Adrian Shanker l Founder & Executive Director (He, Him, His) is a leader in LGBT health advocacy and has a decade-long history of working for LGBT legal and social equality. Prior to founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Adrian served as President of Equality Pennsylvania during a time of unprecedented organizational growth. Adrian is an accomplished organizer, having led numerous successful campaigns to advance LGBT rights in municipalities across Pennsylvania, including non-discrimination protections, relationship recognition ordinances, and laws to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy. A specialist in LGBT health policy, Adrian has developed leading-edge campaigns to advance health equity for LGBT Pennsylvanians, through policy, behavioral, and clinical changes.
In addition to his leadership at The Center, Adrian serves on the Advisory Board for Pennsylvania Department of Health's Office of Health Equity, as co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee for LGBT Healthlink - a CDC-funded national tobacco and cancer disparity network, and as a member of ACLU of Pennsylvania's Board of Directors and Pennsylvania Medical Society's LGBT Health Disparities Task Force. He holds a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences at The George Washington University and he earned his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College. Adrian also has a certificate in HIV Prevention Counseling from Pennsylvania Department of Health.
He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Bar Association of Lehigh County's 'Liberty Bell Award', the City of Allentown's 'Human Relations Award', Anne Frank Center USA's 'Spirit of Anne Frank Award', and GLSEN Hudson Valley's 'Leadership Award'. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' in 2013 and he was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News in 2012 for his success advancing LGBT equality in municipalities across the state. In 2013, Adrian was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream.
Liz Bradbury, M.F.A. l Director of the Training Institute (She, Her, Hers) has been a full-time advocate for the LGBT community since 1994 and an organizer since 1979. In 2004, she co-founded PA Diversity Network, where she served as Executive Director for ten years. She helped lead successful efforts to pass model LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination and domestic partner legislation in nine PA municipalities. She served for 15 years on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown (including three years as Chair) where she wrote the guidelines for discrimination investigations and trained investigators. She has encouraged many businesses to adopt equal spousal benefits.
She previously co-founded, and for ten years, coordinated PA Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Political Action. She has been called in as an expert to testify, speak, and debate on LGBT issues and marriage equality in dozens of venues. She created the national award winning photo project: Same-Sex Couples: Facing Inequality, which was displayed at Fortune 500 companies and the PA State Capitol in the years before PA achieved marriage equality.
Liz has written over 400 published articles and essays. She is also the national award-winning author of the Maggie Gale Mystery Series. Liz and her partner of 28 years, Patricia Sullivan, were the first couple from Pennsylvania to get a Civil Union (VT 2000). They were legally married in Connecticut in 2009. They live in Allentown.
Kim Ketterer | Youth Programs Manager (She, Her, Hers) is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ youth. Kim strives to empower youth to ask questions, fight for answers, and find their passions. For six years, Kim worked as the Coordinator for The Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity at Lehigh University, where she also served as interim director for more than a year. In that role, she coordinated the Lehigh Valley LGBT Intercollegiate Conference for three years. She also has experience in healthcare settings, including at Banfield Pet Hospital and Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital. Kim earned her B.S. in Media Communications with a concentration in graphic design at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Kim also has a certificate in HIV Prevention Counseling from Pennsylvania Department of Health. In her spare time she enjoys board games, live music, cooking, and spoiling her cats.
Atticus Ranck, M.A. l Health Programs & Supportive Services Manager (He, Him, His) has been an advocate for the LGBT community for eight years. He most recently worked as Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, an LGBT mental health agency in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he started as an intern working on name and gender marker changes for low income transgender people. He earned his M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University where he also served as president of the Feminist Graduate Student Association. He earned his B.A. in Creative Writing at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student activist for LGBT causes on campus. While working as Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, the agency was recognized as a 'Best Places for Trans Folks' by South Florida Gay News. In 2017, Atticus was recognized as Young Alumnus of Distinction by Slippery Rock University. Atticus enjoys restoring and remodeling furniture and loves to read (and re-read) Harry Potter books.
Oliver Reilly, M.F.A. l Development Manager (He, Him, His) is a feminist, LGBT rights and social justice advocate, and writer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Temple University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He served as Vice President of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Temple University and has volunteered with Planned Parenthood and Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia. Oliver has previously worked as an educator, business leader, and editor, and founded and curated a poetry reading series in Philadelphia before moving to the Lehigh Valley. Currently, he serves on the Marketing Committee for the Hamilton District Main Street Initiative of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer with Lehigh Valley Girls Rock. Oliver enjoys playing music, traveling, vegan cooking, and hanging out with animals.
