered in Alexandria, VA. While Dick has a number of other interests, he considers the work of Equality Maryland to be the most important of all. Dick received a BS degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1967, graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving and Salvage School in 1968, and received an MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1976. Dick lives in Severna Park, MD with his wife of 42 years, Sharon. Together they have two grown children; a son and a daughter.




Evan Glass, At Large

Evan Glass is a civic activist in Silver Spring where he is president of the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association and vice chair of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. As a former journalist for CNN, Evan is delighted by his new ability to help fight for equal rights in Maryland rather than simply cover the story from the sidelines. A graduate of American University, where he double majored in political science and broadcast journalism, Evan is now a communications consultant with Reingold Inc, a boutique firm that works with the public sector in supporting issues related to veterans, health care, and education. Evan and his husband Jason live in Silver Spring.






Rosemary Nicolosi, At Large

Rosemary is a staff psychologist at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. In addition to her role as a general psychotherapist at Hopkins, Rosemary serves as the Coordinator of Services for LGBTQ Students. She runs LGBTQ support groups and has an extensive case load of LGBTQ students. As a member of the University’s LGBT Advisory Board, she is actively involved in creating a safe and inclusive environment on the Homewood campus for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Rosemary earned a Psy.D. from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (D.C.). Her dissertation topic was: ‘Would the Right of Marriage in the United States Contribute Positively to the Psychological Health of Lesbians and Gay Men?’ She earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from New York University. In 2002, Rosemary retired from her first career after spending over 20 years working in the credit card industry. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Rosemary earned an M.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and spent some time working with another under-served population counseling foster children. Rosemary has worked with Equality Maryland since 2008. During this time, she has been the Treasurer and sat on the Executive Committee. Rosemary was previously a Board member of Advocacy for Children and Youth. She lives in Baltimore with her son, Gabriel.


Kim Sherrill, At Large

Kim Sherrill is an Associate General Counsel at Citigroup working in Baltimore for the past 11 years.  Kim joined the Equality Maryland board in 2013.  Kim and her spouse, Julie R. Enszer, moved to Maryland in 2002 and are especially grateful for the opportunities and outstanding quality of life they have enjoyed in our great state.  Kim joined Equality Maryland with a goal of continuing the work for sustainable funding and programming for the organization serving Maryland’s LGBT community.  Kim has previously served on boards of Affirmations Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Free Legal Aid Clinic-Detroit, Ford GLOBE and Citi Pride Employee Network of Baltimore -Washington.


David Vignolo, At Large

David A. Vignolo has been a Maryland resident since January, 1994.  He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in Political Science in 1981.  Prior to joining the United States Senate, Office of the Sergeant at Arms in September, 1990, he was employed by NASDAQ as a quality assurance specialist.  He currently serves as a Senior Program Manager in the Senate’s State Office Readiness Program, ensuring Senate state office staff members are prepared for emergency situations through the implementation of physical security enhancements, life safety measures, emergency preparedness and continuity of operations planning for more than 450 Senate state offices.  He is politically active in Maryland, especially in District 14, and has been an active member of Equality Maryland and its predecessor organization, Free State Justice Campaign, since 1994.  He is also a sustaining member of the Human Rights Campaign, and has membership in the ACLU and the Gay, Lesbian, and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus, a non-profit, non-partisan organization open to all, whose purpose is to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT community, increase visibility and promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT employees of the United States Senate by providing a safe environment for social interaction and professional development.  He shares homes in Olney, Maryland and in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with his husband, Bill, and their two cats, Domino and Elmo.


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