BHT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PAUL MARENGO / Board President / ELECTED DIRECTOR
Paul Marengo has 25+ years in the area of development and program execution. His experience includes a wide range of development activities including Corporate Support, Foundation Support, Government Support, and Individual Giving. Paul believes by empowering and providing the necessary tools to smaller non-profit organizations they can become competitive fundraisers. Paul has worked with and trained many non-profits on alternative ways of thinking of how data and other items can be of use to their development strategies.
RIK NEWTON-TREADWAY / Board Vice President / ELECTED DIRECTOR
Rik Newton-Treadway has been serving the LGBTQS+ community since 1977-78 and was one of the founders of Gay Youth of Central Maryland in 1979. He has been serving his communities ever since. He is (among other things) a Performer, Event Producer, Poly, Dom, Switch, Community Activist, Advocate, Survivor, Notary, and Minister, and is lovingly referred by most as Hooker. This Maryland native lives in Baltimore with his bisexual Husboy Paulie and their kinky poly family. He was Maryland Mr Drummer 1999, Mr. Maryland Leather 2009, and in the Top 20 at IML 2009. He has judged numerous local, regional, and international contests: Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather, International Ms. Leather, International Deaf Leather, and International Mr. Leather to name a few. He is the Co-Founder of the International Community Bootblack (ICBB) title and a founding Board Member of International LeatherSIR and Leatherboy. He is the founder of Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman and Co-founder of Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack Contest. He serves on various board's including The Carter Johnson Leather Library and Collection.
Rik is the Executive Producer of the highly successful “Twelve Days of Christmas” fundraiser. He has won several Pantheon of Leather and Community Service Awards, and is an associate member of many clubs. He is the founding member of Hooker & Boys. H&B is a Leather club composed of close friends who share a passion for Leather, service, and community. H&B serves the Leather and LGBTQS+ communities through fundraising, service, and support, choosing to show their Love through action.
AMY PHILLIPS / Board Secretary / ELECTED DIRECTOR
Amy “Foxxy” Phillips is a lifestyle Domme, Leathergirl, seasoned social media professional, blogger, and advocate for sex-positive lifestyles. With over a decade of experience in social media and professional content creation and management, she has been published nationally for her thoughts on polyamory, and her journey of creating a supportive, sex-positive family environment. Her experience as the mother of an LGBT children along with the problems she witnessed in the kink communities inspired her to start the website The Black Pomegranate, recognized by Kinkly.com for its sex and BDSM content. Amy has presented at Woodhull, Dark Odyssey, Catalyst Con, A Touch of Flavor, The Morpheous Bondage Extravaganza and Bmore Proud. In the leather space, she represents F.I.S.T., and held the titles of Mid-Atlantic LeatherWoman 2018, Mid-Atlantic LeatherWoman BootBlack 2019. She ran on a platform of inclusion and making the gap between kinky lifestyles and leather smaller for all women. She is currently a member of F.I.S.T., secretary for the Clifton Pleasure Club, secretary for BHT Foundation, and a volunteer for a myriad of organizations. Formerly, she has been a member of Mid-Atlantic Girls of Leather, a board member for Twisting Culture, and social media coordinator for Leather Heart Foundation. She lives in Baltimore with Girl Jen, two kids, and two dogs, and two cats.
MARK CLARK / Treasurer & Chesapeake Bay Bears / DIRECTOR
Mark is BHT treasurer and the director representing the Chesapeake Bay Bears club. He retired from the World Bank, where he was a writer and editor. Prior to that he was a correspondent for the old Chicago's American and Chicago Today and was an official in two financial services trade associations. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
NICK ATLAS / Historian / ELECTED DIRECTOR
A native of Connecticut, Nick moved to Washington, DC in 2008 to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in history from The Catholic University of America. He worked in educational administration for seven years at his alma mater and recently began a new job at The George Washington University continuing work in administration. Nick volunteers at his local church as well as serving as an LGBT mentor.
ZAKARIAS BROOKES / ShipMates / DIRECTOR
Born in Owings Mills Maryland Zakarias was out on his own at sixteen. He started his young adult life with his own set of challenges. Zakarias finished high school on his own and went on to college without support from family. Zakarias came out at sixteen Pansexual although back then he was not sure of what to call himself. At 21 Zakarias found the Leather Community, his place, and his chosen family. After many years in the Leather LifeStyle, Zakarias met his husband and focused on work and family. Together they raised, two children, from separate relationships, a foster child, and grandson. During this time Zakarias took in many of his friends in the LGBTQ+ Community by giving them shelter or a place to stay in his home while they were going through things like being homeless, recovery after their transition, or relocation after transition after losing a job. Now that his children are adults he has decided to rejoin not only The Leather Community but the whole Community and get involved in charity advocacy. Zakarias is so proud to join BHT.
