Our Team

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Employees
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Adrian Shanker  l  Founder & Executive Director (He, Him, Hisis 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 co-authored "Queer and Quitting: Addressing Tobacco Use as an LGBTQ Issue", a chapter in The Routledge Handbook for LGBTQIA Administration and Policy. And he is a member of the Board of Directors for ACLU of Pennsylvania, a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and 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.

Liz_Bradbury_Headshot.jpgLiz 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. Liz can be contacted at liz@bradburysullivancenter.org.

Oliver_Reilly_headshot.jpgOliver Reilly, M.F.A.  l  Director of Development (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 and a Certificate in Data Analysis from Temple University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Oliver has previously worked as an educator, business leader, and editor. Currently, Oliver teaches Research & Composition and Literature at Lehigh Carbon Community College and serves on the Boards of Directors for Planned Parenthood Keystone and the Center for Humanistic Change, as well as the ACLU Trans Justice Advisory Board. Additionally, he serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee for the Allentown Arts Commission, the Suicide Prevention Task Force for the Northampton Division of Human Services, and has served on the Marketing Committee for the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and the Community Alliance Summit Planning Committee for the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. He was part of the inaugural cohort of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley's Leadership Without Limits program and was named one of the Lehigh Valley's "40 Under Forty" by Lehigh Valley Business (2019). Oliver enjoys playing music, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with animals. Oliver can be contacted at oliver@bradburysullivancenter.org

Sharon Brotzman  l  Administrative Manager (She, Her, Hers) is a dynamic administrative professional with more than 20 years of administrative experience at Lehigh Valley organizations including Ingersoll Rand, Synergetics, and Wolper Information Services. She is the parent of a teenager, two kittens, and a dog. A passionate supporter of animals, Sharon has taken in many litters of stray animals and helped them to find forever homes. When not at work, Sharon can be found taking care of animals, swimming, visiting family, and traveling to New York. 

Kim_Ketterer_headshot.jpgKim 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. Kim can be reached at kim@bradburysullivancenter.org

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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 addition to his work at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Atticus serves on the HIV Planning Group for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 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. Atticus can be contacted at atticus@bradburysullivancenter.org

Katie Suppes, M.Ed.   l   Research & Evaluation Manager (She, Her, Hers) is a seasoned program evaluator with a strong commitment to continuous learning and improvement. Katie most recently worked as the Director of Learning & Development at Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley. She earned bachelor's degrees in English and Political Science at Moravian College. After completing her undergraduate studies, Katie completed a year-long term of national service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. While pursuing a Master's in Educational Leadership at Lehigh University, Katie focused her studies on education equity and public policy. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Katie can be contacted at katie@bradburysullivancenter.org

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Ariel Torres  l  Pride Programs 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 the center's Administrative Manager and before that, 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. Ariel can be contacted at ariel@bradburysullivancenter.org

Kathleen_Kapila_headshot.jpgKathleen 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. Kathleen can be reached at kathleen@bradburysullivancenter.org

Zakk_Rome_headshot_2019.jpgZakkery Rome | Supportive Services Coordinator & Visual and Film Arts Coordinator (He, Him, His) earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Minor in Philosophy from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he got his start in queer advocacy work. During his undergraduate studies, he was a Student Worker at the university’s LGBTQA Program Center. He also served as Secretary and President of P.R.I.D.E., ESU’s LGBTQA student organization. As a student leader, he created and hosted many events; including film screenings, fundraisers, drag shows, and educational seminars for the campus community. He also partnered with university administration to ensure inclusivity and equity in their policies. Zakkery is an avid reader, video gamer, and lover of films, particularly queer films. He is a self-professed nerd, who has a burning passion for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and anything Marvel. He eats as much Italian food as he can get, wants to see more Broadway shows than he has, and hopes to one day adopt both a dog and a cat. Zakkery can be contacted at zakkery@bradburysullivancenter.org.

 

Alaina_Schaeffer_headshot_2019_w_scarf.jpgAlaina Schaeffer, C.H.E.S. | Healthy Eating & Active Living Coordinator, Youth Programs (She, Her, Hers) is a Certified Health Education Specialist and earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from Temple University. Alaina most recently worked at Center for Humanistic Change, where she facilitated health prevention programs in various schools around the Lehigh Valley. She is a former Health Programs Intern at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, and also interned with the American Red Cross. Her “practice what your preach” mentality and fun-loving personality help her to relate with youth and provide health education in positive ways. In her free time, Alaina enjoys most outdoor activities, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Alaina can be contacted at alaina@bradburysullivancenter.org

 

Annemarie_Shankweiler_headshot.jpgAnnemarie Shankweiler | Tobacco Education & Outreach Coordinator (She, Her, Hers) is an activist for intersectional feminist and queer causes. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bloomsburg University where she was President of I AM THAT GIRL and W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment). Annemarie recently worked at The Women’s Center, Inc. of Columbia and Montour Counties as a children’s counselor and educator where she worked with children affected by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and provided preventative programming in the form of puppet shows for children in schools. Annemarie is a semi-trained (not really) musician who loves Broadway musicals, chocolate, and art of all forms but has done a lot of cool paintings lately. Annemarie can be contacted at annemarie@bradburysullivancenter.org

Robert Stinner | Digital Archive Assistant (he, him, his) is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College, where he is pursuing a double major in Theatre and English. Last summer, he worked as the Library Intern at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. He also works as a lead tutor at Muhlenberg's Writing Center, and is also involved with the Muhlenberg Theatre Association and Live in Color, Muhlenberg's show choir.

 


Interns

Brooke Bailey  l  Health Programs Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a senior studying Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Muhlenberg College. Her research interests focus in the area of mindfulness practices within various populations and settings. She hopes to someday be able to merge her passions for social justice issues, psychology, and mindfulness as a clinical psychologist. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

Kristen Batstone   l   Pride Programs Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a sophomore studying Political Science with a concentration in Gender, Race and Politics at American University. As an Assistant Editor for the American Literary Magazine and a member of She’s the First, a charitable organization for girls education in developing countries, Kristen remains fiercely passionate about human rights and is eager to further expand her understanding of issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community by working closely with those at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. After attending American University, she hopes to serve in the Peace Corps before pursuing a law degree. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, attending poetry slams and touring local museums.

Bennett Urian   l   Health Programs Intern (He, Him, His) is a senior studying Psychology and Theatre at Muhlenberg College, where he also works as a Presidential Assistant for Seegers Union and a Learning Assistant for the Psychology department. His research interests center around how feelings of belonging manifest depending on the interaction between identity and place. He hopes to study clinical/counseling psychology in graduate school with the goal of becoming a therapist specializing in queer mental health. In his free time, Bennett enjoys acting in plays and devising performance art, listening to indie music, and playing video games.

Morgan Wolper   l   Library Intern (She, Her, Hers) is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College, with a major in Media and Communications and a double minor in Public Health and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her main focus has been social justice and human rights issues such as advocating for bans on LGBT conversion therapy, becoming more involved in prison reform, and supporting reentry programs. She hopes to get her Masters in Public Health in the near future and gain experience from organizations that are dedicated to helping those in need. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, spending time with her cats, and playing music with friends.