Board of Directors

Board of Directors

After facing serious financial difficulties, Equality Maryland’s Boards of Directors voted August 2nd to continue the organization under the leadership of Transitional Boards, listed below. More information is available here.

Equality Maryland, Inc. Board of Directors

Lawrence S. Jacobs, Esq., Chair

Larry has served in many different capacities in his nearly 20 year involvement with Equality Maryland, including as member of the Board, President, co-founder of the PAC and legal counsel.  He is most excited to once again play a major role in assuring our future.

Full bio and picture coming soon.


Woody Derricks, Treasurer

Woody Derricks serves as Treasurer of both Equality Maryland, Inc. and Equality Maryland Foundation.

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 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 recently welcomed their first child to their family.


Vanessa Bowling, Secretary

Bio and picture coming soon.


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 Jessie Scribner, live in Anne Arundel County.


Equality Maryland Foundation Board of Directors

Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein, 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.


Woody Derricks, Treasurer

Woody serves as Treasurer of both Equality Maryland and Equality Maryland Foundation. Please see above for full bio and picture.


Patrick Locklin, Secretary

Bio and picture coming soon.


Brianna January, At-Large

Bio and picture coming soon.

Ezra Towne, At-Large

Bio and picture coming soon.


Dick Fredricks, 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.


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