MIKE LENTZ / ASGRA / DIRECTOR
Mike Lentz represents the Atlantic Sates Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA) on the Board of BHT. He was the founding President of ASGRA and is currently their Treasurer. He has served in the past as ASGRA Trustee to the Board of the International Gay Rodeo Association and has been a certified rodeo judge from 1998 to the present. Before that, he was an active gay rodeo competitor; his best and favorite event was steer riding -- he won the IGRA Finals steer riding championship in 1995. He was inducted into the IGRA Hall of Fame in 2012. Mike was appointed as ASGRA director to BHT in 1994 and served as BHT Treasurer from 1996 to 2003; he has been Assistant Treasurer since. He enjoys contra and square dancing and is a dance composer and caller. He plays fiddle for fun and musical expression. He's an avid gardener and cook who loves collecting and developing his own recipes; he also enjoys taking on construction projects and does lots of community service. He and his husband, Rob live in North Bethesda, Maryland with their rescue dogs and teenage son.
MARIASHA MICHELLE / CLIFTON PLEASURE CLUB / DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Washington DC, Mariasha Michelle or Glory as many know her, is thrilled to represent the Clifton Pleasure Club on the Board of BHT. She is a kinky demi-pan-poly queer Amazon, raised by lesbian wolves to leave things better than she found them...things like, the world. This purpose fuels her dedication to serve humanity in her professional and community service projects. As a Somatic Therapist at Freed Bodyworks she spends her days battling trauma, dis-ease, and barriers to healthcare while supporting the processes that cultivate holistic wellness for us ALL. Resolute in her continued efforts toward justice and harmony, Mariasha is honored to serve her communities as President of the Clifton Pleasure Club Board, Chair of the Equity Committee for the Charm City Kitty Club, Artist Liaison for Olivia Travel, and in many other roles endeavouring to brighten lives. She has also been Assistant Event Manager for We Want the Land Coalition, Communications Director of the Community Care Team for the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Production Support for Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. In moments between planting the seeds of revolution, Mariasha enjoys dancing, story-telling, and helping her unconventional family grow in her delightful Baltimore home.
VELVET STORM / ELECTED DIRECTOR
Velvet-Storm, non-binary, Latinx Leatherwoman of Color 2019, Ms New Jersey Leather 2017: Co-Founder of Mid-Atlantic Onyx Pearls and current Historian. Past Associations: Associate member of Onyx Mid-Atlantic, Fundraising Coordinator for the M/s Gathering, Secretary of MAsT Cherry Hill, Founding member of National Council of Onyx Pearls; Past Secretary, Public Relations, Vice-President of Onyx Pearls Mid-Atlantic. United States Navy Veteran diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. They advocate and present on Mental Health issues.
ATLANTIC STATES GAY RODEO ASSOCIATION
The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA) is a 501(c)4, charitable and social organization whose primary purpose is to promote the sport of rodeo and foster country and western lifestyles in the gay and lesbian community. ASGRA members enjoy the fellowship of numerous social, recreational and educational activities.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BEARS
The Chesapeake Bay Bears is a social and service group for gay men of the bear community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Membership driven, the group holds various fundraisers throughout each year to benefit three non-profit organizations voted upon by members. The group also holds retreats and functions for it's members, consistently largely of plus sized and hirsuite gay and bisexual men.
CLIFTON PLEASURE CLUB
The Clifton Pleasure Club is a private social club nestled in a neighborhood of NE Baltimore. Run by a bunch of queers since it’s beginning in 2015, the Club aims to support all our journeys with good company and food that warms the heart. Bonded by our values and commitment to making the world a better place, we seek to recognize and tear down the ‘isms that plague society, and embolden one another on our individual journeys towards our best selves. Each week, our members and guests enjoy meals, gatherings, and shenanigans that provide space for ALL community to gather in warmth and solidarity. We are thrilled to continue building our network of humans and organizations committed to world peace and justice for all.
CORPS OF MARYLAND MAKING A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE
The purpose of COMMAND MC is to promote pride in the Leather Community, personally and publicly; to bring about an image of respect, responsibility and fellowship toward the leather community; and to support our community financially and actively whenever possible. COMMAND MC primarily serves the LGBT community of the Maryland area.
HOOKER AND BOYS MINISTRIES
Hooker & Boys Ministries was formed by a group of close friends and Leather titleholders who united in 1999 in Baltimore, Maryland, to raise funds for charity as part of their Drummer Titleholder responsibilities. As a result of this event (The 12 Days of Christmas), Hooker & Boys became established as a community-based invitation-only Leather/Levi Club.Our goal is to serve the LGBTQ + communities through fund-raising, support, and service.
THE SHIPMATES CLUB OF BALTIMORE
The ShipMates Club of Baltimore was founded in 1974 and was the first leather/Levi social club in the state of Maryland. It is a diverse group of individuals devoted to serving the LGBT community. The club holds bar nights and fundraisers throughout the year with the biggest fundraiser “Daddy Christmas” being held each year on the first weekend of December. Traditionally there is a cookout fundraiser held in the summer as a kickoff to Daddy Christmas called “Ho Ho in the Heat.” At the beginning of the year the ShipMates select a charity to be the Daddy Christmas charity. Past recipients have included Health Care for the Homeless, AIDS Action Baltimore, Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Don Miller House, Adullum Community Healthcare Center, Spotlighters Theatre, and CHANA.