Kathleen Kapila, M.S.W. l Librarian (she, her, hers) is a long time feminist, diversity advocate, community organizer, volunteer, and cat lover. She earned an MSW from Columbia University in 2000, where she continued to work with a focus on women's issues, specifically violence against women. Kathleen trained and worked at the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Crime Victim's Treatment Center and was part of a group that went to Zagreb in 2002 to work with the Croatian Red Cross on issues related to rape trauma. For many years Kathleen also worked with her late partner, Bernadette Cozart, on community based environmental projects. First with the Greening of Harlem in New York and later with the Community Action Development Committee here in Allentown. She has worked at Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley and prior to her current employment, was a frequent volunteer here at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Kathleen has been passionately fond of books her entire life and is very happy to be spending her retirement as the Center's Librarian.
Ariel Torres l Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator (He, Him, His) is a longtime leader in the Lehigh Valley drag community and has experience engaging volunteers in support of numerous LGBT non-profits. Previously, Ariel worked as a reception coordinator at Salon James in Allentown and as assistant manager of All City Self Storage. Ariel performs across Pennsylvania as Elektra Fearce St. James and has received numerous drag titles including, Miss Gay Pennsylvania America (2009), Miss Stonewall (2009), Miss Gay Allentown America (2009), and Miss Diamonz (2007-2008). Ariel enjoys using his artistic vision to raise funds for LGBT organizations while celebrating drag as a cultural art form within the LGBT community.
Nia Baker l Lehigh University Digital Humanities Fellow (She, Her, Hers) is a rising junior at Lehigh University studying Sociology, Anthropology, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At Lehigh, she works at the Women’s Center doing projects focusing on intersectional feminism. She is also a member of SPEAK (Students Promoting Education, Awareness, and Knowledge), Lehigh’s gender and sexuality peer educators. In her free time she enjoys singing with her acapella group, writing poetry and listening to music. Her long term goals include obtaining a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. As a funded intern through Lehigh University's Digital Humanities Program, Nia is working with The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
This position is funded through Lehigh University's Mellon Digital Humanities Grant
Miles Molerio l Moravian College Community Intern (He, Him, His) is a rising sophomore at Moravian College where he has self-designed a Gender Theory major. At Moravian, he is the QPOC Coordinator for the LGBT+ student club Spectrum, where he creates intersectional queer programs on campus. He is also a student representative of the LGBT Planning Standing Committee, Moravian’s LGBT committee for Faculty and Staff who identify within the LGBT+ spectrum to feel connected on campus. In his free time he enjoys performing with the Greyhound Marching Band as part of the color guard, as well as providing tours to prospective students as a Moravian Ambassador. His long term goals include obtaining a Masters in Psychology or Queer Studies in order to become an therapist specialized in LGBT+ issues. As a funded intern through Moravian College's Center for Career and Civic Engagement, Miles is researching and updating training materials at the The Training Institute at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
This position is funded through The Center for Career & Civic Engagement at Moravian College
Alaina Schaeffer l Health Programs Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a senior enrolled in Temple University's Public Health Program with an interest in sexual education. She has volunteered with the Philadelphia Health Department and the American Red Cross, where she became certified in adult and pediatric first aid, CPR, and AED. Alaina hopes to earn her Master's degree in Public Health after which she'd like to educate adolescents and young adults on healthy sexual relationships. In her free time, Alaina enjoys singing, fishing, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Board of Directors
Patrick Fligge (Vice Chair), Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, Muhlenberg College
Jason Sizemore (Secretary), Principal, Muhlenberg Elementary School, Allentown School District
Lizabeth Kay Kleintop, Ph.D (Treasurer), Associate Chair of Graduate Programming & Accreditation, Moravian College
Kevin Deely, High School Teacher, Easton Area School District
Claire Ippoliti, Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, People First Federal Credit Union
Kim Spotts-Kimmel, Esq., Partner Attorney, Gross McGinley, LLP
Jerry Schmidt, General Manager, Stonewall Lehigh Valley
Adrian Shanker (Executive Director)