Board of Directors Employees
Board of Directors
Patrick Fligge (Chair), Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, Muhlenberg College's Career Center (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.
Joshua D. Shulman, Esq. (Vice Chair), Attorney, Shulman & Shabbick (He, Him, His)
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 LGBT legal clinic from its inception. Josh is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and is committed to helping it grow and prosper.
Jason Sizemore (Secretary), Owner and Chef, Butterhead Kitchen (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 (She, Her, Hers)
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.
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.
Mark Stanziola, Esq., Attorney, Gardner Law Offices (He/Him/His)
Mark has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of Family and LGBT law, currently practicing law at Gardner Law Offices. For many years, Mark served as a Board Member and officer of Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley prior to its merger with Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. He has also served in leadership roles at the LGBT Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Bar Association's GLBT committee. Mark has volunteered at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center since the center's inception, in addition to his service on the Board of Directors, he also volunteers in the center's LGBT legal clinic. In 2017, Mark was recipient of the center's LGBT Community Leadership Award.
Christian Torres, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator, City of Bethlehem (He/Him/His)
Christian is the industrial pretreatment coordinator for the City of Bethlehem by day and an MBA student at Lehigh University by night. He graduated from Williams College with a BA in Chemistry and has since worked in industry, non-profit, and city government roles. Since coming out in 2014, he has striven to normalize his queerness in both his personal and professional lives in order to set an example to others. He has served on the planning committee for Pride since 2018 and is excited to continue to serve as Board Member for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Ian Wagner, Support Coordinator, Service Access & Management, Inc. (He/Him/His)
Ian has been an active member in the LGBTQ+ community for many years; founding the William Allen High School Gay Straight Alliance in the Allentown School District in 2003. Ian also participated in the creation of the Rainbow scholarship, formerly managed by Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Prizm prom, organized by HAVEN. Currently Ian works with Service Access and Management where he advocates for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities to assure their rights are upheld and all of their needs are met. Currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Ian plans to specialize in trauma therapy. Ian is proud to be affiliated with the center and all that it represents and is excited to be a part of the team.
Adrian Shanker (Executive Director) (He/Him/His)
Adrian is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on advancing progress for the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
An accomplished organizer, Adrian has led numerous successful campaigns to advance LGBT progress through municipal non-discrimination and relationship recognition laws and laws to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy. A specialist in LGBT health policy, he has developed leading-edge health promotion campaigns to advance health equity through behavioral, clinical, and policy changes. Adrian administered data collection for the 2015 and 2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessments. He is the editor of Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, which NBC News listed as one of "ten LGBTQ books to watch out for in 2020" and he co-authored "Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue", a chapter in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy. At the appointment of Governor Tom Wolf, he serves as a Commissioner on both the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He also serves as a Board Member for both the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Association and the Non-Profit & Business Partners Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Adrian earned a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The George Washington University and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies from Muhlenberg College. Named a "Healthcare Hero" by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named 'Person of the Year' by Philadelphia Gay News, Adrian has received numerous recognitions for his leadership, 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', the Alumni Achievement Award from Muhlenberg College, and GLSEN Hudson Valley's 'Leadership Award'. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural '40 Under 40' and The Elucidator Magazine named him a "Young Trailblazer of the Lehigh Valley". 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.