Adrian Shanker l Founder & Executive Director (He, Him, His) is a leader in LGBT health advocacy with 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 from 2011-2013 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, and as a member of ACLU of Pennsylvania's Board of Directors and the Board of the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. 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 and is a member of Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Society for Public Health Educators.
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. In addition to her work as Director of the Training Institute, Liz serves on the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
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 or They, Them, Theirs) 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 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, Oliver teaches Research and Composition at Lehigh Carbon Community College. He is part of the inaugural cohort of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley's Leadership Without Limits program and is a member of Planned Parenthood Keystone's Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves on the Marketing Committee for the Hamilton District Main Street Initiative of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, the Nominating and Governance Committee for the Allentown Arts Commission, and the Community Alliance Summit Planning Committee for the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. He also volunteers with Lehigh Valley Girls Rock and has performed with Basement Poetry. Oliver enjoys playing music, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with animals.
Ariel Torres l Administrative Manager (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.
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 her Masters in Social Work 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.
Benjamin “Benji” Shepherd l HIV Education & Outreach Coordinator, Youth Programs (He, Him, His) has been an educator, translator, published author, psychotherapist intern, and advocate for LGBT equality. Currently, he is a graduate student at Lehigh University, where he studies Counseling & Human Services in the hopes of becoming a licensed professional counselor for historically underprivileged populations, including LGBTQ youth and Spanish-speaking families. He also completed his undergraduate work in Spanish & Hispanic Studies and Psychology at Lehigh University. In his free time, he enjoys reading science fiction/fantasy novels and X-Men comics, listening and dancing to Latin music, practicing parkour, and eating spicy food.
Isaiah Zukowski l Supportive Services Coordinator (He/Him/His) is a queer activist and academic born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. He earned his B.A. in International Relations and Peace Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore. He has worked in legal intake at the ACLU of Maryland and at the Futuro Latino Learning Center as an ESL instructor. His published research has focused on lynching and structural violence in Jim Crow Maryland, as well as the intersection between discrimination, economic development and resource extraction in Latin America. He recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Columbia where he taught English at la Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. In his free time, Isaiah is a musician who loves to sing old Colombian llanero ballads and a mediocre baker who botches French bread.
Dget Downey | Development Intern (They, Them, Theirs) is a rising senior at Lafayette College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in their two majors; Psychology and Anthropology & Sociology, as well as a minor in art. Throughout their three completed years of undergrad, Dget has worked on several LGBTQIA+ research and activism projects as well as having published two research articles, both domestic and abroad, related to queer theory that explored the origins and genesis of prejudice in the LGBTQIA+ community and the stigmatic effect of the global HIV epidemics on the gay community. Their current work on their dual thesis focuses on the difference in experience and discrimination between transgender, gender non-binary, and gender fluid individuals versus cisgender lesbian and gay people. After completing their undergraduate work, Dget hopes to receive their Ph.D in Social Psychology and work in academia.
Emerson Finkle | Development Intern (He, him, his) is a rising senior at University of Rochester studying religion and anthropology and pursuing a citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship. He is particularly passionate about the intersection of religious and LGBTQ+ communities and currently works at both the Interfaith Chapel and Intercultural Center on his campus to create programming which is inclusive of all and invites conversation about identity and intersectionality. Following graduation, he plans to pursue graduate study in both ministry and social work. When not trying to bring people together across lines of difference, Emerson enjoys writing slam poetry and playing the ukulele and mandolin.
Robert Stinner | Library Intern (he/him/his) is a rising junior at Muhlenberg College, where he is pursuing a double major in Theatre and English. At Muhlenberg, he is the current president of Live in Color show choir and is an active member of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association, in addition to appearing in numerous productions. He has also performed and volunteered for Civic Theatre of Allentown.
Charlie Tumbleson | Health Programs Intern (they/them/theirs) is a rising senior at Kutztown University where they are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in a self-designed interdisciplinary program of studies in Women's and Gender Studies, Social Work, and Psychology as well as a minor in Digital Media. On campus, they are active in sexual assault prevention education and coalition building with community members and faculty against white supremacist efforts. After completing their undergraduate degree, Charlie intends to pursue their Master's in Social Work with the ultimate goal of becoming a LCSW and providing accessible therapeutic care for marginalized communities. In their free time, they volunteer with Lehigh Valley Girls Rock as a band mentor, tinker in their herb garden, and rail against oppressive systemic forces.
