Employees & Interns
Adrian Shanker l Founder & Executive Director (He/Him/His) has been an activist, organizer and an advocate for the LGBT community for more than a decade and is specifically interested in the intersection of LGBT advocacy and health equity. Prior to founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, he served as President of Equality Pennsylvania where he led successful campaigns to advance non-discrimination and relationship recognition ordinances in municipalities across Pennsylvania. He also served a three-year term on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown, PA, an agency charged with enforcement of the municipal civil rights law.
In addition to his leadership at The Center, Adrian serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Office of Health Equity Advisory Board, as co-chair of LGBT Healthlink's Community Advisory Committee, on The ACLU of Pennsylvania's Board of Directors, and Pennsylvania Medical Society's LGBT Health Disparities Task Force. He is currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate for LGBT Health Policy & Practice 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' list 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. 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, MFA 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.
Frankie Potylycki l Health Promotion & Outreach Manager (He/Him/His) is passionate about health and wellness within the LGBT community. Striving to secure health equity for all members of the community, Frankie's work focuses on creating awareness of LGBT health disparities, connecting with resources, and sharing practical strategies for wellness. A 2014 graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Frankie earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with coursework focusing on culture and personality, language and culture, and ethnographic research. In addition to completing concentrations in both Psychology and Spanish, he completed study abroad at the Institute for Central American Development Studies in San Pedro, Costa Rica. Frankie is certified in adult and pediatric CPR and AED, is a certified Diabetes Prevention Coach and has a certificate in HIV Prevention Counseling from Pennsylvania Department of Health. Frankie's volunteer history includes serving as an ESL Tutor for Lehigh Carbon Community College's Center for Career Pathways and Literacy, as well as volunteer work for numerous animal shelters in the Lehigh Valley. A life-long athlete, Frankie enjoys fitness training, running, kayaking, and hiking.
Kathleen Kapila, MSW l Front Desk & Library Coordinator (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.
Rudy Kelly-Soto l Youth Engagement Coordinator (He/Him/His) is a strong advocate for the LGBT community and LGBT rights. As a student at Dieruff High School in the Allentown School District, Rudy founded their Gay-Straight Alliance, empowering LGBT students to have a safe space at school to be themselves and to develop their identity. Rudy became an activist during his time as a program participant at Valley Youth House, and in his current role, he continues to empower LGBT youth to be their own self advocates. Previously, Rudy worked as a retail supervisor and as a server and cook at a restaurant. He is proficient in Spanish and is currently studying Japanese. Rudy has a certificate in HIV Prevention Counseling from Pennsylvania Department of Health. In his spare time, Rudy enjoys gaming, hiking, singing, and dancing and is a drag performer in the Lehigh Valley.
Oliver Reilly, MFA l Foundation & Corporate Relations Coordinator (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 taught language arts in the Philadelphia School District before earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Oliver has also worked as a business leader and manager for several years, where he discovered new ways to make community involvement a priority. As a former educator, he has a passion for engaging and empowering youth and has used his background in creative writing to do so. He created and curated a poetry reading series in Philadelphia before moving to the Lehigh Valley. When he’s not writing, he enjoys playing music, traveling, vegan cooking, and hanging out with animals.
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.
Nykolai Blichar l Development Intern (He/Him/His) is a senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania majoring in Political Science. He is a student adviser to the Advisory Committee on Student Suicide in Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission and he was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to represent the Student Body as a Student Trustee to the University's Council of Trustees. Nykolai also serves on the national It's On Us student advisory committee which works with the White House and Civic Nation to eliminate sexual assault on college campuses. On campus, he is the undergraduate assistant at the GLBTQ Resource Center, the Co-Chair of the university's diversity council and is the past president of two LGBT activist organizations, Kutztown Allies and Lambda Delta Xi. Nykolai was raised in Carbon County, PA and is passionate about feminist and LGBT politics and advocacy.
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)