President & Elected Director
Nina is a queer, diesel femme, an educator and a Leather Woman. A native of Baltimore, Nina is the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman. She earned her Master's degree in Human Resource Development and now serves as an internal consultant for the DC Government. Her passion is helping employers create diverse, safe, and inclusive workplaces.
Bradley "Thumper Bear" Hill
Vice President & DC Bear Club Director
Big old Bear. Likes long walks down a buffet line. Member DC Bear Club. Founder/Former President/VP Beltway Bears. Long standing member of Carolina Bear Lodge. Current board member (since 2005), former president/VP of Brother, Help Thyself. Former Chairman of National Procurement Advisory Council. Former VP of Operations for Patriot Solutions. Writes Government Contracts. Bachelor's degree & professional certifications. Cold War Veteran of US Army Europe. Married to a charming, hardworking, handsome, younger Latino guy. Walks with a limp. Addicted to MSNBC. So gay it's visible from outer space.
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.
Secretary & Elected Director
Mario is an elected director of BHT since 2017. He is a senior non-technical associate at a national nonprofit agency and has a background in government contracting and community advocacy. Mario lives in the Capitol View area of Ward 7 in Washington DC. Some of Mario’s most proudest accomplishments and accolades are that he is a veteran of the United States Navy, he is a past secretary and assistant pledge master for his Leather fraternity( ONYX Mid-Atlantic), has taken a lead in the production of the Leatherman of Color Contests 2017 & 2018, makes a mean Long Island Ice Tea, and currently serves as secretary on the DC Leather Pride board.
Board of Directors
Assistant Treasurer & 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.
Allen Ryde is a Baltimore native who is a costume designer/seamstress involved with the LGBT community and does a lot of costume design and sewing work for entertainment companies around the world. Allen is a member of Command MC which works with the leather community and is the club representative for Brother Help Thyself. In his spare time he runs a entertainment company called Faerie Fantastical Parties specializing in high end character entertainment for children's birthday parties and large scale events providing mermaids, pirates, Princesses and superheroes to make any event magical including outreach and charity programs with various children's hospitals including Children's Hospital in DC and Hope for Henry at Mt Sinai Hospital.
Kenya Hutton has dedicated over 15 years working in areas of social justice, equity, HIV prevention, and the facilitation of behavioral interventions among communities heavily impacted by HIV in NYC and Washington, DC. He has been an advocate for HIV prevention on local and national levels, while bringing awareness to LGBTQ young adults and members of House/Ball Community. While serving these communities, he has been presented a number accolades including: The Dorian Corey Wisdom Award, The Michael J. Harrington Humanitarian Award from the Gay Men’s Health Crises House of Latex Project, the Award of Excellence from the Washington DC Ballroom Coalition, the DC Black Pride Presidents Award and others. Kenya has devoted his life’s work to the betterment of disenfranchised and marginalized communities, and consistently works towards their achieving Health, Economic, and Social Equity. He fully believes that achieving zero new HIV infections is not only possible, but in our near future. With this goal in mind, Kenya is committed to ensuring all communities share this same vision of the future, and have the tools and knowledge to make it a reality.
Derrick "Strawberry" Cox
Derrick “Strawberry” Cox is an unsung hero in the DMV LGBTQIA community. He is the first to volunteer, goes above and beyond, and does not allow outer influences to deflect him from the goal of spreading goodwill among all. Strawberry has an impressive grasp of HIV /AIDS issues and is blessed with the enviable ability to meet people where they. He is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of anyone. Strawberry volunteers with: Ryan White (as an individual living with HIV); Capital Pride; DC Black Gay Pride; and, really any LGBTQIA community-based organization in need of help. He is Whitman Walker Health’s PR/Lead Mentor in the His Peer+1 Program for those newly diagnosed and living with HIV in the DMV area, and is also vice president of the DC Health Community Education Engagement Committee. When not advocating for his community, Strawberry enjoys dancing, modeling, acting, and public speaking. Most importantly, Strawberry has the ability to see the good in nearly every situation; he’s not jaded, slighted, biased, or in the least bit vindictive. He was elected to the BHT Board of Directors in 2019.
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.
Thomas Fincannon grew up in Florida, where he completed his graduate degrees and started volunteer work to raise funds for multiple LGBTQ+ organizations. In 2013, Thomas moved to New Jersey and shifted volunteer efforts to focus on the leather community, which involved winning the title of Mr. NJ Leather 2015. Thomas moved to the DC area in 2018 for his career, and he his excited to work with Brother Help Thyself. Thomas has approximately 15 years of volunteer experience, and one of his favorite mottos is to never take yourself so seriously that you forget to have fun.
Jim is the immediate past Vice President, and a former member of the BHT board. He served as President from 2013-2018, and at other times was Secretary & VP of the board. He joined in 2010 as the representative of the Beltway Bears. Upon their disbanding, he was among the first class of elected directors with Andrew, Julius, Mario, and Jose. By day, Jim works for DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser and has served as an appointed member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee to the Office of LGBTQ Affairs. He also fancies himself a writer with published entertainment interviews and op-eds in the Washington Blade newspaper. Jim is a native Washingtonian who lives in the Takoma neighborhood of DC with his husband Ethan. His proudest accomplishment at BHT is the reworking of bylaws to allow for the election of non-member club affiliated directors. Jim was voluntold by new President Nina Love that he would serve as Grants Chair for 2019, a position he happily accepted.
Joining Our Board
BHT's Board of Directors is comprised of both member clubs (who designate their representative to our board from within their membership) and elected members unaffiliated with our member clubs. Both types of members of equal privileges on our board.
Do you or your club want to join Brother, Help Thyself's Board of Directors, or want to learn more about us? Monthly board meetings are open meetings that occur at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month, except July, at Dignity Washington, 721 8th Street, SE on Barracks Row in Washington, DC. on Barrack's Row. Our meetings average an hour; but can go shorter or longer depending on any given evening's agenda. Apart from our meetings, board members might be asked to attend various community events to represent BHT or assist with BHT-sponsored fundraising event planning.
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Brother, Help Thyself's Board at Work
Board Members Jim, Andrew, Richard (Alternate), Christopher, Hank (Standing, Alternate), and Jose after the 2017 Baltimore Grant Hearings
Current and Former members of the Board Gather for a Group Photo in 2018.
BHT Grant Hearing in October 2019 ( L to R board members unless otherwise noted):
Mike Lentz,Special Assistant Rochelle Williams, Mark Clark, Kenya Hutton,
Darryl "Strawberry" Cox, Nina Love, Thomas Fincannon, Nick Atlas,
Bradley "Thumper Bear" Hill, and Grants Chairman Jim Slattery.