ANNAPOLIS PRIDE: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(they/them, first name, or she/her) is a certified project manager and Agile practitioner with more than 30 years of professional leadership, strategy, management, programming, and analysis experience, in the private and public sector arenas of eCommerce, defense contracting, civilian government, human resources, health care, tax administration, and construction project management.
Currently a Solutions Architect manager for K2 Construction Consultants, Leslie has worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (JHUAPL) as a radar graphics programmer before and during the Gulf War, and for a major web hosting company with international clients.
Leslie is a Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMI-PMP) and Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP). They have a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a double-major Bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in Mathematics and Computer Science. Leslie has received various performance and team building awards for her work on enterprise business technical projects.
A board member of Annapolis Pride and Vice President of the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Chapter of PFLAG, Leslie lives in Gambrills, Maryland with their husband and their college Sophomore who is currently attending New York University.
Leslie enjoys travel, fine food, and friendships, including those they have made in the LGBTQ+ community. Leslie is a voracious reader of books, including those from the Crofton Library.
(he/him/his) Jeremy is committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for LGBTQ+ people in Annapolis and the surrounding communities. In the winter of 2018, Jeremy and a small group of LGBTQ+ community members and allies joined to create Annapolis Pride with the goal of creating safe and affirming spaces and increasing visibility and awareness of the LGBTQ+ community.
In addition to his role as Board Chair of Annapolis Pride, Jeremy serves on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Annapolis, is a member of the Annapolis Police Department Chief’s Advisory Team, and is an active participant with the Eastport Working Together community group.
The Rev. Diana Carroll
(she/her/hers) Mariah manages outreach, grassroots advocacy, and civic engagement efforts in support of the Choose Clean Water Coalition’s policy priorities at the National Wildlife Federation. Mariah coordinates conservations organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions at the local, state, and federal level to protect clean water. She has a passion for equal rights and regularly engages with elected officials to combat injustices facing marginalized communities. Other interests of hers include live music, local politics, Netflix, red wine, and anything beach related.
Kathy Floam Greenspan
(he/him/his) Since 2009, Mark Hildebrand has been executive director of Make Your Mark Media, Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit film company. He has directed and produced two feature documentaries that have been aired on public television. Brookeville: Capital for a Day was first aired on Maryland Public Television in August of 2015. Anthem: The Story Behind The Star-Spangled Banner has had multiple broadcasts on public television stations nationwide since 2012.
In 2013, Mark helped create The Anthem Project – an online resource for teachers with lesson plans and activities for 4th-grade and 8th-grade classrooms based on video segments from Anthem. He has also created films for the National Park Service, Farragut Films, The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission and Prince Georges Heritage, Inc.
Sheren Kelly Riker
(she/her/hers) Sheren is a retired systems engineer who now volunteers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and with the Reel Affirmations Film Festival. She has been active in Transgender issues and was formerly the President of the Transgender Education Association and is a supporter of the National Center for Transgender Equality. As a Board Member of Annapolis Pride, Sheren chairs the Community Relations Committee.
(he/him/his) Dave has been a member of the local Annapolis community his entire life. He has spent his career in the accounting profession working with non-profit and for-profit entities. Dave provides CPA services to our community based out of Severna Park with an emphasis on the local small business community. He is excited to assist in making Annapolis a friendly place for all to enjoy and bring together the local community he cherishes.
(he/him/his) Eric first moved to the Annapolis area in 1986 fresh out of high school and knew he had found his permanent home. He has been active in local Annapolis theater since that time working in many facets include directing, acting, lighting design and stage managing for the Annapolis Symphony. Eric is honored to help the dedicated people of Annapolis Pride build and strengthen the presence of the LGBTQ+ community in Annapolis and Maryland.
When not helping to bring pride to Annapolis Eric works as a software engineer for the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center research department.
Dr. Misan Pessu, MD
(he/him/his) Dr. Pessu is originally from Nigeria. He moved to the United States in the late 90s and grew up in Maryland. He is interested in efforts to mitigate health care disparities, particularly medical and mental health conditions that disproportionately affect minority groups including the African American community and the LGBTQ+ community. He currently practices in Annapolis Maryland.