Board of Directors
Lizabeth Kay Kleintop, Ph.D (Chair), Associate Chair of Graduate Programming & Accreditation, Moravian College (She/Her/Hers)
At Moravian College, Lizabeth is responsible for the Moravian MBA, MSHRM, and MHA programs. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from Temple University as well as a Master of Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College. At Moravian she teaches courses in analytics, human resource management, and innovation and change management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She was previously a faculty member at Seton Hall University and Philadelphia University. Her research focuses on areas of leadership and change management with a particular focus on inclusion in the workplace. She has publications in various journals, conference programs, and books. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Kleintop was the Assistant to the Director of Human Services in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kleintop also serves as a board member of the LGBT Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to serving as Board Chair for the center, she served as Treasurer of the Board since the center's inception.
Patrick Fligge (Vice Chair), Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, Muhlenberg College (He/Him/His)
At Muhlenberg College, Patrick works to engage alumni and parents as volunteers and resources in career services, while also provide career and networking resources to these audiences. Previously he worked in Alumni Relations at Muhlenberg College. Pat has been an engaged supporter of equality for years, passionate about how The Center is serving a significant population in meaningful ways. From arts and cultural events to education to healthcare, the Center provides a much needed home and gathering place to serve the LGBT community in the greater Lehigh Valley region. In his spare time, Pat enjoys cooking with his wife Jillian and going on adventures with his golden retriever, Steve.
Jason Sizemore (Secretary), Principal, Muhlenberg Elementary School, Allentown School District (He/Him/His)
Jason is serving his second year as proud board member of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, where he also serves as chair of the Gala Committee. In addition to his service at the Center, Jason is heavily involved as a volunteer at Civic Theatre of Allentown. Jason is proud to support the wide range of services and events that the Center offers to our community and beyond.
Claire Ippoliti, (Treasurer) Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, People First Federal Credit Union
Claire works as Chief Lending Officer for People First Federal Credit Union which has more than $500 million in assets and eight branch offices located in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, PA. She is an executive manager with more than 20 years’ experience in providing effective loan policies and procedures, automated workflow, and motivational leadership in credit unions. A passionate volunteer, Claire has worked with first time juvenile offenders, participated in Philadelphia’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program and worked in New Orleans performing hurricane recovery work. Claire has also worked with the CUNA Lending Council and served on the Board of CAMP Rehoboth, Rehoboth Delaware's LGBT community center.
Barb Baus, Retired teacher (She/Her/Hers)
Barb has been active in the LGBT community for many years and was a plaintiff in one of Pennsylvania's four marriage equality cases. She is a member of Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley, where she teaches Sunday School and leads the MCCLV Mission Team. She travels to Haiti and Guatemala yearly to do mission work. Barb believes The Center is filling many needs of the LGBT people in the Lehigh Valley and beyond and is proud of what The Center provides, especially in the areas of the arts, health and legal support. Barb believes the Center has an incredible future, becoming a national leader among LGBT Centers in numerous areas.
Ana Hamilton, Artist (She/Her/Hers)
Ana was born in Holguin, Cuba and earned U.S. citizenship in 1974. She received fine arts education and training in Cuba, Spain and the United States and studied at Colegio Lestonnac, Havana University, and Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Ana is a painter affiliated with Expressions Studio in Allentown, a 3-artist studio in the heart of downtown Allentown's cultural scene. She believes "art is the unbridled expression of the human soul" and is proud to volunteer her time to support the programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Jerry Schmidt, General Manager, Stonewall Lehigh Valley (He/Him/His)
Jerry and his husband are the owners of Woosch Soaps and Lotions. Jerry is also the general manger of Stonewall Lehigh Valley which is an LGBTQA Bar/Night Club in Allentown. Jerry also uses his drag persona, Carol Ann Carol Ann to raise awareness of LGBTQA issues and as a fundraising vehicle for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Jerry is committed to helping the Center grow and develop as an institution that will not only serve the local LGBTQA community but also serve as a model for other Community Centers.
Joshua D. Shulman, Esq., Attorney, Shulman & Shabbick
Josh was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, and has proudly called Bethlehem his home for over ten years. During that time he has been practicing law at Shulman & Shabbick, and currently also serves as an Assistant Solicitor for Northampton County where he passionately gets to support the aging, children, the developmentally disabled, and those in need of mental health services. He has been an active participant in and supporter of the Center’s Legal Clinic from its inception. Josh is honored to serve on the Board of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center and is committed to helping it grow and prosper.
Adrian Shanker (Executive Director) (bio above)