President, Founding Member, Board Member
Valarie Perez-Schere is a founding member of Fluid Movement with over a decade of helping make the glittery magic happen. Fluid Movement shenanigans inspire her to celebrate the sublimely strange & commonplace wonder in her daily life as a mom of 3 awesome younguns.
Treasurer, Board Member
Ever since she was a wee lass, Peggy Hoffman dreamed of working with people and helping communities. So when she grew up, she worked in non-profit management, holding jobs like Operations Manager, Development Director, and Executive Director. Then, one balmy evening in 2003, her life changed forever when she boarded the U.S.S. Constellation and witnessed the spectacle of the Go-Go Pirate Show. Epiphany, y’all! She realized you could work with people and help communities through the arts. She immediately went into business with her husband, running a successful boutique and community-centered art gallery. They sold their business in 2014. Now she is free to devote her life to Fluid Movement.
Secretary, Board Member
Melissa “Ultra” Sharlat started playing underneath her parents’ piano at the tender age of three. One day she actually played it, and has been performing ever since. A mental heath coordinator (by day), ordained reverend and self-taught drummer, Ms. Sharlat can be seen in her band, Umami, and has performed with many other fabulous local bands and in several Fluid Movement extravaganzas.
Grants Guru, Board Member
After many years as an avid spectator and Fluid Movement fan, Barbara signed up for the 2010 production of Jason And The Aquanauts as a Harpy and her life was never the same. Since then she has performed in every water ballet and had her debut directorial outing for the Sailor scene in Moby Dick! The Water Ballet in 2013. She also was one of the Naughty Librarian stage managers for the 2013 Glitteracy Variety show and hopes to one day get over her phobia and prior broken arm and tie on some skates for a roller show as well. In addition to swimming, she is a bicycle maniac and frequenter of Baltimore’s film, art, and literature scenes. Her day job is as a nurse practitioner in HIV and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Although he had never performed before, Mark Cameron (aka “Kitten”) was smitten when he attended his first Fluid Movement performance, “Frankenstein on Wheels,” in 2000. He signed up for the next summer’s water ballet, “Cirque L’ Amour,” and since then has appeared in multiple shows as a magician, French squirrel, an evangelical interpretive dancer, a Scotsman, a show girl, and even Sigmund Freud. Mark has been active in community design, organizing, and education for two decades as a professor at Morgan State University, the Executive Director of the non-profit Neighborhood Design Center, and in his new role as Baltimore City Department of Public Works Watershed Liaison. Mark loves the diversity of people he has met over the years and is looking forward to helping Fluid Movement celebrate what is best and nuttiest about Baltimore.
Kelly Quinn’s first foray into synchronized swimming was in high school in 1983. And after enjoying FM’s “Moby Dick,” she resolved to dive back in. Quinn joined The Movement as a swinging seamstress for “Star Spangled Swimmer” in 2014 and decided to devote herself to Riverside Pool until the end of time. She is thrilled to make her co-directorial debut in 2016 with an homage to Baltimore’s beloved Mr. Trash Wheel because of her quixotic commitment to a swimmable harbor by 2020. Quinn also enjoys wrangling crowds and painting sets for FM’s land-based dance and roller shows.
Her enthusiasm for hanging out in our city’s public recreation centers and pools is rooted in a longstanding belief in the ability of everyday men, women, and children to transform our civic spaces into sites of storytelling, resistance, wonder, and mirth. And, it is fun to build relationships, community, and power while splashing around in the deep end.
She is grateful to Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Irving Phillips, Clarence Mitchell III, and a handful of teens who—with the support of the local chapter of the NAACP—integrated Riverside Pool despite violent mob over Labor Day weekend in 1962.