Leslie Anderson

(they/them, first name)

Leslie 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.

Brandon Bratcher

(He/him) 

Brandon Bratcher is currently researching LGBTQ+ safe spaces and gayborhoods with Georgetown University’s Urban and Regional Planning program. Professionally, he has 15 years’ experience as an urban, environmental, and transportation planner for federal agencies across the country. He’s served all around Maryland, including helping build resilience for underserved communities after Hurricane Sandy, and at his current position working on complex multimodal Mid-Atlantic projects from his office in Washington, D.C.

Bratcher earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Broadcast Communications from Western Kentucky University, and expects to receive his Master’s from Georgetown in December 2021. In his free time, he enjoys improving his home in Eastport, Annapolis; hiking around Quiet Waters Park; visiting Kent Island; and exploring cities. Bratcher attributes his love for LGBTQ+ safe spaces to growing up in a small city; he has big ideas for safe spaces in and around Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Jeremy Browning

(he/him)

External Affairs Committee Chair

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 External Affairs Commitee 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 member of the Coalition for LGBTQ+ Students.

Jasmin Carey

(she/they)

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.

Although she was raised just outside of DC, Jasmin fell in love with Annapolis just after college while working at Chesapeake Bay Trust and knew this is where she wanted to plant roots. Three years ago, Jasmin moved to Annapolis and currently lives there with her wife and dog.

The Rev. Diana Carroll

(she/her)
The Rev. Diana Carroll serves as the Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Eastport, a welcoming and inclusive congregation with a commitment to caring for creation, assisting those in need, and engaging with the surrounding communities. Pastor Diana guided St. Luke’s through the creation of a four-acre stormwater mitigation and ecosystem restoration on the church’s property, which is now serving as an environmental education campus. It’s open from dawn to dusk, so come by and take a stroll down the beautiful trails!
Pastor Diana lives here in Annapolis with her wife, the Rev. Sarah Lamming, who is the Rector of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Silver Spring, MD.

Katie Connolly

(They/Them)

Treasurer & Internal Affairs Committee Chair

Katie Connolly has over 12 years of accounting experience in the private and public sectors. Currently, they manage the budget for the City of Annapolis. Katie looks forward to bringing their experience to Annapolis Pride to help advance its mission and expand its reach. Katie lives on the Eastern Shore with their wife and two sons. They try to live every day by following the adage, “Be who you needed when you were younger”. With that in mind, they are passionate about creating safe and affirming spaces while increasing visibility and awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Katie will serve as Treasurer and Chair of the Internal Affairs committee.

Christine Feldmann

(she/her)

Christine Feldmann (she/her) currently serves as the director of marketing and communications where she provides strategic communications advice for the Anne Arundel County Public Library CEO and Board of Trustees. She is responsible for all communications efforts on behalf of the library’s 16 branches and more than 300 full-time staff. 

Formerly, she served as deputy director of communications for Comptroller Peter Franchot and in positions of increasing responsibility for former Governor William Donald Schaefer during his tenure as Comptroller. Before officially joining state government, Ms. Feldmann was the communications manager for the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, an organization designed to commemorate the millennium. She began her career in special events at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and in media relations at the U. S. Naval Academy. 

Feldmann has a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She has guest lectured at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Anne Arundel Community College. In addition to her public relations work, she also serves as the grants administrator for St. Margaret’s Church where she is responsible for the program that has given out more than $2 million since its inception. She and her husband Ray, live in Annapolis with their twins, Connor and Grace (13)

Isabella Firth Shycoff

(she/her) 

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.

Anne Gotimer

(she/her)

Anne Gotimer currently works for Luminis Health as the Manager of WellBeing and Engagement. She describes her role as one that “helps the helpers”. Anne has spent the past decade in healthcare and is a former educator. She brings a passion for connecting people and using education to expand hearts and minds. She looks forward to bringing her experience to Annapolis Pride to help advance its mission and expand its reach. She currently lives in Annapolis with her husband, Colin, and pets Tesla (cat) and Sadie (puggle). She enjoys cooking, drawing, and running races.

Chris Haley

(he/him) 

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.

Jazzmyn Proctor

(she/they)  

Jazzmyn is committed to advocacy and lifting the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community in Annapolis and the surrounding areas. She is currently a graduate student at Hood College studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With experience in community outreach and engagement, she is excited to be able to bridge connections and assist in reaching a broader audience to advance the Annapolis Pride mission. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being outside.

Jenny Llamas

(she/her)

Jenny is excited to join the Annapolis Pride Board and to include the LatinX community in events and outreach. She is passionate about supporting vulnerable community members and hopes to reduce the stigma many LGBTQ+ people face.  Jenny is from Mexico City and lives with her family and dog in Annapolis, Maryland.

Eric Lund

(he/him)

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 Toolan

(he/him/his)

Board Chair

Joe currently works at the Chesapeake Bay Trust as a Program Officer on the Outreach and Education Team. He is the Chair of the Trust’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee, and leads the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) efforts for the Trust. He manages outreach/knowledge building, behavior change, and community engagement programs and partnerships with the District of Columbia, the City of Baltimore, Harford County, Prince George’s County and Queen Anne’s County. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geographical Sciences with a concentration in Environment Systems and Natural Resource Management from the University of Maryland.

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, indigenous, transracial adoptee and environmentalist who is passionate about increasing DEIJ efforts in the effort fighting climate change, 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.

Tim Williams

(he/him/his)  

Board Vice Chair & Governance Chair

Tim spent more than 35 years on the staff of a large nonprofit organization, and before that worked on Capitol Hill and for the Maryland General Assembly. He received a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. His professional experience includes federal and state advocacy, communications, volunteer engagement, program management, grant development and administration, and executive management. He also staffed a board strategic planning committee. As a volunteer, he served on the board of Equality Maryland and as Chair of the Equality Maryland Political Action Committee. 

Tim has two adult daughters, both AACPS teachers working in Annapolis, and three grandchildren. He and Jessie, his partner of 20 years, are also devoted dog dads to a six-year-old rescue pointer named Remmie. 

Tim has been amazed by the rapid growth of Annapolis Pride and wants to use his skills and experience to strengthen the organization and broaden its already-significant impact.

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