(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.
(she/her/hers) Sue is a retired nurse, educator, and currently volunteers and supports several local nonprofits. Sue is a strong advocate and ally of the LGBTQ+ community and lives with her husband in Annapolis.
(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.
(she/her/they/them/their) With 12 years of fundraising experience, Jasmin has worked with local and national nonprofit organizations to raise funds to sustain and build new programming, raise their profile, and effectively communicate their mission and vision. Whether working on issues such as environmental preservation in Annapolis, homelessness prevention, sustainable energy solutions, child hunger, or evidence-based policy for think-tanks in Washington, Jasmin has dedicated her career to advocating for underserved communities, protecting our planet, and combating inequities. Currently serving as Director of Foundation Relations at Share Our Strength, Jasmin’s fundraising experience has resulted in millions of dollars raised for children across the country facing hunger.
The Rev. Diana Carroll
Isabella Firth Shycoff
(she/her/hers) Isabella Firth Shycoff lives in south Anne Arundel county with her wife Barbara and their two dogs Gabby and Bella. Izzy recently retired after several decades as the CEO of LifeSpan, a senior care association in Maryland. Prior to that Izzy staffed the Maryland Senate Finance Committee for 6 years. She has served (and continues to) on the boards of several non-profits and advocacy organizations, and spends copious time gardening, cooking and running trails with her dogs.
(he/him/his) Director of Research for the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives, Director of the Utopia Film Festival in Prince George’s County, and current Annapolis Film Festival Advisory Board Member. Additionally, he has served on the following boards: Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation and the Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation. His script for the 2004 The RECONCILIATION WALK for SLAVERY and PENITENCE held in Annapolis on September 29 helped garner the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. He has spoken on genealogy, African American history and self-empowerment on many occasions including: the 2002 African American Genealogical Conference in Los Angeles, California, the 2000 Millennium of Ethiopia Celebration in Washington, DC, the 2008 and 2007 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conventions, the 2013 Texas Library Association, the 2014 Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society in Nashville, Tennessee, 2014 Presidents’ Day Address in the Maryland Old House of Delegates Chamber and at the 2016 International Roots Festival in The Gambia. The story of his DNA test that resulted in his discovery and reunion with relatives from the British Isles in 2009 was covered by innumerable news outlets including USA Today and the Huffington Post.
As an actor, performer, writer, and director, he is co-director of the documentary, Unmarked, currently airing on PBS.ORG under the REEL SOUTH series, and accepted into, among others, the New Orleans and Savannah Film Festivals, on the state of often unknown burial sites of free and enslaved African Americans. He has appeared on HBO’s, The Wire, TV ONE’s, For My Man, ID Network’s, Relatively Evil, the PBS Special, Partners of The Heart, and in productions of Aint Misbehavin’, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Six Degrees of Separation and Godspell. As a writer, he has had his poetry published in Washington DC’s, Hill Rag, and his script for The Studio garnered him a 2001 Individual Artist’s Award from the Anne Arundel County Arts Council.
(she/her/hers) Molly Hammond is a marketing professional who has moved all over the country, landing in Annapolis in 2015. As a friend and ally of the LGBTQ+ community, Molly was eager to help when her friends and colleagues were working to launch Annapolis Pride. She has been honored and proud to watch this organization grow so quickly and be embraced by the local community.
Molly lives in Annapolis with her husband, Mike, and hopes to stay in this community for as long as the Navy lets them.
(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) 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.
Joe (he/him/his) currently works at the Chesapeake Bay Trust on the Outreach and Education team focused on environmental stewardship through youth environmental education, community engagement, and restoration programs. He leads the Anne Arundel County Community Tree Planting Mini Grant Program, the Chesapeake Oyster Technology, Education, and Monitoring Grant Program, and co-leads the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a green workforce development program. He also assists with/manages grants ranging from Capacity Building to Environmental Education.
Joe, born in Guatemala, was adopted in the 90s and grew up just outside of Annapolis, but moved into the City in 2019. He identifies as a queer, Latinx, transracial adoptee and environmentalist who is passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in both the effort fighting climate change, and protecting the Chesapeake, as well as in his personal life. He is excited to bring his prospective and intersectional identities to Annapolis Pride to advance its mission. Outside of Annapolis Pride, Joe is likely listening to music, talking to friends, or finding his next creative endeavor.